Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Hrothbern, Mar 22, 2019.
Making all this Brexit mess and then just bailing on the British people like this. Hilarious.
In that respect, she's better than David Cameron at least, who resigned the day after the referendum and was out of office a mere three weeks later.
The UK might not pass the necessary legislation to decouple from the EU, but the EU already has the legislation to decouple the UK from it once the extension expires. The UK might still have to follow EU regulations, because their own laws say so, but the EU would still start to require custom checks on everything entering the EU from the UK. Any responsible parliament would then go on to pass legislation to rectify this asymmetry one way or the other.
All a Brextremist PM would have to do would be to sabotage any possible deal or extension and he'd get a hard Brexit unless Parliament takes drastic actions (like vote of no confidence, revoking Article 50, reviving May's deal). And I suspect that only a vote of no confidence does have a realistic chance of succeeding. If timed correctly, it may be to late to get a new PM and there is no PM to negotiate an extension, so the UK leaves by default.
I see on the Beeb article that she claimed to be ‘the second female PM, but certainly not the last’.
No. Don't you dare suddenly pretend to be a feminist after all that your administration has perpetrated.
Owen Jones has written an obituary for Theresa May's disastrous premiership. Here goes:
Feel no pity for Theresa May. She has been the worst prime minister in modern times
Deceit and dishonesty were hallmarks of her doomed reign. From her Brexit dealings to the Windrush scandal, she has failed
Spare me the inevitable pity for Theresa May after her tearful farewell address this morning. “Oh, wasn’t she given such a terrible hand!”, people might cry, or “is it her fault that her backbenchers are such a bunch of Neanderthal extremists?”, and “it’s not her fault Brexit is such an undeliverable mess, is it?”. We must see through this. May is the worst prime minister – on their own terms – since Lord North’s reign in the late 18th century, when the US colonies declared their independence.
May did indeed inherit a terrible hand. She then proceeded to douse it liberally with petrol and set it alight.
Let’s start with Brexit. The official leave campaigns, and their vitriol about migrants and refugees, merely built on the foundations laid by a home secretary who sent “go home” vans around mixed communities, who spread pernicious myths of being unable to deport illegal migrants because they owned a pet cat, and under whose watch gay refugees felt obliged to film themselves having sex to avoid deportation. There is only one discernible consistency in May’s ideology – and that is bashing migrants.
When she became prime minister, May and her coterie of advisers – defined by a swagger and bravado that would swiftly become hubris – hungrily set their eyes on devouring Ukip’s voting tally in the 2015 election in order to hand the Tories the landslide victory they’d been denied for three decades. “No deal is better than a bad deal,” became her defining mantra, raising expectations to impossible levels and conferring respectability, desirability even, on a disastrous Brexit outcome: the chutzpah, then, of quoting Nicholas Winton when he said, “compromise is not a dirty word”, in her farewell speech.
Her allies in the media set about monstering her opponents, poisoning the well of political discourse: the notorious “ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE” Daily Mail front page was penned by James Slack, who promptly became her press secretary. The May premiership will be remembered for creating an environment where terms like “traitor” and “saboteur” became commonplace. She, too, deliberately stoked a culture war that threatens to consume Britain, most notoriously in her demagogic “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere,” speech. She appointed Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, antagonising the EU states with whom she needed to strike a deal and reducing Britain further to the status of a laughing stock.
For purely domestic partisan gain, she repeatedly made inflammatory speeches about the EU that achieved nothing but fostered bad will. Her chancellor, Philip Hammond, made threats that if Britain did not get what it wanted, the government would undercut the EU in a race to the bottom of tax cuts and deregulation. This was not just a commitment to repeal the hard-won rights and freedoms of the British people, but a near declaration of war on what are supposed to be Britain’s partners. But whatever her demagoguery, whatever her laughable empty platitudes of a “red, white and blue Brexit”, May had no meaningful plan at all, other than undeliverable red lines. She couldn’t negotiate a deal with her own party, let alone with 27 foreign governments.
Holding back tears, May ended her speech describing “the enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love”, but her real commitment was only to her party. She promised over and over again that she would not call a general election, but believing she had the opportunity to obliterate her opposition and turn Britain into a de facto one-party state, she broke her word. Deceit and dishonesty were the hallmarks of her doomed reign. When the Tories had their majority snatched away, May became a zombie prime minister: sadly, as any avid watcher of the genre can testify, zombies can cause a lot of damage, and are very hard to dispose of.
Having hyped up “no deal is better than a bad deal”, May led Britain to the entirely predictable humiliation of a bad deal. That her party’s zealots increasingly embraced pushing Britain off the precipice was unsurprising: she kept throwing them red meat, and they had only grown fatter and hungrier.
But it’s not just Brexit, for we must judge a prime minister by her own promises. When she fatefully assumed the premiership, she declared war on the “burning injustices” she correctly identified had paved the road to Brexit. And then, in the subsequent three years, she oversaw the biggest jump in child poverty for three decades; a housing crisis which has only worsened; the rollout of a universal credit system which is a life-destroying disaster. The Grenfell fire will endure as a reminder of a social order built by Toryism which prioritises money over human life. The Windrush scandal – in which British citizens were denied medical care, kicked out of their homes and even deported from their own country – will remain a salutary lesson of where the migrant-baiting May promoted leads. The surge in violent crime will always testify to the disastrous consequences of the austerity May herself championed.
And however more insular Britain has become, let’s not forget May’s foreign policy record, either: whether it be selling weapons to Turkey’s murderous regime, or arming and backing a Saudi dictatorship that has rained British weapons on Yemen, slaughtering thousands of innocents and creating the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. If you wish to spend a moment expending valuable human sympathy, do it not for May – do it for them.
The only leeway I will give May is this. With Britain in turmoil, it will be so easy for the Tory party to claim this is all on her; to treat her as a human sponge, soaking up all the blame. But to paraphrase George Osborne – himself one of the chief architects of the chaos of our time – they are all in this together. They all imposed cuts that ripped up our social infrastructure and fuelled discontent and anger. They all whipped up resentment against migrants for the “burning injustices” they, and their party’s wealthy bankrollers, were responsible for. They all promoted an ideology which prioritises markets ahead of human needs and aspirations.
The May era was a time of chaos; but something worse now beckons. Until Britain is rid of being ruled by a disintegrating Tory party – the proximate cause of our ills – and a rotten social order that decays further with every passing day, then the turmoil will not only continue but deepen. What a legacy to leave.
I'd forgotten about the Go Home vans, myself.
I see that Owen Jones is also torching May's turd sandwich.
The best comment I've seen on the succession is that this (the spoilered image below) is the Charge of the Right Brigade.
At least David Hameron realized his uselessness and scarpered before wasting time. The Maybot wasted months trying to polish a turd that she knew nobody wanted and then faffed around before literally begging the European Union an extension in the hope somebody else would come up with a better idea. It is a high bar to be more useless than Corbyn, but somehow, the Maybot managed.
I think i only recognize five of those critters. Boris, Gove, that global trade deal/Singapore guy whose name i forget, Sajid (who looks even worse in this cartoon...) and Rudd.
Where is the Mogg? Also, is the woman in pink clothes supposed to be May?
edit: i also have seen the one who looks like the SVU detective in that old tv show, but don't know his name either.
The average Brexit voter is over fifty and lives in the suburbs. I can't see them putting a brick through a window.
Pretty sure May is the smoke currently evaporating from the chimney.
I'm guessing that the other Tories are lined up in order of 'likelihood to succeed May', hence BoJo is at the front of the queue...
By good tradition of nationalism the older people drink beer and wine, and talk about "glory".... and the young people, with their whole life in front of them, are send to the battlefields to waste their blood and lifes.
I would wish I could easily find some nice pictures, to post here, of the local pubs and beerhouses I saw on that gathered once of the period of WW1.
Yes, obvious (unless it was about a previous tory leadership race). I just couldn't think of anyone else looking like that but May.
Also what made me question if the cartoon was about now (and not a past tory leadership race) was the absence of Mogg.
Thank you both for your prompt and forthright replies.
I had wondered what the actual practice was across the water,
but I had no time then to search for articles and google translate
I am now undecided whether to blame:
(a) UK Euro-syncophants unecessarily bending over backwards in their desire to please
(these are the ones who gold plated other legistlation without considering its extra costs).
(b) UK Euro-imperialists who see the EU as a sort of substitute for the British Empire
(The UK should be at the heart of Europe, take the lead and reform the EU nonsense sort)
such that current domestic rules should automatically apply to European Elections.
Possbly due to a combination of both.
You do have to participate in the bargaining process with an open mind for the characteristics of all other players in that process. Diplomats & sherpas.
And not to forget a chain of trust between those diplomats & sherpas and leading politicians that must be willing to learn from them & do not overrule the experts the first moment that they "themselves" get into action (entrenching themselves in newsmedia statements before having a clue into what they engage into. Not only an issue BTW of UK politicians).
To get the most out of a piece of machinery you have to know what it can and where it makes sense to kick it.
The same with complex regulation systems and administrations, whether applied at national and EU level... or big civil society organisations or (big) companies.
Here an article (in the election avalanche here on the EU related to other EU members) on how Denmark "handled" the EU.
IDK if you can open that link in google translate mode, but if so well worth reading.
(clears throat) sycophants
Or it could just be down to over-protective lawyers.
After the US we are the most litigious country in the world.
So, is it known/estimated what the results will be?
I heard something about the Brexit party being at 35%. Pretty serious.
Nobody in the UK bothered to do an exit poll or If they did they aren't allowed share it under UK law.
We won't know until the results are published after 10 this evening.
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