A serious party would have already booted Derek Sloan - 2020-06-08
Writing about Derek Sloan is an unattractive enterprise, given that any mention tends to feed whatever need for attention drives his sort of political career.
Sloan is one of four candidates for the Conservative leadership. He has no chance of winning, thank God. The question is whether the party should do itself a favour by ejecting him from the contest now, before he can do it further damage.
Sloan is the type of candidate who garners publicity by making controversial comments. The more crass, ludicrous or off-kilter his opinions, the more he may be able to break through the well-deserved neglect he gets from most media outlets, which are justifiably more interested in serious candidates who have serious ideas. Even when figures like Sloan hit on an issue of some real importance, they quickly slither to the furthest fringes of opinion, in the hopes it will save them from once again being ignored.