England has crashed out of the World Cup and evenings will never be the same again. Rushing home to water the plants does not have the same attraction, somehow. With barely enough time to draw our breath, Donald Trump has now landed in the country. Can’t you just feel the change in wind direction?
The Tory party called the European Referendum in the first place to appease the right wing of the party and those right wingers who had either defected to UKIP or who were wavering. Subsequently, every move and strategy (if you can call it that) and bargaining stance has been crafted to calm the right wingers in the party.
The electorate has been conveniently used as a collective bargaining tool only represented through the use of the phrase ‘the people’s will’. The electorate has been treated as one big ‘Wally’ by the Tory party.
We have seen Theresa May hang on to No 10 for dear life with a humiliating desperation. Cabinet ministers around her like Boris Johnson have openly demeaned her while spending not an iota of effort on working for the foreign relations of the country other than to enable opprobrium to be heaped on the UK. Slimy characters like Michael Gove have poured sickly sweet treacle of faux loyalty over her and all with the transparent aim of one day becoming leader, and soon too.
The cabinet meeting on Friday at Chequers was called to unite ideologues whose sense of national interest has a threshold as high as a worn out carpet. Ministers’ principles were relegated in the face of threats to take away their cars. The context for all this is the ‘strong and stable’ leadership that Theresa May constantly refers to but it is an absolute atrocity of democracy that the future of the country was conducted within such a self-serving and puerile setting.
Two ministers have resigned today, March 29 2019 looms larger and businesses are ringing the Titanic bell with alarming candour and regularity. What does the PM do instead? She holds a long meeting with the 1922 Backbench Committee to appease the Tory tribe in another desperate attempt to save her derriere. At this meeting, it is reported that members ‘agreed’ that the Tory party was the best one to lead the country. Opposition MPs who had been invited to briefings by the Prime Minister’s staff were told that they would instead have to see lower ranking officials because Tory MPs had objected.
In much the same way that exasperated parents have to sit and squint at a ‘Where’s Wally?’ picture, I challenge you to spot the scintilla of democracy that has existed in the last two years and, especially, in the last few days.
The Tory party is a party of democracy deniers, pure and simple.
Ethnic minorities have very little to thank Norman Tebbit for. Actually, come to think of it, there is nothing to thank Norman Tebbit for if you are an anti-Thatcherite but that’s another matter. Tebbit’s stupid ‘Cricket Test’ has done nothing but raise suspicion as to my loyalties and countless other ethnic minorities who really do support England on the sporting field.
Norman Tebbit came up with his subjective test in 1990 in relation to Cricket as a way of rooting out Nationalist loyalties from the non-adherents. It has stood the test of time for the way it has stuck in people’s minds and seems to be gathering momentum in the minefield of a Brexit created anti-immigrant environment.
More alarmingly, not only has it stood the test of time but it has been extrapolated to other sporting agendas too.
I am constantly being asked which team I am supporting in the World Cup. My immediate answer is ‘England’ which, oddly, seems to elicit disappointment within the English person asking the question. A second question then ensues as if on cue and it is along the lines of, ‘No, really, who are you supporting?‘ The same answer from me provokes a wholesale disbelief, again, and the questioner goes off DISAPPOINTED.
Uncovering the disloyal ethnic minority has become a peripheral enquiry in work places and in social settings alongside the central frenzy on whether the World Cup is ‘…Coming Home’. The perceived disloyalty is purely based on colour. I know a Scots man who doesn’t want the Cup to ‘come home’ but, being white, he is never asked about his loyalties.
I shall be watching the game today with a 99 year old English woman who has an OBE. She is laying out a cream tea treat for us. You don’t get more English than that. By the way, I support England in international cricket matches too even though I don’t have any interest in cricket.
Dominic Grieve, in plain old British parlance, is the man who bottled it.
His descent from being a different type of politician who was standing up for principles to plain old self-interested Tory MP was really quite unremarkable in the end. All it took was for a Tory whip to do some arm twisting. Dominic Grieve dumped his ‘rebel’ label with one fell swoop.
In an instant Dominic Grieve was a cause without the rebel. What his cause was in the end is best articulated in his own words because it makes no sense to Remainers whom he spectacularly let down. He said: ” We’ve managed to reach a compromise without breaking the government – and I think some people don’t realise we were getting quite close to that. I completely respect the view of my colleagues who disagree, but if we can compromise we can achieve more.”
How do you go from being a man of principle who spends hours and hours doing the rounds on political shows and in political dens trying to convince the Government that MPs should be able to vote on any Government motion if there was no deal before exit day on 29 March to a cop out? By being a Tory, that is how, who only has disdain for the principles of democracy.
Dominic Grieve’s rebel days are well and truly over. If he were to ever express contrary views again he would be in the running for the label of ‘the boy who cried wolf’ and this would be the most polite of labels bestowed upon him.
After having voted with the Government twice the closest, it seems, that Dominic Grieve will ever now come to being a rebel is when he crossed a police line.
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