Pickles report on Tory election failure pushes blame firmly onto Theresa May

The main point of the Pickles inquest into the Tories’ election failures is that the manifesto should not be left to the prime minister and a close circle of her advisors.

Doesn’t that suggest that he blames Theresa May for producing a manifesto that was utterly out of touch with the demands of the British people?

The Conservative manifesto for the 2017 election was so bad that at least one of its policies was withdrawn before the document was even published.

Other u-turns followed and the Tories are currently raiding Labour’s manifesto for policies they can tolerate supporting, in a bid to steal support from the far more popular party.

It seems to This Writer that the only reason Mrs May wasn’t criticised for failing to turn up to any televised debates is: David Cameron didn’t like them either.

The inquest into the result of the 8 June election, drawn up by former cabinet minister Sir Eric Pickles, made 126 recommendations to make sure the party is better prepared for any future snap elections at a time of political volatility.

One key proposal was a new manifesto committee to make sure policies are properly thought through by senior cabinet ministers, after the document was kept to a tight circle of the prime minister’s advisers at the last election.

He suggested the process of drawing up a manifesto should start within 12 months of the last election, involving the prime minister, chancellor, home secretary, foreign secretary, party chairman, chief executive and chief whip.

The report also confirms … that the Conservatives will look to re-establish a “vibrant youth wing” and make sure there is under-30s representation on the party board and on candidate selection panels.

Source: Eric Pickles calls for Tories to be prepared for snap elections | Politics | The Guardian

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5 thoughts on “Pickles report on Tory election failure pushes blame firmly onto Theresa May

  1. marcusdemowbray

    Interesting to see that they want future manifestos to be written in advance by PM AND Cabinet Ministers. The only problem with is when a rather dim and ego-centric PM (e.g. Cameron or May) chooses their Cabinets they tend to pick people even dimmer than themselves (Jonson, Gove, Davis, Hunt, Leadsom etc.) That way the Leader looks better. The current Cabinet is so dim that their entire brainpower is used up on making big money and career opportunities for themselves.

  2. NMac

    If they were not so fraudulent, dangerous and determined to cling to power come what may, the Tories would be a joke. A vibrant youyth wing is definitely a joke – they will only be able to muster the inmates of Eton, Harrow and a few other private schools for the ultra-rich.

  3. Zippi

    One doesn’t need an inquest to tell one what was wrong with that Manifesto, or the Election Campaign as a whole. If you’re going to call a “snap” election, it is to wrong-foot your opponents so, one should be prepared ones self, before calling such an election but then, this is the party of ineptitude. It would seem that it is more than policies that the Tories need to adopt from £abour but then, blaming £abour, for EVERYTHING has been the Tories policy for the last seven years. No government can govern on blame!

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