October 4, 2017

Long knives should be drawn

Long knives should be drawn

That was probably the worst ever speech by a party leader in any country since time began. May’s credibility is in tatters. She must resign. Sir Michael Fallon should step up to the plate, says Peter Bingle.

The irony is that the speech started so well. Here was Theresa May not quite on fire but on top form, explaining why she was a Tory and extolling her personal convictions and beliefs. I started to believe that she was finally going to set out a policy agenda that would resonate with ordinary voters. After a truly terrible party conference the PM was going to stamp her personal authority on not just the Tory Party but also on British politics.

And then it all started to go horribly wrong. She handled the ‘comedian’ who presented her with a P45 with consummate skill. The conference was right behind her. The PM was on top form. She then started to splutter and cough. The ashen faces of her Cabinet colleagues said all that needed to be said. This was a disaster.

The PM kept going. Spluttering, coughing and choking. The audience rallied behind her. Somebody tweeted: “I’m a cougher not a quitter”. If she had thrown up over her Cabinet colleagues the activists would have probably cheered…

The sad reality, however, is that the game is up. Just as the terrible IDS ‘quiet man’ speech destroyed him, today’s coughing extravaganza has destroyed the PM’s credibility. This was excruciatingly terrible…

If anybody had bothered to listen to the speech the content was actually rather interesting but nobody was listening to the speech.

After today’s disaster, we are nearer than ever to becoming a Marxist state. The time for dithering is surely over. The Tory Party is famous for its ruthlessness. It needs to be ruthless now. The PM’s credibility is in tatters.

Who should replace her? The answer is very simple and hopefully very obvious. Sir Michael Fallon…

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Peter Bingle
Peter Bingle
Peter is the Founder of Terrapin Communications. With a career in politics and communications that has spanned almost four decades, he is one of the country's leading public affairs practitioners. His career has seen him advise many top companies, including McDonald’s, HSBC, L’Oreal, Permira, Motorola, Camelot, Rolls Royce & Kellogg's.
  • Journeyman


  • Journeyman

    Try the rejuvenated UKIP!

  • Journeyman

    Well said!

  • Odo Saunders

    It is now a question of when not if when the men in suits arrive at the front door of Downing Street! If we are to be delivered from the nightmare scenario of Corbyn, the party must act now.

  • Mill House

    Poor old bobsworth – to be pitied rather than mocked. What a sad excuse for a human being you are. Your side lost the referendum, just get used to it. The leave voters lost in 1975 and didn’t throw their toys out of their prams, just got on with their lives until the real horror of the EU came to light which led to the formation of UKIP, followed by the coming of our saviour, the greatest living Englishman, Mr Nigel Farage.

    You can have your second referendum (though really the third), bobby my boy, but you will have to wait as long as we waited for ours – 41 years and 18 days. Cheer up – less than 40 years to go now. So now fuck off and do your pathetic whingeing and whining elsewhere, you boring twat.

  • thamesmud

    One mans “largest free market” is an others protectionist proto-state.

  • Androsupial

    Sir Michael who? The replacement cannot be Boris – a great cheerleader and, I am sure, pretty tough underneath – but his performance as Foreign Secretary has bent his overseas credibility. But as a deputy PM and chairman of the Conservative Party, plus a move to restore power to the local parties, I think Boris would give a foundation, if he could tolerate the transition. That leaves the top job … still a hard one. JRM is not a contender because of his moral stance, and I don’t think he carries enough weight in the Party. The one I would have gone for, DD, seems not motivated to hang around after Brexit concludes, so I am still puzzled. As the current top tier are so characterless and dull, I think the Party should skip a level (or a generation) and elect a leader with genuine potential – intellectual, political, and charisma – and real experience in the real world. No more professional politicians. Any suggestions?

  • Cullerchris

    I agree with everything in the article apart from the last paragraph.

  • Bogbrush

    No, it’s far worse than that.

    To run a business / country or whatever you have to have the vision to know what to do and the guts to do it. I don’t think Boris is much better.

    Here’s a test; if Heathrow is the right place to extend, do it. All the constituencies around, tough. Lost seats? Don’t care.Anyone failing that test – and it’s a tiny little test, hardly worthy of the name – is inadequate for the job. If you can’t do that you won’t slacked planning restrictions to the point of near-nothingness and fix housing overnight, and if you won’t do that then there’s no point in you.

  • Bogbrush

    No, behind the coughing it was a load of rubbish. She has always been useless, I remember watching her on TV when she was fairly new as an MP and thinking she was as thick as two short planks. She has no vision, no coherent strand of thinking from which consistent, purposeful policy emerges.

    Like all such people she can’t see it; a person blind from birth can’t understand what “green” means, a person without vision can’t understand what it would be like.

  • Richard Brady

    Asleep at the wheel as Home Sec. ditto as Prime Minister…the Lady has to go !!

  • Richard Brady

    The party needs a fresh leader with some passion not the present cabinet of grey funeral directors’. Boris comes to mind but he is no Churchill !
    The Tories should as aggressive as the Corbynistas are in their loony left musings.

  • PAD

    Peter Bungle writes like a teenager..how did he get so far? Up!

  • Fissionchips

    . . and probably 17.5 million + and counting others. If May doesn’t go and a Leaver PM installed then the Tories are riding on a death wish.

  • Lamia

    Bonkers. You are right about Theresa May but Fallon is not the answer. For the country’s sake, or if you can’t manage that then for the Tories’ own sake, May must be replaced by someone who (1) is a Brexiter and (2) has some optimism about them.

    There are several possible candidates – Johnson, Davis, Patel – who would be a vast improvement on what May and her even more dull Remainer acolytes can offer. Add in Mogg, Gove, and a few other Brexiters and the Tories would have the making of a moderately decent Cabinet. They could even keep in a few of the less inept Remainers. Suddenly Corbyn Labour would look an absurd choice again – as it is, currently, absymal as they are, Corbyn’s crew are the only ones who look optimistic and actually keen to be in government.

    And I know there is more to government than optimism, but it really matters. There has been plenty of economic good news over the past year, but May, Hammond, Rudd and co have not trumpeted any of it, and have instead offered nothing but gloom and apology.

    Theresa May’s government appear not to believe in this country. The country appears to be asking itself why it should believe in them.

  • MarcusJuniusBrutus

    May is a perpetual fence sitter. In a time when we need decisive leadership.

    Another remainer is not the answer. Any of Ruud, Hammond or Fallon will be the death of the tory party. Otherwise they will not get my vote back. I abstained at the last election in abject horror at that socialist-lite manifesto and I will continue to abstain until there is something worth voting for.

    Boris as PM with JRM in a senior role would work. Or even JRM as PM.

  • springmellon

    Fallon??? Good Lord.

    The content of the speech was of course awful drivel, but one part was genuinely sickening

    Mrs May spoke of how as Home Secretary her determination to fight injustice resulted in Hillsborough and Northern sex gangs (notice not muslim sex gangs) victims finally getting justice The Home Office did nothing but ignore the victims and then seek to cover up and obstruct those investigations.

    When I start to feel sympathy for Mrs May, I think of all those victims that suffered needlessly as a result of the Home Office’s inaction despite for years receiving reports of muslim gangs targeting white girls for rape, torture and prostitution.

  • bobsworth

    Yeah yeah…. but let’s concentrate on the shocking illogicality and almost unbelievable Brexsh*t drivel.

    Treeza croaked repeatedly about the wonders of “free and open markets”….. and proposes to prove the point by wrenching Britain out of the world’s largest free market.

    Then we got the cr@p about the “precious union of 4 nations” which are “stronger together”….. yet supposedly 1 nation is stronger on its own than being part of a “precious union” of 28.

    Orwell’s 1984 News-speak is being employed to lie, lie, lie…… and destroy the country’s future.

  • TNL

    If Michael Fallon is the answer then the question isn’t worth asking.

  • amac

    Why on earth would you pick Fallon ? How many under 40’s is he going to win over ?
    There are some interesting candidates to choose from so why pick him. He represents the past, Corbyn represents change, Brexit represented change and yet the Tories refuse to get behind the overriding policy of the day that they are going to get tagged with no matter how much they squirm and dissemble.
    Brexit is theirs , so put a believer in its benefits in charge. Rees Mogg, Raab or Kwarteng. Somebody young , vital and up for it.

  • Jolly Radical

    Bingle is off his head again.

  • Jingleballix

    The question that the Tories need to consider is this……….’What would be worse for the long-term prosperity of Britain, leaving the EU as quickly as possible, probably with no deal and WTO trading regs; or, 10yrs of a Marxist government?

    ‘Cos that is what will happen if May doesn’t go, and if Hammond continues to press the ‘appease the EU to keep us in’ Treasury line.

    Any fudge of Brexit and the Tories can kiss their arse goodbye to my vote.

  • Jingleballix


    The talk – in the media at least – this week, has been ‘why doesn’t she sack Boris’?

    That’s bollox, it should have been ‘why doesn’t she sack Hammond’? A dire, dreadful, leaden-faced, leaden-thinking Treasury automaton. He is of absolutely no use to the Tories now – and neither is Rudd.

  • Jingleballix

    …….ain’t that the truth…….

    ……….still in – or probably half-in the EU – with Corbyn and McDonnell in Downing St., the talk will not be of ‘Brexit Britain’, but ‘Bail Out of Britain’.

    Every week May stays in office makes it ever more likely.

  • digoridoo

    Agree. Two things are now needed in the leader of the Tory party:

    – charisma (including a voluble determination to make Brexit a success)
    – a reversion to some recognizable form of c-onservatism (including a voluble determination to make Brexit a success)

    And did I mention a voluble determination to make Brexit a success? This demands inspiration. All other policies are now secondary. Get it behind us with a “whoop!” and then move on. JRM and Boris of course but I think both Davis and Fox would perform better with inspiring leadership. They are currently labouring under “leadership” with a “t”.

  • Dynamo11

    The content of the speech was even worse than her performance, there was very little in it to satiate the “True Blue” grassroots 2/3rds of which were noted by Alan Duncan to be simply “throwing a tantrum” over the EU. More money to be given to drive housing demands but little for supply, an energy policy which Ed Miliband was pilloried by the Tories for just 2 years ago and absolutely nothing over alleviating fears of an EU “stitch up”. The Tory elite are on a hiding to nowhere and the only thing that can save them is for May to go before Christmas Recess and for the Members to be granted a vote for the new leader (considering how well the last Parliamentary “coronation” went).

  • DEvans

    Another out of touch rant.. replace with Fallon?..The man who has, together with his odious predecessor, destroyed our military credibility with the only military ally worth having. The writer jests or is terminally obtuse.

  • IanE

    That would explain a bit – though I note that he also seemed to approve of her truly, truly, appalling, Milliband-lite speech. However, maybe we should read that as flippancy also!

  • Christopher Horne

    Hear, hear Sarge, well said!

  • lizmilton

    Who has any faith in Fallon? Read about his actions on

    Globalresearchdot ca,

    Ukcolumndot org

    And veterans today…

    He even pretends we have been fighting ISIS …

  • Sgt_Bilko

    If the Tories insert another miserable remainer it’s all over, not just for the party, but the country as a whole. Only the Conservatives could be mad enough not to realise this. They are so awful nowadays that their key policies are borrowed from Marxists like Ed Miliband.

    It’s been 25 years since a minister bothered to criticise socialism. I hate Labour with a passion, but I almost hate Tories more for being so damn useless in allowing Labour to carry on this way.

  • leg11

    I agree she probably has to go sooner rather than later but it will be no use replacing her with another boring technocrat whatever their merits. To fight and beat a ‘personality’ like Corbyn you will need a better ‘personality’. Boris and JRM would be a formidable team that would inspire the party faithful and wean the country away from Labour’s free stuff for everyone promises. What worked against Brown in 2010 and Mlliband in 2015 won’t work against Corbyn in 20??

  • Mojo

    Ridiculous comment. Yes the PM messed up but actually Michael Fallon should be sacked. So on second thoughts I rather think Peter is being facetious

  • ScaryBiscuits

    That’s right, Peter. Get rid of one gloomy Remainer leading the Tory party and replace them with another one.

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