Every time you look at this Brexit fiasco it seems to have become even more of a mess. And Theresa May shows no sign of actually being aware of the totally impossible situation in which she finds herself. Her coping mechanism appears to be a stubborn faith that all the parties involved are going to submit to the will of the British government regardless of their own interests. She seems to have convinced herself that, simply by waving the union flag with enough British nationalist vigour, she can make all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle fit together to produce exactly the picture she wants.
She genuinely seems to believe that she can take the UK out of the EU while demanding terms that are more to the liking of intractable Europhobes even than the semi-detached status that the UK already enjoys. She thinks she can cherry-pick the advantages of EU membership, such as access to the single market, whilst cocking a haughty snook at the duties and responsibilities which, for all others, are not optional.
May shows every indication of being so completely persuaded of British exceptionalism as to casually assume that the rest of the world will consider it a privilege to grant endless concessions at whatever cost. The sense of entitlement is massive enough to have its own gravitational field.
There is no indication whatever Theresa May is even aware that others have positions which are incompatible with her own. Or that these positions might be adhered to in the face of her hectoring and cajoling and pompous admonitions. It is simply taken for granted that the political and economic interests of the EU and Scotland and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar will be quietly sidelined to help the British establishment out of the mess it’s got itself into.
The British state refuses to accept that Nicola Sturgeon has a mandate from the Scottish electorate which requires her to serve their interests and implement their democratic will. This counts for nothing in the eyes of British nationalists. The only interests that are of any consequence are those of the ruling elites. All else is subsidiary to that. And that same elite gets mighty offended if anybody presumes to suggest that political expediency and economic imperatives might be outweighed by the dictates of democracy or something so simple as a social conscience.
There is no arrogance quite like the towering arrogance of the British nationalist. But Nicola Sturgeon has the wits and the strength of character to stand against the prideful posturing of Theresa May. More importantly, she has the people of Scotland at her back.Views: 2323
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