Tim Montgomerie is a former Times comment editor, co-founder of The Centre for Social Justice alongside former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and founder of the Conservative Home website. He has been described as:
one of the most important Conservative activists of the past 20 years
In the eyes of most MPs, Montgomerie [is] one of the most influential Tories outside the cabinet
This morning, he made a remarkable comment about Theresa May following her interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:
Mrs May is merely copying a standard Cameron tactic. As soon as the former PM said “Let me be very clear”, you knew he was about to lie, obfuscate, muddy the waters – anything but be clear, basically.
But Montgomerie is a journalist who takes care with his choice of words. So that he used ‘vacuous’ – twice – about her statements is neither accidental nor insignificant.
Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines vacuous as:
The word has the same root as ‘vacuum’ – an emptied space. This does not merely apply to Theresa May’s words but to the woman herself: devoid of substance, empty. It’s why she can’t improvise at PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) and sticks so painfully to stilted scripts – which is of course why she’s so terrified of facing Corbyn (or for that matter any of the party leaders) and being exposed in a live TV debate watched by millionsShe spouts vacuities. And why her audiences look so pained when she speaks in carefully stage-managed events.
Because she is the Hollow Woman – nothing behind the eyes, nothing to offer but ‘vacuous soundbite after vacuous soundbite’.
And on the first day of the countdown to the General Election, she already looks like exactly what she is when contrasted with Corbyn’s authenticity, drive and humanity – and the huge popular appeal that stems from them.
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