The country is in a mess at present – only the most passionate Leave oriented folk will deny that; even most of them concede it. Everyone is looking to what happens next.
Some clues are given in what is possibly the most extraordinary newspaper article ever written by a major political figure in British history. Boris Johnson attempts to calm frayed nerves with his vision of what Brexit now means; it is one so ludicrous it would make Douglas Carswell laugh with incredulity.
Boris tells us that somehow we are going to have access to the single market while eliminating free movement of people; later on he says that British workers will still able to live and work in the EU, and that EU workers will have the right to do the same here. So we’ll keep free movement of people, then. Boris has advocated the Canadian model, the Swiss model and even the Turkish model regarding what Britain’s new relationship with the EU could look like. Apparently he’s now settled for the Narnia model.
Read the article for yourselves – it is extraordinarily vapid. It has the whiff of a man who has dug himself a deep hole, thought about climbing out of it for a moment, realised he was in too deep for that to be possible, and then decided he’d just keep digging in the hopes of coming out the other side of the Earth.
So the real question here is: what can be done to stop this man from doing considerably more damage to the country than he has already done? The answer, in the short term at least, could be in Dan Jarvis.
Corbyn’s time is almost at an end – unless he really digs in and destroys the Labour Party, which is always a distinct possibility. Either way, someone new will be leading the opposition to Boris and the new Tory fold. I worry that we might end up in a situation we were in a year ago, when many rising Labour talents thought it was too early and figured they stood a much better chance of becoming prime minister if they let someone else be the caretaker for now. As the last year should have proven, such thinking leads to massive problems. We are in crisis and need someone to step up. I think it should be Dan.
With his military record, his patriotism cannot be challenged, least of all by a buffoon who has spent his whole time in public life treating it all as one big joke. He would bring the talent that has departed the Labour Party back into the fold at its most needed hour. I may be indulging in wishful thinking worthy of Boris here, but I actually think Dan Jarvis could win the general election if everything fell right for him. At the very least, it would be close and progressives would have some hope.
I have no idea if he’ll do it. But I think if he does decide to put himself forth as the alternative leader of the country, we could have some cause for hope.