How do you parody all this? How can you add mockery to the daily activities of those who rule over us? All you can do is report it, along with some of the comment and cartoons, so we can look back and remember how we got to wherever we are by then. Where will that be – don’t ask David Davis, Minister for Exiting the EU, who cheerfully admitted to the Brexit Committee that he hadn’t a clue about where we were going. He is, however, in a great hurry to get there.
Ingram Pinn in the FT
Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox, the three horsemen of the Brexitocalypse appointed by Theresa May to take us over the Brexit cliff-edge, turned out in force on Sunday ahead of the crucial Brexit showdown in the Commons. The context was twofold – Theresa May’s assertion that no deal with the EU was better than a bad deal, and the right (or not) of Parliament to have a say in the negotiations, or at least in the end-result.
The gallant crew were not exactly singing from the same hymn-sheet on the “no deal” scenario. Johnson said “I don’t think that the consequences of no deal are by any means as apocalyptic as some people like to protest”. Fox said of a “no deal” result that “Of course it would be bad, not just for the UK but Europe as a whole”. Davis said “Parliament had better do as we tell it, or else” (I paraphrase, a little).
So the most positive thing from any of them is that a “no deal” Brexit would not be apocalyptic. Try applying that to any other decision-making in public or private life:
“I commend this budget to the House. Its results will not be apocalyptic”.
“Vote for me – I promise the outcome won’t be apocalyptic”
You get the point, as the Three Mountebanks apparently do not. Continue reading