Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Con Brexiteers and the Road to Ruin
Ever since Jason Kenney tweeted out his enthusiastic support for the Brexit referendum result, he has been widely ridiculed.
Especially since the Brexiteer's bubble burst.
European leaders have insisted they will set the terms of the EU’s split from Britain, rejecting suggestions by British Prime Minister David Cameron that informal discussions can take place.
The future is looking grim, and it's getting hard to tell who is more confused Boris Johnson or Nigel Farage.
Who as we now know didn't have a plan.
With their giddy celebrations of “independence day” having given way to political and economic turmoil, one thing has become especially clear about the former London mayor Boris Johnson and other leaders of the successful campaign to vote Britain out of the European Union: They had no plan for what comes next.
Or Kenney himself...
Who seems to believe that what's good for Croatia, isn't good for Britain.
But then of course he's not the only Con Brexiteer, so is Tony Clement...
Who has also been chirping like a canary...
And playing cheap politics, as only he could.
Even as Britain is engulfed by a tidal wave of racism,
And now even the Con friendly Tim Powers has had to admit that watching Kenney and Clement is a painful spectacle.
Watching some Canadian Conservative party “would-be” leadership candidates prostrate themselves to be on the winning side of the post-Brexit-vote debate has been painful. How are these possible candidates—supposedly avowed free-traders, and members of the cabinet that pushed to finish the Canada-Europe trade agreement—now Brexiters?
Has had to remind Kenney that it was the triumph of fear over hope.
Arguably it was fear and frustration that propelled the Leave side to victory: a fear of never returning to a romantically conceived Churchill-era United Kingdom because of faceless bureaucrats in Brussels and London who were letting the British bulldog morph into something unrecognizable. Never mind the jokes that write themselves about a former senior Harper minister talking about hope overcoming fear.
Remind Clement that nobody is calling Brexit magnificent.
So far, I have yet to see anyone in Britain from either side describe the vote process, the debates, and the aftermath as “magnificent.” In fact, Boris Johnson, a leader of the Leave forces and possible successor to David Cameron, has acknowledged the tumult and emotional hangover of his winning results. If Johnson can recognize triumphalism isn’t the way forward at the moment, perhaps some of our MPs could do the same.
And of course wonder why both Kenney and Clement are pandering to the angry rabble.
What is most disturbing about the Clement and Kenney posturing is they seem to be playing to voices of the discontented and embittered. They both know better. Is biting low-hanging fruit of the pissed off the best way to look at leading and rebuilding the Conservative Party of Canada?
And why since young voters in the UK are so strongly against Brexit...
Are those two Con clowns taking their party in the wrong direction?
Clement and Kenney in their approach to Brexit appear to be looking backwards not forwards. If future generations can see the value of an intermingled world with more opportunities for all, leadership candidates should take heed. Justin Trudeau won the 2015 general election because he engaged those who share that view. While pumping out a chorus of “Rule, Britannia!” might seem hip to some Conservative leadership candidates, it is entirely retrograde.
And although some questions have no obvious answers, I think it's safe to say this:
Like the Cons in Britain, our Cons are also in a total state of confusion.
Tony Clement is out of his depth.
Jason Kenney has never looked and sounded so ridiculous...
They are all making it up as they go along.
And they are all heading for oblivion...
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