Theresa May’s tactic for pushing her shambolic and unpopular Brexit deal through parliament is now stark-staringly obvious.
She humiliated Britain on the world stage by delaying the Brexit vote simply because she knew she was going to lose it, and now we’re going to get a steady drip drip drip of “no deal” Brexit fear-mongering for a month in the hope that it frightens MPs into backing her lamentable shambles of a deal.
- Drip, we’re announcing that we’re going to waste another £4.2 billion on “no deal” planning.
- Drip, we’re planning to turn Kent into a giant lorry park because of the customs chaos we’re going to deliberately inflict at the border.
- Drip, were buying £millions worth of fridges to stockpile medical supplies.
- Drip, we’re spending another wodge of public cash on sending out fear-mongering letters telling British businesses to prepare for the worst.
- Drip, we’re planning to put soldiers on the streets to quell the inevitable “no deal” looting and riots.
Drip, drip, drip all the way through Christmas, until some as yet unspecified date in the middle of January when she may or may not allow the meaningful Brexit vote to go ahead (depending on whether she thinks she can win it).
Holding the entire nation to ransom like this for a month is despicable, and over Christmas too.
So even if we’re lucky enough to be financially insulated enough to not even worry about the risk to the economy or the risk to our own jobs, or the risk of laying employees off because “no deal” Brexit has trashed our small business, Christmas dinner is going to end up getting ruined anyway by Brexit-bickering between people who actually enjoy this kind of insane Tory brinkmanship in order to fear-monger support for a terrible deal, and the rest of us who despise it.
This game of brinkmanship is a blatant ‘project fear’ strategy, but it’s not even a competent one.
Who on earth could imagine that a coherent ‘project fear’ propaganda strategy would involve throwing away your parliamentary majority in an unprecedented display of political hubris, having not one but two Brexit secretaries resign in protest at your plans, becoming the first government in UK history to be held in contempt of parliament, humiliating Britain by chickening out of a scheduled parliamentary vote because you knew you were going to lose it, rushing around Europe to be told “no”, “no”, “no” and “no again” by national leaders and EU diplomats who are utterly sick of your time-wasting and contradictory nonsense, and then topping it off by welcoming an alleged rapist back into the Tory fold with open arms so you can survive an internal party vote of no confidence?
She threw her own parliamentary majority away in a totally needless gamble, and now people are actually trusting her with this extraordinarily high-risk gamble with the entire future of our nation?
Even if you do agree with the bloody dangerous game of cliff edge walking brinkmanship Theresa May is playing, surely the last person you’d entrust such a ridiculous gamble to someone as stubborn, egotistical, selfish, cowardly, strategically inept, and downright incompetent as her?