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The sad thing is even if the rebel Tory MPs refuse to back Corbyn to become PM it’ll still somehow get framed in the online discourse as being totally the Lib Dems’ fault.

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My politics wavers between Lib Dem and Labour with no permanent home so I hate it when they end up fighting each other but on this one at least with more thought into it I think the Lib Dems are a bit more wrong than Labour is right now.

The logical option, if the Lib Dems think that Corbyn as a leading figure won’t be able to get enough Tory backers to secure him a post-no confidence majority to get Brexit fucked off into the sea and call a GE, is to back the No Confidence motion anyway and just let him try.

There’s no rule that says that if you can’t get a majority with one leader you have to immediately give power back to the guy you just no-confidenced out of the job. Give Corbyn as leader a go of it and if the numbers actually don’t work out then it’d be time to insist on a different person to be caretaker PM.

Because I honestly do believe that if Corbyn proves he can get the numbers to work out for him, the Lib Dems will back him. Even if Swinson remains personally iffy, the other MPs will bow to the demands of their Remain membership and go for it regardless and she’ll have no choice at that point but to get on board and take the personal hit of the bad publicity.

The one I’m worried about is what Corbyn would do if he can’t get the numbers. I can’t say I’m totally confident that he’d willingly step aside for anyone else to try it. 

I hope I’m wrong about that, I really do, but there it is.

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Nobody who’s already decided to hate the Lib Dems forever is ever gonna be intellectually honest enough to admit that the current refusal to immediately sign on to making Corbyn the caretaker PM isn’t out of some petty spiteful dislike of Corbyn, it’s purely a matter of pragmatism in the feeling that he won’t be able to get enough Tory MPs to line up behind him, especially with the inevitable Labour MPs (like Kate Hoey for one) who will openly defy him making any move to assume the power to cancel Brexit.

If he can’t command a basic majority of support for shutting down Brexit via Parliamentary means then this whole idea of a caretaker PM becomes null and void anyway as a lovely thought experiment that’ll never actually happen.

That’s why the Lib Dems have openly suggested letting either Father of the House Ken Clarke or Mother of the House Harriet Harman (both respected longterm Parliamentarians with broader appeal across the chamber than Corbyn has) be the caretaker PM because they’re less ‘divisive’ than Jeremy Corbyn is and have a greater chance of actually getting the amount of MPs they need to get behind them to get done what needs done.

Sorry but this “Lib Dems are only using this to gain power” line is total horseshit considering of the two parties the Lib Dems are saying someone else from one of the other major parties should lead this venture, while Labour are insisting it should be them and only them and nobody else.

Hell while I admit her immediate line on this whole idea wasn’t helpful she’s openly offering to meet personally with Corbyn to hammer this shit out so it’s clear that this isn’t some 100% total redline thing but that rather she’s approaching it with more caution than other parties. Might have something to do with how Labour has spent, what, at least 9 years now being more openly hostile to her party than they have been to the Tories.

Sounds like it’s not the Lib Dems who are trying to exploit this conflict to gain power for themselves.

But of course any sense of nuance in this has gotten buried in the sensationalism of headlines and the Labour faithful’s endless glee at having a nice excuse to post shitty anti-Lib Dem memes all over Facebook which is the exact opposite of what’s fucking needed when it’s in everyone’s best interest to try and get the two parties to see eye to eye.

Flooding social media with memes insulting Swinson and having Owen fucking Jones go on his little ranting sessions ever 5 minutes isn’t going to fucking help. We need to be sensible and let cooler heads work this shit out.

I’m like 99% sure that if it can be established that a Corbyn-led caretaker government against Brexit could get enough Tory MPs behind it to command the confidence of the Commons, the Lib Dems will agree to it as they should.

But until then it’s all kind of idle speculation so this narrative that’s immediately sprung up that No Deal is now entirely the Lib Dems fault because if they’d just agree to this right now Brexit could be stopped instantly is, once again, horseshit.

But I guess “any stick to beat the Lib Dems with” is just the default nature of Labour at this point so I don’t know what the fuck I expected really.

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Why does it seem like Labour are more pissed off about the Lib Dems winning Brecon and Radnorshire than the Tories are about losing it and taking their new PM’s functioning majority down to 1?

Just because something has been fucked up for …

David Cameron was elected party leader while in opposition, then lead his party into government first with the coalition as they got the most seats of any party in 2010, then into an actual legit majority in 2015. He won the right to be the leader of the government.

People knew he would be PM when they voted Conservative. If you really think who the party leader is isn’t a huge factor of people’s voting intentions then I don’t know what to tell you.

Theresa May became PM in 2016 after Cameron’s resignation purely on the backing of some Tory MPs. She didn’t lead her party to victory in an election to become the Prime Minister.

She lead her party into the 2017 election and the voters decided to remove from her the majority they had given David Cameron. She only remained in power and the Tories in government via bribery to a smaller party.

Since then the numerical hold the Tories have on power has only decreased and yet now we have Boris Johnson who became Prime Minister on the say-so of only an unrepresentative sample of Tory members and again without leading his party to an election victory.

It fucking staggers me how so many people just can’t see any fucking problem with the way that works just because it’s always worked that way.

It’s fucked up that 3 out of our last 4 Prime Ministers have never led the party they lead to a successful majority in a general election.

Winning a general election should be a fucking requirement to be able to lead the country!

Seriously, when the party currently in government ousts its leader and replaces them with someone totally different it should mandate the dissolution of Parliament so a new general election can be held to ensure that the new leader of the government party can command a majority of support in the Commons via democratic endorsement by the population they wish to lead.

How is it that idea is a weird nonsense-concept to some while having a new Head of Government foisted upon us all, with over 99% of the population having zero say in the matter for potentially another 3 fucking years, is considered the normal and acceptable way of political existence?

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So if Brexit can’t be stopped how’s this for an alternative plan:

Let Northern Ireland reunite with Ireland and remain in the EU, let Scotland go independent and remain in the EU, and let Wales and England leave the EU because they’re the only countries in the union who want to.

Just give the rest of us time before it’s all finalised to make arrangements to move to one of the nations going the way we want (Remainers to Ireland/Scotland, Leavers to Wales/England) that way everyone can be happy.

Cause I’d much rather live in the land of sexy Irish accents than be stuck in Boris Johnson’s nationalist version of little England any fucking day.

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Boris Johnson will not deliver Brexit

This is just a fact because Brexit is undeliverable in any way that isn’t catastrophic for the nation and the entire economy and any attempt by him and his loyalist morons to try and go for that most damaging of options will get roadblocked by saner voices in Parliament.

He will fail.

He will not give the Brexiteers the glorious Brexit they still somehow think is totally necessary.

All that remains to be seen is how long it is until the Brexiteers turn on Johnson and start claiming he was secretly a total Remainer all along so of course he couldn’t make Brexit work because he never wanted to.

And honesty I’m going to get so much enjoyment out of watching the ravenous Brexit cretins devour Johnson alive when his naive idealistic bluster runs up against the solid wall of reality that he and his ilk have been pretending just doesn’t exist for over 3 damn years.

It’s why I think he’s not going to last long as Prime Minister. As soon as the Brexit roadblock hits his premiership he’s done.

This tactic of just replacing one PM who failed to deliver Brexit because it’s undeliverable with another PM who promises the exact same crap as before won’t ever achieve anything.

This’ll only get resolved with a general election where a clear majority of pro-Remain MPs take power and finally wrestle the entire political agenda away from single-issue fanatics.

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I know it’s just generic fluffy language but that “graciously pleased” just gives me the image of the Queen being really smugly thrilled to finally get rid of Theresa May just as much as the rest of us are.

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I’m going to be watching the polling like a fucking hawk in the next few weeks to see which lofty prediction for the premiership of Boris Johnson (having to write that phrase makes me taste sick in my mouth) actually comes closest to being true:

Will be raise the Tories to new populist heights and soar to consistent crushing majorities on a wave of enthusiasm and fervour?

Or will he be so widely lambasted as a hopeless boob and so reviled within his own party and among the public at large that the struggles to do anything of any consequence, gets forced into an early election by threats of motions of confidence, and so badly fucks up the campaign that the Tories get relegated to a 3rd party statistical irrelevance?

It’s going to be interesting to see if either prediction comes true.

I’d prefer the latter but Brexit and Boris Johnson even being able to become Prime Minister has eroded my faith in humanity and the collective intelligence of my fellow human beings that the former happening would not remotely surprise me in the slightest.