Theresa May’s dire start to her General Election campaign continued today as she appeared in the tiny village hall at Banchory in Scotland – again speaking to handful of carefully-vetted listeners in a strictly stage-managed setting. Mrs May sneaked into the hall via a back door:
May has been widely mocked for refusing to participate in live TV debates because she would be ‘out and about meeting the public‘ – and then hiding from the public. Clearly at least one local had heard about her excuses, because he shouted at May to ‘Meet the public!‘ as she entered the hall – and was completely ignored by the Tory leader:
#ChickenMay, #WheresTheresa, #WeakAndWobbly, choose your hashtag – but May plumbed new depths on her visit to Banchory.
So desperate was she to avoid any actual members of the public turning up while she was there – and so keen were her keepers to prevent anyone talking to the easily confused Tory leader – that they appear to have asked for the hall calendar to show the event as a children’s birthday party:
While Theresa May was masquerading as a child in a part of Scotland so remote that no live coverage of the event was possible, Jeremy Corbyn was in London, speaking to a large crowd – and both looking and sounding Prime Ministerial.
Not only that, but he then went walkabout – to meet locals rather than ignore and run away from them:
Theresa May’s ‘out and about meeting people’ was clearly nothing more than an excuse to dodge debates with Corbyn that she and her handlers knew she could only lose badly – but this parade of (non-)event, (non-)appearances to bored-looking, hand-picked audiences and tours of empty factories is proving to be even more damaging to her credibility.
It’s up to us to make sure they are fatally damaging – to her credibility and her campaign..
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