A Parliament of Asses

I’ve commented several times how much I admire Sir John Redwood, MP, the member for Wokingham. For more on him read his about at the linked article, but suffice it to say here that he was Chief Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher, and one can see why.

Yesterday he posted his remarks in Parliament the other day on what I can only call the despicable move in Parliament to postpone Brexit, passed in the biggest turnout ever by the British people themselves. Watching the swamp in Parliament has been an educational and disheartening experience. You can read his full remarks here.

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I would like us to leave on 31 October, as agreed, with a free trade agreement, or with serious talks about a free trade agreement, so that new tariffs or barriers need not be imposed on our trade with the EU or its trade with us. I am quite sure that we have a chance of achieving that only if so-called no deal is left firmly on the table, and if the European Union knows that we will leave with no withdrawal agreement or free trade agreement if it does not agree to those talks or offer such an agreement. That is our only lever.

I came to this debate against the Bill, because I think it tries to take away our only or best negotiating lever. I have looked carefully at amendment 6, new clause 1 and amendment 19, and I have listened to the debate on them. I am quite sure that the hon. Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock) and my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) have very good intentions. I am sure that they are desperately trying to find compromise and a way forward at a time when the country is divided, as it was during the referendum campaign, and when this House remains extremely divided, or fragmented, into a series of different factions with different views on the best outcome.

Having listened to the debate, I share the view of my hon. Friends the Members for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) and for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope). The amendments are on the side of thwarting the referendum result. They are designed to undermine Britain’s main negotiating card, which is our right to leave without having to make any more payments, accept any more laws or accept any instructions on our borders. The three things that the leave voters I met in large numbers during the referendum campaign wanted were to take control of our money, our borders and our laws. We have the right to do that on 31 October.

Patrick Grady (Glasgow North) (SNP): Take control of our laws!

John Redwood: Yes, take control of our laws. [Laughter.] That is what we are arguing about today. I am explaining the extreme irony that this Parliament, which claims to believe in democracy, is deliberately trying to thwart our democracy by denying the result of the democratic decision that was made by the people, and that we said was theirs to make; and that this Parliament is trying to overturn the promises that many candidates—on the Labour side, in particular—made in the general election of 2017, and that they seem to have forgotten now that they are Members of Parliament.

Sir William Cash (Stone) (Con): I noticed the laughter from the Scots Nats at what my right hon. Friend said. In view of the very good sense that he was speaking, I invite the House to consider this. Is it not the case that under the withdrawal agreement, during the transition period, decisions will be taken by the Council of Ministers to impose obligations and laws on the United Kingdom without our even being there, without any transcript, without any Hansard and almost invariably by consensus? Is not the whole thing a massive racket, the object of which is to put us in a state of subjugation—

Excellently done, Sir John. But it must be hard to be a voice in the wilderness of Westminster – you know, listening to the people instead of the paymasters in Brussels.

Others didn’t come out looking nearly as good. One of the members who had the whip withdrawn and more or less ejected from The Conservative Party was one Sir Nicholas Soames, whose grandfather earned an enviable reputation with free people everywhere, his name was Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Nicholas also had some things to say via OANN.

“What really worries me is that Britain’s stock in the world is in free fall and I’m afraid our position in world affairs is going to be greatly diminished by this,” he told the BBC. “This is the most divisive issue of my lifetime.”

He also said that he has been a Brexiteer since the referendum, which is likely true, but was not when the chips were down the other day. And so while I agree with his sentiment on Britain’s stock in the world, from where I sit in what his Grandfather called “The Great Republic”, the cause of that decline can be laid squarely at his and Parliaments door.

Sir Winston always knew that the lions of the population were often led by donkeys, but increasingly the donkeys are asses.

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4 Responses to A Parliament of Asses

  1. audremyers says:

    Yesterday was the first time I’ve seen the House of Lords – they were debating the Benn Bill.
    Usual suspects, usual narrative.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. the unit says:

    Well, folks learning what and who they are…the asses. Learning “just like that.”
    My ears so bad now that I don’t really know it this fits as to lyrics. But we learning just like that. 🙂



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