Yesterday Theresa May, today our free and fearless press: the inability to accept reality, the insistence that We British are always right and the dastardly garlic-crunching foreigners are always wrong, the unwillingness to accept such concepts as negotiation and compromise, the understanding that all those claims of how easy it was going to be were no more than packs of fanciful lies, the whole delusion is laid bare.
We were told Brexit would be no more than a pleasant walk in the park. The deals would be wrapped up in the blink of an eyelid. They needed us more than we needed them. We held all the cards. And anyway, who won the war?
The reality - that many Tory MPs are still unwilling, or more likely incapable, of understanding - is that the EU wanted to be nice to Ms May, to help her out. Her inflexibility and ineptitude scuppered that idea. Trying to cut out Michel Barnier didn’t help our cause. And thinking we could pick off some of the other 27 member states was plain stupid.
It was, whisper it quietly, a mess of our own making. So what has the right-leaning part of the Fourth Estate to say for itself in apologia this morning? Well, the comedy newspaper that is the Express has just carried on lying, screaming that the EU is “vengeful”. But that is rank amateurism when put alongside the howling denunciation from the Sun.
The Murdoch goons have suffered the meltdown to end all press meltdowns this morning: from the front page headline “EU DIRTY RATS … Euro mobsters ambush May”, to the pointless article telling “Chequers Brexit proposal explained - what is Theresa May’s plan, when will it be voted on and who is for and against it” (because it’s dead), to the hectoring, abusive editorial, the impression of helpless outrage is inescapable.
That editorial is British Euro-failure distilled into powerless ranting. “WE can’t wait to shake ourselves free of the two-bit mobsters who run the European Union … EU leaders promised a fair hearing on our future relationship at yesterday’s crunch Salzburg summit … Instead, Mrs May was ambushed with a cack-handed attempt to sign us up to Brussels’ unacceptable terms there and then”. She wasn’t. But the lies are just ramping up.
“Yesterday the leaders of the undemocratic European Union showed their true colours”. The European Parliament is an elected body, unlike, say, the management of News UK. But do go on.”This isn’t some grand project, designed to bring the peoples of Europe together in one happy union. It’s a protection racket”. Yes, protecting the people of Europe from shyster capitalists like Rupert Murdoch. And boy, does he hate them for it.
And on it goes. “They have refused to negotiate in good faith. They have refused to compromise, even while Britain has worked day-in, day-out to find agreement”. Britain hasn’t worked at all to find agreement. Also, the EU has been the one negotiating in good faith, while the UK has been trying to pick off member states (see above).
Then comes the self-awareness failure: “Like all good gangsters, they’re trying to rule by fear”. Is that a Murdoch paper trying to call “gangster” on someone else? And denouncing the EU as “an outfit that increasingly looks more at home in Sicily than Strasbourg”?
Hurling abuse at the EU. Because it worked so well before, didn’t it? Or maybe not.
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