Opinion: Tory leadership candidates exploiting weaknesses

PUBLISHED: 08:30 23 June 2019

Tory leadership campaign gives comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen headaches.

Tory leadership campaign gives comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen headaches.


As the Tory leadership race ploughs on one major theme has been drugs. I don't mean the ones you have to take to be able to cope with all the coverage.

If you have made it through a day without aspirin you've done much better than me.

There's good and bad news for Michael Gove. He has received cash backing from the man behind Next.

That seems good but it comes at the one time Gove doesn't want people saying he's had a "little bump".

You see, Michael Gove admitted using a Class A substance, and I don't mean big eggs. And it's all kicked off.

Some say he should have to pull out of the race.

Well, in most races you are disqualified for drug use.

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Others have pointed out that Mr Gove has been honest and his admission has done more to make drugs uncool than many government campaigns.

Fellow leadership contender Sajid Javid said of people like Gove who "boast about buying fair trade, they talk about climate change and, at the same time come Friday or Saturday night, they're all doing Class A drugs."

To be fair, that's because you can't get fair trade drugs.

If you could those people would love to boast about how ethically sourced their stash is.

They'd sound like a Marks & Spencer ad: "This isn't just Class A drugs. This is the finest boutros boutros from the Colombian foothills."

I'm glad that's not available.

Let's be honest, the kind of people who love to boast about how fancy the food at their dinner party is don't need any help being chatty and self obsessed.

This is becoming a weakness the other leadership candidates are using.

So, it seems like the key to a good Conservative leadership campaign is to keep your nose clean.

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