I don't think the leadership of the Conservative and Unionist Party of Great Britain and Ireland (are they still called that?) is of much overall value in the whole seeking after truth business but let it be known:
1. John Sergeant, introducing his new book Maggie - Her Fatal Legacy told us on Monday night that this was the first leadershp election in which her opinion didn't matter. He told us gently and he told us gracefully but he told us, in effect, that at 80 years old she has lost a lot of her marbles and would not have recognised many of the guests at her birthday bash yesterday. She no longer recognises him and he travelled with her extensively in the election campaigns of 1979 and 1983.
2. In this writer's opinion she succeeded in her ambition to get rid of socialism. All the major parties are now Conservative. Any remaining socialist agenda is huddled in the corners of New Labour and the Lib Dems and dare not speak its name. New Labour will continue its excellent work of moving the worst off out of poverty as long as no one either notices or draws excessive attention to it. Don't worry. This blog doesn't yet count as excesive attention.
3. Whoever wins the leadership it will be an unbelievable turn round if they get anywhere near power next time.
4. One of the reasons it will be unbelievable is that remarkable group who go by the collective name of 'Conservative Women.' Did anyone else hear (I'm sure I didn't dream it) the 6 o'clock news item on Radio 4 yesterday when minister's wives were coming out of a hustings meeting and one woman, asked her opinion, said, 'I'm a Ken Clarke man, er woman'.