Alternatively: I myself would not dream, for instance, of carving a swastika into your pet kitten. My associates, sadly, have no such scruples.
Or so says Julian Glover in the Groan. AFAIK, Glover’s a Tory: I presume as the Guardian comment editor he’ll have some contact with the Tory leadership too, which doesn’t mean so much that the piece was written with official prompting or approval but that it was written by someone who would consciously avoid doing any harm to the Tories’ prospects in the forthcoming election.
Which makes it all the more strange that he’s contravening the official narrative that the Tories “have changed”. On the contrary, he says, it’s only by constant and strenuous effort by the leadership that they can be kept from running amok and that these efforts need to be rewarded by the voters if they are to continue successfully. Vote Dave: baboon tamer.
This is a very odd thing to be writing a few months before an election you’re supposedly confident of winning. It doesn’t help that the example he uses – a populist right takeover of the Australian liberals – so far doesn’t seem to say what he thinks it does.