Party officials at the Conservative conference will announce that there needs to be a significant cut in honesty if the Tories are to win the next general election.
Prime minister Rishi Sunak has so far sought to present the Tories as the party that will deal with the problem of inflation by being entirely dishonest about their part in causing it.
Simon Williams, a teacher in Sussex, who said, “I was definitely happy to vote for the Conservatives, but it seems that when they said I’d have more money they actually meant they were going to stop me having any more money.
“I am having doubts about being perpetually poor under his Government.”
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will tell the country it has ‘definitely run out of money’, but it’s much nicer to announce billions in spending that is pretty unlikely to ever happen.
The original draft for a new “poor people are all in this together” poster was cancelled after Tory backbenchers warned the image of those words coming out of the mouths of all the poor people probably came across as being a little too ‘honest’.
“Yes, technically it’s true – our policies will target poorer people more than rich people, but history tells us that this is not generally a vote winner among the proles,” explained one long-serving Tory MP.
Rishi Sunak now sees himself in ‘clear and present danger’ of being seen as completely honest about his party’s plans, and is seeking to clarify this.
A conservative insider told us, “With extending retirement ages, no pay rises for low-end civil servants, and plans for inheritance tax allowances being extended, there is only so much we can get away with just because we’re ‘not Labour’.
“Even the line that everything bad in your life is the fault of small boats is starting to fall of deaf ears. It’s time to get creative.
“From this point on, I think it’s safe to assume that anything coming out of Rishi’s mouth is at best, a complete lie.
“We needn’t worry about consequences and stuff, as no-one ever holds us to our promises anyway.”