You do have to wonder whether the thirty pieces of silver extracted from May by the Klan in Northern Ireland were necessary, given the extent to which the Labour Party has connived in pursuing the alleged will of that section of the people permitted a vote in a 2016 advisory referendum. The role of politicians should be to argue, to lead and to debate - not to pretend that their hands are tied behind their back. Adults are able to take their responsibilities seriously, without constant reference to events that are increasingly looking like a subversion of even what passes for democracy at the UK national level.
May’s predicament gets worse - how many more Ministers can she lose? The efforts to “draw a line” as each sleazy episode lurches to its unsavoury conclusion resemble the last days of the Major administration, except that the talent within the Conservative Party is now so abysmal that it would be difficult to conceive who else could possibly be promoted that won’t result in hyperventilation by the hard right whose agenda she pursues with a messianic insanity. If the latent contradictions of the policy she is enabling do not emerge with massive force over the next six months then surprise will be a reasonable minimum.
All the evidence points to utter incompetence and imbecility on the part of politicians at Westminster, which will eventually come back to haunt them. Without an executive branch either resourced or able to deliver the contradictory outcomes desired by the corrupt and the venal, the next stage of negotiations with Brussels and our erstwhile allies will result in humiliation - especially when being harried by the devolved nations and a united, non-partisan opposition outside Parliament. This could be the salvation of Labour, but it appears to be completely oblivious that its enabling of national suicide will not result in sustained support.
The prospects are bleak, but evil usually sows its own destruction. The cliches are out, but this may be the darkest hour before the realisation that a sovereign state can reverse its own mistakes. Hopefully there will be enough intellect left when the traitors, enablers and colluders are deposed for there to be something better emerging from the wreckage. That’s about as optimistic as one can get at the moment.