Who should we blame for the bizarre and humiliating indecision in which the Mother of Parliaments finds itself, having kept the government in power when it cannot deliver its programme?
Well, first, the cabinet, for failing to force the Prime Minister to listen – as she finally claims to be doing – or at least to bend a little to those around her.
Second, the EU leadership for their inflexibility, for failing time and again to compromise effectively, or to understand what the UK needs to stay inside the EU.
Third, the creaking UK parliamentary system that regards negotiation as some kind of pathetic anathema.
Like everyone else – except those whom Yeats said were “full of passionate intensity” – I have little idea what can be done now to rescue the situation. But I am coming to the conclusion that Jeremy Corbyn may be right that the way forward will have to be a general election. This will only be helpful when all the splintered parties – the real ones, not the old pretend ones – fight under their proper labels. If people want no deal, they will then be able to vote for that option.
My main problem in that eventuality is that I would be unsure who to vote for – my own party’ s rhetoric is almost as irritatingly self-serving as everyone else’s.
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