12th December 2019
“The hustings are over, the bunting is down, the mad hysteria is at an end. After the chaos of a general election, we can return to normal.”
(Blackadder, third season, episode one)
Many people will be commenting on what is happening today so this post offers commentary on three things which are not happening.
The first thing that is not happening is that we are not considering the currently suppressed report into Russian interference in the politics of the United Kingdom.
One would think that publishing such a report would be a prerequisite of a government seeking to go to the country.
The second thing that is not happening is that parliament is not scrutinising either the withdrawal agreement implementation bill or the withdrawal agreement which the bill implements.
Neither document has yet had any detailed scrutiny, even though the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union by automatic operation of law on 31st January 2020, which is just over a month away.
Given that the bill was supported at its second reading by a majority of MPs you would think that the time before 31st January would have been spent ensuring that the 580-page plus withdrawal agreement – that deals with a range of complex and consequential provisions – was properly scrutinised.
But again, no.
The third thing that is not happening is that we are not about to enter the final year of the five-year parliament elected in 2015.
The 2015 general election gave the Conservatives a comfortable majority, which they then converted into four years of political chaos and successive general elections.
The irony is that the Conservatives are promoting themselves today as a solution to the current political disarray, when it was the Conservatives getting their first majority since 1992 which is the direct cause of what is now going on around us.
One would think a sufficient number of voters would realise this and desert the party whose misuse of a majority led to this mess.
But, yet again, no.
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