It must take years – maybe decades – of practice to be this ignorant.
After Liberal Democrat Helen Morgan humiliated the Conservatives in one of their heartlands – North Shropshire, defeating their candidate with the seventh-biggest vote swing in by-election victory, Tory chairman Oliver Dowden appeared on the morning media round, telling us all that his party had heard voters’ message “loud and clear”.
He then demonstrated, loud and clear, that his party was ignoring the message of the by-election and would carry on as though nothing had happened.
According to the Mirror,
he claimed the circumstances were “unique” and Boris Johnson “has the vision to get us through this period. He added: “Voters are clearly fed up and they want us to get on with the job and focus on the job.”
Be prepared for a massive push, speed up, to remove barriers to re-election. Voter suppression, end of FTA, boundary changes and harsh sentences for any sort of protest. Less comeback for individuals through neutered courts.
— Lerris (@brooky55) December 17, 2021
Co-chair of Tory Party, Oliver Dowden, rolling out line today that lesson from N Shropshire by-election is that voters want the Government to focus on getting the job done.
They’ve been in Government for 11 years. You’d think they would know that by now.
— Siobhan Benita (@SiobhanBenita) December 17, 2021
On BBC Breakfast, Dowden said, “Voters … were fed up with a byelection that was called because of sleaze allegations; they were fed up with all the sort of stories that are going on at the moment.”
I see Oliver Dowden suggests this is a one off because of sleaze. The thing is, Oliver, sleaze didn’t disappear with Owen Paterson. Sleaze pervades the Tory party from top to bottom.
— Prof Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) December 17, 2021
Elsewhere, 78-year-old Tory veteran Sir Roger Gale told the BBC’s Today programme that Boris Johnson had taken “two strikes” this week, with his own party’s rebellion against him over new Covid-battling measures and the by-election: “One more strike and he’s out.”
He said: “The Conservative Party has a reputation for not taking prisoners. If the Prime Minister fails the Prime Minister goes.
“We got rid of a good Prime Minister to install Mr Johnson.” [If he really thinks that, then perhaps he should go, too. Theresa May was considered the worst British prime minister since Lord North.]
“Mr Johnson has to prove he’s capable of being a good Prime Minister, and at the moment it’s quite clear the public don’t think that’s the case.”
Clearly, even though he was taking a harder line, this MP was showing that he hasn’t got the message either.
Voters don’t want Boris Johnson to have another chance because they know he’ll only mess it up and create worse problems for us. We want him to go now.
On the social media, members of the public are sending messages to their Tory MPs, saying Johnson has done enough harm to the UK – after the by-election result was announced, they were being called “unforced errors”.
Certainly the scandals over his alleged Christmas parties, over his redecoration of the Downing Street flat he occupies, and over corruption (that led to the resignation of Owen Paterson and the calling of the North Shropshire election) were all such “unforced errors”.
And while Dowden was happy to trot out the sad old 2019 election line that Johnson managed to “get Brexit done”, we now know that his Brexit is a huge attack on our living standards that will reduce the UK economy by four per cent – double the effect of the Covid pandemic that caused whole industries to collapse overnight.
This Writer would certainly encourage anybody who’s had enough of Johnson to write to their MP – if that person is a Tory – and ask them to hand a letter of ‘no confidence’ in to the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, who will call a vote on it if 54 such notes are received.
You can contact your MP via WriteToThem.com.
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