May makes little progress in talks with Brussels

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Theresa May ha made little progress once again today as she seeks ‘reassurances’ from Brussels over the backstop with Northern Ireland. This came after May and Jean-Claude Drunker argued over whether one had called the other a mean name.

Let Gerry make this very clear. The backstop with NI is a non-issue. It makes no difference whatsoever. It probably won’t come into effect and if it does it still doesn’t matter. NI is not being ‘annexed’ like right-wing obsessives would have you believe. There are already trade checks on the border. The social conservative nature of the DUP means that they have many different laws from us. It’s called devolution, for heaven’s sake. Don’t get whipped up in this longing-for-something-to-whine-about frenzy. The mood is Europe is correct: whatever you do, the Charles Moores and Rees-Moggs and other boring ‘principled’ people will always find something wrong with the deal. They are indeed principled, and that is exactly the problem. They are not pragmatic, principled about something that doesn’t matter any more than their complaints that they can’t find any cheap Eastern European women to clean up their toilets for them after Brexit.  If the deal is voted down because of silly frustrations like these, we will get no-deal and just you wait to see what they will say then, Gerry says mournfully.

New cabinet Secretary launches Cabinet leaks crackdown

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The new Cabinet Secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill, has initiated a crackdown on leaks from the Cabinet table, in a move that may well take James Forsyth of the Spectator out of work. After every meeting of the Cabinet, Forsyth would be given an avalanche of information of the meetings without a full script.  Sedwill has now ordered an inquiry into who the leakers are issued a warning to others.

Gerry is rather disappointed…

Tory leadership race begins as May holds on by a thread

The race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party has unofficially began as Theresa May has lost most of her remaining political authority in the small victory last night in the no-confidence motion. Sajid Javid is widely tipped to be a potential next leader, along with the usual Boris gang and fringes of support for Jacob Rees-Mogg and other loons.

Here we go, let the job promises begin, Gerry says…

Theresa May deserves the respect and confidence of her party

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Remember this day. In years to come, we may see the 12th of December 2018 as a crucial moment in the future destination of the country. I have before highlighted on this blog why the hard-right in Theresa May’s party should be chucked out. They are a threat to their own party and to their country as a whole. By sabotaging and plotting they also risk letting in a man they supposedly despite in Jeremy Corbyn and his gang of mutineers. Theresa May has persevered. She has many a fault. But tonight’s confidence vote is a test of whether the Conservative Party have got any sense of credibility of what one might ignorantly call ‘patriotism’, wanting the best for the national interest, left inside them. Brexit is a proper mess. Don’t let the country fall over a precipice into a darker future ahead.

Vote for Theresa, strong and bloody stable and all that, Gerry says…