Is British politics actually working?
We had a Prime Minister who held two referendums, before winning an election by gaining more than half his coalition partners’ seats.
He felt forced to resign a year later after an inconclusive vote in the third of three referendums he called himself.
Only 37.4% of the people voted to leave the EU and 34.5% to stay.
That was in England.
A massive 40.5% voted to stay in the EU in Scotland and a mere 28% voted to leave the EU.
We currently have a PM who eight weeks ago campaigned against Brexit and is now implementing it in spite of this inconclusive vote.
The Cabinet has to come up with 20 different strategies for how that can be achieved but, at the moment, no one can come up with even one.
If we invoke Article 50 without a deal in place already, this will cause panic in the international money markets and potentially a run on the banks – the second in eight years.
The Labour Party has lost nearly all of its seats in Scotland, because two brothers contested the leadership of the party.
When one won, instead of uniting around a common cause, the brother who lost showed great political maturity and took his bat and ball home.
Neither is now leader of their party because one resigned from Parliament and the other resigned the leadership.
We now have a leader of the opposition who does not enjoy the support of his party.
He has spent 33 years in Parliament as an obscure isolated rebel.
He campaigned to leave the EU in 1983 when he first came to Parliament under Michael Foot’s leadership of the Labour Party; and campaigned to stay in the EU.
In all his years in politics that is the only time he ever changed his position on anything, so nobody believes he meant to. He, too, now thinks the result of the third referendum was conclusive and should not be challenged.
He can’t form a government without the support of 50 Scottish nationalists.
They want to re-run two or maybe even three of the referendums we’ve just had which caused all this chaos in the first place.
The leader of the opposition is now having to promise to re-run one of those three referendums if he is to enjoy the support of the 50 Scottish nationalists.
British politics isn’t working because none of the people actually want to have anything to do with any more referendums at all.
They just wish their politicians could make up their minds about something, anything at all please, and then stick to it.
After all, it is what they are paid for, and it is what the PM and the leader of Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition say they’ve wanted to do since about 1983.
Nigel F H Boddy,