Thursday, 11 April 2019

Redefining success

It was very kind of Donald Tusk to tell the EU27 that they should endeavour not to humiliate the UK or its Prime Minister again when she went before them to admit that she hadn’t done the homework they set her last time to produce a plan for her next steps.  It might be argued, mind, that feeling it necessary to tell someone not to humiliate someone else is somewhat humiliating in itself, and it’s certainly rather patronising, but I’m sure that his motives were entirely well-intentioned.  As it happened his efforts didn’t exactly work out well anyway; having failed to produce a good excuse (or indeed any sort of excuse – even claiming that the dog ate her plan might have been better) she was always going to be forced to accept something which she had repeatedly said she didn’t want and couldn’t accept.  And being made to sit in an anteroom for hours whilst others decide your fate is never exactly going to be an exercise in generating pride and self-respect.
There is a problem, though: did Tusk breach her human rights under some convention or other by trying to prevent her humiliation?  I mean, if someone really wants to be humiliated, and enjoys it as much as she obviously does, what right does anyone have to try and prevent it?  It’s almost enough to make me think that perhaps the Brexiteers have got it right after all: how dare the EU interfere with the inalienable right of the UK to repeatedly humiliate itself on the world stage? For once at least the PM has stood up to these tyrannical dictators and defended the right of the UK to be mocked and laughed at.  Another successful outcome to a summit.

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