Dominic Raab involved in multiple TV car crashes on Sunday

Dominic Raab with both Sophie Ridge and Andrew Marr
Steve Topple

Dominic Raab didn’t exactly have a good morning on Sunday 8 November. Because he repeatedly fell apart across both the Andrew Marr Show and Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

“Astonishing”?

First, the foreign secretary was on Ridge. The host brought the subject of the US election up. The reportedly outgoing president Donald Trump has wildly claimed that there has been “fraud” and ‘corruption’ around mail-in (postal) voting. This has been debunked as essentially nonsense at present. Trump has also called for states to stop counting votes. So, Ridge probed Raab about this.

She asked:

Do you think that all votes should be counted in a democratic election?

The answer would seem fairly obvious to many. Unless, of course, you’re the Tory foreign secretary. Raab swerved the question, saying:

Look, I’m not here to get drawn into… what is a different system in the US

But Ridge wouldn’t let it go. She interrupted him, saying:

Sorry, the question is do you think all votes should be counted in a democratic election? I find it astonishing there’s not an answer to that.

Prepare to be even more astonished then, Ridge – because Raab still tried not to answer:

He finally caved in, though. But only by a bit:

Then Marr must have been ‘astonished’ too. Because Raab also refused to directly answer his question on the predicted president elect Joe Biden and Brexit.

The Good Friday Agreement

The BBC host was grilling Raab about the contentious internal market bill. Here, it was specifically in relation to the Good Friday Agreement. The Belfast Telegraph reported that the bill “jeopardises” the Good Friday Agreement. It said:

Representatives of civil society groups have said that the actions of the Government are ‘jeopardising’ the Good Friday Agreement and the functioning of the devolved administration at Stormont.

The groups… have described the actions of the Government as ‘contravening’ international law and ‘undermining’ the provisions of the Protocol in terms relating to the non-diminution of rights and equality protections.

The point being that Biden has already come out and said he would protect the agreement.

Yes or no?

So, Marr took Raab to task over this. The host said:

[Biden’s] comment about the Good Friday Agreement not being a casualty of Brexit was actually only two months ago, so he is very focused on this. And the new incoming team have been very, very clear, they want to see changes in the Internal Market Bill. And I’m asking you one more time, to give me a clear answer as to whether the government has heard that message and is prepared to move in any way on the Internal Market Bill. Yes or no?

Of course Raab tried to swerve the question:

But, of course, there’s good reason for Raab to dodge the questions from Ridge and Marr.

Some commentators think that a Biden presidency could be tricky for the Tories over Brexit. WalesOnline noted that he:

opposed Brexit and, due to his Irish heritage, has expressed concern about its potential impact on Ireland’s economy and Northern Ireland’s security.

And he has described Prime Minister Boris Johnson as ‘a physical and emotional clone’ of Trump.

So, the challenge for Johnson is that his whole 2019 election was based on a “no ifs, no buts” Brexit and to just ‘get it done’. Now, with it looking like Biden will try and force a compromise, the Tories will be in an uncomfortable position: betray the voters they scooped up with the promise of Brexit no matter what? Or give in to concessions from Biden – and in doing so, demonstrate they haven’t really ‘taken back control’ of anything?

Raab’s clusterfucking was a prime example of the panic and potential chaos the Biden presidency may cause. It’s going to be an interesting few months.

Featured image via Sky News – YouTube and BBC – YouTube

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    1. There are a bunch of incompetents running around Parliament whose sole purpose is to draw a salary and expenses while flatulating verbally inane remarks dressed as supposed intelligent and thoughtful commentary on events they know nothing about. An observer would think that the incompetents and incompetent of being incompetent.

    2. Andrew Marr ‘griled’ a tory minister? Surely not. It is unlikely. He probably thought he was asking a simple question to a safe minister; but it was to Dom Rabb. So what was meant to be safe was delivered to simple minister. One of many.

    3. Raab is an idiot, but even he probably gets dopey joe biden, a man whose principles never got in the way of a dollar for his ‘donors’.
      Sure biden will shout about the hard done by irish but as biden has demonstrated too many times, what he says and what he does are two totally different animals.
      If johnson & co are smart and resist long enough creepy joe will do a deal even as he sledges the tory gang for being ‘lawbreakers’.

      Ask any amerikan in the unfortunate position of being impoverished by hospital bills. They cannot opt for bankruptcy as a way to ameliorate their debts since joe biden pushed through amendments which specifically target hospital / medical bills & student debt as being two forms of debt slavery that remain after bankruptcy. Doesn’t sound like the bloke who has been sounding off about those economically screwed by covid does it?

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