General election suggestion: Spinning the Rubik’s cube again is not going to solve the puzzle

Rubiks cube by keqs

This morning, Theresa May is holding an extended “political cabinet”. That is usually an indicator that the cabinet is considering initiating a general election. The meeting will start with a review of polling. I only hope that May either decides not to hold a GE or that parliament don’t support it. It will solve nothing whatsoever except to give false hope of a solution to the Brexit conundrum. It would be like this: You spend hours trying to solve a Rubik’s cube, then come within a few squares of solving it but, in frustration, you randomly spin the whole Rubik’s cube and set yourself back to the starting position. Nothing is solved.

After last night’s inconclusive indicative votes, I was in despair over Brexit. On here, it’s a bit controversial to say it, but the only thing left to do, for me, was to pray that a solution is found. We need to move on from this pointless subject and move on to the real problem of Climate Change. The sticky nude protesters yesterday had it right yesterday.

What was noticeable in the indicative votes is that none of the alternatives had substantial Tory votes behind them. There has to be a solution with a reasonable body of Tory votes for there to be a genuine consensus going forward.

The only solution that I can see is for a version of the Kyle/Wilson amendment which would allow for May’s proposal to be put to the people alongside a remain option. But I can’t see May supporting that in a hurry. She is far too inflexible – which is ridiculous. Hopefully, the cabinet will realise this morning that a general election would be a kamikaze exercise for the Tory party – and the country.

Leaving with no deal is inconceivable. It would be making a tragedy out of a crisis. A tragedy, that us, for the people who lose their jobs as a result of a “no deal” national bungee jump.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and member of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • No use talking about ‘consensus’ or no deal being inconceivable if our very own MPs refuse to compromise. I joined the Lib Dems the day after the referendum to push for a soft Brexit, then maybe re-entering the EU at a later stage. Now, I’m not even sure I would bother voting.

  • You do know that bungee jumps are actually pretty safe. I think you were better off with the whole cliff edge leap into the dark type thing, metaphorically speaking.

  • Bungee jumping is only safe if you plan it Glen. If you rock up with a piece of elastic you havn’t checked or measured, tie it onto a small brush and jump over the edge of a bridge you have no idea how far above the ground it is, well safe it isn’t, bit like your Brexit. You all failed to plan and now nearly three years later you can’t explain what you want or how you will get it. Voting for the “Pig in the Poke” option really doesn’t reflect well on Brexiteers ( and Lexi we can’t forget about dear Lexi) now does it. Still I’m sure one of you will come up with a cunning plan, only joking no hope of that.

  • John Marriott 2nd Apr '19 - 9:31am

    Oh no. Not the frankie/ Glenn show again. Thank goodness I’m off to the states tomorrow (if the planes are still flying). Will we still have a Country when I get back a week on Thursday?

    The one thing about having a General Election would be that we would surely have to ask the EU for a long extension to Article 50 AND take part in EU Parliamentary Elections. That can is getting even more battered and that road doesn’t appear to be getting any shorter.

    On ‘Newsnight’ yesterday evening, Ann Widdecombe said that May was the worst PM since Anthony Eden, we had the worst Leader of the Opposition ever and the worst Parliament since Cromwell. It’s hard to disagree with her.

  • John I no longer respond to young Francis. So no show.

  • Another general election would be pointless. While the outcome of the 2017 election was not as Theresa May had hoped, the voters went to the polls knowing that Article 50 had been triggered – and that whoever they elected could be required to approve (or not) any negotiated deal with the EU.
    The fact is that the House of Commons can’t agree – on anything. It seems to me that the only solution is to hold a further referendum on that basis – between leave with “no deal” and stay a member of the EU. Holding a referendum on the basis of Theresa May’s deal is perverse, given that MPs cannot agree to support it.
    It’s clearly a risky strategy – but so is ignoring the (probable) significant minority who now prefer a “no deal”. Presenting a choice between a deal that the House of Commons doesn’t support and a position that the majority rejected is more dangerous still.

  • I agree with the other Chris ! If compromise is the only way through this mess then our insisting on a second vote and turning our noses up at a customs union and single market, which would gaurentee no border in Ireland, seems a high risk policy with crash out only 10 days away. Given that we are democrats and the country is clearly still split in two, a very soft Brexit (which is probably there to be grabbed if we want it) seems like the grown up way forward.

  • @John Marriott – “Will we still have a Country when I get back a week on Thursday?”
    Big assumption that you’ll be able to fly back if we don’t… 🙂

    The problem with a GE is time and who is in charge (and what business they are able to legally transact) between the no confidence/GE being called and a new government being appointed; given there is no law which requires the Government to resign…

  • Mick Taylor 2nd Apr '19 - 1:42pm

    Roland. If the HoC votes for an election by a 2/3 majority it will happen, or if a motion of no confidence is passed and no new government is formed in 14 days with a motion of confidence then a GE happens.
    No, the real question is would a GE change anything? Will the UK electorate be willing to vote for a pro remain party or parties in sufficient numbers to gain a genuine remain majority in the HoC. I personally doubt it. Labour will still try and be all things to all people pretending that they are both pro leave and pro remain and, as in 2017, too many people will give them the benefit of the doubt.
    Assuming ChangeUK and the LibDems can work out a coexistence strategy, it might be possible to get more LibDem MPs in and save the seats of the Change UK ones as well, but getting 326 seats and a majority, don’t kid yourself.
    I am not a fan of referendums. I don’t really want another one, because I fear that remain are not competent enough to win it. There is huge complacency amongst remainers because they believe a new referendum will go their way. I think every remain vote will have to be fought for and that leavers will do anything to win, far worse than they did in 2016.
    I do however have a niggling feeling that a referendum may be the only way out of this mess, because no other solution goes anywhere near involving the people of our islands in deciding if this shambles continues or if we actually stay in the EU

  • Richard Underhill 2nd Apr '19 - 6:37pm

    Theresa May says she is willing to sit down with the Leader of the Opposition
    She has agreed that with her Tory cabinet
    She has made several preconditions
    Other party leaders are excluded, except as members of Parliament.

  • @Mick – there are less than 14 days between now and the 12-April. Assuming there was a successful no confidence vote today (3-Apr), the question has to be who governs the UK tomorrow (4-Apr) and up to the 12th. If we notionally have a government then it could be argued that calling a GE isn’t a valid reason for the EU27 to grant an extension beyond 12-Apr…

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