The Conservative Party is in a deep mess if it can’t find somebody to replace Boris Johnson who the public will respect.
And the choices are extremely limited.
So far, it seems, only three people have even indicated a desire to become the next leader – and prime minister.
If you think Tom Tugendhat is the straightest of them, think again. A former Territorial Army Lieutenant Colonel, he’s a sabre-rattler who has verbally attacked Iran and Russia while supporting similarly vicious regimes in Saudi Arabia and Israel. As prime minister, he may put the UK in danger of participating in a series of harmful foreign adventures.
Suella Braverman, on the other hand, is a confirmed swivel-eyed loony. She used to be chair of the hard-right hard-Brexiteer European Research Group of Tory MPs that was funded from members’ expenses claims – meaning you paid for it.
She supports plans to strip us of our human and work-related rights – a project made possible by Brexit – while hiding behind publicity campaigns about bringing back blue passports (which could have been done at any time).
She merrily planned to support breaches of the UK’s international treaty agreements with the Internal Market Bill, knowing that it would harm the fragile peace in Northern Ireland. This willingness to break international law prompted the Bar Council to point out to her that a crime which broke the law in a “specific and limited way” – the phrase used by the Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, when he announced the move – was still a crime.
As Attorney General, she didn’t like the acquittal of the so-called “Colston 4” who toppled the statue of slaver Edward Colston in 2020, and considered referring the case to the Court of Appeal, thereby attacking the judgement of an independent jury, even though there was no question of there having been a mistrial. That should have been enough cause for her to be ejected from her job.
When the Metropolitan Police issued questionnaires to Downing Street staff and politicians in the wake of the Partygate scandal, Braverman was asked if fines would lead to resignations. Her response was to have an apparent breakdown in the Commons chamber:
Just have a listen…
It’s such a bizarre response from Suella Braverman to a normal, reasonable parliamentary question.
Soviet Russia had nothing on this neo-oddball Borisian propaganda. pic.twitter.com/johZNFdMTQ
— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) February 10, 2022
She responded to a legitimate question with nonsense – and failed to answer the question itself.
Other possible leadership candidates include Brexiteer Steve Baker, Sajid Javid – whose resignation statement earlier this week may have done to Boris Johnson what Geoffrey Howe’s did to Margaret Thatcher, Grant Shapps – whose dodgy commercial dealings are now the stuff of legend, Liz Truss – the Evil Queen of Cheese, Rishi Sunak – whose ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme at the height of the Covid-19 crisis may have led to tens of thousands of deaths, Ben Wallace – who, as Defence Secretary, has been merrily rattling the sabre against Vladimir Putin, and former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt – who allowed private firms into the NHS with much lower standards of service, leading to a massive increase in preventable deaths.
Do you honestly think any of them is fit to lead the United Kingdom?
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