July 12, 2018
This is an op-ed in the Telegraph that is simply recounting what they are hearing from readers.
The article itself is paywalled.
You just see the first two paragraphs.
The postman, his stout legs clad in perennial shorts and reddened by the unaccustomed sun of the past week, staggered beneath the weight of two bulging sacks as he struggled up the path to the Daily Telegraph letterbox.
I speak figuratively. All but a handful of letters these days arrive at the Telegraph as email. But, by heaven, there have been a lot of them since Friday, when Theresa May held the Cabinet hostage, phoneless, in her Buckinghamshire hideout – hundreds and hundreds of them, whizzing from the electronic Cloud like shooting stars on a mid-August night.
People are mad.
The Telegraph has drawn the ire of MPs and social media users alike over an article it published insinuating UK Prime Minister Theresa May is guilty of treason over her latest Brexit plan.
Cross-party MPs are accusing the outlet of being “shockingly irresponsible” over the article by writer Christopher Howse entitled: ‘Is Theresa May guilty of treason? Plenty of readers think so. Politicians would be wise to listen up’.
Howse explains how the paper has received a storm of letters from angry readers who feel “betrayed” by May’s post-Brexit trade plan agreed at Chequers on Friday. The plan would see the UK sticking to EU rules in order to have a free trade deal with the bloc once Brexit takes effect.
“‘Where are the politicians of principle who will honour the manifesto promises they were elected on,’ asked a reader from Solihull,” Howse wrote of the correspondence.
“Instead we have only traitorous members of the Cabinet who think only of their careers,” the reader added.
Public outcry swiftly poured in through Twitter over the article, with one saying it “verges on criminal” in its broaching of the treason charge.
So it verges on criminal… to report what readers are writing in to the paper?
Isn’t it “democratic” to allow the masses to have their say? Isn’t that the whole thing? I thought that was supposed to be the whole thing of “democracy”?
Utterly disgusting. The Telegraph is out of control. This is verging on criminal. Anyone who still buys this publication should do the decent thing and boycott it.
— Solange #FBPE Maybe we just don't want brexit (@solange_lebourg) July 11, 2018
— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) July 11, 2018
@Telegraph No @theresa_may is not guilty of treason. You are guilty of gross hyperbole, lack of judgement or common decency. My subscription is cancelled and until you find some leadership of your own your "newspaper" will not be bought here again
— dave james (@davejames11) July 11, 2018
I think we can see in this one headline why your readership & advertisers are deserting the Telegraph in droves. I have little time for Theresa May but accusing her of treason is appalling, unacceptable & very dangerous behaviour. Shame on you.
— Liz Anderson🥂📚🖋🏺 (@liz_lizanderson) July 11, 2018
Utterly deplore this shockingly irresponsible tweet by @Telegraph. May is incompetent, untrustworthy & reckless, but that is not ‘treason’. Editors need to remember that it is just two years since an MP was murdered, and that many receive regular death threats. Just grow up. pic.twitter.com/OAynzD2bMr
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) July 11, 2018
It’s been just two years since a British politician was murdered on the streets and MPs now face death threats for their views on Brexit. This is utterly irresponsible from the Telegraph. https://t.co/kQ7M7gUOYM
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) July 11, 2018
Again, we are forced to ask what the hell this word “democracy” actually means.
Because I keep hearing that it has something to do with “the will of the people.”
But every time I hear it, I just think of the words of that great poet…
The British establishment is circling the wagons around Theresa May, because the entirety of the British establishment is anti-Brexit and Theresa is the last line of defense against Brexit.
She is basically playing the role of human shield, as the real power behind the scenes moves to make Brexit impossible.
Again: what was the point of the vote?
Is there any “democracy” in the sense of “rule by the people” or is it just a code word for “country run by Jews”?
Note: that is a rhetorical question.