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.
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