Not content with ruining the institution that is the Conservative Party, it would appear that the Conservatives themselves, now desire to see it pulverized out of existence. For rather than them rally round or indeed for them to step aside, yet another leadership challenge harkens further disruption, chaos and mayhem, without taking us a single millimeter closer to the United Kingdom’s regaining it’s independence from the cauldron of the European Union.
Mrs May’s position was made untenable from within her party. Her announcement regarding her resignation and subsequently, the day that she would finally be stepping down from her prime-ministerial-ship, on the 7th June 2019, albeit continuing to provide a caretaker role whilst her successor is found, was commendable, but for all the wrong reasons. Brexit
There is no doubt how deserving the vilification received on her party’s performance on Brexit would be reviewed. It’s just astonishing actually, given precisely what was being asked of it, but especially so due to the share complexity of attempting to untangle the knot, when forfeiting our sovereignty to the European Union. The truth is, the British people have been manipulated into accepting this debacle because they were not to be trusted with the facts. Whilst some hard and indeed unpalatable truths are now on the table, the Conservative party continues to continence the deal struck without being able to have it passed in Parliament. Three readings later, each unanimously vetoed due to the wording being expressed on the Backstop and still, it’s to be this deal, a negotiated capitulation, or Brexit being dead in the water.
As crises go, this is the mother-load. A constitutional one that involves the aspirational posturing of nationalism, to a thumping beat of a drum. I digress, for its the influence now of bickering colleagues to fathom out, who amongst this bakers dozen, has, not just the fortitude and stomach but indeed the strength of character to pull the leadership out of the bag, and who possess the necessary vision to stand tall and be firm against such overwhelming odds, not just in the face of the opposition here domestically but on the international stage when diplomacy and ambassadorship demonstrates their and our beautiful countries, strengths.
Who are the candidates?
Up to now, 13 people have put their name forward. Not all of them are household names and for those that are, their integrity will surely be put under the microscope and some may even buckle under such scrutiny. They may all have reached the same conclusion, that the waters, far from being becalmed, broil’s away, awaiting the first toe. The bias of the BBC on announcing that the candidates shall have a platform to debate their legitimacy to stand in the first place, will arguably be a loaded affair on the prominence given to certain candidates, when they may be trusted to articulate prepared statements or to hide some agenda’s, make no mistake.
Perhaps the most colorful character to step-up, Mr Boris Johnson, endearing though he may be, had upon an earlier leadership contest, told an unsuspecting world media, that in all good conscience, he would be stepping aside in that instance to become the next prime minister. What changed?
His backup, Michael Gove preferred his own chances and withdrew his support for Mr Johnston, sighting he was as capable, but was this a factor in Mr Johnson’s subsequent decision to turn his back on the leadership contest? In light of resent events, one would suspect not. Once again, Mr Gove too, has put himself forward. Of the eleven remaining candidates, several are relatively unknown, with the exception of those having held ministerial positions, only one, Andrea Leadsom, herself a candidate in the previous aforementioned leadership race, would in turn stand aside for the greater good of the party, to enable Mrs May to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister. Jeremy Hunt, Matt Hancock, Sajid David, James Cleverly, Kit Malthouse, Dominic Rabb, Rory Stewart and last but by no means least, Ms Ester McVey are all steadfastly naive of the damage their respective challenge continues to do, to their party and indeed for their futures in politics, come an election.
They play a game no one fully understands, well not in its entirety anyway. There are undoubtedly going to be challenges ahead, not least from that shambles in opposition, for Jeremy Corbyn is as unfit to lead a party, to let alone be given the responsibility to run the country. In the forthcoming General Election because this is precisely where this charade is taking us, both the Tories and Labour, having already lost substantially in both the local elections and in that shameful demonstration when forcing European Elections upon the country has shown us, that democracy exists, though only in an archaic sense.
The reemergence of the Liberal Democrat’s and an as strong showing from the Green Party, has along with the forming of the brand new Brexit Party, headed by Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, will certainly now put a cat amongst the pigeons, come an election. For now at least, the domestic crisis will continue until the installation of a new Prime Minister finally takes up his or her seat and begins the process of steadying the Conservatives descent, having already gone over the precipice. The will of the people must be adhered to, to continue along Party lines and not find a consensus on braking the deadlock that is absolutely constitutional and fundamental to the peace process of Northern Ireland, let alone for all of us here on the so-called mainland, then the traditional lines of old will surely require the stomach to continence such an appalling prospect on all of our futures.
The good Friday Agreement was negotiated in good faith by the main protagonists and without the opportunistic meddling of third parties, such as the interference from the European Commissioners, that we see today. The Republic of Ireland has had several referendums, having initially desired to leave the European Union, were persuaded under duress to settle or face bankruptcy and more crucially for the European Union, that Ireland should remain within its umbrella and furthermore, become it’s subjects. The negotiated deal on the table for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union fails in several key areas. The Northern Ireland Question had not crossed the minds of the ordinary person on the street here in the United Kingdom, for why would it have, because two decades of peace kept the so-called troubles from off the front pages. The subsequent failure then of our parliamentarians to provide them with such knowledge when out campaigning, when spreading their lies, is tantamount to criminal negligence. The decision to leave the European Union here in the United Kingdom therefore, was not based on the reality that would again stalk communities within Northern Ireland but on the perceived indifference of politicians to the suffering of ordinary folk whose genuinely held concerns were otherwise going unchecked, let alone being redressed on either a local or national level.
The ever changing demographics despite the coalitions protestations on bringing migration down to sustainable levels of between 20.000 to 50.000 or so would instead see year on year increases of upwards of 150.000 to a high of 250.000 people arriving on our shores. A housing crisis beyond the means of any administration to ever deliver on Manifesto pledges, still continues to spiral out of control. An NHS at a critical all time low being under funded and understaffed but nevertheless having to adapt to an ever increasing workload. Tradesmen losing out to underhanded practices and having to forfeit their actual worth in order to provide for their families. An education system buckling under such diverse growth in attendance and the universities having to lower their entry level to meet substandard candidates. Then there’s the soup kitchen handouts (food banks) that continuously make appeals to their communities to do more, compounding people’s frustration of sucking up their pride to stand in a queue answering awkward questions from inquisitive volunteers, who themselves have to put on a brave face as volunteers, to mask their own horror as numbers steadily grow month on month without any end in sight. Brexit for the British at least, was about our maintaining our dignity and integrity on the international stage and having the knowledge that progress was earned through hard work and not just handed to us because we might think it was owed to us because we had the decency to merely turn up. It’s up to our politicians to ensure that the services we rely on, are maintained to the highest standards and therefore the responsibility of government to hold accountable whomsoever is responsible for ministerial shortcomings.
In a recent development, the Conservitives 1922 committee have issued a statement, muting the idea of changing the rules on the number of members going forward on future leadership challenges. It’s been suggested that in future, candidates would require a minimum of eight indorsements from colleagues to enter the first round stage and sixteen in the second, repeating the exercise further still, until whittling the candidates down to just two before asking it’s supporters, some 124.000 payed up members to then decide, who becomes it’s next leader and subsequently, the new Prime Minister of the country. It makes perfectly good sense for such a system to be adopted, and given the unprecedented circumstances currently being played out on the parties implosion, a welcome measure surely!
The standing down of James Cleverly, the MP for Braintree since 2015, because it became painfully obvious, having had numerous conversations with colleagues, that he wouldn’t progress beyond the first round, now leaves a true dozen on the field. It is an embarrassing spectacle, but one in which the damage having already been caused, might still throw up even more surprises. Several of the candidates have begun to formulate their vision on delivering Brexit, pushing fancy ideas around, on changes that they now feel might convince the electorate, of promises in the pipeline, they are hardly likely to ever see come into fruition. Of their desire to deliver a deal, of extending Brexit until late 2020 and even on bringing about a second referendum. None however feel prepared to take a No-deal Brexit, yet all are aware that Brexit was not about securing a deal with the European Union on our leaving. The absurdity of these proposals thwart any prospect of our leaving without one, thus exasperating the popular vote to leave whilst the doors remain steadfastly open, does not deliver on that promise to uphold the democratic decision expressed by the majority.
The whittling down process has progressed although the alignment of fellow conservative MP’s, preferring to irreparably damage the party, appears to have taken on an even more sinister turn, with colleagues now openly denigrating each other over perceived slights and their wishful thinking agendas on delivering further campaign pledges, whilst remaining totally oblivious to the fact, that it is precisely one of their manifesto pledges that has brought about such infighting to ever deliver on its promise to deliver Brexit, in the first place.
On the one hand, on a humanitarian level, we each of us express our grave concerns about what more can be done to support those facing unspeakable hardships. We poor in aid delivering goods and personnel, and at great expense attempt to rebuild essential services but seemingly to no avail. Whilst continuing to postulate our reassurances of nearing a solution, we are effectively deluding ourselves because on the other hand, we bolster up regimes, siding with those presumably on our wave length, thus provisioning them with armaments and munitions that slaughter and maim. The hypocrisy of our interference in the domestic affairs of foreign countries is breathtaking and yet its our approach to our consciences for mustering support on both these fronts that has brought this reprehensible situation to the fore, here in western societies.
Two candidates remain, but for each of them, their respective stances will ensure that a no deal Brexit could not be forced on their colleagues without a further rebellion amongst the irate parliamentarians and effectively a general election would have to be called. Further proof, if proof was ever needed to clarify just how sinister this whole mess has become. This is now no-longer about delivering for the people but about their having to eventually show their complicity regarding unscrupulous practices that have hitherto gone unrecorded for fear of criminal malpractices coming to light. As learned practitioners, they are well schooled in subterfuge and for pulling the wool over people’s eyes, to know that in any debate, but especially so whenever confronted by competent peers, that their game cannot be played out, without the calming reassurance of reality kicking at the doors.