Isn’t it frightening that both remaining candidates in the Tory leadership contest have names that can be perverted into terms for genital organs?
We have Boris Johnson on one side – a ‘johnson’ being a slang term for male parts; and on the other side, Jeremy C… Hunt, whose surname has been mispronounced so many times that no further elaboration should be necessary.
Does this mean that, no matter who wins, the UK is f***ed?
It may not make much difference, if current developments in This Writer’s home constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire run their course. Not only is it now to be the location of a by-election that may break the Conservatives as a credible political organisation, but it is also the home of the woman who was brutalised by a Conservative MP at the recent Mansion House dinner.
Janet Barker, of Builth Wells in the constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire, was taking part in a peaceful protest against climate change when Mark Field grabbed her by the throat and marched her out, his face a picture of privileged Tory fury.
Mr Field has since apologised but he has already done the damage. Here’s Ms Barker saying he needs to take an anger management course:
Here is Janet Barker saying Mark Field MP needs to to an anger management course pic.twitter.com/Bjm7L0SAh6
— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) June 21, 2019
What a proud advert for Conservatism Mr Field is! In this Guardian article, Ms Barker reveals that after he shoved her out of the Mansion House, Mr Field said: “This is what happens when people like you disturb our dinner!”
Make no mistake; when this man said “people like you” to Janet Barker, he meant people like you, dear reader.
He meant members of the general public who are harmed by Tory policies. He thinks your place is to suffer in silence while he and his kind eat slap-up meals, bought by causing that suffering. He is a fairly typical Conservative in that respect.
Two more fairly typical Conservatives are Chris Davies and Glyn Davies, the disgraced now-former Tory MP for Brecon and Radnorshire and the current Tory MP for neighbouring Montgomeryshire.
The latter seems to think the former has “suffered enough”, as the old saying about Tories caught in wrong-doing used to go, and that he should stand for re-election to the Brecon and Radnorshire seat.
He told the BBC: “There is a process. There is a parliamentary process – we’ve gone through that process… I would vote for Chris to be the candidate. We have processes.”
Personally, I think Mr (Chris) Davies should stand again for Brecon and Radnorshire.
Consider the mathematics here. One-fifth of the total electorate voted to push him out. A further half of the voters are unlikely to even turn out, as this is a by-election (look at the recent Peterborough result). This means Mr Davies would have to try to get a proportion of the remaining 16,000 or so votes – from Tories who are likely to think he made them all look bad (he did) and ‘Leave’ supporters who will probably see the Brexit Party as a better option.
A Tory with an unblemished record would stand a better chance, I would have thought.
Perhaps there aren’t any left.
I wonder what Ms Barker thinks of these shenanigans?
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