If MP’s aren’t staggering off into the Summer Recess in a state of shock, they should be. In fact anyone who takes a passing interest in British Politics would benefit from a quiet lie down after the events of the past twelve months. A year ago Britain had a strong new Prime Minister promising to serve a full term until 2020. Brexit meant Brexit. Nicola Sturgeon was riding high in Scotland. Tim Farron was Lib Dem Leader. UKIP had an MP in parliament. Nigel Farage was the Party Leader (I’ve checked).
The backbenchers’ parliament, as Hilary Benn is calling it, is a better name than the zombie parliament. Theresa May would have settled for the zombies without shedding a little tear. It would have suited her dirigiste tendencies to have MPs meeting as seldom as possible to discuss not very much. As with so much else, circumstances have conspired against the prime minister.
To save your favourite articles so you can find them later, subscribe to one of our packs. When two or three are gathered together in Westminster there is always a question of the moment. David Cameron thought he had got rid of the perennial “When’s the next election?” with his fixed-term parliament. His question has been answered already this year. Instead, the latest topic for speculation is “How long can she last?”, closely followed by “Who is the next Tory leader and prime minister?”.
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