“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”
— Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.”
— Quentin Crisp
Jeremy Corbyn is a twat.
American readers may wince but we mean that in a completely British sense of their patois and we mean it in the sense that Corbyn is, a twat.
Morally rancid, spineless, feckless, yet ideologically rigid, with the charisma of a rusty bucket, Corbyn has led Labour to a historic defeat against a man with the ethics of a virus.
The new Tory majority will crown BoJo King BoJo the First.
He will destroy what little remains of the safety net, fracture England’s connection to the wobbly EU, and precipitate a near civil war over the looming fact of Scottish Independence.
The SNP led by Nicola Sturgeon has gained a mandate to pursue a second referendum on independence. Johnson, with the vile Jacob Rees-Mogg as his antediluvian morally crepuscular Hand will say no, Scotland will vote, and declare independence all the same.
But all is not lost.
First the good news.
The retrograde, zombie of Momentum, with its burnt out reheated second rate imitation of authentic Trotskyism, is finished.
Corbyn is finished.
A new generation of Labour has an opportunity to rebuild the party.
But, as important, while there are legitimate fears for the safety of the NHS, Johnson still faces two immovable obstacles to securing England’s place as a semi-lucrative vassal of the American empire.
First, Brexit cannot square the circle of The Good Friday Accord and the not so United Kingdom has to answer to around 40 million non-citizens – in the US who are Irish-American.
They have both financial and political power and have made it clear they will use it to protect peace in Ireland.
As they control key states, committees, and districts, Pelosi and Joe (yeah he’s Irish too) Biden and Co have made it clear that no trade deal between the UK and the US can be negotiated if it means reigniting the Irish maelstrom.
Brexit is still dead – or a political zombie.
So long as the Democrats control the House, there will be no special deal.
So long as the American Irish community stays united on that point no Democrat can win without their support and their support requires blocking any damage to the Good Friday Accord.
In the meantime, BoJo will wreck havoc on the budget, set fire to civil liberties, and roll over England like a political Godzilla.
Even Nigel Farage has been wiped from the map.
Where we originally saw him breaking Johnson it now seems that our previous reconsideration was correct – Johnson has dirt – radioactive dirt on Farage rendering him mute.
Simultaneously the fact remains, the EU will offer Johnson shit on a stick and make England pay a heavy price as a warning to any other atavistic goons who want to set the continent on fire.
And this is crucial vis Scotland.
They get the internet in Brussels, Paris and Berlin.
They don’t like Johnson and view Brexit as a potential terminal threat to the EU.
If Johnson gives in to Sturgeon he becomes the PM who presided over the break up of the UK.
If he resists, and Scotland declares independence anyhow the EU can grab BoJo by the Ball-Jos and tell him: you want a trade deal? It will cost you Scotland and Ireland.*
Johnson can’t agree to that and he can’t refuse.
Johnson may find the words of a famous Vulcan, apt and chilling:
“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”
Of course Johnson is as likely to think about consequences as a certain Scottish goon who listened to three sketchy witches.
And look where that got him.
*Of course even casual observers will ask what then about Catalan “independence?”
To which the EU will undoubtedly say: do as we say not, as we do.
And less cynically, they will also point out that while Catalan “independence” is an issue, Spain is not trying to quit the EU.
And in regards to Scotland see the link below and take note of the following:
“Sturgeon is expected to write to the prime minister next week asking him to transfer the legal powers to stage a new referendum to the Scottish parliament. He is certain to reject that request out of hand, pushing the UK to the edge of a constitutional crisis.”
“If that poll is right then it looks like Boris Johnson has a mandate to take England out of the EU but he certainly has no mandate to take Scotland out of the EU, and that is a very very serious problem,” said one of Sturgeon’s advisers.”
Macron, Merkel, Tusk et al, will grab hold of that issue and beat it over Johnson’s pointy shaggy head.
This will get far worse before it get’s any better.
Sturgeon, predictably, and in a preview of the EU position, has already cast Scottish independence as an EU issue.