The rotten core of British politics

It has been a long week in politics. Since Boris brought his new deal back to the house, what was a promising piece of legislation has been frustrated since the get-go.

There was an end in sight, with Boris bulldozing through his critics and those who seek to dither and delay, to quibble and resist the fulfillment of the largest democratic vote in our history. The ERG were on board, the DUP were still optimistically offering their support and the Democrats on the Labour benches were biting the bullet.

No longer.

This tired, disconnected parliament slammed on the brakes late last week, smashing up the timetable designed to avoid delay in their mad rush to avoid their democratic responsibilities.

In their brazen, ironic, comical, slaphappy sense of what they would ludicrously call principle, they had the cheek to accuse the government of trying to ram through the deal in three days.

Remember when they took a chainsaw to the constitutional integrity of the country and drove the surrender bill of the antichrist through in two?

In the words of Angela Merkel - "Where there's a will, there's a way".

The message from the opposition: More dither, more delay. On reflection, we should have expected no less.

Brexit has exposed a poisoned core in politics, which had been rotten for a long time and which is only now coming to light.

There now holds, for Boris' deal, a very fragile but functioning majority. But this does not reflect final approval, by any stretch of the imagination.

The anti-democrats on the opposition benches are sitting in feral anticipation, waiting thirstily for their chance to rip up Boris' deal, and nail on as many ridiculous amendments as possible.

This is totally counter-productive.

The deal that Boris has agreed with the EU is final. Against all expectations, he has managed to re-open the withdrawal agreement and make the necessary changes to the deal. What he didn't and couldn't do was leave the door open completely.

Any amendments tacked on now change the deal. A customs union amendment, fundamentally so. Forcing through amendments to bastardise the deal will only increase the risk of no deal, with the EU unwilling to fundamentally change the deal any more.

Who can blame them? After three and a half long years, Brexit has to be done, and now.

Second, the support of the estimated eighty or so Tory MPs in the ERG depends, in the words of its deputy chair Mark Francois, on it being passed as it is, with no amendments.

Factor into this the increasingly influential DUP's attempts to thwart the passage of the bill at every possible chance, but still support Brexit, and we have a problem.

So we now have a disconnected and deceitful parliament, frailly platformed existing support and a large number of MPs hell-bent on ripping up the deal as we know it. In other words, deadlock.

The government has recognised this (well, it wasn't exactly difficult to recognise after all), and has now formally called for a General Election to attempt to break the deadlock. Constitutionally this is the traditional and best-suited way forward.

Not content with paralysing parliament, this embarrassing set of mainly opposition MPs now want to trap the country in a state of paralysis. They've voted down a General Election twice, effectively declaring and re-declaring confidence in Boris' government.

I never thought I'd see the day.

A General Election is now the only way forward. We need to rid the country of the virulent, ubiquitous autocrats in power, and give the people the Brexit they voted for.

Jack Rydeheard, Editor of the Conservative on Sunday for Conservative Progress