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It is the PM and Brexiters who are ‘Frit’

By Frank McKenna

By Frank McKenna

In another week of high parliamentary drama, Frank McKenna gives his assessment on the latest Brexit chaos.

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In another week of utterly depressing political calculation and miscalculation on the issue that has dominated our country’s politics for over three years, Boris Johnson and his partner in crime and Baldrick – like character Dominic Cummings had seemingly come up with a cunning plan to finally kill off any hopes of the UK either remaining in the EU or leaving with a deal.

If MP’s frustrated and overcame his plans for the proroguing of parliament that would have inevitably led to us crashing out of the EU with ‘No Deal’ he would, like a child in the playground, call his opponents ‘chicken’ ‘frit’ and ‘a big girls blouse’ if they dared refuse his call for a snap General Election.

That, he and Baldrick calculated, would be too much for Jeremy Corbyn to stomach.

They had not reckoned on the Labour Party enjoying a long-overdue, collective, surge of common sense and political pragmatism, and thus rightly avoiding what the former Prime Minister Tony Blair accurately described as the government’s ‘Elephant Trap’.

So, as Boris’ Plans A, B and C appear to have crashed and burnt, along with the Conservative Party memberships of two former Tory Chancellor’s and the Grandson of Winston Churchill, he will now attempt to paint the opposition of being scared of an election, fearing that they will lose it.

It is they, not he, who are frustrating our ability to bring the curtain down on the Brexit calamity.

The problem is, as with many of our current PM’s utterances, this simply isn’t true.

A General Election would not be able to deliver the people’s true verdict on Brexit. In our First Past the Post, multi-party electoral system, a No Deal promising party could win a commons majority with less than 40% of the poll.

The only clear way of genuinely finding out the will of the people would be to put a simple question to the country in a ‘winner takes all’ referendum with the question ‘No Deal’ or ‘Remain’.

I put it to you, given what you have seen of Boris Johnson since he took residence in 10 Downing Street, does he strike you as a man who would shy away from such a course of action, which he could implement tomorrow if he wanted to, if he was confident of winning such a poll?

He and his Brextemeists are not half as confident about their position being supported by the great British public. It is they, not the opposition that is ‘Frit’.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGhyZWYlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnR3aXR0ZXIuY29tJTJGRG93bnRvd25GcmFuayUzRnJlZl9zcmMlM0R0d3NyYyUyNTVFdGZ3JTIyJTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJ0d2l0dGVyLWZvbGxvdy1idXR0b24lMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNob3ctY291bnQlM0QlMjJmYWxzZSUyMiUzRUZvbGxvdyUyMCU0MERvd250b3duRnJhbmslM0MlMkZhJTNFJTNDc2NyaXB0JTIwYXN5bmMlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXRmb3JtLnR3aXR0ZXIuY29tJTJGd2lkZ2V0cy5qcyUyMiUyMGNoYXJzZXQlM0QlMjJ1dGYtOCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRnNjcmlwdCUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIydHdpdHRlci10aW1lbGluZSUyMiUyMGRhdGEtaGVpZ2h0JTNEJTIyMTAwMCUyMiUyMGhyZWYlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnR3aXR0ZXIuY29tJTJGRG93bnRvd25GcmFuayUzRnJlZl9zcmMlM0R0d3NyYyUyNTVFdGZ3JTIyJTNFVHdlZXRzJTIwYnklMjBEb3dudG93bkZyYW5rJTNDJTJGYSUzRSUyMCUzQ3NjcmlwdCUyMGFzeW5jJTIwc3JjJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZwbGF0Zm9ybS50d2l0dGVyLmNvbSUyRndpZGdldHMuanMlMjIlMjBjaGFyc2V0JTNEJTIydXRmLTglMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZzY3JpcHQlM0UlMjA=[/vc_raw_html][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGhyZWYlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnR3aXR0ZXIuY29tJTJGRG93bnRvd25GcmFuayUzRnJlZl9zcmMlM0R0d3NyYyUyNTVFdGZ3JTIyJTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJ0d2l0dGVyLWZvbGxvdy1idXR0b24lMjIlMjBkYXRhLXNob3ctY291bnQlM0QlMjJmYWxzZSUyMiUzRUZvbGxvdyUyMCU0MERvd250b3duRnJhbmslM0MlMkZhJTNFJTNDc2NyaXB0JTIwYXN5bmMlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXRmb3JtLnR3aXR0ZXIuY29tJTJGd2lkZ2V0cy5qcyUyMiUyMGNoYXJzZXQlM0QlMjJ1dGYtOCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRnNjcmlwdCUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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