Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Objectively Speaking

"The Customs Partnership" is destined to go the way of "the Community Charge" and "the Spare Room Subsidy". But the Lib Dems won fairly big against the Conservatives in the Remainer heartlands of the South last week.

So the Government has to come up with something, either with which to see them off in 2022, or, for more realistically, with which to bring them back into what would thus be the reconstituted Coalition. That cannot, however, be called what it obviously is, or be called officially what everyone is going to call it in real life. Like "the Community Charge". Or "the Spare Room Subsidy".

By the way, the Lib Dems' wins in Haringey were not vindications of Claire Kober and her mob, since the Lib Dems had opposed the wretched Haringey Development Vehicle. As here in County Durham over the Teaching Assistants, they can be valuable allies over individual issues. 

But the price of their support for any Government in 2022 would not be a Soft Brexit. It would be No Brexit, including the reversal of any that, most improbably, might already have happened by then. And that would be fine by Theresa May. Well, of course it would be.

If the UKIP vote has come back to the Conservative Party, and it has, then it now has nowhere else to go. With UKIP out of the picture, the Conservatives can treat the Right any way they like. Old UKIP and BNP hands will cause amusement and some distress by their antics as Conservative activists, candidates and Councillors, but the main effect of that will be the expose the hypocrisy of media that screeched hysterically about far tinier infractions on the Labour side.

An existing example of that is the fact that we now have a Home Secretary who is a devotee of Ayn Rand. Hilarious though it is that Rand ended up on welfare, Sajid Javid's membership of her cult ought to be the cause of very considerable public alarm. As it would be, if anyone in Parliament were prepared to make enough of a fuss about it. My crowdfunding page has been taken down without my knowledge or consent. But you can still email davidaslindsay@hotmail.com instead, and that address accepts PayPal.

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