One of the worst things about the British political system is that MPs in safe seats can often say what they want, without worrying that they might be dumped out of office at the next election.
This has been the attitude of Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab since his election to Parliament in 2010, when he won the seat of Esher and Walton. Indeed, you’ll struggle to find evidence in the history books of a non-Tory MP in the constituency or its various predecessors.
But now, Raab is facing such a backlash from his constituents that his previously safe seat could flip to the Liberal Democrats.
That means Raab’s history of atrocious comments could now be a bit of a drag on his campaign. As a result, we decided to pay a visit to his constituency, garbed in a Raab mask and armed with some of his worst quotes, to let people know who exactly not to vote for on Thursday.
“The current monolith should be broken up. Hospitals should be given their independence, extending the Foundation Hospital model – initially controversial but now almost universally accepted. New non-profit and private operators should be allowed into the service and, indeed, should compete on price.”
Dominic Raab and co-authors, After the Coalition, 2011
You’ll notice we managed to perfect the mandatory wide-leg stance adopted by Tory ministers.
“From the cradle to the grave, men are getting a raw deal. Feminists are now amongst the most obnoxious bigots.”
Dominic Raab, PoliticsHome, 2011
“Once they enter the workplace, the British are among the worst idlers in the world.”
Dominic Raab and co-authors, Britain Unchained, 2012
“The typical user of a food bank is not someone who’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cashflow problem.”
Dominic Raab, BBC Victoria Derbyshire show, 2017
And so, here’s what Raab’s constituents need to do, if they want to hand the Foreign Secretary his P45.