Big mistakes invariably occur right at the start of negotiations. May's first was to agree to the EU dictated timetable at the start.This comes from her wish that we should not leave the EU and if we agree to every thing they ask then when the tide of UK public opinion turns they will give us a smooth re-entry to her beloved place at the EU top table. This has always been UK FCO's top priority. Place settings are very important to FCO types. Johnny Foreigner of course knows we rank way behind the US, China, Russia, Japan, India, Germany and France. The FCO however lives in ts own little Palmerstonian world obsessed with its own importance but alas only the cat is left.
So the EU was able to wind down the clock not discussing trade whilst Mrs May did her dance of the seven veils all over Europe's capitals wasting endless time and getting us absolutely nowhere. Guess what she now wants more time. What for? She won't win Strictly with Barnier as judge however long she has.
It remind me of the Congress of Vienna,1814-15. When a diplomat was asked how its work was going he replied, in French of course. Le congress ne marche pas, il danse. Better dancing than Mrs May's. I hope.
Major Dundee did well in Dancing with Wolves but Major Harrogate is just Mrs May. with epaulettes. I hope he dances better. Officers in Highland regiments had to get up half an hour early twice a week to practise their dancing under the eagle eye of the pipe major.The Black Watch was renowned for its dancing. I will be sailing on a ship called the Black Watch so I hope they put on a good show
May's second howler was of course to offer to pay the £39bn up front of any trade deal. This must come straight out of the FCO deal making for idiots manual.
Her third howler was to agree to this backstop deal without understanding what it was or asking advice from those who do understand its traps. Oily will tell Mrs May what she wants to hear but who will tell her what she needs to hear? Palmerston the cat perhaps?