So Theresa May has done the unthinkable – the “bloody awkward woman” has had to concede that she must turn to the leader of the Opposition party. And yes, that’s the same leader about whom she said in the British parliament ’People used to say Jeremy Corbyn was a conviction politician. Not any more’. But needs must, and she will meet and hope to form an agreed strategy with the man whom Jacob Rees-Mogg yesterday declared “a Marxist” to help her sort out the Everest of screw-ups which the Tory Party has created single-handed.
People have spoken of their admiration for May’s staying-power, her refusal to give up. To coin a phrase: not any more. She has had to concede that her own party and the DUP have tossed her around like a political rag-doll, shown contempt for the one package she has managed to get from the EU that might sort out the crisis. So in desperation she’s had to turn to the man who wants to have her job.
Will it work? Will Jeremy extend the hand of friendship, say “Ah sure let’s put all that in the past, Theresa” and end her political woes? It could happen, around the same time three pigs make a crash landing at Belfast City airport. Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party want a close relation to the EU customs union, something that will nobble Britain’s ability to sail off, Jolly Roger aloft (it’s a flag, Virginia) and Rule, Britannia playing from the ship’s Bose system, to forge new and wonderful trade deals with countries only panting to give the UK highly advantageous terms.
Chances are Jeremy and Theresa won’t come to an amicable agreement, in which case it’ll be back to the British parliament, which will have the power to instruct May to deliver on whatever it may vote a majority for. There’s just one catch: on past form, the British parliament can agree on no course of action. It’s been shown again and again. Back in square one, then.
There is only one way – a simple but humiliating way – out of this clusterfuck, and that’s a fresh referendum. In it the British people would vote on a number of alternatives: no deal, May’s withdrawal deal, remain in the EU. If the British people have a half-brain they will know which alternative will put an instant end to this two-years-plus madness, and they will vote for it.
If they don’t and the madness is allowed to continue and grow, there’s another referendum which the Irish people will need to turn their thoughts to. At least we’ll know what mistakes not to make with ours.