It isn’t time for the Birthday or New Year Honours, so why is Theresa May suddenly flinging knighthoods around like there’s no tomorrow?
The answer should be obvious.
She knows there will be no tomorrow – for her – if she doesn’t buy some loyalty.
And she sure as blazes won’t be spending any of her own money on it!
So here’s what she has done:
Fancy that. No10 has, out of the blue, just given long standing eurosceptic Tory MP John Hayes a knighthood. Two unrelated facts: he didn't sign a no confidence letter, and hasn't yet said he'll vote down the Brexit deal.
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) November 23, 2018
No, but he is a Brexiter who is critical of the deal and he has demanded that Mrs May “look again” at her Brexit deal, saying he could not support her plans for the Northern Irish border. But – perhaps crucially – he hasn’t submitted a formal letter of “no confidence” in Mrs May’s leadership yet.
It seems clear that the out-of-the-blue honour has been granted, not because Mr Hayes spent 18 years on the Tory front bench (he became a backbencher again in January), but because Mrs May hopes it will influence him, and Tory MPs with similar views, to support her.
And here are some of the responses:
David Schneider suggested this was the “Best Black Friday deal yet. A knighthood going for just 1 vote.”
Aaron Bastani stated that this was “Banana republic stuff. Just without the good weather.”
Channel 4 News reporter Michael Crick tweeted: “Normally MPs would have to wait til the next honours list for such things, but in the present circumstances, Hayes presumably knew Theresa May couldn’t guarantee how long she’d be around to make good of such a promise. So it’s payment now.”
To this, Owen Jones responded simply: “This is so corrupt.”
The Labour Press Team quoted Chester MP Chris Matheson: “It would be a spectacular act of desperation for Theresa May to be giving away knighthoods in a bid to win votes for her botched Brexit deal.”
Botched is the word, for sure. Consider Eoin Clarke’s (Tory Fibs) discussion of the current situation, below:
It is no great leap from this to Carole Hawkins’s conclusion:
Brexit is a SCAM. Theresa May states the meaningful vote will be non-binding on the govt. The Leave Campaign proven fraudsters, Theresa blocked the police investigation and still she carries on. The people now have no involvement at all – just collateral damage. https://t.co/8yE1Hn61pi
— Carole Hawkins (@hawkins_carole) November 23, 2018
But Paul Mason still has hope:
You've had it from the horse's mouth: May's deal is worse than staying in the EU. Here's how we can force a rethink… please RT and email your MP today…. pic.twitter.com/6ypEwDy0o9
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) November 23, 2018
If you are a UK citizen and you still think there is any hope of dragging the nation away from the precipice, I strongly suggest you give his advice a try.
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