May draws to a fitful close

But Theresa clings on to the No 10 doorstep with teeth and fingernails while her Tory party try to pry it from her grasp. It’s perfectly understandable why Tories on either side of the Brexit debate are fed up with May. She’s created, single-handedly, what is likely to go down in history as the most shambolic political and economic disaster in the UK. And turned Britain into a world class laughingstock.

Any reasonable prime minister – e.g. David Cameron – when faced with such a cataclysmic debacle, would have slunk off to the deepest, darkest coalshaft still open in post-industrial Britain and stayed there. May simply ignores the news that British Steel has collapsed thanks largely to her Brexit fiasco, and looks keen for more catastrophes.

It’s almost like she still wants to be prime minister when the ghoulish Donald Trump makes his state visit at the beginning of June. Though frankly, I can’t imagine anything better calculated to make Theresa look worse than she actually is than shaking Trump’s orange fingers on those tiny little hands.

Looks like Farage is going to be the big winner in the EU parliamentary elections, though the actual result won’t be announced till polls have closed in Europe on Sunday night. (I would say the rest of Europe, but it’s hard to tell these days. Tories can’t even organise a cross channel ferry carrier post Brexit.) Fair enough the EU election is seen largely as a protest vote, with the Tories slipping very close to single figures in the projected result. Probably wouldn’t be reflected in a general election where other issues count. I must say, however, that the literature I got from Labout concerning this election was a diatribe against Farage and nationalism, while that from the Tories was just a diatribe against the SNP – neither party had anything to say about the EU – so who knows what issue would dominate one.

What does the Farage/Brexit vote mean? While we won’t have a definitive answer till everythnng finally washes out and we achieve the virtue of hindsight, there are some suggestions.

First, he’s polling a regular 35% of likely voters, one third of the voting public. That seems to be the base core of nationalistic, white bigots who resent immigrants because they aren’t, well, British. That’s a disturbingly large minority. A lot of these (though likely not all) will be racist and/or fascist as well. Most usually vote Tory and it’s likely the lesson learned by the Tory party is they need to swing towards a racist right to fend off Farage’s likely general election challenge. That isn’t good news for anyone in the UK, British or otherwise, except maybe the Adolph wannabees. We need racial equality to be above politics.

Second, he’s probably polling about as high as he will ever get. That means that 65% of Britons are at the very least, willing to live and let live. That’s not nearly good enough, in my view, but at least it’s a start, though we should have been a long way forward from this start after so many decades of European membership, since we joined in 1973.

Denmark, Ireland and Britain joined the EEC in 1973, after Charles de Gaulle’s resignation in 1969. Under the Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, there was aUK referendum on continued membership of the EEC in 1975. The electorate voted ‘Yes’ by 67.2% to 32.8% to stay in Europe.

Strange, we heard nothing against having a second referendum on British membership in 2016 from the leavers, yet now they want us to think a third referendum is inconceivable! Astonishing. But at least, Farage’s support today is not much greater than it would have been then in the 1960s and 70s, the years of the National Front and other racist and fascist rumblings.

What Britain really needs is an end to Brexit as well as an end to May – Theresa, that is. Nothing good, sacred or of any worth lies down a nationalistic, racist and fascist path. Never has and never will.

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