And about time too.
While the atmosphere within the Conservative Party Conference chamber in Manchester is funereal, it seems there has been a festival outside the doors every day – mostly dedicated to the downfall of the people inside.
Thousands of people have gathered to voice their disgust at Tory mismanagement of the UK’s affairs. Here are just a few of the comments, images and movie clips that This Writer has spotted so far. The first few images and videos are from the Tories Out march on Saturday (September 30:
Among the speakers, John Rees said: “There may be a govt in waiting, but we’re not waiting. It matters how this one falls – it needs to be mass strikes, protest and direct action… and that is how we will defend an anti-austerity, anti-imperialist government.”
Tory commenter Matthew Parris summed up the feeling about the conference very well on Saturday, before it even started:
The Conservative Party is being destroyed by Brexit – devastating polemic by Matthew Parris… pic.twitter.com/Y1IhvIYvGa
— Jason Cowley (@JasonCowleyNS) September 30, 2017
Quoted verbatim: “Well it’s Saturday now and I still don’t care. This Conservative government is finished. Over. Toast. Dead meat. Broken. Sunk. Wrecked… all the words we use in place of a word we don’t. They can do what they like, think what they like, announce what they like, promise what they like but it’s useless now, it’s all too late.
“On the morning after the last general election George Osborne called Theresa May a dead woman walking. If anything he understated. Her personal political death occurred on the pronouncement of the exit poll on election day. Reanimated the following morning, she’s now a zombie prime minister leading a zombie cabinet in a zombie party gathering in Manchester for a conference of the walking dead. Whatever these zombies’ message may sound like within the security zone, from outside we will only see mouths moving without sound or meaning. Their leader is done for and their credibility is shot.”
Twitter produced some fabulous images. This one was particularly enjoyable, considering the recent antics of the Blonde Boor:
This one wins so far I think pic.twitter.com/viaqUZSpgQ
— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsMEN) October 1, 2017
He came in for even more of a battering (sorry!) in this fish-themed cartoon:
Tory flat fish cartoon in today's Times. Particularly like Ah-sole pic.twitter.com/14QaA7KQ3Z
— Mike Tipping (@TippingsTipples) September 30, 2017
The next video is a sped-up wander through the demonstration against austerity, outside the conference on Sunday (October 1).
Take a 15-second walk with me through the anti-austerity protest outside Tory conference. It's BIG. pic.twitter.com/IaGUQPZKsF
— Dan Bloom (@danbloom1) October 1, 2017
And here’s a comment on the day’s events:
Remember the furore over snipers on the rooftops at the Tory conference last year? Well, it seems they’re back!
— Mirror Politics (@MirrorPolitics) October 1, 2017
Wasn't that the same for last year? https://t.co/xJwCzaqvNi
— John Smith (son of Harry Leslie Smith) (@Harryslaststand) October 1, 2017
It is but a PR job. Idea is to paint the left as a violent out-of-control mob requiring such measures. Same with banner outrage yesterday
— Fibreman (@TheFibreman) October 1, 2017
But it seems the police weren’t happy in their work this year:
Protestor shouting at policeman protecting Tory conference: “You’ll be G4S next year!”
Policeman: “I’ll probably be sacked next year, love.”
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) October 1, 2017
And what of the atmosphere in the conference hall itself? Let’s consider some of the comments:
Can’t think of a government – not even John Major's – which has lost the moral authority to govern as completely as this one. #cpc2017
— Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) October 1, 2017
There was an interesting side discussion on the age of Conservative Party members:
Average age of tory party is apparently 71
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) October 2, 2017
Davidson on Corbyn: "I'm 38 and he's what, 68? I think I can outlast him."
— Isabel Hardman (@IsabelHardman) October 2, 2017
I thought the first photo must be photoshopped, but the second suggests that this really is the massed ranks of Tory activists…
— Barry Gardiner (@BarryGardiner) October 2, 2017
Huge blocks of empty seats at the Con conference, sections closed off for want of bums on seats. Labour was packed pic.twitter.com/c7E6p5bEWU
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) October 2, 2017
The Labour Party conference was like a sweet shop and the Conservative Party conference feels like a closing down sale at Woolworths.
— Daniel Hewitt (@DanielHewittITV) October 2, 2017
This Tory conference is coming over as a cross between a black and white cartoon, a slow mo car crash and a collective nervous breakdown
— ALASTAIR CAMPBELL (@campbellclaret) October 3, 2017
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 3, 2017
While Labour is a mass membership party,
Tories are merely the political wing of the 1%. https://t.co/pKHn78X8oQ
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) October 3, 2017
Based on conference so far, the Tories are in even more trouble then thought before.
— George Eaton (@georgeeaton) October 2, 2017
Individual Tory MPs have been messing up all over the conference as well – but you’ll see separate articles about them.
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