The BBC is not the only media outlet giving out free publicity for candidates in the Tory leadership contest: today’s Daily Mail, along with an article on Mail Online, have dedicated space to promoting one of the candidates, too. As it’s Wednesday, and it’s the Mail, that means the pundit is the appallingly tedious Sarah “Vain” Vine, and the candidate her husband Michael “Oiky” Gove. And what a pitch it is, or rather, isn’t.
Lady Macbeth speaks. Highly selectively
“He can't load a dishwasher and took his driving test seven times... but there's one job my husband would do well: The Mail's SARAH VINE reveals why she thinks Michael Gove is the right man to be Prime Minister”. We are being asked to believe that someone who cannot look after himself should be allowed to look after the UK. Ri-i-i-ight.
But she’s serious, despite an attack from Michael Gove having all the threat value of a broadside from Elmer Fudd. But do go on. “My husband, Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, is running for PM. It has not been an easy decision to take. Well, not for me, at any rate. I think for Michael it's a bit of a no-brainer. As a leader of the campaign to leave the EU, he is determined to deliver the result of the referendum - not least because it's what he believes in, but also because he has invested so much in it”.
Would that be the leader of Vote Leave, which broke the law, is under investigation by the Police, and which decided not to appeal against the judgment? But she’s not finished. “Seeing the result of a democratic vote turned into little short of a civil war has driven me mad with frustration and, at times, fury”. A democratic vote where her side cheated.
Still, she is able to tell us “For Michael, this is not just about succeeding where others have failed: it's about honouring the result of the referendum. And to do that he has to persuade the party and the people that not only is he the right man to unite the Conservatives and deliver Brexit, he is also someone who can, in the long term, restore faith in politics”.
And how can he restore faith in politics, other than helping the Metropolitan Police with their enquiries? Gove, and indeed Bozza, should not be allowed anywhere near this leadership contest. Also, as Shahmir Sanni has pointed out, “As someone who spent two years with the people that work for Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Daniel Hannan, Jacob Rees-Mogg … nearly every single one of them wants to abolish free healthcare”.
That’s in addition to Sanni’s observation “Vote Leave broke the law and then failed to appeal their case so this is now an undeniable truth. So why are Michael Gove & Boris Johnson still MPs, let alone being considered as potential leaders? They always knew BeLeave was a Vote Leave campaign. They oversaw criminality”. There is more.
“I would vote remain if the leave campaign was run by the same criminals as before. I will not have my values and principles stained forever by aligning with the likes of Boris Johnson or Michael Gove, Matthew Elliot or Darren Grimes … Michael Gove was the chair of the Campaign Committee of Vote Leave. BeLeave was discussed many times within their meetings. Yet Michael Gove and co have denied BeLeave was a Vote Leave project. They have [been] proven to have lied. They broke the law”.
What Sarah Vine thinks rather pales into insignificance by comparison. But interesting to see that the Daily Mail is condoning criminality. Who would have thought it?
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