There’s always a fake storm over every little thing a Conservative says, cooked up by the media, that doesn’t exist in reality, or at least, not outside the inner suburbs of London:
Strangely, there is no “uproar”, Laura, out here in the country. Stop manufacturing ersatz outrage and pretending its news. https://t.co/9wDQ44uRyW
— Allison Pearson (@allisonpearson) November 6, 2019
So it’s important that Conservatives stand up to this, and cut out the grovelling apologies that end up being all they are known for. That’s the sort of robust advice you’d expect a former military man like Rory Stewart to take to heart… oh:
The independent candidate for Mayor of London found himself in hot water when he described three men he met during his previous campaign to become leader of the Conservatives as “minor gangsters”.
Mr Stewart said: “I think it’s important to acknowledge that I was wrong. I apologised immediately and I apologise again now. It was a complicated incident.
“These were some young men from Ireland who were quite understandably teasing a politician by making some fake hand signs. I thought I could participate in that joke and I was wrong.”
He also conceded that Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments about Grenfell were “very unfortunate”.
He added: “I think that was the wrong thing to say. I can both say that I was wrong and he was wrong.”
Not only does Stewart say he’s wrong over and over, he even takes it upon himself to apologise for one of his recent colleagues.
If you want to envisage a Conservative future, imagine an MP apologising for everything – forever.