Death throes: Semi-empty auditorium at Tory conference suggests the Party is over

Empty seats: Apparently the auditorium is smaller than some local theatres yet fewer than half the places were filled on the first day of the conference. Conservatism is a dying movement.

Remember the general election campaign last year, when every appearance by Theresa May was carefully stage-managed to make it seem she was surrounded by admirers – right up to the moment someone took a wide-angle photograph showing only about 20 people turned up?

As you can see from the image above, matters have only worsened in the year-and-several-months since then and the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham has practically nobody attending.

One reason for this may be the fact that the Tories’ conference app was found to be giving away attendees’ personal details to anybody who asked (as described yesterday).

A few others are listed in the tweet below including, most perceptively: “No ideas. No inspiration. No clue.”

This Site will discuss elsewhere the Grenfell and Windrush blunders listed in the hashtags. For now, the following images tell their own tale:

Nadeem Ahmed was right – Momentum carried out a protest against the conference, which led to the following complaint from Tory MP Nadine ‘Mad Nad’ Dorries:

If anything could highlight the failings of the current crop of Conservatives, it’s that remark. The Tories can’t be the party of free speech if they’re trying to shut it down.

Bevan Boy makes the matter clear:

So Ms Dorries has confirmed the Tories as the party of repression, as she wanted to stop voters exercising their right to free speech.

And what does the fiasco of the malfunctioning conference app tell us?

Well, we are told it was created by a private contractor who was hired by the Conservatives…

I think we all know the answer to that: No.

But I am reminded of a phrase that has almost become a cliche over the last few years: “Repeating the same mistake and expecting different results is the very definition of madness.”

We all know that outsourcing to private companies can be a huge mistake. Look at Carillion. Look at the East Coast Main Line. Look at NHS England.

So it seems to me that the app disaster is a microcosm of the reasons the Conservative Party is disappearing up its own inadequacy.

They keep repeating the same mistake – and they’re getting the result we all expected.

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  1. joanna September 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    i’d like change madness fo insanity!!!

  2. Dav Gil September 30, 2018 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    One of the pics is the wrong conference hall!

    • Mike Sivier September 30, 2018 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      Are you sure? I assume you mean the third one.

      • Tim Green October 1, 2018 at 8:05 am - Reply

        I would say the first one. If you look at the Hunt one the seats are clearly red.

  3. Alex Wright September 30, 2018 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Never see Tories protesting outside a Labour conference?

    Didn’t Gove protest outside a Labour conference in Birmingham a few years ago?

  4. Bill Curran October 1, 2018 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Where’s the pic with grey seats from? There are red seats at cpc.

  5. Growing Flame October 1, 2018 at 7:58 am - Reply

    We accept that the Tories are the “Zombie” Party, kept walking by a combination of huge donations from wealthy supporters and the endorsement of the bulk of the media.Their membership threatens to drop below 100,000 while Labour’s climbs to nearly 600,000.
    BUT huge numbers of people still vote for them. Recent polls have Tories and Labour neck-and-neck. We have to translate our superiority in numbers and commitment into actual support and votes.
    We-accurately-note the dearth of new Tory ideas, the chaos of their Brexit multi-strategies, and the crumbling of their whole Privatisation fetish. YET, there is a huge lump of voters who seem to be sticking to them, come what may. I speak as an active Labour member, only last weekend out on the Day of Action in a small , quaint town in the South-East. I was bouyed up by the number of keen Labour voters we met, but depressed to find so many people, who didn’t look like they had a surfeit of money, briskly dismissing our approaches. How do we get through?

    PS . I’m not giving up now!!

    • nmac064 October 1, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

      You’re right ‘Growing Flame’. I have seen the same phenomenon in my home town. A lot of people, against all theirs and their family’s interests, still vote for these nasties.

    • John fyles October 1, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

      Oh yes good idea to adopt labour’s MacDonald policies similar to the ones adopted by Corbyn’s mate in Venezuela – inflation 2000% and the population starving oh Im really looking forward to a socialist wonderland – I don’t think so!!!

  6. Scott van Looy October 1, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    The grey seats pic is from last year – it even appeared in the Daily Mail – I don’t know why it’s being used here, it’s kinda undermining the argument.

    • Mike Sivier October 1, 2018 at 9:46 am - Reply

      It was presented to us by the person tweeting it as being from this year. One has to question why people do that when some damming shots of this year’s attendance are available.

  7. nmac064 October 1, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Very much looking forward to the Tory Party funeral.

  8. Pat Sheehan October 1, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    A dying ‘movement’! I need to see it die! I have long prayed for its death and look forward to its funeral as a time for rejoicing. May the Tory ‘movement’ and its hideous ideology be buried so deep that it can never, ever rise again to persecute and torment the sick, the disabled, the jobless and the underprivileged who were clearly not ‘all in it together’ and didn’t stand a cat in hells chance against Tory legalized thuggery vent on some of the most helpless and defenseless members of our ‘sick’ society!

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