Opinion – Meet the Conservative Party’s new torchbearers – Bagehot – The Economist

Here’s an outstanding article in the Bagehot column of the Economist. It argues strongly that the Tories need to promote their next generation of leaders—and fast.

Source: Meet the Conservative Party’s new torchbearers

Like every other respectable newspaper, the article concludes that the Conservative Party Conference highlighted weaknesses rather than strengths. Theresa May and her cabinet are targeted as ineffectual, weak and largely lacking brain power. The article highlights some of the highly talented young Conservative MPs, whom Theresa May must quickly promote to stand a chance of appealing to younger voters and winning the next election.

BUT first May must jettison the dead-wood and fire a number of prominent cabinet ministers, including Boris Johnson. But if Johnson is outside the cabinet, it will possibly further undermine her authority both in her own party and in Brexit negotiations.

Will May wield the ax or will she wait for a leadership challenge? And will the outcome trigger a hard Bexit and or an early general election?


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