26 November 2019

Brexit playing cards: status at 25 November 2019.

The current state of play. 
Played-out cards are crossed through. 
Conservative traitors are printed in red.

Spades Hearts Diamonds Clubs
Ace Philip Hammond John McDonnell Hilary Benn John Bercow
King Ken Clarke Keir Starmer Ed Milliband Phillip Lee
Queen Justine Greening Margot James Yvette Cooper Heidi Allen
Knave Oliver Letwin Richard Harrington Ian Murray Sam Gyimah
Ten Rory Stewart Guto Bebb Margaret Beckett Sarah Wollaston
Nine David Gauke Ed Vaizey David Lammy Chuka Umunna
Eight Dominic Grieve Steve Brine Bridget Phillipson Angela Smith
Seven Alistair Burt Ann Milton Jon Cruddas Luciana Berger
Six  Nicholas Soames Richard Benyon John Healey Anna Soubry
Five Caroline Spelman Jo Johnson Ian Lucas Ann Coffey
Four Greg Clark Damien Collins Jane Dodds Chris Leslie
Three Antoinette Sandbach Peter Kyle Tim Farron Joan Ryan
Two Stephen Hammond Caroline Nokes Layla Moran Mike Gapes

Brexit playing cards: Ace to Ten of Clubs

Ace of Clubs: John Bercow

The worst Speaker of modern times enjoys bullying other people but has decided to creep away before the December 2019 election.  Buckingham voted 51.13% Remain in 2016.

King of Clubs: Phillip Lee

One of the traitors who left the Conservative party to join the Liberal Democrats, Lee was in the Bracknell constituency, which voted 53.24% Leave in 2016.  No chance there, then, so he's done another slither, to stand in Wokingham, which voted 57.31% Remain in 2016, against John Redwood, a loyal Conservative, Eurosceptic and Brexit supporter.  This will be an interesting seat to watch in the December 2019 election.

Queen of Clubs: Heidi Allen

Elected in 2015 to South Cambridgeshire (61.51% Remain in 2016) as a Conservative, she defected to Change UK and then to the Liberal D.emocrats and then out of politics.  We can expect Anthony Browne to hold the seat for the Conservatives, so her manoeuvring was a waste of time.

Knave of Clubs: Sam Gyimah

East Surrey voted 54.2% Leave in 2016.  Sam Gyimah was kicked out of the Conservative party in September 2019 and moved to the Liberal Democrats.  He is not contesting the seat in the December 2019 election.  In December 2019 he is standing Kensington against Labour's Emma Dent Coad.  Kensington voted 68.8% Remain in 2016, as one of many London areas convinced that EU membership is better than sovereignty, which is odd.

Ten of Clubs: Sarah Wollaston

Another traitor from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats, of her own volition rather than being thrown out, she was the MP for Totnes, which voted 53.89% Leave in 2016.  Best of luck there, then, against Conservative Anthony Mangnall.

12 November 2019

Brexit playing cards: Six to Two of Diamonds

Further nobodies, including a few of the loonier LibDems.

Six of Diamonds: John Healey

Wentworth and Dearne voted 70.28% Leave in 2016, and deserves better than this weaselly Labour nonentity, who would probably continue to act against his electorate's wishes.

Five of Diamonds:  Ian Lucas

A Labour Remainer in Wrexham, which voted 57.57% Leave in 2016, Lucas will not be standing in December 2019.

Four of Diamonds: Jane Dodds

Elected in the 2019 by-election, Dodds is a LibDem in Brecon and Radnorshire, which voted 51.86% Leave in 2016.  With failed Conservative Christopher Davies now replaced, the electorate may withdraw their protest votes from her in December 2019.

Three of Diamonds:  Tim Farron

Farron has been wrong on almost every statement he has made, ranging from gay rights to defence.  He has described himself as a Eurosceptic but consistently voted as a Remainer.  Westmorland and Lonsdale voted 52.94% Remain in 2016, but there is hope that Farron and the LibDems will be ditched in the December 2019 election.

Two of Diamonds: Layla Moran

Remarkable only for her violence twaords her boyfriend, Moran was the LibDem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, which voted 61.97% Remain in 2016.  While there is little chance that the students of Oxford will now support Brexit, there may be a chance of her losing the seat in December 2019.