With a call to order the Right Dishonourable is back for another series of mischievous political debate and – er – banter, beginning with a tour of an uneventful summer recess, plans to bring back grammar schools, and an old-fashioned sex scandal.
You may have heard that Britain, a small country in the north-west of Europe, recently voted to leave the European Union (EU), by a narrow margin of 51.9 to 48.1 percent.
The result mostly crept up on the political, media and corporate establishments (not to mention the bookies), who had thought that Britons would cleave to the perceived safety of the status quo, even as polls in the week prior to the vote signalled otherwise.
Since the outcome was revealed on June 23rd many have predicted that it could be undone by legal or political shenanigans. The lawyer David Allen Green has even claimed that Article 50, the legal mechanism for Britain quitting the EU, might never be invoked.
All of which leaves an obvious question: After the referendum result, is Britain actually going to trigger Article 50 and leave the EU? And will it do it by 2020, the year the next general election is scheduled for?
In this final episode before our summer break we examine prime minister Theresa May’s first cabinet, the progress of Brexit negotiations and the failed coup in Turkey.
The coronation of a new prime minister and the continual hardships of the Labour party, which is about to have a leadership contest, are our two topics this week.
Less than a fortnight after Britain voted to leave the European Union it seems like everyone is resigning.