Jeremy Corbyn’s Great Leap Sideways has allowed an opposition figure to emerge who may change everything. Rory Stewart is someone who hasn’t been on my radar at all – so much so that I didn’t think the Tories actually had anyone like him left.
There is no doubt he has real life experience that trumps the career politicians that surround him and his arguments on Brexit are considered and carry a refreshing lack of bluster. In fact he is scathing about notions of trusting good old British spunk to see us through.
If we are going to have to have Brexit, I would be less alarmed with Primeminister Stewart at the helm – because I think he has a consensus vibe about him and he will get on with other leaders in Europe. With the right following wind, he may bring a Blair-type revival to the Tories who may well have supporters who are just as sick of the Etonians and Harrovians as the rest of us.
My feeling though is that his time is not now – but, bizarrely, a figure like this emerging from the Comservative ranks may inspire someone similar from Labour to rise above the bullshit from their side too – and then maybe, just maybe, we can get something done.