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Don’t be fooled by Rory Stewart’s bid to charm you. He’s a Tory and his voting record betrays him

Rory Stewart: Not as charming as he wants to appear.

Tory Rory Stewart wants you to think he’s a thoroughly likeable chap.

That’s why he admitted taking opium – on one occasion in the past; it was to show that he has given in to human weaknesses, and then gone past them.

Here he is on the BBC’s Question Time giving us more of the same: He wants to heal our divisions with love.

How nice.

How false.

See for yourself the reason it is false. It only takes two tweets:

So much for Tory Rory’s love.

It begins and ends with himself.

That’s why he wants to be leader of the Conservative Party (and prime minister as well) – for his own gain, not yours.

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Socially relevant dramas like Love should not be restricted to the big cities

‘Filled with observant compassion’ … Janet Etuk as Emma and Nick Holder as Colin in Love [Image: Sarah Lee for The Guardian].


It is very good that plays like Love are appearing, because they use the art form to encourage people to confront the realities of living in modern Britain and voting for a strongly right-wing Conservative government.

This Writer has made the point several times before, and I have been encouraged by friends locally to try my own hand at it – although whether any such piece would ever get to the stage is debatable; I simply don’t have the contacts.

So I welcome the arrival of shows like Love.

My one problem with it is that it will only appear in London and Birmingham.

The huge impact of I, Daniel Blake is due, not just to the fact that the film won a major award in Cannes, but to its availability – people across the UK (although admittedly not yet in Mid Wales) have been able to see it.

They should also have the opportunity to see this new drama about homelessness. When can we expect the national tour? Can we at least have a video link of a performance to other theatres?

Here are a few reasons we should be able to see this play:

It is filled with observant compassion but at first I found myself craving more political anger. Only later did I grasp that Zeldin leaves it to us to supply the appropriate rage.

Meals are cooked. People compete for access to the one toilet. In the most touching scene, Colin washes his mother’s hair at the sink in Fairy liquid.

While Zeldin shows rather than tells, he makes the point that these people have done nothing wrong: they are simply victims of a dearth of social housing and arbitrary caps to the benefit system.

They are also made to suffer needlessly. Colin waits five hours for a five-minute appointment, only to be told there is nowhere for his mum and him to go. Dean has had his benefits cut for just missing a jobcentre date, on the day he and his family were evicted.

Zeldin is not alone in drawing attention to the cracks in the welfare system. Cardboard Citizens have for 25 years made theatre with and for homeless people. Ken Loach in Cathy Come Home and I, Daniel Blake ignited our anger at injustice. Anders Lustgarten in The Seven Acts of Mercy makes high drama out of forced deprivation. But Zeldin’s particular achievement is to show people’s capacity for endurance. Tempers may flare and tensions rise, but his play is both about the dignity and the love that survive even in the harshest circumstances.

At the end, the house rose to the actors. But our gorges should also rise at the play’s potent reminder that we live in a rich country that treats poverty as if it were a crime.

This play cannot make us angry if we cannot see it. So let’s have a tour – or a TV adaptation. How about it?

Source: Love review – engrossing homelessness drama leaves us enraged | Stage | The Guardian

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MPs’ shocking behaviour is par for the course in Cameron’s government

Feeling a bit peaky, David? But the revelations about your Tory friends and Liberal Democrat partners should hardly come as a surprise!

Feeling a bit peaky, David? But the revelations about your Tory friends and Liberal Democrat partners should hardly come as a surprise!

It must have been very difficult for David Cameron, returning from his spectacularly ill-timed holiday in the sun to find that his colleagues had been having a much better time than he has – at home.

It seems that he returned to “crisis talks” at Downing Street, where aides told him of a “sensational love affair” which has potentially significant political implications for him. Apologies for the hyperbolic language involved, but this information comes from the Daily Mail.

The newspaper said it could not disclose the identities of the people involved in these shenanigans, or any details of the relationship, for legal reasons, so the speculation machine has probably gone into overdrive and by the time this reaches your screen, The Sun has probably already disclosed the names of the co-respondents.

For those of us who aren’t that clued-up, it’s great fun to speculate. The paper said they are middle-aged figures, the affair has now concluded, and it does not involve anyone serving in the Cabinet.

Who could it be? Longtime readers of this blog will know that Vox Political has long harboured hopes of a Michael Gove legover crisis – or indeed a Michael leGOVEr crisis (see what we did there?) – but in all honesty this seems unlikely until medical evidence can prove that he is compatible with a human female.

So who, then? Nadine Dorries and Nigel Farage? Peter Bone and a human being? Doubtful. Boris and… Boris and-

Hmm.

It’s probably best not to pursue that line of inquiry. Far more interesting to sit back and wait for the ‘poshed-up’ version of the Jeremy Kyle show, in which all will be revealed.

With the curtains closed, of course – not as the badge of a serial skiver, but simply to avoid the shame of having to admit watching an episode of Kyle.

The worse news is, this wasn’t the only story breaking about government misdeeds. It seems that Cameron’s Liberal Democrat Coalition partners have been playing “pork barrel” politics (yes, it’s the Daily Mail again) by diverting taxpayers’ money into key Liberal Democrat-held constituencies.

We now know that a £2 billion scheme to refurbish roads, pavements and bridges in Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam constituency has been reversed, in a deal with private business that took the project off the government balance sheet. A private finance initiative? We all know that PFI projects don’t turn out well for anyone involved other than the companies, so Clegg may have given himself a shot in the foot, rather than a shot in the arm.

The Mail also reports dodgy dealings by Danny Alexander. Apparently Beaker insisted on extra funds for mountain rescue teams, a VAT cut for ski lifts and the retention of the state subsidy for the Cairngorm Mountain Railway – all in his Highlands constituency.

And Lib Dem Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael (who?) apparently forced the abandonment of plans to cut the coastguard service, affecting his Orkney and Shetland constituency, claiming it was “a Coalition matter”.

So it must have been very difficult indeed for the comedy Prime Minister to return from holiday and learn of such appalling behaviour.

Difficult, but not a surprise.

Let’s face it – it’s little different from the way they behave when he’s at work.