When I was a schoolboy (a while ago !) the most heinous crime was not to break the rules but to blame somebody else for it. Maybe it was different at Eton because our mendacious Prime Minister always has someone else to blame for his failings – and it seems to be catching among his acolytes. Show me an honest man and he won’t be anywhere near today’s levers of power.
There is no rationale for EU negotiators to do anything but apply the Union’s well established, and well documented, rules. That’s what their 27 members expect them to do. The consequences of Britain choosing to leave the Union have not suddenly been made apparent. Whilst there are points of detail to hammer out the broad parameters have been known from the start.
To leave the EU does not mean we have to abandon our existing trading arrangements and many enthusiastic Brexiteers have said in the past that they favoured staying in the Single Market. One of them, Daniel Hannan, is now one of the Prime Ministers trade advisers. He should remind Johnson of what he said.
Once we agree to stay in the Single Market the bickering can stop and we can start to rebuild our reputation for common sense. The planned Lorry Parks can be returned to the farmers, and Mr Frost to whence he came from. And the Irish on both sides of the border can start to live their lives again.