The Tories’ hapless spokesman, Defence Secretary (be very afraid!) Michael Fallon has done it again. After his excruciating meltdown when he was challenged by the BBC’s Evan Davis about the lack of any costings in the Tories vague manifesto, it was hard to imagine anything could be worse in terms of political car-crash television.
But this evening Fallon imploded in an even more spectacular way when he was despatched to Channel 4 to attack Jeremy Corbyn’s speech this morning on the changes needed to Britain’s foreign policy to help secure us against terrorism.
Fallon developed an unmerited reputation as a political hit-man after a laughable attempt to attack Ed Miliband for backstabbing his brother somehow got traction in 2015.
But he faced an entirely different order of problem in attacking Corbyn’s reasoned, measured speech that is supported by former MI5 head Stella Rimington, fully-briefed MPs on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee – and 65% of British people.
And by Boris Johnson – in an earlier life, before he decided it was politically expedient to call it ‘monstrous’ today (though of course Boris is no stranger to fake changes of opinion).
And that’s where Fallon’s troubles started.
Faced with an overwhelming popular Corbyn statement, it seemed that his slightly startled tactic was just to attack everything that was quoted to him. So when interviewer Krishnan Guru-Murthy quoted a statement to him about Britain’s military actions in Iraq pushing people toward support for ISIS, Fallon went for the jugular:
Well I don’t think you should allow ‘pretext’ for people who blow up innocent children
only to be told by KGM that the statement he was reading was a quote of Boris Johnson.
Cue a spectacular collapse of comedic gold not seen since Buster Keaton. Watch for yourself – I promise you it’s worth it:
The fact that the Tories really do have nobody better to put before the cameras than the calamitous Theresa May is hard to believe, but absolutely true. Whenever they bring someone on from the bench – a bench that only seems to have Fallon’s and Philip Hammond‘s backsides on it – it’s a disaster.
No wonder the Tory campaign strategy is to focus on Mrs May-Myself-and-I. But even leaving aside her disastrous and callous policies toward even our young and elderly, she’s prone to forgetting where she is and to such obvious evasiveness that Corbyn’s obvious authenticity has Labour galloping up on the rails so fast that the panicked Tories cancelled their planned campaign relaunch today in favour of, well, running away.
The people of this country are getting wise to the Tories – and its getting hard for even the Establishment media to pretend otherwise with any credibility.
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