The Tories want the next four weeks to be a coronation, not an election. No debates. No discussion of the big issues. Make it all about Theresa May and and don’t mention the Conservative Party.
But the British people know that Theresa’s Tories are still the nasty party.
The Party of ruthless cuts to the National Health Service, and of longer waiting lists. The Party of food banks. The Party of insecure and unstable jobs. The Party of falling incomes. The Party of homelessness, and the party of soaring class sizes in schools.
Of course the Conservatives remain a very nice Party for the rich and big business. The people who are their priority in a Tory Brexit.
And let me share a secret with you, one the Conservatives seem to want to keep quiet.
Theresa May is the leader of this nasty party – her words, not mine.
She may talk of bringing the country together. But everything her government does is pushing people apart.
A year ago she promised action on grotesque boardroom pay. Nothing has happened- pressure from fat cats has seen to that.
A year ago she pledged a new deal at work, including worker representation on company boards. Nothing happened – her backbenchers nipped that in the bud.
And of course she promised that there would be no early election. Her own ambition has added that to the list of broken pledges.
And the Tories try to tell us she is decisive.
The truth is that this Lady is for turning – as long as it is in favour of the vested interests the Tories hold dear.
Politics is crying out for honest and decent leadership, for the many and not the few.
We will never get that from the Nasty Party.