Johnny Mercer's explosive ‘sh*t show’ interview – the best bits
The Tory MP gave an excoriating interview to parliament's weekly publication.
To say that Johnny Mercer did not pull his punches in this week's interview with The House magazine would be something of an understatement.
Talking to journlaist Seb Whale, the rising star Tory said he would not vote Conservative if he was not already an MP for the party. He also suggested his values are no longer aligned with the party and said there would be “absolutely no chance” he would be a Conservative candidate now.
And there's more. The backbencher branded Theresa May’s government a “shit show”, said he would not join her administration if he was offered a job and there was no role for people like him anyway.
Then, as Downing Street was left reeling, Boris Johnson helpfully said the Tories were lucky to have MPs like Mercer…
On not joining the Tories
Would he have joined the Tories as currently constituted? “If the situation was like it is now, I can safely say there would be absolutely no chance that I would try and be a Member of Parliament.”
On not voting for the Tories
How would the Mercer of old cast his vote at an election?
“I wouldn’t go and vote,” he replies.
That says a lot, doesn’t it.
“Yes, of course it does. Just being honest, I wouldn’t vote. Of course I wouldn’t, no.”
On the Tory ‘shit show’
“It’s very difficult because in my DNA I’m inherently a team player. But when you go home from here on a Thursday and go for a run across Dartmoor or whatever, and you’re stripped to your core being, I mean, yeah, you realise it’s a shit show.”
On not wanting to be in government
“It was made very clear to me that… I can’t, I can’t. I mean, would I want to be part of this administration? No.
"Look, I think it’s very clear that this current administration under this Chief Whip, under this Prime Minister, there is no role for people like me.”
So what does he want?
"My ambition here has always been to be Defence Secretary. I’d love to be a Defence Secretary who had ten years to rip apart that department, make it work, get the offer right to our young people.”
Any more fighting talk?
With military fervour, he concludes: “I’m not going to sit at the back of the bus and watch it head towards the edge of the cliff. I’m not going to let us go down without a serious shit fight.”
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