Snoek signals: May must learn from history or face a fishy fate

There is a story about how tins of fish nearly derailed Clement Attlee’s government.

The war had been won, but rationing and austerity were far from finished, and the government decided to substitute an odd looking and foul tasting South African fish, snoek, for the sardines that Brits were used to. Officials soon discovered, however, that changing the British diet was not as simple as that. The humble snoek was soon dispatched to cat food bowls across the land.

May is putting party before country because she’s too chicken to lead. Instead, she delays legislation simply in order to avoid a defeat by her backbenchers. Moreover, the government rejected sensible amendments in committee. Its progress halted by legislative border guards, our trade policy is rotting in transit.

Read more from Bill Esterson for The Times here: