The latest round of voting in the Commons again demonstrates that there is a complete absence of visionary awareness amongst our MP's. What we do have is an inevitable progression toward an acceptance of the PM's Withdrawal Agreement, albeit a version with some language tweeks, because our Parliament is transfixed by the notion of pragmatism rather than future vision. In short, they will err toward a political solution rather than one which is based upon an enthusiastic prospect of Britain wholly outside the EU. Party politics outweighs national interest yet again. Fudge, fudge and yet more fudge.
Nobody could reasonably argue that the Brexit was ever going to be an easy process to bring about, especially after a public referendum brought it very much into the front-rooms of every household in the country. Intense and widespread scrutiny was always going to be a key factor. Yet the project management of the process, the entire manner and style of its painful progression and the ill considered choices of the individuals charged with bringing it about have dogged the governments stumbling and inept approach to delivering Brexit. No cross-party inclusion, no consultation with interested parties and no recognition by the government, notably Mrs May, that Brexit was bigger than any party political issue and should have embraced a broader church of opinion and position. And perhaps the most fundamental mistake made by the government was to approach Brexit 'cap-in-hand' in the negotiations with the EU, a negative, capitulatory and subordinate role being adopted rather than taking the reins and pushing a co-ordinated and positive British case for exit. For that we can only lay that failed responsibility at the door of No.10.
But that is now all history and is unlikely to be remedied in any meaningful way. What we are left with is a calculated plan by government to 'force' an acceptance of the appalling Withdrawal Agreement that Mrs May ended up with (though some of us might suspect that those terms were exactly what the PM intended) through the endless mechanism of repetitive submissions to the Commons in the sure knowledge that eventually time would run out and the acceptance of the agreement would, by default, come about. Bristling Brock believes that is exactly the position we are now in.
Compromise is a word being much bandied about by both government and media and we might all reasonably expect there to have been some elements of a deal to be negotiated away to create the greater good. At the same time let us not forget that if this Withdrawal Agreement eventually gets approved by Parliament before 12th April it will leave us half-in and half-out of the EU and without any seat around the table to argue our future case - on anything. The government and Mrs May will hail it as a successful Brexit, a mighty achievement for Mrs May before she 'graciously' steps aside and allows yet another Party dogmatist to take-over. We will have a continuance of the same Party politics that we have now. That will suit both avid Party members and the Civil Service for whom the prospect of continuity ranks far higher than the 'horrors' that substantive change would bring about. We will demonstrate in this outlook an immense and short-sighted vision of our national future. Even an election may not, at this late stage of Brexit, impose the whipping of the Party Political Machine that it deserves because the public, the electorate in particular, have been over-dosed with politics during the last three years and don't have the appetite to prolong the attempts at fundamental political change. Our passivity about political change shows through despite mass protests in Parliament Square by both sides of the debate because we all expect somebody else to bring it about, but not us ! We holler and shout, we may stamp around and wave banners, but beyond that we, collectively, do nothing. We expect Parliament to listen to the shouting and do 'something' to redress our grievances. But Parliament is inured to the public protests because their focus is upon political survival and that means their patron Party has to survive as well; MP's may well appear on television and write newspaper articles professing their passionate views on this, that and the other yet each of them knows that the only way they are going to come through this mess is to - eventually - stick together and support the Party machine.
Britain will continue to get the politics it deserves - each of us will need to decide what that means in terms of good or bad. For most, life will just plod on. Political apathy will have won the day - just as the government intended.