Ok I've been having some fun today, but this thread is serious.
If what Dominic Cummings has said is true, there is a chain of events which makes this a serious problem, and it goes like this...
The government negotiated a deal they had no intention of honouring.
They then held a General Election where they put signing a deal they had no intention of honouring as a central campaign issue.
Followed by MPs, in our parliament, voting through a deal that they had no intention of the government honouring.
If it is possible to show the electorate more contempt than this, I know not how.
It's not just the lack of bad faith with the EU in doing the deal, it's the lack of bad faith in every step of the democratic process.
And if what Dominic Cummings has said is true, they are still showing the electorate contempt, because they still haven't admitted it.
And Tara is right. I didn't want to make it partisan because I'm not a partisan person, but this really only applies to one party.

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