Where we are today was exactly what we could expect when, rather than reflect the wishes of their constituents, Conservative MPs elected a Prime Minister that, far from reflecting the majority vision, was someone from the losing Remain camp. This choice was perverse, illustrating candidly just how out of touch is this political class with the electorate it is supposed to serve.
And this lack of judgement is set out. Subsequently, this Prime Minister has not led these negotiations but has allowed Britain to be bullied by a club we wish to leave (on good terms). She may be lauded for taking punches, but what Britain needed – quite obviously – was precisely the kind of “take no truck” tone of negotiation that has been exercised by Michelle Barnier, and by the EU in general throughout its existence. They are brash and ambitious, we chose polite and weak.
Even setting aside May’s general election fiasco, possibly the worst run campaign in living memory and which she fought as though she wanted to lose, and almost did, these same kamikaze tactics were evident from the very start of the actual talks. You should remember, most pointedly of all, May needlessly conceding the need for parallel talks, instead allowing these two plus years to be dominated only by divorce talks, or rather rhetorical chicanery, refusing the chance to balance properly the basis for a future relationship, and even creating potentially grave danger for the future of our Union.
… We should have told them then: “No, you will talk trade now, together with the withdrawal talks, or we will walk, let us know.” This was logical then and many argued so.
And the difference in practise, the Irish border issue would have been resolved, at the time, in a trade doc. As things stood, the Government should have refused to discuss the matter, the border issue is after all a trade issue; the EU wanted their cake, and to eat it, and May was happy to dish out the fudge, in turn creating the most dangerous aspect of the entire process, “the backstop”. It is notable how the entire establishment, particularly the media, did not and do not point out the issues I raise here. They create problems when there are none, chaos has been manufactured and this has been evident the length and breadth of the media with each and every mainstream paper, magazine and news show.
Trade was (and remains) the key. Theresa May threw the card away, and everything she has done since has been playing catch-up, not least because by ignoring trade it has repeatedly been more easily spun by Remain’s media that the EU have all the cards despite its slow train wreck implosion, which again the BBC ignores; trump card after trump card has landed on the porch at Number 10. They have all been ignored, not just by this government but also by a cynical media. Trade was (and remains) the key. Theresa May threw it away, our key card: the fact the EU buys only half as much as it sells to us, the trade deficit. Can anyone recall hearing her even mention that? The fact should have been a negotiation headline. It was barely breathed.
Instead, a climate has been engineered where everything “looks bleak” for post-Brexit Britain, or where all the good news – such as that our economy remains healthier than that of the EU – is “despite Brexit”.
The Leave campaign won the campaign to change fundamentally our country, but an establishment that deigns itself superior to the people stole that win and has systematically crushed it underfoot into the ground.
… This isn’t a cock-up, people, it was planned, cajoled, division sown, the electorate worn down. The effect to the national psyche, one might add, amounts to a kind of water torture. You tell me, are people more or less happy for experiencing this process? Is it right or wrong to toy with people’s nerves, lives, families and culture? There are many interesting questions that arise here about what constitutes abuse from state to population.
And now, not one but two Brexit Secretaries have resigned, frustrated by a Prime Minister that sidelined them in favor of having an unelected EU fanboy civil servant lead the talks with Barnier. That alone should be sickening enough to anyone who cares about accountable government. Davis had, what, two or maybe three meetings with Barnier? He said there simply was no point, that the civil service, politicised by a certain Tony Blair, had been placed in charge, and it is notable that Blair just this week has gleefully praised Robbins for his role in what to you or I surely resembles a disaster. Raab found no different in his petty role, he explained yesterday. The newly-created position of Brexit Secretary, given the times, should have been amongst the most revered in government, yet its occupant might as well have been Larry the cat. Our Brexit Secretaries were not there for Brexit, they were mere tinsel appointed by May to fool the public that she was listening to Brexiteers and that they had a role in the future of the country. It was a spiteful, unforgivable deceit.
If the Tories were public servants they would depose this distraction, today, and offer us a Brexiteering Prime Minister to say to the EU what should have been said from the start: “Talk trade or we walk, but talk trade and we will make a settlement which will help us all. We will leave the EU on 29th March 11pm GMT so we will just have to do the best we can so, EUrope, do you want to trade?”
The above was a lot easier to say two years ago, we have had our time wasted, with scant attention to domestic and other foreign affairs, for all this time, a far from conservative waste of our national opportunity. But we have no choice but to say it, to insist upon a basis of trade talks, else it’s no deal, if we care to safeguard our national interest and not just in the foreseeable but more importantly in the longer term.
The question today is, has the judgement of Tory MPs sufficiently improved since May’s election? I doubt it very much, though spectacles such as May’s nationally embarrassing mocking in the Commons do seem to be educating a few as to the stakes involved, at last. Many, the many Soubreys, need kicking out entirely. Their contempt for those that gave them power proves that party politics does not work in its current form, that it is grossly unrepresentative, that constituents are often colour-blinded, special interests given priority, and so it goes on.
I expect to see them engineer an extension to Article 50. I see no Brexit thereafter unless somehow we fluke “no deal”. Estimations would change given a different leader. Eliminating the prospect of another fraud like Rudd, estimations would improve.
That’s been the path of the last two years, and that’s where it has brought us, which is practically nowhere. And that has been the plan from the very day Theresa May threw her hat into the leadership ring. She is indeed a traitor, and she is far from being the boss.