Peter Bingle: How to clean up the Tory stables in six stages
One move the PM should make is installing Nicholas Soames as Conservative party chairman.
Has there ever been a more incompetent or useless government? The answer is no and yet the alternative is so terrifying that most sensible people hope that the PM can somehow turn things around.
We live in times when mediocrity rules the day. The calibre of most senior ministers is just so low. Little wonder that most voters no longer care about what happens on the Body Politic. The parliamentary Tory Party is for most part a joke.
The current scandal engulfing Westminster was always going to happen. Too many MPs and peers have behaved badly for too long. Yet many of those who are condemning the behaviour of our elected politicians should look in the mirror and examine their own consciences. He who has not sinned should not cast stones. There are also sinners in the Lobby. Hypocrisy is never pleasant.
The opinion polls suggest that although the Tory government resembles life in Rome under Nero, the public have no great desire for Jeremy Corbyn and his politburo to become the government. This provides the Tories with a once in a lifetime opportunity to clear out the Augean Stables and win the day.
Stage one is a populist Budget. The Chancellor must throw caution to the wind and deliver the most popular Budget since the famous Nigel Lawson Budget.
Stage two is firing the useless Patrick McLoughlin and replacing him with a political heavyweight who can defend the government in the media and rally the troops. Step forward Nicholas Soames.
Stage three is a massive reshuffle. This is a government of duds. There are so many hopeless ministers and Cabinet Ministers. They need to be fired and despatched to the political equivalent of the knackers yard. I could name them but I won’t. We all know who they are.
Stage four is the PM utilising the best and brightest of her troops. Her government needs to include Graham Brady, Jacob Rees Mogg and Anna Soubry.
Stage five is a populist political agenda which offers hope to Tories and potential Tories. No more idiotic pandering to people who will never vote Tory. Time for realpolitik ...
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