COMETH the hour, cometh the oddball.
For a few bizarre hours today, with our politics in paralysis and our national pride at stake, we will effectively have a different Prime Minister.
AFP or licensors Such is the Establishment’s desperation to keep us in the EU empire, it changes the rules and puts our legislature in the hands of Eton-educated egghead Oliver Letwin
Rex Features For a few bizarre hours today, with our politics in paralysis and our national pride at stake, we will effectively have a different Prime Minister and what a prize Mr Bean he is
What a prize Mr Bean he is. With Europhiles having ripped up centuries of parliamentary procedure, clownish Tory toff Sir Oliver Letwin MP will be put in charge of the Commons agenda — and will encourage Remain-leaning MPs to wreck Brexit.
“Take back control of our destiny,” said 17.4million Leave voters in the 2016 referendum.
“Make Britain independent again. Assert some authority to our Government.”
That vote was the biggest expression of public will in the history of our kingdom. So what do our political class do?
WE NEED A CHURCHILL OR WELLINGTON — NOT LETWIN
Such is the Establishment’s desperation to keep us in the EU empire, it changes the rules and puts our legislature in the hands of an Eton-educated egghead who is so naive, so unplugged from the ways of the world, that he once admitted a burglar to his house at 5am.
I talk, yes, of Sir Oliver “Loony” Letwin.
We are crying out for a Wellington or a Churchill. Yet this 62-year-old nitwit is the creature put in charge by Labour and Tory RemainersQuentin Letts
That farcical pratfall from 2002 is worth retelling because it gives you the calibre of this titan of twittishness.
Remember, we are at the screaming peak of a national disaster, our country being made to look ridiculous and weak around the world.
We are crying out for a Wellington or a Churchill. Yet this 62-year-old nitwit is the creature put in charge by Labour and Tory Remainers.COLLUDE WITH BRUSSELS
In 2002, Letwin was Shadow Home Secretary. Before dawn one day in January, he was at home in Kennington, South London, when the doorbell rang. Down he toddled in his flannel jimjams to find two wrong’uns on his step.
Most of us, confronted by strangers at 5am, might at least keep the chain on the latch. Not Loony.
The men claimed their car had broken down.
“Can I use your loo?” said one. “Why, of course,” exclaimed the gullible Letwin.
What happened next? Obvious. The burglar sauntered inside, had a rummage for valuables and legged it out the door with a stash of jewellery and Letwin’s wallet.
As the whooping robbers scarpered, Sir Oliver just stood there in his slippers, squeaking: “Stop!”
Now it is we, the supposedly sovereign British voters, who are in a similarly helpless position, as the anti-Brexit elite collude with Brussels to kill 2016’s Leave vote.
The European Commission must hardly be able to believe its luck at the way treacherous Remainers have undermined our national position.
When they look at the berk our once-mighty Parliament has put in charge of its agenda, they must be wetting themselves with laughter — just like those two burglars.
EPA The European Commission must hardly be able to believe its luck at the way treacherous Remainers have undermined our national position
Reuters ‘Take back control of our destiny,’ said 17.4million Leave voters in the 2016 referendum.
Rex Features Letwin was the genius who dreamed up the poll tax, that theoretically pure but hopelessly impractical local-tax policy that toppled Mrs Thatcher and managed to get the normally placid British people to riot in Trafalgar Square
Today’s manoeuvre is allegedly the Commons “taking back control” from broken PM Theresa May.
But how can a House of 650 MPs, with roughly 650 different opinions, act as a government?
The reason we have a Prime Minister is so decisions ultimately rest with a single person — and that person must possess the authority of electoral support.
If the head of government has not been voted into office, you can’t call it democracy.
Yet that is what will happen today when Sir Oliver, with his gurgling giggles and Regency-fop airs, is put in charge of the Commons and gives MPs votes on numerous Brexit options.
It promises to be chaotic. All it will likely achieve is a further weakening of Brexit.
Our historic vote to quit the EU was a public castigation of remote politicians.
KNOWN AS OLIVER LEFTWING
Well, they don’t come much more disconnected than ballet-loving, philosophy-spouting Letwin. The son of American academics — his dad was an economics professor, his mum a Thatcherite pointyhead — he was reared on intellectualism.
Like many exceedingly bookish people, he is little gripped by the popular or the practical. He lives in the clouds.
At Cambridge University, his friends used to swap his pipe tobacco for dope and he didn’t notice. Perhaps he would make more sense when stoned.
Back in those days, Letwin wore a bushy red beard and was known as Oliver Leftwing. His views altered to suit the rise of Thatcherism.
For a while he was a prominent Eurosceptic who denounced EU federalism.
Now the Establishment is anti-Brexit, Letwin has again changed his tune. He is so elastic, you could use his bushy eyebrows for women’s knickers.
One of his first jobs, in the early 1980s, was working for Tory thinker Sir Keith Joseph, the “Mad Monk”.
Later, Letwin was the genius who dreamed up . . . the poll tax, that theoretically pure but hopelessly impractical local-tax policy that toppled Mrs T.
It’s going some to get the normally placid British people to riot in Trafalgar Square. Let’s hope Letwin doesn’t repeat the trick with his obstruction of Brexit.
William Hague’s election campaign in 2001 was wrecked after Letwin, a shadow Treasury minister, shot his mouth off about the party’s spending intentions.
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In 2011, Letwin — by then David Cameron’s chief policy adviser — was photographed dumping top-secret files on terrorism and national security in park bins near Downing Street. Letwin was also the bad fool who, over pizza late one night with Nick Clegg, dreamed up ways to stifle the free Press.
This is the ham-fisted monkey who will today be put in charge of our Parliament.
Has British politics ever been more warped?
PA:Press Association Sir Oliver Letwin MP will be put in charge of the Commons agenda — and will encourage Remain-leaning MPs to wreck Brexit that a majority of Brits voted for
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