Barlow's Beef: What a complete and utter shambles


What's happening in Westminster post referendum? Looks like they're doing some old party dance:

You put your Boris in, your Boris out
In out in out shake him all about
You hold a referendum and your turn around
So nobody's left in doubt
All do the okay-cokey...

Mr Cameron told us all to remain... then he left. Boris led the Leave campaign then came back. Michael Gove remained in before being shoved out.

Gorgeous George threatened us all with Armageddon if we didn't stay in... then he went out.

Andrea Leadsom began her campaign to be Prime Minister by claiming that as a mother she was the best candidate as front-runner Theresa May was childless.

When she realised the furore caused by her crass remarks she blamed them on the Times reporter who she claimed 'misrepresented' her. Unfortunately (for Mrs. Leadsom) the newspaper refuted her version of events by playing a recording of her interview on every national news station.

It was clear not only had Mrs. Leadsom insinuated she would make a better Prime Minister than her childless opponent she had attempted to damage the reputation of Times journalist Rachel Sylvester by shifting the blame onto her.

Giving the irrefutable evidence against her Mrs Leadsom was shamed into withdrawing from the race.

With nauseating predictability the Tory party immediately described Mrs Leadsom as a selfless politician prepared to sacrifice herself for the good of the nation (at which point I felt the urgent need to vomit).

UKIP's Nigel Farage spent seventeen years urging us all to leave. Finally we did... and so did he.

Then there was Jeremy Corbin who voted Remain but ran a totally unconvincing campaign which made him 'totally unsuitable to lead' while Mrs May voted Remain and ran a totally unconvincing campaign and became Prime Minister. Weird or what?

I have no idea what the process is that allows MP's to challenge for the leadership of the Labour Party but I suggest they screen their candidates in future.

Close your eyes when Angela Eagle is speaking... and what do you hear?

Orville the duck.

I can't wait for Question Time when she's asked to explain why she lost the election.

"I thought I could fly right up to the sky... but I can't."

The whole political scene has become a pantomime. Screaming Lord Sutch and his Monster Raving Looney party seem quite sane by comparison. If they were around today they'd probably win by a landslide.

Is it any wonder the public have so little regard for Westminster and the entire self-serving political shenanigans that masquerade as democracy?

There must be some genuine conviction politicians out there somewhere but God knows what they are doing.

Knees bend, arms stretch


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Barlow's Beef, Vic Barlow


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Alan Brough
Tuesday 19th July 2016 at 8:29 am

Your comments concerning Angela Eagle come as a huge relief to me.

I assumed that it was some sort of "Emperors New Clothes" thing, with nobody daring to say the obvious.

But from now on, let's say it like it is......she's a duck!
Vic Barlow
Tuesday 19th July 2016 at 2:05 pm
"They said I stabbed Jeremy Corbin in the back but I didn't"
Mark Eden
Tuesday 19th July 2016 at 2:23 pm
There was bound to be a huge shake up after Brexit ( thank goodness we got out). However, if Theresa May delivers not just on Brexit but controlling debt and Corbyn stays as leader then 2020 Election is there to be lost by May.

China, India, Australia, New Zealand and US are now talking trade deals. Pound has gone down but good for exporters. FTSE back up. So glad the great British public didn't listen to Remainers. EU funds to agriculture and fishing and research and development will come from British Government as it no longer goes to EU after we leave.

So come on Remainers stop moaning and accept the vote and start to talk positively about your country.
Judy O'Brien
Tuesday 19th July 2016 at 7:27 pm
Fabulous, well put together article, Vic!
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 8:39 am
well said!
The 'remainers' lost the vote. Hurrah for democracy!
So come on you 'remainers', the world is still going around and the sun is still shining. Throw yourselves into the 'new dawn'; you are needed!