If that’s a thing, I think it is a fitting description of Theresa May.
Some thoughts on why, for all the spectacle of being a lone figure battling on all sides, May does not deserve a nation’s sympathy. /1
It is those choices which have led us to the precipice on which we sit as a nation today. /2
Indeed, it can’t even be described as a failure of transparency.
It was a conscious choice in May’s part to keep reality cloaked in darkness during her premiership. /3
Inscrutable, surrounded by a tight circle of advisers, determined to appeal everything no matter how wrong she is in law and fact (ask immigration lawyers about that). /4
May has managed to bring And foster that Hostile Environment to the whole country, with her management, control and direction of Brexit.
In an era of “enemies of the people” & “traitors” & “betrayals”, she wasn’t a strong leader who clamped down on the braying, but instead fostered a narrative that Brexit would be betrayed.
It was behind the bitterness of what should have been legal, technical debates about the Withdrawal Bill.
And it was in every mouthful of that authoritarian “will of the people”. /7
She has blocked proper debate by resorting to embarrassing cliches which now finally knock her down. /8
It requires transparency from beginning to end.
That meant levelling with the people about the trade-offs involved.
Publishing, not blocking, impact assessments.
Publishing honest economic assessments, not last minute spinning.
One in which the clock shouldn’t be set off until the outcome of that process was settled at least from the domestic side.
May treated Brexit as a parade instead of a process.
She blocked transparent discussion of that process with talk of red, white and blue Brexit, Brexit festivals, blue passports, dramatic signings of the Withdrawal Act.
She wasted time waving flags. /11
And now those are all there in front of her, and us.
She can’t pretend not to see them any more.
And still she tries. Apparently blind to what everyone else can see.
She stands there obstinately refusing to budge.
Still citing the will of the people.
Still angry with EU politicians for pointing out the blinding obvious.
Still placating her extremists with what she knows is nonsense.
She does this to satisfy a lunatic ideological fringe in her party instead of firmly placing the national interest first.
She has done it by covering her eyes, blocking her ears & speaking things unworthy of a democratic Prime Minister.