What an awful lot of nonsense has been churned out since Friday. And some of it is still going on. The journalist, naturally, wants everything to be a drama. The Labour Party, naturally, wants to portray its million vote deficit as a victory, not a loss. The two combined have led to fantastically ludicrous stories on the telly and the wireless and in the newspapers. And it goes without saying that the users of social media have been valiantly defending their reputation for living in a parallel universe.
A large part of the media has swallowed the Labour theory that that party won the election. Hence all the stories about Mr Corbyn being poised to defeat the Queen’s Speech and rush to the rescue of the country by agreeing to form a government. The fact that Labour, with 56 fewer seats than the Conservatives, could not possibly command the support of the House of Commons, even with the help of every other minority party other than the DUP, is conveniently overlooked. It’s the “story” that’s important, not the boring old truth.
But I suspect even the journalists must be about to come down to earth (the social media users never will). Some of their stories are already beginning to accept reality and to concede that it would be impossible for Labour to form a government. That leads them on to their next big hope, that we will have to have another election. This is to be achieved by shaming the Conservatives into accepting that it would be evil to allow frightful protestants from Northern Ireland to keep the government in place. “Crikey,”scream the journalists with one voice, “the DUP don’t like abortion and are opposed to homosexual marriage, how could any respectable modern political party allow people like that to support it?”
Again, reality plays no part in the arguments. The fact that there is simply no prospect of the DUP being able to impose its objections to homosexual marriage and abortion on Great Britain must be ignored (as must be the fact that Catholics are not well known for their adoration of abortion and same sex marriage). Otherwise the “story” doesn’t have legs. Anyway, say the demented journalists, the “people”, meaning all those weird social media users, are signing petitions saying they hate all Northern Irish protestants. Surely, Mrs May will have to give in to popular opinion and inform the DUP that she won’t allow its members to vote for her Queen’s Speech.
Oh what a nonsense. Is it not extraordinary how stupid allegedly intelligent people can be?
What will Mrs May have to give to the DUP to ensure its continued support? Importantly, the DUP will insist on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic remaining open. That is something which all Northern Irish parties want. It is also something which Labour and the Lib Dems want. Apart from that, the DUP will expect more taxpayers money to be directed to Northern Ireland. Again, that is something all the other Northern Irish parties want. And Labour, with its love of excessive public expenditure, will hardly object. There really is nothing else.
Once the journalists have to accept that the Tories are not evil for allowing the DUP to vote for their policies another story will have to be found. That, I predict, will be that a handful of rather stupid Tory MPs will demand a leadership election. The story will be true (it would be impossible to devise a system for election to the House of Commons which would ensure that all MPs were sane). But nothing will come of it.
In time we will all calm down. The Queen’s government will continue. But, of course, the social media users will, as they always will, continue to spout their nonsense.