Frost in a heatwave
‘The Conservative chairman of the Northern Ireland affairs committee said: “I don’t wish to be rude but who the hell is an unelected, failed minister to tell any MP what to do? For some unknown reason David Frost perpetually thinks we give a flying f*** what he thinks. We don’t and we won’t.” (Evening Standard 15th July)
It’s rare that I agree with a Tory MP, but in this case Simon Hoare, the MP in question has pithily hit the nail on the head. ‘Lord’ Frost is in the right-wing press every week and surely deserves no more attention than any other former whisky salesman.
The backdrop is of course the Tory leadership race, which grows more tedious by the day as each candidate seeks to move further to the right. You don’t have to be cruel to be a Tory, but it helps. This is a weekend of broadcast TV debates, where if they have time on their hands millions of Brits can listen to the candidates’ soundbites and then discover that they the people have no say in the matter (to be fair, they had no say over Brown, either). I guess the only observation one can make is that this shower are as far from the ‘natural’ party of government as could be imagined.
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