No wonder Corbyn's so chipper

Does Jeremy Corbyn detect some cracks in the Prime Minister's armour over Brexit, leading to the possibility of an early general election - which he fervently believes Labour would win even though the Conservatives are seven points ahead in the polls?

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 8:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 3:38 pm

Rarely has a Government been in such a state of public turmoil and vicious civil warfare as is this administration. But even if the present dire circumstances lead to the downfall of Theresa May - which is now at least a possibility - that in itself would not necessarily lead to a general election.

But with at least one junior minister resigning over Brexit, and Dominic Grieve, the arch anti-Brexiteer (although he would deny that description) saying he and fellow Tory rebels could collapse the Government, no wonder Corbyn is looking chipper these days.

What’s more, the election of a new Tory leader, should these events come to pass, would assuredly cause yet more damaging infighting in Conservative ranks, including, most dangerously of all, in the Cabinet itself.

I do not want to overstate the situation, but if Tory fortunes continue to slither downhill, their ability to govern properly could be seriously depleted. And the great British public is beginning to wonder why so little progress is seemingly being made in the Brexit negotiations. Indeed, is the Irish border question really so intractable as everyone says it is?

Of course, Corbyn has his own problems, including more resignations from his front-bench team, but they are nowhere near so serious as the Government’s problems.

What people are demanding is that Theresa May and her cohorts now start thumping the table and stamping their feet at the Brussels negotiations. As has been pointed out President Trump, if he were on our side, would frighten the life out of the obdurate and flinty EU negotiators who are now trying to squeeze every drop of blood out of the UK.