Amazing: Theresa May – the woman who sent Amber Rudd to a televised debate between political party leaders in the run-up to the 2017 general election, because she was frightened of Jeremy Corbyn – has now challenged him to debate with her, on television, about Brexit.
Apparently she thinks it will be part of a charm campaign to persuade the nation – and MPs – to support her failure of a Brexit deal.
But even she has nothing good to say about it. All the Independent article can say is that she is warning MPs that rejecting her plan will “open the door to more division and uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail”.
That’s a threat – that bad things will happen if we turn down her dumb deal.
But she – and the Tories – created the conditions that have made all those bad things possible!
So it’s not a persuasive argument.
And here’s another thing – can we even trust Mrs May to turn up? Some commentators are already expecting a repeat of the 2017 debacle:
Bold move as Theresa May challenges Corbyn to TV debate with Amber Rudd. pic.twitter.com/MdOm9TJx0y
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) November 25, 2018
Others have pointed out that we have no reason to believe her offer has any integrity at all – in light of the fact that she is touting for support in a vote that she did everything she could to prevent:
May demands debate on the deal… she didn't even want a meaningful vote! Suggest we lock May in a room with Arlene Foster, Farage, Boris and Andrea Jenkyns. Like in Big Brother, and the rest of us just invest in 🍿 and place bets on who switches to Remain first…
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) November 25, 2018
Throughout Brexit, the rest of her premiership, and her time in the Home Office, we have learned all we need to know about Theresa May.
If she turns up to any TV debate at all, we know not to believe her.
MPs are already coming forward, putting on the record their intention to vote against Mrs May:
To save the PM the trouble of asking. I won’t be voting for her #BrexitDeal.
It’s makes the UK economically weaker, our citizens poorer & makes us a rule taker. In short it’s a disaster. The national interest is to vote against. #BrexitChaos
— Chris Elmore MP (@CPJElmore) November 25, 2018
I'm voting AGAINST
I thought my tweet was clear but for all the mischief makers.
It's a bad deal. Bad for my constituents. Bad for the country.
We are calling for a general election if that fails then all other options are on the table. https://t.co/XdgCECqtoz
— Dawn Butler MP✊🏾 (@DawnButlerBrent) November 25, 2018
This is a bad deal for our country.
It’s a failure of negotiation by a Prime Minister who has spent more time arguing with her party than working in the national interest. The result is a deal that no-one supports.
Labour will vote against it. https://t.co/q5ze9D4IQr
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) November 25, 2018
They include not only Conservative MPs, but also former members of her Brexit team:
Leave leaders admitting that we are better off in the EU is the most significant change since the referendum – they are admitting the fundamental truth that being in gives us power over decisions. https://t.co/pnaszEs1ag
— David Miliband (@DMiliband) November 25, 2018
So maybe we should relish the prospect of a TV debate about Brexit between Mrs May and Mr Corbyn.
She won’t persuade anyone.
She might turn a lot of people against her.
And in the end, it won’t make any difference – she’ll still lose the vote. Right, MPs?
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