The shock development in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election – so far, is that expenses cheat Chris Davies has been replaced as the Tory candidate by… expenses cheat Chris Davies.
Is this a joke? Clearly the Brecon and Radnorshire Conservative Association can’t be taking the matter seriously – right?
With Nigel Farage threatening to do a deal with the Tories if Boris Johnson became prime minister, and the Brexit Party eyeing the ‘Leave’-supporting constituency eagerly, they may have thought it wouldn’t matter if they supported the convicted criminal.
And there were rumours that Mr Davies was threatening to stand as an independent if he didn’t get the Tory ticket, potentially splitting the vote so that neither his own party nor the Brexiteers could get in.
The fact is that those of us who aren’t Tories are unlikely ever to get confirmed details of the facts behind the decision.
Mr Davies himself was upbeat about his selection, as quoted in the Mirror: “A lot has been achieved over the past four years, but there is so much more to do, and I am the right person to do it.”
Yes. A lot has been achieved by the Conservatives in Parliament over the last four years. Let’s consider:
We have seen the central government grant to local authorities cut to the bone, leaving organisations like the Powys Social Services department struggling to honour its duty of care in even the most basic way.
And if you want to know why your local school is hard-pressed to provide educational materials for your children, it’s because of MPs like Mr Davies – not councils or the Welsh Assembly Government.
The misnamed Universal Credit is impoverishing working people and the unemployed alike.
And incomprehensible cuts to sickness and disability benefits have left the most vulnerable people in Brecon and Radnorshire contemplating suicide – because they think death would be an improvement on the life that Mr Davies has forced upon them.
Farmers can look forward to the loss of their EU subsidies after (if?) Brexit happens. The Tories have said they will continue to pay those funds at the same rates for a short period afterwards, but it is likely this will be to get them past the next election before the hammer falls. Mr Davies is a big supporter of Brexit.
The list goes on and on. If you are a constituent of Brecon and Radnorshire, no doubt you could name completely different examples of harm inflicted by Mr Davies and his overprivileged ilk.
So we return to the question of Mr Davies’ re-selection. Is it a joke?
If so, it is in very poor taste.
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