Outwith the spluttering, incoherent and divided world of the Tories, this dominant image the world is presented with is of impotence and authoritarianism. An atrocity committed in Las Vegas followed natural disaster, which demonstrated both the callousness and the inadequacy of the Trump administration. In Catalonia, whatever the rights and wrongs of the independence referendum, the response of the Spanish state should send early warnings about the intentions of a Westminster faced with challenges that could break up the United Kingdom, especially the craven failure of the British Foreign Secretary to even express an opinion, let alone outrage.
Maintaining the current regime has become May's preoccupation. She has never approached the role with any recognition that she is capable of differentiating between partisan bickering in her own party and the requirements of a leader with national pretensions. Inadequate in all aspects, mental, political and moral, she is a prisoner of a far-right faction of lunatics and traitors who are maintaining her in her role not out of any loyalty but cold-blooded calculation that when the edifice totters over the edge the field will be left to them to act out some kind of neo-fascist fantasy. The Johnsons, Rees-Moggs and their acolytes are quislings even to the Tories.
Six months ago, there was no need to hold a General Election. The Tories lost. So did Labour, despite the hubris and complacency that they demonstrated in Brighton. The real losers were the country, faced with a spurious choice between parties incapable of addressing the reality that the path to an ill-defined, destructive disengagement from the European Union cannot be delivered on the terms that have been presented, nor with the benign consequences that the deluded cheerleaders expect. Neither of the principal parties was prepared to challenge the assertion that the inchoate "will of the people" required a particularly vile neo-liberal dismantling of society, nor set out the consequences of no growth, inflation and the annihilation of international trade. A failure of leadership compounded by the result.
Since the election, May has pursued a path that failed to recognise the reality of her plight. Dealing with the far-right, terrorist fellow-travellers of the DUP, rather than attempting to build bridges with the centre and left, made it clear that there was nothing in her approach that recognised her responsibility to the nations. That is seditious and treasonable, and in destroying the link between the Prime Minister's role and the national interest she has further undermined the spurious legitimacy of the unwritten constitution. In the light of the kicking and screaming, grudging and ineffective refusal to accept the legitimacy and the sovereignty of Parliament, this is not a representative government but a conspiracy of usurpers.
Refusing even to engage with the wider community is symptomatic of an authoritarian dictatorship - May has much more in common with Kim Jong Un than possession of nuclear weapons and a pathological hatred of imaginary enemies. In the context of negotiations with the EU, a responsible government would not merely prepare impact assessments but publish them across every sector and department affected by the discussions. The argument put forward by the Tories is that this would compromise their negotiating - a lie and a feint that leads to two possible (and complementary) conclusions, firstly that the assessment is so bleak that a responsible government would pull back, and secondly that the quality and depth of the analysis is in keeping with the approach that the half-witted morons of Davis, Johnson and Fox have adopted in their role.
This is all distraction tactics, not the actions of a party either in government or even fit for it. The false patriotism that even the alleged Tory modernisers exude is tiresome and hypocritical. Alarm bells should be on permanently, given that the acceptable face of the Tories is seen to be Ruth Davidson, an inconsistent lackey who will adopt any political stance that might embarrass the SNP until told to U-turn by the centre, when she will claim a continuous policy approach. If this is the face of future Toryism, it is smug, hypocritical and doomed.
May has no mandate and no authority. Faced with rebellions and dissent Thatcher was ruthless, but then she had a gerrymandered majority in the Commons. Instead, May is pathetic in her failure to assert herself even against a criminal self-styled buffoon whose relationship with Rupert Murdoch should be subject to much more scrutiny. Johnson should have been sacked by now - he could have formed the focus of a right-wing cabal on the backbenches that might finally cause the few remaining voices of sanity in the Tory party to question their allegiances and promote loyalty to the nations' interests.
A party that was once pragmatic is now an extreme sect, and dominated by a particularly vile strand of English intolerance and hatred. Even its few younger members are bitten by this misanthropic selfishness, which is, in the long-run, why it is doomed. Each election strategy has been based around promoting division and distrust, sufficient to provide an electoral base - but as further groups are stigmatised and alienated, this becomes a liability rather than a triumph. Evidence is that it is not merely the young who are losing any trust in this bunch of spivs, but that the hold is loosening across even their target groups.
May's one hope might have been to crystallise a leadership contest on her terms, much as Major faced down Redwood in 1995. It may not have saved the Tories in the subsequent election, as they were irredeemable by that stage, but it did provide an assertion of leadership that mitigated the impact of popular disgust. Now this option has disappeared up the orifices of vanity and delusion that propelled her into office, and she deserves the fate that awaits her.
If this was taking place in isolation, the Tory machinations would be both amusing and cathartic. Yet this is a luxury that cannot be afforded in the context of the tragedy they preside over - destroying a country's future for partisan ends. The best question of the week was how long can the purported "will of the people" be immutable, and there have been no answers to that. As the negotiations unravel on the back of incompetence, arrogance and Russian-backed propaganda, there is no choice for the Tories but to pursue this idiocy at all costs, apparently. They are unfit for office at best, criminally-insane in reality.
The opportunity for regaining control and direction is, paradoxically, closer than ever. At some stage the vultures will pick over May's corpse, finding nothing more nutritious than gas and hypocrisy, At this point the Tory fissures reopen - and at this point, there needs to be a clear, coherent appeal to those capable of reason that there is a chance to act in the interests of the wider community. Labour's tactics appear to be to allow the Tory dance of death to unravel without criticism or intervention, which is a foolish abandonment of opposition. It falls on the disenfranchised and under-represented to keep the opposition alive, and to articulate that there is no inevitability to UK immolation. We are not going away, nor will there be much forgiveness of those who either directly destroyed the future or those whose passive connivance continues to support their delusions. Revolt is impartial, and the reverberations are hideously unpredictable.