June 13, 2017

General election 2017 and the Brexit conspiracy

General election 2017 and the Brexit conspiracy

David Sedgwick asks whether the general election might have been the brain-child of Tory Europhiles hoping to weaken the government’s Brexit position rather than strengthen it.

Since the day she obsequiously sported her infamous hijab on a visit to Tipton’s Central Jamia Mosque in 2013, I’ve had grave reservations about Theresa May MP. She has struck me ever since as a charlatan, the sort of politician who, devoid of conviction, is entirely malleable, liable to twist and turn in whichever direction the political wind happens to be blowing. Her actions that day spoke volumes about her character or more precisely lack of.

Recall also her guarded approach to the EU referendum in which she prevaricated until the last moment, declaring for the Remain side only when it seemed the Europhiles would prevail. Conviction politician she most certainly is not.

When she stood outside 10 Downing Street having emerged as the Tory party leader it was very telling to see her reel off a speech about inequality in Britain. Close your eyes for a moment and it could have been Yvette Cooper or Diane Abbott up there delivering a speech straight from the textbook of left-wing causes. Pandering, you could call it.

Rather worryingly it become apparent that above all else, like her predecessor David Cameron, Mrs May craved the approval of the Liberal-left media. As inaugural speeches go, it was a spectacular miscalculation; on the one hand it spooked traditional Tory voters raised on an ethos of hard work and self-sufficiency, while on the other hand to hardened socialists it merely smacked of disingenuity: once a Tory always a Tory.

In attempting to please everybody, May was in fact pleasing nobody. If alarm bells weren’t ringing at conservative central office, they ought to have been. And then there was the small matter of her record in office.

In six years as Home Secretary promises to limit migration to the ‘tens of thousands’ had proved to be just that – promises. Although she was undeniably compromised by EU free movement, had the conviction been there she could easily have halted the pattern of mass migration from Africa and Asia started by Blair’s Labour party. But she didn’t.

Getting to grips with that particular problem would have meant upsetting the relatively small but disproportionately vociferous band of metropolitan media and political elitists – Liberal-lefties to a man – who call the shots in Westminster. Theresa did not want any of that.

Indeed, her response to the recent terror attacks summed up this weak and vacillating women rather well. The government were not going to clamp down hard on the hate preachers who spread their messages within the safety of the UK’s Mosques. Mrs May was going to clamp down on the … Internet!

Yes, the prime minister’s ‘answer’ was not to attack terrorists and the communities who shelter and give succour to them, but rather to attack free speech – exactly what the globalist Liberal media are desperate to achieve. May simply kicked the problem back into the long grass, a response that was as cowardly as it was inadequate.

Looking back, it seems the Tories chose their leader well. Make no mistake, virtually the entire political class wish to thwart Brexit – May included. Had Michael Gove or Andrea Leadsom won the leadership battle, a snap general election would have been the last thing on their minds. On the contrary they would be getting on with the task in hand, freeing the UK from the clutches of the European super-state.

May however was installed precisely to do the opposite – to undermine Brexit.

Why else would you risk everything on a snap general election there was absolutely no reason to call? Heck, there wasn’t even any pressure from the opposition and there certainly wasn’t any appetite with the voting public who it seems have accepted the result of last year’s referendum and whose focus has shifted to obtaining a good deal for the UK. So why…?

Might this election have been the brain-child of Tory Europhiles hoping not to strengthen but rather to weaken the government’s Brexit position? Just six weeks ago the Conservatives supposedly enjoyed a 20-point lead in the opinion polls over Labour. Just a few weeks later that lead has evaporated. The Tories have actually lost seats! The question arises: did such a lead ever really exist? Certainly, a second term government enjoying such popularity would be virtually unprecedented in the history of politics.

Was May suckered then into believing a few ‘friendly’ polls and thereafter ‘advised’ not only to call an election but to concoct what was quite possibly the worst manifesto in the history of British politics? Possibly. Perhaps she is ‘taking one for the team.’ Difficult to say: Whether as Brexit spoiler or just as a demonstration of horrendous political judge – either way it doesn’t look good for Mrs May.

And then there was the conservative ‘campaign’ itself – a masterclass of amateurism and buffoonery. It was almost as if … they were purposely trying to screw this up: fox hunting, dementia tax, free school meals – policies that targeted animals, the elderly and children. If they were trying to alienate a sizeable part of the population the Tories were doing a damned fine job.

Every time the PM repeated her ’strong and stable’ meme I shuddered. Not only was it just a piece of empty rhetoric – an annoyingly patronising piece of rhetoric at that – as a statement of intent it was hugely disingenuous: what’s ‘strong and stable’ about plunging the country into a general election just days before Brexit negotiations are due to start? It could not get any more destabilising. If anything it was an act of recklessness.

The conservatives remember already had a perfectly adequate mandate and what is more even the Labour party had also begrudgingly signed up to Brexit. After a bruising EU campaign, the dust was finally starting to settle – thoughts were rightly turning to how the UK could negotiate a deal with Brussels.

Months of legal battles had ended in consensus. It had been a long and bitter struggle, but just as it seemed there was recognition that the future was at stake and with it a resolve to get the deal done, along comes May to throw a spanner in the works.

Why do such a thing, if not to frustrate that process? Why risk that hard-earned stability? For a few more parliamentary seats? With the majority of Tory MPs firmly on the Remain camp, it is hard to see what difference gaining a few more seats would have made. There never was, nor will there ever be, even close to a tiny majority of Brexit-supporting MPs in the Houses of Parliament or in the conservative party itself.

Though it might sound like the stuff of conspiracy theories, May’s woeful campaign becomes entirely comprehensible when seen within the context of an establishment ploy to subvert Brexit. And these forces do not give up. From direct or indirect financial largesse to promise of future enrichment and or political advancement, a lot is at stake. A glance at the Kinnock dynasty reveals as much.

In the final analysis, in calling for a snap election, all Theresa May has succeeded in doing is bolstering the opponents of Brexit. Is that the outcome she wanted? Possibly. It is difficult to tell. Because Theresa May is a lightweight and like all lightweights she goes wherever the wind blows.


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David Hardy
David Hardy
A university lecturer by profession, David Sedgwick writes about a wide range of topics including Theatre, Politics and Formula One. His forthcoming book, ‘Shooting from the Hip’ is a collection of political essays written from a Libertarian humourist perspective. In his spare time, he enjoys marking student dissertations…
  • marvin

    The above article reflects many Brexit supporters views. However, when David Cameron stepped down, Theresa May was the best of a bad bunch, since there were no strong Brexit candidates put forwards in Parliament. Fallon is a Gospel thumper, Corbyn is an arrogant, self serving manipulator and May -whose history did her no favours. But as a UKIP member we followed Nigel Farage’s advice, and voted, not totally convinced, for May. The recent newspaper reports and claims made on the internet are making me, and possibly many other Brexit supporters very nervous. Particularly with regard to immigration. Brexit was an answer to a broiling situation in the UK where so many foreign people in the country are costing each of us dearly and reducing the services that we had all paid into for years. It was not just taxes that were costing the people more – there was so much more fraud and welfare abuse on a scale never been seen before. We are now being told that 3.8 million people will be given the right to stay! This is wrong! Totally wrong! It would be fair to concede to a number of immigrants being allowed to stay in the UK equal to the number of ex pats in other European countries. It would also be fair to state that if immigrants have not paid into the welfare system, then they are not entitled to receive it. I would not move to another country if I could not afford to live there, or at least to know that I could keep myself.

  • blingmun

    “if you really were so dull as to not spend ten seconds thinking critically about what you were writing”

    You are truly unlovely.

  • peter john

    Not wanting to appear along side other leaders told me she did not care about a hard Brexit. The tory party wanted a liberal progressive like Cameron so she got the job.

  • peter john

    I said from the beginning she is a liberal in the tory party one of many and there was no reason to call an election as the useless tories had a majority. i agree all done on purpose to frustrate Brexit and the mugs all fell for it. Over at the Mail they still think Mother Teresa is the parties saviour.

  • Dynamo11

    In which case it was Corbyn that saved us all by committing Labour to a proper Brexit (lest we forget he is a hard eurosceptic, but for other reasons than us), it isolated the Tory Wets who want a Remain as the true enemies of Britain.

  • AgnesMay

    Spot on. Manchurian candidate from the very beginning, anti-police anti-border controls,the woman who boasted that she had drastically reduced the number of ‘stop-and-search’ for knives carried out by the Met Police and opined that Sharia Courts can be a ‘good thing.’ I would put her and her ‘advisors’ slightly to the left of Jeremy Corbyn . Common Purpose infiltrator just like Cameron who in his first speech to The House as PM actually inserted the term’ Common Purpose ‘ into his narrative-the extreme lefts equivalent of a Freemason rolling up his trouser leg and winking at the Judge in court.

  • lilly valley

    Theresa May was installed as Prime Minister after shafting Andrea Leadsom. I knew she was trouble from the beginning. It is hard to believe anyone is that duplicitous and can change that easily but it may be true. I can’t figure her out. I assumed she was there to sabotage everything but then she seemed to be pushing for a hard Brexit. It seems illogical that she would call an election knowing she would get a hung parliament, so I don’t accept this premise. She could not have predicted how things would turn out, could she? This is all shit, in any event. I want the Tories to go.

  • Little Black Censored

    Charlatan, narcissist, sociopath – gosh!
    And, come to think of it, Ruth Davidson looks like Kim Jon-un.

  • R M

    Your article simply does not make sense. Her speech after winning the leadership did not drive voters away — quite the opposite, it proved popular, and she enjoyed an extended honeymoon and huge poll lead after that.

    It was only during the election campaign with her disastrous and in many ways regressive policies that this lead collapsed.

    So yeah, this has zero correspondence to actual empirical reality. I’m curious as to whether you are trying to sweep this under the rug, or if you really were so dull as to not spend ten seconds thinking critically about what you were writing.

  • Nockian

    That has been my theory since she called an election. May was never in the leave camp and she appeared to be indestructible within the party no matter what rubbish she trotted out, or how often she failed. Ive always suspected she was the bankers Mol who was installed to keep an eye on Cameron and Osborne.

    One thing that hasn’t been mentioned is that the election was actually a two way bet. Heads she gets more anti-Brexit MPs and tails she gets a minority and can blame the other parties for watering down Brexit.

    The fly in the ointment for the establishment is Corbyn. Loathe are the establishment to leave their warm nests of cronyist globalism; more feared are they of a true, red socialist and one who appears to be anti-EU in direct opposition to the Blairites in his party, which, the establishment must have calculated could control him.

    Best laid plans of mice and men.

  • A real liberal

    Absolutely spot on. At the risk of ridicule I’ll go a bit beyond charlatan. I think she’s a narcissist. And close to being a sociopath, hiding in plain view.

  • Sgt_Bilko

    He probably handed her the results as well. This whole stinking business screams stitch up.

  • Jolly Radical

    Indeed. Let’s remember that over the weekend, Juncker was briefing that he had personally urged May to call an election “to smooth the negotiation process.”

    This poor, simple-minded woman has been manipulated like a medieval puppet queen.

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