Theresa May seems to be developing a Bunker mentality as she faces defeat over Her Brexit Deal and reducedto desperate measures.
Last week she telephoned top union leaders, including Unite’s Len McCluskey, for the first time in more than two years as prime minister, in a bid to win support for her stricken Brexit deal. After a series of parliamentary defeats, Mrs May is trying to bolster the chances of approval in next Tuesday’s historic vote on her deal by appealing to Labour backbenchers — but so far with little success. Mrs May has promised enhanced and last Wednesday called two union leaders — Mr McCluskey and Tim Roache of the GMB — to try to convince them of the merits of her deal. “She told them the deal is designed to protect jobs and the economy, it’s a good deal for workers,” said one aide.
Mr Roache noted that Mrs May had not spoken to either union leader since becoming prime minister in 2016.
“I represent 620,000 working people and it’s about time their voices were heard,” he said. “After nearly three years I’m glad the prime minister finally picked up the phone.
We should note her promise to guarantees on environmental and workers’ rights and wonder if she and the Tories were actually reducing both after Brexit!
Before that she clearly sought to bribe three backbenchers appointeing them to the Privy Council a sign of how the Prime Minister intends to win todays vote or at least lose it better.
At least one at least one has announced he will back Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement – two weeks after he was appointed to the Privy Council.
Sir Edward Leigh, the former chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, said in a statement he now believed it was was “the only way to deliver Brexit”.
But Yesterday even for her Mrs May reached a new low.
Mrs May madewe a speech in Stoke today, attempting to shore up support for her Brexit deal, and warn that parliament is more likely to stop Brexit than allow the UK to leave the EU without a deal.
"On the rare occasions when Parliament puts a question to the British people directly, we have always understood that their response carries a profound significance," the briefed version of the speech said.
"When the people of Wales voted by a margin of 0.3%, on a turnout of just over 50%, to endorse the creation of the Welsh Assembly, that result was accepted by both sides and the popular legitimacy of that institution has never seriously been questioned.
"Parliament understood this fact when it voted overwhelmingly to trigger Article 50. And both major parties did so too when they stood on election manifestos in 2017 that pledged to honour the result of the referendum."
As the Western Mail reports This isn't exactly true.
The worst lie: "On the rare occasions when Parliament puts a question to the British people directly, we have always understood that their response carries a profound significance."
The Conservative Party voted en masse against it. Including prominent Brexiteers like John Redwood and Liam Fox, as well as a backbencher by the name of Theresa May.
Or to put that another way. Theresa May actively chose to use the Assembly referendum to support her position on Brexit, even though her own actionsin that specific case were the exact opposite.
Another fairly big lie:
Taking aside the fact that Mrs May and her colleagues were seriously questioning the popular legitimacy of the institution before it had even been created, the Conservatives were continuing to call the existence of the Assembly into question long into the decade following the vote.
The Conservative manifesto for the 2005 general election - by which time the Assembly had been operating for six years - carried a single reference to the National Assembly for Wales.
It was this:
"In Wales we will work with the Assembly and give the Welsh people a referendum on whether to keep the Assembly in its current form, increase its powers or abolish it."She did possibly change it or rather the SPADS who may have drawn up the original lies because of the Pre-Speech eventually differed slightly from the version that was originally released to the media by No.10. Instead of saying