Here’s a chance for the Tory selectorate to prove they’re not just right-wing shadows of Momentum. Will they take it?
1. The Tory grassroots voted overwhelmingly for Leave. Theresa May didn’t.
2. The Tory grassroots is as representative of the electorate as a whole as your slightly loopy grandparents who are appalled at all these gays and rather regret having to leave the 1950s. Andrea Leadsom voted unapologetically against gay marriage.
3. The Leave campaign which received so many Tory votes was notable for a number of porkies which quickly became apparent after they won – the most obvious being that £350 million pounds a week that isn’t going to fund the NHS because it doesn’t actually exist.
4. Andrea Leadsom has had to busily revise her CV because the original, declaring her to have managed million pound investment funds and manage hundreds of people in major teams, wasn’t actually quite 100% accurate. Turns out she didn’t. Do either.
5. Tory grassroots occasionally latch on to genuinely loopy ideas, like the one that suggests we’d all be much happier paying privately for our health care. One of Andrea Leadsom’s signature policies is to do with babies’ brains. No, I’m not entirely sure either.
6. After the hustings when Andrea competed against four other Tory MPs, one cabinet minister noted that “only four of them were sane”. Don’t know who he meant.
7. Theresa May once suggested that people saw the Tories as “the nasty party”. Ooops.
8. Andrea Leadsom dislikes gays, isn’t keen on Europe, is distinctly incurious about the world around her, is a social reactionary, thinks the EU is just going to hand us a great deal on a plate and, in the words of the great right-wing commentator Douglas Murray, confuses stubbornness for principle. Tory members are cut from an entirely different cloth.
9. Andrea Leadsom has no appeal to young people (Young Tories who wear bow-ties don’t count). Neither does the Tory party.
10. So, over to 150,000 Tory electors for the choice of our next Prime Minister. Looks like a clear wrap for Theresa May (erm….). Glad we’ve all managed to “take back control” though. Wouldn’t like to think what would happen to Britain if those meddlesome Eurocrats were in charge with their silly ideas on regulation, open borders and international co-operation. Hurrah for democracy.