The most excoriating attacks on 'deluded, philosophically illiterate' Tory Brexiteers

Written by David Singleton on 19 November 2018 in Diary

Nine ways to put the boot into Jacob Rees Mogg, Steve Baker et al.

In their quest to get rid of Theresa May, Eurosceptic Conservative MPs have frequently looked like they are up for a fight with the PM and her supporters.

A recent article in the Sunday Times quoted a former Tory minister as saying: "The moment is coming when the knife gets heated, stuck in her front and twisted. She'll be dead soon." 

Since then, Tory MP Simon Clarke has accused May of “driving the ship at the rocks” while his pro-Brexit colleague Andrew Bridgen mocked the PM’s dancing in the Commons. “Sadly having seen the withdrawal agreement it's clear whose tune she's been dancing to,” he jibed.

But it’s not just Brexiteers who can go on the attack. When Bridgen piped up in the Commons last week, one unidentified MP shouted out that he was a “disloyal twerp”. 

In the media, various commentators have also been giving Brexiteers a taste  of their own medicine…



9. Geordie Greig, Daily Mail

“And who are they, these self-appointed guardians of the Brexit flame — a loose affiliation of backbench zealots, failed ministers and serial show-offs, who claim to represent Britain’s best interests, but risk destroying their party and the nation’s prosperity.

“They are, of course, entitled to their opinion. But, for all their pretentions, they speak only for those who place purist ideology above pragmatism and the practicalities of politics.”



8. Ian Dunt,

"The failure of Brexit to find any viability whatsoever is also ignored by Jacob Rees-Mogg, whose response to a moment of political crisis is to try and unseat the prime minister. In a situation defined by the ticking clock, his solution is to waste more time....

"It is not just that they are wrong, or that they are morally and strategically misguided, or that they are moronic, although they are all these things. It is that they are obscenely irresponsible. They should at this point be held in disgrace."



7. Alex Massie, The Spectator

“The Brexiteers have any number of questions but precisely zero answers. Who should replace Theresa May? No idea. What should they do? Who can say. How, in any case, would they achieve what they want to do? Ask us later, guv…

"What a shambles and what a fiasco this is. Rees-Mogg says it is time for a Prime Minister who 'believes in Brexit' as though mere belief can overcome the difficulties inherent in pursuing an objective so riddled with contradictions as this. But then, for the ERG crew, the answer to the question 'Do you believe in fairies?' has always been an enthusiastic yes.”



6. Matt Chorley, The Times

"In these dramatic times at Westminster, there are dim forces at work. None dimmer than Andrew Bridgen, the Tory MP for North West Leicestershire. You won’t have heard of him, but he is the backbench brains of the operation that has been telling journalists for weeks that the 48th letter to trigger a vote of no confidence in the prime minister is in, or about to go in, or will be once he has finished writing it…

"He spends his days loitering near journalists in parliament’s Portcullis House, dispensing what is known in the trade as ‘utter rubbish’. His ubiquity has earned him daft monikers, including 'the Midlands Machiavelli', the 'dean of dissent', and the 'pre-washed potato magnate', which refers to his vegetable prep business rather than his looks."



5. Marina Hyde, The Guardian

“As one source told the Sunday Times’ Tim Shipman, Gove is staying “to get this in a better place”, along with Liam Fox, Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom and Chris Grayling. Oh dear. Chris Grayling saying he’s going to help is a bit like Lennie from Of Mice and Men saying he’ll dog-sit for you.”



4. Anonymous eurosceptic source, Sunday Times (on the ‘famous five’ Brexiteers still in the cabinet)

“They’re like something from the Wizard of Oz. There’s Grayling, the man without the heart, Andrea, the one without the brain, and Michael, the cowardly lion who didn’t have the nerve to resign.”



3. Melvyn Bragg, The House

"Boris Johnson, of course, gave his exhibitionist, narcissistic, self-seeking backing to it. People like Farage and Boris, some newspapers think ‘oh they make news, they’re so colourful’. They’re dangerous these people and so it turned out to be…

“These bunch of squirearchal, hedge funding, overprivileged people who think it’s going to be okay – it’s going to be okay for them. They’re not going to suffer, not a bit of it. They don’t offer any evidence now. It’s ceased to be a programme or a process, it’s a cult. It’s a bit like the Moonies. They just believe it because they believe because they believe it. Because they are who they are, they think them believing it is significant. No, it isn’t.”



2. Philip Collins, The Times

“Serious politics is not simply a parade of your principles. Please, Mr Raab and Ms McVey, spare us the pious claptrap about the national interest. Government is about blending your principles with those who disagree. It is about negotiation and deals in which not all good things can be had at once…

“Surely, when there is clearly no path for anything, when every course of action leads to chaos, paralysis or the loss of the prize of Brexit, surely then the Mogg-Johnsons would bank the partial victory? But no, they have principles and they are going to act “in the national interest”, the deluded, philosophically illiterate, in-the-wrong-job fools. Well, the rest of us will now have to stop them.”



1.Michael Deacon, The Telegraph

“The so-called 'European Research Group' on the Conservative back benches is stuffed with the most risible crowd of fantasists, crackpots and dunderheads to be found anywhere outside the comments section below a YouTube video about chemtrails. In the Commons on Thursday these jabbering blowhards spent three solid hours rubbishing the Prime Minister and her proposed deal without once, any of them, explaining how they would have done it better...

"They seem to imagine that negotiating with the EU – an entity vastly bigger, richer and more powerful than the UK – is a doddle. It appears not to have occurred to them that Michel Barnier might actually be quite a difficult person to dupe. Perhaps the problem is the company they keep. After all, if the only people you regularly encounter in day-to-day political life are your fellow morons, then I suppose it’s only natural to assume that everyone else in politics must be a moron too."







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