Radio 4 afforded the SKWAWKBOX a big laugh this evening. As anyone with any sense predicted, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders are saying that no Brexit deal can give the UK terms equal to or better than EU members enjoy. No surprise.
Theresa May, in a move as opportunistically desperate as it is hilarious, was broadcast by Radio 4 this evening claiming that this ‘tough negotiating stance’ means that the UK needs to vote Conservative to put her and her party at the helm because – you’ve guessed it – these horrid Europeans need someone strong and stable to deal with them with a firm hand.
- daren’t debate Jeremy Corbyn
- daren’t speak in public except to a hand-picked audience and without binding them to silence
- can’t speak to a 73yo pensioner without looking hideously nerve-ridden
- stammered and stumbled her way through yesterday’s PMQs at slightest challenge
- has been touring a series of empty factories so that at least she has some kind of photo-opportunity without the risk of meeting those scary members of the public
And we’re supposed to vote for her because Merkel and other battle-hardened politicians plan to ‘play hardball’ in the negotiations.
Irony, satire and every associated concept just died in a Jim Jones-like mass suicide pact.
Theresa May the ‘special snowflake’ thinks tough European politicians mean we need a woman who quails at lawn-mowing pensioners and can’t face a query from one of her own voters without losing every vestige of composure.
Jeremy Corbyn, on the other hand, has
- faced down every challenge from within his party and without
- weathered a ridiculous and unprecedented media onslaught
- forced the Tories – from a position of supposed weakness – into at least thirty u-turns including some of the biggest embarrassments suffered by a government in decades, such as Philip Hammond’s humiliating u-turn on national insurance
- makes mincemeat of May at PMQs every single week (hence why she daren’t debate him on TV)
And all with the unruffled composure of a zen master. People who are actually tough don’t talk about being tough. They just get on with it.
The UK doesn’t need a special snowflake that melts at the slightest rise in temperature and pressure. It needs someone who can go through the furnace and come out intact – and even stronger – at the other side.
It doesn’t need someone who’s trying to take everyone for mugs – like May trying to pretend she’s tough.
It needs someone who will win over those on the other side of the table because they’ll know real strength when they see it – and not Theresa May’s bluster of weakness overcompensating.
The UK needs Jeremy Corbyn – for the Brexit negotiations and everything else.
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