What indeed? A monumental misjudgement on the part of the UK government allowed a referendum to take this country out of the European Union, a result I am convinced that the majority of people do not really want. Having done that, the architect of that disaster, David Cameron, walked away from the consequences. And now, the person who in the eyes of many was more responsible than anyone else for convincing the British people to vote ‘leave’, the leader-in-waiting, the white knight who was going to make it all better, has walked away as well, albeit after an act of breath-taking treachery from his right-hand man in the campaign. British voters might be forgiven for concluding that the Conservative Party has proved, beyond reasonable doubt, its total incompetence and unsuitability to run this country.
So what about Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, can they help? Er, no. They’re busy tearing themselves apart. A leader with no authority to lead, insisting on hanging on because he claims he has a mandate from the grass roots of the party. Unless something really spectacular happens in the next few days, either the Labour Party will split into two or more parts, or it will somehow manage to hang on, emasculated. Either way, it is condemned to the political wilderness for a generation.
It’s like a Greek tragedy; our friends in Europe, America and elsewhere can only look on in despair, while our enemies must be rubbing their hands in glee. Whatever did we do to deserve this?
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