Unlike the fed-up and exhausted rest of us, they have only themselves to blame.
Had they taken the numerous opportunities they’ve had to despatch the worst Prime Minister in history, a Prime Minister in Name Only; had they not resisted implementing the straightforward ‘Leave’ Brexit that 17.4million voters trusted would happen after the referendum result was announced, they’d be packing for their Easter holidays now.
Instead they’ve trapped us all in what Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, writing for the Sunday Times, aptly describes as an abusive relationship: ‘My mother only ever gave me one piece of advice about relationships. If a man hits you, leave immediately and never go back. Now I feel like I am trapped in an abusive relationship. Every word the PM ever uttered seems to be thrown back in our faces as her actions demonstrate the opposite of her words.’
No better metaphor could have been chosen to describe the current political situation. There’s a double irony too: whenever the battered wife – the ERG – fights back and plans escape, her establishment ‘mother-in-law’ weighs in in support of the abusive partner to castigate her and cast her as the difficult one.
Thank goodness the ERG are refusing to listen, whatever the calumnies that come their way. It’s reported that they are demanding another vote of confidence in the prime minister. They must. And if they are not heeded, they will be right to down tools and stop voting for the government.
The media spotlight must turn on the ERG’s cowardly and less principled colleagues, the Patti Hearsts of another political captive metaphor, stuck in a veritable Stockholm syndrome with the EU and prepared to stand by as their country is metaphorically blown up. How long before they realise that Mrs May, with her never-ending spurious threats of ‘losing Brexit’, is holding them captive too?
We at the Conservative Woman are counting the days.
Today is Day Three . . .