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Another fine mess you've got us into.

QUEEN Victoria was famously not amused, but Queen Elizabeth must be absolutely brassed off.

Her Majesty's state opening of the new Parliament next Monday was postponed.

Then it was back on again. Now it's wait and see. You don't mess with the monarch.

Theresa May dropped big chunks of the Tory election manifesto from the Queen's Speech, after voters refused to give her a clear mandate to govern.

In half a century, seen bedlam makes Carry Khyber Pass brilliant Another fine mess she's got the country in.

It would be funny, if it wasn't so serious. Actually, it is a hoot.

The Queen is going to Royal Ascot, while Mrs May isn't at the races.

MPs are left milling round Westminster with nothing to do (except get out the Pimms) while this joke of a government stumbles from one crisis to the next.

In half a century of being round the political scene, I've never seen bedlam like this. It makes Carry On Up The Khyber Pass look like a brilliant military campaign.

The election was supposed to be about Brexit.

But now we might seek to remain members of the EU Customs Union (meaning we can't negotiate our own trade agreements) and even retain some links with the European Single Market, with implications for immigration.

I've never like this. It On Up The look like a military campaign.

A "rebel Remain" group is taking shape with secret talks under way between pro-EU Conservative and Tory MPs - though nothing remains secret very long in the mad Gothic shed by the Thames.

Mrs May also looks certain to ditch means testing of the old folks' winter fuel allowance and retain the "triple lock" on the state pension.

And the era of austerity is coming to an end, because people have had enough of war-time economy.

What a shambles. The poll that should have given Mrs May a free hand has put her in chains to the bigoted heirs of the Rev Iain Paisley, whose ten DUP MPs can veto Tory policies.

Minority government is a recipe for instability. I remember 1974, when Harold Wilson ruled without a majority, and so did his successor Jim Callaghan.

Nobody knew from day to day whether wily Wilson or Sunny Jim would get their measures through Parliament. They were under constant ambush from Tory wrecker Norman Tebbit, an accomplished political saboteur.

The Whitehall farce made good copy, but poor government.

And the stakes are infinitely higher now, as the UK walks away from the EU towards who-knows-what.

This time history is repeating itself not as farce, but as tragedy.

In half a century, I've never seen bedlam like this. It makes Carry On Up The Khyber Pass look like a brilliant military campaign.


So, where do we go from here? That's the million dollar question as Mrs May gets together with her Cabinet colleagues

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Jun 14, 2017
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