The next Tory leader

Who is going to be the next Tory leader?

  • Boris Johnson

    Votes: 16 35.6%
  • Dominic Raab

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Michael Gove

    Votes: 4 8.9%
  • Andrea Leadsom

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Jeremy Hunt

    Votes: 2 4.4%
  • Rory Stewart

    Votes: 9 20.0%
  • Matt Hancock or James Cleverley

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Esther McVey or Sajid Javid

    Votes: 2 4.4%
  • Kit Malthouse or Mark Harper

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • A.N. Other

    Votes: 10 22.2%

  • Total voters
    45
  • Poll closed .

Archie_tect

De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold
Location
Northumberland
Oh, boy... Hunt's threatening China with sanctions.

You know, the same China who make pretty much everything we use these days, the same China will be desperate for a post-Brexit trade deal with.

I'm getting the words, "empty threat".
They're both so equally inept and dangerous to have in any public office, I find it difficult to imagine a worse position for the UK to be in... life mimicking fiction ['Years']
 

Unkraut

Master of the Inane Comment
Location
Germany
Oh, boy... Hunt's threatening China with sanctions.

You know, the same China who make pretty much everything we use these days, the same China will be desperate for a post-Brexit trade deal with.

I'm getting the words, "empty threat".
I haven't yet read a paperback on China (making me a world's leading authority on the country, its culture institutions and history), but I wonder if the Chinese have entirely forgotten the humiliation heaped on them in the days of the British Empire? The opium wars etc. A long time ago now, but sometimes these things fester on in the popular imagination.
 
Our best hope for a GE and 2nd referendum remains Johnson. Hunt may be given a chance and has already proved he's totally useless with the NHS.
 

Spinney

Bimbleur extraordinaire
Location
Under the Edge
Our best hope for a GE and 2nd referendum remains Johnson. Hunt may be given a chance and has already proved he's totally useless with the NHS.
I tend to agree - Boris as the worst for the Tory party and hence the best for the country. As you say, Boris doesn't have even the faint air of competence that Hunt manages to convey.
 

deptfordmarmoset

Full time tea drinker
Location
Armonmy Way
I doubt whether it is anywhere on Hunt's personal list of priorities.

He knows it is probably the sort of thing that is quite high on the list of around 160,000 people, together with blue passports.
Except he's gone to ground over the issue....

Traditional Tories were horrified when Labour passed a foxhunting ban, and amongst party members repeal is almost certainly a popular cause. But amongst the public at large the prospect of the law being changed to legalise a sport that involves dogs tearing foxes to pieces is toxic. During the 2017 general election campaign the Conservatives were surprised when what they thought was a tame restatement of their 2015 election position (allowing a free vote on repeal) became a major issue of social media, mobilising many voters to support anti-Tory candidates. Hunt is pitching himself as the leadership candidate most able to win an election for the party by appealing to floating voters, and so having this around his neck was a problem. One Tory MP backing Hunt described it as “political suicide”.

And so this morning Hunt clarified his position. Without entirely retracting what he told the Telegraph, he said the law on foxhunting would not change because he could not envisage there ever being a majority in favour in the Commons. Asked about what he said to the Telegraph, he told the Today programme:​

Well, I think this is just because I was giving a straight answer to a straight question. But the law is not going to change on fox hunting. There isn’t a majority in the House of Commons, and I don’t see there ever being one. I was just restating the position in our manifesto from 2017 that there should be a free vote if it ever looked like that majority would change. But it would not be my priority as prime minister.​

Hunt’s analysis is probably correct. Almost all the MPs in the Commons who support foxhunting are Conservatives, but there are plenty of Tories who would vote against repeal of the ban and the working assumption amongst campaigners is that there would have to be a very large Conservative majority in the Commons for the restoration of foxhunting to have any chance of passing.​
 

Diogenes

brr, summer's over
I'd say it's all Bread & Circuses but most circuses are foreign nowadays so they'll not be keen on letting them in after Brexit.

So just bread then.
 

Unkraut

Master of the Inane Comment
Location
Germany
So just bread then.
Post-Brexit it will have to be cake for most people ...
 
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