Wednesday May 30, 2007 3:23 AM
The Tory leadership will risk infuriating traditionalists further by claiming that they - and not Gordon Brown - are the true defenders of Tony Blair's legacy.
With the ink still drying on the resignation of a front-bencher who would not toe the line on grammar schools, shadow chancellor George Osborne is to say that the party agrees with the current Prime Minister on the "essentials of the way forward" for public services.
Evil elves have clearly abducted the spirit of British politics and replaced it with a red-headed changeling with three eyes and a Martian accent.
Can anyone imagine the reaction if in 1990 Neil Kinnock had declared that he was the true heir to Margaret Thatcher's legacy, not that milquetoast left-winger John Major?
(NB: In case there was any ambiguity in where I'm coming from, this posting does not mean I'm about to start voting Conservative — or Labour. It just means I'm standing in the Tom Lehrer corner. Normal service will be resumed once I sober up from the surrealism trip ...)