A Contest I Have No Interest In

Just in case anyone is wondering why I haven’t written anything about the Tory leadership election yet, let me say that I probably won’t be blogging about it. I hi no intention to get myself worked up about a contest between a group of people who I basically loathe. As I’ve explained before, I oppose everything that the Tories stand for. They are people who dress greed, arrogance and intolerance up as virtues, and do not care about anyone less fortunate than their selves. Their advocacy of an unregulated, low tax state is nothing but a pathetic little conscious-soothing euphemism for their desire to create a society where the privileged can manipulate the underprivileged at will, inherent social inequalities are left unchecked, and the rich are allowed to hoard their wealth while the very fabric of society, including mechanisms which people like me rely on to live, is left to fall apart. I thus have no interest in commenting on a contest between people, each as abhorrent as the other.

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  1. From The Guardian:
    Owen Jones: Each of the candidates has their own lethal qualities
    Owen Jones.

    Being asked to choose the least worst Tory to run the country is like being confronted with a smorgasbord of bacterial infections and weighing up the different symptoms and – frankly – risk of fatality. Am I seeking a candidate whose policies are less harmful, or one who repels voters most and thus secures Tory defeat? It might be tempting to opt for Liz Truss purely on the basis that her eccentric communication skills will doom her premiership – I’ve watched her incandescent speech at Tory conference about the scandal of Britain’s importing of cheese maybe a hundred times, sometimes just for a mid-afternoon lift – but senior Tories fearing “she might start a nuclear war” is, appropriately, a deterrence.

    There’s a problem, too, in defining “Tory moderate”. Was it not David Cameron and George Osborne who imposed crippling austerity on the nation and decimated the welfare state while demonising those who depended on it? Ah, but they were “socially liberal”, we’re told, a reputation resting purely on the introduction of equal marriage, but which airbrushes their scapegoating of migrants, nurtured by Theresa May as home secretary, culminating in the Windrush scandal.

    Jeremy Hunt was supposedly such a moderate: tell that to the junior doctors, and look at his nostalgia for austerity or desire to expand the Rwanda scheme. Tom Tugendhat is another: when asked the naughtiest thing he’d ever done, he replied “I invaded a country once”, a contemptuous gag about the murderous criminality of the Iraq war. Penny Mordaunt’s refusal to disown her deceitful claim that Britain could not have vetoed Turkey’s accession to the EU underlines a dishonesty that is integral to modern Toryism. That the Tory Brexiteer Rishi Sunak is portrayed as a “socialist” by his colleagues exposes how extreme the Tory flight to the right has been. As for the other culture warriors standing: it would be like the Spectator’s opinion pages running Britain. And that’s the thing: each has their own particularly lethal qualities, because the peril posed by Toryism isn’t about individuals, it’s institutional. So, with respect to my editors, I’ll leave the choice of severe bacterial infections to somebody else.

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