The great economist and commentator J K Galbraith encountered many Conservatives during his lifetime, so he spoke from experience when he told “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness”. Anyone who saw the behaviour on display in the Commons yesterday will know that his assertion still holds true today.
The Tories could have been magnanimous: the amounts concerned were, after all, paltry when put alongside the whopping £12 billions which, to use the happy phrase of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, had been “spaffed up the wall” on a test and trace system that does not work properly, if at all.
Consider it done. “Brendan Clarke-Smith: ‘I do not believe in nationalising children. We need to get back to the idea of taking responsibility. This means less celebrity virtue-signalling on Twitter by proxy’”. Enough. And two things here.
And more significantly, Two, MPs in a Tory Party led by Bozo The Clown calling “millionaire celebrity” on someone else? Er, HELLO? What did they think made so many easily persuaded voters support their party? Did they miss all Johnson’s HIGNFY appearances? His years of dashing off dishonesty-riddled columns for the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph? His calling £250,000 a year “chicken feed”?
This grotesque projection only goes to show how Tory MPs are prepared to sink to any depths in order to waste time and demean the level of debate - just so that they can, once again, continue their search for a moral justification for selfishness.
This Christmas, kids across England will go hungry. While Tory MPs will not.