by Martin Odoni

Do you realise that Mikhail Gorbachev’s death was two days before Kwasi Kwarteng became Chancellor of the Exchequer? That is how briefly ‘Kwamikaze’s’ spell at Number 11 lasted. Thirty-eight days. The third-shortest Chancellorship in the history of the Exchequer. At least the shortest servant in the role of all – Iain McLeod – had the excuse of dying after the first month of Ted Heath’s administration.

Recalling how Theresa May used to warn us in 2017 against voting Labour as it would lead to a “coalition of chaos.” What have we had ever since she (sort of, on a penalty shoot-out) won that General Election? Two more years of her getting buffeted around helplessly in a Hung Parliament, followed by three years of the most narcissistic buffoon in British politics jeopardising the Constitution and making a complete horlicks of trying to handle a pandemic, and now less than two months of the most limited and inept Prime Minister of them all. All the Tories are doing now is constant fire-sales of British assets. It is as if they know nothing else.

S’long, Kwasi.

But I am not convinced that they are that limited. The mainstream media, while still far from impartial, have clearly ended the total pro-Conservative bias they operated under while Jeremy Corbyn was Labour leader. The Tories are now routinely getting far more condemnation than the Labour Party. This is because the right wing are now in total control of Labour, while the Tories’ dishonesty and incompetence appear to have hit levels so severe that even the BBC cannot conceal.

But the incompetence of Liz Truss and the departed Kwarteng, and the almost melodramatic extremity of the ultra-right wing policies pursued by the likes of Suella Braverman, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Priti Patel, have taken on an almost cartoon-like quality. And it all gives me genuine pause for thought.

With at least parts of their minds, it seems to me that the Tories are almost desperate to make themselves unelectable. The primitive attitude to expelling asylum seekers and to giving tax cuts to those who do not need them is going to appeal to so few voters by now (no matter how loud they are) that it seems like no more than going-through-the-motions. Partly, this may just be them wanting not to have to clear up the mess they have made, and so they are happy to let Labour win the next General Election.

There’s something really grotesque about this. They want to be a gammon’s administration. It makes them look a lot like a Conservative Party Conference.

But there may be a secondary layer to that willingness. The Tories’ true animosity is not towards the Labour Party, but towards the left. The one outcome of a General Election they really cannot tolerate is not a Labour Government as such, but a left-wing Government. They may not like losing power, but if they must, they would much, much rather it be to the liberal wing of Labour. The ongoing corrupt and probably criminal crushing of the Labour left by Keir Starmer and his clique makes a left-wing Government all-but-impossible in the immediate term. But what the Tories want is for that to stretch to the foreseeable long term.

What the Tories in both major parties want is a repetition of 1983 and 1997. The heavy defeat of Labour in the 2019 General Election gives them the first – a similar result to 1983. An emphatic Labour victory under a right wing leader like Starmer would give them the second – a similar result to 1997. For another generation of British history, the official story (READ: lie) will once again be that Labour can only win from the centre, and a superficial view of the facts will make it seem true.

A Labour Government is not as certain as supporters imagine. Despite the opinion polls seemingly being massively in their favour, when it really counts i.e. actual Elections, Starmer’s Labour keeps losing. See only this week in Evington; –

Local Elections are often prone to local affairs, but the pattern keeps happening everywhere; Labour keeps losing seats to the Tories.

But the Tories will be okay about it either way. As long as Labour have a right wing leader like Starmer, the next General Election is a strange, no-lose scenario for the Tories. If they win, that is another five years in office. If they lose, the real left will be overshadowed for at least another fifteen years by the same myth Neil Kinnock perpetuated when he betrayed his allies during the Miners’ Strike.

Either way, the Conservative Party wins. Those who keep demanding we all vote for the “lesser evil” may want to think about that.