LibLink: Miriam blasts Cameron and May

Over on theGuardian’s “Comment is free” website, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez very powerfully berates David Cameron for his arrogance in calling the EU referendum. Then she lays into Theresa May for her “citizens of nowhere” and “queue jumpers” remarks.

The article is worth reading in full here.

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  • Jayne Mansfield 29th Nov '18 - 3:18pm

    The sooner she bumps into Cameron the better. And as for Mrs May…..

    Go, Ms Gonzalez- Durantez, go.

    Don’t hold back.

  • Neil Sandison 29th Nov '18 - 4:34pm

    Well done Miriam perhaps TM should have listen more to professional negotiators like you rather than insult them who warned us just how difficult it was to put a trade agreement together and we are only at the withdraw stage !. The citizen of nowhere comments do not stack up against wanting to encourage skilled migration.

  • Paul Pettinger 29th Nov '18 - 6:26pm

    The piece displays astonishing lack of awareness. Most of the criticisms of Cameron could be directed at other senior coalition ministers…

  • Jayne mansfield 29th Nov '18 - 6:32pm

    @ Martin,

    Well hopefully, it wasn’t the lonely shepherd in his shepherd hut, who is bored sh-tless, but given his sense of entitlement might just apply for the job, because he thinks he would be good at it.

    Glad to see that you too had problems with the accents over letters. I was concerned that my technological incompetence might be seen as disrespect.

  • Jayne Mansfield 29th Nov '18 - 6:45pm

    @ Paul Pettinger,
    As far as I remember , Ms G- D was not a senior coalition member.

    The idea that women who happen to be married give up on having minds of their own shows, if you don’t mind me saying, ignorance of how many modern marriages work. Thank goodness.

    Perhaps you have failed to notice the way Brexit has divided opinion in families, including between man and wife.

  • John Marriott 29th Nov '18 - 8:47pm

    @Paul Pettinger
    No, Cameron and his buddy Osborne, but especially Cameron, deserve to be vilified for what they cooked up for the 2015 Tory Manifesto. The worst that you could say about Ms Gonzalez Durantez’ husband was that he allowed himself to be sacrificed at the altar of Farage in their (in)famous EU referendum debates. I think Nadine Dorries May have had a point with her ”two posh boys” comment. Come to think of it, make that “THREE”!

  • David Evans 29th Nov '18 - 9:43pm

    @Jayne Mansfield – You are absolutely right when you say to Paul Pettinger “Ms G- D was not a senior coalition member.” But Paul did not say she was, so I am not sure what you are getting at with your comment.

  • Peter Martin 29th Nov '18 - 9:52pm

    I notice Miriam González Durántez wrote:

    “We Europeans like to see ourselves as modern citizens of our own country and at the same time citizens of the EU…….”

    I’d say this is the nub of the problem. This is very much a minority viewpoint in the UK. On the whole, we don’t really see ourselves as ‘European’. This would include most remainers who favour staying in the EU for purely economic reasons. There’s not the emotional attachment to ‘Europe’ that MGD describes and obviously feels.

    I’m not sure if the Germans are any different, and it’s really down to them to make the EU/eurozone work by recycling their accumulated euros. And not as loans! Loans to Greece, Italy and other less prosperous parts won’t be repaid because they can’t be repaid. To accept this will require them to feel every bit as “European” as Ms González Durántez, and I just don’t see that happening any time soon.

  • Nick Collins 30th Nov '18 - 11:58am

    Paul Pettinger makes a fair point. A similar point is made by Bob Hughes in the letters page of today’s “Guardian”.

  • Jayne Mansfield 30th Nov '18 - 5:00pm

    @ Paul Pettinger,

    I think we were reading different articles

    This was an opinion piece about migration. And very honest and moving it was too. MS G-D articulates the feelings of someone who has lived comfortably with layers of identity, and who, like many, including members of my family, will have suffered because of the moral deficiency of a citizen of Maidenhead. ( I think that Mrs May has retracted her claim that EU citizens jump the queue, but why worry about facts when one is trying to crowd please the UKIP mob and shepherd them back into the Tory fold).

    @ Nick Collins,
    ‘Paul Pettinger makes a fair point’

    No he doesn’t. How can one confidently attribute MS G-D’s criticisms of the last two Tory Prime Ministers. to a ‘stunning lack of awareness’, there may be other motivations at play. Perhaps she believes that criticism of her husband is unfair, and his ‘crimes’ were not of the same order as those of Cameron and Mrs May, or perhaps she was simply showing public loyalty to her husband. Given that she has not explained herself, we cannot know.

    The words brought to the forefront of my mind when reading the article were, ‘If you prick us do we not bleed? And I view criticism of a woman who happens to be married to a politician, cheap.

    I won’t post anymore on this subject. I am off to see Santa and the reindeers arrive on planet Venus.

  • Nick Collins 1st Dec '18 - 9:31am

    Oh yes he does!

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