I am not entirely sure why, for she is after all, just another Tory, but I had expected something better from Theresa May. Perhaps it was simply that she is not another effete Old Etonian, or another cardboard cutout London millionaire, or another shiny, shallow, showman in the mould of Tony Blair. It does not really matter, what does, is that she has been, and continues to be, deeply disappointing. There is, you might say, more of Gordon Brown, than Tony Blair, about her.
Ten years ago, if you recall, there had been speculation in the autumn, that Brown, having taken over as Prime Minister from Blair that summer, with the polls in his favour, would call a snap general election and secure himself a personal mandate. Brown famously got cold feet, bottled it, and would go on to loose the 2010 general election. I imagine that Mrs May, mindful of Brown’s fate, was keen to avoid making the same mistake. One can only speculate as to how far parallels with the past, might have influenced her apparent volte-face.
Unfortunately for Theresa May, far from ending unhelpful comparisons with Gordon Brown, this election has thus far highlighted more similarities. Like Brown before her, May is an uninspiring public speaker, and an uninspired public performer. And like Brown before her, she prefers the safety of stage management and a sympathetic audience, to the uncertainty of the unscripted.
Similarly, in Scotland at least, May seems unwilling to engage with ordinary voters, despite what we are to believe about the Tories mounting a magnificent comeback, exactly twenty years after being completely wiped out. Instead, the Prime Minister spoke to a select few, not all of whom seemed happy to be there, in a glorified garden shed, somewhere in rural Aberdeenshire.
We were told that this was Team Theresa campaigning in Scotland. Preaching to the converted, and the possibly paid, does not, in my view, amount to campaigning. Nor does engaging in an excruciatingly awkward and artificial, mutual back-slapping exercise with Ruth Davidson.
We also discovered that Team Theresa does not like it when other parties, especially the SNP, 'disrupt' the election, by actually campaigning. Campaigning for their cause, for what they believe in, against hard Brexit, against a cruel and callous Conservative Government at Westminster.
It seems to me that this election is nothing short of a right-wing coup, a brazen power grab by the Brexiteers. If you are inclined to label such talk as hysteria, I implore you to look at the evidence. Despite what the Prime Minister has said, there is little or no indication that Westminster is determined to frustrate Brexit, or that an increased majority will strengthen her hand in negotiations with the EU. Quite the opposite in fact. What this election appears to be about, is an opportunistic attempt to crush the opposition, which will diminish democracy, by stifling scrutiny of the Brexit process.
It is not only the Brexit process that Team Theresa are keen to keep to themselves. They are determined to fight this general election on their own terms too. It cannot be right that the Prime Minister renders the Leaders Debates, which have become in integral, and indispensable part of election campaigns, obsolete.
Never forget, the Tories successfully ended mass organised opposition by neutering the Trades Unions, through the destruction of heavy industry. If the Tories become as powerful as they were in the early to mid 1980's, they will accelerate the privatisation of the NHS and the dismantling of the Welfare State, and there will be nothing anyone can do to stop it.
In other words, the Tories want to do away with everything that is supposedly great about this Union. They do not care about people, they care about profit. They do not want to speak for Scotland, they want to silence us. Let's make sure Team Theresa do not break out of their barn in Banchory, and reject the Tories at the ballot box, yet again.