It’s Tuesday, so there must be yet another disastrous screw up in the UK. This is the pre-Chilcot screw up. Today’s the day that the Tories get to shine, if you can polish a turd you’d get the Tory leadership contest. The two main contenders are Teresa May, who permanently bears the expression of a woman who starts each day with a bowl of crispy wasps with bile duct dressing for breakfast before saying a quick prayer to a shrine of Maggie Thatcher, and Andrea Leadsom, who’s what you’d get if you crossed a Pound Shop branch manager with Nigel Farage in drag and then put them in charge of a disability benefits assessment.
Michael Gove is clinging on to his faltering campaign, in the same way that a really obstinate snotter clings onto a nasal hair. No one wants to admit that they can still see him there. But then Michael’s campaign was never about getting Mikey boy into Number 10 to begin with, it was about making sure that Boris didn’t get their either, and ensuring that the wee Tory snotter couldn’t be ignored by whoever does make it into Number 10 – since they’ll only be there because Mikey put a banana under BoJo’s big clown shoes.
Equally the other two candidates’ canditatures were never about them having any realistic prospect of getting into Number 10. Both have now withdrawn from the race and backed the wasp eater. Stephen Crabb and Liam Fox may be arrogant, venal, and self-serving, but they’re not so stupid as to believe they ever had a realistic chance of getting the PM’s job.
Frying Pan Face Crabb stood in order to raise his profile, which hitherto was as flat as his nose. He’s got his eye on the leadership campaign after this one when once again he can delight us with his opinions that gay people can be cured – although clearly being a homophobic Tory bastert is a terminal disorder. And Liam Fox only stood in order to make a bid to get back into the cabinet after getting unceremoniously dumped during the Coalition after that embarrassing little episode with Adam Werritty. But the media haven’t bothered to mention all the many reasons why Liam Fox shouldn’t be allowed within a light year of power as they’ve been far too busy concentrating on the real scandals that rock the nation – like that time Jeremy Corbyn once went into a shop for some organic fairtrade teabags and got change for a tenner even though he’d only given the shopkeeper a fiver.
While the Tory party plays pretend politics with the career ambitions of chancers, millions of people are left with uncertain futures. The Tories want certainty for themselves and their party, the rest of the country can go hang. The wasp eater is quite happy to use hundreds of thousands of EU citizens resident in the UK as bargaining counters in negotiations that will only begin at some unspecified point in the future after the Tories have sorted themselves out and got some certainty for themselves.
There has never been a clearer instance of putting party before people, with the possible exception of the Parliamentary Labour party. At a time of national crisis, a time when the Tory party is leaderless, rudderless, and without a plan, Labour’s politicians have decided that this is the best time to mount a coup against the elected party leader and paralyse the official opposition. If Labour’s spineless plotters do ever get around to mounting a formal challenge to Corbyn, the vote will go to the members who may very well return Corbyn as leader. Labour is now at serious risk of fracturing into two, creating a divided opposition at a time when it was never more imperative that the people of England and Wales had a strong and united opposition to Tory rule. UKIP’s nastiness will worm its way into the political vacuum.
Nicola Sturgeon issued a statement condemning the way in which the lives and livelihoods of millions of EU citizens resident in the UK are being held hostage to the fortunes of negotiations which the Tories will get around to at some point in the future once they’ve sorted out their own internal party problems. Ordinary people should not be bargaining chips in a Tory poker game. It was to Nicola’s immense credit that she issued the statement, and it was to the immense shame of the UK that she had to issue it in the first place. But that’s the ugly and nasty place that post Brexit Britain has become.
Today also saw the news that hate crimes in London have risen by more than 50% since the referendum. Sky News reported that across England and Wales, hate crimes have risen five fold since the EU referendum. Fascists, bigots, racists and xenophobes too the result as vindication of their hateful views. The responsibility for the assaults and attacks rests not only with the primitives who carried them out, but also with a Conservative party which sparked off the referendum as a means of settling internal party differences, and a Leave campaign which used fear of immigration as a whip.
Only in Scotland do the police report no rise in hate crimes as a result of the EU referendum. It’s not fashionable, it’s not accepted in many quarters to say that Scots are better than British nationalists. But we are, and our response to Brexit proves it. The people of Scotland are morally and ethically superior to the Tories. That’s faint praise though. We are also better than a Parliamentary Labour party which uses a national crisis to wring its hands and wield the knife against their own leader. We are better than the selfish rats of Westminster fighting in a sack in order to claim the right to govern us. In a time of national crisis, Scotland rose to the occasion, while Westminster’s so called leaders hid or fought in the gutter.
Even before the Chilcot report is published, with its likely message of the venality of UK politicians, it’s never been clearer that Scotland needs to escape from this dysfunctional mess.
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