of Mrs May’s demise have been made more than once before. This New
Statesman cover dates from July 2017 for example. But this time the odds
say that they have more chance of being right.
And if observers thought that her authority had crumbled back then – what would they say about it now?
In reality Mrs May’s authority has been completely destroyed – from both within and without. Our Friends in Europe taking away some remaining shreds at their meeting last week.
Yet Mrs May has been appeasing the Brussels crocodile at every turn. Will it really eat her in the end?
This week Mrs May apparently promised to somehow bypass the Speaker’s ruling and have another vote on her Dead Donkey Deal.
But confusion over its timing – on Tuesday or on Thursday or on Friday
evening or not being held at all – shows what a bunch of headless chickens Mrs May, her Cabinet and her political advisors have become.
we are, it seems, going to go through another charade of indicative
votes. These will be similar to the last lot of indicative votes but
have more choices and cause even more unrest.
votes being the parliamentary equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs
while the ship is sinking. They give politicians a further chance to
talk about what might have been and float more unworkable plans for the
future – in some mythical land far from reality. Meanwhile the SS
Westminster Titanic sinks ever deeper .. with only the Thames mud
preventing a significant loss of life.
all know that we are (were?) supposed to leave the EU on Friday of this
week. Despite this the UK parliament requested more time (after 1,000
mainly wasted days) through an extension until 30 June – but our Friends in Europe gave us two weeks – until 12 April – instead.
Yet our guaranteed
leaving date has been fixed at 29 March 2019 by statute for ages. So
how can any extension be possible? How can an EU meeting minute
over-rule existing UK law? Some say that 29 March can be simply
overruled by a minister’s say-so. Others are equally certain that it
would require the equivalent of a treaty change- so needing the approval
of both Houses of Parliament plus Royal Assent – and more time
But who is right? And what can we do about it all? Our marches, petitions, social media postings, websites, etc carry no weight within the House. So we must simply wait – to leave, to stay, for Christmas, for Godot, for anything …