Op-Ed: As a Labour Party supporter and member I have been trying to avoid the ongoing television coverage of the annual Conservative Party conference. As a blogger I really should tune in but hey I am retired.
So as a political dabbler long-time voters who has watched elected Prime Ministers come and go I thought I would give unelected PM Theresa May's first conference as leader a miss.
There is only so much my blood pressure can stand.
But the odd unavoidable news clip does catch you out at times.
When it and if it does note how half empty conference appears to be a lot of the time.
There will be fringe events which could be divisive but of course the Tory Party that spins itself as some sort of champion of we the "ordinary people" has priced most people out of attending.
The Conservative Party may claim to be everyone's first choice these days but that is just for carefully crafted expensive spin propped up by a drip feed from the mainstream media.
And Wednesday at the Tory Party's love-fest Ms May addressed conference and shared her love of health minister Jeremy Hunt.
Social media responded robustly. Here are just a few Twitter responses;
What!!?? #TheresaMay heaps praise on NHS wrecker #JeremyHunt ….. sooner he resigns the better #ConservativePartyConference
— Ray Mach (@raymach1)
RT SkyNews: .Theresa_May gives credit to Jeremy Hunt, and says Labour does not have a "monopoly on compassion" https://t.co/bViSRjwsvM
— Osmanlı Genci (@OsmanlGencii)
All credibility lost when #TheresaMay praises #JeremyHunt #nhs
— Myar Seitis (@Nowtsabother)
Oh yes, Jeremy Hunt is really popular amongst health workers. Good awareness there #TheresaMay #CPC16 #ConservativePartyConference
— Daniel Morgan (@Bogglemyminds)
Can't believe TM had the nerve to stand there & give credit to Jeremy Hunt!!! Absolutely shocking!!! #CPC16
— Chelle Belle (@Shellybellylou)
How can you praise the NHS and thank Jeremy Hunt at the same time? #CPC16 #TheresaMay
— Fi Fi NiCks (@MissDeeN)
good to know Theresa May just lost the doctor vote by praising Jeremy Hunt #CPC16
— Aster King (@thatasterking)
What does she see in him?
Often proved to be incompetent in his various ministerial roles Hunt appears to be the "Teflon-coated kid."
In February 2016 as Hunt began to wage war against NHS junior Doctors we tool a look at what we called a "career of cock-ups."
According to Wikipedia "Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt was born November 1, 1966, and is a British Conservative Party politician, who is the Secretary of State for Health and the Member of Parliament for South West Surrey. He was previously Culture Secretary (2010–12). As Health Secretary, he has been criticised for, amongst other things, his support of homeopathy, dangerous advice on meningitis, and imposing a controversial contract on junior doctors."
I do not want to belittle any profession or job as all require certain skills but I would not Mr Hunt in charge of cleaning my dog's poo on the garden so how come the Tories think he is fit to oversee the running of or valued NHS?
Op-Ed: Wednesday the Cameron's vacated Number 10 Downing Street for rich pastures new although Cameron the old Etonian Bullingdon Club boy will remain in the House of Commons for now as a Tory backbencher.
Unelected Theresa May and her husband moved in as the Camerons left.
Such is life in politics at times.
One leaves by one door as one moves in by another.
May made a speech aimed at appealing to a wide variety of British people but remember her time in government during the Tory's time in office since 2010 speak more than hollow words crafted by a spin doctor.
David Cameron won the 2015 General election by a narrow margin on the promise of an EU referendum.
Now the referendum has played out and Cameron has resigned does Ms May really have a mandate to govern the country?
Such a pity that some self indulgent Labour MPs choose now to attempt a party leadership coup.
Ms May began forming her new Cabinet of Ministers after saying it would not simply be a reshuffle but a brand spanking new cabinet.
She was true to her word on that, up to a point.
But for those who oppose the Tories there has been some satisfaction learning that Chancellor George Osborne was sacked Wednesday evening and Thursday morning Education Minister Nicky Morgan was given her marching orders.
Wednesday Osborne tried to say he resigned but it did not take long for 'sources' to report the truth, he was sacked?
It appears that for all his words that he would leave the UK economy in good condition May did not agree.
There have been new appointments that look like payback such as Boris Johnson who bowed out of the leadership race and has been rewarded with a top job.
Michael Gove who took May on instead of Johnson has also got the boot.
At time of writing the state of play is:
David Davis local MP for Haltemprice and Howden, has tried for Conservative Party leadership previously and failed and is a long standing BRexit supporter.
The rest have a great deal of baggage.
In 2010 and 2011 Dr Liam Fox was in hot water. BBC News in 2011 reported:
Defence Secretary Liam Fox has apologised over his working relationship with his former flatmate and best man Adam Werritty.
Like so many others though Fox scuttled off to the backbenches and is now back in pole position.
Boris Johnson appears to have mass appeal but he is more than a bumbling buffoon.
During 2016 he first virtually stabbed David Cameron in the back by running with the BRexit campaign and then did the same to Michael Gove.
Boris knew exactly what he was aiming for.
Ms May presumably is following the old advice to keep her enemies close.
But Boris as Foreign Secretary takes the biscuit. Here are just a few Boris' stories:
In June 2016 we reported "Against recommendations Theresa May pushes for more surveillance."
On social media last night Junior Doctors who have been fighting against the implementation of new working contracts were tweeting hopes that Jeremy Hunt Minister for health would be toast. Will he?
Check back later for more cabinet updates:
So @JustineGreening is first Tory Education Sec to be educated at a comprehensive #reshuffle
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