The Johnson Gang gained office by inducing tunnel vision in their supporters with the promise of a Brexit on 31st October “do or die [in a ditch, perhaps]”. A few weeks ago, their Leader, Boris, might have rallied his Cabinet and Party by parodying Abe Lincoln’s exhortation to Congress in the midst of the American Civil War with the following words:
“Fellow-Brexiteers, we cannot escape history. We of this faction and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say we are against the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to destroy the Union. The world knows we do know how to destroy it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility.” [Italicised modifications supplied]
However, as this blog hazarded, a few weeks on and rather than coming through a “fiery trial”, the Johnson Gang, with mounting fear and ever more desperate excoriations of their “enemies”, have come to recognise that, if they were boxed into crashing out of the Union, the resulting economic, social, political and security chaos would light them down in dishonour not so much in history (after all who cares) but rather to the immediate electorate who would likely expel them from office for a generation. Hence, this blog has highlighted the likelihood of the EU and UK swerving off the No Deal highway and into a tunnel marked “Compromise”. Arguably, that swerve has occurred. We shall not be certain of it until the UK and EU emerge from the news-blackout that is the “tunnel discussions” but, to stretch a metaphor to its limits, there is now more than a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. That said, Parliament may still maintain its road block across the tunnel exit, an act that would light them down in dishonour to those whose choice they promised to honour albeit the latest generation might honour their betrayal.