The SKWAWKBOX has featured a number of articles highlighting the stark contrast between the towering start to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign and Theresa May’s sparse, tightly-controlled but still painfully gaffe-prone schedule.
The gulf between the two makes it very easy to understand why Mrs May has decided to make herself scarce, especially in view of her evident discomfort interacting with the public and her shaky appearance at PMQs and when forgetting the name of a town in which she was speaking to a TV interviewer.
It has made a mockery of her ‘strong and stable’ mantra – but it’s also becoming apparent that her condition appears to be contagious – and has spread to her whole front bench.
On Monday, Labour MP Sue Hayman was scheduled to be on BBC’s Newsnight programme to debate the government’s record on air quality – a government legal bid to delay publication of its plans (what plans?!) to improve the air quality in Britain’s towns and cities until after the election was rejected by judges yesterday – with Tory front-bencher Andrea Leadsom.
But Ms Leadsom, May’s former rival for the Conservative party leadership, pulled out of the show at the last minute:
Ms Leadsom clearly took a leaf from her leader’s book.
But the contagion is far more widespread – and so severe that even Tory mouthpieces are commenting on it. Even the most avid, like ‘Guido Fawkes’:
Fawkes had no campaign updates to report because,
Senior Tories not on media round nor at televised campaign events.
Hardly ‘business as usual’ for a short, intense election campaign.
Far from the Tories being proud of their record, it appears they’re hideously embarrassed – and afraid of being even more hideously embarrassed in front of millions.
And if Lynton Crosby or some other Tory election adviser is behind the sudden vanishing of every senior Tory politician, then they too are aware of the paucity of talent and character at the heart of the Conservative party – and daren’t do anything else but try to hide it and hope that the media will be able to keep it from the public notice.
Let’s make sure they’re disappointed.
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