Ian Duncan Smith became the latest in a long line of Tories to suffer consecutive ‘car-crashes’ in the national media over the weekend, joining the hapless likes of Michael Fallon (x3), Philip Hammond (x2) and, of course, Theresa May – who, among other things, forgot where she was, boasted about being a world leader in preventing tourism and later got herself reported to the police for breaking electoral law on television.
As the SKWAWKBOX covered this morning, Smith let slip on Radio 4 the huge admission that he and Theresa May both knew the Tories had watered down Labour’s anti-terror legislation – and then let it slide for years, making the country more vulnerable to terrorist attack.
But on Saturday, he warmed up by means of a classic ‘Freudian slip’ – meaning to say one thing but inadvertently telling the truth. And it is a classic, as Ealing Labour for Corbyn observed:
“What we’re trying to get away with in our manifesto” is accidental honesty on a par with David Cameron’s 2013 gaffe, “we’re making more money for the rich” – but even more damaging, as Cameron’s slip was mid-Parliament in the House of Commons, not on national TV days before voters go to the polls in a General Election.
The truth will out, as they say. And ‘out’ is exactly where the Tories are heading now the electorate has well and truly rumbled both their moral bankruptcy and the dodges they use to try to conceal it.
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