Fighting Over The Deck Chairs On The Titanic ...
Twenty five points behind Labour, in the polls, over 50 MPs about to jump ship, the Tories continue to fight over the deck chairs on the Titanic, as disaster looms..
Not content with the Balkanization of the Conservative party with five, or is it six families, Liz Truss, who did for Pork exports to China what Rishi Sunak appears to be doing for EV sales in the U.K., is to launch another faction. The Pop Con, faction.
The reaction to the launch of "Popular Conservatism" has been mixed, with significant criticism from various quarters, including within her own party, the media, and the public. The initiative, aimed at galvanizing Britain's "secret Conservatives" and pushing back against left-wing ideologies, has been met with skepticism and irony, particularly given Truss's own unpopularity following her brief tenure as Prime Minister.
Critics within the Conservative Party have expressed doubts about the necessity and positioning of this new faction. Some Tory MPs have questioned the space "Popular Conservatism" intends to fill, given the existence of other groups advocating for similar libertarian economic policies.
The absence of several key MPs from the launch event, including Ranil Jayawardena and Simon Clarke, who were initially billed to speak but later withdrew, indicates a lack of unified support for Truss's movement.
The media's response has been both satirical and critical. The Guardian's commentary likened the "Popular Conservatives" to a "Tory tribute act sounding a death knell for irony," highlighting the perceived absurdity of Truss leading a movement for popularity, despite her own unpopularity.
This onslaught of satire and criticism reflects a broader skepticism about the movement's impact and Truss's leadership particularly. Public opinion, remains largely unfavorable towards Liz Truss, with recent polls suggesting she is one of the least popular politicians in the country. Ranked 152nd with a 10% approval rating according to YouGov.
Widespread unpopularity underscores the challenges Truss faces in rallying support for her "Popular Conservatism" movement. The movement's success in influencing Conservative Party policies and public opinion remains to be seen, but initial responses suggest it faces significant hurdles. Like "do we really need another Tory variant?".
The great thing about the Tories, they never stop fighting, the unfortunate facet of action, it always appears to be amongst themselves ...
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