The Conservatives’ new reason for Theresa May’s humiliating speech would make Kim Jong-un blush. During the Prime Minister’s flagship conference speech, letters gradually began falling from the slogan behind her. Eventually, ‘Building a country that works for everyone’ became:
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But Conservatives have offered a reason for May’s speech that’s so “inspired” it led some to joke that “even the North Korean News Agency would have to applaud”. The Times [paywall] reports that party sources:
blamed repeated standing ovations for loosening the magnets that were securing the motto
The suggestion here is that the letters fell because the speech was too fantastic.
Corbyn sets the agenda
On the substance, May nicked many of her new policy offers from Labour. She announced that everyone will automatically become an organ donor after death because thousands of people are on waiting lists. Just a week before, Jeremy Corbyn made the very same announcement at the Labour conference.
Additionally, the Conservative leader’s new policy on ‘affordable’ housing is a majorly watered-down version of Labour’s 100,000 homes per year plan. The Conservative offer will only deliver 5,000 homes per year, which Labour MP Laura Pidcock described as “far too little, too late”.
Since May delivered her speech, the jokes have been unforgiving:
A day after seeing Theresa May publicly embarrass herself, on a purely human level you have to say that it's still very very funny indeed.
— Dan Howdon (@danielhowdon) October 5, 2017
In fact, Labour activists are now debating how permanent powers such as the civil service, the intelligence services and big business will react to a Corbyn-led government. There could well be a heavy backlash. Indeed, the Chancellor has attempted to instruct business leaders not to “collaborate” with Labour.
We have a real and imminent possibility of a Labour government. So no wonder Conservatives are coming up with reasons for their failings that are worthy of North Korea.
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