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Penny Mordaunt is hard to read The Tory favourite gives herself away in her book

A Penny for your thoughts. Credit: Leon Neal/Getty

A Penny for your thoughts. Credit: Leon Neal/Getty


July 15, 2022   7 mins

Penny Mordaunt is the only candidate in this leadership election whose formative political experience was war. She claimed this week that she knew she was a conservative as soon as she watched Margaret Thatcher’s naval task force sail from Portsmouth Harbour as the Falklands War began in 1982. The ships, the uniforms, the flags. Mordaunt saw the pomp and the guns, and her thoughts turned to Westminster. She was distant enough from the blood and the smoke to be made optimistic by the conflict.

This buttery patriotism is one part of Mordaunt’s political make-up. There is also a Cameroonian social liberalism, pro-immigration, and pro-LGBT rights; she is a Brexiteer. Her breezy-sunny style is giggly and Johnsonian. Mordaunt appears to not take herself very seriously. She wants to smooth Tory edges, get the party back to basics, and embody a cuddly new One Nation synthesis.

Her battered country and her fratricidal party are not really in trouble. They just need to rediscover who they are. Like every centrist — for that is what Mordaunt is — she thinks all sensible people share the same values.

Political colleagues say they have no idea what she believes or thinks. Only 11% of the public, and 16% of Conservative voters, can correctly name Penny Mordaunt when shown a photo of her. But Tory members, though they are old, anti-immigration and disconcerted by social change, appear charmed by this young, pro-immigration, social change welcoming candidate. The heart wants what it wants. It helps that she is never less than vague. “We don’t need a new role in the world — just to be ourselves,” she said in her speech. For party members she is a bare wall. They can light her with their flickering projections. A (supposed) mystery might be welcomed by the public too. After the too graphic, pointillist detail Boris Johnson forced on Britain about his own life, being unknown looks like a political advantage.

Compared with her rivals, Mordaunt’s political career has been low-wattage. Her family’s military background, and her sideline as a naval reservist, made her appointment as Secretary of Defence in 2019 a realised dream. It lasted for two months. She backed Jeremy Hunt in that year’s leadership contest. For that Johnson removed her from the post.

Luckily for us, Mordaunt used the downtime that followed to write a book “to learn more about my country”. Intentionally, and unintentionally, Greater: Britain After The Storm is filled with useful disclosures. Though it is written with a co-author, the book feels more distinctly personal than anything else Mordaunt has done in public. Nothing is more revealing than a person’s prose, not even nudity.

The bare bones: after the financial crash, Brexit, and Covid, Britain needs a “well-executed national plan”. We are a country longing for a “mission”. Though we are apparently “living longer, healthier, happier, wealthier lives than ever before”, the median Brit, like the nation at large, lacks self-esteem. Only Mordaunt’s plan-mission — a project outlined with no more specificity than the frequent use of the word “modernise” — can make Britain better.

Greater divides into two parts. The first is an attempt to capture Britain’s national character through historical analysis, amateur sociology, and hair-thin observations. The second purports to explain what this “national plan” will look like.

If Mordaunt’s plan-mission is to work, it must be grounded in an understanding of what contemporary Britain is truly about. Early doors she informs us that “the British live on an island”, which is indisputable. Afterwards she makes a cacophony with adjectives. Britain is: industrious, international, cautious, creative, caring, trusted, frugal, fair, selfless, and modest. Then more word confetti: Britain is defined by integrity, sacrifice, honesty, modesty, loyalty, humour, compassion, generosity, love, courage, and defiance. All of these nouns could be lobbed at Cambodia and hit something. They are general, banal. Her words are indiscriminate, not accurate. Without precision, observation shrivels and dies. We can admire her attempt to taxonimise an entire country, but not the outcome. Is her writing better than her diving? No.

Every clichĂ© about this country is on parade. Before politics Mordaunt worked in Public Relations. She knows received wisdom, aimed low, communicated breathlessly. Play the hits Penny: tell us about how much the British love queuing and moaning about the weather. (She does, a lot.) Though Britain is an “ancient” civilisation — not compared with Iran, or China, or Egypt, or any world standard, but whatever, she’s rolling —  it is “surprisingly modern” and “outward looking”. Yet we are also “suspicious of change”. “Sometimes”, she writes, “being British is difficult to explain.” It’s a sentence where the author’s unintended admission of failure lurks between each word. When Mordaunt essays the national character over about 100 pages, she falls back on recapping Seventies TV shows, and odd little factoids — “the majority of Britons eat meat pie at least once a month” — the ultimate significance of which remain obscure. How meat pies affect Mordaunt’s plan-mission is never explained.

Though she lambasts Britain’s apparent tendency towards nostalgia several times in the book, she is imprisoned by outdated notions. Her Britain of queues, rain, and “Sunday rituals” was a stock image when George Orwell wrote about it during the Second World War. The actual Britain, a bewildering mixture of hypermodernity and feudalism, where personal identity is thin, beliefs are fluid, and people mobile, is richer and stranger than anything Mordaunt can conceive of. But she would rather think about breakfast. She ticks off a Full English’s ingredients, then writes: “Not surprisingly, after such breakfast bowel-bashing there blossoms a stool of biblical proportions. Exodus by Caesarean section.”

It matters that Mordaunt cannot articulate a single original notion about the national character. Disraeli intuited that the working classes were patriotic friends, not revolutionary enemies, and reformed Britain accordingly. Churchill understood that pigheaded British stubbornness could save the nation in 1940, when many in the establishment around him were defeatist. Thatcher understood that baby boomers wished to eschew the clammy, paternalistic collectivism of the post-war period for greater individual autonomy. Their visions were underpinned by new understandings of old national qualities.

Mordaunt sounds like a folksy Hovis advert not a Prime Minister. The language and the ideas are pavements that have been walked over many times. Her belief that Scotland won’t leave the Union is grounded in the notion that Scots, like the English, and the Welsh, and the Northern Irish, “moan about the weather”. If this were funny it might excuse the observation’s total lack of seriousness. But if you care about Britain it’s tragically shallow. Typically, other than this empty clichĂ©, Mordaunt does not have a positive case to make for the Union. She does not seem entirely convinced that it should carry on. “If the Union matters”, she claims “it needs to be clear why. If the UK is to survive, its existence can’t be taken for granted.” That’s just another truism in a book stuffed with them. It is impossible to imagine Disraeli, Churchill, or Thatcher — or yes, even Johnson! — thinking this flaccidly.

The big idea in Greater is “modernisation”. Mordaunt’s plan-mission “must start with modernising democracy”, which means fiddling about (yet again) with the House of Lords. Is kicking a few aristos around really more important than dealing with the country’s appalling productivity rate, stagnant GDP, and demented planning regulations? Mordaunt seems to think so. Modernisation starts with parliament, then ripples out towards the BBC, the military, the monarchy, the sciences, and the universities. What modernisation means is never explained. It is taken for granted that reform is a synonym for good.

But more than anything else, Greater feels random. This is what happens when you try to be all things to all men in the Blair-Cameron way, but you are not rigorous or thoughtful about it. In no particular order, and with no particular reason, Mordaunt quotes from John Stuart Mill, Margaret Mead, Richard Rorty, Billy Connolly, Gloria Gaynor, Afua Hirsch, Clive James, Malcolm Gladwell, Jo Cox, George the Poet, and “Austrian boy wonder” Friedrich Hayek. The lack of unity here, the looseness of these associations, tells us that Mordaunt is not a structured thinker. She has no philosophy, aside from a lazy-Whiggish belief in Things Can Only Get Better. She would like much more immigration than the average Tory member probably realises.

Mordaunt tacks to the centre, but ends up on the managerial Left. What she writes sounds like it was dredged from a particularly poor speech given at Davos five years ago. Do Tory members want to hear that “change is the engine room of equality”, or that “minority achievement is the stuff of which our dreams, history, and culture are made”? To support this Mordaunt invokes the lives of Horatio Nelson, Marcus Rashford, and Barack Obama.

Mordaunt moves on to her plan-mission. “We must rethink our institutions if they are going to regain popular support,” she declares. “It has to be a top-down as well as bottom-up approach.” Ok then. Government must do more, but due to its inefficiency, many of its tasks can be devolved to private charities. Big corporations are thinning out the state, but growth requires lax regulations and lower taxes. Progress will come from protecting dissenting minority opinions, but censorship is fine if it is developed by “elected and accountable representatives”, otherwise “violent noises from the looneyverse” will wreck public discourse. People shouldn’t be cancelled for having different views, but she approves of Trump’s Twitter ban.

These grating inconsistencies cannot be papered over by her chummy, punch-in-the-arm patriotism. No part of the plan feels like it was inspired by listening to the electorate, or trying to work out what they want. Again: being a centrist means that Mordaunt thinks the British all basically believe the same things. All our differences can be dissolved in the sugar water of loving Britain; all our problems can be fixed with a bit of joined-up thinking about House of Lords reform.

She wants to heal us. At her launch on Wednesday, Mordaunt claimed the public were “fed up with divisive politics”. We need to get back to a saner, kinder politics: miniature Union Jacks, tolerance, fair play, compromise
 Britain, she said on Wednesday, with a characteristic pop culture reference, felt like the crowd watching Paul McCartney at Glastonbury last month. We have digressed from the classics. “He was playing new tunes but what we really wanted was the good old stuff.”

For Mordaunt, then, “playing the good old stuff” means regurgitating a tired centrism. At this point “modernisation” is the shadow of a shadow, the echo of an echo. Maybe it doesn’t matter. Current polling suggests Mordaunt will beat any other candidate if she makes the final round. Scrutiny, starting with this evening’s television debates, ought to see her big tent ideas from a previous age collapse in on themselves. What if they don’t? The conditions that made Cameron and Blair possible are not going to come back. Saying that Britain can “rediscover” itself does not make it so. Real life has not been amenable to ideas like Mordaunt’s for over a decade. If the torch is being passed to her, do not expect its light to carry very far.

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J DUFTY
J DUFTY
2 years ago

Thing is with Penny, the more you know about her the less there is to like. A bit like the EU really.
Kemi Badenoch is my favourite. At least she thinks and reasons deeply- and doesn’t quote Afua flippin’ Hirsch.

Last edited 2 years ago by J DUFTY
Richard Stanier
Richard Stanier
2 years ago
Reply to  J DUFTY

Yes, that truly was a red-light moment.

0 0
0 0
1 year ago
Reply to  J DUFTY

Agreed. Hitler might be a better comparsion that the EU in that respect.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 year ago
Reply to  0 0

That’s a little unfair to Adolph don’t you think? He did at least see active service in the Western Front with the Bavarian Foot and Mouth.

Deb Grant
Deb Grant
1 year ago
Reply to  J DUFTY

But has no chance if winning over floating voters, beating Keir Starmer in the ratings or winning a general election – YET.

Richard Stanier
Richard Stanier
2 years ago

Good essay, Will. In summary she is a vacuous fraud, and not worthy of high office. Even amongst the current crop of politicians.

JR Stoker
JR Stoker
2 years ago

She reminds me of Macron, an empty vessel waiting to be filled with whatever she thinks will make her loved. A façade with nothing behind

Andrew Wise
Andrew Wise
2 years ago
Reply to  JR Stoker

God save us from another one …. we only just got rid of the last empty vessel waiting to be filled with whatever he thinks would make him loved

Bruce Horton
Bruce Horton
2 years ago
Reply to  JR Stoker

Unfortunately Ms. Mordaunt sounds all too familiar to Canadians and I’ll issue a warning: do not choose a photogenic, catch-phrase spouting, vacuous, “feel-good” leader.

Last edited 2 years ago by Bruce Horton
Susan Lundie
Susan Lundie
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruce Horton

I absolutely agree! She is a female version, and will have us trussed up and served with platitudinous fries on the side to her handlers as soon as she can arrange it.
Such an attractive nice young woman, in the same way your problem is such an attractive nice young man. Only the hair colour differs! Charm? Schmarm!

Christian Moon
Christian Moon
1 year ago
Reply to  JR Stoker

She is nothing like Macron. Macron is four levels of education higher than her, he has a mind that is four levels more capable.
You may not agree with his policy, but at least he can give you a coherent rationale.

Andrew Fisher
Andrew Fisher
1 year ago
Reply to  Christian Moon

Very well put. It’s a pretty silly comparison.

Andrew Fisher
Andrew Fisher
1 year ago
Reply to  JR Stoker

Macron is arrogant and unlikeable but is in a different league as a politician – and in his analysis of his country’s problems – than the embarrassingly vacuous Mordaunt.

Brendan Keelan
Brendan Keelan
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew Fisher

Is that why En Marche triumphed so wonderfully in the recent elections?

Anna Knowles
Anna Knowles
2 years ago

Psychologists tell us that it is our looks that people judge us on initially; what we say is less important. Penny is easy on the eye, has an affable personality and a sense of humour. However, two previous bosses (Lord Frost as Brexit negotiator and Daniel Moylan of Kensington and Chelsea Council) had to sack her for incompetence and laziness. She also refused to go on a trade mission to the US as she had a book to promote at the Hay Festival where she arrived by helicopter. The essay above further highlights her unsuitability for the role of Prime Minister. We must hope that MPs and party members take note of her manifest shortcomings and vote accordingly.

Andrew F
Andrew F
2 years ago
Reply to  Anna Knowles

Yes, agreed but why Tory party members think so highly of her.
I am not a member and will only speak to few on Sunday.

Christian Moon
Christian Moon
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew F

They remember her in a swimsuit, all curves, blonde hair and blue eyes and they remember her in a Navy uniform all ready to order them about.
It’s a carefully orchestrated PR image, designed to save you the trouble of listening to anything she says.

Cal Finnigan
Cal Finnigan
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew F

A large part of her appeal rests on despatch box performances. Her adroit and brutal put-down of Angela Rayner and SNP windbag Ian Blackford (see YouTube) brought joy to many a parched Tory heart aching for the rapier killer instinct amid the general bluster. I admit it’s hard to reconcile such displays of masterly grip of brief and quickness of wit with the vacuity so rightly exposed by Will Lloyd. Perhaps she has a doppelganger? In which case can we put the doppelganger on the ballot sheet,

Andrew Horsman
Andrew Horsman
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna Knowles

Just imagine what happens when Tedros, the communist stooge in charge of the WHO until at least 2027, declares a public health emergency of international concern following the conclusion of the WHO’s pandemic treaty scheduled to be concluded by May 2024 and the outbreak of the next, “inevitable” (his words) pandemic. The details of this remain to be hashed out but in it is going to be built, with inexplicable UK support, on the Chinese Communist Party inspired “One Health” approach (internet search it – it’s basically anti-human). Tedros has emphatically, publicly, described this treaty as a total “game changer”. It will likely hand him, in writing if not in actual fact, powers to require national governments to close their borders, lock down populations, and to bully individuals into doing whatever the latest thing that the technocratic overclass has decided is the right thing for everyone to do.

What would Penny Mordaunt, as British PM, do then? Defy him and stand & fight for the long-established civil and natural rights of her countryfellows? Or cavil in the face of international communtarian, authoritarian, unthinking. unknowing, utilitarian, aggressive, raw power of the pernicious, combined forces of the Chinese Communist Party, the pharma and tech industries, and goodness knows who else, and go along with popular demands from the propagandised, atomised, alienated, ill-informed, and demoralised population to do whatever the dim-witted communist in charge of the WHO tells her to do?

What we need is a bold, courageous, humble, intellectually and empathetic astute leader. And that, whatever her other qualities and virtues may be, it is obviously not Penny Mordaunt.

Last edited 1 year ago by Andrew Horsman
John Thorogood
John Thorogood
2 years ago

OMG! If Will is right, we need her like a hole in the head. It’ll just be a rerun of Cameron and May. We need serious, focused action and no more cuddly PR drivel. Reality about the economic ruin resulting from the unilateral disarmament represented by net zero would be a good start.

Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
2 years ago
Reply to  John Thorogood

Please do not insult Cameron to this extent!

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 year ago

But surely he is the perfect example of someone who is:“Supine, patronising, arrogant, ill educated, badly read, intellectually and culturally devoid, thick, bone headed, dishonest, lazy, self serving, heome ceounties straight from ‘ central casting’ living, walking monument to all that is wrong with new middle class rule”, as you said so appositely said in a previous post?

James 0
James 0
2 years ago
Reply to  John Thorogood

Say what you will about Cameron and May, but I can’t see either of them coming out with such grade-A drivel. They at least come across as people who could pass GCSE English.

Christian Moon
Christian Moon
1 year ago
Reply to  John Thorogood

Penny Mordaunt’s whole career has been PR (per Wiki). If you’ve got her looks you can go a long way on those alone. An engineer, she is not.

Alison Wren
Alison Wren
2 years ago

If we get Mordaunt womens rights are gone. Kemi is fantastic. Liz will do but not very charismatic!! Was hoping Suella would opt for Kemi but hey ho. Any Tory probably better for women than Labour winning the next election
 what a mess!!!

Johann Strauss
Johann Strauss
2 years ago
Reply to  Alison Wren

For sure Kemi would be a breath of fresh air. And she appears to be smart as a whippet.

Clive Fraser
Clive Fraser
2 years ago
Reply to  Johann Strauss

Is she really? In the same way that Candace Owens, Tony Sewell, Thomas Sowell and others of that ilk are “smart”?

C Yonge
C Yonge
2 years ago
Reply to  Clive Fraser

I don’t understand. Do you think Thomas Sowell isn’t smart?

Julian Farrows
Julian Farrows
2 years ago
Reply to  Clive Fraser

Perhaps, but I wouldn’t use the word ‘ilk’. It has negative connotations.

Linda Hutchinson
Linda Hutchinson
1 year ago
Reply to  Julian Farrows

Why does “ilk” have negative connotations? I use it quite a lot; am I committing some type of socio-political faux pas?

Gillian Johnstone
Gillian Johnstone
1 year ago
Reply to  Clive Fraser

Candace Owens, Tony Sewell, Thomas Sowell – all extremely smart. I don’t understand either, unless you mean, that being right leaning politically, as Mr Biden would have it, they are “not black enough”..

Andrew F
Andrew F
2 years ago
Reply to  Alison Wren

But Suella did not opt for Kemi and Kemi should opt for Liz before it is to late (unless she does amazing in Monday debate).
Sunak must be loving this book.
He is sending copy to all party members.

Dougie Undersub
Dougie Undersub
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew F

I suspect it was “sibling” rivalry that prevented Braverman from backing Badenoch. Why Francois and (some of) the ERG are backing Truss is a mystery wrapped in an enigma.

Christian Moon
Christian Moon
1 year ago
Reply to  Alison Wren

After tonight it’s more a question of Liz opting for Kemi before it’s too late, I would have thought.
Liz looked and sounded utterly lost.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 year ago
Reply to  Christian Moon

Agreed, a complete moron.

Charles Lewis
Charles Lewis
2 years ago

Moraunt is an empty vessel to the ordinary Tory voter (which I am). Those wretchedly stupid MPs who support her will realise soon enough, if she wins, that she is not what they thought. The hard fought for protection from the toxic trans ideologues for our women and childfen will be lost, and the sane among us will bitterly regret and resent this woman.

Mike MacCormack
Mike MacCormack
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Lewis

“wretchedly stupid’? “the sane among us”? You eloquently reveal that you think not all Tories are quite right in the head. I’ve never seen the Tories so full of self-hate, and I’m in my seventies and have witnessed quite a few who seem to loathe each other far more than they do anybody outside their preferred party. This candidate suggests that a bit of moderation and mutual respect might be a good idea. She’s indubitably right.

Jeremy Poynton
Jeremy Poynton
2 years ago

It would help were they actually Conservatives.
No true Conservative would touch Woke with a barge pole. They’ve pretty much all signed up for it now.
My vote’s gone and I don’t see them getting it back. Indeed, don’t see myself ever voting again.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 year ago

The regicide of Lady Margaret Thatcher casts a very long shadow indeed.

Andrew F
Andrew F
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Lewis

But why so many Tory members are supporting her?
What is her support in your constituency Conservative Association?

Jonathan Story
Jonathan Story
2 years ago

Blair was the architect of Brexit. Without his foolish “modernisations”, there would have been no opening for UKIP. Cameron adored Blair. Both regretted Brexit. If ever there were evidence that Remainers don’t undertsand where the June 23 2016 vote came from, here it is.

Luke I
Luke I
2 years ago

Excellent article. I couldn’t really tie in all the small things that were repelling me from her, and here you’ve brought it all together very clearly.

Tim Dilke
Tim Dilke
2 years ago

I know it may be wrong but between Penny and Kemi their hair says it. One organised, out the way, yet traditional, focusing your attention to what she is saying. The other a vacuous blow dry. Sadly I don’t think we will get Kemi which I think will be a shame. It is true that she has not been able to show fully that she has the stomach of a king (the last one turned out to be a knave, quelle surprise) but I’d let her have go. For the rest. Whatever.

Julian Pellatt
Julian Pellatt
2 years ago

In another Unherd article Gareth Roberts wrote: that Morduant described “… It Ain’t Half Hot Mum as “a full-house bingo card of
 casual racism, homophobia, white privilege, colonialism, transphobia, bullying, misogyny and sexual harassment”.
The only sound in empty vessels like her is the grinding clatter of woking-class phraseology. YAWN! Trashing British institutions, history, culture and heritage will not endear the Tory Party ‘big people’ to ordinary, decent citizens (‘the deplorables’ – thanks, Hillary!) on whom their future must surely rest.

Linda Hutchinson
Linda Hutchinson
1 year ago
Reply to  Julian Pellatt

Frankly, I too think that it is full casual racism, homophobia, bullying, misogyny and sexual harassment, but I’m afraid that was accepted as entertainment by many then, it certainly was not univerdally accepted. It did make me cringe; although, I have to admit it did have its funny moments.

Jeremy Poynton
Jeremy Poynton
2 years ago

No she’s not. Any woman who thinks a bloke can be a woman is a traitor to her sex. Vile woman

Marianna Kunna
Marianna Kunna
1 year ago


 and Bill Gates wrote the foreword for her book. That says a lot. He also turned up here in UK as soon as Boris resigned. Who really chooses our leaders?

Barry Stokes
Barry Stokes
1 year ago
Reply to  Marianna Kunna

The WEF.

Mary McFarlane
Mary McFarlane
2 years ago

Another one that talks the talk but has little substance … meaning Penny Mordaunt, apologies if I appeared to mean the author

Last edited 2 years ago by Mary McFarlane
Ri Bradach
Ri Bradach
2 years ago


”her appointment as Secretary of Defence in 2019 
 lasted for two months. She backed Jeremy Hunt in that year’s leadership contest. For that Johnson removed her from the post.“

What is the source for this assertion? It’s been more than whispered that sheer jaw dropping incompetence and lack of due care was why. You know, the traditional, obvious reasons why you’d fire someone who carried no real political clout other than being a fan of Jeremy Hunt.

James 0
James 0
2 years ago

This woman sounds like an unadulterated moron. No wonder she is the bookies’ favourite to win.

Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
2 years ago

This admittedly sexy and attractive looking woman proves in written testament that the only philosopher that she can quote is the little known ” Testiclese”!

Supine, patronising, arrogant, ill educated, badly read, intellectually and culturally devoid, thick, bone headed, dishonest, lazy, self serving, heome ceounties straight from ‘ central casting’ living, walking monument to all that is wrong with new middle class rule.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
2 years ago

Ever thought of ‘Specsavers’?

Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
1 year ago

do they sell viagra?!!!

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 year ago

Not yet
.sadly!

Linda Hutchinson
Linda Hutchinson
1 year ago

Don’t hold back, say what you really think.

Christian Moon
Christian Moon
1 year ago

Once sexy and attractive, but alas now fat. (Per Channel 4)
The old dilemma, grow fat to save your face (like Penny Mordaunt and Krishnan G-M) or let your face grow old (like Truss and Tugendhat) to save your body.

Susan Lundie
Susan Lundie
1 year ago

Correct! Utterly unfit for high office. Her handlers must think we are all stupid.

Last edited 1 year ago by Susan Lundie
Charles Byford
Charles Byford
2 years ago

Well done Will! You have encapsulated why the vapid and lazy PM should not be in the cabinet let alone in Downing Street. What the hell are party members thinking of in promoting her?

Bryn Richards
Bryn Richards
1 year ago

A former Penny Mordaunt supporter, I obtained a copy of her book …”Britain After the Storm” on its publication last year. To be blunt, I was horrified at the content. It was clear that this was de facto a globalist’s guide for the Great Reset.
Given the time taken to write and publish such a tome I was suspicious that, as with Sunak’s furlough scheme, the book was oven-ready for the event.
Known to be an affiliate of the WEF, it is of concern that the foreword of her book was written by Bill Gates and endorsed by Blair.. The public boasting of Klaus Schwab that the WEF has affiliates embedded in Governments worldwide should set all the alarm bells ringing regarding Ms Mordaunt.

Ben 0
Ben 0
2 years ago

Wokery on steroids…? God help us all.

Richard Abbot
Richard Abbot
2 years ago

I’m looking forward to her ‘taking no lessons from’ and ‘refusing to apologise for’ in tonight’s debate.
Great article Will

Victoria Cooper
Victoria Cooper
2 years ago

She’ll just be a mouthpiece for Bill Gates.

Susan Lundie
Susan Lundie
1 year ago

And Klaus Schwab.

Dylan Regan
Dylan Regan
2 years ago

‘regurgitating a tired centrism’
absolutely bang on

Pat Rowles
Pat Rowles
2 years ago

A decent enough article, undermined somewhat by this: –

But Tory members, though they are old, anti-immigration and disconcerted by social change…

It links to a Guardian article from June 2019 which does not once mention immigration. Oh, and it’s “taxonomise”, not “taxonimise”.

Rob Wright
Rob Wright
1 year ago

Penny is the sort of Top Tory Totty the golf club bluffer in Hampshire imagines as Party Leader. A decent, civil, air-head he feels intellectually superior to but also finds comfortably alluring. Don’t dismiss the sex appeal.

Melissa Martin
Melissa Martin
1 year ago

Mordaunt is truly awful. A liar. Shameless. Lobbied to have ‘mother’ removed from maternity legislation, was told to get in the sea by the House of Lords & is now claiming she is responsible for ‘mother’ being kept in.

Slopmop McTeash
Slopmop McTeash
1 year ago

If this entity wins then the Conservative party is sunk without trace.
She a Labour supporter in a thinly veiled disguise.

Mike Michaels
Mike Michaels
1 year ago

With apologies to Triggernometry
 What’s the one thing we are not talking about that we really should be? To all these prospective PM’s “Are you WEF? Have you been captured along with the rest of them? Are you working for a hostile cabal rather than actually representing us?” If Sunak gets in and it’s CBDC and Game Over.

David Webb
David Webb
1 year ago

Penny as centrist? No – she is the biggest trans activist in the Conservative Party, and however much she wriggles in current debates, the evidence is all in the public domain, as documented by Caroline ffiske. When she worked in other departments, she was a waste of space, as Lord Frost has said. But as Equalities Minister she was a bundle of energy, some good for disabled people but the majority pushing hardline gender ideology.

The results are catastrophic – especially for our most vulnerable women and girls. Each day we read of sad stories – including in these pages of the rape victim now having to sue the centre in Brighton, and the case of severely disabled girls having to accept ‘cross-gender’ personal intimate care in the name of inclusivity.

Penny, and now every one of those 80 MPs supporting her, have to own this catastrophe.

Kal Bevan
Kal Bevan
2 years ago

‘But Tory members, though they are old, anti-immigration and disconcerted by social change,
’ blatant stereotyping – is Will really so shallow? The rest of the article was well argued, but I can’t take seriously someone who makes such sweeping generalisations.

Jerry Carroll
Jerry Carroll
1 year ago

Mordaunt’s uncertainty about what a woman is renders her incapable of the kind of laser-like thinking needed to lead a nation.

Ben Cosin
Ben Cosin
1 year ago

Will Lloyd and Ms Mordaunt are both wrong in asserting that “The British live on an island”. At least half of Northern Ireland regards itself as British, and they live on “John Bull’s other island”. The British lilve on two islands!

Ralph Withers
Ralph Withers
1 year ago

An excellent article drawing attention to some serious concerns regarding Mordaunt. She has many of the traits of an opportunist. Those in the Conservative Party pushing Mordaunt as the best candidate are possibly doing so because they haven’t looked more critically at the positive representations of her record and seemingly down-to-earth personality and/or are doing what the Liberal Party in Canada did with Justin Trudeau: choosing style over substance.
There are just too many alarm bells with Mordaunt, as Will so eloquently describes. A modest person, for example, with the almost trivial military experience possessed by Mordaunt would avoid embellishing it and would correct the mischaracterisations that give the impression that she has serious command experience. Moreover, the first hand accounts of her attendance lapses, intellectual shortcomings, and laziness also raise alarm bells. While other candidates have shortcomings too (some serious), none are quite as concerning as Mordaunt’s. Overlooking these to secure a future election win would be the same unprincipled approach that made Trudeau the Canadian PM, albeit in Mordaunt’s case, anointing someone slightly less inclined to believe in progressiveness as a (or the) guiding force in running a nation.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 year ago

Thank you Mr Lloyd was exposing what a Class A bimbo Ms Mordaunt really is.
She is precisely what this once great country both needs and deserves.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
2 years ago

“The only people we hate more than the Tory Party of England, are the English Tory Party”.

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Arnold Grutt
Arnold Grutt
1 year ago

Asked two questions: 1) What is your main weakness? and 2) Can a woman have a p-e-nis? (effectively) she deflected both on to personal irrelevancies, whose composition and categorically-unnecessary complexity reflect her unwillingnness to answer a straight question. Oddly enough this might bode well for a political career.

Last edited 1 year ago by Arnold Grutt
Deb Grant
Deb Grant
1 year ago

The national British character can be summed up as inconsistent.

Maureen Finucane
Maureen Finucane
1 year ago

Playing the good old stuff as far as Tories are concerned involves turning the clock back to Thatcherism. Brexit offered the chance for a reset but none of these opportunities have been taken.

Chris Parkins
Chris Parkins
2 years ago

The author really dislikes centrists, doesn’t he?

roger dog
roger dog
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Parkins

How would you define a ‘centrist’?

Arnold Grutt
Arnold Grutt
1 year ago
Reply to  roger dog

The fence that everyone who wishes to conceal their real views sits on.

Last edited 1 year ago by Arnold Grutt
Jeremy Poynton
Jeremy Poynton
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Parkins

Anyone who says a man can be a woman is an extremist, not a centrist. Sigh

Harry Bo
Harry Bo
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeremy Poynton

Perhaps that used to be the case, but now it’s changing. People who fight back against ‘TWAW’ are painted as the extremists.

Nigel Watson
Nigel Watson
1 year ago

I will never accept Penny’s mark of the beast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxbFBUcvTkQ

Maureen Finucane
Maureen Finucane
1 year ago

A divided party doesn’t get votes.

Lisa Gross
Lisa Gross
1 year ago

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Hannah Meyer
Hannah Meyer
1 year ago

I get paid over 190$ per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I’d be able to do it but my best friend earns over 10k a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless. Heres what I’ve been doing..
HERE====)> https://www.Richjobz.com

Last edited 1 year ago by Hannah Meyer
Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
1 year ago

I would have thought that the only book that Mordaunt could write would be one of those plastic 4 page kiddies jobs whose pictures they can look at at bath time….” Now, Penny, here Jolly Jack Tar and Davy- Jones Locker, no Penny they are not your potential voters….”

James Kirk
James Kirk
1 year ago

Reiteration is not dilution. The British vote for clichĂ©s. Dave Spart to Mr Cholmondley Warner, Wolfy Smith to Alan B’stard. Why we are stuck with this 3 Party system.

Nicky Samengo-Turner
Nicky Samengo-Turner
1 year ago

” Ay im peni morDont an IY wont ter bee pee em and I is veri klever persin”

Liam O'Mahony
Liam O'Mahony
1 year ago

Vacuous, shallow, crowd-pleasing, old-hat type o’ gal? Sounds just what the red wall types want! If Boris was ‘good’ enough for them she’ll be even ‘better’. Labour fear her most: ‘must be some reason for that?

Steve Gwynne
Steve Gwynne
2 years ago

For anyone to say that Penny Mordant has the wrong ideas is absolute nonsense.

She is well ahead of the curve and is acutely aware that a future economy needs an economic policy framework that is rooted in production, work, and localism instead of finance, consumerism, and globalism.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/new-productivism-economic-policy-paradigm-by-dani-rodrik-2022-07?barrier=accesspaylog

This is why her economic plan is rooted in the four Is of investment, infrastructure, incentives and innovation along with development corporations and more power to mayors.

The Party will be making an enormous mistake if they don’t select this visionary leadership who because of her forward thinking and her ability to communicate it, will easily win the GE and see the sanctimonious Starmer and his woke brigade walk the proverbial plank.

P.s. Respecting someone’s legal rights and dignity is not wokery. Force feeding the non-legal rights of trans people at the expense of women’s legal rights is.

To suggest Penny Mordaunt supports the latter is an outright smear.

michael harris
michael harris
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Gwynne

The four ‘is’ that she supports. Is she also the sworn enemy of the ‘four olds’?
Her Maoism or yours, Steve?

Andras Galambos
Andras Galambos
2 years ago

I’ve enjoyed your summary of Mordaunt’s book – you’re undoubtedly correct that she is not much of an original thinker.

But does it matter? Do we need a PM right now who has a great many fantastic ideas on her own? I’d be very happy with a caretaker-style PM who will stick to good old boring governance.

We’ve had too much excitement in the past 6 years. Let’s have an unoriginal centrist who’ll go to work sorting out the utter mess these 6 years of chaos got us into. If her cheerful, likeable if somewhat vague Cameronian social liberalism makes her more palatable to the public, all the better.

Michelle Johnston
Michelle Johnston
2 years ago

I might want a rigorous debate about climate change (Tariffs on energy use to alter behaviour), the elderly (stop assisted living), obesity (charge people who self-harm for treatment) abolish the Lords etc etc where hard tough choices are made but from my observations, after the disastrous policies of the last two years people are desperate for some kind of normality indeed their desperation is very abnormal so a soft decent honest candidate who does not appear intransigent over small Brexit details or way to smooth ( and got fined for party gate and has a non-dom wife)and is the gentle candid friend may well chime with people.
I also noted her joke about the issue of self-identification as opposed to her belief and recognition in heart-felt long journeys to reassignment that chimed with me.

Last edited 2 years ago by Michelle Johnston
Andrew F
Andrew F
2 years ago

So, assuming that this article is accurate summary of her book, do you still think that Penny is right candidate for PM?