The Blame Game

Who to blame?

Rebel Tory politicians have begun their preparations in earnest against a no-deal Brexit. The most important part of these preparations, of course, is deciding who to blame when it doesn’t happen.

The plan appears to be as follows. The Conservatives will blame the EU, for not offering a good enough deal. Labour will blame the Conservatives, for not getting a good enough deal. The Lib Dems will blame Labour, for failing to prevent a no-deal. Labour will blame the Lib Dems, for refusing to support Labour’s idea to prevent a no-deal. And the Conservatives will blame both Labour and the Lib Dems, for being so obstinately anti-Brexit that they made any kind of deal impossible.

Should we be surprised? Hardly, because there are some other truly crackpot theories out there. One was published by the Irish Times

yesterday. It goes like this. “The Brexit voting cycle is plain to see. The referendum result was 52 per cent for leave and 48 for remain. But the “leave” option was so vague that it in effect combined at least two options. One option is to leave but only with a negotiated deal”.

This is news to me. I didn’t recognise “at least two options” to leave. And the article goes on “Many leave voters were voting for different things. We’ll never know how many leave voters were in each camp, but it’s safe to say that each contained more than 2 per cent of voters. So, while there was no majority for remain, there was no majority for leaving with a deal and no majority for a no-deal Brexit”. But then again, the writer seems not to apply that 2% theory to remainers!

The writer apparently knows that “EU negotiators still have a little something up their sleeves for when the holidays are over. They have to. They’d be criminally negligent if they didn’t. The beauty of that little something is that it’s not yet been made public…So a deal on Brexit is still on the table. This does depend, however, on Johnson realising he’s only pretending to play chicken with Brussels. What he should be doing is listening carefully to his supporters so he can figure out how to spin that little something the EU surely still has up its sleeve, so he can make “winning” it seem like a great victory. When skilled negotiators get to work, everyone walks away a winner”.

And, crackpot theory extraordinaire, the father and mother of all partnerships, that of Father of the Commons Ken Clarke and Mother of the Commons Harriet Harman to lead an emergency government to avoid a no-deal Brexit, according to Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, because they “both command respect across the House” and “they both put public duty first”. Really? Well, 17.4 million leavers might dispute that, it being the case that the Remain fanatic Clarke was a whip for the liar Edward Heath!

2 thoughts on “The Blame Game

  1. stodgey

    If it’s in the Irish Times and it’s an article about the ‘how-very-dare-you’ British deciding to leave the EU Club, then I bet it’s been written by their sneering moaner-in-chief, Fintan O’Toole. Honestly, every article he’s written over the last 3 years in the IT is all the same. He started with an anti-British narrative, but has now refocused to an anti-English bent. Yep, it’s a right wing coup from the Little Englanders says Fintan, every single time.

    And then there’s the proposed ‘Govt of National Unity’, unsurprisingly, stuffed to the gunwales with Continuity Remainiacs. And if these self opinionated clowns ever do form a govt….. well;

    1. westlancashirerecord Post author

      The article was by Michael Laver, but I agree about Fintan O’Toole, a real tool! He recently suggested the seven Sinn Féin MPs will stand down temporarily, triggering byelections in Foyle, West Tyrone, Fermanagh & South Tyrone, Mid Ulster, Newry and Armagh, South Down and West Belfast. A pact among all the anti-Brexit parties in Northern Ireland – Sinn Féin, the SDLP, Alliance and the Greens, would agree to fix easy wins for one party. The candidates would commit themselves to respecting Sinn Féin’s policy of abstention on all issues except the ones that pertain to Brexit and the unfolding crisis. What would it lose? Just some money. The party would be unable to claim, for a short time, the £100,000 (€109,000) or so in expenses it gets from Westminster annually. And that itself is a scandal almost unknown in the UK


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