Tuesday 30 May 2017
NO DEAL MEANS I SCREWED UP
After watching Theresa May's weak and wobbly performance on the Jeremy Paxman interviews last night, it is astonishing that anyone could trust this unlikeable woman to negotiate anything. In the suit she wore to meet 'Loadsa Money' President Trump, she patronised the audience with her 'I know best' but she was left without words when the inhumane consequences of her 'difficult decisions' were laid bare by the policeman, the midwife and the teacher. Like a robot with a loose connection and no spanner, her set replies and her hard beady eyes spun out of control. By the end she looked flustered and unhinged as she launched her new slogan 'No deal is better than a bad deal'. A couple of xenophobes shouted 'yes' and one man stood up to applaud then sheepishly sat down again, (son shouted 'splitter') as the camera panned out - but it was clear, the word we came away with was disaster.
Jeremy Corbyn by contrast, engaged with the audience, he took the time and trouble to win them over. Not with fuzzy talk about a national debt that is being heaped on society's poorest, but with a positive message of hope. Things don't have to be this way. He remained poised and relaxed throughout, confident that he had done his homework and confident in his ability to transform the lives of millions.
Theresa May spoke about Europe as if they are they are enemy! Jeremy Corbyn spoke about Europe as friends. The message that we want to continue our friendship with our nearest neighbours, could not have been clearer in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Even those who voted to quit the Union, didn't want to fall with out them!
Our friendship with Europe has kept us in peace and prosperity and prosperity since WWII, safe in the knowledge that we may be a small island, but the nearest continent has got our backs.
With her hard Brexit, Theresa May is causing unnecessary hostility and conflict and as any historian will tell you, that kind of negotiation technique never ends well. Like Donald Trump, Theresa May cut an isolated figure at the recent NATO summit, she is making us friendless. Cosying up to Trump has done her no favours, Angela Merkel has now said Europe can no longer rely on the USA and the UK. Who the hell wanted that?
In trying to appease that very, very, small section of British society who blame everything on immigration, she is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We don't want to be offshore island of Trump's America, or a tax haven for the world's greediest. We are an advanced, mostly educated, society, we LIKE our multicultural society, we welcome diversity. Donald Trump played the 'immigration card' that is he appealed to those who held xenophobic and isolationist views. Though not so obvious, Theresa May is doing the same - that is she hopes to pick up those Nigel fans who can't take to Paul.
But let's cut to the chase. You would literally have to have been born yesterday, if you think sending an uncompromising hard nosed battleaxe into delicate negotiations with 27 nations, we really want to keep as friends, is a good idea. She has called this snap election because she has already failed. She wants public backing for NO DEAL because she is too authoritarian and belligerent to make one. That is, when she takes her ball home and says 'I'm not playing anymore' she will have the backing of all the UK citizens she has just tarred with the same petulant brush.