Is this how it’s going to end?

Last week, for the first time in history, the Tory UK  Government was found to be in contempt of Parliament.  Yet there’s been no sanction.  Oh sure, you can talk about the disgrace and the dishonour – but – so what?  What  if the Tory UK government doesn’t care about grace and honour?   The  available evidence suggest this is quite possible.  Time after time the Tory UK Government makes a promise or a statement only to U-turn or dissemble about the promise they made.  Check out the recent statements from David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland.  He’s said (along with Ruth Davidson, who must be oh so glad she’s on maternity leave) that he’d resign if N.Ireland was treated differently from the UK.  It seems it will be and they’re not resigning.

When you see Theresa May at the dispatch box in Westminster, well just watch her carefully.  She starts by being nervous but by the time she’s been there for an hour or so she’s far more confident. Sure she’s regurgitating cliches and lies. But she doesn’t care.  Eyes on the prize.  30-3-19 and she’s got Henry VIII and Civil Contingencies Act powers. That’s the prize, and damn the consequences.   Her Government was found in Contempt of Parliament last week and nothing changed.  Nothing happened to the Government. If you do something illegal or immoral and  there’s no consequences for you – well you’ll do it again. And again.  So why should we expect the Tories to change their behaviour now?   Everything else is smoke and mirrors.   The Irish Backstop, the fall in value of the pound, irrelevant when you’re playing a long game for the ultimate prize.

Today, Monday 10th Dec, she withdrew from holding a vote on her Withdrawal Agreement.  So what?  Delay. Obfuscate. Prevaricate. Procrastinate.  Eyes on the prize.   She simply needs to keep kicking that can down the road for another few working days.  Spend some time on pointless visits to the EU countries.  Remember, Parliament goes on holiday on the 20th December through to the 7th January. That’s at the end of next week.  Spend  this week ‘negotiating’ and there’s only one working week. before the holidays.  Crisis?  What crisis?  The Tory Government doesn’t seem to see one.   Nor does the Labour Party. Corbyn is AWOL, right at the time that the very foundations of democracy in the UK are being  shredded by a Tory Government who, it seems to me, know exactly what they’re doing.

The EU is not going to change anything about the Withdrawal Agreement – I’d bet my house on that.  So what’s Theresa May doing? Delay, obfuscate, procrastinate.  Eyes on the  prize.  Suddenly it’s January and a mere 11 weeks from Brexit.  Lie, cheat, prevaricate, procrastinate – will  still be going on.  And then we’ve run out of time and the  UK is out of the EU in the most catastrophic of ways.

If the Tories are no longer afraid of being in Contempt of Parliament – and Parliament has no sanction or  control over them, where on earth is this going to end? Right now, after last week and today’s events the catastrophe of ‘hard Brexit’ must be looking ever more likely.

Oh we can all rage and rant on twitter and facebook, and in blogs like this. But it’s bows and  arrows against the lightning (to mix metaphors).  The Tories are probably quite content that Brexit is still going to happen.  Newspapers can print what  they want.  The SNP can rage and call  her names.  Tick Tock.  Eyes on the prize.   I can’t see any way of stopping them.

Brexit Blues

A friend pointed me to this article: Brexit Blues by John Lanchester on the London Review of Books website.  You can find it here:  (or here if you wish to cut’n’paste :

It’s an excellent piece which highlights many of the problems we’re now facing after the vote to leave the EU.  Well worth a few moments of reading and then a further few moments reflecting on it.

We’ve got a lot of work to do, just to stand still or even to get back to where we were before the vote.  I’m not certain that this has been recognised across society yet.  The “leave” campaign evoked all the jingoistic images of Britain standing tall, alone against the world.  But that’s just an unreal image of a time which can’t come back (if it ever existed at all).   It also had a society which was united.  Now its fractured along so many lines (political, class, nationality, religion, etc) that I find it hard to see how it can be joined together to do all the work that needs to be done.