The Tories have thirty ministers touring the country ‘to sell Theresa May’s deal’.
Remember, the public has no say on her deal next week – its fate will be decided by a vote by MPs next Tuesday, unless she chickens out as she has shown signs of preparing to do.
Nonetheless, mainstream media commentators are dutifully describing the ‘tour’ as being about the Brexit deal and ignoring the thing that voters do get to decide.
If it quacks like a general election…
But by starting her campaign in stealth mode, May hopes to steal a march on Labour when the official campaign kicks off – and the BBC does not have to operate on the stricter balance and impartiality basis that goes with an official general election campaign and which saw Corbyn surge by fifteen points and millions of votes in just a few weeks during last year’s general election.
The Tories have also accelerated their parliamentary candidate selections, started bizarre photo-opportunities at Foodbanks and begun election-based polling – so ignore the ‘MSM’ presentation of the Brexit vote as the only game in town and get ready for the short, short-notice campaign it looks like the Tories are planning for.
Get ready for emergency reselections, too – and turn up the volume on the real issues, as it’s certain May – or whoever is in place by then – will be looking to cast the new campaign as a ‘single issue’ election about Brexit, when the reality is that the UK’s issues are far wider and connected to which party is governing than whether the UK is in or out of the EU.
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