No-one could ever accuse the editor of Stormfront Lite of troubling his readers with too much variety. He has a 'rota system' that serves up the following posts on a continuous loop -
"I remain unconvinced about Bernie Sanders because he is so OLD."
"I remain unconvinced about Joe Biden because he is so OLD."
"Jeremy Corbyn is OLD and a BED-BLOCKER and he didn't go to ETON. Gawd."
"The Fixed Term Parliaments Act makes an early election impossible and I'm definitely right this time even though I was wrong when I said exactly the same thing in 2016 and 2017."
And last but not least, the fan favourite...
"Theresa May is simply magnificent and here's a portrait of her by my daughter-in-law."
Credit where credit's due: at least he eventually removed "Kitty Ussher is the next PM, you heard it here first" from the rota.
In fairness, though, the longer reads at the weekend by other authors do break up the monotony just slightly. David Herdson made an intriguing point yesterday that hadn't occurred to me before: that if Tory MPs do take the nuclear option of bringing down the government in a no confidence vote, it would be more logical for them to install a new anti-No Deal government immediately than to waste time with a general election in an emergency situation. And that new government could only be led by Jeremy Corbyn, because the Labour leadership wouldn't permit its MPs to back any other type of caretaker government.
I can see the logic, but I do still think it's pretty obvious that the Tory Remainer rebels would prefer an election to a Corbyn-led government. As I understand it, there would be just about enough time for an election before Brexit Day, as long as a no confidence motion is passed quickly after the Commons returns from its summer recess. But that leaves the rebels with another dilemma: how do they prevent No Deal by standing for election as candidates for a party led by Boris Johnson? They can't. So do they retire from parliament en masse? Do they stand as anti-Brexit independents, and ask the Lib Dems and Greens to give them a free run? Do they set up a new party? Do they defect to the Lib Dems? Do they attempt to reanimate the corpse of Change UK? (Hilariously, the original eleven defectors to Change UK are now split four different ways. Five of them are persevering with the project, four have set up yet another new group called "The Independents", Chuka Umunna has joined the Lib Dems, and Sarah Wollaston is ploughing her own furrow as a genuine independent.)
These are just some of the many imponderables that make the result of any snap election so difficult to predict.
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The good news for the SNP continues in YouGov's latest Scottish subsample...
SNP 42%, Labour 15%, Conservatives 13%, Brexit Party 10%, Liberal Democrats 10%, Greens 7%
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There's an utterly ludicrous article in the Scotsman claiming that the SNP are planning to "break a Westminster convention" by refusing to applaud Theresa May on her final day in office. The convention is of course the polar opposite of that: MPs aren't supposed to applaud in the Commons under any circumstances. When the SNP's intake in 2015 broke that rule, John Bercow told them in no uncertain terms that they must stop clapping and make weird grunting noises instead. It's true that Tony Blair and David Cameron both received ovations when they left office, but that was a blatant breach of the convention. So if the SNP don't clap on Wednesday, the traditionalists should actually give them credit for being the only ones maintaining the proper decorum.