What a bloody shambles.
Yesterday, Downing Street told us the Conservatives had reached a ‘confidence and supply’ deal with the far-right, terrorist-supported DUP.
Today, Sky News tells us:
The DUP is accusing Downing Street of announcing a deal on its MPs voting with the Tories in the Commons before an agreement has been reached.
According to The Guardian:
The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, said “discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new parliament”…
A second statement from No 10 clarified that no final deal had been reached. A Downing Street spokeswoman said the prime minister had discussed “finalising a confidence and supply deal when parliament returns next week … As and when details are finalised, both parties will put them forward.”
Here’s a quick reminder of how this collapse was reported on Twitter:
Excruciating: re Tory-DUP confidence & supply deal
1900 No10 statement of deal midnight: Sky News reveal no deal
0030: new No 10 statement pic.twitter.com/ucx1juU3A8
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) June 11, 2017
This is the current situation:
BREAKING: DUP leader Arlene Foster to meet Theresa May in London on Tuesday after Number 10 mistakenly announces agreement with the party.
— David Blevins (@skydavidblevins) June 11, 2017
And here’s how commentators have handled it:
— Tracie Wayling Art (@traciewayling) June 11, 2017
Chaos but no coalition when No 10 admits it wrongly claimed DUP deal was sealed. Polls show Lab ahead, Corbyn soraring and May should go
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) June 11, 2017
And what does this mean for a Conservative-led Parliament, going forward?
To This Writer, it indicates that we cannot trust a word these people say.
What sort of nonsense are they going to be spouting about Brexit, for crying out loud?
Will we be subjected to the ridiculous situation of Downing Street telling us to rejoice – that Brexit has been agreed with a massive rebate of EU money to the UK, preferential treatment in all trade deals and free croissants for everybody, only to learn a few hours later – from Brussels – that any such announcement was just a typo?
Theresa May couldn't negotiate her way out of a wet paper bag https://t.co/j1qq1GKBup
— Mark Ferguson (@Markfergusonuk) June 11, 2017
We cannot trust Theresa May.
We cannot believe her administration.
George Osborne described her as a “Dead woman walking” on The Andrew Marr Show today.
Others have suggested she won’t hang on as prime minister until PMQs on Wednesday.
If she goes, will the Tories cling to their negotiations with the DUP?
Or – desperate – will they flail around for some other means of support?
The smart money is on another general election later this year – possibly as soon as August.
If so, then Labour will win a commanding victory. A poll out today from Survation – the only company that correctly predicted the result of last Thursday’s election – shows Labour supported by 45 per cent of voters, and the Tories lagging behind on 39.
Westminster voting intention:
LAB: 45% (+5)
CON: 39% (-3)
LDEM: 7% (-)
UKIP: 3% (+1)
(via @Survation / 10 Jun)
Chgs. w/ GE2017
— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 10, 2017
That lead can only increase.
Perhaps the Tories should admit defeat now – before they make themselves any more unpopular.
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