'My Return from IS' will not be broadcast as planned. We have made this decision for duty of care reasons following discussions with contributors to the programme.
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Panorama have pulled a programme called ‘My Return from InSanity’…apparently it is about Anna Soubry’s retreat from loony radical extremism back into the fold of moderate politics but she has vehemently denied it was her…ah, no, my mistake…that was just me thinking she had once deserted the Tories for the SDP…which she claims is “a terrible lie that is put about”. Hmmmm…Marxism Today in 1981 seemed pretty sure she did defect to the SDP…
In August there was the defection of eight prominent Tory ex-students, including three recent ex-chairmen of the Federation of Conservative Students from the period of co-operation with the left. With rather rabid Thatcherites now in control of the FCS, the large minority of Tory students who voted for one of the defectors, Anna Soubry, for the post of chairman (sic) last year — she only lost by 119 votes to 128 — will be tempted to follow them. The defecting wets had planned to make a bigger splash at the beginning of this academic year, but their plans were leaked, and they had to go early.
Not as if she has changed since then…always ready to abandon her party and her principles if she thinks it serves her own purpose….looking to create a new party last year that would dump Brexit….
Anna Soubry was still more positive about a new party, arguing: “If it could somehow be the voice of a moderate, sensible, forward-thinking, visionary middle way, with open minds – actually things which I’ve believed in all my life – better get on with it.”
Soubry always looks and sounds like someone who has had a finger shoved up her bum and she doesn’t like it…still, she had her fans back in the day….one who also sheds more light on the SDP ‘mystery’…
When she was 22, [she] attended a conference held by the Federation of Conservative Students in Liverpool, where the 19-year-old Paul Goodman, who was badly hung over, witnessed her performance:
“The debate droned on. My eyelids drooped downwards. Then what appeared to be a small nuclear explosion took place in the general vicinity of the microphone. A young woman wearing skintight jeans was addressing what Sir Edward Boyle once called the only intelligent audience in the Conservative Party. My eyelids lifted up. She was shouting vigorously. The conference was shouting back…
I was transfixed. Less by the quality of the argument (if that’s the right way of describing what was taking place) than by the gorgeous pouting allure of the speaker. To my youthful imagination, her primal rage suggested Helen of Troy getting down and dirty. How had she managed to get those jeans on? Would I be able to get them off?…. she was then, by Conservative standards, very left-wing indeed….She hung around for a bit in the Party – I recall reading that at one conference she declared “Knickers to the TUC”, the kind of detail which my memory clings to – before vanishing from view. The cause was not so much her dalliance with the SDP (she only returned to the Conservatives after the 2001 election defeat)“
The answer to the second of these questions turned out to be “No”, as he admitted on recalling the occasion in a piece for ConHome published in 2011. But Soubry, as he realised, was a woman to watch.
Maybe to watch out for.
So people around her at the time seem to think she did join the SDP….is she a liar?
The BBC don’t care, they give her every utterance top billing as long as she attacks Boris, JRM and Brexit.