As we stumble towards a disastrous exit from the EU with drastic consequences for the future it would be good to think that a dedicated group of government politicians had things in hand; that their priority was firmly fixed on negotiating a good deal for us; that their focus was unflinchingly set on the most important issue that has beset us since the Second World War. Unfortunately that is not the case. Their attention is instead focussed on in-fighting, power and leadership issues. Instead of putting the country first they are putting their own lust for power and the Tory Party first.
It is a disaster.
But then nothing changes. The whole European issue has been a fiasco.
The referendum and Brexit has been brought about through a power struggle in the Tory Party and the Tories putting themselves and their Party above the good of the British people.
- First instance – Cameron and Osborne and the right wing anti-Europe faction.
The Tory Party was hopelessly split. The Right Wing continually wanted out of Europe and would go to any lengths to bring it about. They brought down the Major government and were causing trouble in the Cameron government.
Coming up to the general election the party was fractured and election defeat loomed. In order to stop the in-fighting and temporarily unite the party to fight the election Cameron promised them a referendum (complacently thinking that they would lose and it would shut them up for a bit).
They were elected (against the odds with a majority – Cameron really hoping for another coalition where he could not hold a referendum and blame that on the Lib-Dems) and he had to go through with his stupid promise.
That referendum was not called for the good of the country but rather the good of the Tory Party.
2. The appalling Referendum Campaign
Cameron and Osborne were supremely confident, safe within their Westminster/London bubble, of winning. They fought a disastrous negative campaign. Where were all the positives of staying in? Where were the huge benefits of cooperation for fighting terrorism, fighting crime, science, the environment, energy, global warming, pollution, city redevelopment, farming, the economy, trade? Why weren’t the benefits of immigration spelt out? – The NHS doctors and nurses, the welfare workers, the care home workers, the seasonal agricultural workers? Why were their massive contributions to the economy and our way of life not highlighted? Why wasn’t it all spelt out? Why weren’t the Brexiteers pulled to bits over their lies? Where were the costs of extracting ourselves? Why weren’t the details made clear?
3. Cameron and Osborne washing their hands of it.
After the disastrous vote Cameron and Osborne baled out to take up their hugely lucrative lives, leaving the Tory Party in the hands of the Right Wing lunatics – Rees-Mogg, Liam Fox, David Davis, IDS – who gleefully set off down the road to extreme realisation of their twisted dreams.
Once again the Tory politicians were selfishly putting personal gain before the good of Britain. In the wake of Cameron and Osborne all the more liberal views of the Tory Party were steamrollered aside without opposition. They had abandoned ship for personal gain.
4. The belligerent extreme Brexit position of the Right-Wingers ignored half the country.
Totally ignoring the views of half the electorate and the moderate wing of their own party, May and her heinous band set about arrogantly upsetting Europe and infuriating half of the population who were passionate about Europe. No compromise was considered.
5. The Pushing of the Button.
The Tory Party was still hopelessly split and the moderate faction was beginning to come out of its stunned stupor and raise its head. That was when Theresa May stupidly made the first of her major errors.
Pushing the exit button was as calamitous as launching a nuclear missile. It set the clock ticking towards a slow-motion detonation.
The mistake was not to negotiate a consensus within her party before pressing the button. She mistakenly thought that once the deed was done the moderates would tamely fall into line; they would realise that there was no way back and shut up. They didn’t. The voices of dissent within the Tory Party were growing.
That was when she made her second major error.
6. Calling the General Election.
In order to gain credibility within her party and stifle dissent, Theresa May called a General Election. Beset with the same complacency as Cameron and Osborne she believed she would romp it. Her renewed power would gag the opposition in her own party. The calling of the election was yet another example of putting the good of the Tory Party above that of the country and it backfired horribly.
7. The Election Campaign.
The Right-Wingers were so supremely confident of victory and disparaging of Corbyn that they felt able to pack their manifesto with all manner of nasty policies aimed at grabbing from the poor, the pensioners, public services, the disabled and a large section of their own support base. They thought they could sneak it through – to rob from the poor to give more tax cuts to the rich and cut corporation tax.
Their overconfidence and extreme nastiness was their undoing. The terrible campaign reduced her power. The gamble failed miserably.
Failing to put the country first had made Theresa May a lame duck – a dead man walking as Osborne snidely labelled her.
8. Tory Power Struggle.
Instead of uniting, sorting a clear strategy and focussing on the future of the country, the Tory Party is once again embroiled in in-fighting, power struggles and knifings as the put their own lust for power above the needs of the country.
It is a litany of deceit, betrayal, selfishness, greed, dogma and lust for power that is putting the future of the country in jeopardy. The clock is ticking. The stance taken by the Tories is extreme, uncompromising and failing. There is still no consensus. There is still no strategy and far from trying to come together they are pulling themselves apart with no sign of any leader who could possibly unite the warring factions or provide a clear strategy for Brexit. We are stumbling towards a cliff edge. Theresa May has clearly imploded and is manifestly only still in post because there is no sign of a credible alternative leader. The Party has effectively collapsed. The death throes are visible as it wrenches itself apart. Even the economy is going pear-shaped. But the clock is ticking and nobody has any faith in the current incompetent negotiation team. David Davies is a second-rate car-salesman out of his depth. It is a frightening scenario that is making the rest of Europe gleeful.
The future of the country has become secondary – a distant second at that. Is anybody working on it? Do any of them care about the country at all? It seems to me that the Tory Party only care about the Tory Party. The country can go to the wolves.