Home Secretary Priti Patel is a “moron” and an “idiot”. That’s not This Writer’s opinion but the words of her own officials.
And Boris Johnson is receiving a worse hammering from Conservative MPs.
Patel, frustrated by her failure to turn back boats of refugees seeking asylum in the UK, is reported to have privately accused civil servants in her department as “not fit for purpose”.
In response – and probably mindful of Patel’s bullying of former Permanent Secretary Sir Philip Rutnam (along with officials in the DWP and International Development) – her officers have retaliated:
One told [the Mail on Sunday]: “She comes into meetings and her suggestions are erratic and outlandish.
“Officials come out of the meetings and the texts start flying, describing her as a “moron” and an “idiot”.”
Another said: “What’s become clear is that she [the Home Secretary] is out for herself and only interested in how this plays out publicly.
“If we worked collaboratively then we could get things done but instead we just have cloud cuckoo land public statements.”
And one said bluntly: “She hates us and we all hate her.”
Boris Johnson, meanwhile, has pitched himself into an even worse position, with his own MPs openly speaking out against him:
“Things can only get worse,” one MP half-jokes, in a deliberate inversion of the anthem that propelled Tony Blair’s 1997 victory.
One former minister puts it bluntly: “What’s the mood? I’ll tell you: there’s been a big increase in the number of people who think Boris is a c**t.”
That’s only on the Tory benches of the House of Commons, I hasten to remind readers. The vast majority of the general public have considered him to be that for many years.
“We’re like a herd of elephants smelling danger,” a senior backbencher tells me. “There’s been a distinct stirring, we’re anxious and distressed. There’s some trumpeting. But the real shift is we’re slowly on the move – away from Boris.”
How sad for the UK that the only genuine movement to remove Boris Johnson and his mixture of incompetence and malice from government comes from his own party, whose members are preparing once more to stab a leader in the back.
Labour leader Keir Starmer appears to be a more staunch supporter of Johnson than any Tory MP, doing everything he can to ensure that nobody but the most mindless tribalist will vote for the alleged “Opposition” party in any future election.
And the general public? Deprived of any hope for real change, most find themselves cast into limbo. The Tory government is still engaged in a project to deprive us of our health, our rights and – thanks to Patel again – our citizenship.
A deceitful election campaign by Johnson and his Tory client press in 2019 has deprived us of any power to prevent it – by fooling millions of people into voting to harm themselves.
You are entirely at the mercy of Tory MPs – many of them the same MPs who have stood accused of shocking corruption over the last few weeks.
So it isn’t just Johnson’s followers who have a right to feel betrayed.
But the voters have only themselves to blame for allowing notorious gang of known liars to make utter imbeciles of them no fewer than four times in a row since 2010.
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