May’s demise- Long coming and fully deserved

March 29th 2019, the day that the country was pencilled in to leave. The day that anyone following politics saw as unrealistic. A Prime Minister hell-bent on appeasing her hard-line backbenchers just to ensure that she held on to her premiership for a few weeks longer despite their aims to
deliver a damaging no-deal Brexit.

From the offset, the soon to be ex-leader of the Tory party, insisted on keeping negotiations withheld from Parliament, and then to her surprise it neither satisfied her own party, nor did it satisfy the numbers required to get her vote through. A leader with authority, vision or any sense of enthusiasm may have afforded such a governing style but not May. She will be recognised for losing her voice when it was needed most being continually humiliated and disgraced when she returned, again and again empty handed from Europe. Her premiership will be marred by the three votes she lost on her withdrawal agreement, which is in a sense a compliment.

To hear Theresa May speak in Parliament, you may be mistaken to think that she was the victim. As if somehow, she hadn’t been at the wheel, during this degrading of national culture on the global scale. Her secretive and robotic approach to politics, where she entrusts a few advisers and politicians to shape the countries future relationship with the largest trading bloc in the world, has been at best… disastrous. Worse still, it has been predictable. Indicative votes should have been the basis for the negotiation, not a last ditch attempt to finalise a deal.

Her parliamentary colleagues wearing blue having been once vocal advocates of parliamentary sovereignty and taking back control are now confused as to how democracy actually works. Still, they are close to being able to finish off Thatcher’s pipeline dream.

What next?

Dominic Cummings knew that when you defined Leave, it lost its support. Never was a clearer illustration of this than in the Commons this week.

As it stands, we are exactly 10 working days away from a No-Deal Brexit. It is that simple. I think that Theresa May will announce that she is standing down as leader and is calling a General Election. We must hope that the EU allow us the opportunity to hold one, without the need for us to leave without a deal. I emphasise the word hope, not expect, we no longer have any leverage over anyone at all. We are now a de-facto banana republic, with little or nothing to export.

I am deeply sceptical about a general election, as I am unsure as what it hopes to deliver. I see little prospect of any party achieving a majority. And given the behaviour of parliament and the polarised politics a majority is no guarantee of getting a deal approved. The deeply worrying prospect is that the Tories are allowed to negotiate the future relationship, and what that means for our worker and environmental rights.

This entire process has been a disgrace, no one will be held accountable. Boris et al. write and dine with the editors and owners of the very papers that are supposed to act as checks and balances on our democratic institutions. This pandora box will take decades to resolve, which is the underlying factor with populist votes. They offer simple solutions for vast problems. I offer my simple solution, un-elect this Conservative government at the next general election.


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