This latest divertissement is a dead cat of quite magnificent proportions, a feast of improbable victimhood so ridiculous and pointless that it can have only one target audience - diehard Brexiteers. The premise is straightforward: the EU figures out that Bozo and Co are considering breaking international law, it tells the UK side not to bother on pain of not getting a Free Trade Agreement, the UK then blames its behaviour on the EU.
You think I jest? Look no further than today’s Telegraph, for which Bozo has dashed off another of his “chicken feed” generating columns. “BORIS JOHNSON has accused the European Union of threatening to impose a food ‘blockade’ in the Irish Sea that would destroy the ‘economic and territorial integrity of the UK’”. There’s diplomacy for you.
And if that looks bad, what about this? “The Prime Minister makes a passionate defence of his decision [most likely not his decision] to alter the Brexit divorce deal, saying that he has to protect Britain from the ‘disaster’ of handing Brussels the ‘power to carve up our country’”. Then, having single-handedly made the prospect of getting a trade deal with the EU next to impossible, Bozo claims he still wants one. Perhaps.
“He also issues a direct plea to Tory MPs threatening to rebel over his plans, telling them that if they stand in his way they will reduce the chance of getting a trade deal with the EU … Mr Johnson has come out fighting, using his article today to warn off the EU and the rebels within his party”. Baloney. The Tories fouled up, so it’s someone else’s fault.
What is yet more bizarre is that senior Tories outside the cabinet are prepared to play the same tune, with Andrea Leadsom (no, don’t laugh) telling Sky News “What Michel Barnier needs to accept is that the UK has left the European Union and we are not about to continue to be subjected to EU rules having left”. Want to trade with the EU? Guess what, you have to play by agreed rules. Which will in most cases be their rules.
She goes on to claim “The integrity of the United Kingdom is vital. We want a free trade deal with the EU that is in all our interests. But we cannot accept them either keeping us under their rules, or putting a border down the Irish Sea”. What she - and Bozo - manage to forget is that it is the UK Government that agreed to put a customs border down the Irish Sea. Theresa May refused that option, hence the “backstop”.
A supposedly rational politician is descending through a spiral of paranoia and desperation, while We The People can only look on, powerless, as he and chief Downing Street polecat Dominic Cummings try to screw our country beyond repair.
But don’t worry, there will always be a scapegoat. Remember that Nazi playbook.
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