Those out there on the right of the Tory Party had told the world that they would have their 48 letters expressing no confidence in Theresa May by Thursday lunchtime. Then it was Thursday afternoon. Then it was Friday. Now it might be Monday next. But they are not downhearted, and nor are they out of touch with reality, honest. And to show just how true that claim is has come more wisdom from (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries.
Ms Dorries has already found any kind of Customs Union to be not to her taste, if only because she has difficulty understanding what one of those is. So it must be A Very Bad Thing. But she still wants the media coverage, and so instead of admitting she hasn’t a clue what she’s on about, has just carried on digging herself deeper.
So when the member for time long past Jacob Rees Mogg, and London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson harped on about the UK becoming a “vassal state”, she seems to have fancied a bit of that. The problem she then encountered was summarised by Alan Gibbons. “‘I call it a vassal state, an empty state.’ So Nadine Dorries confuses empty vessel with vassal, meaning a person in a permanent state of subordination to another. Good to see the calibre of some of our politicians”.
As Steven Bray the Stop Brexit man might have said, it’s not going very well, is it? On she ploughed, contributing to an article in The Comet titled “Our Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire MPs react to Brexit agreement”. While her fellow Tories Oliver Heald and Alistair Burt were cautiously in favour, the Fragrant Nadine was not.
“It means we have no vote, no voice, no veto. No MEPs, no commissioner and no say when we leave”. Which part of “Leaving the European Union” does Madam not understand? Still, she did know “It won’t pass through Parliament … It’s a disaster and no MP who has the best interests of the country at heart can vote for this”.
Could it get worse? It certainly could, when a layer of delusion was added to the mix, with Ms Dorries musing “If Graham Brady received 158 letters it would remove the need for a vote of no confidence. There is also no requirement for letters to be published or to be made public”. Would that mean there are more of them?
After all, if the European Reform Group and its pals are having difficulty mustering 48 signatures, 158 does seem a bit of a big ask. But to leaven the boredom, she has brought forth more of that award-winning prose: “To be clear, I submitted my own letter to Graham Brady some weeks ago. The writing has been on the wall for some time”.
Pity it wasn’t on the piece of paper she put in the envelope.
Also a pity that she and her pals can’t tell the difference between the Brexit withdrawal agreement and the agreement which would cover the UK’s future relationship with the EU. And remember, folks, they allowed her to become an MP.
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