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.
Yes, that truly was a red-light moment.
Agreed. Hitler might be a better comparsion that the EU in that respect.
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.
But has no chance if winning over floating voters, beating Keir Starmer in the ratings or winning a general election – YET.
Good essay, Will. In summary she is a vacuous fraud, and not worthy of high office. Even amongst the current crop of politicians.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
Very well put. It’s a pretty silly comparison.
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.
Is that why En Marche triumphed so wonderfully in the recent elections?
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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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
Please do not insult Cameron to this extent!
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?
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.
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.
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!!!
For sure Kemi would be a breath of fresh air. And she appears to be smart as a whippet.
Is she really? In the same way that Candace Owens, Tony Sewell, Thomas Sowell and others of that ilk are “smart”?
I don’t understand. Do you think Thomas Sowell isn’t smart?
Perhaps, but I wouldn’t use the word ‘ilk’. It has negative connotations.
Why does “ilk” have negative connotations? I use it quite a lot; am I committing some type of socio-political faux pas?
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”..
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.
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.
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.
Agreed, a complete moron.
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.
“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.
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.
The regicide of Lady Margaret Thatcher casts a very long shadow indeed.
But why so many Tory members are supporting her?
What is her support in your constituency Conservative Association?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No she’s not. Any woman who thinks a bloke can be a woman is a traitor to her sex. Vile woman
… 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?
Another one that talks the talk but has little substance … meaning Penny Mordaunt, apologies if I appeared to mean the author
…”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.
This woman sounds like an unadulterated moron. No wonder she is the bookies’ favourite to win.
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.
Ever thought of ‘Specsavers’?
do they sell viagra?!!!
Don’t hold back, say what you really think.
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.
Correct! Utterly unfit for high office. Her handlers must think we are all stupid.
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?
Wokery on steroids…? God help us all.
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.
She’ll just be a mouthpiece for Bill Gates.
And Klaus Schwab.
I’m looking forward to her ‘taking no lessons from’ and ‘refusing to apologise for’ in tonight’s debate.
Great article Will
‘regurgitating a tired centrism’
absolutely bang on
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”.
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.
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.
If this entity wins then the Conservative party is sunk without trace.
She a Labour supporter in a thinly veiled disguise.
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.
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.
‘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.
Mordaunt’s uncertainty about what a woman is renders her incapable of the kind of laser-like thinking needed to lead a nation.
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!
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.
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.
“The only people we hate more than the Tory Party of England, are the English Tory Party”.
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.
The national British character can be summed up as inconsistent.
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.
The author really dislikes centrists, doesn’t he?
How would you define a ‘centrist’?
The fence that everyone who wishes to conceal their real views sits on.
Anyone who says a man can be a woman is an extremist, not a centrist. Sigh
Perhaps that used to be the case, but now it’s changing. People who fight back against ‘TWAW’ are painted as the extremists.
I will never accept Penny’s mark of the beast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxbFBUcvTkQ
A divided party doesn’t get votes.
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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….”
Reiteration is not dilution. The British vote for clichés. Dave Spart to Mr Cholmondley Warner, Wolfy Smith to Alan B’stard. Why we are stuck with this 3 Party system.
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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?
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.
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.
The four ‘is’ that she supports. Is she also the sworn enemy of the ‘four olds’?
Her Maoism or yours, Steve?
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.
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.
So, assuming that this article is accurate summary of her book, do you still think that Penny is right candidate for PM?