Sometimes there’s an advantage in being the underdog. But there’s a difference between underdog and cowed cur. If you’re seeking sympathy, it may help your case to appear to be at a disadvantage or even victimised and bullied. But there’s a point at which sympathy shades into pity and pity into contempt. Turning the other cheek may afford you the moral high ground, ensuring that everybody gets a good view of you having your face slapped. Inviting a display of contempt can be a clever political tactic if your point is to have everyone know that your opponent is inclined to contemptuousness. But once everyone is aware of how despicable your opponent is your continued determination to be spat upon begins to look perverse.
What I’m trying to say is, we get the point, Nicola! You really don’t want to know what I’m trying very hard not to say!
This has to stop. Preferably before people start to conclude that the contempt is deserved. Behaving as if you expect respectful dialogue with the British government just gives the impression of stupidity once the British government has demonstrated beyond all possible doubt that neither respect nor meaningful dialogue will ever be forthcoming. The pathetically pleading hanger-on is not a good look for someone purporting to be a political leader. Stop it!
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