Cameron appoints ‘modern-day Norman Tebbit’ to Number 10 Policy Board

Priti Patel has joined the Number 10 Policy Board. Why does this matter? Well, because...

This past week reshuffle news has mainly focused on Labour, with the ‘cull of the Blairites’ narrative predictably obsessing the papers.

One thing we almost missed with all the background noise, however, was Priti Patel joining the Number 10 Policy Board.

Why does it matter that Ms Patel is now a part of the inner circle that will work out what Tory Party policy will be going into the 2015 election? Well, because…

She wants to bring back the death penalty

In 2011 she told a BBC Question Time audience that the death penalty could act as a deterrent even if it means innocent people occasionally being executed.

She believes British workers are lazy

In 2012 she co-authored a book which claimed that British workers were “among the worst idlers in the world”. “Too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work,” the book, written by a group of right-wing Tory MPs, argued.

Ms Patel would do well to look up social mobility Tsar Alan Milburn’s report – out today, as it happens. According to Milburn, even hard work no longer provides a route out of poverty for people with jobs, regardless of how hard they toil.

She’s a dodgy counter-revolutionary tourist

In 2011 Priti Patel went on an all-expenses paid sojourn to Bahrain – all expenses paid by the Bahraini government that is – at the same time as the citizens of that country were being brutally suppressed during an uprising against the monarchy.

She has some big double standards on democracy

Ms Patel believes the government should change the rules so that unions can’t call industrial action unless more than half of those eligible to vote actually do so.

And yet, if that sort of threshold were applied to other elections,even the London Mayor wouldn’t have entered office due to low turn outs.

No wonder that Priti Patel has been called the ‘modern-day Norman Tebbit’. It’s good to know that David Cameron is still modernising the Tory Party.

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