Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Brexit playing cards - Ace to Knave of Spades

Remember the deck of playing cards of 'most wanted' that the US Defense Intelligence Agency developed in 2003, with Saddam Hussein on the Ace of Spades?  Here is my list of people who have let down the British people who voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.  If you get an old pack of cards and write their names on them, you can enjoy watching them leave Parliament during the next round of candidate selection (especially by the Conservative Party) or following the next General Election.

Ace of Spades: Philip Hammond

The chief Tory traitor, who has continued to spout the failed arguments that even the Treasury no longer seems to support.  He was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer by Theresa May, and does not seem to have ever had a good grasp of this portfolio.  He sits as an Independent for Runnymede and Weybridge (having been ousted by the local Conservative party on 4 September 2019),  which voted 50.15% for Remain.  Given that there is likely to be a national swing towards Leave, he stands a good chance of being ousted by the official Conservative candidate.

Abstained in vote on an early election on 29 October 2019.

Announced that he will not stand at the December 2019 election, in a letter that does not actually state that, as an 'Independent', he would not stand a chance.  Nigel Farage called him a 'fraud', which may appease those who object to his being called a traitor.

King of Spades: Kenneth Clarke

Remembered chiefly for being found out in the 2009 expenses scandal, Clarke was always largely ineffective in a variety of ministerial positions.  Opinions have been voiced that his constituency of Rushcliffe is no longer the safe Tory seat it has been, but his decision not to stand in December 2019 may see a real Conservative win the seat.  His appalling manner of speaking - which may be contrived rather a natural impediment - will not be missed.

Abstained in vote on an early election on 29 October 2019. 

Queen of Spades: Justine Greening

Already gone, apparently, as she has stated that she will not stand for re-election in the next election.  This is probably the best decision she has made to date.  I won't throw the Queen of Spades into the bin just yet, as she may go back on her word again.  Her most notable failure in office was as Secretary of State for Transport, when she cost the Government £40 million during botched franchise awards.

Abstained in vote on an early election on 29 October 2019. 

Knave of Spades: Sir Oliver Letwin

Another 'Independent' booted out of the Conservative Party, Letwin was a Remainer in a Leave constituency.  West Dorset voted 51.04% Leave in 2016.  Branded as a racist because of his insensitive comments on the Broadwater Farm riots, he was a 2009 expenses fiddler and would be much happier doing more 'work' in the City rather than being an MP.  He will not stand in December 2019.

Abstained in vote on an early election on 29 October 2019.