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Tory Wars: Backbenchers threaten backlash against Shapps backlash

22 March 2014

12:42 PM

22 March 2014

12:42 PM

There is a rather furious backlash underway against the backlash that Grant Shapps finds himself in the middle of after his bingo gaffe. Supporters of the Tory Chairman suspect he has been stitched up in some way. I understand that the graphic was emailed out to a number of tweeting MPs who all tweeted it at roughly the same time – Shapps was the first. And as Chairman, he has to take the flak. Others privately suspect that other ministers who are after his job are responsible for briefings such as this one to the Sun that he could lose his job if the Tories take a drubbing in the European elections.

The Sun story is interesting because the person briefing it assumes that vengeful right wing Tories would automatically blame Shapps, when in fact there are as many who have been reassured by the work that he has done since taking the role in 2012 as those who dislike him. I know two who were on the verge of sending letters demanding a leadership contest to 1922 Committee chair Graham Brady, but haven’t, citing Shapps’ work in improving the message discipline of the party as one of the key reasons. One fan says:

‘Grant’s enemies forget that a lot of MPs are grateful to him for campaign visits and rubber chicken dinners – his enemies have no charm or friends.’

Then again, some right-wing Conservatives have nicknamed him ‘Grant Yapps’ because they think he’s all mouth and no trousers. But if Shapps lost his job because of the backlash over the bingo picture, then the PM would find himself with another right-wing backlash on his hands. The Tory party is never dull, is it?

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  • http://batman-news.com The Commentator

    The tasteless beer and bingo advert was signed off by master tacticians George Osborne and Lynton Crosby. They can throw Shapps to the dogs if they like but that won’t stop them going down in flames in Spring 2015.

  • Frank

    The problem with Grant Shapps is that he is deeply vulgar and appears to lack any sense of ethics. I realise that he cannot change these aspects of his character, but it does beg the question: why did the top tories select this individual? In simple terms, his vulgarity and caddishness tarnish the tory brand, much like Tim Yeo, Maria Miller, etc, etc.
    You could posit that Farage’s love life does no favours to UKIP’s brand, but actually the brand is un-affected as the party’s cause transcends his foibles. Given Dave’s very careful avoidance of any great cause, the tory party is deeply affected every time one of their number reveals himself/herself as a scrounger/ethics free/vulgarian.

  • David Simpson

    Nice to see all the Tories on here falling out with each other, like ferrets in a sack

    • Colonel Mustard

      We are not the hive mind Borg you see, simp-son. We are not all hard-wired to the Labour HQ script like the drones you send here.

      Blah, blah, blah. Rachel Reeves. Drone, drone, drone.

      • telemachus

        This is the first post for a year or two that can generate respect from the thinking commentators on this site
        The “we” speaks volumes
        However misguided that tells us the writer might be and however much in need of re-education it is a marked improvement on the “I have no views and therefore will attack everything” that we have become used to

        • Colonel Mustard

          Better than the “I have only one view which is nothing more than propaganda and I keep repeating it ad nauseum” that you offer as a Labour shill.

        • Nicholas chuzzlewit

          Shapps and Gove are far too busy scouring the rancid filth, corruption, mediocrity and failure of socialism from British life to worry about Stalinists like yourself.

    • telemachus

      Rats

      • Nicholas chuzzlewit

        He said Tories not the scum from the sewers which make up Fascist Labour.

  • the viceroy’s gin

    Why would the backbenchers care about this clueless, yapping pekinese Scrapps? Goodness, he’s one of UKIP’s best recruiters, and will swell their numbers, which are growing in inverse proportion to those departing the pekinese’s own party. The backbenchers want to keep this yapping lapdog in the job as long as possible. It’s to their benefit.

    If Dave had any brains and leadership qualities, he’d defenestrate this muppet, in the manner Longshanks did his poofter son’s poofter playmate in Braveheart. In politics, you have to clean house, and in a timely fashion. It’s long been past time for the Camerluvvies to do this, but they’re too incompetent politically to understand that. That’s why they’ll be gone soon.

  • Wessex Man

    lovely jubbly carry on boys!

  • alabenn

    This story sounds like the confected rubbish you get when people want to distract attention from the absolute mess, that Labour made of the Budget aftermath.
    It might distract temporarily but the damage is done, the whole of the Labour Party knows this and are at a loss on how to turn it around.

    • David Simpson

      Nice try at trying to change the subject but you failed miserably. The tories are in such a mess that they now have changed the convention of giving the leader of the opposition a copy of the budget speech before it is delivered.
      Is there no depths the tories will not descend to

      • anyfool

        The convention is to place it in the library just as the statement begins, this was what happened.
        That Labour set this in motion reflects how low they rate the idiot Miliband, lies are all they and their so called leader have left.
        Other than that, how does not showing the man beforehand indicate they are a mess, I think that act would show foresight and a touch of ruthlessness.

      • Nicholas chuzzlewit

        One thing of which we can all be certain, they will never reach the depths of the lying filth that is the Labour Party.

  • LadyDingDong

    Very interesting; labtard are in disarray and a Conservative victory in 2015 is becoming more likely. I cannot be alone in believing the ‘preposition’ backlash is a media storm in a bucket – McTernan’s belief that pensioners cannot be trusted with their own money is as egregious a statement as I have ever heard from a politician yet no comment from this right-of-centre organ. And where have all you lefty trolls sprung from? These comments sections have started to resemble CiF and the Independent and are no better for it.

    • southerner

      Anybody who supports the liblabcon is a lefty troll.

      • HookesLaw

        Ooh look a beam of sunlight sneaking out of Saint Nigel’s underpants.

        • southerner

          And I’m not a kipper either Hooky. Told you a lot of times. Despairing of the liblabcon doesn’t make you a kipper.

          • Kitty MLB

            That is part of Hookys plan.Cameroons
            like him say there is no room in the Conservative
            party for those who do not obedienty follow
            Cameron, so they send us elsewhere.
            Kippers are the same, they want to place
            all Conservatives in the same box and say
            we are cameroons because that benefits them.

            • Wessex Man

              we say nothing of the sort, we just say, truthfully that the Tories can’t be trusted with Camerloon leading them!

              • Kitty MLB

                Yes I know dear chap ! I shall put my sword down like a quite
                Aethelflaed. Hooky just rattles cages and before you know it
                your in some kind of fearsome skirmish on the Spectator
                battlefields with everyone.
                Well one way or another Cameron will be off soon, even
                if he wins, he has said he doesn’t intend to do 2 whole terms,
                I shall not miss him and nor will most of the grassroots.

          • BarkingAtTreehuggers

            No, that’s right – it makes you a Conservative Green.

            • southerner

              Ha nice one barking. Take off the last word and you got it.

          • Wessex Man

            ah ah ah, I gotta a felling that dear old Hooky has insulted another Tory again- priceless!

            • southerner

              He can’t see a conservative from his position way out in the distance on the left

        • telemachus

          In fairness Farage is worth ten Camerons

          • Nicholas chuzzlewit

            By that exchange rate he would be worth 10 Billion Balls’s and 10 Billion Miliband’s. Cameron that is, which would make Farage worth 200 billion for the pair of losers.

            • telemachus

              Oh for a world with the first of your 10 billions

      • telemachus

        So what are you
        A sensible Ukipper?

        • Wessex Man

          Well most of us are.

          • telemachus

            In fact the words are antonyms

    • HookesLaw

      This right of centre organ is more interested in stirring up trouble than reporting reality.
      It beggars believe that a little bit of silliness should cause anything other than a little giggle. The sight of Balls waving it around is just ludicrous.
      From a tory perspective it is again thick right wingers who demonstrate they are incapable of tying their own shoelaces.

      • southerner

        …as opposed to thick left wingers who want to continue the destruction of all that the rest of us hold dear.

        • HookesLaw

          Thick left wingers who you want to help into power. That’s why these nutjob right wingers are thick.

          • southerner

            Not unlike the thick left wingers already in power.

      • Colonel Mustard

        That’s it Hooky, fight the wrong enemy as usual.

        • southerner

          It’s not his enemy. He is a left wing Camerluvvie socialist.

          • HookesLaw

            I’m a mainstream conservative. I believe in fighting and defeating socialism. ‘Camerluvvie’ – is your invention, one of many. Your plan is to hand government to socialists.

            You are a despicable creep – aiming to sell your country down the river.

            • Kitty MLB

              Why did Cameron believe he could defeat
              the evils of socialism by naively going
              into coalition with a deceitful
              leftie party, who pretend to be friendly tree huggers. UKIP want to see the end of the
              Conservative Party and will play dirty politics
              the same as anyone else, and Cameroon
              by their destructive nature are helping them.

              • Wessex Man

                Kitty calm down, The dirty tricks departments of Labour, Tory and Lib/dums have all formed ‘UKip units’ how quaint!

            • southerner

              You are not a conservative. You have argued the merits of immigration and the EU on other threads. You support Cameron and his fellow left wingers.

              My plan is for a conservative party. Nothing more or less.

              No need for the silly name calling quite apart from the fact you don’t know me nor anything about me. And the playground was a long time ago.

              • Kitty MLB

                NO, Hooky is not a conservative,
                there are similar to him at conhome,
                they are really EU supporting lib dems
                who pretend to be conservative.
                But there are conservatives here and there
                who do seem to be supporting the government
                out of long term loyalty to the party,
                and holding their noses, they do not support the EU.

            • Colonel Mustard

              Then fight the socialists here.

              • David Simpson

                you are barmy Mustard

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Not as barmy as you though.

                  When the Labour neanderthals turn up I know the bait has been taken.

                • telemachus

                  We assimilate to achieve perfection
                  The team is boundless

                • Colonel Mustard

                  You just troll. And however many other Labour halfwits you bring here you will still just troll.

                  Here’s a tip. If you are aiming to achieve perfection then simp-son is probably not your best choice . . .

                  Hee-hee.

            • Wessex Man

              that’s a bit harsh Hooky baby, were you quail eggs off at lunch?

        • HookesLaw

          Take a look at the headline – ‘Tory Wars’. I’m not the thick one. Dumb assed right wing tory nutjobs are.

          Oh — And I will be voting tory at the general election. Its kipper nutjobs fighting the wrong enemy.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …the enemy is you LibLabCon socialists, lad.

          • Colonel Mustard

            Ask yourself why UKIP have to exist when Cameron gave a “cast iron” guarantee?

            • telemachus

              The name is unimportant as is Euroscepticism
              They exist to further the xenophobic Islamophobic agenda peddled by many round here

              • Colonel Mustard

                Why shouldn’t they? You peddle your alien agenda.

              • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                You peddle the rancid, corrupt filth of socialism so why shouldn’t anybody else peddle their own beliefs. At least until Miliband can legislate against freedom of speech that is thereby preventing them by law.

                • telemachus

                  Yes
                  Until

                • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                  We know you hate freedom of speech and are relishing the thought of setting up concentration camps for non Labour voters.

      • telemachus

        But Tories are thick right wingers

        • HookesLaw

          What is your point? Are you trying to say there are no thick left wingers in the Labour Party?
          Its the thick left wing that foisted Miliband on Labour. Good luck to you with that.
          But instead of pointing out Labours total vacuum over the budget and laughing along with a minor bit of fun, we get these headlines from the equally vacuous Spectator.

          • Two Bob

            Labour and Tories = equally thick

        • Colonel Mustard

          Tories are not the Borg. There is no hive mind. It’s a broad church, unlike the collectively wired, brain dead rabble that keep 20th century communism alive in 21st century Britain.

          So collective pejoratives do not apply, drone.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …they will when the H2B finishes the job, “detoxifying” it all into a collective socialist swamp.

          • David Simpson

            And they do not come any thicker than Mustard

            • Kitty MLB

              Please do not spout your vituperation at the Colonel,
              show him some respect.
              Clearly you are another yapping socialist.

            • Colonel Mustard

              Oh, i don’t know . . .

              “If i thought that you Ferguson were remotely correct in you summation then i would leave the party of which i have been a member for many many years. In fact you are so wrong not only on this but your previous contributions. As Kenneth Clarke once said ” calm down and crawl into a dark corner. You are doing our cause no favours and whats more you are making yourself look a complete fool. Do everyone a favour and stop writing such complete tosh”

              Yeah, do everyone a favour simp-son.

            • Nicholas chuzzlewit

              Oh I think you are a clear winner in the thickness stakes.

    • Colonel Mustard

      I’d rather have ten Grant Shapps than one Miliband, or one Balls, or one Cooper, or one Harmon or any of that sorry lot of Labour misfits that wrecked this country.

      • telemachus

        You missed Andy
        Our other charismatic genius

        • HookesLaw

          Yes – the big mistake Shapps made was not selling gold at the bottom of the market and announcing it in advance so that the price dropped even more.
          Bingo! what a great idea hey?

        • Colonel Mustard

          “or any of that sorry lot” covers Burnham the Slayer.

          • David Simpson

            Keep taking your pills and lay down in a dark corner

            • Colonel Mustard

              Keep your advice to yourself, simp-son.

            • Nicholas chuzzlewit

              He will need to if we are ever governed again by the lying, filthy, fascist scum of the Labour Party.

      • David Simpson

        Typical tory that cannot even spell

    • BarkingAtTreehuggers

      We welcome these bingo gaffe style campaigns — they unify the opinion of the electorate as to what needs to happen next.

  • swatnan

    This would never have happened under Warsi.
    Tories have always looked down on the lower orders; not surprising, because they don’t believe in ‘society’; Half the Cabinet have been in PR or Management and are self made millionaires.

  • nicewan

    I could see how a man of violence would not tire of punching that smug, shiny face with its over-sized teeth and non-existent eyebrows. Not me though, no sir. Not at all.

  • Kitty MLB

    Shapp’s is a foolish grinning fool with No substance and could have easily
    derailed an excellent, and progressive budget. Yet thankfully has proven so
    popular with the voting public that has not been the case.
    Labour would have loved that, they had nothing to say and nothing to offer,
    and are looking for a scalp and they blame Balls.. who no doubt will be for the chop.
    Really, The Conservative Party needs a chairman with some substance, maturity
    and someone who can relate to the backbenchers. Some one like Norman
    Tebbit or David Davis.

    • HookesLaw

      David Davis ran away from the shadow cabinet to pursue his own ambition. He represents everything that is thick stupid and wrong about the nutjob right of the tory party.

      • Wessex Man

        now liste zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Smithersjones2013

    4 words sum it all up.

    Divided, Dysfunctional Broken Tories

    PS Shapps truly is the David Brent of the Tory Party…..

    • telemachus

      And Ukip will divide them more as May 2015 approaches

  • MirthaTidville

    Fighting like rats in a sack comes to mind

    • telemachus

      With Osborne as king rat

    • Kitty MLB

      People with individuality and character, able to have different opinions
      unlike the Leftie Pavlov dogs , led by Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

      • telemachus

        Individuality, character and charisma
        It is self evident that the Tories are tired yesterday’s men and it is time for a change

        • Colonel Mustard

          A re-run of 1997-2010 won’t be a change. It will be a disaster. Yesterday’s men (and women) are that sorry looking gang on the opposition front bench. Brown’s has-beens “led” by Son of Communist and the man whose every prediction about the economy has been wrong.

          They might win the election with gerrymandered constituencies and postal votes but they will still be losers.

          • telemachus

            Leave Ralph out of this
            The longest period of prosperity we have known leading to rejuvenation of health and education was sadly terminated by US subprime but we are champing to resume

            • Colonel Mustard

              More lies.

              ‘Ralph’ (pass me the sick bag at such feigned familiarity) is in it up to his neck. That foreign communist gave us the prospect of the braying Red Donkey as Britain’s ‘Dear Leader’.

              • telemachus

                Playing to the tune of Dacre
                You used to be original in the days of Nicholas

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Rather Dacre than Stalin.

      • whs1954

        No, cretins perpetually spoiling for a fight, and giving no thought to the fact the electorate punishes disunited parties.

  • southerner

    “The Tory party is never dull, is it?”

    Dull of mind certainly. The sooner the un-conservatives disband the better.

    • telemachus

      Careful
      When we think dullness I smell danger

      • Colonel Mustard

        When we think danger we smell Labour.

        • telemachus

          The kind of danger that challenges and spurs us on

          • Colonel Mustard

            The kind of danger that suffocates liberty and aspiration.

          • Nicholas chuzzlewit

            And where do Labour plan to build its first Gulag for those who choose not to be ‘spurred on’ by Fascist Labour?

        • southerner

          All dangerous socialists just like the un-conservatives.

          • telemachus

            Dangerous only to the likes of you

            • southerner

              And the rest of the country.

              • telemachus

                The people will applaud

                • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                  Yes it will be just like North Korea. God help anybody who does not applaud the Labour Fascists.

        • Wessex Man

          They normally pen and ink as well.

      • southerner

        I couldn’t care what you socialists in Labour or in the un-conservatives smell.

        • telemachus

          You should and you will

          • Colonel Mustard

            More fascism. Mark it well.

            • telemachus

              Cal it what you will
              Victory is in sight

              • Colonel Mustard

                We’ll see.

                • Kitty MLB

                  As long as the Conservatives pinch their
                  nose and remember that Cameron one
                  way or another is only temporary .
                  And stop helping other parties,
                  Labour will never win, as if we will
                  Give the matches back to the perpetrators
                  who started the fire. Especially when
                  Our deficit slayer as things under control.

              • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                Victory for Fascist Labour? Let us hope not.

          • Wessex Man

            oh no not more pen and ink!

  • Pip

    The Tory Party Chairman personifies all that is wrong with British Politics and comes across and as smug, dishonest and self serving..

    • southerner

      That’s because he is.

      • Chris Morriss

        And an oik to boot.

      • telemachus

        Applies to any Tory Party Chair

        • Kitty MLB

          I don’t think so Telemachus..
          Not any Tory chair. A lot have been wishing him gone for ages,
          hopefully the fool will go any we will have a more suitable chairman. I see Balls is expected to have his head on the
          chopping board, had nothing to say or to offer…
          Poor Telemachus..without a hero !!!

          • telemachus

            No
            As I say below
            Boris may make an exception
            But it will do no good
            There will be a famous victory in May 2015 after which Balls will replace
            *
            telemachus is always correct

            • Colonel Mustard

              You are wrong about most things. It’s just that when your lies are refuted you chant another slogan and run off.

              • telemachus

                We will not run off in 2015
                I truly smell victory

                • Colonel Mustard

                  I truly smell the stench of fascism.

                • telemachus

                  It is to protect us from that that we toil

                • Colonel Mustard

                  You are the very personification of that. You are national socialists who aspire to a single party state, who resort to propaganda and seek power for power’s sake. You write of Borg-like assimilation by force and coercion. Don’t pretend you are not fascists.

                • telemachus

                  It is important to use all means to wrest the levers of economic power for the good of the people

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Tripe. Your party has never done anything for the good of the people.

                • telemachus

                  Modernising the NHS and Education 1997-2008
                  Indeed creating the NHS
                  Minimum wage
                  Attention to the pension and care time bomb by bringing a young workforce

                • Colonel Mustard

                  ‘Modernising’ – that’s a good word for trying to kill off the elderly hospital population and ensuring kids leave school unable to read, write or add up properly and are then not able to get jobs because you’ve filled the country up with cheap foreign labour.

                  We would have been better off under Prince John.

                • Kitty MLB

                  You smell a putrid miasma, like
                  that at the time of the black death,
                  and that will be the same result for Labour.

                • telemachus

                  No
                  The modernised public services will preclude disease

                • Kitty MLB

                  Creating a antibiotic that can fight those
                  rabid little red bugs that infect the electorate.
                  They will be available when we have renewed
                  the NHS.

            • Kitty MLB

              NO, NO!
              Labour are heading for a epic fall and
              Balls is heading for castration.

              • telemachus

                Yvette
                No mean operator
                Would not allow that

                • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                  I am always gladdened by the thought that Balls and Cooper are married. It means that their are two people somewhere out their who are happy because they are not married to one of those two scumbags.

              • Chris Morriss

                Oh good! No more Balls.

        • Colonel Mustard

          So, back to this identity. Got your script from Labour HQ?

          • telemachus

            You know about the Borg and assimilation in pursuit of perfection
            Or was that just non understanding from your Trekkie days

            • Colonel Mustard

              Lying again. I made it clear that I am not a Trekkie.

              You’ll find your little assimilation games a bit trickier in real life than in science fiction. You are detested by a large proportion of the population.

              • telemachus

                Only those who arrogate to themselves the levers of economic power now
                Not for much longer

                • Colonel Mustard

                  There will always be a resistance against you. Just as there was a resistance to the Nazis occupying Europe.

                • telemachus

                  But there will be no strong American backup to prevent victory
                  qv Crimea

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Tyranny never wins and the English can look after themselves.

                • telemachus

                  We needed Stalin in WW II

      • Chris Morriss

        It seems that a reply of mine didn’t appear because I used a mildly contemptuous word to describe the little weasel. Shapps is the sort of person that puts off Conservatives from voting for the party. The chosen picture shown at the top of this article tells you all you really want to know about him.

    • telemachus

      Which is why he has to go to make way for Boris (so that he can play out his Mayorial role before Zac makes way for him in 2016)

  • Rhoda Klapp8

    WGAF?

    • telemachus

      I do
      The more we see of this the nearer I smell a great victory

      • Colonel Mustard

        When it comes to Labour I smell something else.

        • telemachus

          Excitement
          The excitement of moving forward

          • Colonel Mustard

            No-one moves forward under a Labour government.

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