Defence Secretary Michael Fallon appeared on Newsnight last night to discuss the Tories’ manifesto. Just as John Humphrys pushed Chancellor Philip Hammond into a meltdown on Radio 4 earlier this week, Evan Davis must have been eating his spinach, because he calmly and persistently exposed Fallon’s absolute vacuousness and the Tories’ laziness, incompetence and hypocrisy in putting out a shoddy and completely uncosted manifesto.
Just a couple of days after creating a barrage of fake news to attack a fictitious ‘black hole‘ in Labour’s fully-costed and financially-literate manifesto. You can view the full interview on BBC iPlayer here, but below is a 4-minute highlight video with ‘subtitles’ that lays Fallon’s meltdown – the second since just last weekend – bare:
Fallon’s ramblings on the Tories supposed industrial ‘strategy’, which you can see on the full iPlayer version, were if anything even more patently embarrassing. His performance was so dire that ‘doing a Fallon’ must now supplant an ‘Abbott’ or even a ‘Hammond’ as shorthand for ‘steaming, catastrophically-embarrassing meltdown’.
But of course, the serious point is that the Tories have made up a ‘£58-billion black hole’ out of desperation to attack Labour’s serious, detailed and financially-competent manifesto – but Fallon’s transparent incompetence and the utter lack of substance of the Tories’ ‘promises’ could not be clearer.
Even if they weren’t intrinsically dishonest, the Conservatives would have not the first clue how to implement their promises – or how to pay for them. Their supposed ‘competence’ is nothing but a media construct.
And under the glare of a General Election spotlight – even with a mostly-supine and collusive media – it’s melting like wax.
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