Remember the 2015 general election? Revisiting it with hindsight, it’s as if David Cameron could see the future. Because even then, he was warning about the dangers of a coalition of chaos. And how right he was, with just one small exception…
1. “Chaos with Ed Miliband”
Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice – stability and strong Government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband: https://t.co/fmhcfTunbm
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 4, 2015
Two-and-a-half years on and this divine prophecy has come to pass – well, almost. Replace “Ed Miliband” with Theresa May and “me” with anybody – literally, anybody – and you have the current political state of affairs.
Even go one further and replace the person who tweeted it with you. Just copy and paste the tweet and post it as your own. It will make absolute sense.
Speaking of Good Ol’ Ed, the wonderful account @TheMiliverse, an account I’m sure the former Labour leader runs himself, couldn’t resist having a go.
What was it David Cameron promised again? pic.twitter.com/E6bQA29ljZ
— The Miliverse (@TheMiliverse) December 4, 2017
Ed might not have been deemed tough enough to lead Britain back, but in an alternate universe somewhere he’s preparing rather nicely for a cosy, non-dramatic EU summit.
2. “All other options will end in chaos”
Cameron warns that Britain “has the chance of a strong, stable Government – but only if you vote Conservative. All other options will end in chaos”. (Sound familiar?) When voters enter the polling booth, they can “stop Ed Miliband being held to ransom by Nicola Sturgeon” and “secure our economy and the Union”.
Well, yes. Theresa May is currently being dictated to by the Democratic Unionist Party, at the expense of all other geopolitical concerns, while Wales and Scotland become increasingly resentful. Or maybe he meant a United Ireland.
3. “Secure the strong, stable leadership”
The words “strong and stable” resonated so much for Theresa May that when she succeeded Cameron as Prime Minister, she couldn’t resist saying it every 15 minutes.
We need an election now to secure the strong, stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit & beyond. https://t.co/8jhvoAcLuR
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 18, 2017
Now more than ever we need a Prime Minister offering strong and stable leadership. Give me your backing to deliver for Britain and for you. pic.twitter.com/gx8fInFsH2
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 8, 2017
4. Negotiating chaos
In a Facebook post, May warns that Corbyn’s “shambolic prospectus ducks all the difficult decisions we face as a country, threatening to bring chaos to Britain and selling future generations short”. Then she tweets it for good measure.
If I lose just six seats I will lose this election and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with Europe: https://t.co/OwbfDseOJh
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 20, 2017
If she had lost *just* six seats (and not 13) I’m sure she would’ve been delighted.
Voting for Labour, the Tories insisted, would be like voting not just for chaos but for a fantasy world in which bearded socialists plucked shiny coins off the “magic money tree”.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 31, 2017
Of course, there is no magic money tree. Except here’s the post-election punchline – there IS when you need to form an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party to stay in power. And not just any magic money tree – a £1.5bn supercrop.
6. Jezza on your toast
Brexiteers like Boris Johnson warned their fellow Leave voters that despite his lukewarm appreciation of Brussels, Jeremy Corbyn would be no match for the EU leaders waiting on the Continent. Whereas the Tories would be able to have their cake and eat it.
Paxo is right – when the Brexit talks begin the EU leaders will have Jezza for breakfast #battlefornumber10
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 29, 2017
What a shame BoJo didn’t come up with a nickname for DUP leader Arlene Foster.
Coming up next time on “Tory Tweets That Didn’t Age Well”….
Mail on Sunday tripe – I am backing Theresa may. Let’s get on with the job
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 10, 2017