IT’S April and Theresa May has announced a June election in Britain. She is trying to head off seeming winters of discontent as she searches for a succession of summers of love. That’s what a huge Tory majority will mean to her.
It will also strengthen her hand in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Imagine going to battle with a 100 plus majority in parliament. Whether or not all of that happens depends on the British electorate. Voters have a habit of delivering shocks, especially of late. From Brexit to Trump to Le Pen in the French election run-offs nothing is really as it seems.
The only constant is that electorate after electorate, regardless of geography, is really disillusioned with those in power and how they use that power. There are those who belittle the exercise in democracy that delivered such shocks. They seem to forget that democracy is a simple calculation, the majority is declared the winner. Huffing and puffing into your coffee cup will not change things. It just proves that some people, apart from those in power, are also out of touch with the majority.
Theresa May, regardless of her personal position or thoughts, is responding to the majority of people across Britain who wish to leave the EU. Those who still despair of the Brexit result would do well to spend their time examining why so many people wanted out. When the history books are written people’s experience of the democratic deficit pertaining to the EU will loom large.
One of the reasons for the ‘shock element’ in the recent elections is that the mainstream media has come down on the ‘other’ side. If journalists fingers were on the pulse there would not have been such a negative and repulsive reaction from the ‘establishment.’ It raises the question of ‘fake news’ to a new level!
When Brexit became a reality the politicians in Ireland ran for cover under the petticoats of Europe. They were citing how they could not engage in negotiations until Britain formally sent the Article 50 letter. It’s time our boys woke up, took a chill pill and got the finger out.
Do Irish politicians really believe that Ireland matters in Brexit negotiations? Have we learned nothing from Europe or how it works? Have we already forgotten that the German-based ECB forced our hand, illegally, to bail out bankers? Have they forgotten how the EU forced our hand to subsume the bank debt as our national debt? Have they actually forgotten the pain and suffering these actions have inflicted, still inflict and will inflict on Irish people for generations to come? Or does it even register with them, at any level?
That is the problem when you are overpaid, you forget how your actions (or inactions) affect others. Most of the current batch of Irish Government politicians has to bear some responsibility for this legacy, just like their predecessors in Government since 2007.
While the Government grapples with homelessness they seem inept to admit that their own legislation and financial support for the banks over citizens has added to the problem. They cannot even arrange to set up a National Maternity Hospital without making a Horlicks out of it. And then they sit back and let the Sisters of Charity take the heat for Government stupidity. It is disingenuous at its core.
Is there no one in Government with the decency to stand up, tell the truth and get on with running the country? So many, from Mr Harris in Health to Mr Bruton use the opportunity of Government failures to scapegoat religious institutions.
One wonders what will happen if Britain returns a huge Tory majority. The ‘hard Brexit’ talk emanating from Europe is just more of the bullyboy tactics that are becoming too commonplace. So much for ‘community’ with talk like ‘make it difficult for Britain so as to discourage any other country seeking an EU exit.’
Back home, Fianna Fáil keeps Fine Gael in power, afraid of Sinn Féin and others. Leadership? Sorry, political convenience is not leadership. Theresa May has grabbed the bull by the horns. Our boys are still swimming at the poor bull’s other end.