Sunday, 31 March 2019

'This dead donkey of a Brexit deal is in the glue factory'

Another absolute corker of an article today by Rod Liddle​. The man is an inspired writer. 

It makes sad reading for Brexiteers.

"There is no way out of this mess, and from here on in things will only get worse. That’s the most optimistic spin I can put on the events of Friday, when Theresa May’s wheezing donkey of a Brexit plan was whipped and beaten for a third time, ready to be carted off to the glue factory.
"The most likely scenario, I reckon, is that one day quite soon we will wake up to find that Magic Grandpa is running the country, after an election in which the people of the UK decided that even the anti-semitic, quasi-commie, ultra-woke, terrorism-supporting rabble of Labour, led by a halfwit, is preferable to this shower of pompous, grasping and deluded idiots, i.e. the Conservative Party.
"Switch on the TV that glad bright morning and the new home secretary, Diane Abbott, will patiently explain to you, eyes swivelling back into her head, just why Labour won. Pollster Sir John Curtice reckons the most likely outcome of a general election would be a hung parliament; I disagree. I think Labour would win handsomely — and I got it right last time.

"What would that mean for Brexit? Come on: Brexit is already dead. For the past year and a half all those debates in the House of Commons — and the negotiations in Brussels — have not really been about Brexit. They have been about keeping May in power, about squaring the circle between her “remainers” and her “leavers”, which obviously could never be done. That’s why we were left with a deal that both remainers and leavers found impossible to abide.
".....May’s knackered and admittedly unsatisfactory deal was the last chance to wring something from this debacle. But now that’s gone."
He argues that the political parties are anachronisms and no longer represent the British on Brexit or most things. He mentions that over 90% of MPs recently voted that children as young as five should be taught about homosexuality and transgender.

His solution is proportional representation. I have always hated PR passionately but he is right that the system no longer works. I'd go for electoral reform but not PR - instead the alternative, vote which preserves the link between MPs and constituencies. It would enable UKIP and Nigel Farage's new party to win seats so that Leave voters would be represented and would enable the Tories and Labour to split in two.


  1. Sean Gabb Newsletter, 31st March 2019

    A Brief Word on the Brexit Crisis

    The consensus in the media appears to be that Parliament is out of control, and is attempting to stop our exit from the European Union – even if this means tearing up every settled constitutional norm. I disagree. No doubt, the House of Commons is filled with some very trashy people, and I have little doubt most of them would like to stay in the European Union. Even so, they are acting collectively with strict constitutional propriety. For the first time in my life, they are earning their inflated salaries and expenses and bribe allowances.

    Three years ago, we vote to leave the European Union. The margin was respectable, though not substantial. The Government was therefore given one reasonably difficult job. This was to detach us from the institutions of the European Union, while respecting the wish of a large majority for continued good relations with the European Union. This was difficult, but hardly in the same class as trying to win a war against the greatest military power in the world, or dismantle an Empire, or even reform the structures and financing of local government. The most obvious compromise was to rejoin EFTA and remain in the Single Market, while negotiating a longer term set of arrangements. Most people, I think, would have accepted such a compromise. I would, and I may have written about it at the time.

    Instead of doing this, however, Theresa May loaded us with endless vague promises, while negotiating in secret with the European Commission. At the end of two years and six months, she presented us with a draft Withdrawal Agreement that was universally unacceptable. I will not rehearse why it was unacceptable. Everyone has read it for himself, or read a fair summary and critique. When this was presented to the House of Commons, it was overwhelmingly rejected. Why the Labour Party and the various open Remainers voted against it is less important than that they did vote against it. This is why we have a Parliament. It is there to stop the Executive from acting against the public good. It is there to make the voice of the people heard.

    Our present set of crises blew up when it emerged that Theresa May had allowed no one to think about any alternative to her Agreement. Her only solution to losing the first vote was to arrange for another, and then for another. Each time, her Agreement was rejected – and rejected, I repeat, for good reasons. But, thanks to her wickedness or stupidity, there were only three options available to Parliament. One was to swallow her Agreement. Another was to leave without any deal. The other was to give up on leaving – to cancel the Referendum result.

  2. My own preference is to leave without any deal. Even I, however, do not regard this as an ideal outcome.

    We cannot blame Parliament for not having any plan of its own. The Government had spent three critical years doing nothing except plan for capitulation to a European Commission that is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and a crisis of legitimacy. The Commons has neither the diplomatic nor the intelligence support for a plan of its own. Above all, it has no time. It is there to say No to bad laws and decisions, not to dictate its own will into international agreements – and not to do so with just a few days before the deadline.

    So there is no farce in Parliament. The House of Commons for once is not some “House of Clowns,” as some are calling it. Parliament is simply doing its job. The whole fault lies with Theresa May. Some of the blame may lie with her colleagues in the Cabinet – though these have been kept out of the details of the negotiations. Some of the blame may lies with those Conservative Members of Parliament who failed to pull her down when they were given the chance – though getting rid of her did at the time seem likely to bring on a bigger crisis than just telling her to unveil some Plan B. Yes – she is the sole villain. I might more reasonably say that she is the chosen front for some sinister interests. But the fact remains that she is the person in charge. She has failed to do her duty to the people.

    It may be that the plan was to unveil a fraudulent leaving agreement, and to whip this through Parliament, leaving the rest of us to grumble about it for the next generation, though unable to do anything about it. If so, the plan has failed. The problem is not that our ruling class does not want to be bound by the will of the people – this is hardly a novel discovery. The problem is the crude inflexibility of our rulers. The EFTA compromise I and most other people would have accepted three years ago would have allowed any number of quiet understandings in London that let things as they matter to our rulers go on much as before. Instead, they wanted complete victory on their terms, and they planned for no other outcome. No competent strategist or negotiation behaves like this. The Tory ultras did not behave like this in 1832 or 1911. Labour did not behave like this after 1983. On the whole, we are lucky that we have asked these people only to arrange a departure in good order from a customs union. They might instead have messed up something really important.

  3. These crises have been a useful learning experience. Theresa May and the interests she has been chosen to front are both wicked and stupid. Speaking for myself, I think our Members of Parliament – wretched creatures if these may be in themselves – for doing their job and lifting the stone to show the pale and stinking bugs in full light of day. Sooner or later, we shall leave the European Union. This will be a messier and more acrimonious departure than it needed to be. But I suspect that the debate between Leavers and Remainers is turning to a shared demand for our will to be obeyed by the Executive. This is a much wider matter than our membership of the European Union. Leaving is now a symbol of who has the final say in this country. The longer our decadent rulers try to hold firm, the more radical the demands will grow for a reconstruction of the system.

    I have no idea what will happen in the next few weeks. But I am glad we have the Parliament that we have.

    © 2019, seangabb.

  4. I'd go for electoral reform but not PR - instead the alternative, vote which preserves the link between MPs and constituencies.

    I assume you mean something like Australia's preference voting system? A nice idea but it doesn't work. Over the past couple of decades it has given Australia governments and prime ministers that have been every bit as bad as Britain's. Like Britain we have the globalists and the crazed Social Justice Warriors in charge,

    In theory it allows minor parties some chance of winning seats., In practice it makes no difference. Parties like One Nation in Australia are just as powerless and ineffectual as UKIP. All it has really done is to give the Greens immense power.

    It just won't work. You can't tinker with a system like representative democracy that is fundamentally corrupt and vicious. MPs do not represent their constituencies. They never did. They represent their parties, with all the evils that entails.

    If you're going to change things you need a more radical change. PR would be perhaps an improvement, perhaps not. It would be better than the preferential voting system and much better than Britain's current system. But democracy will still deliver corrupt vicious government. Sweden has PR and it hasn't done them any good.

    Why not try restoring the monarchy? Of course you'd have to get rid of the Windsor celebrity trash scum first.