Theresa May has attacked Tony Blair for undermining her by his latest comments about another referendum. But the way she has framed her attack takes some believing even for the most seasoned, cynical observers.
The first part of May’s comment, for a change, is accurate enough:
But the old saying about pointing one finger meaning three are pointing back at you couldn’t be more apt.
Over the last few weeks, May has been “subverting the political process” for her own political interest constantly:
- hiding from a vote on the release of legal advice on her Brexit deal because she didn’t want to be seen to lose it
- refusing to honour the result of the vote and only releasing the information when forced to by an unprecedented contempt of Parliament finding
- being exposed using public money to undermine the official opposition
- conducting a general election campaign by stealth, to avoid media impartiality rules that would give Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a fairer presentation
- spending public money to promote the deal to try to salvage her political career
- telling the nation until the last second that a Commons vote on her deal would go ahead – and then pulling it at the last moment, again because she was going to lose it
- avoiding a no-confidence vote by her own MPs by promising changes to her deal she knew she couldn’t get – and sweetening the deal by promising to step down before the next general election
- refusing to condemn threats to starve Ireland into submission, to avoid offending her own party hardliners
- attempting to persuade the country that non-binding ‘assurances’ about her Brexit deal change the legal facts
- continuing to repeat platitudes and slogans she knows have ‘no element of truth‘, misleading the country
May also said that,
For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served.
Of course, many people think that the fact that Tony Blair isn’t yet on trial in the Hague is the real insult to office and people, but she misses the point that Blair’s main purpose in touting another referendum is to try to undermine Labour in the eyes of leave voters, Her own risible efforts to ‘negotiate’ need little undermining.
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