The self-cannibalisation of the Tory party has been gathering pace since Theresa May’s disastrous conference speech.
Former party chair Grant Shapps claimed to have the names of ‘up to 30’ Tory MPs prepared to ask the ‘1922 committee’ to remove Mrs May. Boris Johnson – with a shameful, casual disregard for those with mental health challenges – in turn attacked ‘nutters’ who wanted to remove May as leader.
Then, on Thursday, former Tory chancellor Nigel Lawson savaged current chancellor Philip Hammond on for coming ‘very close to sabotage’ by refusing to budget huge sums of money to cover the ‘no-deal Brexit’ that will take place when the Tories fail to reach a deal with the EU:
"Probably a reshuffle" Lord Lawson on the chancellor's future
"I fear he is unhelpful… what he is doing is very close to sabotage" pic.twitter.com/4kGzBpBsow
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) October 12, 2017
Now Conservative back-bencher Nadine Dorries has taken to Twitter to pile on, piggy-backing on the above BBC tweet of Lawson’s comments to launch her own attack on ‘Spreadsheet Phil’:
Dorries is only saying publicly what numerous Tory front- and back-benchers have been saying privately for months, as Hammond himself confirmed in July.
But the fact that the various Tory factions – anti-May, anti-Hammond, anti-Johnson, anti-Gove and all the rest – are now starting to fight publicly exposes the beginnings of the complete breakdown that has been on the cards since the Tories lost their parliamentary majority to the ‘Corbyn surge’ in June.
It’s popcorn time – until they implode completely and, as Emily Thornberry said during Labour’s conference, the grown-ups take over.
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