They hate him like they did her.
Former Conservative Party MP and Times of London columnist Matthew Parris has today issued a plea to embattled Tory activists to “Fight Ukip. Fight their lies. Fight them now”. Parris doesn’t seem to mind telling some fibs of his own along the way, but at least he admits one thing outright: he says he is “frightened” of UKIP.
So he should be. UKIP is eating the Conservative Party’s lunch. But that a former Correspondence Secretary to Margaret Thatcher should publish something so disingenuous about a broadly Thatcherite party is a sign that not only is Britain’s political establishment rattled – they’re desperate.
Parris makes ludicrous leaps in his article:
“There are moments in life and in politics that are too important for tactics. Such a moment arrived for me this week when on to the doormat in the flats where I live in London’s East End, dropped the UK Independence Party’s election leaflet… it’s the first time I have felt just a little bit frightened. This thing has a bad smell. I picked up that leaflet, read the lies and saw the menace.
“…a young woman of Eastern European origin — always so pleasant and conscientious — who sweeps and cleans the entrance and staircase in the block, had arrived before I left. I wondered how the purple and yellow leaflets on the doormat would strike her, were she to look down. Put yourself in her shoes.
“…How would you feel? I think she might feel insulted: insulted and threatened — almost physically threatened — by the response this appeal had been carefully phrased to trigger.”