“Which if not Victory is Yet Revenge” Thoughts on the Tory Apocalypse

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Sean Gabb Newsletter, 21st November 2018

“Which if not Victory is Yet Revenge” Thoughts on the Tory Apocalypse 
by Sean Gabb
1^st December 2018
As I write, those who demand a second referendum on the European Union 
seem ever more likely to have their way. Their argument is: that it is 
now two years since we were asked to vote on leaving; that no one 
expected the process of leaving to end in the present shambles; that 
we should be asked what we now think of leaving. These calls are an 
obvious fraud on the electorate. Since the French rejected the 
Maastricht Treaty in 1992, the custom in Europe has been for any 
unfavourable referendum result to be followed by another one, in which 
the preferred result is given. This was done to the Danes and the 
Irish. It is now being done to us.
You should never overlook incompetence as a cause in great events. 
Even so, the present crisis in British politics does look like a 
conspiracy. Theresa May had more than two years to announce a clean 
break, and then to negotiate whatever arrangements with Brussels would 
minimise disruption in the short term. Given moderate firmness and a 
few bribes, she could have had all this in place by the Christmas of 
2016. Instead, she promised and promised while delaying. At last, with 
no time for any easy alternative, she announced a “deal” that amounts 
to treason. It has united both sides of the argument in outrage – most 
of it, I have no doubt, genuine. Thus softened, thus brought within 
four months of what we are assured is the cliff edge of leaving 
without a deal, the idea is that we are to be asked again.

I do not know if there will be a second referendum, but I suspect 
there will be. I would like to think that a vast mass of anger will 
descend on our rulers, and the 52 per cent of 2016 will become the 75 
per cent of 2019. But I doubt this. There are enough two-legged sheep 
in this country to vote as they are directed. Even if there were a 
fair set of options on the ballot paper – the existing Deal, no deal, 
or remain, and some kind of proportional voting so that a fifty per 
cent majority can be had – there would be a majority for calling the 
matter off. However the European Court of Justice decides if our 
notice of withdrawal can be unilaterally withdrawn, I do not doubt 
that, for a crippling price, our “friends” in Europe would let us stay.
If this were to happen, what next? There might be civil unrest – 
though I doubt this as well. But one thing is reasonably sure. This is 
that the System will have delegitimised itself. The European issue 
will not go away. Nothing will be the same again. Here is what I think 
will happen – and partly what, even when I am less angry than I am, I 
may want to happen.

First, the Conservative Party will die as an electoral force. We gave 
these people one job to do in 2016. Indeed, as I recall, they took 
exclusive control of the job, freezing out everyone else. Whether from 
uselessness or wickedness, they messed it up. They will be punished as 
soon as there is an election. Speaking for myself, unless a 
Conservative Government leads us out of the European Union in March 
2019 with a better deal than Theresa May has brought back, I will not 
vote Conservative again.

Second, there will be a Labour Government led by Jeremy Corbyn. This 
will do nothing to increase immigration – which has already been 
running at full pelt since around 1990. It will make the country into 
no more of a police state that it has already been made or projected 
by the Conservatives. But it may abolish the Monarchy and the House of 
Lords, and disestablish the Church of England, and remove charitable 
status from the public schools, and load real taxes on the rich, and 
drive a lot of financial business from the City of London. Again 
speaking personally, I am inclined to welcome all of these changes. 
The Queen has failed in every duty she promised at her coronation to 
undertake. Her progeny are embarrassing trash. It would be nice to 
change the line of succession, as in 1701. But, since this will not be 
done, a republic will free us from a century of Charles the Mad, 
William the Insipid and George the Almost-Certainly-Useless. The real 
House of Lords was abolished in 1998. Its
successor is a clique of leftists in ermine. I will say nothing of the 
Church of England. But the rich are mostly fair game. In any community 
but the openly despotic, they are suffered to exist so long as enough 
of them show what the Italians called vertú. All the very rich I can 
see are either sucking like mad on the public nipple, or beneficiaries 
of more complex scams enabled by a bent financial system. Away with 
them all. They are none of them our friends. If Jeremy Corbyn wants to 
rid us of them – even if for other reasons than mine – I will shed no 
Third – well, that remains to be seen. All I will say is that, unless 
they pull off the greatest diplomatic coup since Disraeli went to 
Berlin, they have lost my vote. Short of that miracle, every road away 
from our present state of public degeneracy leads though the total and 
irreversible destruction of the Conservative Party.
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