Unlike Grant Shapps who wrote warmly about party conferences before sharpening his knives and directing his frustration upon the unfortunate Mrs May, I have never seen the point of them.
No one is any the wiser at the end of the Conference season, than they were before the hype, spin, fake news and assassination of some and glorification of others, which takes place at these gatherings. All they do is provide material for the media who excel at making something out of nothing.
The one thing the farmers have picked up over the past few weeks, as if we did not know it already, is that far from being concerned by the prospect of a clean Brexit, the real threat to British agriculture, food security, and the environment, is the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn led government, along with his very ‘nasty’ Marxist hangers on.
If ever there was a real life wolf in sheep’s clothing, it is Mr Corbyn. At his conference in Brighton he promised as Daniel Hannan writes in the Sunday telegraph, to seize shares without compensation, tax farmland and buildings, nationalise the main industries, tax, spend and borrow and prepare for what his Shadow Chancellor admitted would be an ensuing sterling crises.
To add insult to farmers, his shadow minister for agriculture Kerry McCarthy a vegan, has suggested that people should be discouraged from eating meat, and she has a fairly dim view about British animal welfare, which probably is of the highest standard in the world.
How anyone, let alone intelligent young people, with their lives ahead of them can possibly consider handing over their futures to Mr Corbyn with all this clap trap, is quite beyond my comprehension.
Regrettably the political landscape, social welfare and liberal thinking have made the young susceptible to left wing politics, and it is currently ‘fashionable’ to be anti-establishment.
Maybe it is time they began to think for themselves. Having been taught what to think, they now need to learn how to think. A little research looking back in our recent history would open their eyes and minds, and they might then spot the wolf beneath the fleece.
Talk of leadership bids is inappropriate and premature, Mrs May now needs to steady her ship, stoke the boilers and rearrange her ‘officers’ in strategic positions.
What the Prime Minister really could do with is a ‘Willie’. Mrs Thatcher had Willie Whitelaw who covered her back, was constantly by her side, and offered very sound advice.
The Prime Minister should enrol Boris the ardent campaigner, who can communicate vision, optimism and purpose, and has a passion for Brexit. Despite what the trouble making Remoaners say, he is very loyal and supportive of the PM, and it would be counterproductive and weaken her team, if she sacked him as she is being urged to by those hoping to sink her ship.
The appointment of a new party chairman is crucial. Someone with charisma, appeal and abundant energy is badly needed to boost morale and party membership. Jacob Rees-Mogg could well be the man for the job.
The other two people the Prime Minister should now embrace and get on board are Daniel Hannan and Nigel Farage. Both seasoned MEPs know where the skeletons are buried in Brussels, and have the experience, passion and intelligence to ensure a clean Brexit can be achieved. Such radical thinking would demonstrate she means business, her ratings would soar, and a clear passage would emerge towards a quick, clean Brexit.