Boris Johnson called ‘distasteful and shameless’ for Ukraine war and Brexit comparison
Oliver Dowden followed in Boris Johnson's footsteps with "gloriously bad" comments in a bizarre attack on the left hailed the "calm suburbia of Hertfordshire".
During a speech at their spring conference in Blackpool, the Chairman of the Conservative Party launched into the virtues of "the privet hedges of suburbia".
He said: "As I walk with my children through the calm suburbia of Hertfordshire, its values so derided by the left, I actually reflect on the great fortune we have to live in a nation defined by stability, security… and, yes, Conservatism.
"For me, the privet hedges of suburbia are the privet hedges of a free people. And I will make it my mission as Chairman to defend those values and those freedoms".
Inevitably, social media mocked Dowden for his out-of-touch comments, with one describing the speech as "astoundingly embarrassing."
I find this speech by \u2018Olive\u2019 Dowden astoundingly embarrassing.pic.twitter.com/ifSYETYdc7
One joked: "Oliver Dowden thinks socialists are after his hedge. I don't think we should have people in government suffering such weird paranoia."
Another furious Twitter user said: "Ukraine is under attack.Petrol prices are surging. People are unable to afford the weekly shop. And Dowden is withering on about a proven hedge!!?? Give me strength...Who scribbled this utter tripe??"
A third added: "And this absolute idiocy makes me want to throw Mr Dowden over the nearest fkn privet hedge for being so deluded and completely blind as to what a depressing worrying state the country currently is in."
Privet hedge responds to Oliver Dowdenpic.twitter.com/Cj5uyysftS
— Emma \ud83d\udc3c\ud83d\udc37\ud83e\udd94 (@Emma \ud83d\udc3c\ud83d\udc37\ud83e\udd94)
I\u2019m the proud owner of a privet hedge. Actually it\u2019s my neighbour\u2019s but I\u2019m so grateful to him as otherwise I couldn\u2019t be part of Oliver Dowden\u2019s wee club. Also I live in Devon so maybe that counts me out. No wait- he meant HEDGE FUND didn\u2019t he. I\u2019m so disappointed. #ToriesOutpic.twitter.com/HG3sM0n2Ac
You heard it here first. Dowden promises to defend privet hedges. \nThank goodness for that. I don't give a toss about fuel poverty or hungry children but it makes my heart soar to see a nice privet hedge...https://twitter.com/g_gosden/status/1505435770106089475\u00a0\u2026
— Marchioness Eva Feltham \ud83d\udc99 3.5% REJOINER FBPE FBPA (@Marchioness Eva Feltham \ud83d\udc99 3.5% REJOINER FBPE FBPA)
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