Sunday, 17 December 2017

The slow-motion toppling of Theresa May

Historians have the luxury of identifying defining moments with the benefit of hindsight.  Living in chaotic and uncharted times, the noise of events drowns out perspective, and each incremental stage becomes imbued with a massive significance that it may not deserve.  The defeat of Theresa May’s authoritarian coalition with the Democratic Unionists (a party who take two words to explain what they stand against) last week was both welcome and a further staging post in the unravelling of a seditious administration.  It is not necessarily the defining event.

The response of the fascist right was predictable and vicious.  For 11 Tory MPs it resulted in vilification and worse - death threats are now normalised from those who follow the advice of the extreme press.  The language of “rebel”, “mutineer” and “saboteur” - all epithets with which anyone sane would be prepared to embrace given those who bestow them - creates an atmosphere where the monobrowed idiots are impelled to behave as though those who disagree with them have to be despatched.  It is not a matter of Henry VIII powers, but the murderous outlawdom of Henry II with Thomas Becket.

One of the key drivers of this incitement, for which Paul Dacre and his vile Daily Mail would face prosecution in a state where the rule of law prevailed, is a recognition of how much their extremism is not founded on anything more than shallow rabble-rousing and manipulation.  Given the parallels with Hitler’s approach to the usurpation of power, the coup’s prime movers should consider the impact of a regime’s collapse in the face of reality.  The Little England Brexiter narrative is based around the false prospectus of British supremacy - they would do better examining both how the Nazi Party collapsed in 1944 and 1945 and the subsequent repudiation even by those who actively or passively complied with the regime.  Debrexitisation may be less painful, but the way in which the right’s propaganda machine has normalised fascism and intimidation renders this a possibility rather than a probability.

In pushing the spurious “will of the people” trope as a justification for closing down debate and the freedom of legislators to take action, the right is playing with fire.  While a Commons vote, taking back control from an inept and incompetent Cabinet, securing one of the ostensible aims of the leave campaign, they are reduced to casuistry.  Every headbanging inadequate is claiming that this weakens Theresa May’s hands in negotiations - negotiations that are unnecessary, and which with the balance of powers she is bound to lose, humiliatingly.  This is a desperate throw by a group that recognises that its fundamentals are being rumbled on a regular basis, and which is fearful that it will be landed with the blame when the entire edifice crumbles.

To use the language of authoritarianism and totalitarian control is always an unwise and evil act.  It will come back to haunt its perpetrators.  For every tinpot Haw-Haw, the Fabricants, Rees-Moggs and Melanie Phillipses of this world, time will be unforgiving and they may find the tumbrels arriving sooner than they think.  To denigrate and threaten those who dissent, oppose and challenge is both the act of traitors and a recognition of their lack of legitimacy.  Every time the morons on the right issue threats they are weakened.

Underneath the Parliamentary unravelling of the Tories, and May’s authority and control, there are a number of seismic shifts taking place.  For people who merely track opinion polls as a barometer of public sentiment, it is not obvious that this is occurring, as there remains an apathy towards Labour’s apparent inability to determine whether it is an enabler of evil or an active opposition.  Yet there are indications that a more fundamental rejection of the acquiescence in the Conservative narrative is under way.  This makes the task of opposition both urgent and harder.

For example, there is now evidence that the impact of austerity and Brexit is impacting on household confidence.  This is the Bank of England’s analysis, so, unless you are as morally bankrupt as John Redwood and require the manufacture of fake news, this does not bode well for the progress of the national suicide- a combination of inflation, household debt, falling real wages and job insecurity were not the sunlit uplands that the liars and charlatans spun as the inevitable conseqeunce of Brexit.  As the effects of suicidal policy emerge this will crystallise - and effective opposition will channel the outrage towards its true originators.

Added to this a continuing and steady shift in public opinion over the relationship with Europe, there is now more ammunition for those who seek to impose Parliamentary accountability over the idiots and charlatans squatting on the government benches.  The responsibility of legislators is not to act as cheerleaders and delegates for the unelected - if it looks as though the consequences of idiocy will play to badly then the early benefits of rebellion may develop further into a genuine cross-party and persistent denial of the architects of the right.

Perhaps the strongest, and least-remarked evidence of shape-shifting was the commencement of the Scottish Budget process.  I declare an interest in that I shall be one of those impacted by paying higher tax, and, on balance, I am pleased.  An honest recognition that to maintain and even improve services requires paying for, and that this is better done straightforwardly and upfront, rather than the tinkering of stealth taxation and mortgaging the future that both Labour and Tories have been guilty of over the last thirty years, may be a much more fundamental shift than any other.  Despite the carping of the right, a stoical approach and a recognition that the private and the public realms interact and require contemplation together does not appear to have created a whirlwind of dissent in Scotland.

Given that the Scottish Conservatives are being portrayed as a model for renewal of that vile rabble of selfish and ignorant careerists, this represents an object lesson in the impotence of their efforts. All their rhetoric was directed at tax rises, without any attempt to justify what should be cut.  By the by, Scottish Tories are experts at pork barrel politics, which the odious and incompetent David Mundell exploits at all times in Holyrood while enabling austerity at Westminster - the forked tongue of colonial satraps.  Not one Scottish Tory, despite previous protestations of pro-European views, found it possible to join their courageous colleagues in the national interest.

All early days, and the prognosis is uncertain.  There have been two defining moments in politics this year - May losing the election and the first parliamentary defeat.  However, the gathering storm of the lies and false prospectus of both austerity and the Brexit coup will form a backdrop to the febrile and discontented Christmas and New Year season, where editors and journalists seek sensation in the absence of evidence.  A government that legitimises and fails to condemn domestic terrorism in the name of keeping itself in power is unworthy, and when this is recognised the only growth industry will be defence lawyers and those widening the exit doors from a failed dictatorship.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

A Cabinet of wankers

Theresa May will be defined by masturbation.  Weak, impotent and buffeted by events that are beyond her comprehension but eminently predictable to all those who do not reduce our horizons to the confines of the internecine delusions of the far right, her government jerks on, incapable and unattractive.  Allied to the Conservative penchant for exhibitionism, the regime combines political and moral corruption with an economic illiteracy unparalleled since Winston Churchill’s inglorious tenure at the Treasury between 1924 and 1929.

Whether or not there is a police vendetta against Damian Green is moot, and even whether he had huge numbers of pornographic images on his computer would be an amusing diversion on the lines of the Majorite morality crusade, were it not for the application of inductive reasoning.  Green is, in case people had forgotten, one of the alleged Dirty Three Dozen Tories - only this time with a public allegation against him.  A classic tactic in these cases is to create false outrage about a related but containable issue.

What it does reveal, however, is the extent to which the howling fools and sinister manipulators of the right are in control of debate.  As many have observed, any public servant or most private-sector employee would be subject to disciplinary action or dismissal for possession of inappropriate images - and one would, in the light of the emerging endemic of sexism, abuse and bullying, expect that politicians should, in their putative role as leaders and exemplars, set a standard that as a minimum reflects that which they would apply to other, less entitled mortals.

Before moving on from the Kleenex to the world of onanistic politics, it should be noted in passing that the cretinous Nadine Dorries has publicly implied that she allows other people to access her computer using her log-in and password - which is more than usually moronic for the Tory equivalent of Kate Hoey. Given the suspicion over Russian interference and breaches of security sufficient to push the UK administration into barring anti-virus software where there are concerns over its intention, this is so stupid as to represent the Darwin Award Emeritus, and it would be fun to speculate that she will need a basic course on data security.

Meanwhile, in the world of narcissm and racism, the interaction between Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Bannon was publicised without a hint of surprise, although the anger at the third-rate Lord Haw-Haw’s conniving with Breitbart was clear.  Mogg spent his formative years in various disgusting cabals, including addressing far-right racist dinners, however much he denies it.  The Tories are clearly happy to allow this exhibitionist Farage-licker free rein.  He pops up with the foul hypocrites of the extreme right on regular occasions, a circle jerk of Redwood, Patterson, Bone and others which if May had any authority she would stamp out with a sermon on the evils of self-inflicted blindness.

This is a government in name only - with no authority and no interaction with the challenges that it should be facing.  When its social mobility commission exits as a block, citing the incapability of the administration to address it, it reinforces that every utterance May has emitted since her coronation and near-defenestration is hot air, windy and completely unaligned with the approach she is taking.  She plays fast and loose with facts, she has no conception of the unfolding risks of tragedy in Ireland both economically and politically.- morally she and her DUP allies will be responsible for any resurgence in terorrism and the breakdown of a painstaking process at unravelling centuries of damage.

All this fiasco and malevolence is fed through self-love - the Tories look into mirrors and see perfection in themselves, if they can see anything at all.  Ethically bankrupt, the hilarious report that David Davis will resign if Green has to fall on his handkerchief, reveals more about their priorities and values than any weighty pseudo-intellectual tome with Roger Scruton’s name on the bottom.  Either the right to do what the hell they want trumps justice, or they are fighting like rats in a sack about to be jettisoned - hoping to escape before their inadequacy, hypocrisy and turpitude consign them to oblivion.  If one had to identify a collective noun for wankers, there is an obvious choice.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

@truemagic68 - convenient patsy or utter idiot?

It is unwise, even in these times of treason, to assume that there is a level of stupidity to which the Brexit apologists will not sink.  An intriguing exhibit this week was a Tweet that has exacted a suitable range of snorting, derisory, satirical responses:





I assumed that this had emerged from the darker confines of somewhere within the Russian troll factory, possibly funded by the same cabal of plutocratic traitors who are now finding their involvement in the leave campaign somewhat embarrassing.  This was clearly a mistake.

It took me a couple of days, shorting sterling, talking the country down and engaging in intimate discussions with Michel Barnier and Donald Tusk, intermittently engaging in the general Twitter abuse that this kind of fuckwittery provides so effectively,  before I realised that this was not just another short-lived flash-in-the-pan Twitter account (rather like mine was intended to be, anonymous for professional reasons), but a smug, self-gratifying piece of poltroonery from someone quite prepared to publicise his complete disconnect from reality.

Naturally, since I am a lover of fake facts, it was but a small step from there to Wikipedia, which contains a page ripe for editing about Mr Buik MBE, who made his fortune in “financial services” and spread betting, the latter being even more amoral than the former.  Mr Buik, born in 1944, so probably too young for National Service, seems to combine both the cretinism of the forelock-tugging rats of the Moggian tendency and the assumption of the third-rate spivs who congregated around Thatcher that the possession of money gives you the right to trample roughshod over the community whose efforts, taxes and unfortunate complicity, put you in the privileged bubble from which you can vomit out such facile and evil garbage.

The hilarious nature of this Tweet should have gone unremarked within the intellectually-challenged assertions of the far right of which I suspect Mr Buik to be a denizen.  The falseness and imbecility of the argument is exposed from the outset - “call me naive” is always clickbait.  However, the mindset is straight out of the 1970s far right, a series of paranoid tinfoil assertions around the nature of democracy and the way in which it is the enemy within - in this case those of us who recognise that representative democracy does not cease through a corrupted and gerrymandered referendum - who are responsible for the consequences of other people’s actions.

The consequences of the Brexit policies being enacted by this government do not to be thwarted by the efforts of dissidents and subversives like me.  Their progenitors can do it all for themselves, without any help.  It is not possible to defy the laws of physics or the basic principles of economics, nor is it possible a collective myopia can descend to blot out the reality of the political nightmare that has been unleashed, especially as the coalescence of the economic storms results in indebtedness, inflation and the final removal of vestigial “feel good” myths still being touted by the right.

The “financial services” sector, however important it is at the moment, and might be in the future, despite the desired Brexit of the Buik tendency, is hardly in a position to lecture others on the proximate causes of success.  If it hadn’t been for the gunpoint largesse of the taxpayer and the pursuit of policies over decades that have favoured the parasitic over the productive or the contributor, the real economy might be in a position where it could resist the impacts of a lunatic policy multiplied by the madness and hypocrisy of zealots.  Spread betting is another extraction of surplus value, designed to further deplete wealth and provide profits to the leeches.

Blaming others is classic projection - a classic diversionary tactic of those who know that their entire worldview is based on contempt for the masses.  In many ways, this is a Marxist worldview warped into the kind of third-rate neoconservative drivel that we expect from the right-wing press.  It could emerge blinking from its hole into the commentary pages of the Torygraph or the Sunday Times, with equal asininity.

I’m sure that Buik was trying to elicit responses, and on that level he has succeeded and I have failed.  However, he does deserve to be called out as someone whose actions, in themselves, have been responsible for the disaster that even someone as apparently disconnected as him can recognise.  I can call out hypocrites and liars secure in the knowluedge that I did not vote to empower the current policy, nor have I ever voted for a party or candidate who has wobbled on European engagement and the promotion of genuine democracy, rather than the plebiscitary confirmation of decisions of immense complexity and long-term impact. That makes me both altruistic and patriotic, neither of which admirable qualities shine out from his idiotic Tweet.

As a provident remainer, aware of the consequences that the current delusion is shifting from extreme risk to the central scenario, I will take actions to protect myself.  I will engage in debate, and I will use my democratic rights to put my views forward.  It’s a small step from this kind of inflammatory twaddle to “arbeit macht frei”, and, given what else is going on within a broken and corrupted system, I wonder whether @truemagic68 and his ilk could do with further illumination.  Given the Twitter handle, it might be unwise to allocate the task to a Witchfinder-General.

Friday, 24 November 2017

The Budget, the Tories and BBC Stockholm Syndrome

Mentioning the B-word seems beyond the BBC.  Philip Hammond’s hand-wringing Budget with its woeful admission that there is no meaningful economic policy has been hailed by the Tories as a triumph, which reveals more than anyone should have to put up with.  As an exercise in studied incompetence and fiddling while the building collapses it was a further reminder of the moral vacuum and selfishness that fuels this government.

The delusions of the Brexit brigade are well-documented.  Only a couple of weeks ago the right-wing press and the BBC gave pride of place to a demented piece of drug-fuelled cretinism from an astroturf group entitled Economists for Free Trade - in reality a further publicity stunt by fascist fellow-travellers such as Patrick Minford and Jacob Rees-Mogg - that suggested sunlit uplands post-national suicide.  Instead, Hammond was presented with the reality that even modest growth to allow for the protection and promotion of public services is now beyond an economy that has inflicted self-harm on a scale never before attempted.

Hammond, being a suave and sophisticated political operator, knows that the blame will stick to him, which is why the entire force of Tory cheerleaders has been brought to bear on blaming the current Labour Party for the financial crash of 2008.  For those of us with long memories, the Tory front bench was doing a similar diversionary trick in the last weeks of the Major government, eighteen years after the Callaghan administration had breathed its last.  Most economically-literate observers would note that Brown and Darling did a startlingly-effective job in mitigating the impacts of previous policy errors by both parties, and that the reheated entrails of neoconservative deregulation, however much they are desired by our home-grown Putin and Trump apologists, do not form the basis for either a stable or a happy society.

For a government hemmed in by bribery, corruption and incompetence, without a majority, no Budget can be exciting.  If it wasn’t for Labour’s self-inflicted impotence, the Opposition would be making hay at the moment - when the IFS signals a two to three decade stagnation in pay, alongside the destruction of services and the public realm, this should be open season on the orthodoxy and the double-speak that somehow makes this virtuous.  We can rest assured that the Tory millionaires, for whom politics is pin money and an opportunity to play games with other people’s lives, will not be adversely affected by their malignant stupidity.

For a large, major economy, the prospects are dire.  Anyone pointing out that productivity is strongly correlated to investment is ignored - yet since the advisory referendum capital investment has fallen off a cliff.  Not exactly encouraging risk-taking and entrepreneurship, the lie that was fed to us by the Leave campaigners in the run-up to the poll is now coming home to roost.  For those of us who saw this coming, it was never going to be an immediate disaster - Project Fear foresaw the slow-motion multiplication of problems that we are now experiencing.  The return of stagflation, and the wanton destruction of the bases on which economic and social growth can be built are actions of criminal negligence for which politicians should be at best ejected and at worst impeached.

Yet not a word of the causal relationship is breathed on the BBC.  Its news outlets constantly fail to make any link between a national piece of self-harm and the economy, preferring instead to peddle the delusion that the nasty European Union is deliberately setting out to damage the Disunited Kingdom.  There is no link between ignorant and crass politicians in Westminster and the emerging crisis over Ireland, North and South, but all blame must attach to an institution of which Eire is a committed and constructive member.  Our obligations as a member are apparently to be wiped out without a murmur, and because the EU won’t accept this it is apparently undermining the entire edifice on which the Brexit lie is founded.

It is obvious that the lunatics are rattled - there is a flare-up of the “get behind Brexit” accusations of treason and closure of debate.  This is encouraging.  A government of incompetent fraudsters and half-witted traitors is there for the taking, but it needs to be harried on all sides.  At the same time, we need to call out the incompetents, the imbeciles and collaborators in the BBC, which has let itself down and all those of us who want the debate to be conducted on the basis of evidence rather than as staged, third-race gladiatorial combat.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Who is behind Labour's cunning plan?

Craven is an insufficient adjective to describe the official Opposition.  Watching Labour's performance is an exercise in sustained masochism, served up with smugness and inadequacy.  A government, in name only, punch-drunk and dragging its corpse around in the hope that someone will deal with it humanely should be a target of clinical assault.  A government without a majority, reliant on sectarian bigotry to maintain it in office, and where the factions within it are turning on each other like starving rats is there for the taking.

Yesterday evening, the front bench and the Labour whips insisted on permitting the Tories to avoid a defeat (or at least a bloody nose) on remaining in the EU customs union.  This is not an arcane issue; it is about the only potential solution to the status of Northern Ireland that does not trigger a breakdown of the peace process.  It enables trade and it simplifies bureaucratic processes - what's not to like?  The honourable MPs from both "major" parties who joined the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid and Greens in the lobbies will be vindicated.

Perhaps somebody should tell Jeremy Corbyn that a "jobs-first" Brexit does not involve losing all the jobs before the cyanide is swallowed.  This happened on the day that another one of David Davis's treacherous lies was exposed, as the new homes for banking and medicines within the EU were announced.  Directly, that's a thousand jobs.  Indirectly, it's the support infrastructure and the prestige and skill lost - simultaneously with the impact of the global perception of Britain and its duplicitous Foreign Secretary resulting in the loss of a UK judge on the International Court of Justice.

Labour, instead, sit on the sidelines.  If there is a strategy, it is to allow the Tories to implode, and then sweep into power.  It worked in 1997, albeit at the third attempt, but that was before the rise of civic nationalism and the unnatural death of the Liberal Democrats as a national force.  There are too many blowhards in Labour - Keir Starmer continually talks a good talk and then fails to deliver.

Perhaps he should take lessons from Anna Soubry and the Tory mutineers, who are opposing their own government in a way that Labour seems to be incapable of articulating.  Virtue signalling on the need for radical reform of society (which is something I agree with, incidentally) is completely meaningless when you are not merely observing but facilitating policies that make it virtually certain that an incoming government would be hamstrung, along with the citizenry, for decades.

Many people were pleasantly surprised by Labour's performance in May's suicidal election - and there were many causes, not least a general rejection of austerity and the pursuit of social injustice at the heart of the Tory/Kipper/DUP mission.  Most research, however, gives weight to the theory that those disenfranchised from the xenophobic and mad Brexit catastrophe were likely to vote Labour not out of positive enthusiasm but out of an expectation that there might at least be the possibility of change.  Labour are not even acknowledging this - preferring inactivity over active opposition.

If their strategists thought that the next election was winnable they should be fighting the Tories whenever possible, providing ballast to sceptical supporters who may not be prepared to hold their nose next time.  Support is soft, and fickle.  Some Labour supporters are advising "wait and see", as though there is a cunning plan in the wings that will somehow provide an escape route.  Unfortunately, the driving political force behind Labour's current impotence does not appear to be Machiavelli, but Baldrick.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The unacceptable face of false patriotism

Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are acts of collective recollection and determination.  From 1919 onwards, they represent a communal congregation where the impact of war and destruction can be contemplated and addressed, without an overarching conformity and as part of creating an acceptance of the social and public space.  Their hijacking by a particular brand of narrow-minded bigots must therefore be resisted.

English nationalists do not accept any version of history that does not put their entitled and propagandist interpretation of the 20th century at the centre of it.  In the case of the First World War, millions were sacrificed on the front line in battles which, ultimately, achieved nothing but to pave the way for barbarous totalitarianism and an even more destructive conflict.  The myth that they put forward about the single-handed victory achieved by the plucky few in the Second World War is risible and wrong-headed - for the millions of victims, combatants, civilians and the displaced it is a hollow insult, who just happen to be airbrushed out of a political construct because they didn’t hold blue passports.

Partly this is a consequence of their reluctance to acknowledge anything other than a black-and-white view of the causes of war.  The Farages and Hannans of the 1930s were apologists for Hitler, and, as with their lies in the last decades, the record of anti-semitism, enthusiasm for fascism and collusion amongst the British aristocracy to appease and normalise authoritarianism is there, researched and stark.  Where the current rabble-rousers fail is in a blatant attempt to render any debate or knowledge an act of treachery.

It is axiomatic that people on all sides sacificed themselves, or were sacrificed, for causes that they either believed in or were coerced into supporting.  There were also those sucked into the insanity through no active desire of their own.  They are the people whose destruction and whose fate needs to be commemorated, and whose uncomprehending victimhood should be the centre of the Armistice narrative, not the gung-ho approach of the right and its fellow-travellers who regard the symbolism of the event as an excuse to vilify anyone who does not support their worldview or who dares to question evidence.  They don’t do irony - the war aims declared by the United States and the United Kingdom in 1941 were around freedom, democracy and self-determination.

Every year their ire is directed at people who don’t wear a poppy, for whatever reason.  Coercion, shaming and conformity - the very approach that they claim we remember the victms for opposing and defeating.  In their infantile abuse and their attempts at forcing collaboration they are becoming the enemy within that needs to be opposed and resisted - the freedom to contemplate and learn from the past is being corrupted by a cabal of Russian-funded rightists who are unable even to appreciate that the horrors of war draw people together and to work against its repetition.  I remember, and salute, those for whom defending ourselves against this kind of authoritarian onslaught was a noble calling.  I will not be told how to do it - nor should anyone else be.

Monday, 6 November 2017

A government of evil impotence

Looking for light relief at the moment is unrewarding.  The news that the MP for Tamworth, a Mr Pincher, is under internal Tory investigation and suspended from his role in the Whip’s office, would normally raise at least half an amused eyebrow, but the incompetent, treacherous farce that is the current maladministration is sliding rapidly into tragedy.  For a government to be so far out of control when the social and economic fabric is being systematically destroyed in the interests of unspecified oligarchs and fantasists is a breach of trust and obligation.

Over the weekend, the Tory spin machine was looking for damage limitation in preference to action.  A succession of seedy characters, such as the ridiculous “Sir” Roger Gale, were paraded in the media to suggest that the allegations of sexual abuse and depravity were all a “witch-hunt”.  What was most striking was that the apologists were all elderly right-wing males, protesting vehemently, while the alleged Prime Minister was apparently using Amber Rudd as a ventriloquist’s dummy, frightened of doing or saying anything herself that might upset the incompetents, fascists, perverts and traitors who are currently holding her hostage. 

For the real motivation behind the ratcheting-up of sleaze, there are three, cumulative reasons.  The first is obvious.  The disaster that is both the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the haphazard, incompetent and duplicitous conduct of the negotiations associated with the process is now so glaringly apparent that even the raving fascists of the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph are printing at least some material that will give their mendacious editors and owners the excuse to say “I told you so” when the fan is obliterated by national manure.  Sleaze and sex both sell papers and divert attention from the consequences of the actions these traitors have been promoting for decades.  They cannot expect to escape this.

Second, the interference in the political process by covert forces is now becoming apparent to everyone who has despaired at irrationality and is now seeking an explanation if not a solution.  The evidence of Russian interference in the US Presidential Election last year, Brexit and the unfolding tragedy in Barcelona is now becoming not just compelling but hardening up.  In this climate, scepticism and distrust are sown.  Two years ago, to speculate that Tory backbenchers, pirouetting in an ungainly fashion from pro-Europe to rabid, incoherent exponents of racism, ignorance and contempt, were in thrall to another state, would have been seen as extreme tinfoil territory.  Now, with links from the Foreign Office downwards, and the purchase of astroturf through ignorant blowhards in the Taxpayer’s (sic} Alliance, it does not seem fanciful that the contempt shown for the concept of constitutional democracy is being maintained through blackmail of any or all persuasions.

Third, and the latest icing on the cake, is the further instalment of the Panama Papers.  It is unsurprising that the vast and dubious wealth of the British monarchy would not be untainted by the tax avoidance strategies of the plutocrats, but playing the Royal joker is a standard tactic of patriots who have been caught with their hands in the till. Sadly, this is another 1950s throwback that seems unlikely to play out well, as the obscene wealth and the apparent immunity of its owners from the consequences of their actions undermines any credibility that the monarchy is a unifying force - personal and grudging respect for the current incumbent does not preclude a revulsion at the fiscal pillage perpetrated behind a veneer of uncritical forelock-tugging.

This is a government of the venal, for the venal and rotten to the core.  They do not need to be succoured any longer, as their actions are not in the national interest and they appear to have no clue as to any further strategy beyond bribery and the promotion of further division.  Their ejection will be necessary but not sufficient to rescue the nations and their citizens from cupidity, greed, amorality and perversions of both sexual and political morality.  They have no authority, no mandate and no right to continue to undermine the state in the name of other paymasters.  It is time for them to recognise this, before the fates conspire for an even deeper tragedy.