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…

New York Times sums up May better than UK press

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Throughout much of the Brexit process, the international press  has presented Britain as a country on the edge of a cliff, with medicines being stockpiled and rationing coming back soon. This hyperbole has been ignored by the New York Times today as they summarise the May premiership up to this crucial point.

‘She could have been the perfect person to carry out a message of compromise . She is an old-fashioned English public servant, devoid of bombast and rhetorical flourish, and uninterested in personal power. She has not created the churning whirlpool of ideology and grievance around Brexit and this gave her some authority to bring it to an end.’

Sounds much more to the point than most of the rubbish we are treated to over here, Gerry says…

Standpoint editor quits

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The founding Editor of Standpoint magazine, Daniel Johnson, has changed jobs to manage a new website, The Article. The magazine, which in its efforts to be entertaining and written well has meant it has gone inevitably to the right, has become a competitor of the Spectator and New Statesman, with writers such as Douglas Murray and Nick Cohen.

Big loss, Gerry says…

May delays vote

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Theresa May has been persuaded by her Cabinet to delay the vote on her deal, which was expected yesterday evening. May has been expecting to lose the vote comprehensively and has changed the date to increase her chances, apparently now going back to Brussels to renegotiate the backstop agreement in Northern Ireland.

Gerry is perplexed how this time version of Gerrymandering is allowed…