SHE’S PRITI VACANT (AND SHE DON’T CARE)
Priti Patel has a memory problem. This time last year, as international development secretary, she was struggling to recall that the fun excursions she’d booked on her package holiday to Israel ended up involving 14 secret meetings with politicians and lobbyists.
And now she’s the only person in Britain who can’t remember that the 2017 Conservative manifesto was a bit of a dog’s dinner.
That is the only conceivable explanation for Patel’s recent article in The Sun demanding that Theresa May should deliver on it by giving us the hardest of hard Brexits. Patel mentions the manifesto 10 times, as if it were some kind of sacred text. There’s talk that May must “honour the manifesto”, meet “our manifesto commitments” and “keep our manifesto promise”.
Just as a reminder, the 2017 Tory manifesto contained winners like the dementia tax, the return of grammar schools, the scrapping of universal free school meals, means testing for winter fuel allowances and ending the triple-lock on pensions, all of them since quietly ditched.
It also contained a pledge to deliver the cliff-edge Brexit which Patel proposes. And how did the electorate react? Less than 30% of them voted Tory, losing May 13 seats and her overall majority while creating the last 16 months of anarchy in the UK – one of many entries from the Sex Pistols songbook which come to mind when Patel is mentioned.
Alas, there will be no more Holidays In The Sun on which she can run into Benjamin Netanyahu. But she’s still a Silly Thing, with Problems who, of course, is Priti Vacant.
LIVING IN THE PAST: Priti Patel