Theresa may is no Machiavelli

Theresa may is no Machiavelli

by Jonathan Stanley
article from Sunday 24, September, 2017

EVERYTHING has changed since the Florence flannel served up on Friday. It really was quite absurd to fly an entourage to Florence with all its fine buildings only to deliver the drabbest, dullest speech I've ever heard against a plan white backdrop.

Frescoes are painted onto wet plaster to keep them vivid for centuries yet the only colour in May's palette was grey, and only one shade of grey at that. 

Ah, but isn't this the home of Machiavelli (pictured)? The Prince of scheming and deviousness? The home of capitalism long before the EU? Oh for heaven's sake it could not be more contrived. Roll through every famous phrase of the author of The Prince and you see she fails at every turn.

"Be feared not loved" 

She is neither.

"If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared."

Boris, Gove, Osborne, Hammond, etc.

"A man who is used to acting in one way never changes; he must come to ruin when the times, in changing, no longer are in harmony with his ways."

Oh cripes!

No, I'm afraid May is not Machiavelli. Yet there was something about her speech that made me think.

Having thrown out the EEA or any effort to transition through it she then turned to reject CETA arguing she can create a bespoke deal in one year despite having spent 6 months doing nothing towards this.  If I were cynical, and of course you know I'm not, I'd say there was either a plan to wreck Brexit or we have a total incompetent in office. Both may be true to be fair.

The MSPs cheer a transition deal that doesn't exist. MEPs cheer the tone of the speech that was atonic. MPs ask the Prime Minister how can she be such a marvel?

You can have a bespoke Brexit deal with everything you want, complete with six glasses and a silver tray your butler can serve drinks with. All for 20 billion pounds and two year transition to nowhere. And why can we have all this?

Because, as Gerald Ratner infamously said, "it's total crap".

It's nonsense. There is no deal. There is no other plan than to rapidly capitulate and remain. Wasn't that always the plan? I don't see any other on the table.  A share crash beckons. Some people's stocks are about to dive. 

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