A Bit Brassy and thinks she’s a Sovereign
Torygraph Telegraph has this: “Cracked, warped and missing middles: thousands of new £1 coins ‘have major production flaws’” . It is funny that this should come to light just now. One of the problems facing the country at the moment is that Teresa May, (aka the Wicked Witch of Westminster) has something in common with her famous predecessor, the late Baroness Thatcher. She certainly has one thing in common with the late Iron Lady: “She is a bit brassy and thinks she’s a sovereign“. See the earlier post: The Wicked Witch and her Easter Message.
Way back in January of this year, the Economist had this to say about the Wicked Witch of Westminster’s approach: “Theresa May opts for a hard Brexit – The government promises a “truly global Britain” after Brexit. Is that plausible?” As the article points out, her objective was:-
- to leave the European Union
- to take back control of immigration (no more free movement)
- to withdraw from the jurisdiction of foreign courts
- to withdraw from the EU single market and customs union
- to trade with the EU remaining nations as before
- to make some payments to the EU – but nothing like as before
Unsurprisingly, the Economist’s conclusions were stark: “Everyone will lose if there is no agreement, but nobody will lose as much as Britain. The country is in no position to bully its way to a cushy deal and EU leaders in no mood to offer one.”
But that is where the Wicked Witch is proposing to take us and that is why she has called this unnecessary election. She wishes to have an increased majority so that she can push her insane proposals through Parliament.
The Independent has this on immigration issues: “Two-thirds of people don’t believe Theresa May will achieve tens of thousands immigration target – Drop the Target: Poll also finds that four out of five people believe doctors and nurses should be granted special visas allowing them to work in the UK after Brexit“.
The Witch and Mr Toad
As the Guardian reported on the day Article 50 was triggered, a poll showed that a majority of these polled did not support a hard Brexit: “Theresa May faces public backlash over hard Brexit, poll finds – Just 35% of British public in new ICM survey would back Britain leaving the EU without agreement with other states“.
The Witch sought to enlist the support of her good friend Donald Trump (aka Mr Toad) and get a backup US-UK trade deal – see the archived posts for January and February this year. Well, things have not turned out quite as Mrs May had hoped. There is an increasing possibility that Mr Toad might be impeached – see this in the Independent: “Donald Trump impeachment a ‘real and growing possibility’, says former US labor secretary – Spokesperson says Senator was referring to ‘totality of challenges the President is currently facing‘” – also this in the New York Times “After first 100 days, a President Trump impeachment seems like a safe bet”
More importantly, the prospect of a post Brexit UK-US trade deal has rather gone down the drain – see this in the Independent: “Angela Merkel ‘had to explain fundamentals of EU trade to Donald Trump 11 times’ – US President will now reportedly prioritise EU trade deal over post-Brexit agreement with Britain“.
The Brexit Delusion
Simon Tilford, the Chief Economist of the Centre for European Reform, has this op-ed in the Guardian: “Britain’s complacency over Brexit will end in humiliation – France and Germany don’t make the mistake of thinking they would be better off outside the EU. The UK is deluding itself if it thinks it will prosper“.
The by now notorious dinner at No 10 for Mr Junker continues to be commented in the newspapers.
The Guardian has this: “May’s posturing won’t help in ‘bloody difficult’ Brexit negotiations – Theresa May taking on Thatcher’s hardline mantle could bring her domestic election success. But it will also unite the EU bloc in a desire to punish the UK”
The Independent has this by Dennis MacShane (a former Europe Minister) : “Leaked details from May’s disastrous dinner with Juncker suggest Brexit could be far worse than anyone imagines – All of the facts have been available to British journalists writing on Brexit for months. Nothing is new. But with one or two exceptions the entire UK coverage of Brexit is written entirely from a UK-EU point of view .
The article ends with this observation:-
“One cannot blame Theresa May and her mono-lingual No 10 team. Not since its 1930s coverage of Germany has the majority of the British media, including the BBC, been so poor in covering the main challenge to Britain’s future in half a century.
If British citizens, businesses, inward investors and even MPs are not told any of the core publicly available facts about the position all 27 EU sovereign governments are taking on Brexit then the final outcome may be far worse than anyone imagines.”
The Guardian has this by Nick Clegg: “The EU knows Theresa May is deluded on Brexit. And soon the Tories will – While the EU 27 defend their national interests, the Brexiteers destroy ours: their vision of economic utopia cannot fend off the cold facts of economic reality“.
An example of how the EU 27 and the Commission will proceed relates to the Brexit bill. See this in the Financial Times: “Brussels hoists gross Brexit ‘bill’ to €100bn – France and Germany back tougher approach to Britain’s departure obligations“.
The Financial Times also has this about the view of Brexit Secretary David Davis: “David Davis says it is not up to Brussels to set Brexit rules – Brexit secretary says UK is not a supplicant in negotiations”
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC writes in the Guardian: “You can’t just cut and run from Europe, Theresa May – it’s illegal – If the prime minister thinks she she can retain the best bits of the European Union without any of the obligations, she really is living in another galaxy“.
An example of how to upset every EU Government is here in the Guardian: “May expected to challenge right of EU citizens to bring family to Britain – EU negotiation guidelines put Brussels and London on collision course over issue of non-European spouses after Brexit“.
If Prime Minister May thinks she is going to get that past the EU-27 Member States, or the EU Commission, or the EU Parliament, then one has to consider that she may have succumbed to some kind of delusional “folie de grandeur“, perhaps triggered by the sight of a Polski Sklep shop in her constituency.
State of the Parties
The latest YouGov/Sunday Times voting intention figures show the Conservatives on 44% and Labour on 31%, giving the Tories a 13 point lead (polling for 24-27 April) – Elsewhere the Liberal Democrats are on 11%, with UKIP on 6%. Votes for other parties stand at 8%. The Scottish figures are : Voting intention (Scotland): SNP 41%, Con 28%, Lab 18% (24-27 Apr).