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The toppling of Theresa: Day 44


HER fate has been sealed by Tory men in grey suits. So they say. Having this shadow hanging over her, however, did not stop the PM from launching – as if as an afterthought – the Conservatives’ European election campaign and to a practically empty room. The shame of it. You would have thought.

Was no one on the 1922 Committee – or at Number Ten for that matter – brave enough to tell Mrs May no, that she has become a walking national embarrassment? Had they any doubt about that, her performance in Bristol yesterday surely must have dispensed with it.

You can read about this debacle here, here and here in the Express, which reported on a bizarre image uploaded on to social media from one attendee which showed ‘an embattled Mrs May at the official campaign launch on a makeshift stage she shared with four people’. To put the embarrassing situation into perspective, the report went on, just one reporter was allowed to attend on behalf of all broadcasters and was allowed to ask the Prime Minister just one question. It described how ‘social media users mocked Mrs May in the image, with one posting his own version of the unknown question asked of the Tory Party leader. The Twitter user said: “How much did she pay the four people who stood around her?”Another added: “Five people on stage and five in the audience. My God what a pathetic campaign launch”.’

Against the backdrop of the Conservatives polling at 9 per cent to the Brexit Party’s 35 per cent, Mrs May tried and failed to deride and marginalise Nigel Farage who, unlike her, is wowing the thousands everywhere he goes round the country. Finally fluffing her lines, in a Freudian slip she let slip her belief that the Tories only ‘can’ not ‘will’ deliver Brexit while her MEP candidates looked on in abject despair – all four of them. The picture of them you see here if you scroll down this article says it all.

No wonder the likes of Guy Verhofstadt feel so able to mock and deride Great Britain, when the party of Government allows this blinkered nonentity of a leader to stumble on and on and on without stopping her. 

And so she will continue to do next week. It’s reported that, not put off by her meeting with MPs, she is still planning a series of indicative votes ahead of the second reading of her Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Blindly or wilfully determined to believe that her wretched Withdrawal Agreement is the only option the country has, she has not given up on the possibility of making MPs fall into line.

If you were disposed to see it as a ‘comedy’, it is every bit as black as The Ruling Class.

Its next scene, however, is one that does not bear contemplating. It is the arrival of President of the United States of America for his much-delayed (thanks to Kim May’s previous bad manners and ineptitude) State visit and for the D-Day commemorations. This is the week the disrespectful Mrs May has chosen to try to force through a Bill that no one has agreed and that patently, if the polls are anything to go by, no one wants. Even if Parliament is prepared to go along with a customs locked BRINO, voters are not. Support for the Brexit Party shows they at least are not prepared to put with this bullying or to buy into the pretence that her plan is the only way to deliver Brexit.

That Sir Graham Brady, the 1922 Committee and indeed the Cabinet, cannot see she is about to put us through another shameful national humiliation beggars belief.

Surely they should have told her that it was no longer for her to decide her departure date and that her premiership was damaging the national interest. Why didn’t they insist a senior minister be appointed forthwith to deputise while a leadership election takes place, and on a moratorium on Brexit legislation until the new leader is in place?

Had they any backbone between them they would have long since done this. We still count the days till they do.

Today is Day 44 . . .

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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