Right-wing Tories are in a panic. Why? Because they know that time is running out on their plan to destroy Britain.
They are desperate to get us out of the EU in the most brutal and catastrophic way. They want to sneak through “reforms” that weren’t in the election manifesto. They want to reduce the state still further until it is barely functioning.
And they want to do it quickly because they are terrified that they have very little time left in government.
Look at them – Boris Johnson, David Davis, Michael Gove, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Peter Bone, and the rest of their unpleasant crew – all pushing hard to avoid any compromise that might salvage something from the Brexit disaster.
And the irony is that the harder they push, the less chance there is of them getting their way because their infighting is making Theresa May’s government weaker by the day.
Former foreign secretary William Hague wrote in the Daily Telegraph that if the Cabinet doesn’t get behind May after her Brexit speech in Florence “there will be no point Conservatives discussing who is going to be the Foreign Secretary, Chancellor or Prime Minister in the coming years, because Jeremy Corbyn will be Prime Minister”.
We can only hope he is right.
But in the meantime every new day means we are 24 hours closer to our departure from the EU and the government still has no coherent plan or agreed position on the biggest economic threat to our country for decades.
As Rachel Sylvester – the respected Tory columnist who recently revealed that Johnson is regarded as a joke in international diplomatic circles – wrote in the Times: “In her speech in Florence on Friday, the prime minister is supposed to be unveiling her route map but even now, Whitehall sources say, the text is being rewritten and recalibrated as a weak and incompetent leader tries to balance the competing forces around her.
“Although she is said to be finally consulting colleagues, if it feels like anarchy it’s because there is no agreement…
“Crucially, and potentially catastrophically for the prime minister, the government’s position on Brexit has still not been agreed by senior ministers. In fact, there has been no substantive cabinet discussion on our future relationship with the EU, nor any agreement around the top table about the trade-offs that should be made between access to the single market and immigration controls.
“That is not only astonishing but outrageous.”
“Outrageous” – that’s the verdict of a serious political columnist working for Rupert Murdoch’s Times. Note too her description of May: “a weak and incompetent leader”.
May’s “government” is collapsing even as I write.
You know a government is in trouble when the prime minister and the foreign secretary are staying in the same hotel in New York but aren’t speaking to each other.
And that collapse cannot come too soon for, be in no doubt, the right-wingers of her party want to do as much damage to this country as they can while they still have the chance.
Now they see their window of opportunity shrinking, alarmed Tories who arrogantly saw it as their right to govern in perpetuity are ripping themselves apart.
Actually, I cut Hague’s quote short above. His paragraph on Corbyn being prime minister ended with the words “completely ruining this country”.
But more and more people are now realising that our country is already being ruined, and it isn’t by Corbyn.
It is being ruined by the feebleness of a government led by “weak and incompetent” May that is being pushed around by any rebellious Tory who thinks he can advance his own self-interest.
The sooner we get them all out and bring in a Labour government that represents the interests of the British people, the better.