People can be so naive sometimes.
Of course Theresa May didn’t get her facts wrong about cats and the Human Right’s Act. She knew what she was saying was wrong.
Ms May’s a politician. Politicians aren’t in the least bit interested in doing what’s right, not what’s right for you, for your children’s future, for the country, or for anyone.
Politicians are only interested in one thing.
Politicians will do and say anything to get elected. If telling us the truth will get them elected, they’ll tell us the truth. If telling us lies will get them elected, they’ll lie to us. And if they think they’ll be more likely to get elected by telling us the moon is made of cheese, they’ll gladly inform us all about the latest scientific research indisputably proving our satellite has great undiscovered swathes of fermented caseinous proteins locked up in its mantle.
Of course Ms May has researchers. She knew she’d got the facts wrong. She wasn’t being incompetent (politicians are rarely incompetent when it comes to persuading people to vote for them – running the country yes, most of them couldn’t run a cat convention in a Felix factory but getting elected – no).
She knows very well that by the time the next election comes along in 2015, most voters (well the ones most likely to vote Tory anyway) will only remember something about some judge letting some illegal immigrant stay in the country because the evil EU demanded we let him stay to look after his cat. Or something.
Some might worry it might not go down too well with cat owners. But I’m assuming her hard working researchers have uncovered the following facts –
In the UK, 47.2% of cat owners have a degree, compared to 38.4% of dog owners.
26% of UK households own cats and 31% own dogs.
So. Her electoral strategy seems to be based on getting out the dog owner vote – who are in the majority and are probably too thick to question too deeply the facts about anything anyway.