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!