Politics In Turmoil

October 3, 2019 12:20 PM
Originally published by Surrey Heath Liberal Democrats

What a few weeks it has been!

The proroguing of Parliament has been overturned by the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision, and no amount of equivocation and obfuscation by Boris Johnson and his group of Brexiteers can hide the fact that they acted unlawfully. This was a proud moment for the country as it established that we are ALL bound by the Rule of Law, even Prime Ministers. Parliament was duly set to work again, only to see the bizarre spectacle of the Government's chief law officer, the Attorney General, berating the Judges for having had the temerity to do their job and, on top of that, denigrating Parliament itself for not doing as it was told by the government. A government led by a prime minister who, only a few weeks before, had assured the monarch that he could form a government with a majority of one, courtesy of the DUP.

What is surprising is that Boris Johnson, unlike Theresa May who lost her majority (and authority) at a general election, managed to almost immediately throw away his slender margin of one by means of defections and expulsions - to the point that he may be not only the shortest serving Prime Minister in history, but also the first to have been in office but never to have won a vote in the House of Commons.

There is going to be a General Election, but it is not going to be simple. Despite what the Government would like to believe, the Conservatives are split into 3 groupings; a vociferous group that has been anti-EU since the beginning of our membership and which is willing, even eager, to crash out without a deal; a number of Tories and ex-Tories such as Ken Clark and like-minded colleagues who are in favour of remaining in the EU, and a group who wish we were remaining, but who want to support the result of the 2016 referendum and are adamantly against a no-deal Brexit

Labour are similarly confused, but their confusion is made worse by the fact that many seats in the Labour heartlands of the North, where industry has been decimated, voted Leave.

Labour MPs recognise this, but are concerned that the result of Brexit will be that membership of the world's largest trading block will be lost - and jobs and economic growth will go with it.

The Liberal Democrats are not immune to this schizophrenia, and some members who support Brexit have, in view of the party's 'Cancel Brexit' stance, decided to leave the party. The difference here however is that they generally have done so to avoid causing embarrassment to the leadership, will vote for Lib Dem candidates at a general election, and would vote 'Remain' if there were a second referendum prior to that.

The election is coming!

  • If you want to Remain in the EU, vote Lib Dem
  • If you want to Leave, vote Brexit Party
  • If you want more chaos and confusion over Brexit, vote for the Conservative or Labour parties, who are really not sure either way!