Conservative activists are out campaigning for the local elections. In a few weeks, they may well be campaigning for the European elections. One Conservative MP recently admitted privately that these activists faced an impossible task: how, he wondered, could the party expect them to sell ‘this pile of shit’ on the doorstep. It is a very good question.
I found our local activist sympathetic and when I informed him that, as a conservative, I felt unable to support the Conservative Party. As I reeled off the reasons, beginning with Mrs May, he smiled and nodded his head knowingly. I asked him whether he was getting similar reactions to mine on other door steps and he admitted that he was. I commiserated. He was a nice guy and he had a conscience. He wondered if I might like to talk to the candidate.
Unfortunately, the candidate did not seem to be aware there was any public relations problem, and he contented himself with peddling the party line. Instead of listening to my litany of complaints, he interrupted, as if I were some ill-informed geezer down the pub. He blamed the problems with Brexit on the Conservatives being a minority government. I suggested that the Conservatives themselves were split down the middle. He countered that it was Labour who were split and that ‘ninety per cent’ of Conservative MPs voted for Mrs May’s deal which would have delivered Brexit last time round. I suggested to him that Mrs May’s deal was the equivalent of ‘a pile of shit’. We moved on to immigration, and he suggested the Conservatives had it ‘under control’. I reminded him that the last figures for non-EU immigration, which is under our control, were a new record. And so on. His parting sally was that if I didn’t vote Conservative, Corbyn would get in. Did I want that? I told him that if this was the best argument the Party could muster, they didn’t deserve anyone’s vote.
Apparently, there is only one UKIP candidate standing in our area and I must choose three candidates. I will therefore be forced to vote for two liberals as well – they are decent enough people, and it is only a local election. Anybody but a bloody Conservative.
Let the massacre commence!