DURING the last few days, there has been much talk, with Boris now in charge, that it’s too late to stop Brexit.

Although it’s a lot more likely to happen, it’s certainly not impossible to halt, allowing that the UK state’s elected representatives actually choose to act. Parliament simply has to vote out a No Deal scenario.

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Why would Parliament in Westminster pull the rug away from Boris with his bombastic negotiating strategy? The reasons are many, yet it’s hard to find rhyme or reason why they wouldn’t. It will, however, take Parliamentarians of all stripes to find some honour and integrity within their souls, put others before themselves, people before party.

Many Tories hark back through rose-tinted glasses to “the age of Empire”, while refusing to accept the realities of today. The days when Britannia ruled the waves, fielding a grand fleet filled with dreadnaughts, those times are well gone. Today, the much vaunted Royal Navy can’t even protect commercial shipping from a handful of radicals in an inflatable, so severe have the budget cuts been, so bankrupt is this homogenous state. When the state can’t defend either itself or its assets, human and other, what worth is the state?

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When the leader of the state is so inept, so cold, so self-indulgent that he himself creates more difficulties for citizens of the state – think on his comments about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who continues to rot in an Iranian jail when a little care and nuance could have seen her freed, through the multitudes at home about to see their lives destroyed by his upcoming Brexit project – what use the state?

When all indicators are that Boris is willing to borrow some additional billions of pounds – money the government doesn’t have, can’t raise through taxes, and therefore likely can’t pay back because of the already gaping hole in their finances, so must pass this act of self harm onto future generations as well as ourselves – what worth the state?

The world at large knows all too well about Bankrupt Britain. This gives Donald Trump the ability, the temerity, to lay down demands about how London raises taxes, and where it legitimately chooses to do so. Here we should understand that Boris is now guiding Brexit Britain to a place where it will become a true vassal state. The removal of the internet tax would only be a beginning. It’s inconceivable that Trump will not continue with this blackmail, or that other nations will not join it. Any who believe the NHS and other public services would not face oblivion can only be described as deluded, for where many in this government can wring personal profit, history has shown they will.

Just imagine the pictures we see on the news today, of the African boat people drowning in the straits of Gibraltar – it’s not inconceivable in our near future to envisage the same again, just this time the vessels will be in the straits of the English Channel, as Britons try to make their way from Dover to, well, anywhere, as they try desperately to escape what will by then be clear to all is a failed state. Some might even manage it.

It is certain that the UK is dying, for when the UK state itself has, by cruel policy, killed hundreds of thousands over the last several years, while radical Islam hasn’t even managed hundreds. What worth this British state?

Ashley MacGregor
East Kilbride

THE situation that Ruth Davidson finds herself in is a perfect example of how the “High Tory Establishment” operates. Divide and rule has always been their means of retaining power. Elevate some from the lower estate to do their dirty work for them and when that person is no longer of use, or fails in their tasks, they are eminently disposable and are cast adrift.

Ruth Davidson has fallen in to this trap. Used by them and now not wanted as circumstances change. It has always been thus. She has made her bed and now she must lie in it. Gosh, I need to get a grip here, or else I might find myself almost feeling sorry for her.

Douglas Stanley