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Zombie party confirms it is dead

After this week’s failure of the Conservatives’ 1922 committee to change the leadership challenge rules, the ‘flipping point’ I wrote about the other day has now been reached, I think. The Tories are finally about to collapse. Only most of their MPs don’t know it yet.

If the Tory Brexiteer MPs want to survive and bring about Brexit, they need to resign en masse and join The Brexit Party. Now. No more “Maybe if we apply enough pressure things will change…”. They won’t. Just leave now. Your current party is dead in the water.

My feeling, however, is that most or all of them won’t do any such thing. Maybe Steve Baker, but probably not even him. Because as good as some of the Brexiteers are, they’re Tories, and kicking the can down the road is ingrained in them all.

Sebastian Payne from the Financial Times tweets:

Sir Graham Brady told Theresa May on Tuesday that the present situation is unsustainable. Will he now demand her exit date, in exchange for avoiding leadership rule changes and a messy challenge?

Why would she pay any attention to that? They’ve already revealed that they have no spine.

1922 executive committee vote on rule change was 9/7 against – with Sir Graham Brady and @KemiBadenoch abstaining.

In times past we’d want to know who the nine were. But now, who cares? They’re all finished.

Update: The Tory Brexiteer MPs should, after joining the Brexit Party, and allowing some time for the BP to get some Westminster candidates together, trigger an early election. They can also threaten Theresa May with this beforehand to force a WTO exit.

But, of course, they won’t, because they’re all mouth and no trousers.

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6 thoughts on “Zombie party confirms it is dead

  1. Steady on, Hector old chap. This is far too much like obvious common sense. If these Brexiteers aren’t even talking to the Brexit party then they have lost it entirely.

  2. This is another problem of allowing young people to consider politics as a career – once on the gravy train their own personal financial situation becomes more important than the needs of the nation.

    Just another reason to implement my idea that no-one under the age of 50 be allowed to stand for Parliament. By then most will have got some assets behind them, families will have flown the nest, so the need to keep a certain income level will be reduced, not entirely of course, but far less than for a 30 or 40 something MP with a mortgage, and family to keep in the manner they’ve become accustomed to.

  3. As I’m sure you know, MPs can’t resign; they take on the stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds or some similar position, which forces them out of office because the law is that an MP can’t hold “an office of profit under the Crown”.

    There’s good reason for that: the people who decide what taxes we pay – which is, of course, the first and most important job of Parliament – shouldn’t derive direct benefit from them. It would be a conflict of interest. Yet they’ve turned being an MP into an office of profit under the Crown. They get around the law by claiming that technically it isn’t, but the principle has clearly been violated.

    And the result is precisely what the framers of that law predicted, and you laid out: MPs’ financial situation becomes more important to them than the good of the nation.

    I wrote in a comment somewhere else a few months ago that we’ve become used to “corruption” equating to “bribery”, as if they were synonyms. But corruption is corruption, regardless of its cause. Our Parliament has been corrupted by sloppy thinking, failure to understand its principles, career politics, and not least subservience to the European Commission. Reform – real reform, not more corruption in disguise, like the House of Imitation Lord-effect Persons – is long overdue.

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