Reader’s comment: Betrayed by May

In response to Andrew Cadman: Imprisoned by the EU and £50billion for the privilege – nice one Theresa PierrePrendre wrote:

The Brexit negotiations look like so much fumbling under a blanket. Every so often, a hand comes out from under the blanket waving a piece of paper that might say this or might say that and people protest that, wait a minute, this is not what we voted for. Perception matters and the perception is that at each stage, the government loses ground. We have the misfortune to be led by a prime minister who has sacrificed her credibility and in whom trust that she wants to deliver the Brexit that a majority voted for constantly diminishes.

We do not even know whether Mrs May is her own woman. First she was in thrall to Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill. Now we are told she is teleguided by Heywood and Robbins. Tony Blair is working actively to reverse Brexit. What exactly is he up to and with whom? None of these people is elected and whatever they are doing also takes place under the blanket.



If Jean-Claude Juncker condescendingly praises the British prime minister as a tough negotiator, it is a sure sign that he is confident that he has her measure. Whatever gloss is put on Monday's events, it is clear that the British government got another black eye and that Mrs May was a loser either because she is too weak politically to hold the line or because, as a Remainer at heart, she is psychologically disposed to give way.

In this existential struggle between the London establishment and the democratically expessed wish of the British people, the former have all of the actual power, both visible and invisible. It is of course correct to say that a negotiation constantly changes shape but the suspicion is that Mrs May is manipulating a betrayal and that the longer she remains in office, the harder it is for Leavers to regain the initiative which appears to be gradually slipping out of their grasp.

The referendum question was in or out. It wasn't half in or half out or any other version thereof. Every prime minister is replaced eventually and the fact that there is no consensus in favour of any of the alternatives shouldn't prevent the candidates fighting it out with the Tory membership insisting the winner must be a committed Brexiteer. It needs to happen now.


  • Countrywatch

    Excellent. Please can you write to your own MP PLUS key Leave MPs including those in Cabinet. I think there has to be a concerted effort now by Leave MPs, otherwise Brexit is lost.

    • a misplaced modifier

      Much as I hate to admit it, Brexit was never going to be a success; there is far too much vested interest in those wishing to remain shackled to a Greater Germania, which is ALL the EU ever was and ever will be.

      • born1945

        I think I agree with you there, we do not have enough people with guts on our side. Why do we always go to Brussels ,we have a perfectly good station at St Pancras,although it should have been our second Waterloo

    • shred

      Writing to conservative MPs won’t help. There are too many committed Europhiles and those with links to the City and easy money industries which benefit from EU lobbying and regulation. There are not enough true Brexiteers. The best hope could be for the DUP to realize that May will continue her treachery and that they must tell the government that they will withdraw support unless she is replaced with someone trustworthy and competent. (Heywood and the one that likes the USSR would also have to be sacked).That would swing enough votes to ease her out, as the Cons know that they would be voted out by indoctrinated students in key seats.

      With Corbyn as PM, the DUP would be better out of the UK and going independent. They have nothing to lose- stay with May and be ruled by the Cretin des Alpes or stay in the UK and be ruled by the Cretin from Islington.

  • Shazza

    I had such high hopes for Theresa May – she certainly can talk the talk but sadly, she cannot walk the walk.

    Theresa May makes Chamberlain look positively Churchillian.

    • captainslugwash

      I had no hopes at all for Theresa May. If her stint as Home Secretary wasn’t proof enough, the hatchet job on Leadsom was.
      Still, I wish you had been right.

      • Shazza

        I’m just watching Boris now making a speech on terror.

        Although I certainly do not agree with a lot of his views regarding this subject (I may be wrong but as Mr Shazza says, he probably mentally does agree with me but as we know, truth must be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness) I have to admit he knows how to command a room.

        How I wish Gove had not stabbed him in the back post the fickle and disgraceful behaviour of Cameron.

        May must go. Now.

        • captainslugwash

          Not a huge fan of Boris, but I recognise that a leader needs charisma. They needn’t be particularly clever if they have good Ministers and advisors. May has neither, and the fact that she still hasn’t removed Hammond is just another sign that they are both bought and paid for.

          • Shazza

            Don’t underestimate Boris’s intelligence, his problem is overconfidence and hubris and until he addresses this, he will continue to put his foot in his mouth.

            He is the only ‘Conservative’ at the moment that will beat Corbyn. I am a yuge fan of JRM but I just cannot envisage the great unwashed voting for him.

            Pity.

          • digitaurus

            JRM hasn’t got the guts to do anything beyond sending the odd tweet and asking a surprisingly wet question at PMQs.

  • Suze Burtenshaw

    I wish I’d written this! What you say is horribly accurate. My only question in all of this is, is Theresa May as utterly useless as we perceive her to be or is she, a cat’s paw for big business and the civil service? I mean, ask yourself, can ANYONE be as hopeless as this (and still manage to function as a more-or-less normal human being) or is she not only not doing an appalling job of Brexit but is, in actual fact, doing a brilliant job for her unseen stringpullers for which she will be rewarded in spades?

  • Politically__Incorrect

    I don’t think May’s betrayal of this country is a matter of suspicion, but of undeniable fact. It is hard to deduce from any of her recent actions that she is anything other than hell-bent on keeping us in the EU and avoiding any meaningful relationship with the Trump administration. Of course she is a coward. Cowards always deceive and betray their troops which is why the army used to shoot them. Such people are beneath contempt.

    • Sean Toddington

      In the fullness of time the truth will out. And when it does I’m prepared to bet a substantial sum that we find she is little more than George Soros’s puppet.

  • If my garage presents me with a bill for £500 I do expect the costs to be clearly itemised. We seem to have a bill for £50 billion from the EU garage, could we please see the cost breakdown Mr Junker?

    • martianonlooker

      Juncker wine Bill: £20 billion
      Tusk’s expenses: £12 Billion
      Barnier’s negotiating skills: £8 billion
      Verhofstad (so boring even the Belgians cannot spell it) irritating skills: £5 billion
      Mutti Merkels hairdresser:£4.999 billion
      Sturgeon, MSP, FM, annoying little git services: £10.35p
      Sundries, bell hop tips, waiters’ tips etc: the rest (but we may come back for £50 billion more).

      That’s about as accurate as you would get it from the EU (I just made mine up).

  • digitaurus

    Took you a while to figure this one out then, did it?

  • David

    T.May is undoubtedly in thrall to the EU, and has little respect for the democratically expressed wishes of the British public. She is without a doubt traitorous.

  • Malcolm Jackson

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