A bit of a corbyn

So does anyone know what’s going on? Nope. Me neither. There are just 63 working days left for Parliament before the Brexit clock runs out, and British politics isn’t just broken, it’s been reduced to its constituent atoms, sucked into a black hole, and squeezed out the other end into an alternate universe in which supposedly serious reporters stick a microphone in Ross Thomson’s face and ask him for his considered opinion. You’d be as well asking a balloon animal. And to be fair the BBC has tried that. Liam Fox is being interviewed on Newsnight as I type.

Absolutely everything that Theresa May has promised has turned out to be wrong. She is consistently and reliably wrong. There’s been no one in the history of British politics who’s been more wrong than Theresa May. Except John McTernan. On Monday morning Theresa’s little helpers were still trotting round the tellyland studios to assure us all that the vote was going to go ahead, until by early afternoon it became clear that it wouldn’t.

The vote was postponed. Postponed until when exactly, Theresa wasn’t for saying. Presumably it’s postponed until such time as she can come up with something that might allow her to keep her job and keep her party together. Since there’s precious little prospect of that, and the EU has made it clear that they’re not going to renegotiate the existing deal, the postponement is just a desperate attempt to delay the inevitable. Theresa’s going to do a tour of EU capitals anyway, begging for something that she’s already been told she’s not going to get. There’s that punching above your weight that the UK was so proud of. Not so much Brexit means Brexit as Brexit means that the people who told Scotland that it was too small to become independent are now reduced to desperate pleading for some concessionary crumbs from the Irish Republic, Estonia, and Malta.

The headline in the Guardian at the time of writing this blog article is “Desperate May reveals her plan B: to buy more time.” Which is a headline that could have appeared in any newspaper at any time since June 2016.

The only thing that this sorry excuse for a government cares about is the internal party politics of the Conservative party. Nothing else matters. We got the Brexit referendum in the first place because of internal Tory party politics, and internal Tory party politics have driven the entire Brexit process ever since. And we have to listen to this bunch of hypocrites telling us that they’re working in the national interest. Now the whole of the UK is being left to dangle on the Brexit noose until some unspecified time in the New Year, when Theresa might, just might, have come up with a formula that the different factions of her party can agree to. But the chances of her finding one are as remote as the chances of David Mundell finding a principle to resign over.

The only thing that the most ineffective Prime Minister in living memory has got going for her is that she’s up against the most ineffective Opposition leader in history. It is a source of amazement, a wonder of miraculous proportions, a record breaking performance that story tellers will be recounting to wide eyed children around the campfires of the post-Brexit apocalypse, that even when faced with incompetence and venality on the scale of Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn still can’t command a substantial lead over her in the opinion polls. Hell, never mind substantial, any lead at all would do.

In generations to come the word corbyn will enter the dictionaries as a noun meaning something or someone which is unfit for the task you hope to use it for. As in, “I tried to put together that new flatpack wardrobe, but I needed a screwdriver and I only had a chewed up nailfile that was handmade by a Bolivian peasants’ collective. So that was a bit of a corbyn.” Or as a verb meaning to refrain from action on the basis of some unrelated principle. As in, “Well I was going to save the cows from the fire in the cowshed. But I’m a vegetarian and don’t believe in meat-farming. So I corbyned them. There’s some cooked steaks in the fridge. A bit overdone mind.”

Labour isn’t calling for a no-confidence motion in a government that has pretty much abdicated any attempt at governing. After slagging off Theresa May for not holding a Brexit vote because she didn’t think it was going to be successful, Labour is now refusing to move a motion of no-confidence because they don’t think it’s going to be successful. And if the SNP, Plaid, and the Lib Dems move a no-confidence motion instead, well you can always rely on Labour to abstain.

No one knows where we’ll be tomorrow. So much for the supposed stability and security of the UK. Will Brexit happen? No one knows. Will this Conservative government last beyond Christmas? No one knows. Will there be a Brexit deal? No one knows. Will the UK manage to stay in the EU after all? No one knows. The only thing that anyone knows is that Scotland will continue to be marginalised and ignored and that Scotland’s interests will never figure in the calculations of a Westminster government. This isn’t a union. It’s a farce.

What’s the point of being a part of a so-called union that doesn’t even acknowledge Scotland’s existence? What’s the point of being a part of a so-called union which treats Scotland and its concerns with contempt and derision. What’s the point of being a part of a so-called union whose masters and mistresses play games with one another and as as detached from reality as a bad acid trip. Theresa May, she’s a bit of a corbyn.

A poll over the weekend found that 53% of voters in Scotland think that independence would be better than a negotiated Brexit, and a whopping 59% think that independence would be better than a no-deal Brexit. The events of Monday can only have reinforced the impression amonst the electorate in Scotland that Westminster is a confused dystopian soap opera which isn’t fit for purpose, and in which Scotland isn’t even a sideshow. The events of Monday in Westminster, and what may transpire the rest of this week, is only going to increase the conviction of people in Scotland that independence is better than this.

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40 comments on “A bit of a corbyn

  1. Davy says:

    What a day, it was a complete numpty-fess.

    My wife has stated it is the best soap-opera she has ever seen. I’m asking where has that bakers dozen of Scottish tory MP’s vanished to ? the gutless clowns have dis-appeared, maybe hiding behind one of “mundells” red lines. Theirs enough of them.

  2. Millsy says:

    What is there left to say after a day like today – except , it will probably be worse tomorrow .

    ”Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace to the last syllable of recorded time , and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death…”

    Macbeth had it easy compared to Brexit and the Tories .

  3. Hetty says:

    It’s a full time job just keeping up with the utter criminal mess that the Tory party & their pals the Red Tory party are making.

    I read that sentence, ‘serious reporters stick a microphone in Ross Thomsons face’, in a completely different way, like it was going to be a less than desirable offifice. Just goes to show my mind, but it might as well be his a**e!

    With all this crap going on, makes you wonder, just what/who is actually doing the ‘day job’ right now at Westminster Tory headquarters. They can’t manage Brexit so how the hell are they managing the ‘country’! In other words, the 4 nations that make up the so called UK.

    Terrifying times.

  4. Hetty says:

    Meant orifice, lol.

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  6. Macart says:

    Just when you thought you’d seen the worst day in UK politics? Along comes another and yet another. Today also falls under the general heading of ‘don’t say you weren’t warned’.

    Yes, it was painfully shocking viewing as leaders of both government and the (not so) honourable opposition put party politics before the needs of the people. They both bottled their respective duties and office. May was pretty much right out there and at least admitted that the division of the house left her with no choice but to defer the vote. For a heartbeat I thought honesty was about to break out and she was going to admit this was her way of avoiding a humiliating defeat which would lead to her finding a sheet of carboard to lie on outside Westminster. Still kept up the bullshit line of my deal or no deal right enough. Despite the fact that the ruling of the ECJ supplied the people and government with yet another perfectly viable option. But who cares what the plebs might want?

    Then came Mr Corbyn and OH. MY. GOD. If EVER there was an open goal awaiting a tap in? It was right there in front of Labour today. Two things missing from Mr Corbyn’s response to the statement.

    1. Despite his rambling, yet firey, denunciation of Ms May’s handling of Brexit to date? Mr Corbyn failed to state just what Labour’s firm and radical alternative stance might be (Mainly because neither he nor Labour have a settled stance).

    2. He had the perfect chance to call a vote of no confidence which would have effectively brought Ms May’s tenure to an end.Seems Labour don’t want the big job after all. Or rather, they’d prefer to let someone else take responsibility for the utter omnishambles that is Brexit UK and use their sad but resigned face as people starve in their own streets. Or mibbies let someone else settle their own party disunity and provide their membership with a fait accompli. (shrugs) You pays your money really. Regardless, Mr Corbyn decided against the tap in.

    Once again neither party leader covered themselves in glory. Both disrespected their office and the chamber they sat in. Both let down the populations of the UK in their own fashion.

    Safe prediction time. This won’t be the worst day in Westminster politics. The worst is yet to come.

  7. Interpolar says:

    Theresa May is consistently wrong?

    … then I would gather that now is the time after all.

  8. Donald anderson says:

    Does anyone know what Jeremiah Corbyn stands for?

  9. Please correct me, if I wrong, but perhaps ‘Plan B’ is: Plan Blank? ~ and thanks for another interesting blog!

  10. Kenzie says:

    Why anyone expects actual action from Corbyn is simply beyond me. Here is a man who spent 32 years as a Labour Backbencher and never once got the slightest sniff of power, Anyone tell me why?

  11. Sass says:

    What I can’t understand is the percentages that don’t think Independence is a good idea after the mess being created by London. Are they blind, stupid or sadly believing the nonsense in the media.

  12. Jim Morris says:

    Will Brexit happen? Brexit has happened. We will not be part of the EU on March 30th. To “stay in” would involve the end of British Territories Tax Haven status, and the acceptance through Parliament of all the clauses of the EU Finance Bill which have already been discussed, agreed on and voted into law by the other 27 countries. Clauses included no offshore bank accounts, no EBTs, no Registering of companies in tax havens (Gibraltar alone has 26,000 companies registered there), and the tax men in each country will have powers to go after the past 20 years of avoided tax. The Tory infra-party pantomime is a cover up of the reality of Brexit and of those who are dictating our place in the world.

  13. Shagpile says:

    Could be her plan B is to troll the 27 to find an AG who has a different interpretation of the UK AG so she can say to parliament see… the backstop is not permanent, so there is nothing to worry about… oh look, a squirrel!

    As an aside, parliament will have it’s meaningless vote at 23:59 on 28 Mar 19.


  14. bringiton says:

    There is zero prospect of the EU “renegotiating” May’s deal,the one she claimed was the only show in town.
    Some of the countries she is visiting thought the agreed terms were over generous to the UK anyway.
    She knows it,so all she is doing is getting out of Dodge (dodging a bullet you might say) until the dust settles.
    She must have a phd in Can Kicking.

  15. Andy Anderson says:

    I am disMAYed at the farce yesterday. It was like ice cream day in a kindergarten with lots of noise, none of it coherent.

    Some of the questions MP’s asked showed that they did not have a clue about the EU withdrawal agreement. At least I have had a wee butchers at it. Hopefully in our future independent parliament we will put a process in place to assess a persons ability’s in logic, analysis and intelligence so that we never get a chaotic situation up here. Mind you what we have now is often a bit grim.

    Looking forward to seeing how this all pans out.

  16. MI5 Troll says:

    Well said, dug-“a bit of a Corbyn” indeded. I have been laughing at times in the last week but now I am mainly just getting more and more angry. It’s hard to remember a pair of more incompetent leaders of the Westminster parties, than May and Corbyn. I note Scot goes pop is showing a turn again in the polls for “Yes” which must continue Iwould think.

  17. Grafter says:

    Time to get the yellow vests on.

  18. Andy Anderson says:

    This mornings news, 11 December

    Theresa May’s whirlwind Brexit tour has been left in tatters moments after it began after the head of the EU declared there is “no room whatsoever for renegotiation.”
    The Prime Minister barely had breakfast with the Dutch PM on a 1,500-mile trip before her bid to reshape her withdrawal deal was attacked by Jean-Claude Juncker.
    The European Commission President said he was “surprised” Mrs May had dropped a vote in Parliament on her deal – which 27 EU leaders had already agreed – last night.
    He warned “it would appear that there are problems right at the end of the road”, adding: “The deal we have achieved is the best deal possible, it is the only deal possible.”

  19. crabbitgits says:

    I feel we’ve all been looking the wrong way about this Brexit business, apart from a few who’ve pointed the right way, one of whom posted earlier in this thread. The UK and London have been the “go to” centre for stashing illicit wealth on a massive scale for decades. All the stolen cash from the countries around the world that has been “taken” by those in control finds it’s way into off-shore accounts via London. London is the head of the snake and the centre and controller of all off shore “banking” for the entire planet. The rich and powerful in the UK all have there wealth hidden away in these accounts and are not going to stand by and watch it being taken from them. Oh no. And that and that alone is why we’re going to have a hard, “no deal Brexit”.

    Another rather strange thing about yesterday was not what we heard from those who spoke but what we didn’t hear from those that didn’t! Jacob Rees Mugg no where to be seen. BoJo sitting at the back of WM, arms folded mouth shut, quite content with the way things were panning out. David Cameron has been out of sight and out of mind for months; swanning off and swimming in his millions no doubt! The Labour Party was full of hot air as usual, showing nothing of substance and like someone else posted earlier, why should we expect anything else. A party who have made a life’s work of abstaining and conforming led by a leader that has only found fame in the shadows his whole life. They have their booty locked away off shore as well, you can bet your granny on it!
    So, why would they give up their millions for us lot? The UK has been sold down the river, the family silver has been pawned and those of us left are all going to wake up from this nightmare pretty soon with a rude fucking awakening!

    We in Scotland have one last chance to get out of it and save ourselves and that is only if Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Government have been playing the game, which is the only thought that’s been giving me hope through all this shit mess, and is going to strike when the time is right. That time is just about right. I place my faith in Sturgeon. I hope it’s not misplaced. If it is I’m finished with it for good.

    • wm says:

      I agree with every sentance of your comment, and have done for some time. We have allowed them to con us for decades. I have also got faith in Nicola Sturgeon to call Indy2 at the correct time, and if we don’t win it god help us.

  20. Anne Martin says:

    The writers of Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister could never in a million years have dreamt up a storyline like the one playing out in the HoC at the moment!

  21. Davy says:

    I think even “Humphreys” would be spinning trying to figure this load of bolloxs out.

  22. On the bright side there was the sterling performance by Joanna Cherry on Victoria Derbyshire this morning. I caught the latter part of the discussion by accident and Joanna Cherry came over as a bright light in a murky room. Excellent.

    • Anne Martin says:

      Joanna did a great interview on Sky too. She didn’t allow herself to be interrupted at all. We really do have several excellent politicians in the SNP.

  23. I just caught up with the start of the debate at the Hoc.
    Corbyn is truly a waste of space. He and Lidington are just regurgitating the same old guff…
    We are governed by fools now who haven’t a clue.
    Time for Indyref 2.

    • Andy Anderson says:

      Phrases this afternoon have been “embarrassed to be British”, “world thinks we are a joke”, “she is dead in the water”, “high chance of no deal increases”.

      Irish polititian explained the current situation exactly as it is.

      Corbyn is all talk and no substance. The last person as popular has he and Theresa are was called Guy Fawkes.

  24. Jk scobie says:

    All bad news on stv tonight with John mckay, All is bad in Scotland,even on radio 2 at lunchtime today some tory insisted that the ukay holds all the aces,really how deluded are these clowns.

  25. Macart says:

    Huh! Almost predictably, Mr Corbyn refuses to back a vote of no confidence citing (wait for it) now is not the time. Rumours of letters flying thick and fast t’boot.

    Honestly? I have no idea what happens next and anyone who says they do is either a good guesser or completely delusional. The can kicking suits May and Corbyn down to the ground. Where it all ends up is anyone’s guess.

    Known facts: 1. Westminster parliament is in a state of chaos 2. Both leading parties have shown biblical disrespect to the house, their own members and the populations of these islands 3. Both would rather avoid national ballots whether GE or people’s vote if they possibly could and for reasons that have been more than well covered on this site and a host of others 4. The vote has been deferred till late January leaving only a matter of weeks till Brexit day and the transition period 5. As we’re all aware, Brexit of any description will prove disastrous at best and utterly catastrophic at worst for massive swathes of our populations and 6…

    Well 6. We still have an option available if we want it

    Westminster, its political class and in particular those invested in maintaining the duopoly which has brought the UK to this pass, have proven beyond all doubt that the care of the populations of these islands is not the priority in their thinking.

    The greed, arrogance and ignorance of these people brought this omnishambles to your door. Conservative, Labour or Libdem, ALL equally responsible for this massive bout of self harm. ALL of them, without exception, practised politics without care or thought for the harm they were doing to the populations in their care. Society isn’t merely broken from their actions. It is fractured beyond repair. A true reflection of the house and politics which created the problem.

    You’re better than this people and you deserve better. You can change this and a helping hand is always welcome.

  26. Welsh Sion says:

    I know it’s off topic, for which apologies.

    However, as 11 December is here, I thought I’d share the date with those readers of this blog who are not familiar with the date in *our* history so they may wish to learn a little more about one of Scotland’s staunch allies.

    11 December (1282) marks the death of murder by English Crown forces of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Wales, and effectively the loss of Welsh independence. Although his brother, Dafydd continued to fight against Longshanks and his army until his capture and his subsequent hanging, drawing and quartering in 1283, we acknowledge 11 December as a day of mourning.

    Edward I’s Statute of Wales (1284) imposed English Criminal Law (not civil or property law) on the Welsh and Llywelyn’s Principality became the English Crown (an ‘English’ Prince of Wales taking his title as the Sovereign’s eldest son in 1301 – a tradition maintained to this day.) The remainder of Cymru was divvied up amongst Marcher Lords who pursued their own forms of law, fairly autonomously from the King, although he was their ultimate Lord.

    Cymru would not finally be annexed completely (no Treaties of Union nor politicians ‘bought with English gold’ for us – but a complete and thorough Anschluss where one country swallows another) until the Laws in Wales Acts of 1535 and 1542, under Henry VIII.

    These Acts, would not be repealed until 21 December 1993 – and consequently you may say that legally, by decree of Westminster, we have no longer been in union with England for a quarter of a century since then. We look forward to the happy time when Scotland, too can discard the Treaties and Acts of Union that she has with England.

  27. susan says:

    Corbyn? Just shows how bad Labour is and how right Scots are to have no truck with the British Nationalist parties.

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