- Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:31 am
Funnily enough both my mother and my partner's parents, when discussing Johnson's performance, came out with the same 2 lines - independently of each other. "Just be glad Corbyn isn't in charge" and "I don't think Starmer could have done any better". I've heard these two talking points a lot over the last few weeks.
The first one is moot, but the second was in both cases countered with "How could he have done worse?". Met with "Yes, yes, but let's not get political about this".
There seems to be a sense of weary resignation in many quarters. My mum bitterly regrets Brexit, but says she voted Tory in December "to get it out of the way" - even though she had said that she couldn't think of anyone more unsuitable as PM than Johnson. Aside from the BTL loons, the feeling seems to be that it's inevitable, it's awful, but somehow that it's now the lost dream. It could have been wonderful, we could have had everything, but you clever people mucked it all up so we'd better grin and bear it. We're British, we're stoic, we take it on the chin, we lose every fight but the one that matters etc. What's so bad about Cleethorpes anyway?
In a way I'm reminded of Obama's re-election campaign, during which Sarah Palin taunted Democrats with "How's that 'hope' thing working out?". That's the great thing about being a Tory. You don't have to offer hope; you just need to persuade the voters that it's a fool's hope anyway, and better to stick with what you know.
"I've tried to think of something clever to say about Rod Liddle, but I think he's just a cunt."