In response to John Longworth: Are we watching a monumental act of treachery?
Are we watching a monumental act of treachery?
Difficult to know – Johnson’s actions are also consistent with stringing along Remainers. However the mixed messages are becoming very concerning. One thing is for sure – if Johnson does push through the WA, he will not win the next election and will end up as hated and despised as Blair and May. I suspect this will matter to him rather more than it appears to bother the other two.
Never trust a Tory.
Barnier says the backstop is not negotiable. The removal of the backstop is not mouthpiece Barnier’s decision. Merkel and Macron will decide whether the EU will offer a compromise although they may try to put Boris on the spot by insisting that Article 50 needs to be extended beyond October 31 to give time for the details to be settled.
That poison pill would put the ball back in Boris’s court and agreement would wreck his already fragile political standing in this curiously hamstrung parliamentary brew of liars, opportunists, hypocrites and outright collabos. Breaking his word on yet another deadline would be an unmanageable crisis in itself. The fact is, no deadline is met in Europe until the EU gets its way.
The thing to keep in mind is that although the backstop is the issue on which the deal/no-deal battle has been fought and distorted in our partisan media, much more is at stake. The EU can surrender the backstop, perhaps while insisting on compensation for Ireland which the UK would pay, and still keep the UK tied to it hand and foot under the rest of the WA.
The EU’s aim from the start has been either to force the UK to reconsider leaving or to cripple its independence, irrevocably if possible.
Mrs May said Brexit means Brexit and the fatal ambiguity in that slogan has now been fully revealed. It should more accurately have been Independence means Independence. The way forward is to leave on October with no deal; make the break! Then we can talk!
For what it’s worth I do not trust Boris. He is a politician and, therefore, almost the dictionary definition of untrustworthy.
However, I also believe that he has a vision – a Boris-centric vision obviously – to be counted among the great as he would wish history to see it.
He has, I believe, mentally constructed a great Tory Mount Rushmore where, along with Churchill and Thatcher, a giant Johnson will stand proud, dominating UK and international politics for a generation.
His alternative is to be short-lived, to be prematurely ejected. To be seen as spent and flaccid as May and Major.
Time will tell.
Why did Cummings and Boris fight so hard to win the Referendum if they are now just attempting a fudge? I’m hoping Boris is stringing along the Remainers with attempts to try to get a deal. It doesn’t seem to be working however. I’m absolutely appalled at the monumental hypocrisy and treachery of Hammond, Bercow and Co. They say they are defending Democracy while blocking Democracy, they certainly need to be swept from Westminster, frogmarched out by the police like Javid’s Spad.