ONCE again in these interminable Brexit negotiations, the UK finds itself on the naughty step. In a time-honoured technique usually applied to recalcitrant toddlers, EU Supernanny advises: ‘First, give a warning in a low-toned voice whilst coming down to the child’s level. Then walk away from the child to give them a chance to think about what has been said to them. If there is repeated obstinate behaviour go straight to the child, take them to the step and let them sit it out and explain very patiently why they are there. Then walk away and set the time to another extension, say six months, and if they call you from their time out, rebut them with another warning and get them to stay until they capitulate to your demands. Remind them they could be forgiven for those naughty red lines that they drew all those months ago. However, they must apologise for their behaviour whilst reflecting that their actions in voting to withdraw from the EU have caused deep consternation and puzzlement to EU Supernanny. But by grovelling and agreeing to pay £39billion of British taxpayers’ money for the pleasure of nothing but rules and regulations in return, the UK will be allowed off the naughty step to contribute even more money and have absolutely no say in how these rules and regulations will be administered to them.’

That’s how it works. Never mind that the majority of the EU 27 members are inferior economic powers receiving subsidies from richer countries such as Britain, in the world of nursery politics that these negotiations have become, they will dictate future British trade negotiations in the EU’s interests. EU Supernanny knows best and British consumers will have to acquiesce meekly and keep quiet from now on.

Theresa May has refused to apologise to the public after EU Supernanny imposed a six-month Article 50 extension on Britain. Mrs May, complete with dunce’s hat, was shoved out of the committee room to wait alone whilst Britain’s future was determined by a bunch of politicians that nobody in this country voted for. If reports are to be believed, Emmanuel Macron, the President of France (elected on a paltry 33 per cent of the national vote), strutting his stuff like a ‘petit empereur’, flexed his muscles. He threatened to veto a long extension, assuring his fellow Europhiles that it was ‘for the collective good’ but in reality it was to prioritise his dwindling domestic political fortunes over the interests of European unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ever benevolent and caring for her beloved pet EU project, issued soothing words but offered yet another large dose of unpalatable cough medicine for the poor dunce in the other room to shove down the throat of the electorate at home.

An alien from another planet need only glance at Bob’s cartoon in yesterday’s Telegraph to understand the full humiliation that this Prime Minister has brought upon her country. It depicts Jean-Claude Juncker (thankfully absent from the EU leaders’ meeting, being otherwise engaged in nearly setting fire to Rwanda’s first lady at commemorations of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the genocide) clutching a glass of wine and cigarette in one hand, arm-in-arm with Donald Tusk grasping a dog lead inscribed ‘Flextender’, whilst a sprawling Theresa May is attached by a collar on the end of it, biting the bone of her deal in a grotesque image which perfectly illustrates the national shame and embarrassment that she, her government and this rotten Parliament have caused to the majority of the British electorate. Now it is almost certain that British voters will be asked to participate in elections to a bloc they voted to leave almost three years ago, despite May’s repeated assurances to the contrary, insisting that she would not tolerate this country remaining after 30 June. However, the mendacious Remain oligarchy in Westminster determined otherwise, in complete contempt of mass democracy. Talks are continuing with the Marxist loons of the official Opposition, led on the government side by the PM’s chief of staff, trying to reassure a disillusioned and disbelieving public that discussion and dialogue are absolutely invaluable. Now we learn in a hint from a Cabinet Minister that the government is willing to compromise on the UK staying in a customs union. These people have shown not a modicum of integrity, courage or honesty with the electorate they purport to serve, seeming devoid of any sense of responsibility for their actions. However, when the next election comes the voters can issue a dose of their own medicine. These politicians can booted out to remain on the naughty step for ever, whilst this country moves on without them.

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