On Tuesday night I watched the BBC’s programme where the remaining five candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party and, eventually, the next prime minister, were questioned by the public. I found myself utterly disappointed with the way the whole evening was so badly organized and how it turned out to become a mish-mash, due mainly to the host, Emily Maitlis, who struggled to control the debate.
As for the contestants none, even Boris Johnson, failed to shine. He was caught on many of his policies during this fractious and inconclusive debate on live TV. His insistence that, come what may, we must leave the EU on October 31, or the public will look on ‘us with mystification’ is quite frankly, a load of tripe. No one there, and many watching, believed him since they know that his ambition to become prime minister will force him to change and compromise.
As for Jeremy Hunt, he was nervous to say the least, but his worst moment was invoking his children in an attempt to divert from a direct question about Trump’s recent tweets. As for Michael Gove, despite his articulation, there was a sense that he also cannot be trusted. He is much too pompous to get people to back him. His confidence that he is the best man to be prime minster struck me as overdoing it, to the point of irritation.
Sajid Javid’s worst moment was trying to explain how money would solve the problems caused by Brexit at the Irish border. Theresa May, who tried to solve this problem for over two years and was willing to spend money to achieve it, did not succeed, despite her perseverance. I doubt whether he would be able to miraculously succeed where many others have failed.
Last but not least, I developed a great regard for Rory Stewart (alas, now eliminated) who won the sympathy of many people for his honesty and appearing to back the underdog, even when the system would not have allowed him to succeed. In a different world he might have had a chance in his wish to overturn the common assumption that the Establishment is not driven to be more disposed to the plight of others when money is their prime factor.
All in all, the programme was a fiasco of huge proportion, but also rather boring in every possible aspect. Perhaps politicians of our present generation lack the greatness of those who made Britain a force to be reckoned with during the last century. I fervently hope this is only a phase which will not last. We deserve a lot better.