Jas Sansi ponders the next four days in Birmingham with the Conservative Party Conference and suspects it will be anything but plain sailing.
Conference feels like a family gathering where tensions are at boiling point. The Sunday Times splash has Boris Johnson going head to head with Theresa May in a heavy weight battle for number Ten.
Family arguments are never pleasant and rarely produce a winner. The best we can hope for are net curtains sparing passers by from ugly scenes. A big ask when global media are camped in Brum and eager to dissect every comment emanating from a bubbling cauldron.
Despite the optimism of a fringe program packed with conversations about voting demographics, home ownership and the NHS, there is only one topic hanging in the air and that particular B word does not stand for Boris.
So less of a conference and more of a family gathered as the matriarch lies dying in bed. Tensions of who inherits the silver and who becomes the new head of the family. It’s a horrible mess.
The Sunday Times piece includes post Brexit plans of a bridge between Britain and Ireland, and a Festival of Brexit Britain. Boris couldn’t get a bridge built across the River Thames, how on earth will he span 40 miles across a choppy Irish Sea?
The former Foreign Secretary also suggests putting HS2 on hold and instead rolling out a high speed link in the North; I though HS2 was a high speed link in the North!
How about we put Brexit on hold whilst we plan how to prevent Republican Terrorists, forced out of retirement by the tearing up of the Good Friday Agreement, from blowing up Bojo’s bridge?.
Party Chairman Brandon Lewis was welcomed to Birmingham on BBC News this morning, grilled on a data breach. It’s Theresa May’s birthday tomorrow, who’s going to be first to wish her ‘appy birthday?
See you at Conference.
Jas Sansi is a freelance photographer based in Birmingham
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