Like I keep saying, one of the weirdest myths in British politics is that the Tory Party is run by savvy super geniuses, while the conservative base are a bunch of shaved chimpanzees. Any rational assessment of how things actually work suggests the opposite is closer to the truth.
Take recent events: by now, just about everyone has weighed in on Humberside Police's attempts at literary criticism....
Oops... best make the everybody except the actual, paid, members of a party supposedly dedicated to small government and freedom.
Hey, this shouldn't be a tough one - even James Kircuck got it right - but, no, the Smartest People In The Room are hiding under the table whimpering.
Maybe they think it's a hot potato? Maybe they think there's a key demographic of swing voters who are ready to vote Tory but they're unsure whether they can trust the Tories to take a sufficiently hard line on unlicensed poetry?
Personally, I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm thinking anyone who is fine with the police pressuring employers to sack people who haven't even committed a crime is probably not a big supporter of individual rights. Just a hunch. And then there's the fact Labour MPs have decided to run silent, run deep as well.
Normally, most Labour MPs need sedating to keep them out of a PC witch hunt, but suddenly they've all collectively remembered they've left the gas on at home. More to the point, our fearless watch dog media has also refused to question them about this. Jacob Rees-Mogg constantly gets asked the equivalent of 'who would win in a fight between Batman and Darth Vader' (except with abortions), but no one is prepared to ask Islington Jesus if a woman can have a penis.
Hey, this might be the House of Dumb but even I know that there's no 'LGBTQ community'. Don't be shocked, but it turns out that the 'L' aren't so keen on the idea that any girl who would rather wear Doc Martens and fix her bike than play with dolls and make up is clearly - clearly! - a boy trapped in a girls body.
I know, shocking, right? At least it is if you're an idiot or - apparently - a member of Humberside Police or the Tory top brass.
The theory seems to be that that the Tory Party can spend the next four years avoiding saying anything at all and win by default as long as Labour are being run by Comrade Trampski. Here's the thing though. It doesn't even make sense on it's own terms. The assumption is that Labour can't make up any ground on the Tories, but they did that just last week when the crime figures came out. They managed to push the narrative that rising crime was all down to the Tori Cutz.
Well, here's the reality: the police aren't short of resources, they just choose to use them to wage culture war. If Humberside has twice as many officers that would just mean they spent time digging up tweets from 2012. That's why there's no hiding place for the Tories. They can face the (mostly mythical) political cost of taking on the SJWs in blue or they can face the political cost of rising crime. Those are the only two options.