Thursday, September 5, 2019
Brexit Makes Britain Go Bonkers (Boris to the Rescue?)
Friends, recent days have seen some high drama at Westminster. The opposition and 21 rebel Remainer Conservatives have taken over Parliament. They are close to passing a bill that instructs the Prime Minister to request yet another Brexit extension from the EU -- and it more or less requires him to accept it. The bill is designed to take a no-deal Brexit off the table, and thus, according to many Brexiteers, to sabotage Brexit itself. This is because, if Britain can never threaten the EU with a no-deal Brexit, the EU can say in response: okay, then take the Brexit deal we offered you (a very soft form of Brexit that effectively binds Britain permanently to the EU customs union) or cancel Brexit! It's a complicated picture, but in essence a Remainer Parliament has just pulled the rug out from under its own Prime Minister. They want to ensure that, either there will never be a Brexit, or it will be postponed indefinitely, and if it ever happens it will be so mild that no one will notice its effects.
Boris's response? He finds Parliament's actions outrageous, and totally at odds with the June 2016 referendum in which the British people chose Brexit. He believes that the government -- his government -- no longer enjoys the support of Parliament. It doesn't. He believes that the only solution is to have another parliamentary election, so the British people can decide, hopefully once and for all, whether they want to elect Brexiteers or Remainers. Based on the polls, in which the Conservatives have a solid lead, Boris expects that, if an election is held, he will win it, he will obtain a safe majority, he can repeal the law forcing him to seek another extension from the EU, and Britain can leave the EU on schedule on October 31st, either with a deal (struck by him, applying maximum pressure given the imminence of no-deal), or without a deal.
The opposition's position? They have sought an election for years, believing it would give them the opportunity to capture power. Now, though, in the face of the polls, they are hesitating. First, they say, let's get that precious extension, and then we can talk about elections...
The upshot, I believe, is that Parliament has steadfastly refused to implement the people's will. Now Parliament is undermining the Prime Minister. The best solution is an election. We must hope that the polls are right and that Boris will be the victor. Then Britain can have Brexit at long last, and the British people can get on with their lives. Hopefully, some decorum can also be restored to British politics.
The only question is: when will this election be, and how much mischief will Parliament get up to in the interim?
Also, apropos our discussion about leftist tyranny on college campuses, check out this shocking poll:
Those numbers ought to shame any liberal academic who dares to mouth the words "tolerance," "diversity," or "inclusion"!