Tory Cabinet Minister: We’ve Done More Than Maggie

Tub-thumper Eric Pickles was hissed at by a room of drunk Tories on Saturday night when he claimed that the Coalition have achieved more in the last four years than Margaret Thatcher achieved in her first term:

“I say this in modesty, but I think we have probably achieved more in the first term, that the blessed Margaret did in hers… [Interruption, boos.] That’s what I like, blind obedience. It’s that second term when the big reforms came in. It’s her second term that made that really big difference.”

While the boozed up activists at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham did not like it, the thinking is not unheard of in Tory circles – especially around No.11.




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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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