Friday 5 April 2019

Brexit talks break down - a recurrent headline

The Labour Party has withdrawn from negotiations with Theresa May after two long days complaining that she will not accept any genuine, real changes to her proposals. Now they understand what the cabinet has put up with for months.

Her negotiating strategy is based on repetition and boring her opponent into submission. It hasn't worked but is very draining for everyone. It is rarely that I sympathise with Jeremy Corbyn but I do this evening, as I sip my wine in a cafe.

He drinks only coconut water. Perhaps a struggle with his allotment at the weekend will relax him.

Yet he and Mrs May have much in common. Her plan would lead to Britain accepting something close to the customs union. She hates the idea of a low tax, low regulation country.

He on the other hand disliked the EU and EEC all his career and is an isolationist, whereas she is a typical European Social Democrat bureaucratic politician. A typical Euro-nonentity in fact, only distinguished from other European leaders by her lack of talent for the job.

Her only impressive quality, to quote Catch 22, is her unimpressiveness.

"It should not have been like this," Arlene Foster leader of the DUP said in a wonderfully schoolmistressy tone. "The United Kingdom fighting European elections almost three years after a clear majority voted to leave the EU sums up the disorganised and slapdash approach taken to negotiations by the Prime Minister.

Well, yes 

Margaret Becket suggested the Prime Minister needs a psychiatrist. Men like Daniel Hannan and Jacob Rees-Mogg are deterred by chivalry from saying what they think of her, b
ut women are not gentlemen.

Though I suspect there is nothing a psychiatrist could do to put things right. 

1 comment:

  1. 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.