As the clock ticks remorselessly down towards the end of October, and the UK’s exit from the EU by default and without a deal, minds are becoming focused - and those with a fundamentally fraudulent or selfish position are being cruelly exposed. Those who have declared themselves opposed to a no-deal Brexit are suddenly willing to move ever closer to that state - providing they can block Jeremy Corbyn.
Those so doing talk about being unable to trust the Labour leader, even thought he has laid out his plan for putting down a Vote of No Confidence in alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, leading a caretaker administration, negotiating an extension to the Article 50 period, setting up a General Election, and then setting up a referendum on the terms of leaving the EU, with an option to Remain.
Everything that Remain backers have wished for is included in the Corbyn offer. Yet there are still some out there, perhaps swayed by those in our free and fearless press who really believe that Ken Clarke or Harriet Harman would command wider support in the Commons than Jezza, who say they will not work with the Labour leader. They are not making sense - and in increasing number of independent commentators know it.
The machinations of Jo Swinson, still claiming to lead the Lib Dems, have not impressed Sunny Hundal: “He offered to work with everyone else as we wanted him to. Now LDs can't dictate who gets to lead opposition. That's now how this works … There’s no one candidate who can unite everyone. Plenty of Lab members will be unhappy with being led by a Tory … Parties that can barely muster 10 MPs don't get to call shots”.
Jon Worth, giving the expat view, is on the same page: “if you’re someone who wants a caretaker / unity government for the UK, your route there goes via Corbyn whether you like it or not … Get Corbyn to table VONC on 3 Sept, thinking he can be PM. Give him 3 days to try, he fails, then Clarke/Harman/Grieve step in instead”.
And Mike Hind has reminded those still vacillating over whether they back Corbyn or lust let the clock run down “Parliament either wants to block no-deal or it doesn't. Everything else is idle chatter”. He has added “Cakeism. Saying you want to block no-deal but won't accept Corbyn doing it … Unicorn. An imagined fantasy figure, about to ride in & unite everyone against no-deal … Cognitive dissonance. A prerequisite of supporting Jo Swinson's approach to no-deal”. Cruel, but brutally honest.
As to why Ms Swinson is dragging her heels to the point of wilfulness, Jo Phillips has an equally brutal assessment: “Corbyn has outmanoeuvred her, ideologically she's more pro Boris than Jeremy, she's personally ambitious etc … Biggest one imho - this deal comes with a General Election … Jo Swinson will very likely lose her seat to the SNP”.
Well, she will if she continues to hold out against the Corbyn offer and runs down the clock towards the cliff edge that a significant majority in Scotland did not vote for.
But in the final reckoning, the behaviour of Ms Swinson and those of similar mind is mere posturing. And the time for posturing is over. She has to quit grandstanding. And now.
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