Please get my link right. You've attributed this to the moron who impersonates me online.
Bloody Hell. You've put a lot of work into that site. What did he do to you to deserve so much of your time?
Turns out Portillo didn't even vote for Boris, so we learnt on tonight's This Week.He said "Boris's campaign was an insult to my intelligence" and that "you could infer" that he "wouldn't vote for someone whose campaign was an insult to [his] intelligence".Nice to know I wasn't *completely* barking up the wrong tree to suggest in one of my posters that some Conservatives would actively want to stop Boris. (Just mostly.)
I will have to watch that on iplayer. He's layed into Boris quite a few times on This Week before. He's pissed off a lot of people in his party by doing it as well. Which can't hurt.
Michael Portillo has a perfect right to change his opinion and vote for whoever he likes.However, I do agree with Peter Oborne who sensibly remarked in the Mail on Saturday that Michael Portillo is still appearing on t.v. programmes as the Tory spokesperson when it is obvious he is not really a Tory anymore.In fairness to David Cameron, and the Conservative Party, he should not really appear as a Tory spokesperson anymore, particularly when he is supposed to be balancing the Labour view, as on the Andrew Neill Show.With the greatest respect, Andrew Neill should change his team and replace Michael Portillo with someone who does support the Tories, to give the other side to Dianne Abbott. Otherwise you have two people slagging off the Conservatives and there is no balance whatsoever.
On This Week you have an ex Tory minister, a presenter who is a lifelong Conservative supporter and a Labour MP who routinely slags off the government. I don't think installing some faceless Tory autonomon in there would make the show any more interesting, than it already is, or indeed any more balanced.
Not some faceless automaton, but there are other Tories who could appear.My point is that Michael Portillo went on the show as the Tory representative. He obviously isn't that anymore.
I don't think either Portillo or Abbot are meant to be spokesman. In fact I suspect the reason these two were chosen is because they are both 'rebels' from their own party line and are known for speaking their mind, so are therefore more interesting to watch than somebody just parroting out the usual party spiel. There is a also an (admittedly slightly annoying) chemistry between the three of them which would be broken if they got rid of Portillo.
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