OK, so there’s a lot to catch up on today, so forgive me if today’s piece is intense.
I thought that summer recess would mean fewer interesting stories to write about every day, but the weekend has been crazy.
On Saturday, my suspicions that Macron would not be interested in the slightest in helping Theresa May get the EU to budge were proven right. The Mail reported that Macron refused to help break the Brexit deadlock, telling Mrs. May that he stands behind the EU’s negotiators.
He warned May that he refused to break ranks over Brexit, despite May’s warnings that Brussels faces a "Cheqers deal or no deal." Yikes, is that Theresa trying to be down with the kids? If so, I guess it’s slightly better than openly admitting she likes NCIS (which she did, during a recent question and answer session in the North East).
Downing Street was intending to use the meeting with Macron at Fort Bregancon as a way of winning over the French President, and having him help soften Barnier’s hardline stance. But it hasn’t worked.
In non-Brexit news, The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday that trauma surgeons are warning that Britain’s knife crime epidemic is putting the NHS under strain. Figures revealed a 57 per cent increase in knife offences in England and Wales over the figures from 2014.
And today, the knives are out for May. She’s been blamed for preparations for a No Deal Brexit ramping up, with a row breaking out in Whitehall about how to advise businesses to prepare for the possibility.
The Telegraph reports that civil servants have been ordered to start compiling the 70 documents I’ve previously mentioned, called "technical notices", by the end of August to explain to businesses and self-employed individuals on what they need to do to prepare if it happens. Ministers are saying, however, that they weren’t consulted before the PM made the announcement about technical notices.
And Corbyn isn’t safe, either. Both leaders are extremely unpopular right now. The Mail reported today that Labour "moderates" (basically, not anti-Semites) are allegedly plotting to oust Jeremy Corbyn, and they’re being branded "traitors" and threatened with deselection by Corbyn supporters in the party.
It’s said that the coup is being organised by Liz Kendall, Stephen Kinnock, Chuka Umunna and others., and that they’ve been plotting in a £144-a-night farmhouse in Sussex. Alright for some.
We’ll see how well that goes, because it looks like the only thing going for Corbyn is the huge number of socialists, students, and morons who joined the Labour Party in recent years. The public hate him.
Polls released today by Ipsos MORI show that 46 per cent of the public think the Tories should change their leader before the next general election, and 55 per cent of the people think Labour should change their leader before the next election. Twenty-seven per cent wanted Corbyn to stay, compared to 31 per cent who wanted May to stay. May beats him – sort of – but I wouldn’t call it a win by any stretch.
Given how useless Theresa has been in the negotiation process, and the fact she just came back with her tail between her legs after unsuccessfully trying to convince Macron to change his position, Corbyn should be smashing her in the polls.
And, to top things off for the day, we’ve got more doom and gloom news about Brexit. The papers are running a story about how the UK would "run out of food a year from now" if we reach a no-deal Brexit. I suppose it’s technically true – the National Farmers’ Union has made the claim – but in order for this to happen, there would have to be a catastrophic scenario where Britain is somehow unable to trade at all.
That’s obviously not going to happen, so don’t go stockpiling tinned carrots just yet.