James Forsyth

The Tories will have waves of dirt thrown at them<br />

The Tories will have waves of dirt thrown at them<br />
Text settings

If you want a flavour of what is going to be thrown at the Tories between now and May 6th, read Jonathan Freedland’s column today. Freedland has a fair point about how Michael Ashcroft should pay tax in this country, in my view no one should be eligible for an honour let alone a seat in the legislature if they are not fully domiciled in this country for tax purpose, but it is all dressed up in the language of the class war.

I’ve never met Richard Drax, Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax to give him this full name, but it seems rather cheap to drag up his family’s involvement in the slave trade in the 17th century in an attempt to discredit him. Then Freedland moves on to Annuziata Rees-Mogg. Her offence is that her parents live in the constituency. What a scandal, a candidate standing in seat where her parents live.

There is going to be a lot more of this stuff over the coming months which makes it all the more imperative that the Tories reassert their credentials as the anti-establishment party. The Tories should be making clear that it is they who will take on the vested interests—whether they be bankers or the producer interests in the public services—and that it is the Tories who will devolve power not to another layer of government or a panel of experts but to people.