Passing the Buck
So … Brexit
The new Prime minister and his cabinet ministers have been busy ramping up the rhetoric over the last few days.
Michael Gove said at weekend that the Government’s working assumption is that there will be a no deal Brexit.
Dominic Raab talked himself into a right guddle as he firstly said that he had warned of the danger of No Deal during the referendum campaign and then said it would be easier to do a deal with the EU if we leave with No deal. When challenged he said “this government has only been in place a week” – did he think we had a general election? This Government has been in place for 2 years and the fact that it has failed to progress this issue is a collective responsibility which they shouldn’t be allowed to wriggle out of.
Fact checkers at Channel 4 show Raab to be lying. There is no evidence he, or vote leave for that matter ever warned of or gave any credence to the possibility of a No deal Brexit.
And Boris – ahhh Boris, he is reported to have said that there will be no meetings with the EU until the EU drop “their” Irish Backstop demands. Firstly the Irish Backstop was a British solution which was put to the EU not the other way round. The cabinet have started referring to the Backstop as undemocratic, when it was negotiated and agreed by both parties not imposed on us by an inflexible EU. This is about shifting blame – passing the buck that Boris said stops with him in his acceptance speech. Making out that a no deal Brexit is the fault of the EU, along with a ban on bendy bananas and Kipper ice cushions – none of which are mandated by the EU.
But this is Boris’ get out of jail free card. Never mind that Vauxhall are set to give up on making the Astra here in the UK in the event of no deal, never mind that the pound is tanking again, never mind the damage no deal will do it’s all the fault of those pesky foreigners. Don’t blame us!
Reports suggest this is working – there is a “Boris bounce” which is putting the Tories 10 points ahead of Labour in the polls. Labour have said they’ll go full remain at the prospect of No Deal – definitely, just you wait and see, they are warning us (whilst of course continuing to squabble amongst themselves).
Meanwhile in Scotland Boris scuttled into Bute House to the sounds of jeers ringing in his ears and scuttled out the back door to avoid the same treatment. No Boris bounce here.
The Tories wheeled out a clip of Keith Brown saying “it was a once in a generation” opportunity and danced a jig in excitement only to find out he wasn’t talking about independence but the WIFI at the commonwealth games.
Ruth Davidson has apparently told Boris what’s what whilst Boris has looked at the Scottish Tory MPs and could only find one he could use. So he put the MP for Worcester as under Secretary for state for Scotland. As an afterthought he then appointed Colin Clarke (who? – he’s the MP for Gordon) but isn’t paying him. What? That’s right – the first english MP in the Scotland office since 1886 is being paid but the Scottish MP doing the same job is not.
Also yesterday, whilst the Beatrice off shore wind farm at Wick opened and will produce enough energy to power 450 000 homes, Boris announced £100 million to spend on Advertising for No deal.