A Very British Coup

Banana repuiblicI’m starting to get an inkling, or at least an inkle, of what it must have been like to live in one of those apocryphal banana republics of yore when governments rose and fell overnight.

It all started with that fateful referendum result, supposedly a triumph for democracy, and suddenly British politics has all the stability of a drunk on a penny-farthing.

David Cameron had to go, there was no doubt, but then so did the arch Brexiteer Boris Johnson after being stabbed in the back by his best buddy Michael Gove. Then Gove also went down the political plughole.

So it came down to a straight cat-fight between Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. One front page I saw had the headline: ‘Who will be the next Maggie?’ which I thought a tad patronising. If it had been Johnson versus Gove, I doubt if it would have read: ‘Who will be the next Ted Heath?’ But then the Daily Mail never really liked Sailor Ted.

But I digress because the May/Leadsom scrap didn’t happen because the latter was assassinated by the Rupert Murdoch media and hey presto we have a new PM that nobody voted for, not even the 150,000 members of the Conservative Party, and the palace coup was complete.

And if you closed you eyes when May set out her stall, you could almost imagine that you were listening to a Labour leader with all that guff about inclusivity, curbing big business and up the workers. They say that politicians steal the opposition’s clothes while they’re bathing, although in this case the Labour Party isn’t bathing, but drowning.

Jeremy Corbyn has been a dead man walking since Labour had its own post-Brexit night of the long knives as one MP after another slipped out from under and today Angela Eagle announced that she was officially challenging his leadership. Angela isn’t even the best politician in her own family, of course. That title belongs to her sister Maria.

So there we have it – after our greatest democratic adventure in our history, we’re left with a prime minister that nobody voted for and potentially a change in leader of the opposition who apparently has the support of grassroots party members. All in all, a very British coup.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

9 comments… Add yours
  • Trevor Rowley 11th July 2016

    I think we aren’t just looking for leaders of political parties, Mr P. We’re also looking for the kind of person who would not look out of place on a world stage; the kind of figurehead who could rouse a nation from it’s hospital bed and fight the next war with only pitchforks and brush handles to wave about. Churchill had it and, to a large extent, so did Margaret Thatcher. As for the current crop of political lightweights, not one of them could impress a playground of eight year olds, let alone a nation which once led the world.

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    • Yorkshire Pudding 12th July 2016

      “its” not “it’s” in the third line. Naughty Trevor!

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      • Trevor Rowley 12th July 2016

        Well spotted Mr Pudding. Now get back darn t’pit.

        PS Don’t forget yer butties.

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        • Yorkshire Pudding 12th July 2016

          Most of the lads at the colliery similarly confuse “it’s” with “its” Trevor. You are in good company.

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          • Trevor Rowley 13th July 2016

            The apostrophe struggles to maintain it’s correct place in English grammar. In the meantime, its satisfying to know that its managing to get some well earned attention on here. Good on yer, Yorkie.

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  • Yorkshire Pudding 12th July 2016

    Theresa May, you should have stayed at home yesterday
    Aha words can’t describe the feeling and the way you lied
    These games you play, they’re gonna end in more than tears some day
    Aha Theresa May, it shouldn’t ever have to end this way…

    With apologies to Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark

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  • Trevor Rowley 12th July 2016

    …now you see her, now you don’t.

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    • Mr Parrot 12th July 2016

      and she is quite winsome….

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      • Yorkshire Pudding 12th July 2016

        I believe the spelling of her surname was changed from Loathsome. For the life of me, I can’t understand why.

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