In the grip of madness

Appealing to Theresa May’s rationality looks like very much like an exercise in wishful thinking. But I suppose the courtesies of inter-governmental communication require that Nicola Sturgeon give the Prime Minister the benefit of whatever doubt there may be. Unfettered by the obligations of high office, the rest of us are free to acknowledge that Theresa May is behaving totally irrationally.

There is no sense that May is in control of events at all. Observing her behaviour, one wonders only whether she is a hapless cipher being driven by events, or a monomaniacal ideologue driven by a warped sense of mission and deluded belief in her ability to command the tides of history by sheer force of will.

May is not alone, of course. Whatever derangement has afflicted her also seems to have infected the leaders of the British parties in Scotland. They too appear at times like corks bobbing helplessly on the turbulent ocean of politics, and at times like some kind of religious fanatics bound to adhere to their dogma even as the gulf between them and reality yawns ever wider.

To be fair to Ruth Davidson, she has been encouraged in this madness by the media. In their efforts to convince the rest of us that she is the most important and powerful political figure in Scotland (at least) they have nowhere succeeded better than in the case of Davidson herself. The seeds of farcically contrived adulation that the media sought to sow among the public found the most fertile soil in Davidson’s own mind. One might almost pity her for the pain that awaits when the drum-tight boil of her pompous self-regard is lanced and the realisation dawns that she is only being used as a dumb stick with which to beat the infinitely more capable Sturgeon.

Dugdale’s motivation is less easy to understand. But, frankly, who cares? We might speculate that she aspires to the faux status that has been bestowed upon Davidson. Which, given the toxicity of that particular chalice, isn’t too bright. But does it really matter? If, as is perfectly evident, Dugdale herself doesn’t reflect upon the reasons why she acts as she does, why should we?

The First Minister’s appeal to rationality strikes us as odd for the simple reason that there is nothing remotely rational about the way the British establishment is behaving. The obsessive pursuit of impossible political objectives regardless of cost or consequence is definitively insane. Brexit cannot be what the Mad Brexiteers want it to be. The Union cannot be saved. We are being dragged along on a harebrained quest by people who are quite unhinged.

Amidst the clamour of this bedlam, it’s not difficult for Nicola Sturgeon to stand out as a voice of sanity.

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13 thoughts on “In the grip of madness

  1. Bugger (le Panda)

    “There is no sense that May is in control of events at all. Observing her behaviour, one wonders only whether she is a hapless cipher being driven by events, or a monomaniacal ideologue driven by a warped sense of mission and deluded belief in her ability to command the tides of history by sheer force of will.”

    I would wager that she picked up the chalice of being PM not realising how poisoned it was. She is now in “bunker phase,” entering into a King Canute mental stage.

    At PM QT she looks drained, drawn and close to hyperventilating, especially w hen being eviscerated by the SNP MPs.

    Has anyone ever heard hear actually answering a question meaningly, much less honestly. Me neither.

    I hear the Civil Service are just going through the motions of Brexit and feel sorely tried by the Bexiteers Readers’ Digest understand of
    Politics, both UK and EU.

    Not long until that baton is dropped

  2. Liz

    I am a supporter of Scottish Independence and have read many of your contributions in favour of Independence over the years which I heartily agree with. However anyone wishing to read your latest contribution would be quickly put off reading as they are confronted with this ghastly exaggerated photograph. I am a 65 year old woman, the very category or demographic group that Independence supporters are trying to appeal to and I humbly suggest this entry will fail to appeal to many groups because of the photograph which in my opinion horrifies and renders any argument useless. Many will not get beyond the photograph and will not be enticed to read on.

  3. bringiton

    I believe that the section of the Scottish electorate who are comfortably off and see no need for change,will soon realise that sticking with England’s union may not be the smartest of ideas.
    This will,however,take a wee bit of time to unfold.
    Once HM press can no longer spin the shambles as being a good thing for the UK and when even the BBC is being instructed by HM government to be more positive about Brexit,then you know they are in trouble.
    Their plan to delay implementing A50 in order to try and normalise the situation in public opinion is not going to work,the EU will not play ball with them.

    1. Robert Graham

      Agreed it brings to mind a short clip the BBC aired last week , this was supposed to be a cross section of the public’s view of a second referendum ,
      We had a woman who stated “oh me and my family are doing ok why do we need yet another one ? .
      Well where do you start with people who are doing ok, no change required thank
      you very much .
      A whole section of people here , the ones who have and are being shielded from the real austerity cuts imposed by the tories go through their daily lives in total bloody fantasy land.
      Have they missed that this tory government are the only one in british history to be investigated by the UN & the red cross over their treatment of disabled people , and they have 27 MPs under Police investigation and could very well , unless the investigation is interfered with be Jailed .
      The lack of knowledge of current events and consequences of this tory governments mishandling of everything they touch is breathtaking.
      And yet these as the ones who we must try and convince , oh christ this isnt a small step its a bloody mountain to climb , thank god we have the neutral BBC to hand .

  4. Thepnr

    “The seeds of farcically contrived adulation that the media sought to sow among the public found the most fertile soil in Davidson’s own mind. One might almost pity her for the pain that awaits when the drum-tight boil of her pompous self-regard is lanced and the realisation dawns that she is only being used as dumb stick with which to beat the infinitely more capable Sturgeon.”

    Well worth repeating, that Davidson believes her fawning acolytes in the media is bad enough.

    The fact that this is obvious is plain to see as per her performance on QT the other night shows where she made a complete fool of herself by being herself is also plain to see.

    An angry Hobbit and you don’t get many of them.

    Just need more exposure, get her on the telly as much as possible. Nasty Tory.

    1. Eddie

      Yes, I was actually surprised at how pretend angry and genuinely intolerant she was too. If she’s the Tories and coming No campaigns poster child, I fully expect to be luxuriating in an independent Scotland in three years tops. Would love to see her, Gove and Fox all sliding around on the same rain sodden, greasy platform as May cunningly sends in faux Scots to quell real Scots, but only the late-great Riki Fulton could have written that script.

  5. Abulhaq

    Unionists are fighting for the lives. Post independence what would be their ‘purpose’. Oh, that high road to England….think not! F’in Jocks!

  6. commonoldworkingchap

    Nicola Sturgeon IMHO is the only party leader behaving responsibly. Brexit is economic
    suicide. Those that want it……Let them get on with it.

    Just do not think that those that do not want it will be bullied into accepting it.

    I wont and I hope the Scottish people wont.

  7. Clanranald

    Has anyone noticed the eerie similarity, when Ms Davidson is at her most belligerent, self-satisfied, pompous and puffed up, between the “most popular politician in Britain” (ref. Tory propaganda machine) and Benito Mussolini? Although it is true that El Duce was perhaps a little more left wing and did not seem to have anything against Scotland.

  8. Jas

    Negotiations proper haven’t started yet and already there’s trouble looming with Gibraltar. England (the name used by most countries when referring to the UK) is about to create many problems for itself and make many enemies. But you can tell the whole thing is going to be one monumental clusterf*ck. It will be popcorn time for us Yessers watching plucky old England being outnumbered for a change. It won’t be the the sort of cricket match they’re used to playing against Scotland where the outome is always determined by population size alone.

    1. Robert Graham

      Yes a whole different ball game when you cant overrule and ignore the views of other people , the british establishment has become so used to pushing scotland around with the help and assistance of or proud fellow scots it will come as a bit of a shock , when these people push back ,
      Gibraltar being the start , now the Spanish are using a real Veto not the contrived one so often used to scare scots to fall into line ,
      This should be fun.

  9. Dan Huil

    English/British nationalism results in Britnats desperately wanting another Falklands War-type-stooshie, this time over Gibraltar. May is desperate to do a Thatcher. Westminster continues to make enemies.

    The Scottish government is rightly developing closer ties with the rest of Europe.

  10. George Clark

    Not entirely sure that it is madness per se, more like a lack of competence and operating well outwith the scope of her, quite limited, abilities.

    I can foresee the talks breaking down and UK leaving without any agreement, simply because they are intellectually incapable of negotiating at that level of complexity. The issue of Gibralter may be a handy excuse for them.

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