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Why is Theresa May still Prime Minister?

Kit Knightly

Join me in a brief hypothetical. Imagine that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party had won the 2017 General Election.

Such a reality was within our grasp, after all. A few hundred votes here and there and we’re living under a Labour government. The specifics of the alternate universe don’t really matter – just that Jeremy Corbyn is Prime Minister.

In just the last few months Corbyn’s cabinet has been blighted by dozens of resignations, a UN report has condemned the UK’s growing poverty and described the government as being “in denial” about the problem, and his cabinet is the first in the history of the nation to be found in contempt of Parliament.

And then, on top of all that, two days ago, his proposed Brexit deal suffered the most lopsided, the most humiliating, Parliamentary defeat in nearly 100 years.

If all this had happened to a Jeremy Corbyn government, what would the national reaction be? More tellingly, what would the reaction of the press be?

How many newspapers would run front-page editorials calling for his resignation? I would suggest all of them. They would strike different tones, and they would support different replacements, but every paper would be repeating that old David Cameron line: “For Heaven’s sake man, go!”

In this hypothetical world…would Jeremy Corbyn still be Prime Minister?

No. He would not.

Of course – Jeremy Corbyn isn’t Prime Minister, Theresa May is. Still. Somehow.

And, of course, each of the above things happened to her and her government in the last six months.

Since the 2017 election, Theresa May has fielded thirty-two resignations – roughly one every 2 weeks, over 20 of them in the last six months. Her Home Secretary resigned in disgrace over her lying to Parliament…only to be re-appointed to the cabinet, in a different position, just 6 months later.

In November 2018 Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a report on poverty in the UK. The statistics are unpleasant reading:

14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line,and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials. The widely respected Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts a 7% rise in child poverty between 2015 and 2022, and various sources predict child poverty rates of as high as 40%.

…but more telling are the parts that are directly critical of the government (my emphasis):

The Government has remained determinedly in a state of denial. Even while devolved authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland are frantically trying to devise ways to ‘mitigate’, or in other words counteract, at least the worst features of the Government’s benefits policy, Ministers insisted to me that all is well and running according to plan.

The costs of austerity have fallen disproportionately upon the poor, women, racial and ethnic minorities, children, single parents, and people with disabilities. The changes to taxes and benefits since 2010 have been highly regressive, and the policies have taken the highest toll on those least able to bear it. The government says everyone’s hard work has paid off, but according to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, while the bottom 20% of earners will have lost on average 10% of their income by 2021/22 as a result of these changes, top earners have actually come out ahead.

Imagine a UNSR had written these words about a Labour government: Would they have been so buried? Would you be reading about them here? Or would they be splashed across the front pages of the Times, Telegraph, Mail and Sun?

On December 4th Theresa May’s government was found to be in contempt of parliament over its refusal to publish Brexit legal advice. To hammer home the impact of this: this is the first time, ever, that a sitting government has been found in contempt of parliament.

Imagine a Corbyn government had been the first EVER to be found in contempt of parliament. How long would you expect his career as Prime Minister to last? How many editorials calling for his head would there be?

And so we come to the Brexit deal vote of January 15th this year. A defeat margin of over 230 votes. The heaviest defeat of a government bill since the 1920s. The government bill wasn’t just “not passed”, it was cut into pieces, set on fire and buried in a pile of manure on unconsecrated ground. Theresa May’s “best possible deal” is dead. Gone. Finished. But Theresa May soldiers on.

Each of these failures is enough to bring down a government. Governments of the past have crashed and burned over far less. The famous incident, oft-cited the last few days, is Neville Chamberlain resigning as PM after winning a vote, because the 80 vote margin of victory was far less than his majority.

Theresa May’s government has a strong argument for being the worst in the history of our democracy. So why is it allowed to continue?

The Conservatives are hamstrung by the situation. They can’t replace May, because a new unelected PM justifies Labour’s calls for a general election. They have nailed their colours to mast on the Mary Rose. They have chosen their hill to die on, and it’s a heap of Theresa May’s failed deals, broken promises and resignation letters, strewn with the bodies of rejected benefit claimants. Their position, though contemptible, is understandable. They have no choice.

The media, however, are far worse. Disgusting, even. They are more than complicit in this, they are a vital component. A driving force. Their selective reporting hides the embarrassing incompetence of the cabinet. Where are the editorials calling for May’s resignation? Where the notionally “left wing” or “progressive” journalists demanding an immediate general election? They are nowhere to be seen. The media hold their fire whilst May stands out in the open with a target on her chest. A sitting duck. A very small barrel full of very large fish. She begs to be put out of her misery, but the media let her limp along.

Corbyn is right to refer the Conservative “zombie government”. It is dead. A construct. Propped up and posed by an establishment terrified of the only alternative. They have turned our politics into a farce. A cross between House of Cards and Weekend at Bernies. An embarrassment.

So I ask again: Why is Theresa May still Prime Minister?

The answer is simple: Because she has to be, because the only alternative is Jeremy Corbyn and the establishment has shown they will do anything and everything in their power to stop that from happening.

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

70 Comments

  1. wardropper says

    I imagine it went something like this:

    “We need a Thatcher clone right now, Theresa; are you up for it?”
    “Well, that’s a very humbling concept, Your Elitenesses, but, all right, I’ll give it a go. Just don’t be surprised if I totally balls it up, okay?”
    “No worries. You’re just what we need for a couple of years, while the electorate get used to the chaos we’re creating all around them. After that, your extremely profitable retirement is assured.”
    “In that case it will be my pleasure to serve the nation. Thank you.”

  2. DubGroanin says

    Here is my latest friday night in pub with random people vox pop.
    ‘Worried’
    ‘Where did Cameron take us?’
    ‘I’m left – but I don’t trust Corbyn. They keep saying it on the BBC’
    ‘I feel sorry for May’
    ‘I joined the union, for the first time ever, because I’m worried’

    So – the propaganda is not completely ineffective.

    My response was:
    good.
    Exactly where he was supposed to.
    We don’t elect a president, just the MANIFESTO; Don’t believe the propaganda.
    She is working for her Billionaire lifestyle retirement, like Thatcher, Blair and Cameron.
    Good that you finally bought some insurance by joining a union, when you feel worried, you ‘leftist’ you.

    True story that.

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  3. rtj1211 says

    My view is pretty clear: the Labour Party was voted for in 2017 standing on an ‘Honour Brexit’ platform.

    Having decided to dishonour that, they are in a very weak position now to demand a General Election.

    The voters do not want BRINO, but Labour, who lost in 2017, say it is BRINO or Remain.

    On principle, I would not vote Labour in any 2019 General Election as their word is about as valuable as that of NATO members to Gorbachev in the early 1990s.

    As for Mrs May, she is still PM because the Conservatives voted to keep her last autumn.

    I think a re-run of the 2014 Euro elections is likely in a 2019 GE. A Leave Means Leave vehicle likely to do rather well….

    Both Labour And Conservative would do very badly…..

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    • mark says

      Very much agree with you rtj. Corby is visibly backsliding more day by day on respecting the referendum result. But if they try it on I think we will get a gilets jaunes x 100. My money is on a no deal Brexit in March followed by proper negotiations reaching something approaching a sensible agreement with Brussels within a very short time afterwards.

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  4. DunGroanin says

    We are treated like the frog in a pan being slowly heated till we boil to death.

    I am finding that people appear disengaged because they believe in leadership doing good for the country – until it is obvious that is a lie – that is the british way.

    My conversations are proving that from the brightest oxbridge types to the basic working man, people are frustrated, angered and finally listening to how the manipulations have/are beng worked on them.

    Last night I was able to convince several that parliamentry democracy (PD) demands we have an election – one said if we have PD why the hell did Cameron call a referendum – EUREKA – the light bulb went on. It was a con from day one!

    People are getting it – and every extra day of not having a GE to reassert PD is a day they will get angrier – when they leap from the pan it will be straight for the cooks throat!

    The current Labour party offers the only genuine alternative to the neocon/lib turdway centrist Overton Window tropists. The msm and the troll bots of the II/IoS types would rather perpetrate a coup – softly as possible – then risk losing their decades of thieving and power grabbing. The global robber barons and their owned security/legal/secret thuggery, tied at the hip, are doing their dirty work across the planet.

    Checkout the Colonels opinion
    https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2019/01/httpswwwcnncom20190114politicstrump-fbi-debate-investigationindexhtml.html#disqus_thread

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    • BigB says

      PD is dead. GEs are the proliferation of the denial. Call it the Trotter Delusion: this time, next year, we’ll be millionaires. Just another GE and it will be different. Different how? The EU won’t be supra-national and neoliberal? NATO won’t be supra-national and imperialists? EU/NATO won’t be occupying the Baltics and Balkans? Ukraine will have a progessive socialist government? Russia will be our friends? The Corbyn government won’t be supporting any of these ventures, against the common good? And we won’t have abdicated our responsibility and legitimated the supra-national imperialism over humanity for another five years?

      At some point we have to stop, and start taking personal responsibility for all humanity …not just the bourgeois socialist contingent faction. Then we may be able to resurrect PD …but not before.

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      • DunGroanin says

        Politics of despair and apathy are also tools of control.

        Hope means you don’t waste any opportunity to decide who represents you and yours.

        Parliamentary Democracy is our long term progress – suffrage has not been an easy path. There are these who would wish for how things were in old times. No wealth – no vote.

        We unlike the US, don’t have fixed term Executive government (ignoring the abomination of Tory/LibDem attempt ar creating one).
        The msm and tory lickspittles ignore their own pre xmas un-unanimous failure too support their PM – yet having just failed to spectacularly deliver her main ‘deal’ , are fully confident in her tenure! Pull the other one.

        I demand my right to correct an ineffective government!

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        • BigB says

          Taking Bill Mitchell’s empiricism as my point of reference: there will never be a socialist government in this country so long as we are deprived of our sovereignty by EU membership. Peruse the evidence, particularly todays post: the EU has sacrificed prosperity for ideology …voluntarily entering recession. The EU 19 are pulling the EU 28 down – is that what we need for this country? To follow one ineffective government with another and another …until the Euro-elite bleeds us dry?

          Labour’s current policies are hampered by the fiscal rule that will not allow them to create a deficit. We have to follow the neoliberal mythology that you have to “live within your means”. Which translates to perpetual ideological austerity. Progessive reforms, fiscal stimulus and sovereign money are ruled out by the crypto-fascist EU. Being in the EU means an ideology of austerity in perpetuity (unless the EU collapses from the weight of its own contradictions – which is plausible).

          So one ineffective government follows another, to the impoverishment and alienation of the people. Both parties have betrayed the Social Contract, democracy, and are ideologically aligning to make us poorer. Check the statistics Mitchell has pooled over the months. He makes a prima facie case for our continuing poverty: unless we leave the EU.

          I’m not trying to convince you, but you might want to think about where the continued alliance with a failing supra-national EU neoliberal project is taking us? As it continues to fail Europeans into poverty, it looks to extend its sub-imperial satrap role within NATO expansion. Predicated on the coming war with Russia. That’s what ineffective government within the EU will look like. We will have our New Cold War policy dictated to us: how ineffective for a nation state is that?

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  5. Pasty says

    The most inept prime minister in history facing the most inept opposition leader in history and I am a Labour member.

    You couldn’t make this up.

    You need a unifying leader of Labour and yes that means going more to the centre ground, sorry Corbynites it just doesn’t work in the UK otherwise.

    Additionally the whole problem with the BREXIT farce is that the UK Parliamentary elections FPTP were never compatible with the EU proportional representation elections, if the 2 were run as FPTP then there would certainly never have been UKIP or the whole BREXIT push from right wing Torys’

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    • Yossi says

      You appear to be a Blairite who favours a slightly milder version of neo-liberalism. I’d be interested to know what you think is so radical about Corbyn’s policies.

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      • Pasty says

        I am no Blairite, but you can’t just hope the electorate is going to follow you, I happen to think Corbyn’s policies are mostly fine, but you can’t change anything whilst in opposition and with the current electoral system FPTP you can never get power without the support of neo-liberals and non activist parts of society.

        Maybe I am just not compatible with Labour anymore…. have always voted Labour and have no intention of voting for another party.

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        • DunGroanin says

          Pasty you may not be a blairite but you are oozing his essence.
          If Corbyn (or more correctly the current Labour politics) is so useless and unlikely to win then why not have the GE ?

          it only takes 4 weeks.

          You may be happily suprised (or not dependng on your true views).

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        • mark says

          The electorate isn’t going to follow you when 80% of your own MPs are constantly stabbing you in the back and doing everything possible to undermine you with their chums on speed dial at the Board of Deputies, MSM and Spook organisations. At least 80% of the PLP should be deselected immediately. Scum like Benn, Bradshaw, Gapes, Berger, Ellman, Bryant. The list is long and undistinguished.

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    • steve hilling says

      I think you’ll find that the Labour party under Corbyn is the most supported in Europe. Brexit is a side show, Austerity, lack of funding for NHS, education, local government, etc. these are the real problems, only Corbyn is talking about poverty. I’m a Labour party member and proud to be one under a socialist not toxic neo liberals.

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      • BigB says

        Brexit is no side show: it will decide whether this country can ever truly be socialist or not. In the case of any political chimera “soft Brexit” – the answer is “not”. Supposing there is a soft left liberal EU is a fantasy political construction that is post-real. Check out the youth unemployment and austerity situation in the EU. The EU is constitutionally austere. Talking about austerity whilst relegating Brexit to a “side show” is politically naive. The two are mutually exclusive. A Corbyn government IN the EU might be national, but it won’t be sovereign. All progessive socialist policies are denied by the EU. The pseudo-left position of a reformable socialist EU is magic realism, particularly if we are only “half-in”. There is a lot of confused reasoning predicated on supposed realities going on. And no one wants to include EU Military Unification (EUMU) or federalisation or the EU’s militarised expansionism …which we would be supra-nationally vassalised into. Brexit is the real deal, EUMU is the whole deal, the debate is controlled and the real issues suppressed by magical realist predicates of fantasy socialism.

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        • mark says

          Exactly right. Over the past couple of years, Brussels has just declared elected governments in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Italy to be illegitimate when they fail to toe the line. Brussels sends in its Goldman Sachs clones and hit men to take direct control, or orders them to change policies and major appointments. Exactly the same thing would happen here if a future government tried to implement new policies that aren’t tailored to suit the 0.1%. Ireland was ordered to privatise water by the EU, though nobody wanted to.

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          • Paddy Jameson Power says

            True, and massive public resistance and demonstrations scuttled that, but we can not rest on our laurels, as the agents of the elite in our government still try to implement their plans. They refuse to give us a referendum to insert a clause in our constitution that water will always remain in public ownership.

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      • Butties says

        No SH Brexit Brexit is not a side show. In fact it is turning out to be JC’s Achilles Heel due to such things as the Composite Motion that passed through last Conference. It must have been written by a Blairite or similar. To take the so called ‘no deal’ off the table is a pure SKStarmer, ECooper et al honey trap. This is what JC is up against plus the IGATS faction of course.

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    • harry stotle says

      “You need a unifying leader of Labour and yes that means going more to the centre ground, sorry Corbynites it just doesn’t work in the UK otherwise.” – on a superficial level terms like ‘centre ground’ sound very reassuring but given Britain’s ‘Overton window’ has lurched so far to the right it now takes on an entirely different meaning.

      Take Albert Speer – during the halycon days of the 3rd Reich Speer would probably have been regarded as something of a ‘centerist’, a ‘wet’ even, but this doesn’t mean he wasn’t just as derranged as the other jackboot wearing fanatics Albert hung out with.

      Lets not forget Blair sold out core socialist values in exchange for high political office and like that other slimeball, Nick Clegg, has been exposed as a grubby, greedy, and in Blair’s case, violent careerist ever since.

      For reasons known only to themselves a generation of Labour MPs thought dressing like lawyers and embracing neoliberalism was synonymous with the interests of the working class, although it soon became obvious they were responsible for initiating a political culture, gleefully seized on by Cameron, and the rest of the Bullingdon club that resulted in the present cultural dystopia that is ‘modern’ Britain.

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    • Yarkob says

      “You need a unifying leader of Labour and yes that means going more to the centre ground, sorry Corbynites it just doesn’t work in the UK otherwise.”

      Corbyn is a centrist compared to Labour of old. You’re talking bollocks.

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    • mark says

      Which one of the Blairite Backstabbers would you recommend? Or maybe we could bring back Bliar himself?

  6. Makropulos says

    “The Government has remained determinedly in a state of denial. Even while devolved authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland are frantically trying to devise ways to ‘mitigate’, or in other words counteract, at least the worst features of the Government’s benefits policy, Ministers insisted to me that all is well and running according to plan.”

    Maybe that’s because they are not in denial. They are perfectly aware of it all and it IS going to plan.

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  7. Corbyn is no more fit to be PM than May ! UK needs Mogg………..& a WTO Brexit then make deals, lots of deals !

    Corbyn wants a no deal WTO Brexit (privately) but does not have the balls as his own Party is a Bairite Swamp that he can’t fix until deselections take place. He’s in a Catch 22 that I don’t envy so is not the man for the job.

    On the other hand Mogg has the brains, tact & vision to lead a Tory Party that also needs some deselection which is actually underway…….

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    • BigB says

      You are right about Corbyn: he wants a Customs Union and “no deal” taken out of the equation …which is politically confused and the worst of all solutions. Any progessive socialist reforms are institurionally and constitutionally contra the supra-national EU. Bill Mitchell has repeatedly made the case that “no deal” is the best deal. An independent deal with the WTO is not even an option (mind you, the WTO is ultra-ultra-neoliberal!)

      http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=41372

      I wouldn’t go so far as back a JRM government though, I want socialist reform, not paleoconservative Establishment rule.

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      • Agree with you on socialist reform that is needed but Blair damaged the Labour Party to a point that Corbyn can’t fix – Over half of Labour’s MPs are pure scumbags & same goes for Tories but JRM is the best of them & respectfully Labour ain’t happening……

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        • BigB says

          leruscino

          I agree. Labour is probably split 100/150 in favour of Remoan (personal estimate): where the 150 neoliberal/Zionistas hold sway. But JRM and the Tories can’t be the solution. I know I am arguing from an unwinnable POV: but I just wish the people could learn to identify their own best interests – which will NEVER be legitimated by the ruling classes – and act accordingly. The political classes – both sides of the Wetminster [sic – sometimes typos make more sense!] aisle – have deliberately obscured the real issues (of autonomy; sovereignty; legitimacy; which is the whole point of binary politics – to cancel each other out to maintain the status quo ante of hierarchical subjugation). The real answer remains unidentified by the people, so long as they legitimate a delegitimated system long beyond the identifiable crisis point (around 1982? 1892?) …when the autocratical system is likely to collapse into inert totalitarianism [sic: another good typo – I meant ‘invert’]. Then the people wonder were that came from. It was the implicate order of the very system they validated generation after generation. As we shall shortly find out, unless the precariat identifies the problem.

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    • different frank says

      Mogg has the brains?
      Does he have a collection? Because if you are referring to his intelligence, you have a problem with delusion.

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      • mail says

        Rees Mogg has a personal fortune of over £150 million. He has a following and speaks well but I can’t see him taking over as leader.

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  8. Starter for 10 Federated Pound Stirling
    https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/a-fedearated-pound-striling-and-a-federated-euro-subsidiartity-and-complementary-currencies/
    Bonus 1. English Assembly
    Bonus.2 Save Union Scotland.
    Bonus 3, Introduce PR = permanent hung Parly. I.e needn’t worry about Jeremy Corbyn Govt @jeremycorbyn

    When I was proposing the Grand cross-party Idea after the 2017 GE this was my prediction of how this would all get resolved, I still think it will play out this way. I am still agnostic on in or out as it makes no difference as long as the Neo-Cons have Trump by the short and curlies, which they seem to have.

    Iron Law of Oligarchy.

    https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/why-corbyn-needs-the-tories-inside-pissing-out-and-not-outside-pissing-in-to-secure-social-democracy-from-the-global-money-power/
    Gnomes of Zurich ( Wilson,
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHC4mwndw8c&w=560&h=315%5D
    Its a broader Game than Just EU Memebership.

    https://longhairedmusings.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/article-50-globalisation-and-the-real-seat-of-power-the-top-table-and-the-trump-card-and-the-elephant-in-the-room/

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  9. Somewhere on HMS Cruel Britannia – off the channel.

    Voter: I wish to complain about this government that was voted in not long ago from this post colonial power.

    Hack: Oh yes, the, uh, Brexit means Brexit Tory Blue…What’s,uh…What’s wrong with it?

    Voter: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. it’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!

    Hack: No, no, it’s uh,…it’s resting.

    Voter: Resting! Look, matey, I know a dead duck when I see one, and I’m looking at one Teresa May right now. Look, I took the liberty of examining her government and I’ve discovered the only reason that it’s been sitting on its perch in the first place was that it had to been NAILED there. Largely by the media lackeys like you and their owners.

    Hack: Well, o’course it was nailed there! If we hadn’t nailed that old bird down, she would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent ’em apart with her beak, and VOOM! Feeweeweewee!

    Voter: “VOOM”?!? Mate, this bird wouldn’t “voom” if you put four million volts through it! ‘It’s bleedin’ demised!

    Hack: No no! she’s working!

    Voter: This dead bird and her government are not working! it’s passed on! This government is no more! It’s has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet it’s maker! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, It rests in pieces! If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch it’d be pushing up the daisies! It’s metabolic processes are now ‘istory! It’s off the twig! It’s kicked the bucket, it’s shuffled off it’s mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-GOVERNMENT!!

    (pause)

    Hack: Well, we’d better replace it, then. (he takes a quick look around) Sorry squire, I’ve had a look ’round and in the back of the Bargain Blighty shop, and uh, we’re right out of governments.

    Albatross?

    Albatross?

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  10. Refraktor says

    On the face of it May should indeed be gone by now.

    She certainly shouldn’t have escaped that contempt vote unscathed.

    She possibly shouldn’t have survived the greatest faked parliamentary rout in history.

    Of course the planned-to-fail Tory confidence vote meant she is now glued into place.

    She is dogged and inflexible and that is her assigned pantomime role.

    She will take things to the wire before an intervention by Parliament and Bercow using the New Protocols permanently scuttles Brexit.

    Truly: her behaviour is too stupid to be real.

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  11. Michael Cromer says

    NO DEAL will destroy what exactly? – 40 years of the EU stripping away everything we ever had has left the majority of people with very little to lose.

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    • mark says

      We won’t be able to pay another £500 billion (£500,000,000,000) to Brussels now to provide cushy jobs for clapped out, discredited and bent politicians like Mandelson who have either been caught with their hand in the till or their trousers down once too often.

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  12. Thomas Prentice says

    Tory totalitarianism orchestrated by the Queen and aristocracy AND by The City of London and proof positive that the Magna Carta NEVER granted democracy of ANY sort to an OTHER than the Queen, aristocracy and The City of London.

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  13. mark says

    I am reminded of Paul Newman playing cards in “Cool Hand Luke” and winning with a pair of threes.
    “Lousy pair of threes! You got nothing! You got nothing!”
    “Sometimes nothing is a real cool hand.”

    In 2017, Osborne, Cameron’s old Bullingdon Club chum, dismissed her as “a dead woman walking.” I thought he was wrong then, and I can seriously see May limping along from disaster to disaster and serving out a full Parliamentary term.

    Another comparison you could make is with Douglas Haig, the British commander on the Western Front. Lloyd George couldn’t stand him and wanted to sack him. But he didn’t, because he thought (mistakenly) that our French allies liked him, so he’d have to put up with him. Actually, the French couldn’t stand him either, but thought they’d have to put up with him because they believed Lloyd George wanted him.

    I suppose that’s just how the world often works. Often you see some very odd people rise to the top in all walks of life, and shake your head in disbelief.

    But May actually has a lot going for her in a “Cool Hand Luke” sense. Who is going to replace her in the Tory Party? Johnson? Gove? Rees-Mogg? Some other complete nonentity? These three (particularly the first two) are all hated, loathed and despised by large sections of the Tory Party. Electing any of them would ignite a civil war in the Tory Party. May is the lowest common denominator – she came out on top after the referendum mainly because she was hated the least. “She may be rubbish, but al least she’s not Johnson/ Gove/ whoever.”

    Corbyn is worth his weight in gold to May. She can use him as a bogeyman to keep all the mutinous backbenchers in line. “It’s either me or him.” The City, Deep State, MSM, Spooks, May’s chums at the Board of Deputies, and not least all the Blairite Backstabbers in the PLP, are terrified by the thought of old Jezza in No.10. They would do literally anything to prevent it. If I was old Jezza I would steer well clear of any grassy knolls.

    This week’s fiasco may even, paradoxically, have strengthened her hand with Brussels. There is something called “the tyranny of the week.” The Americans were frequently exasperated by their South Vietnamese allies in the Vietnam war. But there was very little they could do. They knew that the S. Vietnamese were so weak they daren’t put any pressure on them, or they would collapse. Juncker and Co. realise now that if they carry on playing hardball, they can easily bring May down – and the rest of the EU with her.

    She could be around for a long time yet.
    Maybe she will survive because she is surrounded by a bodyguard of people, Johnson/ Gove/ Corbyn, they hate more than her.

    Sometimes nothing is a real cool hand.

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  14. JudyJ says

    As per usual a very apposite article by Kit and, for understandable reasons, focussing mainly on ‘Brexit’ related issues. But I would like to add that it could have been much longer if Kit had also referred to May’s historical and recent actions in respect of Russia, Syria, Skripal, Windrush, Chagos islanders, the Manchester bombing, bringing ‘White Helmets’ to live in the UK …the list goes on to the extent that it could well justify being chronicled in a book. I have felt let down by Jeremy Corbyn’s weakness in not endeavouring to ‘call her out’ for not only her incompetence but, more pointedly, her corruption (to not put too fine a point on it) in handling these issues. And, as Kit states in the article, the MSM have chosen to overlook her guilt in these matters by failing to perform their duties as investigators and analysts.

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      In Old Jezza’s defence, he has had to constantly fight for his life against all the PLP backstabbers and the unprecedented barrage of smears from their mates in the MSM, Spooks, Board of Deputies and Deep State.. That he has survived at all is something of a miracle. The Daily Mail gave over 14 pages of one edition to smears against Corbyn. The Board of Deputies and the Israeli Embassy have spent millions on the smear campaign. But I agree with what you say.

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    • Anticitizen one says

      Great points judyj, and lets not forget about her “losing” all the files on the Westminster MP paedophile ring and passing legislation to prevent any future investigations.
      I’ve travelled a lot and seen a lot of corruption, at least in other dictatorships the corruption is in your face and not hidden.

  15. prestkemibd says

    The globalization of the world has taken a turn the global organizers never expected. In nearly every sovereign state a mass of humanity has been abused. and as a result the abused have begun to understand the abuse is because of the top down .bandits. Some call them Oligarchs, some Aristocrats, Some wealthy gentry, but whatever you call them, they have become the target of those w h o have been abused.. I am sure how many there are in each nation, I suspect nearly 20 to 25% in most, but they are global force capable to rise at a moment’s notice.. What has not yet happened is no one has figured out how to arm them and to direct them.But if something develops, capable for the untrained, down trodden to use as a weapon to over power their keepers, I suspect they will use it in mass.

    It really does not matter the place you name in the west,and middle east, or throughout Africa and South America the numbers are nearly the same. . As robotics and technical know-how further separate the down trodden from access to our modern society they will be looking for a chance..

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  16. 0use4msm says

    Theresa May is still Prime Minister because… erm… she doesn’t struggle with a bacon sandwich?

    The main raison d’etre of the Labour party is to function as a scapegoat for all Tory nastiness and incompetence to be projected onto. May suffers the biggest defeat in UK parliamentary history because she doesn’t know how to handle the aftermath of a referendum called by her own party, and yet somehow “Wrecker Corbyn” is to blame for it all. Tabloid press, tabloid politics, tabloid Britain.

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  17. Because she’s a hideous hag (as the picture shows) and she’s very clear she wants to continue in the top job. Simple.

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  18. Fair dinkum says

    Because the alpha males are too gutless to take responsibility.

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  19. Michael Leigh says

    One wonders what we will be told about Mde Teresa Mays’s annual visit to Davos on the 22nd January, ;perhaps just to accompany her multi-millionare spouse?

    And less some also forget her very first act earlier as Home Secretary which was to recommend and approve of husband Phillip’s disasterous multi-million pound G4 contract with the Home Office?

    Good show! I can hear the establishment commentary on her support for her marital partner for his business trip to, the secretative meeting in the hidden Suisse canton of alleged global leaders.

    And certainly no critique of the current UK Monarch’s first minister continous and contrived procrastination, in her apparent duty to avoid an UK exit from the European Union without a plan – for the UK.

    Other than her vain and disgraceful exit by way of considerabe moer UK loss, and the further extension of mass economic austerity for, the current and next British generations?

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  20. Kev says

    Strictly speaking the only alternative is not simply Jeremy Corbyn, indeed he is not even an alternative. The Tories with the support of the DUP still have a Parliamentary majority and could simply ditch May and choose another from their ranks as Prime Minister for the remaining term. Quite why they won’t do this is open to speculation. Personally I think a lot is down to Gove manoeuvering to take over from her, hence his vehement ‘support’ of her in the last few days.

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    • mark says

      The problem with that, Kev, is that Gove is really hated and loathed by a large number of Tory MPs. They see him as a poisonous, backstabbing little toad, who is constantly getting pissed in the Commons bars and slagging people off behind their backs. He stabbed Johnson in the back, who promptly bottled it. They hate Johnson only slightly less.

      • Kev says

        Yes Mark I agree and that is really what I meant. He (Gove) is just so obvious. The Tories simply have no viable alternative to May, unless BoJo can rise from the ashes reborn – and I wouldn’t put that out of the running either.

  21. bevin says

    ‘… because the only alternative is Jeremy Corbyn and the establishment has shown they will do anything and everything in their power to stop that from happening.”

    Why? Because, for the first time in history the leader of the Labour Party is not already pledged to restrict his governments ‘reforms’ to a narrow range of social and economic questions but entertains serious doubts about the basic orientation of the Establishment towards the United States and the imperialist programme.
    It is telling that the objection is not really to Corbyn’s determination to re-nationalise the utilities and natural monopolies: the mild socialist reform policies of the 2017 mainfesto but to such, ostensibly minor, matters as putting an end to Israeli hunting in the Gaza strip, or at least ceasing to support it.
    The problem is that the ruling class knows that it has stolen everything it can from the economy, and screwed down the liberties of the property-less so far that it is going to have to accept the inevitable swing of the pendulum towards workers rights, decent working conditions and progressive taxation.
    What it cannot accept is a government which is not totally committed to imperialism but ready to accept the multi-polarity offered by Eurasia’s powers.
    They won’t accept Corbyn because they believe, whatever his critics on this board feel, that Corbyn is honest and that the movement behind him means, not less but more than it promises.
    There is a real hatred of Corbyn in upper class circles because they long ago gave up on their country and their fellow countrymen and threw in their lot with that of rich folk everywhere. Which means, in 2019, with the people who run the United States and the EU, NATO, the Armed Forces and the Security Services, busily securing the rulers against the people, the few against the many, the thieves against their victims.

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    • Antonym says

      your problem is not Israel but your electoral set up which is protected by the London cabal. They have their pawns in both Con and Lab (and elsewhere). Stop being fooled.

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      • Antonym says

        To clarify: bevin & co’s main problem is Israel; for a majority of the UK it is the London Cabal. See where your priorities are

    • How this will be achieved is I think by these actions
      Starter for 10 Federated Pound Stirling
      Bonus 1. English Assembly
      Bonus.2 Save Union Scotland.
      Bonus 3, Introduce PR = permanent hung Parly. I.e needn’t worry about Jeremy Corbyn Govt @jeremycorbyn

      When I was proposing the Grand cross-party Idea after the 2017 GE this was my prediction of how this would all get resolved, I still think it will play out this way. I am still agnostic on in or out as it makes no difference as long as the Neo-Cons have Trump by the short and curlies, which they seem to have.

      Iron Law of Oligarchy.
      WHY IS THERESA MAY STILL PRIME MINISTER? ASK WHO RULES AMERICA FIRST ITS A UNI, BI, LGBTQ+++ THING. TRANS(GLOBALISM,NATIONALISM,INTERNATIONALISM,CORPORATISM,POPULISM)

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  22. May is still in power because we are not a functioning democracy. The Conservative Party is little more than the PR front of the establishment, relying on a rigged electoral system, a corrupt media and partisan intelligence agencies to keep themselves in power. Every opposition leader is smeared or ridiculed unless they are an outright stooge such as Blair, while the media make constant excuses for the Conservative Party, while the opinion pollsters do their bidding. Meanwhile, Tory MPs themselves are simply puppets – Johnson, Rees-Mogg and May are caricatures intended to dupe the public on behalf of the tax exiles and powerbrokers that really control them (with copious amounts of medication, I have not doubt).
    So ‘democracy’ in the UK is a very elaborately-constructed fraud where all the rules are rigged against anyone challenging the status quo. The one good thing about this disastrous situation over Brexit is that the fraud is becoming very obvious and I think we are on the cusp of meaningful political change.

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  23. Jo Mo says

    Cameron’s job was to implement Brexit. He scarpered and was replaced with May whose job is to crush it.

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    • If that’s the case, why have the alleged Tory Right let her do so and not brought down the government?

      • Jen says

        Perhaps Theresa May’s unique brand of incompetence was required to prolong the Brexit agony to the extent that the British public would be convinced to go howling back for a second referendum in which everyone who had originally voted Leave would change their vote to Remain.

        And on top of that, there’s perhaps no-one else in her Cabinet who could do as good a job of crushing Brexit in the slowest, most excruciating way possible.

        If Jeremy Corbyn were Prime Minister, he would not only have a plan but he would also have a way of implementing it and that’s the last thing The Powers That (Should Not) Be want.
        https://jacobinmag.com/2018/11/labour-party-inclusive-ownership-funds-corbyn-mcdonnell

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      • wardropper says

        Beauty may be skin-deep…
        But for Conservatives, party loyalty, like ugliness, goes right to the bone…

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