A poll by the ConHome website has ranked Tory Cabinet members by popularity – or by ‘net satisfaction rating’, to be more precise – among party members. The results will boggle the mind of the rest of us:
The idea that Michael Gove is the most highly regarded or ‘satisfying’ member of the Cabinet is simply astonishing who consider him a dangerous throwback and who remember the damage he inflicted on teachers and children as Education Secretary. And of course there’s this:
But that’s as nothing compared to the fact that Esther McVey – Esther McVey – is the third most popular. Ms McVey was a disaster as a DWP minister and a horror as DWP Secretary, having freely admitted as far back as 2013 that Tory policies would push at least 200,000 more children into poverty.
That prediction was massively exceeded – by 2015/16 four million children, almost one child in every three, were living in poverty – and increase of four hundred thousand – and the figure is expected to rise by 1.2 million in just the next three years.
McVey also suggested that the Tories’ ‘rape clause’ – which forces women to reveal a pregnancy was caused by rape if they want to claim benefits for a third or subsequent child – benefits women and outraged Scottish Parliament members by flippantly dismissing benefit sanctions imposed on a hospitalised heart attack victim for not attending an appointment:
To most of us, that’s horrific. To Tories, it’s apparently satisfying.
Some other stand-outs:
Jeremy Hunt in 4th – the worst Health Secretary in history, who has presided over such a disaster of privatisation and underfunding in the NHS that what used to be considered a ‘winter crisis’ is now a ‘summer norm’
Liam Fox in 5th – the Trade Secretary who was previously forced to resign in disgrace for involving a ‘friend’ to take an unofficial and undeclared role as his adviser and taking him on official trips and into official meetings
Boris Johnson in 11th – the buffoon of a Foreign Secretary who lied to the people over the Salisbury attack and screwed up the chance of release of a UK citizen imprisoned in Iran, as well as routinely embarrassing the nation, most recently by snarking at Russia over the ‘murder’ of a Russian journalist who turned out to be very much not-dead
David Davis in ninth – the Brexit Secretary who can’t negotiate Brexit, lurches from one ludicrous idea or claim to the next and looks like a grinning toddler next to the EU’s professionals
In fact, the whole list is a shambles, because the government is a shambles. The only real surprise is that Theresa May and a few others manage to have negative ratings when Tory members clearly set the bar so low it risks triggering fracking protests.
Hat-tip to EL4C for the find.
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