Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson addressed the gathered – ‘massed’ would really not be appropriate – ranks of Tory activists today at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. She made a bizarre admission.
Just after the General Election, a Tory think-tank published a desperate cry for help, saying that the right must get rid of Corbyn to have a chance of political survival:
Lest anyone think that was a one-off and things have moved on, that refrain has been repeated over and over among Tory mouthpieces:
Davidson’s speech to the Tory clingers-on today continued and extended that theme, as she admitted to her audience that the media believe that Corbyn will walk into Number 10 – and tried desperately to persuade her fellow Tories that Corbyn can be beaten:
Make no mistake – the woman that many Tories tip to be a future and possibly the next party leader – knows her party is terrified of Corbyn. She knows that it’s a herculean task if it’s possible at all. And she knows their morale needs shoring up.
The Tories are in disarray and running scared – it’s why they bribed the DUP in a frantic attempt to cling to power, because they don’t believe they can win another election in the foreseeable future.
This is huge. Davidson – of course attempts to camouflage it by cloaking her comments in mockery, but fails: almost four months after the General Election, Labour’s surge under Corbyn shows no sign of abating. The party in government – in name, at least – feels the need to brace the shattered morale of its activists against the political dominance of the leader of the opposition.
This may help illustrate why:
— Fitzy (@fitzy_blue) October 1, 2017
The many – the largest political party in Western Europe – juxtaposed with the few.
If your enemies define themselves by you, you’re winning. The Tories are defining themselves in comparison to Corbyn – whether that’s by copying his policies in a hopeless attempt to close the gap between themselves and him, or by trying to convince themselves he can, somehow, be beaten.
There’s such a thing as trying too hard. Protesting too much. This is what it looks like.
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