Well, not really Polly, not really

What few realise is that we are living through a revolution that has been a long time brewing among Tory party entryists. Those clawing to dethrone Theresa May are of a different ilk, only just within a recognisable Tory penumbra. Infiltrators, bent on destroying from within the party that harbours them, inhabit another planet from Heath, Clarke or Heseltine – but nor are they Thatcher’s children, either. Leaving Europe is only a part of their revolutionary project, a means not an end. Because they are revolutionaries, the more dramatic the break and the wilder the chaos, the better. They are bent on the creative destruction of a stagnant old order, so as to plough up the ground for a fertile new radical right beginning. Tax-haven Singapore beckons.

We’d not want to be, post-Brexit, as left wing as Singapore.

26 comments on “Well, not really Polly, not really

  1. I remember being in the pub once when a mate of mine got a “stern look” from his missus.

    I always wondered if she stabbed him to death when they got home.

    This proves all women are evil power crazy bitches and all men are downtrodden victims.

  2. Tory party entryists

    Where? What? David Cameron presided over a fall in membership from roughly 500,000 to 250,000 and the total now is around 125,000. Poor old Polly will write any old nonsense to support her silly thesis but talk of entryists when it’s ‘exitists’ cheesed off with the emasculation of constituency parties that characterise May’s ‘tories’, is absurd and tendentious.

  3. “We’d not want to be, post-Brexit, as left wing as Singapore.”

    Who is “we”? Surely the median UK voter is significantly to the left of Singapore?

  4. A group of extremists within the Tory party would welcome the havoc unleashed by ‘no deal’ to advance their cause

    Corbyn marches alongside Communists, IRA terrorists and Hezbollah, yet Tories are the extremists?

    Clownworld.

  5. I do wonder what she’s on when she writes this stuff.

    It’s more likely that she’s skipped her medication.

    Surely the median UK voter is significantly to the left of Singapore?

    Singapore is low tax and pro-business, but also has massive state involvement in the economy. It has a huge social housebuilding programme, but most of it is homes to buy. You can’t criticise the government, but you won’t get fined for an off-colour joke.

    Does the above make it more right wing than the UK or more left wing?

    Singapore has a really tough immigration policy, but I am not sure that puts it far to the right of the average Brit.

    Of course, Singapore has had the same bunch in power for the past 40 years, while Britain has had… erm….

  6. What’s wrong with Singapore? If I recall correctly, the average Singaporean is about three times as wealthy as the average Brit. M

    Also they cane cunts for dropping chewing gum on pavements, and you have to get behind that.

  7. “Also they cane cunts for dropping chewing gum on pavements”

    Bloody liberals, then! Bring back hanging for spitting out chewing gum, cycling on pavements and hanging little bags of dog shit everywhere….Grrrr.

  8. they cane cunts for dropping chewing gum on pavements

    They don’t, but they do have a vigorous criminal justice system which is not afraid to leather the hell out of miscreants.

  9. Hardly anyone is like Clarke or Heseltine in the membership. Some MPs and activists, but the membership want out and don’t want the deal.

    The liberals don’t grasp there’s a general revolution going on. They controlled the message for decades, but that’s over.

  10. “the creative destruction of a stagnant old order, so as to plough up the ground for a fertile new radical right beginning”

    Odd. It sounds like a criticism but there’s an absence of explanation. It’s radical and it’s right. That’s the criticism. i don’t think that’s enough even for your readership Polly. Well maybe some but it’s definitely not enough for your salary.

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  11. This is spot on:


    We are in the middle of A Very British Coup.
    What we’re seeing is an elaborate, well-financed and co-ordinated plot to overturn not an extreme Left-wing Prime Minister, but the democratically expressed will of the British people.

    It’s being mounted by the Government of the day, aided and abetted by big business and the Civil Service.

    This is A Very British Coup, written by Lewis Carroll. In our new Looking Glass World, words mean — as Humpty Dumpty declared — whatever they want them to mean.

    Thus, the dwindling band of MPs sticking up for the 17.4 million who voted Leave are condemned as plotters and rebels.

    Those, including Theresa May, who are doing everything in their power to prevent Britain leaving the EU and becoming once again a proud, sovereign nation are hailed absurdly as true patriots.

    We’re being informed, in no uncertain fashion, that our votes are worthless, that we don’t count. We’re too ignorant, too uneducated, too racist to be taken seriously. Politicians who try to square the circle are vilified.

    One minute Dominic Raab, who attempted to make a go of being Brexit Secretary, is a principled, pragmatic operator worthy of the highest praise.

    The next, when he is forced to resign because Traitor May has deliberately undermined his negotiating position and then lied about it, he’s dismissed as a disloyal traitor.

  12. @Gamecock – I recall when Cameron became PM, he said the Tories ought to listen to people like Polly more.

    Another sign of where the Tory party was going.

    I wonder how different it might have been had DD become leader? Probably not a lot; if the parliamentary party was voting for a Blair-alike, they’d never have endorsed genuine conservative policies

  13. From the Unherd article Theo links to above:

    Thatcherites or passionate libertarians would do well to reflect on the fact that, today, fewer than one out of every 20 voters want taxes and spending to fall.

    Well, the electorate is going to get the Corbynism it wants.
    Good and hard.

  14. MC

    I think Goodwin is completely wrong. Leadership can walk all over poll numbers.

    Go back to Thatcher. When she became PM in 1979, could “the people” (ie the ones telling pollsters they wanted lots of toys) have predicted the following 5, 10 or 20 years (in the context of what they thought they were voting for).

    Goodwin’s analysis is also influenced by the fact that the Conservative party doesn’t currently have a leader. Which obviously has to change.

  15. I can’t see Littlejohn lasting much longer in the DM, particularly as his complaint that . . .

    “the dwindling band of MPs sticking up for the 17.4 million who voted Leave are condemned as plotters and rebels.

    Those, including Theresa May, who are doing everything in their power to prevent Britain leaving the EU and becoming once again a proud, sovereign nation are hailed absurdly as true patriots.“

    . . . describes exactly the current editorial policy of the paper.

  16. PF
    I wouldn’t say Goodwin is completely wrong about Corbyn , though I hope he is. However, he seems to be missing Condorcet’s paradox:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condorcet_paradox
    The UK electorate could embrace all of Labour’s manifesto and prefer it to the Tory offering, but still vote Tory.
    And another point: no-one with approval ratings as low as Corbyn’s has ever gone on to be PM – though there’s always a first time…

  17. @Mr Womby

    Doubt it will happen, Littlejohn is too popular and Remoaner editor would not risk it. However, I can imagine Quentin Letts being fired.

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