A week is certainly a long time in politics, here we were, happily arguing the pros and cons of hard or soft Brexit versus methods of scuppering the evil deed altogether, when, bold as brass, Theresa May pops-up like the morning toast and turns the UK’s political world upside down by calling a general election.
Everyone subscribes to a theory on the reason why she called the election, but one thing we can all agree on – it’s definitely not for the reason she gave, “The opposition parties were jeopardising her government’s preparations for Brexit”.
With a brass neck she explained “The country is coming together but Westminster is not. Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach. The Lib Dems have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill. Unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way”
That would be the ‘jeopardy’ of the Article 50 bill sailing through the whole of parliament completely unadulterated then? She’s either delusional or wants to be an authoritarian dictator, perhaps she’s both?
Theresa May could have mistakenly placed one of her hands in those of Donald Trump, more on this later, but the other is firmly in Paul Dacre’s as the Nazi bugle followed their Orwellian theme introducer, “Enemies of the People”, with an equally disturbing proclamation that informed their readers that May’s mission was to “Crush the Saboteurs”.
Imaginary threats, imaginary foes, misdirection over austerity, the NHS, education and now why she’s called an election. Convenient for a vicar’s daughter, her lies are of biblical proportions; telling the country on at least EIGHT occasions…
“I’m not going to be calling a snap election. I’ve been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability, to be able to deal with the issues that the country is facing and have that election in 2020.”
To give her and her party the benefit of doubt, it could be that, following recent polls giving them a record lead over Labour, they simply smell blood and are taking an obvious opportunity.
Of course, the fixed-term parliament act is there to stop governments doing such a thing but the Tories, despite pretending to be the party of law and order, tend not to worry about following rules…or laws for that matter.
The two most likely theories on why she’s gone to the country are that, firstly, Brexit is going to be incredibly difficult, the signs that the economy is being damaged are only too evident; inflation, loss of retail confidence, inevitable job losses will damage the Tories mass illusion of sound economic management and, secondly, having twenty-four of your MP’s dragged through the criminal courts does little for your credibility or for your mandate to have ever been in government in the first place.
As the week closed, further evidence, of the effects of Brexit unravelling and the stinking mess the Tories have taken the country into, became apparent.
First we had Donald Trump reverse his decision to put “Britain at the head of the queue” for a free trade deal, now preferring to strike one with the EU, which of course we would have benefitted from if we remained in the EU.
This is highly embarrassing for the Prime Minister but, with a skin thicker than a rhinoceros, she’ll completely ignore the implication that Merkel did a much better job than she did on the Donald. It’s also highly embarrassing for serial sycophant Nigel Farage, but he doesn’t matter.
Perhaps Theresa should take on-board her own advice, the advice she’s so quick to give to Nicola Sturgeon, that TOGETHER we’re stronger?
The final bit of bad news, perhaps absolutely devastating bad news for Tory Brexit, is that the Electoral Commission – the Tories will be familiar with their work – announced that Leave.EU are now the subject of an investigation into potential spending offences during the EU referendum.
Not too much to worry about there for the Tories, you may think; after all Leave.EU was an organisation fronted by Farage and Arron Banks. But a small detail in The Guardian, if proven, could unleash a crisis of Watergate proportions on UK politics and wipe the fat smiles off the fat cats who financed and organised our very British coup.
The Guardian claims that “The Electoral Commission is also understood to be looking at spending by the official Brexit campaign. Vote Leave gave £625,000 to a student called Darren Grimes, which he then used to hire a company called AggregateIQ. AggregateIQ then produced a targeted pro-leave Facebook ad campaign.”
Bad enough for Vote Leave, but this investigation follows hard on the heels of another by the Information Commissioner’s Office who are looking into the data collected and used by Cambridge Analytica and, if collusion, between Vote Leave and Leave.EU, and ‘foreign subversion’ has taken place, the implication, by comparison, will make what the MPs facing criminal proceedings are looking at resemble a fine for not returning a library book – that’s when we had libraries before austerity of course!
Let’s see what next week brings…..