Theresa May, as the SKWAWKBOX had predicted, reduced herself to a parody last night when she defeated her own deal in Parliament just for the short-term ‘optics’ of being able to claim she won a vote for a change.
Cue a level of media double-speak this morning that – while being utterly predictable – still managed to astonish even jaded observers of Establishment hackery.
The Daily Mail went ‘balls to the wall’ with a front-page headline that literally inverted reality in SCREAMING CAPITALS:
Sky was more subtle, but not by that much:
In reality May now has to appear, humiliated, in front of EU leaders to beg for something they’ve been quite clear is not only not on the table but is so far from the table as to be hidden somewhere they haven’t even heard of tables yet.
Basically the EU faces a choice between sending May away to face the disgrace she’s earned – or betraying the interests of Ireland, a country that is staying in the EU and has a government that doesn’t spend all its time insulting the union before expecting unworkable concessions. ‘No-brainer’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.
We are fully through the looking-glass – and May knows it, which is why Downing Street has been secretly ‘war-gaming‘ a general election.
In the meantime, Labour had its best night of the year so far – though you’d never guess that from the media coverage, naturally. More on that anon.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.