Parliament is due to break up for its summer break on Tuesday 24 July. But with her government in turmoil, Theresa May has pulled what might be her most pathetic stunt yet. A motion has been tabled to start the holidays early so MPs would break up on Thursday 19 July.
May won’t get away with the plan without a fight though. Labour MPs have called her out over the proposals. And there are indications that some Conservative MPs will refuse to back the plan.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell nailed the reasons why May wants to shut down parliament:
And shadow education secretary Angela Rayner didn’t pull any punches, labelling the motion “absolutely pathetic”:
Meanwhile, Labour MP Ian Lavery accused May of “political arrogance”:
A government in turmoil
Hardly a day passes at the moment without another member of May’s government resigning. Her plans for Brexit are hanging on by a thread. Additionally, the early recess vote is happening on the same day that the Election Commission has fined Vote Leave and referred it to the police for breaking election law. It hardly seems the time to take an early holiday, as many Twitter users pointed out:
But as others pointed out, the motivation for the early break couldn’t be clearer:
And as others stated, what other profession is suddenly allowed to vote to start their holidays five days early:
This latest move from May is both pathetic and desperate. As Rayner says, it shows a “weak and frightened” PM who is running away instead of trying to work through the mess she has created. Surely we all deserve a better government than this.
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