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The toppling of Theresa: Day Two


THE embarrassment, the humiliation and the surrender goes on. When will Theresa May be stopped from subjecting our country to ever more EU bullying and muscle-flexing? She may be a glutton for punishment or suffer from a self-mortification complex but we don’t.

Yesterday both strands of her latest strategy fell apart. Bad enough that she thought to govern with support from the Opposition rather than her own party. As those talks broke down, an answer came from President Macron to May’s letter to Tusk yesterday begging for a short extension date. Non, nee and niet, he and his colleagues are reported to have said. 

I hope Yvette Cooper, Oliver Letwin and the 313 MPs who voted for their Bill understand what they have done by not allowing us to leave on April 12. They and the deluded Mrs May may be prepared to be serfs begging for crumbs at their EU feudal lords’ table. The rest of us are not.

We can only pray that the irritated EU technocrats kick us out. Which of course is what the Conservative Parliamentary Party should have already done to May. Every day they fail to act it gets worse.

Whatever the risks of ditching her, they are nothing to the risk that this living liability of a PM – a woman devoid of self-awareness and the humility to know when she has failed – poses to the country and her party.

What, one begins to wonder, does she have to do that will jolt the Cabinet and Conservative MPs into action?

You’d think the sacrifice of ministerial cars and Cabinet perks would be a small price to pay for an end to the country’s ignominy. The alternative is political suicide.

In years to come, lips will curl not just at the name of treacherous Theresa, as Quentin Letts puts it, but at her cowardly Cabinet who stood by as she ‘surrendered our freedom’.

Once again we find Jacob Rees-Mogg, alone in the Conservative Party, daring to articulate the disaster that she is. Her path, he wrote in the Telegraph on Thursday, leads to personal failure and a party out of power. He could have added, in the case of Mrs May, to a party totally destroyed.

How many days will it be before his less principled and less clear-sighted colleagues listen to him, admit he was right before (and they were wrong not to back him) and that he is right again now?

Yesterday we began counting.

Today is Day Two . . .

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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