Sun Aug 18th, 2019 at 07:17:11 AM EST
Plan A to get a no-confidence vote and Labour leaders Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street 10 is doomed to failure. This discussion is now behind us as ALL sides refuse to compromise. I wished I could believe there were negotiations between prties going forward in secret. I think that's not the case. There are talks through the media and it's leading nowhere.
There is just a slim chance Boris Johnson and his command of the playbook can be thwarted by a disunited opposition ... so sad.
As I posted a few hours back ...
Extraordinary times requires extraordinary solutions ... there will be a very short window of opportunity to rid the UK of Boris Johnson ... any deal to get an agreement to block a no-deal Tory-Brexit is fine with me ... in the first week of September I will accept any plan ... there is no one who should put his "position" first ... the caretaker Government should be just for a single purpose ... nothing else matters ... the UK will sink in a hole managed by all parties. There is no clear cut option ... what mess they created. Can Corbyn even manage to unite his "opposition" party ... no Constitution ... amazing country ... was Ireland united when the Titanic was launched in 1912? Another disaster waiting to happen ... just like a slow motion Hollywood film. No captain and the band keeps playing ... 🎭 🌘
○ Brexit: A Titanic Disaster
More below the fold ...
The clock is ticking ... not much time left for London.
View from the British angle ... the EU27 needs to be unanimous to accept a further extension ... there will be a recession either way ... just get it over with. De Gaulle and Luns made the right call ... in 1975 the Labour Party under Harold Wilson voted 2 to 1 for withdrawal ... the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn still has no plan. His person is unacceptable to be leader of a caretaker Government ... not much time left.
Corbyn hits back at MPs refusing recognition of his "right" to lead. Labour's imperial ambition has no chance to succeed.
Corbyn hits back at MPs refusing to support him as PM @TheGuardian
Corbyn's hopes of forming a unity government are fading as a number of prominent Conservatives working to stop no-deal Brexit have ruled out any mechanism to put the Labour leader in No 10.
Former Conservative minister Sir Oliver Letwin, a key figure in parliament marshalling MPs against a no-deal, dealt Corbyn a blow on Saturday when he ruled out backing him to take over in Downing Street.
He joined fellow Tory Dominic Grieve, who has previously suggested he could vote against the government in a confidence vote, who said he would not go as far as facilitating a Corbyn government. "Jeremy Corbyn is unfortunately a deeply divisive figure and in trying to stop a no-deal Brexit it is not my purpose to help him into Downing Street," he told the Guardian.
Taking the EU flag down and raising the Union Jack (AFP)
Plan A with a caretaker government under leadership of Corbyn has no chance - is yesterday's discussion ...
Labour and Tory MPs plot 'radical' law to thwart no-deal Brexit | The Guardian |
Senior Labour and Conservative MPs leading the battle to stop a no-deal Brexit are focusing on passing a "radical" new law to block it, after concluding that there is no imminent prospect of toppling Boris Johnson and installing an emergency government.
Last week was punctuated by rows among MPs over who should lead a temporary government to stop a no-deal Brexit, with the Lib Dems and other MPs refusing to back any move that would put Jeremy Corbyn in No 10.
However, those planning to use legislation to stop the UK crashing out of the EU believe there is a growing majority for their plans and think No 10 will be unable to stop them.
Shadow cabinet members and cabinet ministers who departed with the arrival of Johnson are among those backing the strategy in preference to a no-confidence vote in the prime minister. They believe the hardline tactics deployed by Dominic Cummings, who ran the Vote Leave campaign and is now the prime minister's key adviser, have swelled the numbers prepared to act.
"This is not the time for boring and neutral tactics," said one figure involved. "This isn't a time for typical deference. These people will show no deference and give no quarter - and we need to be just as ruthless and organised as they are."
Related reading ...
○ Summer Recess Debate - Latter Days of Boris
○ The Dominic Cummings Charade of Boris et al
Excellent piece in The New Yorker ...
○ The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson
The man expected to be Britain's next Prime Minister makes people in power, including himself, appear ridiculous, but that doesn't mean he'd dream of handing power to anybody else.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Johnson is not as English as he seems. He was born in New York. His electric-blond hair is an inheritance from his great-grandfather Ali Kemal, an outspoken journalist from northwest Turkey, who served as Interior Minister in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. In 1909, Kemal's first wife, Winifred Johnson, died in childbirth in England, leaving two children to be raised by her mother.
To mark Johnson's departure from Brussels, Landale wrote a poem, based on Hilaire Belloc's "Matilda," in which "Boris told such dreadful lies / It made one gasp and stretch one's eyes." When Johnson returned to London, he confessed to an editorial writer at the Telegraph that he had no political opinions. "You must have some," the colleague reassured him. "Well, I'm against Europe and against capital punishment," Johnson said. "I'm sure you'll make something out of that," came the reply.
In "Boris: The Adventures of Boris Johnson," Andrew Gimson, a former colleague of Johnson's, describes his ability--which is almost unique among contemporary British politicians--to cheer people up. "While many politicians have the urge to perfect society, Boris believes in the imperfectability of mankind, and especially of himself."