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The disaster called Theresa May and the failed negotiations are pretty much her own doing. The chalice was her choice, she knew the position left by David Cameron ... the leadership chalice became poisonous after she alone called for a snap election. The poison was the DUP 🤨. She sent her personal envoy to Brussels to negotiate with Michel Barnier ... a different league. It's the British people left holding an empty bag ... the Brexit lies were the UKIP and Farage. I am sure you would have done a better job at it that TM Frank.

No one can foretell British politics in the coming months ... the second referendum should come in a defeat for Tories in the House of Commons and a general election yet this year. Let's hope the EU election poll will be a catalyst in the downfall of the Brexiteers in the Tory party ... let it be severe!

by Oui on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 09:46:53 PM EST
The Guardian view on Theresa May: a poisonous legacy

Prime ministers do not get to dictate their legacies from a lectern outside No 10, and there was some pathos in Theresa May's attempt today to list accomplishments in government to offset her colossal failure.


She was poorly advised by ideologues who thought a hard Brexit could be achieved at minimal cost, but that is no excuse. She chose to take the bad advice when it chimed with her own prejudices and rejected wiser counsel. She entered negotiations in Brussels ill-prepared and was schooled in brutal realities of economics and diplomacy. That was humiliating enough, but her failure to pass those lessons on to a national audience was unforgivable. If she did understand the cruel calculus of Brexit trade-offs, she did not confront her party with the truth. Nor did she use the amplifying power of her pulpit to shape public understanding of the issues. She preferred vacuity and dishonesty - "Brexit means Brexit"; "No deal is better than a bad deal". She decommissioned the truth, afraid it might be used as a weapon against her.


Leaving the EU is not a vague, malleable objective. It comes down to precise legal choices. Mrs May made her choices and parliament rejected them. Her successor will face equivalent choices in a hostile climate where continental goodwill and domestic public patience are spent. It was once within her power to reframe the debate around goals that were more achievable, but she refused that challenge. So she passes on an insoluble problem to a successor who can only win the job by promising to do the impossible. It is a miserable and poisonous legacy.

Inside Theresa May's Great British Failure | Politico |

The outgoing Conservative leader will be remembered for 'playing a bad hand really badly.'

Breaking News: EU anti-fraud body considering investigation into Nigel Farage

by Oui on Sat May 25th, 2019 at 08:26:51 PM EST
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Everyone is so down on Theresa May at the moment I thought I would go a bit counter cultural and focus not on her (rather obvious) shortcomings but on the almost impossible position she allowed herself to be put in and the role she played in a drama also dictated by others.

It seems to me that putting all the blame on May is a way for others in the Tory party to absolve themselves.

Bad an all as May is, she is surrounded by a horde of complete idiots, imbeciles, nincompoops, and emotional retards.

I have also been surprised at the degree to which quite progressive female friends of mine have been prepared to excuse her performance on the grounds that she was surrounded by even worse...

Personally I try to avoid personality based political analysis unless absolutely unavoidable. However in this case many British delusions about the EU, Brexit and the UK's place in the world are so all consuming it is hard to place all the blame on one person.

Yes, she chose to go for the job, and was as deluded as others. But let's see how much things "improve" under another leader, and even under Corbyn I wouldn't hold out too much hope...

There is a need for a generational, class and cultural shift in UK politics, and merely moving the deckchairs on the Titanic isn't going to change much.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun May 26th, 2019 at 06:41:47 AM EST
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May was terrible in ways that went far beyond Brexit.

I strongly suspect she won't go down in history as the PM that couldn't make Brexit happen, but as a fascist mass murderer - a sort of semi-half-hearted female Stalin of the far right.

The current total of avoidable deaths caused by changes to Universal Credit and the DWP's quota system for getting ill people off benefits is at least five, and possibly six figures.

These are people who were labelled fit for work while dying of cancer, or in a terminal coma, or clearly severely mentally and/or physically handicapped.

That's a lot of horror. And all of it is absolutely barbaric, unnecessary, and inexcusable. Aside from the morality, which should be self-evident, but is somehow invisible to Tories, the DWP actions were justified on the basis that money would be saved. In reality extra money has been spent - presumably as a corporate welfare handout to the enforcers.

When you combine the DWP and Universal Credit scandals with people in full time work having to use food banks, and the decimation of the NHS, the sudden appearance of a £271bn hole in the public pension account, which was used to strip older women of their retirement benefits, the end of a benefit for couples that will remove more than £7,000 from the budgets of many poorer people, the decimation of the police and fire services, and Grenfell. And Windrush. And the complete loss of international credibility for the UK. And the hostile environment, which is busy deporting EU nationals for completely arbitrary reasons. And the fact that May only had a government at all because she unlawfully bought the support of the DUP. And she was the only PM in centuries to be censured for Contempt of Parliament... it's an impressive record, in a shoddy and low-rent kind of a way.

If May has any kind of strategic sense left she will leave the UK as soon as she can. If she's still in the country ten years from now, I really wouldn't want to bet on her avoiding jail.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun May 26th, 2019 at 01:39:15 PM EST
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Is Tony Blair still in the UK and not in jail yet?
by Bernard on Sun May 26th, 2019 at 04:41:08 PM EST
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Tony Blair's relationship with Saudi Arabia has come under scrutiny following the revelation that the non-government organisation set up under his name has received millions of pounds from Riyadh.

Accounts published yesterday by the Tony Blair Institute confirmed earlier reports that Blair had received donations of up to $12 million from the Kingdom.

The Saudi donation, according to the Financial Times, comes from an organisation called Media Investment Limited (MIL), which is a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group, registered in Guernsey.

Publication of the accounts confirmed July reports that Tony Blair Institute had made an agreement with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, effective ruler of Saudi Arabia, earlier this year to help with a programme of modernisation for the Kingdom.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 26th, 2019 at 05:11:49 PM EST
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I should add I'm expecting a major realignment of politics in the UK within ten years. So the current status quo is going to be history by then.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun May 26th, 2019 at 09:25:25 PM EST
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