Theresa May, Queen of Scots?
By James May has refused Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a second Scottish referendum. “Now is not the time,” she explained, adopting a robotic tone of steel-edged patience. “Now is not the time,” she repeated. Again: “Now is not the time.” Writing in today’s Times, she expanded upon her assertion that now is just not a good time for a potential Scoxit. Allowing another referendum “while all our energies should be directed towards the negotiations with Europe” is not what “any responsible UK government” would do. Actually, it would be “fundamentally unfair to the Scottish people.” Speaking on behalf of the Scottish people is sure to rile not only Sturgeon—who branded May’s stance as “completely outrageous and unacceptable”—but most of the Scottish people too. As a nation, they don’t tend to take too well to being spoken for by Westminster.With her dogged pursuit of a Hard Brexit, the prime minister’s options were limited. Either she could give Sturgeon what she wants–which is not what May wants–or refuse the request, thereby stoking the wrath of Scottish nationalists. An outpouring of resentment is to be expected. It’s only a matter of time.A reboot for BrexitToday, Team Theresa May planned to mark the end of another absurd week by launching their grand Plan for Britain. After days spent publicly humiliating her Chancellor, negotiating the knotty Scoxit situation, and fielding multiple allegations of electoral fraud aimed at her own party, the prime minister thought it seemed a good time to wipe the slate clean and, in her words, map out Britain’s “route to that brighter future.” But, she is swiftly working out, there are obstacles littering the way. Yesterday, when visitors tried to reach her sparkling new website, they were welcomed with the glaring text-box: “www.planforbritain.gov.uk page isn’t working.”GCHQ trumps TrumpThe government is dealing with technical difficulties both at home and abroad, via a sinuous claim from the Trump administration that President Obama used Britain as a base through which to tap into Trump’s phones. “He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice,” said Sean Spicer, quoting Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox’s senior judicial analyst. “He used GCHQ.” GCHQ—a British Intelligence agency—momentarily raised its head to dismiss the allegations as “utterly ridiculous”.Just another “simple clerical error”After rebelling over Brexit, Tory party grandee Lord Heseltine was unceremoniously sacked by Theresa May who, he pointed out dismissively, he had never actually met. “You say in your letter I will understand the necessity to end [the] relationship,” he wrote in a parting response.