The prime minister is not here tonight. She can’t be bothered.
|A woman in hiding|
“If you were going to write what not to do in a campaign, running it on ‘strong and stable’ and changing your mind on everything would be it.” “I’m f****d off. People say on the doorstep: “She’s going after pensioners, she doesn’t know what she’s doing and doesn’t answer questions.”“It’s totally shattered the confidence of the parliamentary party. Colleagues up and down the country are just f***** off. She said she wasn’t going to call a general election, and they’ve totally f****d it up.
Not my words, but those of a clearly dis illusioned Conservative MP who for obvious reasons insists on remaining anonymous. This morning, Theresa May held a press conference, her most favoured form of communication with people, where she or her minders can control the content and the questions to suit their own comfort areas. I lost count of the number of times she used the words me, or I, or my, as she waded through a prepared script distinctly slanted towards Brexit and only mentioning in passing any areas of policy, but not missing the chance to throw in a few personal snipes at Jeremy Corbyn. What was interesting however, was her use on a number of occasions, of the phrase, "My government will ensure etc etc", or "My government will" do this or that as if she were practising for another role. If HM was watching this broadcast, she need not be too worried as Theesa May would not be able to handle the "mixing with people" that this other role would require.
The remaing members of the panel, Tim Farron, Caroline Lucas, Leanne Wood, Paul Nuttall and Angus Robertson, often descended into exchages all shouting over each other, behaving as if the evening debate was a relay of the weekly Questions to the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.
Rudd, mentioned the abscence of the Prime Minister. Caroline Lucas caught the mood with
her comment in response to the final audience question about leadership. Lucas remarked
"Well, I think the first rule of leadership is to show up.You don’t call a general election and
say it’s the most important election in her lifetime, and then not even be bothered to debate the issues at stake.”
A reply which registered with the audience in the hall and probably with the voters around
the country as well.