Sunday, August 28, 2005

Miguel Flip-Flops...Again

Michael Portillo comes out today for Ken:

'With Clarke, we know the man if not the policies. It is clear that his popularity extends well beyond those who vote Tory. The media find him impressive. He is unflappable on television and in the Commons. There is no doubting his ability to lead. In the general election people would still plump for Brown rather than Clarke. They would choose the younger man from the more attractive party. But I believe that Clarke would get a better result than Michael Howard did and better than any of his rivals could.'

Sheesh. That's backing? Ken will lead us to a less worse defeat than Howard?

Who dares wins, Mig. Did you never hear that?

And why have you deserted our own ranks? In June you wrote about Our Man:

'You have to be impressed by this shrewd political operator...also has a remarkable knack with people...he is acquainted with real life in a way that few Tories are...even though the media have wearied of hearing about it, his background remains an asset for him.It is impressive that he has spoken out against identity cards and the government’s disregard for human rights in its anti-terrorism legislation. Nonetheless he is seen as a right-wing figure (which will help him to be chosen by MPs). Even so I would not be surprised if once elected he emerges as a Trojan horse for the modernisers.

If I were still in parliament I would consider voting for him.'

Well OK, that wasn't exactly ringing either...but, then this is Michael Portillo.

Mr P inflicted huge damage on our party when he was an MP. Backstabbing, plotting, defeatism, and a complete absence of policy backbone (see eg Tory Wars, by Simon Waters)

So it's business as usual from Mr Showbiz (third from the bottom...as it were).
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