commons can’t vote down your brexit deal if commons can’t vote on your brexit deal
commons can’t vote down your brexit deal if commons can’t vote on your brexit deal
Some people are terrible at maths. If you add all the Labour, SNP, Lib-Dem, Plaid Cymru, and Green MPs together they’re clearly outnumbered by the Tories plus the DUP, but some people still seem to imagine that Theresa May would lose a parliamentary confidence vote.
Yes Theresa May’s cowardice is utterly despicable; Yes her decision to postpone the Brexit vote was an affront to parliamentary democracy and a national humiliation on the world stage to boot; Yes she’s brazenly prioritising her own career over the best interests of the nation by selfishly clinging onto power for as long as possible; And yes her decision to shove a subordinate (David Liddington) into the parliamentary pit of fury at her despicable actions to go around Belgium and the Netherlands doing fake busywork further underlines the her absolute shamelessness.
But a vote of no confidence at this point would be a massively self-defeating waste of time and effort from everyone who is opposed to Tory rule, and everyone who is opposed to the Tory Brexit farce.
The reason is obvious.The DUP sectarians she bribed into propping up her government after her spectacularly failed hubris election have her exactly where they want her. Weak, desperate, unpopular, and absolutely dependent on their support.
They’re essentially holding the Prime Minister hostage until she caves into their demands, so why on earth would they throw this advantageous position away by backing a vote of no confidence in her and toppling her government?
Why would they release the hostage without the payoff?
When Theresa May and the Tories decided to bribe the DUP bigots into propping them up last year they clearly had absolutely no idea what they were getting themselves into.
Presumably they imagined that it would be just like the Lib-Dem coalition all over again. A weak and pathetic minor party to use as lobby fodder to push through all kinds of vile and deeply illiberal legislation (austerity dogma, social security cuts, school privatisation, secret courts, the gagging law, NHS sell-off, Bedroom Tax, hostile environment, wage repression, tuition fees hike …) then using them as willing human shields at the 2015 General Election to soak up the furious public backlash.
The DUP aren’t a bunch of directionless power-hungry wets who would betray their supporters and reverse their principles just for a tiny taste of second hand Tory power. They’re ruthless ideologically driven fanatics on the right-wing fringe of the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.
Expecting them to cave in on their British unionist fanaticism like the Lib-Dems caved in on tuition fees and electoral modernisation is an absurd fantasy, and expecting them to just give up the unprecedented position of strategic advantage they’ve obtained is farcically naive.
Expecting any Tory MPs to put the national interest ahead of their own narrow party political interests is perhaps even more naive (especially given Anna Soubry’s admission that she’d much rather inflict the economic ruination of Tory Brexit on the UK than give Labour a shot at political power).
The likes of Vince Cable, Chuka Umunna, Nicola Sturgeon, Caroline Lucas and the rest of the people calling for a futile confidence vote must be aware that surviving a confidence vote would actually give Theresa May a helping hand out of the Brexit shit pit she’s dug for herself, and keep her appalling threat of a “no deal” meltdown on the table.
They’re not idiots. They’ve shared the halls and chambers of power with the DUP bigots. they know what these ideological fanatics are like in person. And Nicola Sturgeon has witnessed the belligerent and unyielding face of hard-right British nationalism in person north of the border.
They should all know better.
None of them can possibly believe the DUP would give up the incredibly advantageous position they’ve worked themselves into. So what the hell are they playing at trying to help Theresa May win a confidence vote that would obviously be paraded around in the Tory press as a vindication of her appalling false dichotomy between her awful Brexit deal and her malicious threat to launch a “no deal” socio-economic catastrophe in retaliation if it’s rejected?
Why are they playing the absurdly risky game of putting their faith in a bunch of ruthless hardline sectarian bigots, and a desperately futile appeal to Tories put the interests of the nation above the interests of their own political party?
It just doesn’t make any sense.
The best way to understand May’s Brexit predicament is to imagine, instead, that 52% of the country voted for the government to build a battleship out of chocolate.
Everybody deep down knows it’s not remotely going to work but enough idiots were stupid enough to want it so she has to at least try and keep those morons happy to save her own skin because if she doesn’t the ‘United Kingdom Chocolate Battleship’ party will bounce back in the polling or something.
It’s an unfeasible waste of everybody’s time and money that serves no purpose but because enough idiots decided it was vitally necessary we’re all stuck with the stupid fucking thing.
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Theresa May’s last-minute efforts to postpone the meaningful Brexit vote are an absolute humiliation for Britain.
Just think back to her bombastic Lancaster House speech in early 2017 and how she unveiled her bad faith threat-based negotiating tactic of threatening to explode a ruinous “no deal” economic bomb under Britain and the EU if she didn’t get her own way.
Threats; ridiculous red-lines; squandered leverage; continual appeasement of the ERG Brextremists in the Tory ranks; throwing away her parliamentary majority in her monumentally hubristic vanity election; repeatedly defying democratic accountability to the point of becoming the first government ever to be declared in contempt of parliament; running the whole Brexit show as a closed Tory shop with no input from opposition parties, devolved parliaments, UK business leaders, trade unions, academicas and experts, civic society, or anyone but her closed clique of Tory mates …
Theresa May’s appalling blend of authoritarianism and incompetence was always a recipe for disaster, but the Tories lapped it up in delight, and an astounding 13.6 million people flocked to the polls in June 2017 to actively endorse this hard-right, ultranationalist, and above all diplomatically incompetent farce.
Then in order to convince MPs to back the hopeless shambles she eventually cobbled together at the last minute she cynically resorted to threatening the anti-Brexit MPs with a ruinous “no deal” meltdown if they didn’t support her (a “no deal” threat which she came up with in the first place!), whilst simultaneously threatening the pro-Brexit MPs with the possibility of “no Brexit” if they didn’t support her!
But as the date of the meaningful vote approached, it became clear that only the Tory party ultra-loyalists were prepared to support it, so in a monumental act of cowardice she moved to delay the vote rather than face losing it.
This unbelievably cowardly decision reveals the pure self-interest that Theresa May is driven by. Her only instinct is to shamelessly defy the national interest by selfishly cling onto power for as long as possible.
It’s clearly in the national interest to clear Theresa May’s unpopular, unworkable, bad faith, threat-based, Tory shambles of a deal off the negotiating table and try a different approach, but she won’t let it happen because she knows it would be absolutely the final straw for her tenure as Prime Minister.
But what’s worse that Theresa May desperately trying to sideline parliamentary democracy and defy the national interest to keep clinging to power like a limpet composed of pure selfishness, is that she’s behaving in this despicable manner in front of the entire world.
The EU 27 have been patiently waiting for the Tories to sort their act out for 30 tedious months, and then when it comes to the crunch, Theresa May puts her own self interest above the everything else and delays the vote.
Having our political leader cynically move the goalposts out of pure selfishness like this in front of the eyes of the world is an unprecedented humiliation for Britain.
So I hope the 13.6 million of you who flocked to the polls last year to actively endorse Theresa May and the Tories are proud of yourselves for the absolute humiliation you’ve inflicted on out country today.
It’s one historic humiliation after another for Theresa May, but she just keeps clinging onto power.
Last week it was having her government become the first in history to be found in contempt of parliament over their efforts to hide the legal advice they received on her Brexit proposals.
Today it’s the postponement of the meaningful vote on her Brexit proposals purely because she wants to avoid the humiliation of losing it.
Make no mistake, the meaningful vote was set be one of the most significant parliamentary votes of the Century given that the outcome defines our entire future relationship with our European neighbours.
She’s not just bottled any old parliamentary vote because she’s afraid of losing it (which would be a humiliation in its own right), she’s bottled the single most important parliamentary vote of her entire tenure as Prime Minister!
The self-serving cowardice of it is absolutely extraordinary. Her government spent the last few weeks talking up the importance of the vote and fear-mongering terrible outcomes if she doesn’t get her way (cynically threatening a ruinous “no deal” Brexit to Brexit-sceptics, and a “no Brexit” scenario to the Brexiteers), but when it came to the crunch she just shifted the goalposts to some unspecified date in the future, solely to avoid defeat.
The fact that she’s cynically moved the date of the vote at the last minute for her own personal advantage just proves what a ruthlessly self-serving and manipulative charlatan she is.
Let’s be clear. She’s not delayed the vote for any reason other than her own self-interest.
She knew that if she lost the vote she’d have been left with no choice but to step down and let someone else have a go at fixing the Brexit chaos David Cameron lumbered us with when he decided to gamble the entire future of the nation in order to grub a few thousand votes off UKIP at the 2015 General Election, but she desperately wants to cling onto power for as long as possible.
It’s clearly in the national interest to get the vote out of the way, clear Theresa May’s lamentable proposals off the table, and do it in good time for someone else to have a go at figuring out how to deal with this absolute Tory chaos before the Article 50 notification expires on March 29th.
The European Court of Justice ruling says that the UK can unilaterally withdraw Article 50 without fear of retribution from the EU, and anyone claiming that the EU wouldn’t allow an Article 50 extension to renegotiate once Theresa May and her bad faith threat-based negotiating tactics are out of the way is talking absolute rubbish too.
But Theresa May insists on defying the national interest by shamelessly clinging onto power for as long as she can get away with.
The really sad thing is that this kind of self-serving chaos was always inevitable with an incompetent wannabe-tyrant like Theresa May running the show. Yet when she presented the nation with a fantastic opportunity to get rid of her with her 2017 hubris election, 13.7 million people flocked to the polls to give her the biggest Tory turnout since John Major’s 14 million in 1992!
And as a consequence we all have to sit here and watch her shamelessly clinging onto power for as long as possible when everyone (Remainers, Brexiters and everyone in between) can see that it’s clearly now in the national interest for her to put her own self-interest aside, let her shambolic and astoundingly unpopular Brexit plan fail, and let someone more capable have a go at tidying up this outrageous Tory Brexit mess.
On Sunday December 12th 2018 some 3,000 people attended an extreme-right “Brexit Betrayal” protest in London led by the street thug and convicted fraudster Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson) and the absolute dregs who haven’t yet abandoned UKIP (even former leaders Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttall have recently quit the party in disgust at what it’s become).
Here are 12 things you should know about the protest.
Most of the other speakers barely managed to hold the attention of the crowd because the majority of them were just waiting for their idol “Tommy Robinson” to stick it to the Muslims and immigrants.
Yaxley-Lennon followers don’t give a damn that he’s using a fake name, that he’s a convicted fraudster, that he’s a hate-preacher who has inspired deadly terrorist attacks against innocent people, and they don’t care that he’s living the high life on the back of all of their donations and hundreds of thousands in payments from shady hard-right propaganda outfits in the US who are seeking to destabilise Britain and other developed nations by funding extreme-right agitators.
Yaxley-Lennon has amassed a fortune in donations and used it to build a significant property portfolio, including a large country house in rural Bedfordshire.
Do the people who throw cash at him realise that he’s just siphoning it off to enrich himself?
They probably do realise it, but just don’t care, just like “Tommy” and his extreme-right flock don’t care about all the evidence that the EDL street thug organisation that he founded is absolutely riddled with paedophiles and other sex offenders.
The decline of UKIP
The UKIP leader Gerard Batten was at the demo alongside Yaxley-Lennon, and it just goes to show how far the party has collapsed since their heyday just a few years ago when they won 24 seats at the 2014 European elections (all but 7 of them have subsequently quit the party) and bagged almost 4 million votes at the 2015 General Election.
Now they’ve been reduced to a tiny kernel of ideological extremists pathetically riding on the coat tails of an extreme-right hate preacher and convicted fraudster, and even then only attracting 3,000 people to the event they invested so much time, money, and effort to publicise.
I’m obviously not at all fond of Nigel Farage or his successor Paul Nuttall (to put it mildly), but it’s no surprise that even hard-right cranks like them have quit the party in disgust at what UKIP has become.
3,000 people turned up to the extreme-right Brexit Betrayal protest, an estimated 15,000 turned up to the anti-fascist counter-protest.
It’s clearly not going at all well for the extreme-right if there are five counter-protesters telling them to piss off for every extreme-right supporter at their event.
A noose for Theresa
One of the Brexit Betrayal protesters brought a noose to the protest. When asked why he was carrying it he explained that it was for Theresa May. “That’s for Theresa May, that’s what treasonous people get”.
It’s obviously despicable and barbaric for people to go around calling for their political opponents to be hanged, but then Theresa May and her hack mates in the right-wing propaganda rags bear a lot of responsibility for actively creating this febrile and abusive political environment.
Remember “Crush the Saboteurs”?
Remember the McCarthyite Tory witch hunt against pro-European academics?
Remember when the Daily Mail printed their “enemies of the people” front page and sparked a wave of abuse and death threats against the three High Court judges who ruled against Theresa May’s Brexit power grab because parliament is sovereign?
Well Theresa May actually hired the hack who wrote the “Enemies of the People” article shortly afterwards as her Downing Street press secretary!
Let’s be clear that nobody deserves this kind of vile political abuse, but surely Theresa May and her mates must have had an inkling that their strategy of whipping up such torrents of ultranationalist fervour, hatred, and death threats over Brexit would one day rebound back on them if they ever tried to do anything whatever that went against the wishes of the radical extreme-right Brextremist fringe?
One of the most despicable things about the extreme-right Brexit Betrayal mob is the way they’ve tried to appropriate the yellow high-viz vest thing from the French gilets jaunes movement.
Like them or loathe them (over 70% of French people support them by the way) it’s impossible to deny that the central theme of their movement is anger at economic injustice.
French people are furious that Macron is imposing fuel tax hikes on ordinary people to protect huge corporations (70% of carbon emissions come from 100 of the biggest corporations), and even lavishing a vast tax break on the 1% of wealthiest people in France.
The “no deal” fanatics at the Brexit Betrayal march are protesting in favour of the opposite.
They actually want to trigger an economic meltdown and yet another collapse in British living standards by demanding the most chaotic and economically damaging interpretation possible of the Brexit vote.
Presumably they’re doing this because they’re fully aware that extreme economic deprivation and the rise of extreme-right ideologues and tyrants go hand-in-hand.
It’s an absolute insult to nick the symbolic and effective yellow vests off the French protesters for entirely contradictory purposes.
Aside from all the UKIP propaganda at the Brexit Batrayal March, there were several extremist organisations using the demo as a recruitment opportunity. There were loads of banners and literature and placards from the vile white supremacist Generation Identity movement , and the extreme-right EDL successors the “Democratic Football Lad’s Alliance” were handing out their propaganda too.
Nooses, home made banners full of outright political lies, extreme-right and white supremacist literature and banners are appalling enough, but they pale into insignificance in comparison to this absolutely vile conspiracy theory about the murdered MP Jo Cox.
There is no doubt whatever that Cox was brutally murdered in the street by a “Britain First” screaming extreme-right terrorist who later gave his name in court as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain“.
Just imagine the mindset and motivation of someone who would chose to claim that this murder was some kind of false flag operation by the political establishment to murder one of their own.
The extreme-right inclinations of Jo Cox’s killer is obviously so close to the extreme-right views of the person holding this vile placard that they’d rather promote outrageous and sickening conspiracy lies than accept that the murder was committed by one of their own.
As usual the question needs to be asked, where did this rag-tag band of extreme-right fanatics dig up all the cash to promote and hold this demonstration? Who paid for the publicity? Who paid for the flags and banners? Who paid for the stage and sound equipment?
You’d have to be delusional to think it was Ordinary Joe right-wingers who stumped up the cash given that only 3,000 odd even bothered to turn up. So who was it? Another one of the shady US propaganda outfits who bankroll Yaxley-Lennon, or someone else?
Israel and the British extreme right
On the face of it Zionists and the British extreme-right make extremely odd bedfellows, especially given the history of extreme-right abuse of British Jewish communities (the Battle of Cable Street in 1936, Wood Green in the 1970s) but there were Israeli flags on display amongst the Union flags, pro-Trump propaganda, UKIP banners, and white supremacist placards.
It was always the left (the socialists, the communists, and the anarchists) who stood in solidarity with British Jews against the extreme-right thugs trying to parade through their neighbourhoods, so seeing Israeli flags at extreme-right marches really does induce confusion.
What do Zionists hope to achieve from colluding with the British extreme-right fringe, and what do the extreme-right fringe get out of promoting Zionism?
Everyone with a social media account must have seen at least one Jonathan Pie video. At his peak his brilliant eviscerations of the Tory government were social media gold.
He’s disappeared off the radar a little bit recently, but then he’s re-emerged at the Brexit Betrayal march, getting welcomed like a hero and doing loads of grinning selfies with the Ukippers and Tommy Robinson fanboys.
Is he working on some kind of undercover exposé of the inner workings of the extreme-right fringe, or was he just basking in the adulation of a bunch of extreme-right fanatics?
The Daily Mail hate chamber absolutely loved it
The comments on the Daily Mail article about the Brexit Betrayal march are exactly what you’d expect from the extreme-right echo chamber of hate that the Daily Mail have cultivated.
The top rated comment of all is a declaration of 100% support for ‘Tommy Robinson’. Just imagine offering your uncritical and unyielding 100% support to any political figure, let alone a street thug, wife-beater, and convicted fraudster like Yaxley Lennon!
Most of the other top rated comments praised extreme-right agitators, smeared the left-wing and anti-fascist counter-demonstration, hurled abuse at someone called MacConnell (I think they probably meant the Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell), and spread the usual extreme-right victimhood narratives.
One of the most down rated comments? A concerned Brexiteer saying that Brexit should be about Brexit and sovereignty, not a platform for providing free publicity to criminal extreme-right thugs like Yaxley Lennon.
This collection of 3,000 bigots, racists, ukippers, EDL street thugs, and outright cranks clearly doesn’t represent all of the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit, but then Brexiteers never were a unified group with unified demands.
Unfortunately for those who held their noses and voted alongside the millions of bigots, xenophobes, Ukippers, extreme-right agitators, Britain First followers, EDL street thugs, and the hard-right fringe of the Tory party in favour of Brexit, they’ve got virtually no representation in the mainstream media, meaning this grotesque circus of bandwagon-jumping extreme-right cranks is how they’re’re going to be portrayed unless you start speaking out, condemning this revolting freakshow, and explaining what it is that reasonable Brexiteers like you actually want.
Of course not all Brexiters are racists, but on the evidence of the Brexit Betrayal protest, all the racists are definitely Brexiters.
If you’re an non-racist, no-bigoted, non-fascist Brexiter, are you really going to let this utterly vile mob speak for you?
Are you really going to allow extreme-right agitators and hate preachers to usurp Brexit and use it to promote their disgusting ideology?
Well if you do you’re either dooming your Brexit ambitions to failure, or worse, dooming Britain to a terrifying future of extreme-right demagoguery, ethnic and religious persecution, and extreme repression of political non-conformity.
One of the only arguments I’ve actually heard anyone actually make in favour of your last-minute shambles of a Brexit proposal is that we need to forget that you are a cold-hearted, ruthless, and self-serving Tory and back your Brexit proposal because it wouldn’t be as economically damaging as a “no deal” flounce out of the EU.
This argument has a kernel of truth because the economic chaos of a “no deal” meltdown would undoubtedly be worse than the illogical and almost universally unpopular mess you and your Tory mates have cobbled together.
And we all know that under Tory rule it would be the poor and vulnerable who would be forced to suffer the costs of a “no deal” meltdown (while your mates Rees-Mogg, Redwood and mega-rich speculator class who bankroll your party would actually cash in on the crisis they created by speculating against Britain).
Just look at the way you lot callously loaded the burden of austerity dogma onto poor and ordinary people as you simultaneously lavished tax cuts and handouts on your mega-rich mates (you know the ones who bankroll your party).
But then there are four gaping flaws this argument that ‘we should all pull together and back your rubbish deal because “no deal” would be worse’.
The Closed Tory Shop
If you wanted parliament and the nation to back your deal then you really shouldn’t have run the whole Brexit show as a closed Tory shop for the last two years.
Not only did you deliberately exclude opposition MPs, devolved parliaments, UK business leaders, trade unions, academics and experts, charities, civic society, and everyone else from having a say in the negotiations, but you also fought tooth and nail to sideline parliamentary democracy too.
How many times has your autocratic Brexit scheming been defeated in the courts, and voted down in our sovereign parliament?
How many times did you attempt to hide Brexit impact assessments and legal advice from parliament and the public?
How many times did your chums in the right-wing propaganda rags whip up tidal waves of abuse and death threats against anyone who tried to hold you to account over your dictatorial and self-serving Brexit scheming (judges, academics, opposition MPs, you own damnend Tory MPs …)?
You’ve cynically and deliberately excluded everyone from involvement for the last two years in order to run Brexit purely in the Tory party interest, and now you’ve actually resorted to begging us to get on board to back the absolute farce you incompetent Tories have cobbled together without our involvement!
Sorry Theresa. No. You don’t get to repeatedly exclude everyone else from involvement and then beg us for support because you failed to “crush” the opposition in your ridiculous vanity election.
The only reason that the threat of “no deal” is on the table at all is your stupidly threatening approach to the Brexit negotiations.
You were the one who lobbed the threat of a ruinous “no deal” flounce onto the negotiating table with all of the bravado of a spoilt toddler threatening to deliberately shit their own pants if they don’t get the sweeties they’re demanding.
Of course you need to have a fallback position if the negotiations don’t go the way you want, but threatening to explode a massive economic bomb under the UK in the desperate hope that fear of the collateral damage would drive the EU into caving into your demands is such a woeful display of strategic ineptitude that (despite your obvious limitations) it’s still surprising that it was the best that you could come up with.
And it absolutely beggars belief that your mates in the right-wing propaganda rags actually lavished praise on you for your pathetic toddler-tantrum of a negotiating strategy.
The basis of any competent negotiating strategy would have been to identify areas of mutual agreement (of which there are surely several) in order to develop a reasonable fallback position should the full negotiations end up in deadlock.
That you didn’t work towards a reasonably safe fallback position is bad enough, but that you’re actually using your own hyperbolic threat in order to coerce your fellow citizens into backing the hopeless shambles of a deal you’ve eventually come up with is beyond reprehensible.
Using your own incompetence to your political advantage in this way is so utterly appalling there simply aren’t enough negative adjectives in the English language to accurately describe it.
The next thing to note is that using the threat of a “no deal” meltdown in order to coerce people into supporting your shambles of a deal is a 100% reversal of your previous position.
Don’t you remember your endlessly repeated mantra that “no deal is better than a bad deal”?
Yet now you suddenly want us to believe your new position that your shitty deal is better than a no deal?
How thick do you think we are?
How much contempt towards the rest of us does it demonstrate that you expect us to not even notice that you’ve absolutely and totally reversed your position?
Did you honestly expect nobody to notice?
What the hell are you playing at?
Two better options
The fourth nail in the coffin for the argument that we should support your woeful deal because it’s not as bad as a bad deal is obvious.
If we’re assessing the options on which would be least bad for the British people and the British economy, there are clearly two vastly superior options to the false dichotomy you’re presenting us with.
One is to let someone else have a go at the negotiations. Someone who is prepared to do it in an open, democratic and accountable manner in the national interest, rather than excluding everyone else to do it exclusively for the benefit of their own political party like you did.
Someone who is prepared to set up a wide-ranging Brexit commission, seek political consensus, avoid threats and divisive language, and conduct extensive research into what kind of Brexit the people of Britain actually want from the Brexit they so narrowly voted for in 2016.
If we were to get rid of you and Britain went back to the EU for an extension of Article 50 so that we could negotiate a Brexit-in-the-British-interest rather than a Brexit-in-the-Tory-party-political-interest, it’s highly unlikely they’d say no isn’t it?
The other less harmful option is obviously to remain in the EU and then seek to reform it from within to give Britain (and other member states) more leeway to pursue their own national interests from within the union.
We can all see that you’re deliberately excluding other superior options (“back to square one” / “Remain and reform”) in order to present your second-worst case scenario as better than a worst case scenario derived from your own damned threats.
And we can all see that the only barrier to both of these vastly superior options is you.
Your autocratic power grab has failed. You threw away any chance of forcing your unpopular Tory Brexit through parliament when you gambled your parliamentary majority away in your spectacularly failed vanity election (a cock up you would already have been forced out over if the rest of your party weren’t such abject self-serving cowards).
It’s clearly time for you to step aside and let someone else try to fix this outrageous mess that you and your predecessor Cameron have lumbered us with.
Aside from wishing to see the back of you, I genuinely wish you a quiet retirement that affords you the time to contemplate and truly consider the enormous legacy of damage you and your fellow Tories have wreaked on our nation with your ruinous austerity agenda (that created the wave of public anger that drove the Brexit vote marginally over the line), Cameron’s spectacularly reckless Brexit gamble with the nation’s future, and your self-serving, autocratic, and downright incompetent efforts to deal with the absolute mess your predecessor ran away from.
Tom (and everyone who shares links to this letter on your social media accounts)