Although the local elections saw the Conservatives do better than expected, there is a sense that the Tories are not out of the woods yet when it comes to defeating Jeremy Corbyn at the next election. In that vein, last night the Centre for Policy Studies’ ‘New Blue: Ideas for a New Generation’ launch, with Ben Bradley and Michael Gove.
The Defra Secretary gave the keynote speech and used it to say it wasn’t enough for his party to bang on about Venezuela and then expect the problem of socialism to go away:
‘Simply to rely on a few tired arguments about what has happened in Venezuela, heart rending though the fate of that country is, or to say that we need to recapture the arguments of the 1980s, heroic as that decade was. The world has changed, capitalism has changed.’
What ever could he be getting at?
Corbyn won’t condemn what is happening in Venezuela. Why? Because he supports the Socialist policies that have caused the economic chaos. pic.twitter.com/38DZN9rfGY
— Conservatives (@Conservatives) August 3, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn STILL refuses to condemn President Maduro's actions in Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/oK9VY0XRIf
— Conservatives (@Conservatives) August 7, 2017
"It is a cause for celebration, the achievements of Venezuela" Jeremy Corbyn, 6th June 2015 https://t.co/Mr37rCs2rr
— James Cleverly (@JamesCleverly) May 3, 2017
Mr S suspects the comments will have gone down like a lead balloon in CCHQ.