THANK YOU, THERESA, FOR KILLING BREXIT!
Abridged from The Sun newspaper
with extra notes
The Sun can today lift the lid on the Tories’ shambolic election campaign that is being called the worst in modern political history.
Theresa May’s closest aides, Joint Chiefs of Staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, had started the battle convinced of a landslide. Yet by dawn yesterday their catastrophic complacency was laid bare when the teary PM told staffers they would “live to fight another day”.
Furious aides and MPs were last night arguing over who was more to blame for the disaster — Nick Timothy or Fiona Hill.
NICK TIMOTHY AND FIONA HILL:
THESE TWO AUTOCRATIC BUSYBODIES HELPED TO KILL BREXIT
BY MAKING SNEAKY, LAST-MINUTE CHANGES TO THE TORY MANIFESTO —
A campaign source said: “They were so complacent, they thought they had it in the bag all along. They didn’t show anyone the manifesto, so nobody could properly brief it, and we lost control then and there. It was all about Brexit, and that’s why we lost.”
One campaigner branded Fiona Hill “fickle, contrary, spiteful, pointlessly confrontational, hypocritical and cowardly at heart”.
They added: “This has not served the Prime Minister well. She is the PM’s Achilles heel.”
One source said Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill “constantly bickered”.
“Robotic” Mrs May’s dire campaign was dominated by a disastrous social care shake-up.
Mrs May also trotted out key phrases that were winners with focus groups but was criticised for sounding like a machine She was nicknamed the “Maybot” on social media — and by junior campaign staff.
When asked by The Sun if she was robotic, Mrs May replied: “That’s not a description of myself I’d recognise.”
And attempts to humanise Mrs May in interviews backfired. Telling ITV the naughtiest thing she had done was running through a wheat field unleashed more jibes.
But the real reputational devastation was yet to come. One MP said: “The manifesto was the turning point. We were on this gleaming ship cruising toward a majority of 100, and then we sunk it on an iceberg of our own creation.” The controversial proposal to shake up social care policy sent Tory MPs round the bend as furious elderly constituents rejected the plan.
LD: Quite simply, the Tory plan was nothing new. It’s what all Western governments end up doing: making the rich richer at the expense of the poor. In this particular case of armed robbery, the victims were to be Britain’s pensioners, the older and more vulnerable section of the population. Their lives were to be made infinitely worse in order to make the fat cats richer.
One minister said: “The policy of going to war with our core vote at the same time the kids are flocking to Jeremy Corbyn was f***ing criminal.”
Top Tory Nigel Evans added: “A manifesto should be about apple pie and cream but ours was laced with arsenic.”
LD: Yes sir, that’s what you get when your Leader clobbers the old and poor!
It’s a pity so many old people are poor and need free bus passes to get about in order to do their food shopping. It’s also a pity they need a small handout once a year (£100) to pay for winter fuel. Otherwise they end up with hypothermia, understand? You tried to rob them of these basic amenities. For that you got slaughtered.
One enraged Tory MP who lost his seat as a result of Mrs May’s cruel Manifesto was to say: “It put an Exocet through the heart of our main supporters — older people.”
THE FACE OF HYPOTHERMIA