Orchestrated chaos – a week in Toryism

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by Martin Odoni

Real-life drama. But scripted

The drama of this week in UK politics has been irresistible, I cannot deny it. But at the same time, there is little pleasure to be taken from it. For one thing, it all had a horribly similar stench to the ‘Chicken Coup’ in the Labour Party almost exactly six years ago. The orchestration of Tory Ministers rebelling against the Prime Minister was so obvious, with resignations happening at the top of every hour – just like six years ago. You could see this was completely a wide conspiracy.

The reasons the Tories gave for rebelling were stomach-turning, treating the public’s intelligence with their usual contempt. ‘Pincher-gate’ – the appointment of Deputy Chief Whip Christopher…

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