Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 18, 2019

UK Being Failed By An Old Grey Stuffed Donkey?

Chancellor Philip Hammond, also known by friends, foe, and the press as Eeyore  a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, old grey stuffed donkey, who has assured his big-business buddies that there won’t be a no deal Brexit, is proof positive that Theresa May’s Government is controlled by a cabal of Remainers who are blatantly ignoring the wishes of the British public.

Their actions once again hand all the negotiating aces to the EU, which now has confirmation that it does not need to offer any new concessions over Brexit. The incompetence of this Government is staggering.

Yet, “Chaotic useless bickering rudderless floundering humiliated Tories slump to six-point lead over Labour” tweeted one of the parliamentary lobby’s wittiest members, Matt Chorley, in response to the latest YouGov poll on Monday.

And other political reporters add “One reason for this lead is undoubtedly Corbyn, who is losing his cuddly image. His lack of leadership over antisemitism in the Labour party has rightly struck home, resonating more strongly with the electorate than previous attacks, and voters are beginning to lose patience with his continued refusal to clarify Labour’s own Brexit strategy. Were Labour to be led by a more prime ministerial figure, the Conservatives’ support would undoubtedly fall.

“But another reason for the Tory lead is that, beyond the SW1 bubble, many voters respect the Prime Minister for her diligence and understand the constraints that she is working under. After all, Britain has a rich history of strong female leaders in turbulent times, women who were prepared to knuckle down and get the job done in challenging circumstances.

“It is a mistake to extrapolate political trends from personal anecdotes, but I was struck over the holidays, spending time with family and friends in Yorkshire, at the warmth towards May. One of the key political influences in my life was my late grandfather, who owned a shop after serving in the army, and imbued political opinions in me in the 1980s that you might expect from the owner of a small business.

“Later in his life, when the EU issue became more prominent, he became a eurosceptic and voted Leave alongside 58 per cent of people in Yorkshire”.

To paraphrase the appalling Edward Heath who said
“There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice independence and sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified”,

we might conclude that

“There are some remainers in this country who fear that leaving the EU will be to recover our independence and sovereignty, and have no more of the vassal state we have become. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely justified”.

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