So ….. Brexit
A few things have happened this week. Just a few.
The directly Brexit things include the EU explaining that negotiations are STILL over. Despite internal Tory Party squabbles, it appears that the EU have gone “Meh”, given a gallic shrug and said – “Sort yourselves out but don’t expect us to hang around whilst you do so”. They have disbanded their negotiating team and the deal is the deal.
So that leaves the way open for No deal. Despite many who understand these things knowing that this will be a disaster for the UK but particularly for Scotland – all the Tory hopefuls bar one see no deal as one of the best options. And 31st October no deal exit is looking increasingly likely.
Labour tried to stop this on Wednesday by holding a vote to take control of Parliament to prevent a No Deal exit. They lost. By 11 votes. 8 Labour MPs voted against the motion and 13 abstained. It feels like it was the last chance and Labour blew it. Not a single Tory Scottish MP voted for the Motion despite Scotland voting to remain. Bunch of cowardly charlatans. They also called this week for the Scotland Act to be ripped up and the new Tory Leader to take action to crush the rebellious Scots, by by passing, ignoring and taking back control of funding in Scotland.
All hoping to be Scottish Secretary in Boris’ cabinet I bet. Because it looks like it will be Boris. Out front, he massively won the MP vote and he has the support of the party membership. There are loads of articles around on the effects of Boris as PM. Most of them argue that it’s not a good thing.
Meanwhile in Scotland, it appears that Boris is MUCH more palatable amongst its conservatives – David Mundell is now saying how he would LOVE to work with Boris! Despite having said that he would Never work for Boris Johnson he now says of course he would and he never said he wouldn’t either! But he did – there is film of exactly that. Self serving liar that he is.
Ruth Davidson has changed HER socks too – sorry I meant her mind! Might as well be her socks as she changes her mind almost as often. Seems she likes Boris too! And by implication – a no deal Brexit is much less scary with Boris at the helm – Hellooooo HELLOOOO! For goodness sake people!
The battle here is not what is right for the UK or for the different parts of the UK. All those devolved nations can shut up as far as WM is concerned. The battle is for the survival of the Tory Party. And if they need to be out brexiting the Brexit party, or cutting the powers that we have voted for our Parliament to have, so be it. They will do whatever they can to stay in power and walk rough shod over our democratic will in the meantime.
We saw that yesterday when Ruth Davidson said that only if the SNP won a majority at the next Scottish elections, should we be able to hold another referendum on independence. She ignored the fact that there is an independence supporting majority already in Holyrood, that the SNP have won every single election since 2014 by a mile – something that Ruth Davidson herself has never done. The Tories haven’t won an election in Scotland since the middle of the LAST CENTURY! And yet still they think they can tell us what we can and can’t do.
They are saying to us – Know your place Scotland. It’s under Boris’ Boots.
I think we might have other plans!