Another minister twists the knife as the Tories collapse at their own conference

Theresa May Hate Crime
Support us and go ad-free

Justice minister Dr Phillip Lee became the latest top Tory to slam his own party, as the annual Conservative conference descends into chaos. Lee spoke at a meeting chaired by the Social Market Foundation thinktank. And his words will make uncomfortable reading for beleaguered Prime Minister, Theresa May.


Europe, and Britain’s relationship to it, has divided the Tories for well over a century and much of Lee’s anger focused on Brexit. A committed Remainer, Lee stated that the government’s approach to Brexit had been “toxic”, “retrograde” and involved “putting up barriers”. Even more scathing was his comment that after the general election:

We don’t have a public mandate for the type of Brexit we were talking about in that initial six to nine months, twelve month period… The result of not having that mandate was the election, Ok? And I think it’s inescapable.

Public services

Going beyond Brexit, Lee, a former GP, was equally critical in his assessment of other issues. He described the approach to NHS and other public service funding as a “ponzi scheme” that is “about to collapse”. Lee spoke of voters under 45. For them, he stated, policies that began under George Osborne’s chancellorship and continued under Philip Hammond are tough to justify. He said:

Oh, by the way, we’re also going to tax you even more because this Ponzi scheme that we’ve had in play for pensions and for healthcare and for social care for the past 30 years is about to collapse. So therefore we want you to work really, really hard, but when you get to 65, it’s not going to be there. Hands up who thinks that’s a really compelling narrative?

Conservative collapse

The minister’s comments follow a series of other withering attacks from fellow Conservatives. So far, the chaos of the Tory conference has attracted derisive comments on social media. Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell summed it up aptly:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

With members at all levels pulling in different directions, and a total lack of coherence, it is hard to see how the Conservatives can recover.

Get Involved!

– Read more Canary articles about the Conservative Party here.

Join us so we can keep holding the powerful to account.

Featured image via YouTube

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed