Liz Truss’ PopCon and the UK’s strangest (yet powerful) think tanks

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Liz Truss’ PopCon and the UK’s strangest (yet powerful) think tanks

The ERG are a Brexit hype-group within the Conservative Party that researches and co-ordinates activity for Eurosceptic Tories, and have been called a “party within a party.” The current chair is Mark Francois. He was one of the ‘architects’ of Brexit – a term which doesn’t quite fit the construction we have been left with, how about ‘shit shoveller’ – a man who in 2022 used the term “Japs” in the House of Commons, had a staring contest with Will Self on live TV, and once had listed on his expenses “several Peparami ‘hot’ 5 packs.” Oh, and in true Gareth Keenan-style, he was once in the Territorial Army and thinks he’s, like, a really hard soldier, once naming his campaign to get elected as a councillor, ‘Operation Basildon Storm’. The ERG were hit by a scandal in 2017 about them using public money for their expenses for which they were censured by an parliamentary watchdog, but if Francois can fork out for his own Peparamis surely it’s tally-ho to victory against the bloody foreigners for this glorious army, sorry, think tank.

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