Ken Clarke and Malcolm Rifkind on the Incompetence of the Tory Leadership Candidates

Michelle sent me this link to the news footage, in which Ken Clarke and Malcolm Rifkind make unguarded and highly indiscreet comments about the challengers for the Tory leadership, including Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May. Among the various unflattering comments, Clarke said he was glad Gove got rid of Boris Johnson, but thought that if Gove got in he’d have us fighting three wars at the same time. He though Leadsom was wrong in thinking we’d have a glorious future outside the EU, while Theresa May was a ‘difficult woman’, but then, he said to Rifkind, ‘you and I both worked for Margaret Thatcher.’

http://news.sky.com/story/watch-ken-clarke-ridicules-tory-candidates-10423744

Clarke’s right, far more than he knows or would agree to. All of the candidates for the Conservative leadership are appalling – extreme rightists, who do want to privatise the health service, destroy the welfare state, and return this country to the sweatshop conditions of the Victorian factory masters. They would wreck this country’s economy even further than Cameron and Osborne already have, all the while praising each other to the rafters for making Britain more competitive and entrepreneurial. It’s a race where they’re all equally wrong, and ideally should all lose.

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4 Responses to “Ken Clarke and Malcolm Rifkind on the Incompetence of the Tory Leadership Candidates”

  1. vondreassen Says:

    Am I seeing things here ? wasn’t Rifkind demoted after appearing
    on a TV EXPOSURE PROG about on-the-take politicians ?

    • beastrabban Says:

      If you’re seeing things, then I must be too, as he’s definitely in it. But you’re right – I think he was caught with his hands in the till, metaphorically speaking. Perhaps he was on, because all the senior Tories with clean hands wouldn’t talk to the camera. Or perhaps, as with so many things, scandals just don’t matter very much at that level in politics. After all, Jeffrey Archer came back, and the Hamiltons managed to make a cosy living over in UKIP.

  2. Blissex Says:

    «extreme rightists, who do want to privatise the health service, destroy the welfare state, and return this country to the sweatshop conditions of the Victorian factory masters»

    That is a very popular dream with the “aspirational” conservatory-building classes, as they all believe that they would be masters, not servants, ladies and lords of the suburban minimanors.

    They are probably deluded, but are probably a majority of swing voters in marginal seats, and in a democracy the majority wins, the minority loses…

  3. vondreassen Says:

    Nobody wants to be ‘seen’ as working class, but, as a lot of people have newly .discovered under the tories, Being wholly dependent on a monthly salary IS working class…get used to it…

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