(Oh, and there's also turmoil in the opposition Labour Party, which could lead to its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, being forced out.)
Now, to add another dose of chaos and treachery to the mix, Sky News has released video of Conservative lawmaker Kenneth Clarke talking to a former colleague, Malcolm Rifkind, and ridiculing the three remaining candidates for Conservative Party leader.
The pair, who appear to be talking privately and no doubt did not want their comments shared by one of Britain's biggest media brands, had biting comments about the potential Conservative leadership candidates. Among them:
- Rifkind: "I don't mind who wins as long as Gove goes and comes third."
- Clarke: "I remember being in a discussion once about something you should do in somewhere like Syria or Iraq and he was so wild that I remember exchanging looks with [former Defense Secretary] Liam Fox, who's much more right-wing than me. ... Liam was raising eyebrows. I think with Michael as prime minister, we'd go to war with at least three countries at once."
- Clarke: "The idea of Boris [Johnson] as prime minister is ridiculous."
- Clarke: [Speaking about candidate Andrea Leadsom] "She is not one of the tiny band of lunatics who think we can have a sort of glorious economic future outside the single market. ... So long as she understands that she's not to deliver on some of the extremely stupid things she's been saying."
- Clarke: "Theresa [May, currently the favorite for leadership,] is a bloody difficult woman, but you and I worked for Margaret Thatcher [laughter]. ... She [May] doesn't know much about foreign affairs."
The comments have been picked up by almost all the major British newspapers and are being widely discussed on social media. Both Clarke and Rifkind are veterans of Britain's political scene and major figures in the Conservative Party. Clarke has served as chancellor of the exchequer and run for the leadership of the party three times, while Rifkind served as foreign secretary. Both are known for their pro-E.U. views.
A running joke was that the pair's discussion was reminiscent of Statler and Waldorf, two cantankerous old men who liked to jeer the cast of "The Muppet Show."
The pair's frank discussion of their party's problems has delighted many, but some observers wonder whether Sky News, a broadcasting company owned by Brexit-backer Rupert Murdoch, acted unethically by releasing the footage. In response to criticism, Sky News said there was "a strong public interest in their views being known."
Clarke and Rifkind seem to agree. "There's no point denying it. They are my views," Clarke told LBC Radio, while Rifkind told the Independent that it was a "bit naughty" of Sky News to release the video but that "it is the world we live in."
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