‘Yesterday we stood on the edge of an abyss, today we are one step farther forward.’
(Old German saying)
And they’re off. A Tory whip bloke (Gareth Johnson, MP) tasked with securing support for Theresa May’s ‘deal’ resigns, so he can vote against it. PM May’s ‘deal’ suffered its first defeat late yesterday, when a majority of 169 peers in the House of Lords registered their opposition. The deal is dying, the day is young, and it’s a tough crowd, plenty more jokes to be told before midnight in this circuit of sham, drudgery, and broken dreams.
Cut to the Westminster HoC Comedy Club. Like sheep in pens, MPs from the UK (mainly English) Parliament eventually focus, comply and head-off into their chosen corridors and wee booths. Their mood is a mix of impending anxiety or gloom, tinged with anger and excitement. I wondered just how much reflecting and objective assessment each of them has actually given to the Brexit crisis. Following over two years of Tory incompetence, in-fighting, hubris, and disdain for other parties.
Theresa May was consistent. She was consistently unclear, overwhelmed, incompetent, unprofessional, and incapable of basic courtesy or communications. Month after month, the UK Gov PM May chose to ignore and treat with sheer contempt all warnings, blaming others for her weaknesses. She lodged the Article 50 notice. She started the Brexit two-year countdown clock. She chose to do all of this without a business case, assessment of risk threats, or impact assessment of any adverse consequences. The English public, with nearly ten times the voting numbers of the other three Union equal partners, voted to leave, with absolutely no idea of costs or consequence. It was a very Tory Brexit, sham and shan at every-single-stage. How many times did she glower and sneer at Ian Blackford, SNP for daring to question her decisions, isolationism and obvious lack of preparation?
The Tories – big split, Labour – slight split, Lib Dems – clear, other independents – clear, Greens – clear, DUP – clear, Plaid – clear, and SNP – clear. Made me think that rest of the UK politics would benefit from a more progressive political landscape, devoid of the outdated rigidity of binary Westminster political confusions.
All three British nationalist political parties are conservative, whereby change is a perpetual stranger, never looming or imminent.
I know I am witnessing an historic event, yet all I feel is dread, doom and that knot in my stomach. This event was completely avoidable, it was just a Tory construct designed to settle their own internal divisions and relentless quibbling, right versus not quite so right-wing. This had endured for five decades. It was nothing to do with what is right or just for the people of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. It was merely the biggest vanity project in modern English history.
Reality bites. Whatever people voted for in 2016, this deal was never articulated or predicted at that point. The EU has stated no further deal is possible. If England must leave the EU, this is as good as it gets. That being said, this deal is so bad, damaging, and economical consequences so catastrophic, public consent to progress in this knowledge is necessary. This means a simple leave or stay.
PM May has consistently failed to listen, failed to communicate, and failed to lead. A Tory institutional failure of representation. She ended her final mop-up speech in a quite desperate manner.
Both Labour and SNP dropped their amendments, to hasten the impending main-vote. The Tory backstop amendment defeated by 576 votes. Waste of time and effort.
At 19:39 hours, history was made. A majority of 230 defeated May’s withdrawal agreement. A humiliating defeat for the PM, the greatest in modern times.
At 19:45 hours, Jeremy Corbyn submitted a vote of no confidence in the UK Government.
Ian Blackford rose, began to speak and yet again both BBC and Sky News immediately cut away from him. Outrageous disrespect. There were no surprises here tonight, just mainstream dark comedy, nothing progressive or alternative. Nothing funny.
As a Scot, I want no part of this Tory charade. The Brexit referendum was run on lies and fraud, which the PM has simply ignored, in neglect of her duty.
Scotland deserves better, and there is no need for Scotland to blindly follow England, regardless of adversity. The highly-regressive act of ending freedom of movement and celebrating it, was a final straw for me. Disgusting insularity and Tory selfishness.
Sky News now interviewing a succession of Tory MPs. They are spouting their insular, deluded Imperialist-Empire-loving piffle. When they talk about Britain’s power and control, ‘getting our country back,’ I genuinely feel sick. I have absolutely nothing in common with them. Their country is not mine, their power is corrupted, this broken union must end, and end quickly. Step forward Nicola Sturgeon, now is the time.
‘People say it’s time to sign a new constitution to find our own way out, out of this broken union. Slange.’
(We are Scotland (c) 2019 by Dougie Bendall)Back to Blog