I have started this blog post several times over the last few days, wanting to say something about the Conservative leadership race. I have sputtered out like a brief candle after a few sentences.
Where on earth do you even begin with this unholy mess? I mean, where? I keep saying this in the hope that someone will have begun, but no, we seem to be going round and round in the mire like a cat chasing it’s own tail. Better that we provide amusement for those people who now think watching the UK go to hell in a hand cart is as funny as what they can see on Youtube than actually fix something.
We are a country made of one, gigantic blooper reel.
How can we have got to the point where the best I can hope for in a Prime Minister is Theresa May?
Where the opposition to Theresa is a woman who thinks that it is perfectly acceptable to lie on her CV?
Where people I have spoken to about this have shrugged and said: ‘People do lie on their CV.’
I mean, really? Really? Is that all it merits? A shrug?
For the woman who wants to be the leader and figurehead of our country for the next four years and who before she even starts, has based her campaign on a lie?
She’s not going for a job in Clintons’ Cards for fuck’s sake.
She’s not plugging up the fact that she has a mysterious gap in her employment for six months after university with vague tales of temping, when she was really on an almighty festival bender and couldn’t be arsed to get up every morning.
She’s saying she handled billions of pounds worth of funds, working on complex, multi national financial projects and that it is this skill set which makes her ideal for handling a post Brexit Britain.
And when this is exposed by people who employed and worked with her as a lie, that just merits an ‘oh well,’ and a shrug does it?
This, from people who are outraged that the whole referendum campaign on both sides has been based on lies and fear mongering, and yet they are still willing to accept the idea of a leader who is building the future of the country on more lies? Lies that directly affect her competency to govern?
What the fuck is wrong with people?
And possibly (not really) I could just about wrap my head around the fact that she’s a liar if it weren’t for all the other stuff.
The fact that she wants to put her Christian faith front and centre of her campaign. Even though we live in a country which separates church and state and whose government is secular.
And yet I’ve had the shruggers again. ‘Oh well,’ they say, ‘It is a Christian country. The Queen is the defender of the faith. Our laws are based on the ten commandments. I don’t see the problem.’
Really? Even though we have thousands of laws, and only ten of them really pertain to the ten commandments, and that one about fly tipping has nothing to do with Jesus at all? Or the fact that the Queen is a figurehead with no governmental authority because our political life is SECULAR.
Don’t tell me these people would be shrugging if Sadiq Khan had run for Mayor of London on the strap line of keeping his Muslim faith front and centre of his political campaign.
And if she really wants to put her Christian faith front and centre of her campaign, how about starting with one of those precious ten commandments: ‘Thou Shalt Not Lie?’
That also applies to your CV, Andrea.
Then maybe we can move on to another of those pesky commandments: ‘Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbour.’ That would be the whole saying that Theresa May is not fit to govern the country, because she isn’t a mother, and only a mother can do such an onerous task, Andrea.
That would also include, when people get rightly outraged about such a frankly appalling attack on a woman who couldn’t have children, and the fact that it dismisses the point of view of large chunks of the population, including all men, saying that you didn’t say that and the journalist who quoted you was a liar. Then, when the journalist is able to prove she isn’t a liar, falling back on saying that you didn’t really mean it, because you were exhausted from trying to think about what it would mean to run the country.
So you believe that you are fit to run the country for four years, but are so exhausted from a week of campaigning to try to run the country that you get caught out in more lies? What an excellent leader you will make.
Then there’s the fact that you’re not really focusing on the important things, Andrea, like how to get us out of a situation where the pound is now the lowest performing currency next to the Argentinian peso. God forbid we should look to that, or finding a way out of austerity, when what’s really needed, according to you, is a removal of the ban on fox hunting to make this country great.
Because that’s what this country needs right now isn’t it? More ripping foxes to bits and less focus on stopping us becoming the laughing stock of the globe?
We’ll brush over the homophobia, the hard core belief in a free market that means tearing apart workers rights and maternity pay for those blessed mothers you identify with, your wish to overturn human rights to ‘free’ us. I won’t ask you from what and into what? I don’t think you know, Andrea.
And we’ll finish with the promise of £10 million in funding from UKIP donors who seem to have deserted Farage in favour of pinning their hopes on you being able to push their agenda, such as it is, into prominence.
And the postscript that you accepted money from a neocon group in the US who promote gun rights and think climate change is a hoax, because that’s the kind of good mother you’re going to be for our country.
I think I’d rather be an orphan.