I know I said I would leave it alone but...
Today, Theresa May has finally come off the fence to start pulling the splinters out of her backside. Actually, her lukewarm support of the Remain campaign last spring, at a time when it looked like Remain would win the referendum, and subsequent slither into Number 10 and her move towards an ever harder Brexit since then suggests that she is not really a woman of principle; rather an opportunist who can’t really lose: Cameron messed up by allowing the referendum to happen so, whatever the outcome, May can claim she has done her best to clear up the mess. But she has opted to go with the views of 52% of voters in an advisory referendum (many of whom may have voted differently if it had not been advisory – and see my earlier post about the realities of the 52%) and then go with a smaller group which wanted an all out position. How many people really want what she is proposing today?
In its 2015 manifesto, the Conservative Party promised to safeguard British interests in the Single Market (their emphasis). It read ‘We benefit from the Single Market’ and ‘We want to preserve the integrity of the Single Market’.
It seems to me to be splitting hairs to say that we can best do this by sticking our fingers up at it! One thing seems certain: Mrs May’s party was elected in 2015 to stay in the Single Market. Most of her party’s MPs (mine included) were selected and elected as Remainers. Where, then, is the mandate for today’s proposal?
One other thing: the cynic in me wonders whether Mrs May hopes this will all be buried under this week's accession to Trumpton.
Of course, I am just snivelling because the pound is sitting at 1.13 against the euro again! Thanks guys!
On wine (briefly), a bottle of 2010 Givry 1er Cru 'Bois Chevaux' from Domaine Joblot was drinking magnificently last night. I am sure real experts would be able to find faults but for mere amateurs such as myself, this was quite simply a lovely wine, in the right place and the is certainly no reason to focus on anything other than the immense pleasure it affords. Sorry, all gone now but there are some very good follow-on vintages still available!