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PM Theresa May: Stirred not Shaken

by Oui Thu Nov 15th, 2018 at 09:39:56 AM EST

Utter failure in the negotiations with Michel Barnier and the EU in Brussels. Raab was left with the short straw, relay of bad news to the NI DUP leadership. Raab RESIGNS!!

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My earlier diary

Our Land - Brexit and a Separation Agreement

As I have said before, Ian Dunt's writing on Brexit at politics.co.uk always appeals to me. He has a comment of Raab's achievements and resignation Raab resigns: The shabby end of a pitiful career

The conclusion to his articles are gems in themselves. How about this (from the above) for criticism of the whole process.

[May's] priorities have been wrong-headed, her appointments catastrophic, and her strategies unsound. She had a poor hand and she played it badly. But at least she has tried to do something. The ministers resigning now are worse. Their irresponsibility is unparalleled in recent British history. They have demanded the impossible and then left in outrage when that is what it turned out to be.

But ultimately it's all shades of grey. There is one name for all these indignities, whatever form they come in, and that name is Brexit.

[Brexit] started this. It caused May to invent her tragic red lines. It motivated her dimwitted secretary of state. It drove the UK to waste two and half years trying to secure a situation which is worse than the one it had at the start of the process. It tore the two main parties apart. It reduced Britain to an international laughing stock. It is now threatening to put us into a subservient position with an institution we used to be a leading member of. It is threatening the quality of life of countless people in this country. It is simply a patriotic outrage.

How many times must it be said? This is the worst idea which has emerged from mainstream British politics in our lifetime. The puzzle cannot be solved. Whichever angle you look at it from, it creates the same outcome. It is a travesty of logic and decency. The fact that anyone can seriously pretend otherwise says more about their psychology than it does about their politics.

by oldremainmer48 on Fri Nov 16th, 2018 at 09:35:48 AM EST
Dominic Raab appointed UK Brexit secretary | Politico - July 2018 |

May's decision to appoint a Brexiteer to the role is an olive branch to restive Leave-supporting MPs who could seize on Davis' resignation as an opportunity to launch a leadership challenge against her.

However, since the referendum, Raab has been a consistent and loyal minister for the government, seen as a safe pair of hands and often put forward for media interviews. In one such interview for Sky News in September 2017, he indirectly accused EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier of being "unprofessional" after the Frenchman said he wanted to "teach" the U.K. the consequences of leaving the European single market -- a precedent that Raab will hope does not set the tone for his relations with Brussels.

Raab also clashed briefly with May herself in 2011, when she as home secretary rebuked him for an article in which he complained of discrimination against men and said feminists are "among the most obnoxious bigots." May went on to warn Raab in the House of Commons about promoting "gender warfare."  

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by Oui on Fri Nov 16th, 2018 at 11:42:35 AM EST
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