Friday, 12 October 2018

The 9th circle



When Theresa May returned to Britain after being humiliated in Salzburg she made a defiant speech where she maintained that she would stand up for Britain and that on certain issues she would not bend.


 She rejected outright that the UK would remain in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Customs Union.

She rejected outright that Britain would be given a free trade agreement but that Northern Ireland would be forced to remain in the Customs Union with in effect a border down the Irish Sea separating the United Kingdom.  

Like many other people I applauded the speech Theresa May made on the 21st of September. My only caveat was that I was unsure that she meant what she said.

The trouble is that since becoming Prime Minister Theresa May has said rather a lot of things and later we have learned that she didn’t mean what she said. She kept saying “Brexit means Brexit”, which must mean that Brexit will be real rather than fake.

In her Lancaster House speech of 17th January 2017 she made clear that the UK would leave both the EU’s Custom’s Union and Single Market. The reason for this is that all of the advantages of Brexit depend on us doing so. These points were reiterated in the Conservative Party Manifesto later in 2017.

But the promises Theresa May made ended up with Chequers. This amounted to promising while crossing her fingers. While under the Chequers proposal the UK would technically leave the Customs Union and Single Market we would have had to mimic both of them. Most of the potential Brexit benefits would once more be slipping through our fingers.  

My one fear was that the EU would accept Chequers, but they rejected it, or at least that was the appearance. Theresa May stood up like some latter day Boadicea and said that she wouldn’t budge.

“Here I stand”, she said, “I can do no other, God help me.”

Metaphorically she said “We will fight them on the beaches”

When leaders make speeches like that it is the duty of citizens to be moved and to rally round.

When Churchill made the speeches he made in 1940, it didn’t matter if you were a Labour supporter, a Liberal or a Tory. Here was our leader at a time of national emergency inspiring us. It was time to put aside party squabbles and come together as one. Everyone apart from a few fascists and Scottish nationalists did just that.

But what would we think of Churchill today if he had told us “We will fight them on the beaches” only to surrender a couple of weeks later?

A leader simply cannot make a speech like Theresa May did in September and then back down. It not only makes them look ridiculous it makes them look cowardly. It’s a betrayal of everyone who listened to the speech and believed her.

The trouble is that Dante is quite right to put those who commit acts of betrayal right in the innermost (9th) circle of Hell.

We must wait and see. Perhaps the EU will reject Theresa May’s plans once more. Perhaps somehow by means of Parliament or by some other means we will end up with a full complete Brexit. But the signs are not looking so good.

The Democratic Unionists are threatening to withdraw support from the Government. It is disgraceful that it has reached the point where they feel the need to do so.

The EU with the connivance of the Republic of Ireland is attempting to in effect annex a part of the United Kingdom. This is the sort of thing you go to war to prevent. Defending our territory from foreign powers is the main reason we have armed forces.

Perhaps the DUP have misunderstood, perhaps they can be bought off, but let’s hope not, there’s a special place in hell too for people who take pieces of silver.

Nothing that might happen in March if there is “no deal” can be worse for our country that betrayal.

We might have a recession if we leave the EU without a deal. It would be worth it. We might have some queues at Dover and the EU might make it a little more difficult for us to go on holiday. It would be worth it. We should be willing to accept almost anything that might happen in order to avoid our Prime Minister breaking her promise to the nation and surrendering. If that happens then Theresa May will have damaged her country more than any Prime Minister in history. She will have betrayed us. She will deserve her place in history. It will be in the innermost circle.

27 comments:

  1. Bravura my friend. Nail on the head

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  2. I *do* like 'bravura'!

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  3. "They all put aside party squabbles and came together as one" If you accept that narrative you are deluding yourself.

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    1. You are right to suggest that the political interactions were rather more nuanced than Effie seems to allow.

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    2. Very well put sir, but unlike you, I never and can never have any trust in #ShariaAppeaserMay she is a most dangerous #euwench and they [the EU] love her for it.

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  4. There *may*, I would hope to reassure Effie, be a way forward from here.

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  5. Insightful as ever, Effie. Keep it up.

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  6. But first we must state the case.
    Effie fears, if I have rightly understood her, that Mrs. Teresa May is, under cover of pretending to negotiate Brexit, pursuing her original aim of preventing it. How, then, can Mrs. May be compelled to do actually that which she falsely claims to be doing?

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  7. The threat of being consigned to the Ninth Circle is evidently insufficient to deter Mrs. May from her present course. Current legal proceedings could impede or even suspend the process of leaving the Union. Support for leaving is ebbing rapidly. What is to be done?

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  8. This will be one of the most tactically tricky moments in the history of representative government in these islands. If Mrs. May feels herself to be under serious threat from members of her own party, she would probably resort to some use of the ballot box. She would certainly execute such a manoeuvre were the DUP to force her into a corner. In neither circumstance would she have anything to lose.

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  9. The DUP will not be 'bought off' over British sovereignty. They'd be finished as a party in Northern Ireland if they did. They will hold May's feet to the fire. May will not win this encounter.

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    1. Possibly but SF are now saying full crash out will require a vote a united Ireland....that's at least check....

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  10. Supporters of Brexit should do *everything* (even legal) in their power to prevent a third referendum. Public opinion had now swung against the venture, and support continues to ebb. The Leave campaign's conduct would be subject to much more rigorous scrutiny by the electoral authorities this time. The result would be best out of three, and practically impossible to dislodge. Members of Parliament wishing to prevent Mrs. May from scuppering Brexit should do everything they can to prevent that third referendum. A General Election would be a gamble, but their best bet.

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    1. Here I am again, clothed and in my right mind, having temporarily transmuted into Unknown.

      A General Election at Westminster always gives a majority of seats to a minority of votes. Brexit would therefore go into the campaign with a fighting chance. Prudence would require, however, that its proponents present their case as clearly as possible to different elements within the electorate.

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  11. Young people, for example, could be informed of the advantages of not taking part in an ERASMUS programme; speakers of indigenous minority languages, of the improvement in their lives occasioned by the end of EU funding; inhabitants of deprived areas, of the amelioration that will follow the ending of convergence funding; fishing persons, of the prosperity that will surely follow the closing of European markets ...

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  12. Even should this strategy fail to produce a pro-Brexit majority at Westminster - and the odds would be decidedly unfavourable - there is still one card to play. (Well, there are in fact probably two, but all will be much clearer if we take them completely separately).

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  13. There is a very useful model in a little volume called 'The Resurrection of Hungary'. Every pro-Brexit MP, MSP, AM, MLA, and MEP should cease to attend any body purporting to impede Brexit. The non-attenders should constitute themselves as the Provisional Parliament of the Independent United Kingdom, and, taking a leaf from Sir James Craig's book, elect a Provisional Government.

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    1. Thats treason they'll shout. You know how patriotic the Brexiteers are. This could only be better watched if Scotland were now independent and watching England eat itself alive. On the plus side the Scottish unionists will now need to feel the pain too.

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  14. May sunk by the DUP would be a funny, loving that uber unionists now starting to eat themselves.

    It's quite a spectacle to watch. We'll get a united Ireland and an independent Scotland out of this or we'll get a new war in Ireland and a financially ravaged Scotland.

    Terrible situation but brought on wholly by Unionists on both sides of the Irish sea and of course our own home grown Londonites in Scotland.

    Make sure you own it now boys and girls, this is your doing.

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  15. The next card to play is that of the Brexit Covenant. Taking her cue from Sir Edward Carson, Dame Euphemia Deans will sign a Covenant pledging her intention to enforce Brexit (however defined), and invite all like-minded persons to follow suit. (By the way, it is *not* required that Covenanters sign in their iwn blood.) Should Mrs. May and her colleagues refuse to enforce the will of the Covenanters, the latter will transfer their allegiance to the Provisional Government described above.

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    1. But what, you ask, if the increasing anti-Brexit majority decline to take them seriously? This is where the second card is to be played. (On second thoughts, there's possibly a third card to be played, but we'll get onto that later. (

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    2. Same Euphemia could take a leaf out of Sir Edward Carson's book, and raise a force of Brexit Volunteers. They would place an order with the reputable firm of Benny Spiro in Hamburg for 25,000 rifles and 3,000,000 rounds of ammunition. These would be transferred to a seagoing vessel in Danish waters, landed in Aberdeen at dead of night, and delivered to the Brexit Volunteers by a fleet of horseless carriages.

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    3. Mea culpa ...

      Dame Euphemia

      Mea maxima culpa ...

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    4. The third card ...

      Colonel Davidson, in full regimental fig of the Royal Logistic Corps, and flanked by stern and gallant Logists, appears at the entrance to Holyrood House and proclaims a Committee of Public Safety.

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  16. Volunteer Fleet should land in Edinburgh, its full of house price refugees from London

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  17. ... who will acclaim that Happy Princess Ruth, by the Grace of Mogg Queen of Brexitland, and First of That Name.

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  18. Queen Ruth's first official act will be to appoint Dame Euphemia Deans as her Chanceloress.

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