The Wicked Witch is still in Denial
The Evening Standard yesterday, had coverage of the Wicked Witch’s statement outside No 10, after her audience with HM the Queen: “‘Queen of denial’ Theresa May vows to govern for next five years“. Below is an extract:-
A shattered Theresa May stood outside No 10 today and claimed to offer “certainty” after an election fiasco that shredded her authority. She looked sombre on a day she was forced into a deal with Northern Ireland MPs to save her from an ignominious departure from Downing Street. With no humility on display, Mrs May declared: “Having secured the largest number of votes it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the certainty and legitimacy commanding a majority in the House of Commons.” With husband Philip at her side, she ignored the weakening of her position and vowed to govern for the next five years. Her statement ended: “Let’s get to work.”
The Guido Fawkes blog had this: “May in Denial Delivers Tone Deaf Victory Speech with No Mention of Dire Result”
On the Conservative Woman blog, Andrew Tettenborn wrote this: “May is now only a caretaker PM”
Even The Times had something to say from behind its paywall: “May has no one to blame but herself”
This morning the influential Conservative Home blog had this: “Conservative MPs do not believe that May can lead them into the next election. Nor, reluctantly, do we.” It is a damning account but well worth reading.
And this is the failed leader who is proposing to go to Brussels to negotiate the terms on which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.
The Observer (Guardian) has this:-
“Theresa May’s plan to govern with DUP support thrown into confusion – No 10 announces deal has been reached, but is then forced to backtrack after Democratic Unionists say negotiations are continuing“;
and this: “Tory-DUP alliance: 500,000 people sign petition against Conservative deal with the Democrat Unionists in 24 hours – Theresa May criticised over potential allies’ record on women’s and LGBT rights“;
The Evening Standard has this: “Theresa May is ‘a dead woman walking’, says George Osborne“. That was a comment on the Andre Marr Show this morning.
But the Evening Standard also has 2 day old op ed: “The best leaving present Theresa May can give us is a route to stability, writes Matthew d’Ancona”
Torygraph Telegraph had this op ed yesterday: “I am astonished: the British voters might just have saved us from a crazy hard Brexit”
Salus populi suprema lex esto
Every schoolboy/schoolgirl (or Prime Minister) knows (or should know) that this maxim was propounded by Cicero (De Legibus – book III, part III, sub. VIII) and adopted by Locke (Second Treatise on Government) and Hobbes ( Leviathan, Chapter 30). It appears on the arms of numerous UK cities, towns and boroughs such as: Salford, Lewisham, Eastleigh, Harrow, Lytham St. Anne’s, Tipton, Mid Sussex, West Lancashire, Swinton and Pendlebury, Urmston and Willenhall.
With the Brexit vultures: Gove, Johnson, Davis, Fox, and other Brexiteers plotting against her, has the time not come for Teresa May to consider how to generate a cross-party solution to the Brexit problem?
A “Soft Brexit” solution might well be acceptable on a free vote to (1) Scottish Conservatives, (2) Liberal Democrats, (3) Scottish Nationalists, (3) Plaid Cymru, (4) the Green, as well as to (4) the DUP (5) Conservative Remainers, (6) Labour Remainers and (7) the Government of Gibraltar.
While even the thought of a Soft Brexit might upset Rupert Murdoch, Aaron Banks, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, not to mention the Wicked Witch herself, a Soft Brexit might be welcomed by financial services providers in the City of London, by industries such as Airbus, Honda, Nissan and Toyota and other exporters, by UK citizens at home and overseas, and by the European Union. But how do we get there with the Wicked Witch and her Brexit Clowns?
It may be time to have recourse to the current members of the Privy Council who are, after all, the “the Great and the Good” of the nation. It ought not to be impossible to compose a cross party Committee of Privy Councillors, perhaps with a retired Judge as Chairman, to enquire and report to Parliament on a possible consensus on the Brexit process.
At least that would be an improvement on the Witch and her Brexit Clowns.