KATHY Gyngell’s article in yesterday’s TCW, ‘May wounded? No, her Surrender Plan is bang on target’, prompted many comments. Here is a selection of extracts.
Is the Conservative Party still really one party? 117 Tory MPs voted no confidence in the PM this week. Phil Hammond described Brexiteers as ‘extremists’. They in turn called him a ‘moron’. I know the man lacks judgement, but insulting half the nation isn’t exactly politically shrewd. What do these two factions of the Tory Party have in common now apart from the colour of their party membership card? By remaining loyal to the Conservative Party, those 117 are simply propping up the May Junta and therefore ultimately cutting their own political throats. They need to put aside their faux loyalty to this treacherous woman and declare themselves the true Conservatives. The unprincipled May sycophants stand for nothing except their own jobs and self-preservation, and to achieve that, they are prepared to hang the nation out to dry.
Finally, what can the ordinary people do; the betrayed voters? I remember the fuel tax protests of 2000 when it took only a few thousand truck drivers to force the Government to reconsider. It would only take a few people to get the ball rolling and many would probably be happy to join in a programme of protest at May’s Brexit betrayal. How about blocking the motorways again by driving at 20mph for starters?
Good but depressing read. This is third-world politics. How the 117 can continue to serve under this regime is beyond me.
High time those on the right took a leaf out of the leftie handbook, instead of fighting and despising each other, buried the hatchet and formed a united front.
My enemy’s enemy is my friend.
There are rumours that the pro-Brexit Tories, or ‘rebels’ as the Mail calls them, are going to set up a new party, possibly with disaffected Labour MPs. To be fair, they have tried ‘change from within’ to no avail, so it makes sense to try to do it outside the Tory Party, which is likely to be wiped out come the next GE, whenever that is.
Paul Weston wrote:
I’m not too concerned about all the ‘wargaming’. We voted to leave the EU and leave the EU we will. If the democratic mandate is not honoured, social unrest will ensue. Our little peace-time politicians don’t seem unduly concerned about this eventuality, but they are making an enormous miscalculation.
If, on the other hand, we accept our new position as serfs in an authoritarian regime rather than citizens of a democratic nation state . . . we deserve all we get, quite frankly. And if the government realises it can get away with acting in a quasi-totalitarian manner without consequences, we can only expect our serfdom to increase.
You’d recommend a BBC Rebuttal Unit, Kathy? Long overdue. I realise nobody on here needs to be told but for the wider public, the role of our state broadcaster in the campaign to remain in the EU and to openly denigrate the merits of Leave, should not be underestimated. May/Robbins are at the helm but they navigate in calm waters provided by BBC presenters and journalists.
James Chilton wrote:
Apart from May, it’s difficult to pick the most contemptible character in this incredible farce: there’s so many to choose from. My choice would be Varadkar.
In this whole affair one thing which is continuing to puzzle me is the absence of any Tory media comment on a long term political ambition of the UK Civil Service being the unification of the island of Ireland and the dumping of the Unionists. The absence of Charles Moore in particular is surprising given his detailing in Chapter 21 of his first volume of Margaret Thatcher’s biography of the pro nationalist machinations by Robert Armstrong and others.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is getting slated in the legacy media today for being a poor loser – they accuse him of failing to accept the result of a vote.
Of course it is wrong to refuse to accept the result of a vote, isn’t it?
I didn’t like the result of the confidence vote, I insist it should be called again until the right answer is given.
I watched the live feed when Graham Brady announced the results. He was laughing and smiling, as if reading a joke from a Christmas cracker. How could such an important moment be treated with such frivolity? Perhaps because the outcome was known and actually wanted by government? She is bullet proof for a year now, and can continue to wreck Brexit by fair means or foul.
No HS2…No EU replied:
RADA will not be calling, but his tailor will, now his seat in the Lords is booked.
paul parmenter wrote:
Don’t ignore the psychology at work in this cynical game. As soon as I saw May playing into the ‘innocent damsel in distress’ role, no doubt choreographed by her crafty advisers, and with immaculate timing just before the critical vote, I knew what was coming. Sure as night follows day, the supine wannabe white knights of the Tory party duly rallied round to save their poor little girl from a fate worse than death. Just like any good old Victorian melodrama. As hammy as hell, but it still works a treat.
Colonel Mustard wrote:
The Anglo-Saxon war cry was ‘Ut ut ut!’ Very appropriate now.