Monday, 27 June 2016

No leaders and precious few answers

Readers in Scotland will know where got the inspiration for the title

This time last week it was a close call whether LEAVE or REMAIN would win the Euro Referendum but few would predict a week later the chaos  that has assured.

David Cameron  resignation means that he has passed the hot potato on who is going to be submitting the Article 50 notification that will start the two year negotiations which will see us leave the EU and yet  despite  all of their anti-EU rhetoric, from Gove and Johnson they have yet to step foward about triggering the process that they spent the last month arguing day and night for.

Is almost as if they were counting on a narrow remain win and that the UK could use this as a weapon to get a massive change in our relationship with the EU including argued for a massive discount on our membership fee.

Now they are committed  to leaving and no one in the Tory leadership and lead the UK out

As Richard Tyndal points out at political betting.

How successfully we do so will depend on who becomes the next Prime Minister and the deal they can deliver. The early signs are that Boris Johnson is favourite. Having led the Leave side to victory and seemingly won the backing of Michael Gove he will take some stopping. However, the former Mayor of London does face significant challenges. He now needs to come up with a coherent vision of what Brexit looks like that satisfies Leave voters and wins over Tory MPs. If he doesn’t, Theresa May could yet emerge as an alternative unifying ‘safe pair of hands’. He may even end up challenged from his Right. The odds are in Johnson’s favour but he does have serious questions to answer on free movement and the common market – questions we can only assume he has been carefully considering during his period of silence this weekend.
Meanwhile  Labour MPs at Westminster seem intent on sacking thier captain rather than facing an open goal.

 Jeremy Corbyn's leadership is in crisis after a string of shadow ministers quit Labour's top team, saying they had no confidence in his ability to win a general election.
On Sunday night, shadow leader of the Commons Chris Bryant became the latest senior figure to announce he could no longer work with Mr Corbyn. Mr Bryant said: "We need someone new to lead and unite Labour."
One way they appear to want to unite the party is to take a leaf out of "Welsh" Ukip's book  and elect a new leader of the "Parliamentary Labour Party " as opposed to the current leader who stil seems to have the support of the Parliamentary party and who will be enraged by such a coup.
Ukip also seem to have gone to ground perhaps hoping for a General Election where they can exploit Tory dithering on the Exit strategy  or may be they too did not really want to leave completely?
The LibDems (who are they seem to banking on fighting on a Pro- EU platform at the next election
Plaid's Leanne Wood as indicated she might consider entering a coalition with Labour in the Assembly  something that has angered some of her AMs
Only in Scotland  where even the Guardian admits that the

Is there any sense of a way out of this crisis  that being a second Independence referendum which at the moment which the SNP and its allies will win
To be fair Plaid do not have that option and without a doubt Labour and Plaid will have to find  common ground.
But as the largest party in Wales Labour must surly realise it is time to abandon their Laissez-Faire approach to devolution and realise they have a duty to prevent Wales becoming what Irish Fans taunting ours last week thst Wales was, little more than " a little part of England".

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