So….. Brexit and Britain this morning
Are the laughing stock of the whole world!
And continuing to leave me speechless with disbelief at the antics at Westminster.
Yesterday after 7 hours and more of meetings, the best Theresa May could do was “Ask Jeremy Corbyn”. Actually this was more like – let’s blame Jeremy Corbyn because make no mistake that’s what’s going on. And it’s part of the whole pass the buck game that Theresa May is playing just now.
So let’s be completely clear – despite Theresa May’s invitation there is no evidence that she is looking for a compromise – just a sleight of hand to get her crappy deal through.
She said yesterday that the withdrawal agreement must form the basis of any compromise they come to so that means that the only compromise can be on the political agreement going forward. As TM is not going to be responsible for that then JC will not be able to be certain that would be honoured in the light of a new Staunch Brexiteer PM – Gove or Johnson.
In addition, if there was any sense of compromise then TM would have invited the leaders of the devolved Governments along too. But of course she hasn’t. She has no interest in compromise at all. Just in getting her deal through Parliament.
Understand this, if she can agree with Jeremy Corbyn before April 10th she can ask for an extension to May 22nd and no further. This will mean we will not have to take part in the EU elections. April 12th is the last date we can pass the legislation for EU elections. If we do not do this then even if talks with JC fail we are in a position where it has to be May’s deal or no deal because we cannot be in the EU without undertaking elections.
This has every hallmark of a trap unless of course it is what JC wants too. He can then say to his remain MPs “Look I tried – I did my best”.
Time will tell!
In other news from south of the border we hear that May whipped her MPs to vote against the Boles deal because a Common Market 2 deal would remove the arguments against Scottish Independence – namely that with Scotland in the EU and the UK out of the EU trade with the rest of the UK is just too hard.
Yesterday also saw the conviction reported of a Right Wing activist who plotted to kill a Labour MP – Rosie Cooper.
We also saw some pro Brexit nationalist place some obstructions on train lines to disrupt services.
We saw fascist Tommy Robinson speaking at a rally in Westminster at weekend just yards from the cenotaph which commemorates those who died fighting fascism.
We saw Jacob Rees-Mogg tweet support for a far right German party – AfD and defend that on Radio 4 this morning.
We saw British Soldiers using a picture of Jeremy Corbyn – the leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition – as target practice on a firing range.
And finally, we have seen a judge in an English court say that it is a fundamental human right to have sex with his wife – regardless of the ability of said wife to consent or not. This in the same week that Scotland passed landmark legislation to support those experiencing domestic abuse.
Meanwhile, in Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has travelled to Westminster to try to get a meeting with Theresa May to ensure that Scotland’s voice is heard in these “compromises” that she is considering.
Tory election leaflets have been dropping through letter boxes telling us all how Ruth Davidson and the Tories are going to beat the SNP everywhere in Scotland. The most unpalatable must be the picture attached taken in Fallin. Fallin was the home to Polmaise Colliery which was the first out in the Miners Strike in 1984 and the last back in 1985. In 1987 it was announced that the pit would close. The miners arranged a meeting to look at buying the colliery – always one of the most productive collieries in the country – two days later the pit was closed. A community devastated, the economy ruined for years and today that community still feels the effects 40 years later. But for today’s Tories it’s a smiling photo opportunity.
And in Today’s PMQs it took 15 minutes to get to Brexit and it took the SNP to raise it. TM said the strong voices for Scotland are the Scottish Tory MPs – those MPs who have continually and consistently voted for TMs Deal and to take us out of the EU despite Scotland voting by 62% to remain.
Standing up for themselves it appears.