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1. At 05:59 pm on 16th Jan Annabel shaw wrote:

As you correctly point out Mrs.May is a bully…saying last night that she is not playing brinkmanship and delaying matters to force her deal through at the very last minute - this is exactely what she is doing. That’s how bullies operate.

2. At 12:02 pm on 18th Jan Chris Wakefield wrote:

Where is the evidence that those who voted in the 2016 referendum had a perfect understanding of what the outcome would be, as is so often claimed? There is none and never can be - and Mrs May’s constant assertion that she knows what the British People voted for is nothing more than self-serving hindsight. We have all learned a lot since 2016 - but mostly we have learned that Brexit is a new religion. It craves ‘leaders’, a constant supply of belligerent rhetoric and an irrational acceptance of undeliverable propositions. Thus we see the normalisation of the no deal option at the extremes of political discourse - much loose talk of ‘liberty’ and ‘independence’ - (always a great favourite of those wishing to work a crowd) - all designed to inflame hope in those most in need of it, with false promises of salvation. The more nebulous the promise the better it is for the job in hand.

The future is always unknown but the past, carefully examined, does offer guidance, and one lesson if offers is that discussion and thought is the only way out of an impasse, So I hope that article 50 is extended to allow plenty of time for the discussions that should have taken place over the last many years, to actually take place - that at least should allow issues like ‘freedom’, ‘independence’, and the evidence of history to be explored anew and lead us to a clearer understanding of what we are hoping for in relation to Europe. How can anyone ‘just get on with it’ when no one knows what ‘it’ is?

The government, now barely legitimate, is currently taking us all to a dangerous place. Slogans, soundbites and snappy mantras are precisely the things we have to ignore whether we think them true or false. As a nation we now need therapy to get over this trauma, before the divisions that have been stoked up, mainly by the Tories, move us to even more dangerous territory. Space for that process doesn’t exist yet, but I hope it soon appears for all our sakes.