I’ve always thought the show was likely to end in disaster and I fear that that’s what’s happened. It’s been, I think, particularly scarred in the last act by this sort of scurrilous attack on Keir Starmer for which there was no purpose other than to try to get a few members of the rightwing of the Conservative party in the House of Commons excited. He must have known that it wasn’t true.
If he didn’t know about it he can’t have been listening to his advisers. It’s quote interesting people have said ‘if he only had new advisers he’d be better’ but we have actually now found out that he was advised at the very least to apologise for having said it and he took no notice because I think he’s incapable of doing that – I think he is a moral vacuum.
I don’t blame him for everything that’s gone wrong, I think he is a symptom of what’s gone wrong, which is the Conservative Party, or what calls itself still in some cases the Conservative Party, which chose him. I think part of it has turned into a sort of English nationalist, populist, Johnsonian cult.
4 February 2022 – Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, Conservative MP from 1979 to 1992, former Secretary of State for the Environment and Minister for Overseas Development, Conservative Party chairman, governor of Hong Kong, European Commissioner for External Relations, incumbent Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Conservative member of the House of Lords since 2005