Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Goldsmith, Johnson and the parade of liars

Whenever my cynicism needs a top-up, the contemporary Conservative Party can be relied upon to deliver the goods.  Yesterday's third-time lucky announcement that Heathrow Airport is to be the preferred site for expanded air transport in South-East England was hailed by the inconsistent and illegitimate Prime Minister as demonstrating that the country remains "open for business", simultaneously with further announcements from industry and finance that it will be seeking to protect themselves by moving offshore.  Consistency doesn't appear to be May's strong point.

The damage being inflicted by the lunatics and traitors is irreversible, but I suspect things will have to get worse before they get better.  May's inconsistency over everything from Heathrow expansion to her assumption of the Mussolini mantle in Birmingham last month is risible, and even someone as bizarrely detached as Jeremy Corbyn appears to have worked out that the lack of a plan is a suitable attack on an amoral, grasping and entirely seditious government.  Taking his cue from Nicola Sturgeon, whose well-aimed barbs as the complete lack of plans and ineptitude of the current squatters in Whitehall, I think if I were Baldrick I would sue.

From a transport policy perspective, there is much more to say about airport expansion.  What it has shown up is the incoherence and mendacity at the top of the government.  Johnson is on record as having claimed he would resign his seat if Heathrow were to be the preferred choice, instead he provides his usual incoherent bumbling doublethink - doubtless going back to work out how he can always have been in favour of airport expansion and that the decision was one in which he was able to flip-flop faster than ever before.

After his disgusting, racist and corrupt (not to mention failed) campaign for the London Mayorality, Zac Goldsmith is living up to his reputation.  Publicity-seeking, another self-declared iconoclast, he nevertheless assumes that he will be the automatic darling of the Green lobby for opposing one project, while simultaneously fellow-travelling with all the rest.  The vileness and ego of the man need to be tempered.

Obviously, the lies that May spins are the most odious.  The Tories are in effect unable to defend their own policies, standing aside for Goldsmith in the by-election he has triggered to achieve more obloquy.  This is actually good news, as it means that the campaign will be about the candidate best placed to represent constituents.  The irony is that it might result in the momentum that Witney unleashed being maintained - as Goldsmith and his voters were estranged on Europe in June, and doubtless with the affluence threatened by the crassness of his erstwhile colleagues they may be less forgiving.

The opposition needs to coalesce here, and take the fight to May's backyard.  There is dishonesty, there is chicanery and there is rebarbative idiocy stalking the land.  The English polity needs to demonstrate that it has the wit to use this gift to send both a message to May and a rejection of everything that Goldsmith has ever claimed to stand for and proved wanting around.  Lies, privilege and arrogance need to be given a clear rejection.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Calling out the Brexit traitors

Apparently "scum" is the insult that most offends the unfortunately-continuing Kelvin MacKenzie.  Thus, this is an entirely appropriate epithet to be applied to him, his fellow-travellers and hypocrites, preferably prefixed with "evil" and a selection of explanatory adjectives that set out the contours of the monstrous coup that they have unleashed.  Eventually their actions sow the seeds of their own destruction, but the collateral damage that will be inflicted in the meantime make the fight and the resistance to their darkness and vitriol all the more important.

In the last four months, British political and public life has been pushed into a vile hole that resembles a totalitarian slurry pit.  Those of us who dissent are increasingly self-censoring for fear that expressing opinions informed by anything other than the prevailing ideology marks you out for verbal or physical abuse, which is nothing compared to the racist violence and thuggery that the dark maguses behind the Leave campaign have unleashed on those who do not have either the protection of silence or the ability to blend into the background.  If this is a country that the new right consider it to be worth living in, no civilised or educated person should want a part of it.

The widespread trope that expressing compassion and sympathy is some mark of treachery fits an agenda of fascist control that the filthy, offshore-owned, tax avoiding tabloids of Rothermere, Desmond and Murdoch peddle - urged on by sociopathic editors and nodding-donkey columnists whose feeble defence of "controversialism" should be exposed for the canting hypocrisy that it is.  A functioning state, with a modicum of civil society, should be prosecuting the screeching vileness of the Katie Hopkins, Julia Hartley-Brewer and Isabel Oakeshott variety (to name but a few) for incitement.  That Dacre and Gallagher, the foul antitheses of journalism, stand behind them says more about them than any detailed analysis could express.

And where is the government in all this?  Theresa May's expressive silence and refusal to condemn the ugly fascism of one of her own Councillors sets her views out clearly.  The collusion between the fascist tendencies of the unravelling UKIP and the apparent new mainstream of Conservative thought was emerging, it is now visible and crystallising.  What party of government in a legitimate state would describe citizens testing the legality of its actions as "subverting democracy"?  What party of government lies and evades questions about its relationship with other legislatures over which it has primacy but not automatic superiority?  This is treachery and betrayal institutionalised through the state and disseminated through the media.

In the meantime, al the evidence that was glibly dismissed as "Project Fear", orchestrated by those whose wealth is secured offshore and with little to lose, become clearer by the day.  To listen to the mendacious toad that masquerades as Foreign Secretary, because the sky did not fall in on the 24th June everything in the garden is rosy.  It is either moronic or manipulative, but in no way is this demonstrating any fitness for office, let alone discharging the obligations of Ministers set out in their Oath of Allegiance to the Crown - a further anachronism that perpetuates an authoritarian oligolopolistic state.  It is clear that May's model is not that of a functioning modern country, but a cronyism and vindictive coercive state with uncomfortable parallels with both Putin's Russia and North Korea.

As the winter nights draw in, darkness comes over the disunited country - an obvious metaphor.  Jobs disappear, exporting industries relocate, investment crashes and inflation resurrects itself.  This will hurt those groups duped by the traitors disproportionately, but it is increasingly difficult to feel sympathy given the way their spokespeople trot out the hollow slogans and refuse to debate.  Their risible assertion that it is up to those in the population who warned of the consequences of their egotistic folly to rescue them is utter canting ordure, as their descent into the abyss will be assisted, preferably never to emerge once more, rather than an acknowledgement of their rightness.

Pity those taken in by the "will of the people" delusion.  It's a throwback to the 1930s and the more extreme moments of Thatcherism that the messianic leader wraps themself up in when confronted with the choice between the national interest and an act of folly.  The way in which our unelected Prime Minister has conducted herself with current and future trading partners is pathetic, forgetting that no matter what relationships we have they will continue to be needed for a third-rate offshore power incapable of feeding itself or manufacturing its basic requirements.  As stupidity it ranks alongside Cameron's sacrifice of his country to buy himself a short-term truce in his own party.

It has got beyond the stage of trying to understand and engage.  There is treason afoot, and it is not from those of us who call time on the delusions and lies, or the authoritarianism that masquerades as strong government.  Its perpetrators are now aware that they are on the brink of a catastrophe unequalled in its self-inflicted crassness, and that they will eventually be proved accountable.  Trying to shut down debate, dissent and denying their narrative is, paradoxically, cause for optimism, as the tumbrils are likely to descend on those who are really selling out the citizens of the British Isles.  For those who dissent, the key priorities are to accelerate this reckoning, while attempting to preserve something of civilisation even during the long dark winter of the fascist treachery.

Friday, 21 October 2016

An elegy for England

Were Theresa May merely to represent the bastard offspring of Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Farage, as opposed to a treacherous demagogue whose tendency towards authoritarianism then there might be cause for optimism.  Instead, she presides over an amoral administration that, paradoxically, may be doing us all a favour by calling time on the United Kingdom.

Throughout the miserable period in the run-up to the European referendum, and the frightening descent into fascism that we have been witnessing since its cocked-up bravura and constitutional illiteracy (thank you Cameron, you will be judged accordingly), the one theme that should be obvious is the extent to which this is a triumph of ignorance and idiocy.  Any sensible individual with a grasp of history will recognise that the Little England trope was played out even before the accession of the UK to the EEC in 1973, and that its resurrection is the final triumph of venality and manipulation over evidence.

May's appropriation of the language of extreme nationalism has been odious but predictable, and will make her easier to dislodge.  It is the exercise of an evil, deluded fantasy that the decline of British power, entrenched since 1918, can be rolled back by an advisory poll in a world where hubris will meet the reality of the neoliberal jungle that May's chorus of corrupt spivs echoes as some form of aspirational state.

The resurgence of English nationalism is ugly and irreconcilable with a realistic view that the British nations are a global participant, with a legacy of imperialism but without the moral or actual superiority that provides a springboard to tell the rest of the world what to do.  This delusion propels the Brexit maniacs into further lies about the queues of countries lining up to make trade deals with an isolated Britain, and into the territory that would be pathetic and mad were it not so damaging for the remainder of the country.

As someone who grew up in England, and whose culture and values were informed accordingly, this is a tragedy.  This is the appropriation of a diverse, mongrel but ultimately tolerant culture into a weak and deliberate parody of a Nazi Volk, appropriating the symbols and the rhetoric for a sick initiation of sovereignty and influence.  The radical, anti-establishment tradition, still bubbling despite all efforts by the right to silence it, is now in danger beneath a sanitised, pseudo-patriotic agenda of disgusting xenophobia and ignorance, where to be narrow-minded, dismissive and deluded is a badge of pride rather than something to be hidden and corrected.

England is no longer a relevant state of mind.  The principal reason for the UK joining its neighbours in Europe is even more pressing in 2016 than it was in 1963, when De Gaulle rebuffed Macmillan.  A declining, deluded peripheral power, distinguished principally by its denial and its possession of nuclear weapons, is not relevant, nor is it likely to benefit from cutting itself off from its main markets.  The Brexit delusion was spread around on the basis of some form of harking back to Empire, and the simplicities of a world where May and Paul Dacre can tell us what to do.

Instead, the lack of constitutional propriety and oversight means that citizens have to go to court to challenge an unelected traitor in Downing Street to use the imperfect scrutiny of Parliament.  The electoral system and the structure of government would disgrace a country emerging from dictatorship, rather than sliding into one, and all for the name of a non-patriotic delusion.  It is hardly a thing of wonder that people beyond this particular bubble are convinced that there is more to be gained from leaving such a monstrosity to work out its own fate rather than hang around hoping that there are groups prepared to challenge it.

May is diminishing the UK's standing every time she opens her unprepared mouth.  The end of the Union will probably result.  This will be a forcing of the historical pace, but for those in England it may push the authoritarians into hegemony.  Whatever the ultimate outcome, the logic of May's abandonment both of the rest of the Union and common decency will haunt her, and she cannot expect those of us who have been disgusted, put off and disparaged to lift a finger to save her, her cronies and her failed country when there is a prospect of something better beyond.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Why I will (probably) vote for Scottish independence

As a "traitor", as defined by a Surrey Tory councillor whose words have been regretted by the Prime Minister but not disowned, I am clearly deficient in any rights and should, by the standards of the panicking Brexit brigade, turn myself in for a period of reeducation and removal of the capacity for independent thought.  As an old-fashioned Liberal who remembers life before the Orange Book, and internationalist this does not appeal.

There has been a predictable reaction by the Unionist side to the tone of the recent SNP conference, at which the party set out its stall for the coming bunfight precipitated by the absence of a credible administration in Westminster.  The ugly side of the right, epitomised by far too many in the Scottish Tories and what remains in Scottish Labour, is no longer masked by any respect for an alternative narrative, which in itself is a sufficient cause for consideration.

Following her coup, Theresa May made great play of engaging with the devolved nations, apparently recognising that Scotland's emerging and more mature polity would require to be taken into account.  However, alongside the platitudes that she dribbled out with respect to Ireland, it is clear that not having a clue, telling lies and then playing to an intolerant gallery of Little Englanders has rendered this not merely invalid but an exercise in specious hypocrisy.  The exclusion of her pathetic sole MP from the inner workings of the Brexit lunacy is a further calculated insult that only someone with the combined lack of insight and backbone as her party leader in Scotland would not be complaining about.

In parallel with the marginalisation of Scotland from any recognition of its differences, ignoring the 20 years of devolution and the principles of government by consent, there is an intriguing process of legal debate on whether there is any check on the UK executive power.  When the government is hiding behind a spurious and antiquated defence of royal prerogative, then it is clear that the UK state is so corrupt and irretrievable that it is hardly worth defending.

For most of my politically-engaged years, I have been convinced that the lack of any coherent British constitution will be the undoing of the Union.  It may well be that Blair's most enduring and positive legacy will have been the creation of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish authorities with proper constitutions and defined powers, as when played out against a central government that revels in its slipperiness and ill-defined despotism it creates at least some framework within which the rights of the citizen are defended and can be exercised.

Without rehearsing the irresponsibility and downright idiocy of the current UK administration's path, and the consequences that are now emerging, the arguments that were put out by the Better Together campaign in 2014 now ring so hollow as to be near silent; the fiscal rectitude and the federalist tropes are discredited.  With the little Englanders moving towards an authoritarian abyss, the choices become much clearer, and the risks of dissolving the Union appear to be offset by the damage that the egregious and unrepresentative stupidity of the May maladministration appears to be hell-bent on wreaking.

Paradoxically, Scotland voting to leave the UK may be the catalyst for the kind of democratic and constitutional reform that the current court case demands.  To watch the denial of accountability, the assault on freedom of expression and the arrogance of power that exists as a consequence of a constitutional vacuum is heart-breaking.  Destroying its certainties may be required to remake a world where the English subject is liberated.

As a federalist, internationalist and an optimist the future looks bleak and uncertain.  Whatever the hate-filled rhetoric emanating from the fascists and fellow-travellers, this is not a given, and there has to be a chance for something better, based around a more socially-coherent, outward-looking society. Scotland has much more of this than much of England outside the enlightened enclaves, and therefore I for one am prepared to listen to the SNP and weigh up its deeds against its words.

It is not about party alignment, but about citizenship and rights.  Listening to the Tories and Labour you would have thought that this is all caprice - and as with the Brexit debate in England they are behind the curve.  There is a lot to play for, but the evidence points me towards independence as a positive option.  Whatever the risks, being shacked to a dictatorial and decaying Union is no longer axiomatic as a precondition for a successful country.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Farewell to the Brexiteers' honeymoon

When it is clear that sterling is to be replaced by Marmite as a reserve currency, the problem becomes  how to avoid the sins of the Brexit lunatics.  Virtually everything that the more thinking advocates of Remain put forward as risks are crystallising, and there remains a vacancy in government which no amount of right-wing rhetoric and third-rate demagoguery can patch up.

For the tin-eared partisans, this is proving far too much to cope with.  They cannot cope with any argument that comes with more than one clause, or with the concept of time and the interdependency of the choices made.  Therefore to see the fascist-tinged press calling for the head of the Governor of the Bank of England, whose eloquent encapsulation of the economic folly launched on the country was moderate in tone and nuanced, demonstrates that their case is failing, and that they will resort to the totalitarian in order to maintain their control, and damn the fate of the plebs and serfs whose credulity was manipulated (for any Brexiter reading this that was laced with irony, I think) into a neoliberal plot which is backfiring spectacularly.

The cretinous and maladroit triumvirate given the task of taking May's disastrous administration forward are not covering themselves in glory.  From the half-witted Panglossian myths that the sky has not fallen in since the vote, partly because they have failed to note that there has been no action taken, and that there will be no consequences, to the racism and hatred they are stoking for those who dare to argue that to dissent and to challenge is a human right, this is a corrupt, ugly and illegitimate use of the machinery of government.

In truth, this probably means little, although the clarity of thinking being demonstrated across the oppositional spectrum, from Anna Soubry through Nicola Sturgeon, Caroline Lucas, Keir Starmer and Tim Farron, to name a few of the more clear-sighted, may make a government with a teetering and illegitimate majority seem a little more frail.  However, when the rhetoric of hate, indifference and hypocrisy that May's Tory faithful lapped up is conflated with the unemployment, inflation and ridicule that her path will bring, it is hardly surprising that there is a pressure valve about to explode.

Looking at the alternatives, it is not clear what can be done short of a General Election and a pro-British, anti-lunacy platform to retrieve whatever of the vandalism can be repaired and to set out a new agenda.  The politicians may be behind the curve on this, but they need to wise up.   The last week has demonstrated quite how far the nations of Britain can still fall - and I'm glad to be a citizen of Scotland at present - but there has to be resistance and courage in speaking to the truth that the consequences of an ill-thought-through act are only just unfolding, and they are very ugly.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The criminals have taken over the asylum

Being identified as a traitor by such patriotic fascist fellow-travellers as the Daily Mail and the Daily Express is a life-affirming experience.  The pathetic parade of incompetence, malice and total dishonesty that they evince in their Tory clients is less so, albeit predictable as the reality of the national folly that has been unleashed becomes apparent.

The breathtaking hypocrisy of Paul Dacre, the foul-mouthed, EU-funded overlord of the tax-avoiding Rothermere's cut-price toilet paper is so glaringly obvious not to require comment.  In the context of the bile-fuelled abuse being legitimised by his newspaper it is less so, as the tone and approach suggests a combination of Julius Streicher and the Salem witch trials.  For an organ that is read by people who purport to be respectable, the Heil is a nasty, depraved perversion of what a newspaper should be.  It is to be hoped that many others will join me in complaining to the toothless IPSO, if only to make the point.

The farrago of criminal lunatics that comprises much of the Maidenhead Mussolini's cabinet are in thrall to the Murdochs and Rothermeres of this world - not accountable to the citizens of this decaying country.  Their behaviour is despicable, their toadying backbenchers and ignorant rebuttals of the rule of law should be called out.  As it is, the headlong rush into lunacy is being presided over by those both too venal and too self-obsessed to realise their duty is to govern the country, not unleash lynch mobs.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Into the totalitarian abyss

The once-United Kingdom's descent into the abyss continues.  For a century, it has been a managed decline, with governments and politicians of all hues attempting to arrest the process.  Listening to the rhetoric emanating from the Tory conference it is now a challenge for the political leadership to accelerate it.  Isolated from the consequences of their actions, where damage to lives and prospects is dismissed as "bumps in the road", this is a amoral and unrepresentative coup by a group of people whose disrespect for the rule of law and those who dissent from their vision is based around no concept of representative government or accountability.

Perhaps the only vaguely-positive spin that can be placed upon May's performance was that she was seeking headlines in the absence of any strategy or vision, diverting the electorate from the moral vacuum at the heart of her coup.  That this could be the most generous assessment possible represents the extent to which the referendum campaign and its consequences have shifted the country into a space of mob rule, where even to express caution and scepticism, let alone dissent, is called out as treachery and by extension turning those who do not buy into the mendacious drivel as legitimate targets for obstructing the "will of the people".  This is not representative government.  This is totalitarianism underpinned by a baying, self-serving media whose interests have never aligned to those they patronise and incite.

What is now clear is that the Tory party is heading towards totalitarianism.  The last time the word "democracy" was abused to the extent that it has been in the last week was by the former Eastern bloc states.  For a Prime Minister to use their party's gathering to accuse those who wish to test the legality of government intention through legal means of "subverting democracy" is a terrifying portent of the abuse to come, legitimising attacks on those of us who believe that the rule of law and the balance of power needs to be validated in a failed state with no workable constitution, and close to a direct incitement to violence.

Add this to the rhetoric of pure, full-throttle racism and hatred epitomised by the proposal to make firms declare either the names or the proportion of their non-British employees, and you have a vision of state control that would have seemed to come straight out of the inter-war fascist period or apartheid-era South Africa.  This is not a state to which anyone should aspire, yet the reporting of the conference suggested that the vast majority of those sycophantic fellow-travellers lapped it up.  It could have come straight out of the pages of the Daily Mail (Hurrah for the Blackshirts) or the Scum, so it is small wonder that last week had seen May brown-nosing Murdochs, father and son alike.

As an aside, I assume that the May disdain for human rights, demonstrated so effectively when she was an undistinguished Home Secretary (making Charles Clarke and Jack Straw look like Roy Jenkins), would be tempered if the lawyers she excoriated were fully paid-up Tories.  To diminish humanity, license war crimes and insult professional military personnel was a triple dog-whistle that received the acclaim the Tories felt it deserved and which scared the rest of us to the marrow.

The final insult was to those of us who are capable of assimilating more than just the Little England narrative.  May's denouncing those of us who are internationalists and outward-looking as "citizens of nowhere" is chilling and inflammatory.  I identify as a citizen of Scotland, Europe and the world with British identity and culture - hardly complex yet apparently treachery.  A small-minded bigotry that reveals more than anyone would want to know.

Hardly surprising, therefore, that the tone of the Conference was dictatorial.  After the charm offensive to Scotland immediately after the palace coup, May has rowed back so that the charmless and clueless David Mundell and Ruth Davidson are now peddling both a Unionist line of "lump it, you peasants" and attempting to undermine the legitimacy of the devolution settlement.  As this is in parallel with the ever more dangerous dismantling of the Irish peace process, this is a potential powder-keg waiting to be tripped by the blind idiocy of those who have never reconciled themselves to a universal franchise, let alone citizens' rights and power.

It was all straight out of the UKIP populist neo-fascist handbook, so it was small wonder that the diminishing band of monobrows staged their own sideshow.  With the Tories moving ever more to the right and spraying like incontinent tomcats to denote their territory, it is hardly surprising that the lunatic fringe feels ever more marginalised.  The fusion of the Tory right and UKIP was obvious during the referendum campaign - the antics of Fox, Davis and Leadsom during the last few days demonstrate that the inevitable process is coming to an end.

This is no longer a battle about Europe.  This is no longer a battle about party politics, but a battle to save the political process and the wider humanity of the country.  It should not be forgotten that the Nazi party achieved power on a minority of the vote, and that then it subverted the constitutional process to entrench itself.  For the hard of thinking, I am not calling the Tories Nazis (at the moment) but the techniques are parallel, and the end could be similar.  The real issue is that there is now a force in government that has no respect for the law, no respect for the legitimacy of debate and opposition and which has implicitly licensed a descent into authoritarianism.  This is to be resisted, and there will be many of us who will be reflecting in the months to come about the limits to this.  May has let the genie out of the bottle and the consequences will not be the ones she professes to desire.


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Creating a failed state in the United Kingdom

There are parallels between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn that their adulating sycophants would not wish made.  The alleged Prime Minister and the absentee Leader of the Opposition are both immensely skilled in pretending to adopt positions that they do not actually hold, in maintaining a facade of pseudo-democracy and in a stitch-up of a political system that is manifestly so unfit for purpose that they cannot even trust the semi-elected Parliament in case it frustrates their ends.

May's transition to the risible cross between Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Farage has been completed this week by what has been portrayed as a united Tory Party.  As sager commentators such as Matthew Parris observe this is a long game, and the remaining sentient and decent Tories are probably well-advised in allowing the constant parade of charlatans and half-wits their heads.  

The tragedy is that these are no longer the backwoods Midlands troglodytes ranting in favour of Imperial Preference from the rostrum before returning back to their monobrowed half-timbered semi-detacheds, but the Ministers who have been selected for the process of disembowelling the UK economy and destroying the UK itself.  To imagine that a corrupt and disgraced hypocrite such as Liam Fox would be lining up to sell out the country is multiplied by the clearly semi-sentience of David Davis and the scrofulous cant of Boris Johnson to create a machine that combines the worst aspects of North Korea with a xenophobia which is straight out of the 1930s textbook.

May is presiding over this, revealing that the bile she attracted as the most illiberal Home Secretary since Charles Clarke is a mere prelude to authoritarianism, lies and the tearing-up of the constitutional protections that have made Britain bearable to live in.  She does not give credence to the idea of legitimate government, preferring the sense of entitlement that characterised the Tory party through the 1980s and 1990s.  As a global disgrace she is at least demonstrating that the UK can compete with Trump and Putin.

Meanwhile Corbyn's visibility is one of the mysteries that surpasses that of the Holy Trinity.  Apparently he has taken to Twitter today not to excoriate the Tories for their callous "bumps in the road" casualties of Brexit, those who will lose jobs, homes and livelihoods in the service of a delusion, but to promote a Labour film festival.  As with May, he was a prisoner of a party with policies before the referendum that he disagreed with, and he is not providing any challenge to a government whose ravages to the public finances, the constitution and the rule of law would inspire Robert Mugabe.  Absent without leave, explanation or respect for the wider electorate - the people who might vote him in.  Much more comfortable retreating to the same 1980s narrative that propels May, I fear.

No accountable government and an invisible Opposition indicate a failed state which may require external intervention to stabilise before being dismembered into functional units.  To listen to the inadequate and mendacious David Mundell, the alleged Scottish Secretary, airbrush the commitments that the Tories (especially May) made to Scotland after her coup out of history, while waiting for Northern Ireland's first legal challenge to the legitimacy of the process does not suggest a government with a programme, or one that is fit for office.  They are not governing to promote the rights of the citizens across the country, and there is a credible case that the state will unravel as its legitimacy disappears.

There are signs of hope and challenge - the legal case against a further diminution of the rights of Parliament, a by-election in the liar's lair of Witney and the evidence that the UK could break up under the strain of being unable to accommodate a government whose legitimacy was always questionable and is now non-existent.  Opposition needs to have a leadership and a cause, for those of us who are still prepared to fight.  Yet picking battles may mean that the corpse of the UK is May's legacy, allowing the nostalgic lunatics a free run in the English shires while creating a modern democracy in those parts of the British Isles that do not already have one.


Sunday, 2 October 2016

Dare call it treason

What is obvious from Mrs May's tenure of the Tory leadership is how tenuous her grip remains on both it and reality.  Her behaviour is both venal and treacherous, daring to build on the snivelling charlatanry that characterised her unlamented predecessor, more concerned with holding the vicious cyphers of the Tory party in check than acting in the national interest.  This is not the act of a leader or a government that is fit for office.

There is a currency within the Brexit apologists that those of us who did not vote for their farrago of lies and misrepresentations are traitors at worst, moaners and dog-in-the-mangerists at best.  We are told that we should accept the result of the referendum and that we should work with them to continuing digging into the pit of ignoble self-harm that they peddle as a solution to the self-interests of the plutocrat, the oligarch and the parasite.  They are the traitors.

May is also usurping both the gains of Magna Carta and the Civil War to limit the power of the Crown and restrain the executive from illegal action.   As previously noted, the planned abuse of the Royal Prerogative is analogous to the Nazis' Enabling Act, and the general tone of her seditious bunch of conspirators is clearly designed to stage a coup against both the rule of law and the rights of the citizen.

Witness the bare-faced hypocrisy with which May breezed into the Scottish political world, all emollience and participatory language.  Now when tested she has resorted to the Thatcherite language of authoritarianism and admonishing the uppity subjects which served the Tories so well in Scotland, and she will blunder into Irish affairs at her peril.  Whether she can push through her totalitarian vision is likely to be the test of endurance that will determine her success.

This is fast becoming not a European, nor a left-right issue.  It is whether there is a legitimate, controlled government in place, or whether we have moved towards the junta-based model that the hard right would excoriate in theory but collude with in practice.  There is a need to wake up before it is too late.