Nation tensed for results of Conservative party leadership context? Not

[Updated below 21.45] This a time for all would be forecasters t0 get it right in the money.

Dr Liam Fox will be first out tonight.

Of the others, It is hard to imagine that:

  • May will not win by a mile – experience and judgment are an imperative right now;
  • Leadsom, will not come second – known to all as ‘a mum’ [a reductive populism – what’s wrong with ‘mother’, with its mythical status?] and giving the most self-satisfied launch speech , garlanded with smiles at each round of applause from her clustered right wing supporters;
  • Gove will not come third – it might have been fourth but the ambitious and underexperienced Stephen Crabb does not seem to be adding much support to his initial figures.

Fox has been Defence Secretary for about eighteen months after the May 2010 UK General Election – but his tenure was marked by his disastrous Strategic Defence and Security Review that saw the British army decimated; the two new aircraft carriers left without the Sea Harrier aircraft; and with the reserve carrier,  HMS Invincible withdrawn and sent for scrap early in 2011.

The over ambitious and underimpressive Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, was wise not to stand.  She has been wildly over-praised by the desperate Michael Gove – who has to sound as if the one cabinet minister publicly supporting him is of some substance.

Update 20.30:

This was indeed the running order of the first ballot and Liam Fox was duly eliminated. He has thown his unequivocal support behind Theresa May

However, Stephen Crabb has chosen to withdraw and to back Theresa May, saying that she is the only candidate who can unite the party and the country; and that he will campaign for her.

This means that this Thursday’s [7th July 2016] second ballot is likely to see the field reduced to the predictable two – May and Leadsom – to be sent to the party membership vote for the final decision.

Update 21.45

Another Cabinet Minister, Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, has declared support for Theresa May.

Michael Gove has declared that he will absolutely not be standing down; and that he is a far better Brexit representative than is Andrea Leadsom, having believed in a British withdrawal from Europe ‘for decades’, as opposed to ‘three years’ – an unveiled reference to Andrea Leadsome.

Gove would seem here to be running true to form.

Part of his complaint against Boris Johnson – offered in defence of his scheming shafting of the most famous blonde in British politics- was that the two Brexit campaign front men had agreed to give Andrea Leadsome the top jobs she had asked for – Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the exit negotiations [no less – and with no cabinet experience to support these ambitions]; and that Boris had ‘betrayed’ her by not taking care to put this agreement in writing to her by the time she had requested it.

Gove’s fond care for Mrs Leadsome’s ambitions does not seem to run beyond the borders of his own interests, since he is so ready to snipe at her in this way. Boris Johnson’s sister, the journalist Rachel Johnson, who called Gove a ‘political psychopath’, would seem to have the right of it.

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  • I was sickened (but not surprised) yesterday by hearing that braying prat Ian Duncan-Smith’s fulsome endorsement of the calculating machine that goes by the name of Andrea Leadsom.
    Can someone please rescue us from democratically elected nightmares?

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    Robert Wakeham July 5, 2016 7:05 pm Reply
    • In Nicola we Trust.
      Tories,get aff ma lawn.

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      A.Salmon July 5, 2016 7:48 pm Reply
  • The nation tensed? I don’t see it. Those who are vaguely interested in politics might be following the leadership contest but everyone else is likely more interested in the wider brexit discussion(Wolfgang Schauble’s comments to Die Welt are interesting to say the least) or the cataclysm threatening the very existence of the Labour party, both far more important than who gets the possibly poisoned chalice of tory leadership; whichever candidate gets it there are same extremely intractable problems to solve and the same pool of MPs to form a cabinet from.

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    db July 5, 2016 7:21 pm Reply
    • It is an extremely sensible idea is to form a unit of experts from the Civil Service and further afield ( even abroad) to handle Brexit, rather that the Cabinet itself. I think in fact that they have started on that already.

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      Malcolm Kirk July 6, 2016 8:48 am Reply
  • What an unpleasant bitter old man you have become Robert. However you were exposed in one your all too many comments on ForArgyll recently that it is Public School Boys and Girls that you have the chip on your shoulder about. What ? Do they make you feel inferior Robert ? I certainly don’t think any of them would be the ‘braying and denigrating know all’ that you have become on these pages. Incidentally we are voting for Andrea ( and Boris of course).

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    Malcolm Kirk July 5, 2016 7:26 pm Reply
    • Balderdash.
      This mystical empire of yours is finished.

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      A.Salmon July 5, 2016 7:49 pm Reply
    • No, Malcolm, just fed up by the spectacularly rotten quality of some of our – or, from the sound of your comments, perhaps more to the point, your – leading politicians.
      By the way, did you see the report by Chris Cook on Newsnight last week on the life and times of the brilliant Hon Michael Gove MP?
      Apparently – when Cook was education reporter on the Financial Times – he exposed Education Minister Gove for using his wife’s private email accounts for secret parliamentary business.
      Gove’s pals in the press then tried a bit of character assassination on Cook, and the owners of the FT were pressured to sack him.
      Do you really think I’m an ‘unpleasant bitter old man’ for wondering about this sort of behaviour by the ‘great and the good’?
      Or do you believe that any Conservative politician is above reproach?

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      Robert Wakeham July 5, 2016 7:57 pm Reply
      • More power to your keyboard,Robert.
        The People must know.They are being permanently and systematically lied to.

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        A.Salmon July 5, 2016 8:28 pm Reply
      • Tarring everyone with the same brush is ridiculous Robert. However I have a healthy dislike of most national journalists. They have no allegiance to anything ( unlike our own reliable newsroom of course) and will screw anyone for a headline. That’s how they earn their bucks and eventual promotion. Gove and his wife seem to fall into that category. You have to be even handed Robert and not castigate everyone who votes differently to you.You would be better spending your time exposing our Councillors and their Officers, where your knowledgeable comments could perhaps benefit us all.

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        Malcolm Kirk July 6, 2016 8:41 am Reply
      • That sounds a bit like a newspaper reporter is annoyed because his source in Parliament could not leak Gove’s EMails because they were sent through other channels.

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        Lundavra July 6, 2016 8:58 am Reply
  • Meanwhile the SNP are behaving appallingly and trying to influence and control the supposedly independent Child Abuse Inquiry.

    Apparently it’s costing too much and John Swinney wants to reign in these costs – as well as have his own people on the inside.

    Absoutely disgraceful – penny pinching comes before victims of Child Abuse. Now we know what their priorities are – and it’s not victims.

    Do the SNP have something to cover up?

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    JB July 5, 2016 7:41 pm Reply
    • Westminster can help out as they are experts at child abuse,amongst other things like WARCRIMES.

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      A.Salmon July 5, 2016 7:51 pm Reply
      • That’s a fairly atrocious comment, but at least you accept the premise. Will you be leaving the SNP? OR do you condone the behaviour of John Swinney?

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        JB July 5, 2016 7:58 pm Reply
        • I’m not in the SNP,what ever that means. I’ll consider voting for any Party that promotes Scottish Determination.
          I will also work to diminish those that don’t.

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          A.Salmon July 5, 2016 8:25 pm Reply
  • No tension here. Who ever wins can witness the Saltire being raised on our Independence Day.

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    A.Salmon July 5, 2016 7:45 pm Reply
    • You do realise the first elected governing party in an independent Scotland could well be conservative!?

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      John M July 5, 2016 7:50 pm Reply
      • I doubt it but if it were the will of the sovereignty of Scotland’s people,so be it.
        Meanwhile,tomorrow the Dodgy Dossier will join Dr.Kelly’s suicide,the Crone report and THE VOW inside Westminsters permanent Joke Shop.

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        A.Salmon July 5, 2016 8:23 pm Reply
        • All for the “will of the people” eh’ AS ??? but not when it comes to the fact that we voted to stay in the Union… democracy when is suits your ethos… another hypocrite…

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          Karl Hughes July 6, 2016 6:02 am Reply
  • Stephen Crabb has pulled out of the contest.

    Corbyn has named his Shadow Cabiner, wonder how long before they start resigning as well!

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    Lundavra July 5, 2016 8:41 pm Reply
    • Who do you think cares about this in Scotland. Little Englanders perhaps.
      Doesn’t matter who is what,bad news for Scots.
      Interesting to note,Hundreds of Doctors from England are coming to join the Scottish NHS. You’ll need to speak to Elenor Badford,EBC Scotchland,Health Correspondent. She obviously isn’t telling enough lies!!?
      The Doctors are most welcome ofcourse. Maybe you could arrange a swop?

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      A.Salmon July 5, 2016 8:56 pm Reply
  • The doctors may well believe that the grass is greener here but once they’ve arrived they’ll realise just how much worse it actually is.

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    Lowry July 5, 2016 11:12 pm Reply
    • With the state of NHS Scotland, can they afford to take on ‘hundreds’ of doctors? Also do they want a large number of people from an extremely militant trade union joining NHS Scotland?

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      Lundavra July 5, 2016 11:21 pm Reply

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