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Badenoch Lays Waste Against Sunak As Tories Turn On Each Other

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All-Out War Between Tory Factions

A political earthquake is rocking the Conservative Party following their devastating election loss. Deep internal divisions have erupted as shell-shocked Tories sift through the wreckage of defeat. 

A scathing critique by rising star Kemi Badenoch has laid bare the acrimony fracturing the Conservatives after voters’ emphatic rejection. She skewered the mistakes and misjudgments that brought the party low, while calling out the denial still afflicting colleagues.

With the party splintering, James Cleverly issued an urgent call for unity. But this plea may prove futile against gathering forces threatening all-out internecine war. On the Conservative benches, loyalty has yielded to recrimination as competing factions vie for dominance.

The battle lines are drawn for the fight over the party’s soul. Hawks demand ideological purity while moderates cling to the center. 

This struggle will likely define the looming leadership race. As the Tories turn on each other, only one certainty exists – the old order is dead. From the ashes, a new Conservative identity must arise.

Badenoch Unleashes Fury On Sunak’s Blunders And Misjudgments

Kemi Badenoch has used the first meeting of the shadow cabinet to criticize Rishi Sunak’s election campaign amid concerns that some colleagues are failing to grasp the “enormity” of the Conservative Party’s landslide defeat. 

This stinging rebuke of the former prime minister lays bare the deep divisions and recriminations already erupting within the shattered Tories as they confront an election wipeout that may consign them to the political wilderness for years. 

The shadow housing secretary, seen as a frontrunner for the upcoming Tory leadership contest, slammed Sunak’s unilateral decision to call a snap election without even informing his own cabinet ministers. 

She rightly labeled this move not just a mistake, but bordering on an unconstitutional overreach. Sunak’s failure to consult senior colleagues before taking this momentous gamble exemplifies the arrogant, closed-door style of leadership that has bred such resentment.  

Even worse, Badenoch revealed Sunak confided his cunning plan not to cabinet, but to a close cabal including the buffoonish Craig Williams. 

This hapless MP subsequently boasted of placing bets on the election date, seemingly profiting from prime ministerial insights while the rest of government was left oblivious. Such wheeling and dealing arrogance even at the bitter end sums up the elitist stench surrounding Sunak that voters so emphatically rejected.

Badenoch also skewered Sunak’s judgment again in abandoning D-Day commemorations early. This disastrous optical own goal dominated media coverage, drowning out Tory messaging when it mattered most. Understanding the costs, she argued solid MPs like Penny Mordaunt may have clung to their seats had Sunak not chosen brevity in France over duty.

Her blunt speech makes clear Badenoch grasps the sheer scale of the Conservative collapse that eludes many shellshocked colleagues. Sunak’s apology and calls for unity cannot magic away the party’s trauma. 

Figures like Braverman obviously remain in denial, lashing out wildly to deflect responsibility for their own failures. But the enormity must be confronted to have any hope of renewal.

The Tories now face a true reckoning to rival their disastrous post-war defeat under Churchill. Having alienated their traditional base while failing to broaden appeal, the path back from the political abyss presents a daunting challenge. But it begins with an honest post-mortem to learn from past mistakes, not gloss them over. There can be no return to power without truthful self-reflection first.  

Sunak’s legacy is now ashes, his authority shattered. An era of open descent beckons as the broken Conservatives vie to shape their uncertain future.

While Badenoch signals the urgency for change, other shadow cabinet interventions expose a party deeply divided. Loyalists like Hunt and Stride engaged in hagiography, applauding Sunak’s work ethic and dignity as if mere effort could redeem their crashed government. 

Their fawning words ignored that most damning verdict of all – the electorate’s. However polished Sunak’s image, voters resoundingly rejected Conservative competence claims.

These valedictions sound increasingly hollow as the grim reality sinks in that Tory wings now pull in opposite directions. Moderates seek safety in the center while rightists demand ideological purity, epitomized by Braverman’s public breakdowns.

These early spasms of infighting reveal a party unable to even practice the unity it preaches. Too many Conservatives seem obsessed with internal factional scores rather than crafting a vision to regain power. Their petty feuds blind them to the enormous challenge ahead.

This unedifying spectacle only worsens the dreadful optics of a tired, directionless party fresh off an electoral thrashing. The Conservatives must redefine their entire purpose before the nation will trust them again to govern. 

What Blighty needs in these trying times is a credible alternative government upholding conservative principles, not more partisan infighting. The Tories must rise above self-interest and coalesce around policies that improve British lives.

Realism demands recognizing the Conservatives are traveling a long, arduous road back. But this period also offers a pivotal chance for rejuvenation if wisely used. The party must rebuild on a foundation of substance, not obsolete dogmas and personal ambition.

Only through honest reflection and open debate on principles capable of resonating broadly can the Tories regain relevance. The old formula has been conclusively rejected. Reinvention must align sincerely held values with the lives of ordinary people. That is conservatism worthy of the name.

The Conservative predicament also carries sobering lessons for center-right parties everywhere struggling to adapt their missions. Simply railing against change no longer inspires. A positive, forward-looking platform attending to voter priorities like the cost of living is now essential.

The path ahead will challenge Conservatism to its very core. But if anchored in human dignity, economic dynamism, patriotic purpose and moral integrity, the party can once again merit national stewardship. With wisdom and vision, the Tories may yet stage a historic comeback.

Cleverly Desperately Calls For Unity But Vicious Tory Attacks Continue Unabated

Meanwhile, James Cleverly has called for the Conservative party to unite in opposition, as the party heads into what is likely to be a bitter leadership campaign. 

The shadow home secretary warned his party not to descend into infighting, after explosive interventions from his fellow leadership contenders Kemi Badenoch and Suella Braverman.

Cleverly’s plea for unity comes at a tenuous moment as the fractured Tories attempt to pick leaders from competing wings. Badenoch slammed former PM Rishi Sunak’s disastrous snap election while Braverman indulged in ideological attacks on the party’s moderate flank.

As Cleverly rightly discerned, vicious in-fighting and finger-pointing will only deepen Conservative woes after their crushing electoral defeat. 

But this will require restraining the worst factional instincts of ambitious figures like Braverman intent on winning over the party’s right-wing base during the looming leadership race.

Squabbling over who lost the election is fruitless now. The Conservatives must build consensus on a broad vision that resonates with a disenchanted electorate if they hope to form the next government. That demands inclusion, not purges. 

Cleverly’s centrist caution stands in stark contrast to Braverman’s zealous broadsides. She recently decried imaginary “woke viruses” in a searing ideological rant better suited to inflaming the party base than convincing swing voters. Such displays epitomize the blinkered attitude keeping the Tories far from power.

Braverman also attacked potential rival Robert Jenrick in starkly personal terms, showing internal party scores matter more to her than coherent opposition. This attitude will only benefit the ruling Labour government if echoed widely.

Above all, the Tories must avoid the trap of ideological purification that consigns them to permanent opposition. As successive defeats have shown, tacking to the extremes alienates far more voters than it woos. Governing majorities emerge from broad coalitions, not narrow tribes. 

The Conservatives will court irrelevance if they indulge a vocal minority’s demand for red meat over reasoned alternatives. Reaction for its own sake may satiate a few, but repel the many needed to win elections. 

No doubt bitter disagreements on the party’s future direction await. But the Conservatives must argue ideas, not assail individuals. Personal attacks like Braverman’s on Jenrick gained headlines, but nothing else. They epitomize an undisciplined party that first must master civility before seeking to lead the nation again.

Above the inevitable factions, broad conservative principles and a vision focused on the hopes of ordinary people can anchor the party. Shared values like individual dignity, family, community, and nation transcend any temporary electoral setback. Policies flowing from these convictions will earn the trust to govern once more.

Until then, the Conservatives’ role was Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. Petty infighting diminishes their credibility to responsibly challenge and scrutinize the new government. Cleverly is right that national interest must prevail over self-interest. It remains to be seen if his colleagues share that wisdom.

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