The Conservatives have been accused of entering ‘stealth general election’ mode in order to try to gain a head start on Labour, according to senior Labour sources.
Theresa May’s tour of the country does not appear aimed at persuading voters to support her dismal Brexit ‘deal’ – she has spent only minutes at a time in places on her tour and it is currently not a matter for voters anyway, as it will be MPs who vote to accept or reject it later this month.
Instead, it’s an opportunity for her to appear in campaign mode, providing ‘photo opportunities’ and footage for the Establishment media.
At the same time, polling companies have begun calling voters – but not to ask whether they would support May’s proposed agreement with the EU. Instead, the question is which way constituents would vote in a parliamentary election based on whether their MP supports or rejects May’s deal.
One senior Labour source told the SKWAWKBOX:
This is a general election campaign by stealth. It allows Theresa May to campaign, but by calling it a ‘tour’ to promote her deal the media can cover that campaign without the usual impartiality rules kicking in for their coverage.
May knows she can’t compete with Jeremy in an open campaign and fairer coverage – she saw that last year – so she’s trying to get the biggest possible head start on us by dressing it up as something else. This also lets her sound out the electorate before officially calling an election to gauge voters’ mood.
The country needs to know it’s being played yet again.
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