'Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott is not someone I usually see eye-to-eye with on political matters, but in the case of former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, I’m afraid I can’t fault the old Trot.
Responding to Ms Lucas’s frankly extraordinary idea that the way to avoid a No-Deal Brexit is for Parliament to pass a vote of no-confidence in the Government, and then for an all-female emergency Cabinet to take over, Abbott tweeted: ‘Backdoor route to a National Government. Didn’t work for Ramsey McDonald [sic] and won’t work now, whatever the gender of the participants.’
She wasn’t the only one. Even Emily Thornberry — one of the women to whom Lucas extended her invitation to join this cross-party cabal of all the ladies — politely declined.
Of course Lucas — MP for Brighton Pavilion — has never been part of mainstream politics.
Elected on an uncompromising eco-ticket, she’s also an arch-Remainer — one of the majority of MPs whose refusal to accept the result of the 2016 referendum and work with the Government on striking a deal with Brussels is arguably — and ironically — the principal reason we now find ourselves on the brink of leaving without one.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott is not someone I usually see eye-to-eye with on political matters, but in the case of former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, I’m afraid I can’t fault the old Trot
Still, even by her standards, this proposal is extreme. Not that she would see it that way.
In her eyes, she is mounting a heroic last stand against ‘a coup led by a small group of Right-wing libertarians’ hell-bent on implementing ‘the most extreme No-Deal version of Brexit’ and ‘creating more divisions, scapegoating our friends and neighbours, and ignoring the inequality and democratic deficit that fuelled the Brexit vote’. Quite the heroine, our Caroline.'
Read more: SARAH VINE: Green MP Caroline Lucas says only a female Cabinet can solve Brexit... that isn't just sexist - it's liberal fascism at its very worst
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