I’m delighted to see that the last two standing for the leadership of the Tory Party are both women. Michael Gove ran a terrible campaign, throwing it all away with the breaking news that his team were advising May supporters to vote tactically to keep Andrea Leadsom out of the race. Naturally he knew nothing about this – and, of course, we all believe that, don’t we?
As Micheal Dobbs said when interviewed earlier in the week : “When I wrote House of Cards it wasn’t intended to be an instruction manual!” I would add to that. “If you’re going to try and be Francis Urquhart, then you need to be a damn sight better at it than Michael Gove.”
The Mail will, of course, continue to lead the smear campaign against Leadsom. Frankly I’m getting sick of reading about their opinions of Leadsom. It would seem that the sun shines out of Theresa May’s arse according to the Mail. Frankly, there is something about the woman I find disturbing.
I don’t doubt that she is a competent and accomplished politician, but that’s not what the country needs. We need someone who is a conviction politician and as far as I can see the main convictions that May holds are to her own advancement. To paraphrase what Anne Widdecombe once said of Michael Howard “There is something of the night about her”.
Similarly, how about the remark thrown at Johnson thrown across the floor of the referendum debate. You could well say of May “She might be great to have around at the party, but would you want her to drive you home afterwards?”
It’s up to the party now to decide who gets the job. Clearly whoever wins, the other will get a prominent role around the cabinet table. To do otherwise would be to keep the Conservative splits wide open and that is something the country doesn’t need.
The other interesting thing about all this is that we face the prospect of a leader who is supported by the membership but not by the majority of their MPs in the House. Ask Jeremy Corbyn how that feels.
So is it to be May the experienced but uncommitted, or Leadsom the committed but inexperienced? We’ll soon know…