Tories revealed as selfish shock

In the Herald today:

Conservative MP for Plymouth Johnny Mercer has said that no-one from his own party reached out to him in the wake of a mass shooting in his area which cost the lives of five bystanders.

Mr Mercer described the shootings as “very difficult, just an awful situation”, and said that he was working to put support structures in place.

On Blackford’s call:

Makes you wonder, are Tories selfish folk?

Boris and Dominic were having a break as Kabul fell. Like President Biden did they feel it was their own fault?

Evidence? Try this:

Why the Conservatives struggle with empathy

11 thoughts on “Tories revealed as selfish shock




  2. Dom Raab builds sandcastles on the beaches of Crete.
    Boris in his Russian dacha. On lovely Mustique.
    Crisis in Kabul? Dont be a fool.
    To give up our hols: “we iz too cool”.
    We’ll blame it all on Biden, he’s old and he’s weak!
    Otherwise my friend, we’re up sh!t creek!

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  3. The news bulletins indicated that the shootings took place in a constituency with a Labour MP, whom I saw in several bulletins being interviewed. However, it is possible that part of Mr Mercer’s constituency was involved.

    It is, indeed, disappointing, to say the least that no Tory MPs thought to offer messages of support to fellow MPs – of whatever party – in the Plymouth area.

    When the Dunblane shootings took place, the MP was Mr Michael Forsyth and I remember substantial cross-party support for him. Although I disagreed with his politics, Mr Forsyth was clearly badly affected by the event and I think there were sincere expressions of support form all MPs in Scotland and wider.

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    1. The relentless media and opposition party focus on a ‘phone call’ that was not made, and even on a Foreign Secretary’s holiday, verges on the ‘performative’ – i.e. effectively demonstrations of disapproval made or done for show, to bolster image or make a positive impression on others.

      It is providing a diversion away from facing up to deep-seated and long-standing issues associated with UK foreign policy and military capabilities/ responses – in Iraq, Syria, Libya and now Afghanistan. The current focus on the Foreign Secretary may be deemed necessary but is far, far from being sufficient. Mr Rabb provides a useful deflecting shield for the PM and his government for now: if or when a scapegoat would be helpful to the Tory government, Rabb will be jettisoned.

      If one has any doubts about my claims regarding more substantive foreign policy and military issues, I urge you to flick through the summary of the Chilcot Report of 2016 on the UK’s participation in the Iraq War and its aftermath.


      Afghanistan is not Iraq, but familiar issues are flagged up in Chilcot – the UK simply having to accept US policy/strategic/tactical changes including in the post-conflict period; failures to resolve internal security challenges; failures to ensure the capability and capacity of a Iraqi Defence Force; deciding to withdraw troops prematurely despite contrary advice, ironically to deploy to Afghanistan – and much more.

      To give a flavour, here are a few extracts from Chilcot (with apologies for the length):

      ‘Para 634. Mr Blair did not (among other omissions listed):
      – press President Bush for definitive assurances about US post‐conflict plans or set out clearly to him the strategic risk in underestimating the post‐conflict challenge and failing adequately to prepare for the task; …

      ‘Despite concerns about the state of US planning, he did not make agreement on a satisfactory post‐conflict plan a condition of UK participation in military action.’

      And this: ‘para 668. No governance arrangements were designed before the invasion which might have enabled officials and Ministers based in London and Washington to manage the implications of a joint occupation involving separate resources of a very different scale. Such arrangements would have provided a means to identify and resolve different perspectives on policy, and to facilitate joint decisions.’

      ‘para 689. The Inquiry considers that a deterioration in security could and should have been identified by Lt Gen Reith by the end of August 2003 and that the cumulative evidence of a deteriorating security situation should have led him to conclude that the underlying assumptions on which the UK’s Iraq campaign was based was over‐optimistic, and to instigate a review of the scale of the UK’s military effort in Iraq.’

      ‘para 739. In October 2005, Mr Blair asked for a major and sustained push to make progress on the ability of the ISF (Iraqi Security Force) to take the lead on security. Gen Jackson raised concerns about ISF effectiveness in a minute to Gen Walker, and concluded: “it is not to our credit that we have known about the inadequacies of the IPS for so long and yet failed to address them”.’

      I caught only part of BBC 1’s Question Time Special on Afghanistan earlier in the week but did hear an articulate and passionate plea from a young women who had served in the military in Afghanistan for the most senior offices in the UK armed forces – not only politicians – to be held to account for their actions over time in this debacle.

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  4. Sorry John,
    I just heard a clip from Glen Campbell say something about the Greens having to hold their nose like rats and accept somethings they don’t like in the agreement with the SNP,maybe you could get a hold of the clip ???

    The tories don’t do empathy unless its for Maggie or the Royals.


    1. It was Robin Harper described as the “original Green MSP” . Who came out with “holding their noses like rats” . . . . . .


      1. The same Robin Harper who when co-leader of the Scottish Greens was reported in the BBC News website (on 11 May 2007) as follows:

        (headline) ‘SNP and Greens sign working deal: (caption) ‘Robin Harper and Alex Salmond have agreed a working deal’ and then ‘Green co-leader Robin Harper said the deal laid the foundations for a “progressive new politics” for Scotland.’

        Of course this is also the Robin Harper who at the beginning of December 2013, announced that he would “absolutely vote no” in the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, going on to say that he would like to help the Better Together campaign.

        Presumably he’s still a Unionist despite all that’s happened since 2014. If so, of course he is going to take a strongly negative view of anything that advances the rights of voters in Scotland to decide on our constitutional future – in case we decide to dissolve Harper’s favoured Union. And if so, he becomes an ideal person to feature on BBC Scotland today!

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  5. The “Scottish” Toadies want the Greens to lose their question at FMQ’s, in case they ask easy “softball questions”.

    Shouldn’t “Scottish” Labour and the Toadies should lose their questions for asking easy “doughball questions”?


  6. Simples
    Their lack of empathy or basic human compassion is entirely due to
    1 Their upbringing
    2.Their education ( why do you think it is labelled as Elite )
    3.From 1&2 comes their sense of entitlement and right to rule
    The 1 and only thing they care for is MONEY
    Nothing else matters a hoot

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  7. Mercer’s Tories austerity causing multiple deaths. Welfare cuts, education cuts. NHS services lack of funding. Mental health services unavailable for those experiencing chronic problems.

    Mercer a total hypocrite. Supports illegal wars, NI Troubles, amnesty for mass murderers. Mercer is part of the problem. Mercer is a Tory. Life expectancy under the Tories going down. 120,000 premature deaths. Millions maimed and killing in illegal wars. NI Troubles. Knife crime in London increased. Mercer looking for sympathy. He is part of the problem. Brexit the next catastrophe.


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