Priti Patel praises David Cameron but has her revenge on Theresa May
Is this what a pal meant when they warned that 'she could do some pretty hard damage to Downing Street'?
If anyone was in any doubt that Priti Patel is annoyed about being sacked by Theresa May, her latest outburst suggests that perhaps it still wrangles.
“I’m a proud Thatcherite, because she was in tune with the hopes and aspirations of the British public, not just when she became leader of the Conservative party but throughout her time in office,” Patel states in her interview with The House magazine.
In a not-so-coded attacked on May, she adds: “Meritocracy, political and economic freedom, those should be the DNA of the Conservative party. Quite frankly, I don’t see much of that going on right now.”
In the same interview Patel is far less less critical about David Cameron, who appointed her into government after just four years in the Commons.
“Our former leader had a very good mantra in terms of fixing the roof when the sun was shining,” she gushes.
The interview was picked up by The Sunday Telegraph which also used a leader to weigh in behind the right wing Tory MP. “Priti Patel has put her finger on one of the central problems with modern Conservatism,” it stated.
Patel was sacked as international development secretary in November last year after it emerged that she failed to be candid with the prime minister about 14 unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers, businesspeople and a senior lobbyist.
Just before May took action a pal warned that Patel would not respond well to being booted out of the Cabinet. “She is going to be pretty angry if she is sacked and she could do some pretty hard damage to Downing Street," the anonymous ally told The Telegraph.
Curiously, The Telegraph’s coverage this weekend failed to note that she might have an axe to grind…