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We must now Leave without a deal if we want a relationship with the EU that is acceptable to those who Voted Leave AND Remain

January 31, 2019 Leave a comment

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No matter if you Voted Leave or Voted Remain, the fact is that few of those representing us in Westminster have managed to cover themselves in glory during the Brexit process and EU Referendum Campaign.

We have now witnessed so many events and been provided with so much evidence to support what has long been suspected – that the majority of MPs have sought election only for the purposes of personal gain, that whatever now happens in the coming weeks and days over Brexit, it is inevitable that we will not view Parliament in the same way as we did previously ever again.

What is most striking about the lack of leadership across the Commons that has now been so clearly defined, is the complete absence of agility in both thought and action that has led to opportunity being seen and portrayed as a threat, rather than the doorway to transformation and change which will benefit the Country. Opportunity that would give us the chance to leave many of the problems behind that we cannot address whilst we Remain bound to the Laws and Directives of the EU.

Whilst the lack of foresight and understanding fits well with a Parliament made up of MPs who behave this way, the UK has been severely disadvantaged as a direct result.

We have watched helplessly from outside the Westminster bubble as those high on power and their own self-righteousness have squandered each and every opportunity to set off, restart or return to a pathway which puts the UK first, rather than allowing the use of a switched deck which even now is very much stacked towards the EU remaining in control of our future relationship, with not one of these self interested Parliamentary factions really ever getting their own way.

It is painful to watch how irrational fear is ruling the whole Brexit question to the point where the stupidity and intransigence of key people has become so efficiently overlooked, that there appears genuine surprise when they do the same things again or behave like nobody can better their own game.

The failure of this Parliament to deliver on the People’s Instruction and the chaos that has ensued will not easily be forgiven. Nor will the absence of leadership that could have focused on the reality of a 52%-48% Vote Result which was always going to require consideration, communication and consequence-based decision making that works for those who Voted Leave as well as Remain.

It is unacceptable to suggest that this was and is impossible. The question has only ever been about the how.

In truth, Brexit was destined to be a complete mess from the moment David Cameron was replaced by a Prime Minister who supported Remain.

Remain was from the point that Theresa May entered Downing Street always going to be the default stepping off point, rather than what would have been the case if we had had a Leave Voting Prime Minister. One who could have looked at the process right from the start as being the UK is now out, so how do we build bridges which will be different, but look, feel and behave as they would have, if we had indeed Remained.

To be fair, even a good ‘Leave’ Prime Minister night have struggled to achieve this outlook. As developing strategy as a vision and without real-time experience of the circumstances you will be working with is never as easy or simple as looking at things as if they will always be the same or in the sense of only ever having to work with that which is known and your own experience.

But with May at the helm it never has and never will be possible, as her purpose is not selfless. It is about a legacy and is entrenched with a mentality that the Politicians around her are subordinate in every sense and could never achieve anything that she could in any way.

By backing the Brady Amendment this week, many of those MP’s on the Leave side of the House have again fallen into the very same trap that they have done already on numerous occasions before. Missing opportunity after opportunity to take things in a very different direction, rather than allowing the Remain-led PM May run down the clock on the expectation that the misplaced fear over a so-called ‘no-deal exit’ will finally push her own Withdrawal Agreement, without alterations, over the line.

Make no mistake. The unaltered May ‘Agreement’ is actually worse for the UK than it would have been to have never had the Referendum Vote and today to have been in the situation that some mistakenly think is Remain. And if our MPs have shied away from decisions over Brexit already on the basis of their irrational fears, looking those fears in the eye to stop May now, will require much more of them now, simply because the crunch point appears to be so very near.

The reality is that we will not achieve anything like the relationship with the EU of which we as a Country are capable, if we should accept the terms of any agreement which already exists or is formulated under the duress and questionable decision making of a Parliament which contrary to the position of the Electorate is overwhelmingly supportive of Remain.

In fact, the very best thing that could happen now is that the attitude of the EU does indeed become the catalyst which crystallises the position of Leaving without the deal that we never actually needed. A destination and indeed journey that would then put us in realtime at the point where even those Politicians without vision might then be able to see the relationship an dynamics between the UK and EU for what they are and build agreements over trade and joint working that keep power and influence where it should be – in London, not Brussels, and prevent those whose priorities are in the EU and not the UK from ever again being free to develop any kind of behind-closed-doors understanding with a Foreign Power, that a series of previous Governments and Prime Ministers never had the mandate to ever do.

The question is of course, will they want to?

 

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Deal or No Deal, the technology already exists for a seamless Irish Border after Brexit and as many of us already know, it works just bloody fine…

January 30, 2019 Leave a comment
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A number plate recognition and recording camera being installed in a supermarket car park in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. January 2019.

The Brothers Grimm would have been busy indeed, had they been alive and based in London during the times of Brexit.

With myth after myth entering the lexicon of public understanding, most often created by those who by the rule of fear intend for the UK to Remain, the range of stories and prophecies that have been created up to now from the very beginning of the Referendum Campaign would be priceless, were it not for the impact that foolish interference with very serious and far reaching matters of state can have.

Whilst many of the latest entrants to the pop chart of Brexit fantasies are being debunked just as quickly as they have been produced, one of the most ridiculous but nonetheless effective tales to have been told is the one about the need for a backstop to prevent a hard-border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, because a technological solution doesn’t exist which would keep goods moving as they would do if the UK were to Remain.

The claim is particularly laughable, given that we live in a surveillance society where estimates back in 2013 placed the number of cameras observing us already then at one camera for every 11-14 people within the population.

Even if monitoring equipment on the Irish Borders did not already exist, the installation of equipment and software of a like which has been in use by the Police forces for years in the form of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) would not be an arduous task. It is already being put to many uses in civilian form too, and if you have fallen foul of Car Parking Rules where one of these offshoot systems has been installed, you will know only too well how effective they are when a Penalty Notice with accompanying photographic evidence lands at your door.

The real problem and reason why too many of the people at a level of influence will tell us that no such technological solution exists is because of the sclerotic system for purchasing products like these for ‘government use’ and the way that companies who could deliver a working and effective solution in what would be a comparatively ‘overnight’ timeframe, are excluded from a supplier system which would benefit us all if they were to be included.

Government purchase is based on a system which favours the monoliths in public supply. Companies that overcharge by gargantuan levels o justify their huge structures, are avoidably slow to deliver – pushing up prices even further, and are the favorites of a coterie of consultants and advisors who themselves are pre-programmed with everything they do to simply be on the make.

If the political will, foresight and vision existed to implement a transparent border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, stepping outside the purchasing rules – YES, those required by Membership of the EU itself, is pretty much all it would take. We simply need agility in thinking, doing and making sure that everyone involved is doing the same.

The opportunity to deliver the trouble-free Brexit that the British People Voted for has been squandered by Politicians afraid to look outside of their own Westminster box. We should be under no illusion that in terms of upholding the realities of the responsibility that they have been given by us, they are well and truly afraid of their own shadow.

The best thing that those who lead us could do right now is to forget going cap in hand to the EU as Theresa May now surely will. Direct the installation of the infrastructure on the Irish Border, commission the necessary software from the very bright and agile small businesses that the UK has, and then make a very public statement that as far as the UK is concerned the Border will be open from 11.00pm onwards on the 29th March 2019, will be functioning like just one of the many other administrative hoops that logistics & supply chain operators, public transport companies and international travelers have to jump through when they are going anywhere, and that the UK is more than capable of taking a lead on anything and everything, come what and despite of whatever May says.

Any compromise over Brexit that actively involves all sides has to be taken seriously and the real obstacle to progress is now firmly located in No.10

January 29, 2019 Leave a comment

img_2513Brexit has been mismanaged from the start. Much of the problem has been the many competing priorities and motivations belonging to the key influencers who have been involved, but this itself is in no small part due to the biggest Brexit problem of them all. The absence of good, decisive and responsible leadership.

The Brexit process over recent months could have gone in different directions at many different points and it is regrettable that there has been a distinct absence of vision and understanding on the benches of the Commons. Vision which could have seen that a deal, formula, pathway or whatever you want to call it has never been just about an agreement itself, but about the people involved, the chronology of events, the changing landscape and yes, a whole lot more besides.

We are where we are. So no matter what has come before, there is no sensible option beyond trying to play with the hand that is available.

So when a compromise arrives in a form which could work for our MPs and our Country too, the focus should be shifting to identify and remove the blocks to realising that opportunity for progress. Not dwelling on who has ownership, who claims the legacy, who will be upset or anything more.

The reality is that the very best ‘deal’ that would be available to the UK could only be negotiated from the position and mindset of already being out of the EU.

With the obsession over plans and having to have a strategy in place which our MPs have, it is clear that the current Parliament will not willingly support this pathway.

As such, it is vital for MPs to accept the closest thing to that which they find acceptable.

From the information now available, it looks very much like the Malthouse Compromise could be the opportunity that everyone – and not least all of us outside of Westminster have been waiting for.

This Plan is far from perfect for either side. I say this with a firm belief that in the right hands from the start of this process, Brexit could immediately upon Leaving in March have promised the UK a massive amount more.

Because of what has happened during the Brexit process, the decision and therefore the method of our departure has become about so much more than just Brexit itself.

From this point alone, the Malthouse Compromise has to be seen as potentially the least trouble-free pathway to getting out of the EU, on time, with the prospect of building a working relationship with our former partners and in a way which at the very least honours the spirit of the Referendum Vote, even if at this stage it would be impractical to expect any more.

As a lapsed, but nonetheless lifelong conservative, it gives me no pleasure to feel or openly be so very critical of a Conservative PM.

But the situation we are facing over Brexit and beyond is so very, very serious, there must be a collective acceptance that with May at the helm, compromise penned by anyone other than her and her coterie of advisers, is not in her plan. It is not in her mind an acceptable form of what this Brexit process will become.

Never mind the missed opportunities and the what could haves, what should haves and everything that has gone before and been done. The way to get this problem solved is to remove the obstacle of a spent force as a Prime Minister to whom owning the legacy of a Brexit deal is all that her premiership has now become.

The Conservative Party has the ability to remove her right now if there is collective recognition amongst the Parliamentary Party of how dire this situation has become.

Personal ambition must be put to one side so that a leader can be Elected and installed in No.10, who will embrace the catalyst for change over Brexit. A new Prime Minister who can set off the reaction and chain of events now needed here within our own Parliament.

And then take it to Brussels not as a question, but as a statement of intent and overview of what our departure from the EU will look like.

Something that the EU can choose to embrace or reject. But with the consequences made very clear that failing to engage with what is on offer to them will leave the EU responsible for what follows, and that it is our commitment to prosper and be a friend to all Nations who are friendly to us, no matter what they think or then do.

MPs: Trust this Prime Minister at the UK’s peril

January 28, 2019 1 comment

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Watching this all-too-predictable-for-anyone-other-than-the-MPs-within-this-Brexit-story as it continues to play itself out has been and remains very painful, especially for those of us who believe in democracy and the purpose that it serves.

Even with the abundance of opinionated commentary coming from sources where facts for those able to think critically are contained available to all MPs, this Parliament teeters in the edge of a multidimensional precipice where the odds are stacked for an unknown and frankly unknowable outcome. Yet even now, the majority of these political stool pigeons think they are going to walk away with BRINO – or what to those they see as the uneducated masses outside of Westminster is still very much Remain.

After a process that has provided Conservative MPs with red flag after red flag, making very clear its destination and outcome, it is amazing that the Politicians sat in the middle of all this cannot or will not read the direction of travel of Theresa May’s efforts, and  what this process of hers will ultimately become, once the point has been reached that Parliament buys into them.

Right now there is so much noise about different plans for Brexit – most of which are clinical forms of Remain – that the elephant in the room, or that which should have already been dead in the form of May’s ‘deal’, is doing a full on Lazarus act. Suddenly, with the nebulous and unquantifiable promise of a rethink over the mythical Backstop of what looks very much like history will prove to be of her own design, The May deal looks increasingly like it might actually be what the outcome of the Brexit process becomes.

However, the celebrations are likely to be very premature.

At a stage where our fearful MPs are looking for any way to avoid the form of Brexit that the People actually voted for, even the so-called Brexiteers are hinting that they may back this travesty, trusting this untrustworthy Prime Minister to do the right thing with an ambiguous policy, relating to a non-existent deal with the EU which is likely to do nothing more than moving her considerably closer to the point where she has been gifted the final say.

All this at the end of the very same pathway which has already been overwhelmingly rejected, but with Parliament effectively now on the verge of giving the PM a blank sheet by removing itself from the ability to stop her anymore, and at a time when the government should be looking to select and implement new leadership, rather than take yet more quantum leaps back.

That there is so little recognition of and willingness within our Elected Parliament to deliver that which the People voted for in its clear and accurate form should be of great concern to us all.

That a sizeable majority are only being prevented from delivering their own form of a non-Brexit by their inability to coalesce and work to together collectively should give us all pause for thought in a very different form.

But that MPs could as a majority be about to give free reign to an incompetent and sell-out Prime Minister who sees our being tied to Europe as the only legacy her premiership was created to deliver, should be now concerning us all. Perhaps even terrifying us all a whole lot more.

Whatever happens from this point after the next ‘meaningful vote’ tomorrow, we as a Country are destined to be in a mess. That much has been guaranteed by the behaviour of this and the last Parliament as they have ignored what the purpose of the European Referendum was actually for.

There is only one form of Brexit that will deliver upon what the British People voted for.

Whilst we may have a bumpy ride for a few months immediately from the time we Leave, anything other than Leaving the EU on the 29th March, cleanly, on time and without the deal which was never essential to actually leave, it will be the start of significant problems, simply because MPs will have overturned or sought to defer or redirect a Public decision, and have therefore gone very wrong

Leaving the detail to May in the hope that a genuine Brexit will be the ultimate outcome will be an irreversible travesty, the outcome of which will become manifest very very quickly indeed.

If MPs are so sure of the integrity of their position over Brexit, they should go to the People, remove Party Politics from the question and either stand categorically for Leave (‘no deal’) or Remain (‘things stay the same’)

January 21, 2019 Leave a comment

Ballot-box_1861302cBefore I kick off on making a suggestion that simply should never have to be made, I think it’s important to recognise that as a Country, the UK has now entered extraordinary times.

Extraordinary times require extraordinary solutions, changes, modifications and sometimes even directions too, in order to begin a process of repair, development or evolution which will get things to where they really should go.

Parliament has reached an impasse. One that shows no sign of going anywhere anytime soon. And the consequences for everyone have the potential to be very far reaching in practical terms, as well as the significant damage that the malign influences which are now at work at Westminster are going to do to democracy in this Country too.

We have no option but to look outside normal rules, behaviour, procedures and much more, if we are to resolve this considerable mess, made up of a list of problems of which I will only focus on those that are key, whilst acknowledging that there are more.

The problems

The congestion holding up any way forward is not the result of just a disagreement between two ideas. It is a rich mixture of many colliding ideas and questionable principles. What we really would be correct in calling in political terms, a perfect storm.

The decision to Leave which was taken by the British People was simple until the moment when it was taken. That was the very moment when the people in power took over control of the journey, but refused to see Leaving in anything other than in terms of what it would look like to Remain.

Today we are faced with a strange but nonetheless genuine reality that the Electorate is for Leave, whilst the people or rather the Politicians Elected to represent us are themselves in the majority for Remain.

It is this combination of anomalies at the base of everything now happening which is the root cause of the congestion which we face. And because we have a Parliament made up of MPs who cannot distinguish their own ideologies from the Will of the People, no matter what solution which they come up with under this Parliamentary make-up, or concoct for ‘leaving’, it will to some lesser or greater degree almost certainly be a form of Remain.

It doesn’t matter what MPs call it, or what this Parliament now does to try and legitimise whatever they do. If they do anything other than allow the UK to exit without a deal, on WTO Terms on Friday 29th March 2019, they will collectively be betraying the Will of the People, compromising Democracy, but above all bringing into question the very purpose of their roles and the reasoning behind what they were elected for too.

The solutions ‘on the table’ right now and likely to be tabled very soon, won’t solve the fundamental problems we are experiencing and are themselves poised to create many more problems than in these circumstances they could ever come to solve.

Another Referendum

A second referendum is flawed in principle before it could begin.

It is in effect a plan to overturn the legitimacy of a democratic plebiscite at National level before the original decision has even been implemented.

It brings into question the value of all Elections and as such questions whether even past General Election results are valid.

If we cannot have faith in those, how can any government look the result from the ballot box in the eye and know that they have legitimacy from a ‘win’?

Whilst there are groups throwing considerable amounts of money at this idea, they have not said what the questions on the Ballot Paper would be.

Nobody actually knows what ‘Remain’ would look like, whether it would be based on the pre-June 2016 model, whether it would result in increased integration with the EU, or what democratic influence the People would then be allowed to have upon it. For instance, would we be surrendering further opportunities to Leave?

The question of what Leave already looks like is continually being glossed over to mislead too.

Our Referendum choice in June 2016 was simply to Leave the EU.

Yet the influence of Remainers has blurred this into many different shades and forms, whilst doing everything to paint the choice we actually made as optional because it is something to be feared.

This is itself an act of betrayal on the part of those who should know better, because the whole pretence of having to have a deal to Leave is a phoney premise.

Building or developing a working relationship with the EU can only be constructive for the UK if we are looking forward in negotiations rather than backwards towards Europe. Legitimacy would only ever exist when negotiated from the point where Brexit really would be Brexit (Not as interpreted by Theresa May), Out is Out and Leave means Leave.

But the only questions that this Parliament would agree to because of the inherent biases which exist would be May’s Deal or Remain.

Nobody should be under any illusion that May’s deal may not be presented and sold as Remain, but the two options are fundamentally the same.

If we were to reach the point where this Parliament would agree to the only legitimate choice in a referendum – that of two questions – as any more questions presented would just result in more of the same – the delivery of a second vote for Leave or indeed whatever form of Remain, would still be under the influence of the very same Politicians we have right now who have now shown that they cannot act impartially in these circumstances.

A Referendum is therefore a practical, democratic and reasoned impossibility. And if you think the impasse is bad now, wait and see what these very same Politicians would do if a 2nd Vote came back even more overwhelming for Leave and not even near the same.

Calling an early General Election

The problem with calling an early General Election, is the result could actually be seen to legitimise the impasse.

This could guarantee that we are destined to have years of instability, but this time with unscrupulous politicians able to blame the People for the problem, and again put democracy as we know it completely in the frame.

With the Party system currently holding a monopoly over Parliamentary Elections and our default setting culturally to vote for the same tribe as we usually do (Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem etc), we would end up pretty much electing the same crew as we’ve got behaving like overlords already.

Same-old, same-old, with perhaps a few tweaks here and there, maybe a new prime minister in No.10. But as far as the same logic and reasoning underpinning decision making, things will look well and truly the same.

We also risk ushering in a Marxist government, which would make the chaos surrounding the Brexit process now look comparatively very tame.

The kind of Brexit that a Labour Government under Corbyn would usher in would destroy all semblance of forward thinking, enterprise and opportunity, replacing it with regression, idealist-based detachment and the destruction of any kind of recognisable order that would leave all of us quickly wondering what the hell it is that we have become.

The Conservative Party removes Mrs May, or the PM steps aside (pretty much the same thing)

What would at any other time look like the most simple and most effective solution in a situation which resembles this is the one where the decision looks to have already been made.

If Theresa May were to step aside or be removed as Conservative Party Leader, there would be an opportunity for the Conservative Party to step in and effectively replace the current Administration with one that could change the way that Brexit is being handled and therefore the way that decisions are being made.

Unfortunately, the reasons why this obvious solution has not already been used, is that the Conservative Party is itself demographically representative of all politicians with a majority being focused on what works best for them, rather than for the people they represent – even though they will swear to you that the two things look exactly the same.

They would have to work together selflessly, and in effect crown a new Leader quickly, without going to the Membership, recognising that the priority is the Country, not who gets what job in Government once the decision has been made.

To kick off such a process of change anyway, would require a sufficient number of the Cabinet to act and accept that this pathway is the only way in which a new direction over Brexit can be created and then defined.

None of them will do this. As pretty much without exception, they all covet May’s ‘top job’ and don’t want to be seen as  the hand that wields the knife, as they believe that they will then never then be the one to wear the crown.

In reality, only one person can be our Prime Minister at any one time and it is only convention that says that when a new PM comes from within a sitting Government, it must be someone who has served at Ministerial Level before.

Let’s face it. This Parliament is already defying many conventions, so if our Politicians were minded, this would probably be the right time to recognise that this is what thinking outside the box and grabbing opportunities are really there for.

The other options

The other plans afoot which are of a more sinister nature, such as giving a minority the decision making power over a much larger Parliament, would be the first tangible steps towards creating a dictatorship.

It is a process that might involve a number of politicians. But make no mistake this is what the seeding of a dictatorship looks like. It simply has a different name.

The wider malaise

With the Political Party System broken and skewed to keep out free thinking and therefore the generation and development of the big beasts and political titans that the country now needs, whatever steps we take with this dysfunctional model still at work and able to influence, the names of the politicians may be different, but the end results are destined to be the same.

We are now in a trap of self-interests own making, and unless we do something very different – even if just in the short term, chaos and the problems which we will soon recognise as its bedfellows will be all that the UK is set to know.

Breaking the impasse

For reasons unknown and unidentifiable to many, the current Parliament and the procedure it is working with are not going to deliver Brexit in a collectively acceptable form.

I and many others believe this to be a great injustice and a slight to democracy.

But the reasons we are here today have developed over many years and have become manifest in many different forms.

We therefore need a solution which might not be what everyone wants, but is outside of the influence of self-interest or Establishment control. One that can be recognised as fair to all sides, but above all to the People, who if they must be asked for any further input in the Brexit process, should have the guarantee that their decision will not again be questioned. They must be assured that what they have at that point instructed or sanctioned will be delivered – with whatever changes and requirements necessary, by the people who have been entrusted to take control of it.

Neither a second referendum nor a General Election on standard Electoral Terms will deliver Brexit.

Nor will either bring the Country back together.

And bringing the Country together again must be as much a priority as resolving the Brexit question itself, in real tangible terms, collectively and once and for all.

A Binary choice through a 2-‘party’ General Election, where the candidates are not Political Parties or Individuals, but only identifiable as Representatives of Leave or Remain

The way that this could be achieved would be for Parliament to dissolve itself and for a General Election to be called where the normal Terms of the Representation of the People Act are suspended in respect of being open to all qualifying candidates and the only candidates allowed in each and every Parliamentary Constituency would be one representing Leave and one representing Remain.

All Party influence would be withheld, with all sitting MPs being entered as the de facto Candidate for their background choice of Leave or Remain. Their position qualified by their voting history and public activities, rather than being given a choice to go a different way.

To ensure parity between the two choices on the ballot paper, they would not be entered as a representative by name.

The process of defining their ‘party’ could if necessary be concluded by some form of independent judicial review, but would be transparent and fully published so that no reasoning for choices could be hidden from public view.

Of course this raises the question of who would be the candidate to oppose the ‘sitting MP’ if they should choose to fight the election.

How do you select an appropriate candidate to represent Leave or Remain?

Again, there are many suitable people who qualify to fill this void, whether Party Members or not. People who already have a track record of being out there and active in either direction – whether politicians or not, and capable of bringing something good to the table as a public representative and legislator if they should have the opportunity to be so called.

What we would have to ensure we did not do would be to allow anything other than impartial influence on the selection of any candidate. This would rule out any input from the existing Political Parties or any entity or organisation closely affiliated to them or any political cause.

The best thing for the Country would be for the Political Parties to be banned from being involved in Government for the term of this transition Government, and not allowed to exert any kind of influence on policy or procedure until the pathway to normal observance of the Representation of the People Act has been returned and on its way to being fully restored.

In the period before the Binary Choice Election itself, Government would through necessity to ensure impartiality be excluded from any form of involvement in the campaign.

An interim Government would need to be in place simply and only to ensure that Government is working up and only until the day after the Binary Choice Election when a Government of majority, tasked only with Leave (no deal) or Remain (the same) is in place and the necessary positions all appointed.

The Campaign itself could be conducted over a relatively short period once the decision has been made, as the otherwise necessary time windows for multiple candidacies would be kept out of the equation and keeping localised campaigning aligned with national campaigning would mean that localised manifestos would not be required – the importance of getting this whole mess sorted out overriding what the normal election of an MP should be about and used for.

A way forward that would work because it answers the questions for all involved

Yes, this may sound like being far from a workable solution and it is crude in its current and quickly written form.

But in the reality of our Brexit present, doing something which requires stepping outside of our comfort zones and thinking outside of the ‘tried and tested box’ either way is coming, and its result is not that far.

The choice in the coming days will now be whether we respect the principle of democracy and take the necessary steps to address the immediacy of the real problem in a format such as this, or whether a few MPs are allowed to create a de facto dictatorship where nobody can ultimately win and what are already the extremes in our society will be taken much further and way too far.

If our MPs are now so very sure of the integrity of the positions they have and are now taking on Brexit, going back to the people and being elected solely on the basis of what they truly believe and support is not something they should in any way fear.

This might be the only way that we can now find to more things forward legitimately and settle once and for all the question of what really is Leave and what is Remain, without being stuck in an indefinite time loop which is going to destroy everything that we hold dear as a Nation, is destined to erase our identity and everything that we have for centuries stood for, and is likely to guarantee chaos and a whole lot more.

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If Conservatives want to deliver the Brexit People Voted for, today is the time to have the confidence to vote No Confidence in all Theresa May has led this Tory Government to become

January 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Counterintuitive as it may seem, the defeat of May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement last night, immediately followed by Jeremy Corbyn picking up the gauntlet that the Prime Minister had thrown to call a No Confidence Vote, has given the Conservative Party a lifeline and the opportunity to take control of the whole Brexit process that it needs.

No, we do not want and definitely do not need a Corbyn Government.

But we do need Theresa May to find some dignity from some where and accept that she is not the Prime Minister that this Country needs as it now stares at an evolving crisis.

The prefect storm which surrounds the greatest Government Defeat in recorded history, is the only reason that we this morning still have a Prime Minister May.

It was encapsulated perfectly well this morning when a friend asked me the very simple question ‘Why doesn’t the Conservative Party intervene?’

My response was as polite and honest as I could make it; ‘The people who have the power to do something all want May’s job and want a trouble-free run at it too’.

And it is within these circumstances; what is increasingly likely to become a National crisis, that we can see so very clearly that it was all so very avoidable, but self-interest, self-righteousness and blind ambition on the part of an out-of-touch political class bears all responsibility for the chaos over Leaving the EU that it has made.

The biggest problem is that the Politicians responsible are so blinded by their arrogance, they have no idea what to do with the child they have given birth to.

So instead they blithely press on as if they are incapable of doing wrong. As if they have no responsibility to anything other than keeping their jobs.

And amongst these non-representatives of the people, the worst of them all and most out of touch is Theresa May.

After the humiliation of the Defeat that she and the plan with which she is so personally entwined last night, a real stateswoman would have immediately resigned. Instead we see a powerless leader, so certain of her own right to govern that she is literally prepared to destroy her own Political Party, and worse, the future of a whole Country, simply on the basis of her believing that only she can be the PM to deliver something out of Brexit ‘come what May’.

The trouble is that something doesn’t look anything like the Brexit that the People actually Voted for. And by refusing to make way for someone capable of grabbing the wheel, she is going to drive the whole Brexit Bus over the cliff with us all in it, when the route was unnecessary and only a problem that she herself made.

Yet we are in a position where the problem could be resolved quickly, if the Conservatives were to come together, respect that the Vote of the People meant Leaving without what Remain have clumsily referred to as a ‘deal’, and accept that the first step to turning this whole mess on its head is to part company with Theresa May.

If the Conservatives back Jeremy Corbyn’s No Confidence Vote later today, there is a golden opportunity to reverse all of this quandary and ensure that the British People do get Brexit AND one in which WE ALL WIN.

Once Theresa May has been put in the position where she can be forced to resign AND the Cabinet collectively accept that the race for a new Prime Minister is not one that they all are equipped for or able to win, a new Conservative Government can be immediately be formed. YES, with nothing more than a swift and timely crowing, but with the purpose of doing what is strategically necessary so that the Country is once again capable of facing up to the EU AND achieving the People’s Win.

No, it won’t be easy. But by taking the time to look beyond what stares back at them from the mirror each morning, this may be the last opportunity to voluntarily embrace the true responsibilities of being an MP, come together, deliver a real and meaningful Brexit and consign any chance of a Marxist government gaining power and wrecking everything the UK has to the bin.

Please MPs, for once have faith in the decision of the People, in opportunity and the future that your being selfless with responsibility most assuredly will allow us ALL to have.

May must go

January 15, 2019 Leave a comment

A 230 Vote Majority against May’s Brexit Deal this evening from 432 Votes to 202.

May has no credibility and must resign.

If she doesn’t stand aside and facilitate the appointment of a new Conservative Leader as quickly as it is possible to do so, it may quickly become inevitable that a Labour Government led by Jeremy Corbyn will follow.

The EU are already tonight ruling out a renegotiation of May’s Now defeated Withdrawal Agreement.

It’s time for a leader capable of tackling these bureaucrats with greater levels of confidence and certainty than they could ever muster, along with the will and determination to see the proper withdrawal of the UK from the EU right the way through.

Do not mistake the bloody-mindedness of a committed leader to the pig-headedness of a prime minister in name only with no cognizance of what they are doing wrong

January 15, 2019 Leave a comment

There is no control over the direction that this Parliament will now take us. There is no collective cause. The purpose and direction of self-interest made manifest through our political classes has now come into its own.

Under such a smog-ridden screen where everything democratic is choking on the stench of this party-political miasma, it really is little wonder that our lame duck Prime Minister has been able to continue, when at other times any leader who has failed to lead so catastrophically, would have in their reality been long since gone.

Whilst many of the media outlets are speculating upon the size of this evening’s defeat, the fact that Theresa May’s position thereafter will be defined by the size and not the outcome is itself pretty much unique.

The Conservative Party is in its death throws. At best split down the middle. In need of some shining knight in armour, who can and is willing to hop off their own horse, kneel down on the floor and perform some breathtaking form of CPR.

The long list of pretenders has now become very real. From the sublime, to the ridiculous and the downright bizarre.

But if for any reason after tonight the idea of an imminent General Election should begin to gain traction, there is only one name in within the Conservative Parliamentary Party who can turn around the current direction of misfortune, connect with the British People and stop Corbyn from having any chance of taking his idealistic plan for a socialist Britain and making it manifest in a far more malevolent and dangerous form.

Be under no illusion that if Theresa may were to lead the Conservatives into a General Election Campaign, any 6-point lead that the Party is now celebrating would soon evaporate, and that the very best they could hope for in a result would be a coalition led by Corbyn. Chaos beyond anything even today that we could imagine, but Conservatives as leaders being ditched as the result.

It may make difficult and challenging reading. But there is only one potential candidate to replace Theresa May who has the ability to immediately connect with the Electorate. Is today publicly known. And has the position and influence to make something right come from this mess over Brexit. To deliver what the People Voted for whilst bringing all sides together and potentially lots more.

 

image thanks to ITV ‘Headcases’

 

The watershed moment for the future of British Politics has arrived. Will our Politicians open up Pandora’s Box to pursue their moments of glory, or will it be the acceptance of truth and the implementation of democracy that will be how Brexit comes to be defined?

January 15, 2019 Leave a comment

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On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the British People, by a solid, democratic majority, Voted for the UK to Leave the EU.

There was no division of choices within the Leave option on the Ballot Paper.

No label on the Ballot Box that said it was in fact Pandora’s and that Leave could as such end up being Remain.

There was no get out of jail card provided for Remainers to trash democracy and arrive here today thinking that it is they who will have the last laugh.

img_2450But while our weak and rudderless Prime Minister has exploited the given trust of the People to deliver a non-deal which would deliver everything less than Brexit itself, it’s failure today and its being outed for the lie that it actually is has itself given the lie to everything that Politicians will now try to pass off as Brexit. That is other than Leaving without anything that resembles a deal – which otherwise will be at any level nothing less than capitulation to Brussels and Remain in all but name.

Politicians are dreaming up an entirely different reality if they think that Brexit is itself an opportunity to play out some kind of bizarre Spartacus moment.

My plan is Brexit! No – MY plan is Brexit! NO – MY PLAN IS BREXIT!

There is only one real Brexit and that’s Leaving through OUR OWN DOOR, the one that only we, on our own have the ability and genuine purpose to create.

Not one of the EU’s making. Not one in which we have agreed what is no better than a day pass. A reality in which we never really leave, function as a satellite thereof, but in reality FOREVER Remain within.

Whilst the ineptitude, incompetence and ignorance of our current Political masters will now make the immediate process unnecessarily tough, the only way to achieve Brexit properly is to Leave without a deal, on WTO terms and get on and embrace our future as one which is not and never will be in any way dependent upon approval from any EU Executive of Member.

We must accept the way forward is where we will find our future, not backwards. We are and will soon value ourselves as a great Independent Nation and can deal with whatever we need to, alone and with friends who are not determined to undermine us, come what may.

 

images thanks to unknown/from ‘Spartacus’ the Universal Film 1960 & unknown (background)

Meaningless Letters from the EU that are supposed to stop May’s meaningless Withdrawal Agreement from falling to the floor

January 14, 2019 Leave a comment

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Well here you have it. Again.

More meaningless words from the EU that are supposed to bolster a meaningless withdrawal ‘negotiated’ by a powerless PM who thinks we will believe her when she says she has achieved something new that without her stopping the ill-fated vote in December, could never otherwise have been done.

The Government’s loss of the Vote tomorrow is now all but inevitable. It’s what happens next that should perhaps really be concerning us all.

No matter what self-congratulated strokes of genius are pulled by the many Grieves and the Speaker over the coming days, this self-serving majority within our Parliament are in the process of creating a constitutional mess within an outward-flowing chaos which is going to seriously affect us all.

That Parliament is in desperate need of being changed is a given. Because if nothing else, somebody and some government that we have yet to materialise even as just a picture in our minds, is going to have to sort out every bit of the mess that these self-serving politicians have created for no good reason, rather than what they promised to do when they were seeking election and then what they were subsequently elected to do.

There is no control left within Parliament.

As such we are at a point where only astrologers, psychics and fortune tellers really have any legitimate chance of telling us now what will follow, once this quisling Parliament does whatever it is that one way or another it seems inevitable that it is going to do.

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Our Parliament has a majority of modern-day quislings as MPs and they are about to engineer the biggest betrayal of them all

January 14, 2019 Leave a comment

img_2445As expected weeks and months ago, based on what has now become this Government’s oh-so-reliable behaviour patterns and pretty much guaranteed form, we today see Theresa May’s scare-game entering what some of us do hope will be its final death throws, but alas, probably just another stage before we see even more.

Back in the Autumn, there were many of us out here in the real world who still hoped that there were enough MPs left in this Parliament actually prepared to put duty the People above self-interest. Not just tell us that is what they will do.

Yet on the Eve of what may in time turn out to be one of the greatest Parliamentary decisions which has an impact right across the British way of life, it appears that the a baseline of doing what is actually right on behalf of the whole Electorate is now a quality and driver which is absent within the make-up of our MPs, save for what is clearly a remarkably small number and perhaps no more than just a few.

Perhaps the most frightening fact about all of the Machiavellian behaviour, manipulation and the flurry of ideas which are repeatedly being sold as the reinvention of the wheel – in so far as a ‘Brexit deal’ is concerned, is the reality that all this rubbish is having the effect of making Theresa May’s claim to have negotiated what the British People Voted for, look almost credible in a way which it would never do so, if such comparisons had never been born.

Yes, we should take very seriously the prospect that there is a strategy at work behind all of this. Because being bullied by fear as we were in the run up to the Referendum has been seriously overused by the Establishment and this Government, and it has required them to develop their web of deceit in order to make what is in effect one giant lie look highly plausible when compared to what appear to be all other forms.

What none of us should take seriously is the idea, suggestion or otherwise, that leaving the EU without ‘a deal’ is anything less than what the British People actually voted for. And that furthermore, that it will disadvantage the UK in anything other than the short and therefore immediate term – IF people should be put in charge who actually believe in the UK and what real opportunity is there to be used for.

Be under no illusion.

Theresa May’s ‘deal’ was, is not and never will be the Brexit that the British People Voted for.

This is a deal which if passed tomorrow or even in a few days or few weeks time will simply tie us back into a relationship which will always be one sided in terms of benefits to the EU. It is not ‘leaving’.

It is Brexit in name only with not even a meaningful tweak added since the point when anyone with any common sense realised that under May’s leadership, Brexit was never going to be the end result, no matter what she says or predicts as being yet to come.

But the ‘solutions’ put on offer by others, the ‘would be kings & queens’, such as Norway, Canada +++, Switzerland, the inappropriately named ‘People’s Vote’ or even a forced General Election offer nothing better in themselves. They do not even offer a direction of travel towards the position of UK Independence of the EU, whish is what the majority of British People instructed and therefore compelled our Parliament and successive Governments to deliver as the end result. To do whatever necessary to ensure that is what the UK becomes.

The relationship that these sell-out MPs and the Establishment has with the EU would perhaps be best viewed as one they would have as drunks with a pub landlord. One where the first sip of the drink tasted undeniably good, but then the damage being done took place without conscious intervention, both at the time they knew they were drinking and over the longer term when they didn’t realise they were.

The drinkers were blasé about the real impact as they got high in an unreal world that they were all the time paying for, whilst that landlord kept on supplying them with more.

The sensible drinker in such a pub would hear the inner voice when it says ‘it’s time to leave’, ‘let’s get away from here and go home’, ‘we need to get sober’, ‘we don’t need anymore’; leave promptly and behind them close the door.

But the Remainers instead stood up at the bar and demanded a deal to leave, something that the landlord was only too happy to oblige with, knowing well that as drunks the Remainers would voluntarily and willingly subjugate themselves, just so they could come back, get shitfaced all over again and then place themselves in a situation where they would just give away even more.

No, not many people see the truth in any of this. But that is why we use metaphors and especially so when we are far too close to reality to understand what’s going on around us, at a critical moment in our history when knowing the truth about what these so-called representatives of the people are actually doing on their own behalf is vital, because they are telling us and letting many of us believe that its for us all.

There is nothing beneficial for the UK or our People taking place in this Parliament.

The majority of our MPs are sold out either directly to the EU or indirectly via misplaced loyalty to the people who are leading them – and therefore all of us, over a very steep edge.

Whether deliberate or by accident, they are all modern-day quislings. They are aiding a foreign power in the guise of the EU to take control over us all, step-by-step, lie-by-lie, rule-by-rule. And they are content to do so as they believe that their roles in Parliament will continue to be assured, knowing that they are selling out their own People and over 300 years of Democracy in order to facilitate any policy that will allow them to do so.

Anything other than leaving the EU without a foolish and unnecessary ‘deal’ – no matter what steps are now taken to bring it about – will be a complete betrayal of the British People.

It is not what we the British People Voted for.

And from any Elected Representative, we have the right to expect a whole lot more.

 

images thanks to unknown/’Brick Top’ from the Film ‘Snatch’

The Public Sector will remain unsustainable and services will continue to be cut until all the people, companies and organisations taking money from it without adding value are removed

January 11, 2019 Leave a comment

One of the travesties surrounding the stories and soundbites that our sitting MP’s actively propagate is the myth that the problems facing the Public Sector are just about money and money alone.

Whether it’s the NHS, Local Government and the cut back of services that touch our own and the lives of the People we love each and every day, even the merest hint or suggestion that the issue of overstretched and collapsing services will evaporate if we add just add more cash is itself the biggest lie possible. It is a whopper borne only from ignorance or a lack of willingness to address the real issues on the part of the Politicians Elected to look after us, who would make honesty a priority if their priority wasn’t just getting elected again.

The hard and unpalatable truth is that as a Country, we already spend enough money to deliver very good Public Services.

The real problem facing Public Services is the way in which the money allocated to them is actually spent.

Culturally, Government has for too long been one giant job creation scheme. Not only that. It has also embraced the creation of terms and benefits for employees at a level of generosity that would not be affordable for any commercial enterprise which itself would have to provide realistic terms for any employee as a bare minimum, in order just to survive.

In return for this increasing generosity, expectations for productivity, responsibility and due diligence have lowered in a like-for-like amount and the result has been a situation where for a disproportionate amount of Public Sector roles, the Taxpayer gets a fraction of the value that it should do and there are a many multiples of roles now in existence to complete the functions that at one point – in a non-IT-assisted point in our history – would have been carried out very efficiently by no more than perhaps just one or a few.

But before you get carried away with the idea that I am suggesting our frontline nurses or other ‘technical’ or ‘at-the-coal-face’ staff are just not bothering to do their jobs, I am not. I am pointing my ire at the plethora of backroom jobs, many of which none of us will have ever heard of, which have been created rather than being required by what we would know to be practical need.

The protectionist culture that exists in Public Services, further fuelled by the insidiousness of our growing blame culture and the unwritten rule that nobody has to take responsibility for what they themselves do, has also led to the situation where decisions are inevitably passed to others and then to those who brand themselves as consultants or interim managers, being paid inflated salaries for undertaking tasks that people employed within substantive roles are more than qualified and actually have the experience needed to do.

The difference between what we should be paying for and receiving and what we are paying and actually getting is significant.

The money already available would pay for much much more to be done if people employed within jobs which are necessary were allowed, encouraged and felt free to do everything that they actually need to do.

But the problem doesn’t end there. There are travesties such as the Local Government Pension Scheme and the so-called privatisation of Public Services too.

Many People do not realise that much of the Council Tax they pay on the understanding that it will be used locally to cover the provision of local Public Services is actually used to directly cover the cost and deficit created by the Local Government Pension Scheme, which the Councils are obligated to cover and as such prioritise first before providing the services that Taxpayers both expect for their communities and people out in the real world actually need. The irony being that the architect of this evolving problem was a Labour Chancellor, one Gordon Brown, who like all Labour Politicians looks no further than quick ways to win Votes without any consideration for the consequences of such irresponsible actions when they are long gone and no longer around.

This concoction of unrealistic and unnecessary costs created through ignorance and a lack of understanding of how organisations actually work and what for decision making will actually do has only been exacerbated by the embracing of restrictive employment laws by the same range of politicians who are happy to play up to the employee-based audience by giving them freebies which look great at face value, but have unimaginable costs to the organisations and businesses which are then obligated to honour them. Not something that any politician with a real grip on practical consequences of policy making would willingly do.

The upshot of this is that it now appears cheaper to engage the services of private contractors to provide the same services that Council’s once did themselves, because is is cheaper to pay a business which will make a margin to provide that identical service, because even without making a profit themselves, the ridiculous obligations they now have imposed on them by rights this, rights that legislation has made it impossible for not-for-profit statutory Public Sector organisations to do.

This cauldron of chaos has created massive opportunities to be exploited deliberately and also without intent. Opportunities that allow more and more too be taken out of the system by individuals, organisations and companies who are gaining more and more, whilst reducing what is available for legitimate purposes, but neither being identified or made responsible for all that they actually do.

There is no better way to describe the situation facing the Public Sector than to call it a perfect storm. And what we actually need to solve the problem isn’t a fire-hose shooting money the Country doesn’t have at the problem. It is true, comprehensive and meaningful reform.

The Public Sector will remain unsustainable and services will continue to be cut until all the people, companies and organisations taking money from it without adding value are removed.

 

 

 

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We need a new Parliament and we need it NOW. The problem is this shit show of a self serving party political system which means democracy won’t easily be recovered

January 10, 2019 Leave a comment

We are being fucked by our own Parliament. Right now. Today. And our MPs are so blinded by their own arrogance that they cannot see any other way.

Action taken by MPs in recent days seeking to dictate a form of Brexit that the People did not Vote for and now even the Speaker of the House of Commons breaking with Procedure to ensure outcomes which are aligned with his causes that are only his own tells us just how rotten this Parliament has now become.

The destiny of this Country is now in the hands of usurpers. Their only focus being what works for them and no more.

Democracy is actively in its death throws over Brexit right now and as we look at the mindless self-interest engulfing our Government, we can only ask if this behaviour of the people who are supposed to be leading us is a real reflection of what we as a Nation have now become.

We need to change and refresh our Parliament as quickly as it is possible to do so.

We must replace the self-interest and contempt for democracy which is being displayed in every way by the current incumbents. We need politicians who realise, accept and respect that what is best for this Country and the People they represent, is as Representatives of the People, their only worthwhile cause.

The problem is that change within the system as it currently exists is not what on is offer, even within what may now be an imminent General Election.

The difference in the mentality of the Politicians who would replace all of these Party stooges, even if they were to step down voluntarily, is simply not there to be had.

With the Party Political System and the Political Parties structured today in the way that they are, we, as a Country, have been set up to fail.

The Political Parties only knowingly recruit, endorse and support politicians who are in their own image.

If you need to see what the end result of this process is in action, take a brief look at Theresa May and every Member of her glory-at-any-cost Cabinet. It is clear to see why change is needed so desperately and how our whole system of democracy has become terminally flawed.

The deck is critically stacked against any new entrant to the list of electable political parties who will willingly pursue change. Of that much we can be absolutely sure.

Yet we now need a new Political Party more than ever.

A Party which isn’t just a Party, but a movement. A new way of working with Government and Politics. Something conscious of cause and effect, the age of consequence. A power base which is in touch, truly dynamic and ready to offer us all something which is a whole lot more.

There are few serving politicians even at Westminster who could genuinely switch or reconstitute an existing Party in order to develop the right mentality and approach at the very core.

The question is for us exactly where is the change therefore going to come from. Because without it, this Country is on the verge – that’s perhaps only weeks away – from being well and truly lost.

This Parliament is trashing democracy with an addiction to a mythical status quo that will kill it

January 9, 2019 Leave a comment

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We can only imagine that the MPs who voted against the Government yesterday are very proud of what they have achieved.

Oblivious to the reality that the delays, obfuscation and catalogue of attempts to do everything possible to thwart Brexit may actually achieve everything that they fear most, they blithely continue with their sanctimonious campaign, paying scant regard to the cost to our democracy caused by their complete lack of regard for it.

Make no mistake. The Amendment to the Finance Bill yesterday may be painted as a very clever and indirect route to prevent a no-deal Brexit when there has been no way for this Remain-led Parliament to overturn the Will of the People in an openly direct way. But the mere fact that MPs are having to deploy such Machiavellian tactics to get their own way itself speaks volumes about the respect they have for the People who appointed them.

The complacency and arrogance which powers this affront to everything that we hold dear will inevitably force its own end if this malaise should continue.

As the only different between what many of these same MPs project and deride as fascism and their own behaviour is they are not just one leader alone, but number some 300 and above.

Being a collective rather than an individual makes no difference when it comes to the end result.

This behaviour is simply wrong.

It is dictatorship in all but name, cleverly disguised within the machinations of a so-called democratic government system which is being aggressively manipulated in order to serve a community of autocrats who have had far too much power for far too long.

No matter how hard they try to maintain what they perceive to be the status quo, the status quo is in fact something that in the terms of Brexit extends way beyond the period of their political lives and their own lifetimes. The status quo is in fact an Independent UK and the return of that power to our own Parliament and out of the hands of anyone who puts the interests of others above those of the People that our Parliament exists to serve.

With the UK committed to its departure in 79 days on the 29th of March, the actions of these MPs makes the real Brexit that the British People Voted for increasingly likely. It does nothing to reduce the chance of it, or build the case for this mythical nirvana of the Remain faction which does little more than rely on duping the British Public who Voted for Brexit for a range of different reasons and not least of all because they have realised that they have for too long been duped by the politicians who are supposed to serve them.

The self-serving action that these MPs are undertaking will have consequences beyond their view. And whilst these consequences will be far reaching and punish the same People who are on the receiving end of all this ineptitude over and over again, the travesty is the fact that any resolution is likely to be left in the same old self serving hands for these incompetent MPs to deal with all over again.

We may have never needed a change in British Politics as much as we do today.

80 Days until Brexit: 80 random things we know that many of our MPs clearly don’t

January 8, 2019 Leave a comment

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As we hear the rumblings of yet another one of Theresa May’s Brexit Backslides coming to us in the form of a threat to delay the implementation of Article 50, it is perhaps time to reflect on some of the things us Voters should be able to reasonably expect to exist within the field of our MP’s understanding.

With 80 Days until when Brexit is supposed to be, here are 80 random things to help you focus on what is, what has been and yes, what could be!

  1. Brexit was never supposed to happen (in so far as the Establishment is concerned)
  2. The EU doesn’t negotiate
  3. MPs do not know why we Voted for Brexit
  4. There are no big beasts in Parliament
  5. The Conservative Party has two parts
  6. MPs do not understand why we Voted for Brexit
  7. Theresa May is no leader
  8. MPs do not value the opinion of the People who appointed them
  9. Self interest is the underlying basis of any argument for Remain
  10. The underlying malaise in British Politics was uncovered by Brexit
  11. The Conservative Cabinet all put their own ambition before doing what is right
  12. Fear is the preferred method of manipulation from an Establishment that has lost control
  13. The Labour Party prize power over responsibility
  14. MPs don’t know the history of the EU
  15. Theresa May would be happy to commit us to a permanent and inescapable ‘relationship’ with the EU
  16. By leaving the EU, we will not be at risk of having to adopt the Euro
  17. As a non Member, the UK will not be tied to the EU’s Human Rights Regulation
  18. MP’s do not understand that change is inevitable
  19. By discontinuing our Membership of the EU, we will not be required to commit to the EU’s Military Programme
  20. As a stand alone Country we will be able to manage and protect our Fish stocks
  21. MP’s do not have confidence in the Country they were Elected to Represent
  22. Brexit is about the return of balance, fairness and community
  23. Remain obsessed MP’s project their own behaviour on to those they disagree with
  24. MP’s do not agree with the principle of democracy
  25. Away from the bureaucracy of the EU, we will be free to reduce or remove the red tape that means only large abattoirs are viable
  26. After a full and proper Brexit, we will not be subject to the jurisdiction of the EU Courts
  27. MPs see the Referendum Result as being open to interpretation
  28. After Brexit Day, the UK can have its own rules which serve our own marketplace best
  29. MPs are obsessed with the idea that you have to have a plan for everything
  30. After we depart, our Fishermen will not be restricted by quotas whilst watching other EU Fishermen fishing off our Shores
  31. MPs are out of touch with their constituents
  32. The SNP’s idea of Independence from the UK would be to then surrender and become absorbed within a the Foreign Power which is the EU
  33. Nobody actually thinks a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic is necessary
  34. Theresa May has and always will be a Remainer
  35. Jeremy Corbyn is no leader
  36. MPs and the Media give disproportionate value to noise
  37. The Brexit process was flawed from the beginning as it was launched from the position of being a member, rather than standing alone
  38. Back to being an independent Country in its own right, we can have our own Passports once we have left the EU
  39. We have a severe lack of morality and ethics in Parliament
  40. MPs covet the job but not the responsibility
  41. Government begins fighting the next election campaign the day after the last one was held
  42. You cant make plans for the unplannable
  43. MPs focus on addressing the effects of problems and not the cause
  44. The City & Financial Sector will have greater opportunities away from EU Control, once we are no longer obligated to follow their rules
  45. MPs don’t understand the history of the EU
  46. Theresa May values the opinion of Foreign Leaders more than she does her own Cabinet
  47. The EU needs a relationship with the UK, more than the UK needs a relationship with the EU
  48. MPs believe they can win any argument by asking the same question again and again until the get the answer that they want
  49. The Establishment holds the Electorate in contempt
  50. MPs do not communicate with constituents without a reason to do so
  51. The EU is committed to further integration and ultimately a United States of Europe
  52. The EU is a bureaucracy
  53. There is nothing democratic about the EU
  54. MEPs have no power within the EU
  55. We have adopted the Rules of a Foreign Power within just about every part of British Life without the Public being genuinely aware of what our Politicians had signed us up to
  56. The World outside the EU is much bigger and functions much better
  57. The Politicians of the day sold out our natural allies as the price of joining the Common Market – the forerunner of the EU
  58. The Conservative Party exists within a shrinking bubble
  59. Membership organisations like the CBI have their own agendas which are self interest wrapped up in another form
  60. Most British People are proud of who they are and the Country that they come from and want the noisy minority to stop aggressively victimising them for doing so.
  61. MPs no longer understand the meaning of loyalty
  62. Once we leave the EU, Freedom of Movement will no longer exist
  63. UK Taxpayers will no longer have to subsidise low-paid EU Nationals once we have left
  64. Once we have left the EU UK will have full control over ALL legislation
  65. Once we leave the EU, we will have control over our Fishing Rights
  66. Outside of the EU, our Farmers will no longer be disadvantaged by CAP
  67. As a non EU member, our Farmers will be unrestricted
  68. Once we have left the EU and the Common Agricultural Policy Farmers will not be dependent on Subsidies
  69. We can stop live animal exports once we have left the EU
  70. Ouside of EU derived legislation, our businesses no longer need to be tied to the EU’s working time directive
  71. MP’s find it easier to call people names or disqualify them in some way than countering legitimate arguments
  72. After Brexit, we can set out own Pollution Standards
  73. Following Brexit, the UK will have its own Borders again
  74. After 29th March 2019, the UK will be able to negotiate our own International Trade Deals
  75. After Brexit, we will be able to change and adopt our own Taxation systems
  76. Outside the scope of the EU, we will be able to prioritise British Companies and Production
  77. Outside of the reach of the EU’s bureaucratic machine, we can evolve Driving Standards & License Requirements to meet the needs of the UK Supply Chain
  78. After a real Brexit, we will not be paying money into the EU
  79. MPs are generally scared of the EU
  80. Once we have left the EU all decisions can be made democratically

And there’s certainly a whole lot more…

 

MPs who cannot respect the Will of the People should step aside and make way for genuine representatives who will

January 7, 2019 Leave a comment

You’ve probably heard the saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and so with it the suggestion that as the power of an individual increases, their morality and therefore ethics diminish in a like amount.

We should all be grateful that this is not generally an absolute rule. But in terms of today’s Parliament and the majority of the Members within it, I regrettably find myself being far from sure anymore.

Like many others, I have tapped away at my keyboard over recent weeks and months, at best bemused and at worst very sad at the state of British Politics and in particular what the activities and motivations of most of our MP’s has actually become.

That Brexit is the event that should never have happened in the minds of those who were Elected to serve us is already a given. That they are so hell-bent on overturning the democratic will of the people – even if it boils down to acts which are designed to deceive us all, gives a very telling insight of how dangerous to our democracy, the behaviour, self interest and lack of ethics and morality on the part of our politicians has actually become.

Yet to take debate and argument to a level where action will be taken to actively prevent the Brexit that the People Voted for, way surpasses the political malaise that has been present for a long time before the Referendum Vote and tells us that very few of the politicians elected to represent us actually understand what representation means and what the Representation of the People Act was itself brought into being for.

Holding up government might well prove to be a brilliant idea if you are a US President who has no concept of the pain caused and genuine loss of such action to others. But it is not the action of any individual or group of MP’s who paint themselves as being servants of the people, as respecting democracy and having the best interests of their Country at the heart of what they do – if they actually mean it.

To even attempt to derail the delivery of a democratic mandate – not because their fears have in any way been proven, but because they are simply too gutless and irresponsible to put their own ideas and plans to one side – is a travesty of democracy and of justice. They are simply trying to enact a decision that was never theirs to decide.

MP’s en masse are now making their position very clear. A position that shows they are incapable of carrying out the responsibility that has been entrusted to them. They are failing all of us, our Country, our future and it’s time that all of those MP’s who cannot see the will of the British People for what it is, however unpalatable they might themselves find it, should resign AND step aside.

We do not need a Parliament constructed of little other than the self-serving.

The UK has far too many issues that need redeeming, a prosperous non-EU future to embrace and far too many opportunities for good to be identified and acted upon for all of this to be put at risk by the lack of vision, integrity and care for others that is the only direction that all of these self-representatives are inclined.

 

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Nothing will change by delaying Brexit. It’s time to embrace the what could be’s rather than obsessing over what can’t

January 6, 2019 Leave a comment

Had the European Referendum and it’s follow up been facilitated by better political leadership, the UK would today be feeling like a much different place.

Instead of scare stories about lack of medicines, lorry parks on world war 2 airfields in Kent and the myth that we will never survive alone being the mainstay of our daily media diet, we could instead of been experiencing the true reality of what awaits us as a truly independent and confident nation, embracing all of our worldwide partners and opportunities wherever and whatever they are.

The arrogance and self-aggrandisement of the Establishment denied us this path. One which would have been much easier and significantly less harmful to our own People, if our Politicians then, since and now had only been prepared to put the Country they are supposed to represent first.

Respect for democracy in the UK has been discarded.

Not by the People who Vote.

Democracy has been discarded by the Politicians Elected to act upon it.

This much is clear. Democracy being the most effective tool to create a consensus where there is none. But itself dependent upon those involved respecting the legitimacy of results when a decision has been made where otherwise there would have been none.

The position that we have now reached, little over 80 days until we are scheduled to Leave the EU is that amongst Parliamentarians, there is simply no consensus on what Leaving the EU actually means.

Yet the ambiguity being used to form the basis of their arguments is something that they themselves have created.

It is an ambiguity that is theirs alone.

This ambiguity is in fact a very clear question of the principle of democracy. It states that democracy is open to interpretation and that it can be rejected if the result is something they don’t like. Something that they cannot themselves own.

Within a countdown of the Politicians own making, they have realised that the time has run out to manipulate others to embrace their own interpretation of democracy. They now want to extend the time allowed for them to change others minds.

But delaying Brexit, its process or the date that it will be enacted will not do this. It will only delay the inevitable, creating even greater levels of public mistrust in government and politicians.

Delaying Brexit has the potential to destroy democracy completely, as the political class abuses its position of responsibility to attempt the overturn of an historic result which very clearly spoke and told them ‘NO MORE’.

Extra time will not change the outcome if democracy is to be respected, its results implemented legitimately and enacted with the integrity that the British People are entitled to expect from the Politicians that we have Elected.

Spun and framed as a ‘no deal Brexit’, Leaving the EU without any form of ‘membership’, ‘partnership’, obligation to do or accept whatever might be required by a Foreign Power is exactly what the majority of the British People Voted for democratically in 2016.

The rich irony is that events may now lead the path of the UK in the way that the Politicians were Elected and therefore supposed to lead us and force them into taking responsibility in a situation which could have been much easier and well managed for all, if on 24th June 2016 the Establishment had respected and lived by the Result of the European Referendum and then gone on to deliver upon it as it should then, since and now have intended.

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Rethinking the Railways: no Public Service should be in private hands, nor should it be under union influence either

January 3, 2019 Leave a comment

It’s January and once again, we are witnessing inflation-busting rises in Rail Fares with the same old media coverage, the same old political responses from all sides and the same old reality that it is the same people being financially worked-over as a result of the ineptitude of the Politicians who were Elected to help them.

As usual, the blame game is well and truly afoot, providing ever useful cover for those choosing not to be responsible as we focus on the beneficial myths which are privatisation of public services, public ownership, building completely new railways and the inherent suggestion that people can always afford to pay more.

Whilst championed by the various sides as Westminster takes a momentary breath from Brexit, the reality is that none of these approaches can solve the fundamental problems that exist within the railways, public transport or wider public sector services.

Switching from one of these methods to another to solve just one problem, will simply create many more.

As with most issues that now surround the ineptitude and incompetency of Government, the real solutions to these problems – that’s the one that tackle the actual causes – are simply too unpalatable for the spin doctors and marketing whizzes to contemplate on behalf of the Politicians who would have us believe that they are in control.

The Politicians themselves do not have the foresight to see that by taking the tough and difficult decisions that they are supposed to, the results and impact of that action will soon speak much louder than any sound bite, as the reality of doing things properly becomes manifest and finds a very loud voice of its own.

The problem with the options that we are told are available

It’s very important to understand that one of the key principles of the Public Sector and the way that it operates is involuntarily and often deliberately overlooked:

Public Services are not and never will be a commercial business.

The purpose of Public Services is to provide uniformity of service and/or access to the wider community, which is simply contradictory to the motivation for running private business.

The simple reason being that the universal nature of the requirement for Public Services necessitates that unless you cherry pick and introduce different levels or tiers of service or remove the provision of that service from some areas altogether, the guarantee of profitability from all those parts operated, if not all of the service itself would always be denied.

This is why even in private hands, the Railways are heavily subsidised by the Government.

The Railways today

Today the Railways are effectively operated by profit-making private sector contractors or operating companies. Contractors who are often large PLC’s that make substantial sums of money by operating large-scale services and employing the economies of scale to reduce costs, usually on an ongoing basis.

Operating under the auspices of being a regulated public service as the nature of the public ownership of the railway infrastructure itself dictates, the contractors do not have the flexibility to raise prices and change service structures at will.

This effectively means that to increase profits, the contractors have to reverse engineer the profit-making-process by reducing overheads and making more money from the cost centres which have been accounted for in their Contract with the Government.

In effect, they are adhering to the terms of their agreement with the Government in principle rather than spirit. The outcome being the shitty end of the stick that we all experience each and every time we get on a sweaty train and realise that we have to stand for at least significant chunks of a very long journey, unless we want to get out and run.

Because the margins the operating companies accept to gain a contract or franchise are often very tight, expectation versus the ability to back engineer those all-important profit margins can easily prove impossible to align. And when they do, this is when we experience ‘franchises’ being passed back to public hands.

No private company will pay for the privilege of operating a Public Service, and nor should  the Government expect them to do so. But on the same count, neither should they be able to milk profit by taking all the value out.

The only thing that literally keeps the train wheels spinning is the RPI linked rise in Rail Fares which comes into operation each January.

It’s a dubious way of calculating an annual rise to say the least. But without it, the current operating model simply wouldn’t work.

Return to Public Ownership

Jeremy Corbyn and his shotgun John McDonnell advocate a wholesale return of Public Services to Public Ownership. For obvious reasons which only a fool would overlook or dismiss, this is a principle that the Public would all too easily embrace.

What it doesn’t do is answer the big questions surrounding why the idea of privatisation gained momentum in the first place. Perhaps the biggest reason being one of the left’s own making; the power of the Unions and Employment Rights too.

The simple question for anyone who understands the reasons why Public Services are put out to contract and therefore placed in profit-making hands is this: ‘Why is it more cost effective to employ a profit making company to run an identical service to the one we could or have provided ourselves?

The answer isn’t one that the left likes.

But it is also the reason that wholesale return of public services to public ownership without reform would cripple this Country in no uncertain terms: The Public Sector wage and benefits bill is out of control, as are the regulations and rights that support them, and the Union’s will bring everything to a standstill under the guidance of their barons who will employ the very same self-interest employed by big bankers and pension funds who milk public services today, simply served up in a different and even more malevolent form.

Building new Railways

Building new Railways will not solve the problems of franchising to profit-led contractors or operating them in unreformed Public hands.

It will cost money that the Country doesn’t have and would be unnecessary for us to spend too, if the Government was prepared to make the decisions that it should do.

The existing Infrastructure

One of the biggest errors of Government in ‘recent’ times, was the dismantling of the Railways undertaken by Dr Beeching in the 1960’s.

There was a complete lack of foresight and understanding by yet another Government which was reacting to the effects of problems it was facing, rather than getting on and tackling the causes as any good government should.

The result was that much of the indirect capacity which had until that time existed, was removed and with it, a ticking time bomb created for the effectiveness of the reformed railway network which would soon be as restricted as the diminished number of lines.

Today, there are simply not enough platforms at key and terminus or hub stations to increase capacity on the network in the most simple and effective way:

Increase the number of trains.

Using the Public as a cash cow

Whilst the Government heads off a simmering crisis each year by putting up the Rail Fares in what can only be argued as an unrealistic form, it relies on what is in effect taxing the same people over and over again for using a substandard service. One that only appears sustainable because over many commuters the Rail Operators hold a monopoly – something public services were NEVER created for.

Solving the problem and not creating others instead

It occurred to me as I was thinking about writing this blog, that the whole idea of public-private sector partnerships is actually oxymoronic.

Man can only have one master, and if that master is money, the service will not be about providing a good experience to the public.

Whilst I like the idea of public services being fully in public hands, this idea itself is no longer possible.

The standing influence that institutional and regulatory bias towards employees and unions has, has already priced out this operating model in many ways. It is itself the elephant in the room that it remains dangerous to identify when the collapse of public services – particularly at local level – is ever discussed.

In respect of these two options alone, the complexity of solving the Rail Fare crisis is identified and as part of the wider cost-of-public-services is concerned, certainly comes into its own.

The only way that railways and all forms of public transport can be returned to a format of universal, uniform quality and experience is to do away with the current and previous forms of operation and accept that there has to be a new operating model, focused on public service but adapted to deliver for all against the flow of self-interested times.

We need more platforms and if necessary stations in key locations, but we don’t need to build completely new lines.

The technology now exists to run and manage many more Trains on the same lines at the same times and we should be both embracing and furthering this massive opportunity for the benefits to the public, rather than just the profitability that it was developed for.

Existing line-beds and heritage Railways should be put back into commercial use and we should be making the very best of the infrastructure that we already have.

The cost of doing so and the time it will take to deliver will be substantially less and with much less disruption than any white elephant project like HS2 would ever have.

 

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When we accept that money changing hands is not the only benchmark that identifies a corrupt Government we soon begin to understand what’s wrong

January 2, 2019 Leave a comment

No, Brexit is not the only ailment affecting this Government. In fact, what the slippage of time and the way we simply overlook so much allows is the strange and growing idea that there weren’t any problems before Brexit came along.

This is of course complete bullshit.

But it’s useful if you are a politician and you know that you have lost control of the very comfortable gravy train that you have been holidaying on, all too often for a very long time indeed.

For some reason, deeply embedded in our psyches is the strange idea that behaviour is either acceptable or unacceptable depending upon whether it fits within some written or identifiable set of rules.

Yes, the ambiguity of what we call social norms presents an increasingly difficult challenge when so many people are hell bent on changing the communal perception of what is considered to be acceptable – often for purposes which are only aligned to their own.

But without this interference, there had existed a code which worked well until the point when it allows something to go very, very wrong.

Set in this mould is the definition or understanding of what it is or means to be corrupt. And to what it means to therefore miss behaviour which should be included, which is not, and that which through its absence explains a great many things about the way that the world and our political system actually works and impacts upon us all right now.

In its purest form, corrupt action or behaviour is apportioned to financial payments or monetary payoffs to secure contracts, favours or influence in Government.

We hate it.

We hate just the idea.

We hate even the slightest whiff of it.

That is why the Parliamentary Expenses Scandal created such a furor.

But is that the nearest that the UK ever gets to experiencing anything corrupt within the Governmnet System?

I would say no.

And if we open ourselves up to the real definition of corruption and what it is to be corrupt, we soon realise that in fact, there is a whole lot more besides.

During 8 years as a Borough Councillor, I never actually saw money changing hands between Councillors, Officers and the 3rd Parties beyond. But the smoke which was the tell-tale of brown envelopes was never far from conversation, particularly when planning matters were being discussed. It was very clear to other Councillors and members of the general public that decisions went very differently to what it would have been fair and reasonable to expect on a number of occasions and that it was as such only fair to assume that there had been some kind of preferential or pecuniary treatment involved, as there was simply no other logic to support it.

Smoke however, isn’t in itself a form of proof. And whilst I still find myself writing about questionable planning practices which carry the overriding suggestion that there is an unseen force or influence involved, we cannot prove anything against anyone until some form of proof has surfaced which proves that they – and their corrupt practices were actually involved.

But the problem runs much deeper.

Finding that brown envelope or the trail of a financial transaction is much easier than it will ever be than to prove that impartiality of thought does not exist and therefore preferences or prejudices are being employed at a very non-evidential level.

Corrupt behaviour is far more than just that which is focused upon money changing hands.

You are corrupt and engaged in corrupt practice the moment that any form of bias is entertained in the execution of a choice or decision taken from a position of public responsibility whether that position be elected, appointed or some form of agency is involved.

To give this some context, we all find the stories of MP’s appointing family members, old boys networks and friends of friends getting plumb jobs in industry a very distasteful practice – and this is when there is no discernable link or impact upon the public involved.

Look a little closer and you soon know that any form of discrimination which disadvantages what should be the natural choice for a role, decision or policy will inevitably have negative consequences that reach far beyond the obvious. We can only conclude that corrupt behaviour has been involved.

Play all this out on a National stage and when you see politicians gorging themselves over the trough of opportunities that face them, we can soon see that money changing hands is in no way near as damaging to the practice of trading off their votes and therefore responsibility in exchange for career benefits, job security, patronage or where any opportunity to make a name for oneself has become involved.

We also forget that self-interest neglects the responsibility to ideas, actions and practices which will benefit the many, rather than just the few.

And in the days of Brexit, this is perhaps the most damaging and reprehensible form of corruption which is plaguing all of our Parliament, because this sell out is over the future of an entire nation. The cost of which is incalculable to everyone beyond those who have the positions of influence and power today, where priorotising themselves is the only motivation they consider to have voice enough to listen to and to allow to become involved.

 

 

 

 

It’s time to have confidence in our own destiny and accept that in today’s World, standing alone will make the UK a whole lot more

January 1, 2019 Leave a comment

‘We are doomed!’ is the current epitaph of the Remain-at-all-costs and all those amongst us who live by the belief that this Country cannot and is incapable of doing anything on its own.

The sell-out mentality which has gripped the direction of both the Media and the Government itself would be best placed in the archaic nest hole which would be the foredeck of some wrecked ship as it deceptively lifted into the air before crashing into the see and coming to rest in the dark, freezing depths way below. Not in the foreground of one of the greatest opportunities that the UK has stood in front of for past generations and beyond.

Many of the self-interested politicians and influencers who are so convinced of the need to remain in the comfort zone which they believe to be in their own image, mistakenly consider their own destiny to be entwined with that of the whole Country and the People who surround them, not realising that self belief of an entire Nation does not equate with their own gutlessness and is in fact the key to something much better for us all after we leave the EU and step bravely into the world of our making which will soon follow beyond.

‘Doing it properly’, by embracing a pathway even more rigorously than anyone has done so before, doesn’t mean that you can suddenly make the unworkable work.

It means that you are blind to what everything around you is telling you. That you are a fool and are setting yourself – and in this case a great many innocent people – up for a very big fall.

However, whilst that can be viewed as the inevitable further integration with the EU that will happen if the Remainers should ever get their way, or indeed the catastrophe which will follow Corbyn’s Labour in the form of a Marxist mess if they win a General Election against a Conservative Party that is still led by May, it does not fit with the evolving class of political opportunists who will align themselves with what resembles the best option to facilitate a rise in their own fortunes.

With the May ‘deal’ unattractive to even some of the most militant Remainers, it was inevitable that many other pretenders would push themselves into the leadership frame, championing some other cause or another painted up or repackaged idea, selling it as the new and improved or latest form of the same old Holy Grail which will ultimately deliver everything for them, but nothing for anyone else.

We have had Norway, Canada plus plus plus and even something about Switzerland from the quasi-Brexiteer brigade. Now we are having Singapore MK2 as the model posted by the born-again-Brexiteers who in the Summer of 2016 sounded almost identically like everything we heard from then new Prime Minister Theresa May.

If it sounds like we are going around in circles, it is because we are.

Nothing is going to change until we, as a Country, break new ground and literally stop going round and round.

Our future is not to remain inextricably linked with the ‘European Project’.

Nor is it to parrot ourselves or model our future on the past, present or future of any other Country.

Their destiny is theirs, just as our National destiny is very much our own.

The obsession with plans has to stop if we are ever to begin succeeding.

The future of the UK depends upon proper Leadership, not some dubious plan measured up against a PH Scale where Acid & Alkaline have been replaced with Leave & Remain.

Our political classes are simply out of any new ideas.

UK politics is without original thinking.

And so it is little wonder that our would-be leaders are raking around everywhere to find something new to anchor their dimming light to, whilst attempting to rally a new direction from the other politicians around them. Politicians who themselves are so self-obsessed, that they can no longer discern the benefits of being within and working for a community as the only surety for them comes from the reliance on ideas which are their own.

We are now perilously close to a point where we will need an entirely new parliament. One untainted by the corruption and self interest of the existing party political system and the obsession with benefit and kudos to the individual, disregarding members responsibility to the electorate who elevated them to their positions. A responsibility they now take for granted and believe that they possess and therefore own.

‘We can be the new Singapore’, ‘be just like Sweden’, or ‘model ourselves as perfect Europeans’.

How about actually just being happy with being British. Having confidence in our own destiny and accepting the truth that in today’s World, standing alone will make the UK a whole lot more?

 

 

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