My Election Notes 2019: E-Day – 5
by Pseud O'Nym
John Minor, in calling for voters to support former Tories who’ve lost the Tory whip and are therefore standing as independents proves three things. The first is that he has conveniently forgotten his own sorry role in creating Brexit. Two, he therefore thinks that he has some vestige of credibility with the public left whereas in fact he has as much credibility as a homeopath. And third, that he is a Grade A….well you can work that one out that for yourselves.
The reason why we are having this election in the fist place isn’t because Boris’s Johnson felt that parliament was preventing him getting his Brexit deal through parliament, leaving him with no choice, as he tells it, but to call this election. Neither nor is the fault of Teresa May, because say what you will about her, she nevertheless did what she thought best with what she had, even though her deal with the DUP after the 2017 election was borne out of desperate political necessity.
That she called the election, when there was no actual reason to do, other than a desire that being returned with an increased majority as the polls predicted, was a gamble that would help her overcome the parliamentary opposition to a Brexit deal. Remember when all parliament could agree on was what it couldn’t agree on? But then she was only Prime Minister in the first place because David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister the day after that fateful day in June 2016.
You get my point. It’s all about consequences and ultimately, the blame for all of this properly rests with John Minor. Back in the heady days of 1992 he was a Conservative Prime Minister at odds with the far right Euro skeptic wing of the Conservative Party. A European Treaty had been agreed at Maastricht that would greatly enlarge the powers of the European Union from what had previously been an economic union into a social and political one as well. Had Minor decided to put this to the British people in the form of a referendum then the leave vote of 2016 might not have happened.
But he didn’t and now we’re paying the price for his political expediency and what was then an irrelevance to most people became over time a source of increasing frustration and for some anger. Not being offered a choice. Being told. Being ignored. So to an extent I feel sorry for Boris’s Johnson, because he’s only been playing the hand he’d been given and who ultimately gave him that hand? The same John Minor who was recently a supporter of an action brought by Gina Miller to argue at the high court that Boris’s Johnson’s plan to suspend parliament was unlawful. So now he thought that the democracy was under threat, now he thought the people -through their democratically elected representatives should be heard, now he was there with the people, standing shoulder to shoulder with them against an overweening executive? Yes, the very same!