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Rees-Mogg prepares to let the crocodile slip back into the water

According to Paul Waugh:

If true this could be the most damaging miscalculation since… well. since Gove screwed over Boris Johnson and lumbered us with the dull grey dishrag. Two senior ministers fall on their sword. As does Steve Baker, Chris Green and Conor Burns.  And all Rees -Mogg can do is TO SAY HE’LL VOTE FOR THERESA MAY? You utter twallop.

If May wins the confidence vote then we’re stuck with her for at least twelve months, a period during which she can’t be challenged. Which means can she can do what she bloody well likes for those twelve months. It doesn’t matter how many ministers resign, or how many MPs call it quits, she can just sit there and wave at them as they go (and she will, too). Just look at Jeremy Corbyn doing exactly that. It is absolutely vital that the confidence vote against her be won, otherwise she’s been handed the Brexit equivalent of a blank cheque, and it’ll be fucking curtains for Brexit. She has to be finished off, and the corpse burned, and then thrown down a deep mineshaft.

I can only assume that the Tory MPs are all terrified of what might transpire with a new leadership campaign. But what should terrify them is the realisation that they cannot win another election now with Theresa May in charge. Do they really think they can go out campaigning on the doorstep representing the party that betrayed the referendum vote?

With these resignations, the fight to the death has begun. It’s too late now to say “We didn’t mean it, let’s go back to being friends”. You fight, or you die.

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5 thoughts on “Rees-Mogg prepares to let the crocodile slip back into the water

  1. After the Arab Revolt gained control of the railway from Jordan to Mecca, Lawrence of Arabia described the Turkish garrison in Mecca as “cut flowers in a vase; fair to look at but ultimately doomed”.

    If Tory rebels defeat the White Paper, it will be equivalent to cutting the railway line to Mecca. Teresa May will be in office, but not in power. There would be no need to go for the kill; arguably it would be better to leave her until she finally gets it that the game is up. Intelligent members of the Cabinet would make their excuses and leave rather than be associated with the utter failure of a Prime Minister whose own party won’t support her flagship policy.

    If Tory rebels can’t defeat the White Paper, the whole party is toast; and, sadly, the rest of us with it.

  2. Decnine, that seems to be the way things are going to go, and given the difficulty of removing her via the confidence vote method that I have talked about before, perhaps that is the best way. But they still must win, because she her civil servants are going to fight back ruthlessly, and they’ll use Labour and LibDem support to do it.

  3. [quote] “If May wins the confidence vote then we’re stuck with her for at least twelve months, a period during which she can’t be challenged.” [unquote]

    The government is propped-up by the DUP’s 10 MPs, which means that if a small number of Tory MPs rebel and move a vote of no confidence in the Commons, the government would fall. In those circumstances, either a new government would have to be formed (by May or somebody else) or Parliament would be dissolved.

    It only requires 6 or 7 Tory MPs to rebel (the exact number depends on how you do the arithmetic). They would probably lose the Tory whip and therefore most probably lose their seats, but it would force May to go to the country or resign.

  4. Yes, that is another way it could be done. Would take some brave MPs, though.

    But wouldn’t May still remain as Tory leader in that situation, assuming she doesn’t resign? We don’t want her leading the Conservatives (or anyone else) into another election.

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