A week of showmanship

For some time, I’ve observed that there are no longer any certainties in politics.

At the beginning of the year who could have guessed that President Trump would pull off another “Greatest Showman” moment as he shook hands with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their summit in Singapore. Time will tell whether the world is a safer place following Trump’s bold assertion that it is. Initial analysis and reaction suggest that despite the smiles and back-slapping from both leaders that de-nuclearisation within the region is far from certain.

Within days of this international summit, the Scottish National Party attempted their own “Greatest Showman” spectacle in the House of Commons. In the middle of Prime Minister Questions, with important questions about our departure from the European Union, they opted to play childish games instead. The SNP leader in Westminster, deployed a carefully choreographed Parliamentary trick to try and bring proceedings to a shuddering halt. Knowing that this was likely to lead to heated exchanges with the Speaker of the House of Commons, he staged an orchestrated walkout, leading his ragbag of MPs out of the chamber. Other than headlines in all the Scottish newspapers the following day, what did this little piece of political theatre achieve? Nothing!

The Scottish Nationalists and many in the Labour Party seem incapable of accepting a democratic decision made by the British people. We voted for Brexit, and politicians need to understand that they must deliver. Instead, we see peers engaging in political sabotage, effectively tearing up the withdrawal legislation, trying to bring a halt to the process. We see Labour politicians wanting to keep us in the European Economic Area – something the country didn’t vote for in the referendum.

Meanwhile, Theresa May continues to display real leadership – driving the Brexit negotiations forward. She understands what the British people asked for and