Tories will stick with May to the last rasp

Ditch­ing PM would help Jez

The People - - NEWS FEATURESS & -

THE first con­ver­sa­tion I ear­wigged on ar­riv­ing in Manch­ester for the Tory con­fer­ence was: “She’s go­ing to go, isn’t she?”

There was no need to eaves­drop fur­ther to know who “she” was.

No longer she who must be obeyed but she who’s be­ing aban­doned.

The PM was be­ing sized up for the cof­fin la­belled Baroness May of Maiden­head cart­ing her off to the po­lit­i­cal grave­yard that’s the House of Lords.

The only other topic was: “What’s Boris up to?”


Some thought the For­eign Sec­re­tary has shot his bolt as next Tory leader, oth­ers want Theresa May to shoot him, and a few reckon he’ll bolt from Cab­i­net.

The Tories even have to speak in Klin­gon on the Star­ship Free En­ter­prise. As their “Build­ing a coun­try that works for every­one” slo­gan crum­bled be­fore the world’s eyes they had to learn to say: “Bui ding a c ntry tha orks or ryon”.

Watch­ing let­ters fall off a slo­gan with the word “coun­try” is nail-bit­ing in case a naughty four re­main. Mrs May should use “na­tion”. What with the P45 it marked an end to the weird­est con­fer­ence sea­son in my 32 years cov­er­ing them. In Brighton the Labour leader needed to show just one whisker and the “Oh, Jeremy Cor­byn” foot­ball chant passed from per­son to per­son like a Mex­i­can sound­wave. Weird.

I asked Mrs May what she made of Labour’s con­fer­ence. “I didn’t watch it,” she said. Weird.

Some Tories ob­vi­ously did be­cause each new pol­icy was a pale shadow of one an­nounced by Labour a week ear­lier.

It was like they’d gone off to buy cans of Labour Lite. In Pound­land.

Mrs May of­fered 25,000 so­cial homes over four years while Labour pledged 60,000 in two. She’ll freeze uni tu­ition fees but Labour will abol­ish them.

She’d be out on her ear by year’s close if the Tories had a ma­jor­ity. But the 30 MPs plot­ting that this week­end should clock that the PM’s cough­ing and splut­ter­ing changes noth­ing.

A lead­er­ship con­test would lead to an elec­tion and Cor­bers in No10. That’s be­cause the loser’s em­bit­tered sup­port­ers would bring down the win­ner.

The Tories are tur­keys, but they won’t want a vote for Christ­mas.

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