First of all, I can barely watch PMQs any longer, so depressing is it as a spectacle. It feels as if you could be watching the final days of Romulus Augustulus, the last emperor of the western Roman Empire – far from May and Corbyn making me think that a new dawn for Britain is just around the corner, I feel like we’re at the end of British history. Hopefully said history will prove me wrong in the fullness of time.
God, Corbyn was lame yesterday in the chamber, wasn’t he? I mean, seriously, how can any of the hangers-on hang on any longer in the face of this kind of thing? There were so many ways to have a go at May’s Brexit speech that it’s hard to know where to begin – not, in case you were wondering, by calling her the “irony lady”, as has now been definitively proven. The nadir of the whole thing – and there are several contenders for this – was when May read out some of the horrifically idiotic things Corbyn had told the press regarding the single market and what access to it might actually mean. Corbyn, in fairness, tried to come back from this a little, following up by asking a perfectly reasonable question regarding Andrea Leadsom’s bizarre and almost certainly off the cuff remarks about farmers still having access to cheap continental workers post-Brexit. But it was phrased in that typical Corbyn way, with no authority or real outrage, and May easily swatted it away with empty rhetoric.
His line about the Tories wanting to turn Britain into an “offshore tax haven” was classic Corbyn, and to be fair to him here, all of Labour post-2010: does he really think that’s what the Tories want to do or is it just scaremongering polemics, like most of what the party has had to say about the NHS in the last seven years or so? I know how the public will likely interpret all of this – and it won’t be a win for Corbyn or Labour, I can say that much. Sadly, he actually did have a very valid point here, but it will be lost in amongst the “we have three days to save the NHS” sea of leftish bullshit that has come out so far this decade.
Whatever my thoughts on May’s premiership, I could only empathise with her lack of patience at Corbyn’s total vacancy as leader, saying to her “rival” across the floor that leadership is something “he should try sometime” with obvious anger in her voice.
It’s been a terrible week for Labour. Their lack of opposition on anything to do with Brexit is becoming almost unbearable for all of us, whatever your party allegiance. We desperately need an opposition at present in order to scrutinise the Brexit process as it occurs. We sadly might as well have none whatsoever.