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Has interpretation and reinterpretation of everything just to suit the narrative simply gone too far?

UnknownIt’s been a funny week so far in politics. Not the hilarious kind, but the type that comes across as being odd. Unless of course it’s in the middle of a Political and Brexit crisis that is, when everything odd or unexplainable seem to now have become pretty much the norm.

In the space of just a few days, we have seen the result of the European Elections presented as a majority for Remaining in the EU despite the Brexit Party having actually won.

We have also witnessed proceedings being launched by Remainers against Boris Johnson for a Leave Campaign slogan on the side of a bus, on the basis that suing him is in the interests of the public good.

If either of these incidents took place in circumstances where the underlying motivations and causes were completely isolated and therefore rare if not a one-off, there would be a significant outcry from the public.

That there’s not an outcry and no more than a shrug of the shoulders in some kind of bizarre form of acceptance that this is the way things are, raises questions about what’s really going on.

It certainly suggests that the act of twisting narratives to suit a specific aim is now so common, it doesn’t make many of us feel that there is anything wrong.

What a horrible place to be.

When we feel that we are right about something, it is very tempting for some and feels like a compulsory act for others to identify and out as guilty in some way, anyone who’s arguments or standing puts their own position in the shade.

Sadly, this approach of never being the one to be wrong has become in many ways a cultural norm.

Furthermore it has progressed to a point where going out to find anything that disqualifies the person or other party from being able to make their argument or justify the point that makes you feel you have been wronged becomes the priority rather than developing a better argument if it is possible to do so, or just accepting it wasn’t personal or about you, irrespective of the form.

Simply disqualifying that other party or person for any reason will then make you right again whilst they will then automatically become wrong.

It doesn’t matter how relevant to the subject matter the wrong that they have committed might be. Its mere presence means they are the guilty bastard. Their argument is therefore written off. And then you have won.

The whole thing works because whatever the narrative that is found, identified or created about those who must be outed to be seen by everybody as the real sinner, it will inevitably include an element of truth.

And in this context of making what someone is saying or doing wrong and against your own position, any truth which implies guilt in one way, implies guilt in every other form.

Politicians and activists have developed this whole process into an art form, using any information they can lay their hands on, to attempt to destroy the credibility of an opponent rather than take them on head-to-head on the issues – usually knowing that they cannot destroy any argument that questions their own credibility in this reasoned and genuine form.

Statistics and cherry picking words and sentences from historical speeches without care for the context in which they were said or written is a very popular way to further this cause.

There have always been people that have behaved in this way. But the rise and impact of the Internet and Social Media have taken the whole thing forward by not just one but probably many levels.

Just like the technology enabling it, the problem is growing in exponential form. It has done so because politics and the issues that surround it are about taste and are personal for almost everybody.

So when your ideas are unquestionably right, without realising it you become emotionally anchored to your position and therefore see anything and everything posed publicly to the contrary to being a personal attack, made worse because it has been delivered in such an open and therefore humiliating way.

Sadly, some are unconscious of the fact that they are even doing it. Others know, but fail to see anything wrong. Few get to the point where they question themselves when they see so many others doing it. How if doing something is so normal, can it ever really be wrong?

The question they should all be asking themselves is would I rather be right or happy?

But of course most will automatically conclude that the only way you can be happy is if you are proven right and that means that those who disagree must therefore be proven wrong.

Back before it became fashionable to attack the person, rather than simply playing the ball, there was a concept called the principle of charity, which relied on the reader or listener giving the benefit of doubt to the speaker or writer, looking at the whole message not just parts of it, or rather considering the picture made by the complete forest and not just that by a selection of trees involved.

Sadly when even journalists are open with the fact that they read and reread passages to see how they can spin messages different to create a new story, our information-led society is fast approaching a situation where it will be considered impossible by almost everyone to be scrupulously honest, if you actually want to get on and win.

Unfortunately part of the default make up of the human condition is that we run and hide from the real truth at every opportunity that we can.

That’s why facing up to accepting we have ‘lost’ an argument or accepting outcomes that we don’t like makes it easy to reinterpret the outcome, whatever the form.

 

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The Brexit Party May well end up hoisted by its own petard if the UK Exits the EU BEFORE we have a General Election and a Brexit-backing majority of MPs has been secured

img_2163Beyond all the infighting and arguments over who actually won the European Referendum and how the results can be reinterpreted to suit the needs of vested interests, the Brexit Party could be getting a bit carried away with the pursuit of a 31st October EU Exit. That is unless they can accept that a fruitful outcome to this argument could have a lot of pain for them and all Brexiteers hidden in store.

Before continuing I need to make something very clear. That is I would be happy for us to be out of the EU without a deal as soon as is humanly possible.

But I also want us to stay out and remain out of the EU long enough so that both Remainers and Leavers alike can start to appreciate the benefits for everyone that will only come once Brexit is completed and secure.

Right now it feels to everyone as if Nigel Farage, his newly elected MEPs and the whole Brexit Party can write their own ticket.

But this is complacency rather than realism. And it could be the first step to ensuring that the whole Brexit project – that’s UK Independence and Sovereignty – is ultimately well and truly lost.

Farage turned his ire on the EU during a press call on Tuesday. Shouting at them that we are going on the 31st of October without a deal, and that if the EU wants better Terms with the UK, it’s up to them to come running, or sit there and count the cost.

Yes, it’s all-powerful rhetoric. And it’s already isolating all of the Conservative Leadership hopefuls bar one.

Yet what the Brexit Party and all of these Conservative Leadership Candidates have in common at this moment is a lack of appreciation that Brexit has and never has been as simple as the mere action of officially Leaving.

Brexit is terrifically complicated – in some ways on purpose I might add. And to fail to do the work necessary to counter this fact and have the right contingencies in place before we take the step out, could result in much worse for the UK than if the 2016 European Referendum on Leaving the EU had simply been lost.

The Parliamentary dynamic that exists today is going to continue to be a significant and potentially terminal problem for Brexit.

If we Leave whilst the Parliamentary Balance is significantly in favour of EU Membership rather than the UK being outside of it, these Remainer MPs will use every opportunity, every story, every fear present to ensure that the overwhelming numbers they have with the weak-willed who will then support them, will not only frustrate Brexit from the location of our short time outside of the EU. But will then be used to turn the UK around and go straight back in. This time on what will be ridiculously unfavorable terms, such as adopting the Euro and committing our Armed forces to a permanent, sitting EU Army.

This really should give every Brexiteer pause for thought.

I am aware that Farage is bigging up the chances that the Brexit Party will win big in a General Election post-Brexit.

But if a no deal Exit is fucked up by a lack of good leadership in a weak, Conservative Minority Government, combined with a Parliamentary Majority being there for Remain (or by this time Return), the public emotion will by this point have surely shifted from outrage against democratic injustice to what the perceived impact of the problems of the transition will be for the short, medium and long term. They will no longer be holding out for any hero unable to give surety to solutions in an immediate and tangible form.

It would be a mistake for any Conservative Leadership hopeful to consider this scenario and take any kind of comfort. Because the fate of the Conservative and Brexit Parties is now inextricably linked.

If Brexit should unfold this way, it will have been under your watch and your leadership. And that will mean that regardless of how strong and pertinent the warnings over Marxism and what the reality of a Corbynista Government will be, People will by then be looking for the first port in the storm and send their votes straight over to him.

Jeremy Corbyn and the henchpeople around him may well have read the political runes and this would explain why even now Labour seem unable to behave in any kind of joined-up way.

But make no mistake. If any of you would-be Brexit Leaders should succeed in pushing for or even allowing a crash out, no deal Brexit in October by apparent default, and have done so without going to the Country first, believe me when I say that Brexit blowing up in your face will be the least of your problems, because for all of us, things will be about to get a whole lot worse.

There are few who would call themselves fans of the current Conservative Party hierarchy. Conversely many will admire and respect what Nigel Farage has done.

But if the two entities don’t take a step back and see how they now need to work together and very closely, the war they are squaring up to fight – based only on Brexit alone – is not one that will be won.

The Brexit Party has the power to capture hearts and minds very widely over Brexit, but no ability to unify its followers beyond the Brexit question, with policies or indeed a party machine that can bring them all together as a credible, long-term political cause.

The Conservatives have forgotten what it is to be conservative and must embrace far-reaching and fundamental change. But they already have the structure and experience that with new thinking can bring A New Politics into being, be used as the vehicle to reunite us all and remove our divisions, then take us forward as the UK becomes an Independent Sovereign State and walks onto an entirely different world stage.

If the leadership of both Parties can now find a way to work with each other and respect that they can fill the gaping holes of each others Party structure at a time when to go forward there are simply no other options available or way they can deliver Brexit, succeed or remain involved, they CAN and WILL deliver on the Vote of the 2016 Referendum AND benefit everyone who has become involved.

None of this can be achieved without a late September or early October General Election based on Leave vs. Remain.

And to achieve the desired outcome, the Manifesto that is created must sell the benefits of Brexit as well as to promote A New Politics in order to achieve wider buy-in to win over the Voters who support the EU and Remaining with them – because to them that’s just the way that things always appear to have been done.

As Farage has proven with the success in the EU Elections in the space of just a few short weeks, a General Election Campaign can be conducted and won over the Summer, just so long as all those fighting for a real Brexit understand and accept that the political world has already changed around them and that General Elections are fought under a very different kind of sun.

 

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It may well be in the EU’s interests to let the UK crash out in October with no deal. Because without a change of Parliament, they know this Remain majority of MPs will use any panic to lever us straight back in – and strictly on the EU’s terms

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Even though we are only a few days into the phony part of the Conservative Leadership war, you would be forgiven for thinking that at least some of the growing number of Candidates would have by now indicated that they are embracing radical change.

That they are not is not only disappointing. It points to the reality that we have good reason to be concerned about a whole lot more.

I say this because none of the Candidates are proposing any kind of approach to Brexit that is going to minimise the risk from any problems likely to arise during the transition. Or more importantly, to then keep us out of the EU thereby making the decision of the people a permanent one and Brexit therefore completely secure.

Those Candidates insisting that they will go back and negotiate further concessions from the EU have no evidence to suggest that they will meet anything in Brussels, other than a TV opportunity that covers up a very thick brick wall. This has been emphasised yet again by Jean-Claude Juncker in the past 24 hours.

Then there are those Candidates insisting that deal or no deal, we will come out of the EU on the 31st of October. Yes, this is a message that plays up well to a big slice of the Brexiteer audience. But in all cases, thinking that Brexit could after this long be so very simple, is likely to be a terminal flaw.

It should be obvious to everyone that the majority of MPs in this Parliament are hell bent on stopping Brexit, and even the Remain-charmer Speaker is now rowing back on his commitment to leave the post in June.

That means that if we should crash out without a deal and apparently find ourselves Independent on All Saints Day, they will relish the opportunity to use any panic that follows as a result of the issues and challenges that will inevitably follow to do everything they can to point us back at an even more oppressive form of Membership of the EU by using fear again to point us the other way.

The EU are very clever at what they do. They already know this.

And they know that without the Parliamentary dynamic changing, all they are likely to be required to do in order to end the whole Brexit question and put the UK’s perceived intransigence to bed, is to sit tight and wait for the Remainers. Who like May in these circumstances will do all their work for them instead.

We know that the Conservative Leadership Candidates are focusing on the job they want and putting the continuation of this Conservative Government at the heart of what they are doing.

But this is not what the Country has asked them for. It smacks of the very same old politics that we are collectively telling them is now over.

They clearly all share the same expectation that avoiding a General Election before Brexit will save their Party and this is the first thing they need to change.

They must also forget the idea that they can now deliver Brexit without a Leave-led Parliamentary majority. A working majority that will be needed to weather the inevitable storm the UK will be required to sail through immediately after the date that we Leave in order to reach the blue skies and clear water that lies the other side.

A Parliamentary majority will not come solely from People voting Conservative. Or at least not before Brexit is over and done and the issue is completely settled, and the friendships that have forged the Brexit movement have moved back to their tribal homes because that battle has been won.

So the next realisation that the Conservatives must face up to and accept is that a coalition with the Brexit Party is inevitable if delivering Brexit, keeping their Seats and saving the Conservative Party is actually what they want to do. Once the penny has dropped that a Parliamentary Majority that includes them being attained BEFORE Brexit is the only way they will ever be sure that the Public will elect Brexit Party MPs.

To give Brexit the best chance of success possible, foolish ideas about controlling events that are uncontrollable must be quickly swept aside.

Party loyalty and tribalism is not going to be important for the foreseeable future.

It’s about delivery and that’s all.

And to deliver Brexit, the Conservative Leader will have to go forward with Brexiteers of all backgrounds stood by their side.

It is silliness bordering on inexcusable ignorance to believe that leaving without a deal under any circumstances on 1st November will answer all of the questions being asked of our Politicians.

Because if a no deal Brexit happens without a majority of MPs who are ready to have wax poured in their ears whilst the Prime Minister straps themselves to the mast of a true and unyielding Brexit, the whole plan will quickly get smashed up on the rocks.

And this time we really will be at the complete mercy of the EU – which is all the bureaucrats running this autocracy could pray for.

It will force us to give them all they could ever want.

 

A No Deal Brexit will only be a threat to the EU when it’s real. That’s when concessions worth more than words will come, yet none of those who would be PM show any sign that they will do what must be done

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May fires the starting pistol (with a delayed charge) and the Conservative Leadership hopefuls have started falling over themselves to out the open secret of their career ambition and destroy the credibility of the other candidates over Brexit. As if all of them had a faultless record left anyway.

The elephant in the room is that they have all immediately and unceremoniously returned to type. And the problem with all the playground nonsense like ‘I’m best because’ is that it is not what we now need from a Political Leader.

This behaviour simply doesn’t represent the change or direction of travel towards everything that has become the prerequisite necessity from ALL our Politicians. That is if Brexit and ALL of the problems that the UK is now facing have any real chance of being resolved.

Setting out a sales pitch with what amounts to little more than a wish list that illustrates little more understanding of how to succeed at anything without a blanket of political ambiguity doesn’t help anyone. It gives no inspiration and no hope that any of these would-be Prime Ministers are ready to even attempt to grapple with the heady requirements of delivering a reasoned future for this Country in the immediate term. Never mind the aspiration we want to experience that would reassure us all that we would have the right person stewarding us through it and from then on.

The Leadership contest, or rather the appointment of our next Prime Minister should not be just about personalities.

The priority MUST be the best option for the Country.

With the restriction and limitations of having to choose a replacement for Theresa May strictly from the MPs currently available, the question we should be asking is which of these Politicians is the most likely to have what it takes to make progress where May either couldn’t or wouldn’t, and then take the steps necessary to begin getting things done.

Regrettably the early signs are far from good.

Cross-the-board talk of renegotiating May’s Withdrawal Agreement, despite the EU making clear that there is no renegotiation to be had, might fuel the collective delusion that a Brexit that works for everyone can be delivered without the need to call a General Election.

But this is an approach that will quickly prove meaningless. It is a waste of time. It is highly dangerous. Above all, it demonstrates that none of the Candidates think there is any issue management required of them beyond the act of actually Leaving the EU itself when they can get up on a podium somewhere and declare ‘there we are – we have left!’.

A new Prime Minister pursuing this approach will crash and burn. Just like Theresa May.

All this nonsense and lack of direction towards embracing change tells everyone outside Westminster that the Tories are still stuck with the same ideas. They are fearful for their positions and are in no way ready to embrace the different approach to politics that everything and everyone outside of their bubble is telling them that they now should.

These who would lead are not taking the opportunity to demonstrate that they have vision and wherewithal enough to look at and consider the terrain beyond the immediate horizon.

They are looking at precisely the wrong fault-lines within the whole Brexit process and falling into the trap of thinking the only impediment to getting the mythical deal that would be acceptable to everyone was the approach taken by Mrs May.

The reality is that May’s tenure was a key part of the problem. But May’s time in Office was also symptomatic of the many problems and deficiencies with the approach of successive Governments to the whole Brexit process and to our relationship with the EU.

The fundamental flaw to dealing with the EU over Brexit has been the failure to recognise and accept the reality that you cannot ever negotiate effectively when you are looking backwards.

Yet this what May and the Remainers in Parliament have been doing and yes, the Brexiteer Candidates are now trying to do with their approach to what they will do after winning the Conservative Party Leadership.

The problem with it is that it is exactly what gutless and self-serving Politicians have been doing all along.

The only way that the Brexit can be delivered that will honour the Referendum and Vote properly and then bring all sides back together is the one that steps off from No Deal.

It is little more than laziness at best and poor leadership at worst to think that having No Deal as the aim or in reality just a threat, is the way that meaningful concessions leading to a fair relationship with the EU will be won.

May began her tenure by thinking the same way that most of those who want to be her successor are indicating they are today. That’s heading into the situation paying lip service to No Deal and framing it as being a realistic outcome. But behind closed doors behaving very differently and having a deal agreed before anything happens as the aim.

A deal means compromise and compromise is an option that MPs don’t actually have.

Compromise will always end up with obligations to the EU and rule taking of some sort. Because the very nature of a deal dictates that you have to give or put something on the table, when and if its the only route to getting the result that you otherwise wouldn’t have.

Our departure is and never was dependent upon us striking a deal with the EU that would allow us to Leave.

Leaving the EU only once a deal has been agreed wasn’t an option on the Referendum Ballot Paper.

Our Politicians have invented this outcome as the answer to the leading question they would have liked, but in fact we were never asked.

The relationship that we will have with the EU after Brexit is not dependent upon striking a deal of any kind before we have Left.

As it is now very clear that May wasted the opportunity to negotiate effectively with the EU, we can only achieve a sensible, reasoned and fair dynamic to trade and to our future relationship with the other EU Countries if we begin that discussion once we are actually out.

We MUST be looking forward to the future and have the strength and advantage that will only come from being an Independent and Sovereign Nation once again.

The Independent Status of the UK at that very moment is essential for negotiating a working relationship that is fair to us all.

It will be about a relationship, not a deal. Yes, we will almost certainly have time-defined contracts as part of that relationship that will be based on true partnership. But without being outside of the EU already, thats an option that we will simply never have.

The only priority for a new Prime Minister should be getting the UK out of the EU as quickly as possible, whilst putting all the necessary building blocks and resources in place to ensure that once we Leave the EU we will not immediately be turning around to go back.

With Brexit done properly, our PM will convince us that we are only going to look forward, even at those moments when some might be tempted to look back at the phoney safe harbour of the EU and use the siren call of transitioning back to our state of independence to smash Our Exit on the rocks.

For us to be confident in them, they must believe and convince us of the belief that together, we can weather any storm and and that they are also ready to embrace each and every opportunity for the future that would not be open to us if we had been tied to the EU by any deal, with costly obligations to outside Country continuing to be the norm.

Promising that we will simply leave the EU without a deal on 31st October sounds appealing and as if it is the right direction to take.

But it is too risky to undertake deliberately on the part of any serious Candidate, if there is the genuine desire to make Brexit permanent. Because the majority of MPs in this current Parliament will do whatever it takes to keep us within or then return us to the shackles of the EU.

Without preparing the ground, the weeds choking the Brexit seedbed are just going to carry on shutting out the daylight to our post-Brexit freedom until their own cause wins and the UK Remaining shackled to the EU is the result that comes out from the other side of this storm.

There is no option for a Leader taking delivering Brexit seriously to avoid calling a General Election in the Autumn.

Before doing so they must take every step necessary to demonstrate that they and the Conservative Party are embracing A New Politics and are ready to live and breathe a very new kind of Manifesto, dripping with change. One that inspires and builds confidence with ambition for everyone right across our Nation. And it will have UK PLC as the primary cause.

To do this means that the time of Politicians putting the electability of their Party or the security of their own seat in Parliament is over.

The new Conservative Prime Minister must accept that their role as a Representative of the People is about something much bigger and that sometimes they must be open to the possibility of their own or their Party’s loss.

That might well necessitate building a coalition based on the delivery of outcomes and not compromise or job security, so that they can then do what’s right for the Country and everyone.

Only then will they have a true legacy that they can always know is theirs to own.

A real Brexit is coming one way or the other and it will start with a true No Deal at its root.

For the new Conservative Leader the only alternative of options available will be to step up and do all that is necessary to win both Our Brexit AND the Peace. Or to continue with all the talk and just delay Brexit even further as they finish off their Party as an electoral force.

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Sorry folks – The Brexit Party has done well, but won’t win a majority at Westminster anytime soon. That isn’t to say however, that it shouldn’t become very much involved

imagesWe awoke today to what many had suspected would be the inevitable result of the Brexit Party cleaning up in the European Elections, with margins considerably bigger than any of the other players involved.

Yet what we immediately also saw was the now culturally ingrained habit of commentators and politicians responding to what’s in front of them by interpreting it in whatever way suits them best and is in their view most likely to further their aims.

I am applying this rule universally. Because those giving opinions from all sides are attempting to interpret and propagate messages that are nothing more than wishful thinking. They don’t exist. They simply aren’t there.

These range from the collective vote given to the Lib Dem’s, Greens and Change UK being portrayed as equivocal to a clear majority for Remaining in the EU, to the cartoon picture of a giant Incredible Hulk looming over the Houses of Parliament with the picture apparently portraying that the Brexit Party is now on the rampage and Westminster is about to fall.

However it is that any of this makes you feel because of your views on Brexit, there is a dark reality about this way of conducting political business that we must now consider.

This is precisely the same process of reinterpreting events and giving them a different truth to suit their own cause that our Politicians have engaged with for the whole of the 35 Months since they first heard the European Referendum Result.

It’s a contributing part of everything that Parliament has done wrong.

It’s why democracy has been wheeled into intensive care.

It’s why everything about British Politics feels broken.

Reinterpretation of events, creating a new or convenient truth or narrative is the superbug present that makes Brexit and everything happening feel like it’s going to be impossible for anyone to be able to find a way to heal the divide that is now breaking out into an open, oozing sore.

The reality that all the Political Parties, their Politicians and the opinionati should be facing is yes, they can and are free to interpret these results any way they like. But if they all continue to pursue their own constructed narratives and present them to the Public as the truth, the situation is going to accelerate from bad to much worse.

The irony is that there is no way that a consensus will be found until Brexit has been delivered and we all share the same feeling that we are well on the way to having all these problems solved.

The Brexit Party technically won the European Elections.

The Lib Dems appeared to achieve a powerful and persuasive 2nd.

The Conservatives and Labour have left us with the picture that they are being read the last rights whilst they are putting it all down to little more than a Brexit-based cold.

Yet the reality is that this was a non-election.

It was never supposed to happen.

It’s a safe way for the Electorate to tell the Establishment that it is unhappy. Rather than it being in anyway a seismic change in constituency demographics – which as a story being put out by some this morning is only going to confuse matters further, rather than in itself giving a new form of legitimacy to any of the arguments that we are currently being sold.

It’s what the main Political Parties now take away from this Result and how they act or change their approach as a consequence of it that will really dictate how the future of our political and governmental system is going to unfold.

As things actually stand at the moment the Conservatives are still in power at Westminster and along with the Labour Party form one of only two tribal and therefore credible choices for most of us when an a Westminster Election is called. That is when what is perceived to be the real impact of Politics on our lives is actually involved.

This particular Vote has been nothing more than the People putting Westminster on Notice.

The Electorate is telling the Establishment that it wants and is demanding change.

And whilst the handling of Brexit is a big part of the change that Voters are seeking, none of this is now and has ever been about Brexit alone.

Politicians no longer have the choice of returning to the old politics, rather than changing to go forward. That is if they want to survive.

But it’s not simply because of the Brexit Party that the old order is on its way to being destroyed.

If the Conservative and Labour Parties should now finally awake from their willful slumber, they will still have a key role in our future – of that much we can all be sure.

Yet things are different than they were in the past at anytime and Party loyalty is no longer the biggest noise in Town.

The switch in priority that Politicians must now embrace fully for the People to begin trusting them again is quite simple. It’s all about delivery in every form.

And the kind of change now necessary might well mean for at least for the foreseeable future, that majority governments are not the way the destiny of this Country will be realised.

The immediate question that many will now be asking is ‘How this will all affect the make up and leadership of the next Conservative Government’. Because one thing that does regrettably look certain is that none of the Conservative Leadership Candidates now on offer look likely to be either able or prepared to depart fully from the old politics that has wrecked their Party. At least not in the timely, ruthless and clinical way that the change required necessitates.

The fate of the Conservative Party is now completely entwined with the outcome of Brexit.

If Conservatives want to survive as a Party beyond Brexit they are likely to have to accept very quickly that they will need help to win a working majority in a General Election which will be vital to secure a clean, No Deal Brexit for the longer term.

It will also be essential to sure up the necessary process and period of transition for the Party and therefore maintain the UK conservative cause.

The biggest change required of the Conservative MPs and Politicians, if they want their Party to survive, is to recognise AND accept that the Conservative Party IS NOT ‘the natural party of government’. That Conservatives don’t have a god-given right to rule.

Above all, that the Country, our communities, our businesses and OUR ELECTORATE are much bigger and much more important than anything to do with their self-interest, which has been a big part of everything wrong with Politics, the roll-out of policy and a whole lot more.

The upshot of all this is not compromising on anything just to achieve a false perception of harmony.

It’s about taking each and every step necessary to get the right results for the People.

That means working with others outside the Party, and if necessary working with the Brexit Party to win a General Election this coming Autumn, so that Brexit is not only delivered and becomes the catalyst for positive UK change that it was always supposed to be. But keeps open the door to opportunities and secures the whole thing as being what is right for everyone. A truly National cause.

 

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A No Deal Exit from the EU without a General Election and working majority may be the quickest way to Brexit failure and to taking us straight back in

StupidityI am not quite ready to backtrack on my feeling that Boris is the best option available from the Tory Leadership Candidates on offer so far. But it has to be said that his first shots of the campaign have been fired straight into the dark.

Yes, the suggestion that he would oversee a No Deal exit if nothing else is in offer on the 31st of October is going to resonate with many Brexit Voters. It might even bring back some Conservatives who have lent their Vote to the Brexit Party so far.

But bouncing out to Switzerland and making a big speech telling everyone that you will secure the concessions you want just by preparing for a no deal exit is not a sound strategy. Especially given the history of the past two years; how the Parliamentary dynamic is one of crystallised entrenchment, and how the EU has in effect been playing us like amateurs wearing straight jackets on a golf course whilst they have been hitting every shot completely under par.

None of us have anything to fear from a No Deal Brexit.

That is as long as it is both managed as best as the circumstances will allow AND the direction of travel is clear and above all obvious to everyone who has to be taken along.

The circumstances of our departure from the EU cannot simply be left as the knee-jerk plan of a new Prime Minister who fails to look beyond what are merely the highlighted issues facing them in isolation. Issues that are only perceived to be the specific driving force behind an overwhelming but nonetheless populist surge.

Such an approach will surely only be to secure their own position, rather than to demonstrate the leadership and strategic skills that will be necessary to navigate an effective EU Exit and then oversee the beginning of a new future for the UK and our return to a fully functioning democracy. An outcome that will only come by conducting Brexit as the Public expects before using it as a springboard to what lies beyond.

It is the action of either a fool or of a tunnel-visioned Remainer that will countenance an immediate approach to the EU in any circumstance upon their appointment, without changing the political deck of cards that those leading government have.

There is no doubt that creating a situation where there are once again unknowns present for the EU negotiators – so that they then have no choice but to respond appropriately, is one of several key elements necessary to facilitate a workable way forward.

There is no low hanging fruit that is not already rotten dangling from this tree.

The real risk in this immediate use of the deliberately crowd pleasing rhetoric that Boris has used is that it makes no allowance for the reality, process or political games that are involved in seeing both an outcome and solution based Brexit all the way through.

It’s not even simply a question of Brexit just being fully implemented.

In the hindsight of everyone, whether we were originally Leavers or supported Remain, we must all be able to look back in the years to come and see that Brexit was the doorway that led to a great many of this Country’s problems being solved.

No matter the arguments to the contrary that anyone presents, the reality is that the People Voted for a No Deal Brexit.

The only thing that remains is that there have never been other options or shades of Brexit in between.

We don’t already have Our No Deal Brexit because there are too many Politicians in Westminster who put their own priorities first. They have done so continually since the Referendum, rather than consider the democratic will of the people following the Vote.

The turbulence that is almost certain to envelope a so-called ‘crash out’ from the EU at the end of October would play into the hands of these fearful but still influential people very well.

Without a General Election there simply won’t be the parliamentary numbers available to take all of the steps and decisions that will be needed, and provide cushion enough to ensure that whatever happens during the process, the government is ready and able to effectively respond.

Yes, it could all work out well anyway. But it’s an irresponsible level of reliance upon chance alone to expect things simply to work out perfectly, and there are far too many variables in the mix that could too easily make it all go wrong.

To counteract this real possibility, there has to be a clear outline of what Brexit means in terms of benefits that demonstrates that even though the Vote was won, the reasons for Leaving the EU were actually undersold.

It will be unwise for any Prime Minister to rely solely on the anger of the Electorate over the Brexit betrayal, which although very real and justified, would soon evaporate when the temporary difficulties that will accompany our divorce from an overpowering entity like the EU become manifest.

Riding what may be percieved and portrayed by the media as a tidal wave of problems that will be noted for their possible impact, rather than the reality and the very short time involved, will require a different mindset from our Leaders.

That means a new narrative, which encourages everyone including Remainers to buy in to the benefits of what comes after we Leave, rather than gifting them the opportunity to derail our exit and blame it on chaos and no way forward other than the safe haven of returning to membership of the EU.

Believe me when I say that it will be a complete travesty for our Country, and the end of democracy in any real form for all of us if this is then what the heralds of fear succeed in making us do.

No new leader of the Conservative Party who takes Brexit and the obligation of the Government to the Electorate seriously can fail to see that a General Election is now firmly on the horizon.

There is a step-by-step process to getting there along with very different way of thinking. Above all, there is a lot of work involved.

They must not and cannot even consider compromising on the steps that are necessary to achieve what the People are now requiring of Government.

No matter what level of risk they may or may not perceive as there being to their own role.

The steps to be taken, once the Conservative Leadership question has been settled in overview are simple but unavoidable with this Parliament and the MPs that we current;y have. There are no better options involved, even though it could and should have been started weeks before now.

If the new PM wants to stop this mess from going irreparably wrong:

  1. Forget talking to the EU. We have until Halloween before they need to know what’s happening. Use the time wisely. There isn’t the time for the foolishness for a drawn out Leadership Election. It’s vanity at the worst possible moment and it’s simply getting in the way.
  2. Embrace A New Politics. A way of working which is about everyone. Not just the Politicians involved. This may involve taking what looks like a very different approach politically as well as ethically. It may require a different kind of partnership. But this IS the time to really be very bold.
  3. Create a new Manifesto, involving real People through engagement of a level where is is clear that they have ownership.
  4. Publish and discuss the new manifesto. Communicate the real truths of our history with the EU, the tangible benefits of Brexit and demonstrate a genuine ambition for our Country and for everyone. This is OUR shared future after all.
  5. Go to the People, secure their Mandate and a working majority in Parliament that is all about everyone, delivering Brexit and returning the UK to a world leading democracy as the primary cause. This aim must never be undersold.
  6. Finally go back to the EU and tell them that we are Leaving with or without their support. That the doors to the UK PLC will he left wide open to the world including and beyond our European neighbours. They then have a legitimately unilateral choice to decide whether they now want to be stupid in the way that they respond

The easy way for a new PM to approach Brexit following their appointment is the one that that will most likely lead the UK to disaster.

There is the right way, which will be hard but will be worth it. Because Brexit can AND will be both delivered AND secured.

Being brave and having confidence in the legitimacy of what the People really now want would ensure that the legacy of this coming Leadership will have been to open the doors fully to the new opportunities that await us as a result of Brexit. As we step into the brave new world for all of our communities and businesses as we look out beyond.

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Nothing is going to happen until the end of May in June. The Tories should use this time wisely and elect a new Leader now – because change cannot come too soon

download (26)Our democracy is disintegrating. The People are frustrated with everything political. The world that looked up to our once model Parliament cannot believe what they are watching. Together, everyone outside of Westminster is in a state of complete and utter despair.

Yet the Tories think this is the right time to put everything on hold whilst they run a  Leadership contest. And they aren’t even going to start it for a fortnight – just so they can save the feelings of the outgoing Prime Minister, who has been a contingent part of creating the whole mess in the first place. It’s either a catastrophic level of ignorance at work, or arrogance at the highest degree.

Time really does wait for no man. And with the next deadline for our exit from the EU booked for the 31st of October, they have a responsibility to get on and deliver a Parliamentary Consensus that will facilitate our clean Brexit.

It will not help to bring the two sides back together, if they cannot appoint a Leader who is able to lead us all and takes what might look like an attractive option of simply letting us ‘crash out’.

The Brexit Party has demonstrated how quickly a winning Election Campaign can be put together and will gain traction, if the messages and content is right and clear.

If the Conservatives now appoint the right Leader – one not been compromised by stupidity such as being tied to the ideas of the old politics like One Nation Conservatism, they can win a General Election by the end of October comfortably.

But its only by changing their thinking and accepting that a working majority can be secured and won to facilitate Brexit.

Such an outcome will not be possible, if ambition and the ridiculousness of a drawn out Leadership contest is indulged, whilst the Country is in the middle of a crisis and demands a new and robust form of political leadership. Change will certainly not be modelled on how well a bunch of out-of-touch Tories can remodel and market the old way of political thinking and what still looks very much like a self serving cause.

All the rules of this old politics have long since gone out of the window. If the Tories still want a chance to be taken seriously, they should overcome this untimely desire to stick to a foolish protocol, which is simply making them all look like a bunch of clowns.

If these Conservative MPs have any sense left and any desire to change as the Electorate is shouting loudly and telling them with the march of their feet that they should, they will use the time between now and the end of May in June wisely. Shut their MPs away and not emerge until they have selected a new Leader, who can then take over immediately from the outgoing PM immediately in early June as they should.

They will then have over 4 months to do everything necessary to turn the tables on this chaos, on the EU and start to deliver the People’s Brexit – which rather than simply saving their Party, should now be their only real direction and cause.

 

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Compromise on Brexit is a choice that MPs have never had

May 25, 2019 1 comment

MANDATE 1Finally it appears that Theresa May is on her way, albeit with a delay that suggests once again that the Parliamentary Conservative Party is at best in a state of denial about their responsibilities, the situation the Country is now in, and what is yet to come.

In amongst the hypocritical platitudes that are spilling out, now that the PM has outlined her departure, is yet another upsurge in statements telling us that MPs now have to look at their position on Brexit and accept that they have to compromise.

Yet, there is an elephant in the room here. A significant unspoken, ignored and deliberately hidden truth.

That is that MPs have NEVER had the option of making a compromise over the kind of Brexit that we as a Country have.

Because the People decided that we are going to Leave the EU. And that means compromise on Brexit itself and therefore that means changing its form – is a choice that MPs HAVE NEVER and WILL NEVER have.

Yes, they can attempt to do everything possible that they can deny that a clean, ‘no deal’ Brexit has to happen. They can obfuscate. Get in the way. Delay and pretend that the People didn’t know what they were Voting for.

But that is a created truth. It is not the real truth. And the truth will always be the truth, whatever the argument or obstacles that they try to put in the way.

A change of Prime Minister is not a green light for the Conservatives to forget that People are demanding change in how our Politicians behave.

If they want to have any hope of staying and then returning to power, they and their new Leader MUST now lead all of our incumbent MPs in respecting our democracy.

This means accepting the Will and Democratic Choice of the People to Leave the EU cleanly and without obligation to anyone or anything, whether or not they consider it wrong.

Anything else is a compromise that We, the People didn’t vote for or authorise.

And a proper Brexit WILL be delivered either by Conservatives in the Government that will soon be formed who have re-found respect for democracy under their new Leader, or after the inevitable General Election that will otherwise quickly follow, then led by a genuinely People-centric cause.

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A New Politics

May 24, 2019 6 comments

getting-startedA New Politics is something that I have referenced as a term increasingly in my recent Blogs. Just as I have also referred to the ‘Old Politics’ as a term to reference the no longer acceptable form of doing political business which is currently best illustrated by the behaviour of Theresa May, along with the Parliamentary Conservative Party that immediately surrounds her.

Everything that the Conservatives have been doing shows increasing signs that they believe they will be able to return to this approach, repackaged by terms such as ‘One Nation Conservatism’ just as soon as she has gone.

A New Politics is something I have been alluding to, if not using that precise term, for a long while. Just without referencing it in this specific form of words.

A New Politics is also a term that it being discussed more frequently in the media. It was mentioned by the former Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks in his interview with Emily Maitlis on BBC Newsnight on Wednesday evening. Albeit as part of an insightful and frank analysis of the current state of British Politics where like with most examples of its use, he described A New Politics in terms of a location that comes after Brexit has been concluded, rather than offering any idea what it will look like and how it will actually work.

I have been happily tapping away at the keys on my laptop, mentioning ‘A New Politics’ as if it is already a tangible fact and is present a modus operandi, as a manifesto or some other universally accepted term. Of course it is not, and I was reminded of this by a comment posted to my Blog yesterday which specifically requested that I explain what A New Politics is.

So I will attempt to give what A New Politics is to me. What it looks like and how it would work and evolve in greater form.

A new politics is about changing the way that politicians and the people who aspire to be politicians think.

It is about application. It is fundamentally a way of being a politician and conducting politics as a vocation or calling, rather than viewing it as simply a job, career pathway or method of ‘getting on’, which is nothing like the same thing.

It sounds simple at first look. But the reality is that it is anything but simple and is not just about political reform.

Politicians today rarely have the level of awareness of self or of the community, social, business and government environment in which they operate either to look critically within themselves and at what they are doing. Nor do they have the desire or motivation to acquire the skills that will enable them to understand the interaction required of them better.

The Party Political system has reached a stage in its evolution and the management and environmental conditioning of political candidates and frontline members where it is now normal for those taking on elected roles to assume that all problems are external to them and that addressing ‘problems’ external to them is the way that each and every problem is solved.

Because of this external locus in politics, there is a lot of talk about things like changing the Electoral System to PR from First Past The Post and a second Referendum on the Brexit question. It is most notably present in the angry behaviour that is present in the continuing diatribe over Leave vs. Remain and who is – or was- actually right.

But change to our Political System resulting from blame attribution and the change the People are now seeking in Politics are simply not the same thing.

A New Politics must be something that is lived and not only treated as an idea or vision by those who are intricately involved.

It is about the example of good politicians at the top of Government influencing by example.

Of Politicians doing what is right for everyone. Considering the consequences of their decisions not just for those immediately effected. But like the ripple effect upon every part of a widened supply chain for a complex product. It is about considering and working fairly and proportionately for all of those who will be impacted beyond.

A New Politics is the leadership of taking hard, and where necessary unpopular decisions.

Politicians have the responsibility to look up to and beyond the horizon, and be cognizant of everything. Not just that which is obvious or placed in immediate view. They have to be both mindful and respectful of the possibilities and influences that inhabit the ground in-between.

Above all, it’s about seeing an Elected Term as the only opportunity to get things done. Rather than being just a term to secure the result of the next election. And I say this with no intentional hint of irony, given that working hard without fear or emotional tie in to the outcome, is likely to result in the very same thing.

Without repeating a great deal that I have already published, that is about the simplest way to describe what I offer that A New Politics would actually be.

Whilst the reality is that it is exactly what all of our Politicians should now and always have been doing – as it should be for the younger generations yet to come, for some or those with a more kindly interpretation or view of one of the few hard working Politicians that do exist, it may already be their experience and as such not be new at all.

We will have A New Politics when it is effectively the same experience of Politics for everyone.

If you would like to read about my view of A New Politics in more detail and how it would actually begin and then work, I talked about the way to get the ball rolling in Wednesday’s Blog.

I have also written a Book for Kindle that is a guide for people considering entering Politics with the intention of doing the whole thing properly. It’s called How to get Elected and you can read it FREE by clicking HERE, or purchase and download the Book for Kindle HERE.

I also wrote Mutual Aims which is A New Politics outlined as a very basic Political Philosophy in an essay form. Mutual Aims is FREE to read HERE or can be purchased and downloaded as a Book for Kindle HERE.

 

 

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Catastrophic indecision lies at the heart of this Government and the Conservative Party. Yet most of those responsible are on the list to replace Mrs May

May 23, 2019 2 comments

MAYTime is now up for Trident Tongued Theresa.

Yet even now, she and her coterie of friends who will be leaving Downing Street beside her, are attempting to steal victory from the large intestine of defeat and suggesting they are about to rewrite this travesty of a Withdrawal Agreement which is and only ever has been about what a Prime Ministerial legacy looks like to Theresa May.

The credibility of our system of Government could and indeed should have been saved weeks if not months ago.

There have been enough opportunities to actually lose count.

Yet it is the same Politicians in the Cabinet and in key Positions within the Government who are too fearful today of the consequences of doing the ‘wrong thing’, who have always enabled this treacherous travesty which is not only about to unseat the Prime Minister, but is about to send the whole of the Conservative Party exactly the same way.

What our supposedly responsible Politicians should have reallised long ago about the current key holder at No.10, is that the dictatorial retreat into the bunker that is underway at the moment is simply an illustration of the character which has underpinned this travesty of a Premiership from the start and all the way along.

May’s propensity for lying robustly was outed well before she even called the 2017 General Election. At the very moment she wouldn’t come clean over the Trident issue, when questioned in an interview by the BBC’s Andrew Marr.

That none of those so closely around her saw or understood the writing that was then on the wall, raises questions about the rot that is present at the heart of both the Conservative Party and the Government.

But it also explains a whole lot more. Because it tells us how this whole sorry episode has been facilitated and allowed to continue. Be under the illusion no longer. May’s pedigree chums who remain in the Cabinet have an outlook that is fundamentally the same.

With the rules and etiquette underpinning business as usual in Politics having disappeared into the ether, just as soon as the Conservative Party endorsed this wretched Premiership in December, there really are no obligations to the Old Politics remaining upon any of our Westminster incumbents if they should finally grow a pair and do whatever it will take to immediately remove Theresa May from No.10.

In fact, it might be received much more positively than they could ever now appreciate. As anything that heralds the end of that Old Politics and the ushering in of the new, is likely to be received very warmly by the Public, who today might only temporarily directing their Votes another way.

Replacing May with another Prime Minister in her image is unacceptable.

If would-be Conservative Leaders should tie themselves to the mast of the Old Politics in the form of One Nation Conservatism or any form of everything that is now wrong with our Political system, simply presented in a different form, the Conservative Party will simply be over. And with it all of the sorry attempts by self-serving MPs to keep a secure hold of ‘their’ Seats, without even the slightest idea of the impact and consequences of what they have been doing.

What we are seeing today in the political crisis that is unfolding which is going to have an unnecessary but nonetheless significant cost.

Today’s Tory Leaders simply have no credibility.

To win again the Party must embrace change in everything. Immediately and above all ruthlessly. Or the post-bunker chapter will be the only legacy that they will share with Theresa May.

If Conservative MPs at any level have any sense they will have her physically out of No.10 by the weekend and then take a leaf out of the Vatican’s book. Put aside all the petty squabbling and self-serving rivalries, lock all of their MPs into the same room. And don’t emerge until they have a reasoned majority for a new Leader who can go straight to Buckingham Palace to be appointed Prime Minister, as the white smoke drifts across Westminster and media’s way.

Many of us question why these apparently talented and otherwise responsible people cannot see just how serious things have now become.

The reality is that they must now within days change completely, embrace new thinking, a new politics and then the real and true instruction of the Brexit Vote via a General Election in the Autumn.

They must begin today by hitting the ejector switch for Mrs May.

How do you change politics for good? – By changing the way Politicians think so they do the best for everyone, just as they always should

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24 Hours away from the European Elections that should never have been, the passion and enthusiasm of a wronged Electorate is not only tangible. It can be seen in open view at Meetings across the Country. It is popping up here, there and everywhere on television and radio, through the newspapers and just about all of our social media streams.

Polling at 37% this morning, the Brexit Party looks like it is about to clean up in these Elections. And the Party could be set to do even better than these figures today are suggesting, simply because of the latest disaster of a Speech and intervention from the outgoing lame-duck Prime Minister Mrs May.

The strap-line that accompanied Nigel Farage as a backdrop to his final Campaign Speech last night was ‘Changing Politics for Good’.

But as the reality dawns that the Brexit Party could be on its way to Westminster too, many of us are beginning to ask a real question about everything that underpins this seemingly unstoppable machine.

We are wondering how do you actually go about changing Politics. Because British Politics is clearly broken. But it also appears to be a system or way of doing things that has always been there, and in that sense wasn’t simply made?

As I was reading the brief but nonetheless very pertinent question ‘how do you change politics’ on my twitter feed this morning, I thought about asking some of the Brexiteers who are currently engaged in open warfare with all dissenters, if as a fellow Leaver, they could provide me with some detail to back up their very effective rhetoric. I wondered if it would then be obvious what formula the Brexit Party is going to use that is so different to that we have experienced as being ‘normal’ for far too long already and thereby give us all the type of Politics that good Politicians should.

Sadly, the answer already lies in the circumstances in which the question came to me.

To those who have become so emotionally entrenched with the direction of a political movement – no matter how valid and legitimate their quest may be, questions like this will always be seen as an attack or the suggestion that they are in some way wrong. They do not see it as being the perfect opportunity that it is to clarify and give weight to the Brexit Party’s statement of intent – as the detail behind any thought-out and considered political campaign really should be able to.

Now before you read this as a suggestion that I am going all out to attack the Brexit Party, this really isn’t where I am going. Because in terms of delivering the key issue of these times – that’s delivering a proper, No Deal Brexit – I am supportive of what they are doing. I wish them all well in tomorrow’s Elections and sincerely hope that the message their success will deliver to the current Parties of Government will be received and completely understood.

The problem for me with the Brexit Party as it stands today, is the same as it is with all the other Political Parties that have made themselves available to us as a choice to Vote for tomorrow. One that exists irrespective of political philosophy or despite the side they sit on the argument over Brexit, or even how they feel about the tenure of Mrs May.

I say this, because none of the Political Parties are today offering anything in response to what is both a political and democratic crisis.

None of the Political Parties are offering up a solution or any hint of one that is going to result in fundamental or long lasting change.

The problem to be solved isn’t all about Brexit. In fact Brexit was a symptom. It certainly was not the cause.

The political crisis and the attack of an out of touch political class upon our democracy, has been a long time in the making. It is the perfect storm of factors mixed together that have created the crisis itself. They have now made it so difficult to see a way forward and visualise a pathway that will result in real and meaningful change.

Yet Brexit is the key to creating the change that we are all seeking. Because the EU has been a big but unseen influence on the downward spiral of our democracy.

Removing outside influence is the only way that we can ultimately return the UK to the position of being a true, working democracy. One that is responsive to the needs of everyone, ambitious for the future without creating losers so that we can be seen to win. One that above all is fair and balanced in its approach to everyone, while being robust enough in approach to ensure that as a Country we are always forward looking and as individuals feel confident about who we are. Rather than having our focus always shifted backwards and conditioned to believe that being British is in some way a sin.

So how do we go about doing this?

How do we change politics for good?

How do we create a political environment where there is a genuine belief in something better for everyone or what some would frame as being a ‘win win’?

Well the reality of this change is very simple. But it is much more difficult than addressing the problem as if it sits outside of any of us.

Regrettably this is the default setting for those within the existing political class who are suggesting they have found a so-called Holy Grail to solving the whole problem. So-called solutions that to you and I in gobbledygook or unwritten code, are usually a way of presenting as change a different way of doing things which for them alone will improve their chances – if not actually guarantee that they always win.

Whether its an argument against First Past The Post Voting (FPTP), the ‘Two Party System’, Political Parties, The House of Lords, our Electoral System, the Fixed Term Parliaments Act or ‘None of the above’. Considering the merits or disadvantages of any or indeed all of these methods or issues in isolation will not result in a solution to the question of ‘How do you change Politics’.

These are all systems or methods of working that lie outside of the real problem. Changing any of them or all will just ensure that there is more of all the things we hate and find frustrating about what we have and are experiencing in Politics now, perhaps presented differently, but as sure as night follows day, they will definitely come.

The only way that Politics can be changed successfully for good, is to change the way that we all think about politics. That means changing the way that politicians think, right from the moment they first consider becoming involved.

Regrettably getting anyone to think differently is a process which can be long or it can be short.

It depends on the individual as well as the changes to the political and government environment which must also happen to get this done.

Reconditioning of the way politics is perceived will be a developing and repeated process over an open ended period of time. That is if fundamental change of the type that People really want – which they can only currently relate to in the form of sound bites – is ever to be achieved.

The first step in the process to changing Politics for good is to understand that Politics is a vocation and not simply a job.

Parliament is already filled up with too many MPs who believe that it is the latter. That means the focus is always on the benefits of any situation to the Politician his or herself, rather than to the Electorate or anyone else involved.

We must then reset, rejuvenate and restart the Party Political System, so that Party Politics is returned to being the means to get things done in Politics, not simply the end for anyone involved.

We only need look at what this ridiculous system now provides us with in the form of the tenure of Theresa May to know and understand that she and the politicians who are stuck like limpets around her are or were only in it for the job rather than the responsibility.

Political Parties are not a machine in which good leaders of Countries can be produced or are made.

No politician should gain a seat in Westminster if their reason for being there is their own career, for glory, monetary gain, publicity or just because since a child they had an aspiration to be the key holder at No.10.

Good Politicians are not purely idealists. They have practical understanding and experience of life, ideally from a variety of angles. They have knowledge that gives them an understanding of people and what it takes to see, interpret and translate life and the impact of government policy from a variety of standpoints in just one argument. Not simply the one that most closely fits their own.

Above all, it’s about realism; not only doing what’s going to be popular or what they believe is likely to secure the most votes.

The responsibility of being a politician, MP or leading a Government of any kind is about the best decision based on the facts of the moment being taken at that moment in time.

Political strategy is only a route plan. It is not a guarantee that events will ever turn out as anticipated or the way that they should, because there will always be unforeseen factors involved.

When we can genuinely fill the seats of our Councils and our Parliament with a majority of Politicians who see their role as a responsibility, a privilege and an unquestionable obligation to the wider community, it will no longer matter about political philosophy.

Politics will no longer be facilitated for the benefit and furtherance of a Political Party or a Politicians own cause.

That is the point when politics will have changed for good.

 

 

 

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Mays ‘bold new Brexit deal’ is nothing more than a different shade of lipstick smeared across the mouth of the same dead pig

MAYBullshit baffles brains. That is unless you’ve used the same old trick too many times before for people to be caught out by the new spin on an old story that you are telling.

In Theresa May’s latest attempt at a presidential speech over Brexit this afternoon, our lame duck Prime Minister has yet again attempted to fool everyone into thinking she has come up with something new, this time doing little more than the padding out of her approach with detail that is as meaningless in terms of direction as it is used to once again try to cover up the trap door to Remaining in the EU which has always been May’s Brexit strategy flaw.

That the Cabinet has yet again enabled the continuation of this tragedy today sounds a deafening death-knell which isn’t just heralding the end of Theresa May’s No.10 tenancy, it tells us that what is left in terms of opportunity for the Conservative Party to turn itself around is just about to crash to the floor.

If the Parliamentary Conservatives have even the slightest idea of the travesty they are jointly now being held responsible for, they will end this disastrous premiership right now. Before this PM can do herself, their Party and above all our whole Country any more damage.

You owe us all this as a minimum for the part you have already played. But in reality very much more.

Any PM who respects the Will of the People has a ‘No Deal’ Brexit mandate. Boris’ Achilles Heel will be tying himself to the mast of ‘One Nation Conservatives’ in an attempt to secure a Leadership ‘win’

Old PoliticsWatching the Conservatives very own comedy of errors unfold would be hilarious, were the consequences not as likely to be so very serious for us all.

As I wrote only yesterday, the ability of the Members of the Parliamentary Conservative Party to distance themselves from reality in the middle of an evolving National crisis really is in itself a story to behold.

For instead of reading the messages that the Public are now giving them, that change is not just a request but a requirement, they have instead been using their time unwisely to look for the most suitable scapegoat to blame for their current misfortune, with the intention of immediately going back to their default setting with the clearest intent that they will continue with the same Old Politics that has been their undoing all along.

Over a period of months, we had been given some reason to hope that once May had gone, the New Politics that we want is immediately possible, because a new Conservative Leader would have read the political runes and changed theirs and the thinking of the whole Conservative Party in order to look forwards and be ready to address all that is to come.

Yet recent days and the promise of an imminent Leadership Contest has sadly blown this hope clean out of the water, as we have seen the mealy-mouthed lip service paid to a new beginning, all-too-quickly set aside with the unquestionable aim of securing MPs Votes for the Leadership, with scant regard for the real issues which are delivering a proper No Deal Brexit and facilitating the work of a Government enacting a New Politics.

They forget that change is the requirement. It is not a choice.

And whilst I have several times argued that Boris Johnson is the best choice amongst them, it is clear that anything that can make him different, will, if he ties himself to the Old Politics of One Nation Conservatism, be immediately neutralised and therefore any benefit from electing him Leader will be lost.

Whilst our incumbent MPs might be too close to the mess that they have together created, to comprehend what that change might actually look like, they are truly deluded if they really think that the only problem with Brexit is May; that Brexit is a stand alone issue, and that Brexit itself has nothing to do with the decades-long assault on our democracy that is now fully in the open and will not be considered to have been dealt with until We can not only hear, but also see and above all experience in daily life that we genuinely again have a real Voice.

Any Prime Minister who can accept this and work with this requirement and respect it both spiritually and materially as the Will of the People will have the genuine Mandate for a No Deal Brexit, as it was given when We chose to Leave the EU on 23rd June 2016.

Boris, nor any other new Conservative Leader will be in any position to do this, if their sole aim going into the Leadership Contest is to get elected by aligning themselves with the Politics of Old.

One Nation Conservatism is nothing more than words, broken promises and a one-way ticket to being hoisted by their own petard by anyone that chooses to get involved.

To deliver the Brexit that the People Voted for will require any new Conservative Leader to cast aside this old and meaningless way of working and embrace a New Politics that will provide the tools and machinery to deliver a real Brexit, and open up the doors to all the opportunities that lie ahead for a new and engaging form of British Democracy that lies in our future beyond.

 

 

No Chancellor, it’s not hijacking Brexit when the People are taking back from you what we already own

MANDATE 1Two days out from the European Elections on Thursday and fear is back on the menu for those behind the Brexit crisis as they desperately attempt to regain some control.

Suggesting that ‘Populism’ is hijacking Brexit sadly says a lot more about the bubble that the politicians who have been running our Country are living in, rather than anything we should take as any form of appropriate or informed analysis about the ingredients that could be about to lead to a substantial Brexit Party win.

This approach has become a trademark gesture of those Politicians who still believe that the UK will continue to be ruled after Brexit by their exiting ‘Old Politics’ world.

That they attempt to again soil and pour scorn upon the reality of a democratic uprising by casting out and blackening the names, identities and views of a majority of Voters is only going to fuel the growing hatred and contempt of the Public for this ‘we know what’s best for everyone’ and ‘me, me, me’ form of Politics. The outgoing order, where the majority of this political class consider themselves to rule by some twisted kind of divine right.

They forget that they relinquished the right to continue with their own selfish ideas and stupidity, when they tossed over the decision over Leaving the EU to the People. Yes, David Cameron might have driven it, but these are the self-same, self-serving, self-righteous Politicians that supported him then who have since and are now involved.

Whatever kind of spin these proponents of the ‘Old Politics’ use as their argument against the democratic choice of the People to Leave the EU, history tells us that when the results of other elections have suited them and their purposes, they have never had reason to question the legitimacy of our decision and the way that it was formulated and then made.

The European Referendum of 23rd June 2016 was based on a tried and tested binary question, legitimately agreed and endorsed by our Country’s Regulatory Processes. It was not loaded or misleading and it certainly was not a multiple choice list of ways we could Leave the EU like the one that our busted flush politicians have tried presenting in Parliament since, like Brexit presented in 50 different shades.

Just as we, the Public have to own our choices when we appoint a new Government, we are right and justified to expect the choice we made for a clean and proper Brexit to be honoured both materially and in spirit, and given time to demonstrate all that will be different BEFORE any attempts at a review of OUR DECISION is ever made.

The fact is that We the People made the choice to Leave the EU.

You, who We trusted and Elected to represent us as our Politicians have done nothing less than attempt to steal OUR BREXIT. You have done this for reasons no better than self-interest, your fear and therefore your unsuitability to continue in roles that have much loftier levels of responsibility and justifiable expectation than you were clearly ever cut out for.

We cannot hijack Brexit.

Because Brexit was never and will never be yours.

Brexit is the Will of the People.

Brexit is therefore ours.

And Brexit will be properly delivered by a new Government. Whether that Government is made up of existing Politicians who have put their hands up and are prepared to think differently, or by one driven by the populism that you hate. A Government that will without doubt have the qualities that most of you seem sadly to lack within this one. That’s the best of intentions towards the Electorate – irrespective of whether they may or may not have any flaws.

One Nation Conservatism and the Old Politics are the same thing. It’s a horse that won’t run now the Brexit stone has been lifted and Voters are looking for something that works and is actually new

May 20, 2019 1 comment

After Brexit

Just at the very moment you think the Parliamentary Conservatives can do the Party no more harm, One Nation Conservatism gets rolled out again and instead of embracing new and original thinking, the few voices of hope instead show their true colours and make clear that after Brexit, they simply intend to start singing the same old sorry song.

If the seeming inability of the ERG and Brexit-supporting MPs to remove May clinically and decisively in time to save both their Party and possibly the British Political system itself were not bad enough – being made so brutally clear by the upsurge in support for the Brexit Party, even the merest hint that the truth underpinning the Conservative Party today is a view that nothing other than our relationship with the EU has changed, tells us all that their MPs are failing to realise that they are still embracing the Old Politics and are destined to fail.

Change in politics is no longer a choice.

If the Conservatives continue to cling to the wreckage of the Old Politics by choice, simply by rebranding it whilst carrying on as normal with the belief that paying lip service is all that it will take to convince an Electorate already weary of lies, that words are all it takes to change politics and no more, the Party will not be seen as in any way credible.

The Brexit Party will clean up. Not because it is offering something meaningful for the long term – it clearly is not. But because it is successfully talking up what People actually want and is therefore inspiring people from all political angles and persuasions, even though it will be hard pressed even to deliver Brexit, let alone anything more.

If the drop in polling numbers is not sending the right message for the Conservative MPs  in this lame Parliament today, that ‘this is the way that things have always been done’ is no longer acceptable; that they now must think differently and use Brexit as the baseline opportunity as a means for a better future, rather than a flash in the pan and nothing more, the People are going to judge them all as finished and look for solutions elsewhere. The Conservative Party will simply be no more.

The point of no return is now arriving.

May should have already been long gone.

The result of the European Elections this week will make clear for everyone very loudly what no change within any of the incumbent Westminster Parties has in store.

This is the last chance saloon for a future based on the existing model of British Politics.

But if the ideas, approach and policies don’t change, politics and therefore our democracy are quickly going to look very different.

The ease of electoral participation that we have all been taking for granted will evaporate.

It will be replaced by the darkness that is created by populism when it has gone too far to be headed off.

All because at the time that it could have been, when those that have the power right now to work proactively to do so simply refuse to accept that the world around them has changed and they have to put doing what’s right first, instead of reverting to type and pretending that all our problems are about just one issue and that they have otherwise been right all along.

Wake up guys. Because the age of the free ride and gravy train of party politics in the UK simply exists no more.

A Customs Union: Anything that looks so simple and involves the EU will always be too good to be true

Politics 5There have been and continue to be a great many striking things that the Brexit process and the Vote to Leave the EU have revealed about the way that our political system has and at this point continues to work.

Much of it, although hiding in plain sight for a very long time, has come as a surprise to many.

One that has caused frustration, distrust and indeed anger with the Establishment. With the politicians that form a great part of it, and with anyone who has been playing upon the unwitting and innocent ignorance on the part of many of us of how the political world has been working with its prioritisation firmly focused upon only the benefits for those involved.

We have been brought up, taught and indeed conditioned to trust the people that we elect to a point where we foolishly believed that we don’t need to worry what they are doing.

We trusted that other than at election time, there is simply no need for us to ever get involved in politics.

So it is completely understandable that at the point where Brexit has itself lifted the lid with all that is wrong with our broken politics, we now go in search of the most obvious solutions to get the matter quickly resolved.

Ours is a human response and one that is all too familiar. Because it isn’t just the Electorate that looks for the obvious and simple answers when there is a problem.

To do so is and has for too long also been the default setting for the majority of our MPs whenever there has been the hint of real work for them to do in Government.

This might all seem like a long route into a discussion about a Customs Union. But trying to make sense of this term – that even now is being banded about as what could be the common ground between all sides that gets the Brexit impasse resolved – when even the MPs who are being asked to legislate on Brexit don’t actually know or understand what really is involved, is not something that comes easy to any of us.

With a matter as serious and as potentially far reaching as the question over whether we get a Brexit that ctually delivers on the Referendum Result or doesn’t on the table, we have to be aware that a Customs Union and its implications may not even be the same in reality as what the MPs themselves are being trained on.

A Customs Union is certainly not the same thing as we are being told.

Yes, as ridiculous as it might sound, MPs are having to be trained on what a Customs Union with the EU actually is. And a big part of the problem is that for the many of us who don’t understand how government and legislation actually works, the concept of a Customs Union sounds very simple indeed.

To be fair about it, if you were to look for the meaning of the customs union, you would easily find a brief, perhaps only paragraph long explanation.

One that would no doubt outline that it a Customs Union is a reciprocal relationship between the EU member Countries or Member ‘States’ that harmonises tariffs on goods travelling across or entering the ‘EU’ at any location – even if they then travel to another constituent Country.

By apparent necessity, it leaves the legislation covering each and all of these tariffs for the EU to set in Brussels. Their setting is not left as a matter for any individual Country to resolve.

A Customs Union is a key part of the process of removing geographical borders, so that physical checks between ‘internal’ EU traffic are not necessary. Bureaucracy then appears significantly reduced and it can be argued that there is free, unhindered movement of goods between so-called Member States.

It sounds great. In fact it sounds like a no brainer. This is why the concept Remains so popular.

A Customs Union sounds like the right thing to do until you start to consider the wider implications of being in one and think about its true reach and the real impact upon the UK of all that is actually involved.

But things get confused at this stage. Often deliberately. Because a Customs Union itself is in effect a necessary, if not symbiotically irremovably intrinsic part of a Single Market and a key part of the direction of travel for the supranational EU.

A customs union or its namesake was one of the early dominoes in the chain or history of events that led towards where EU law and legislation is located right now.

A Customs Union between the UK and EU cannot therefore stand alone without legislation that is at the very least equivalent to that which already exists within the ‘known’ EU framework. Even if words and the legislation created say otherwise.

No. It is vital to understand that just as a bark wouldn’t come from a duck and a quack wouldn’t come from a dog, being in a customs union with the EU means that we are and still will be Members of the EU.

The UK cannot and will not be able to legislate as an Independent Sovereign State within a Customs Union.

Ultimately, any form of Brexit that includes even the most simple form of Customs Union machinery or legislation is and will be the act of Remaining within the EU. Even if what our MPs – who may actually believe what they are saying – tell us otherwise.

I would like to be able to say that the reality that underpins all of this is also simple to understand. But it is not.

In fact, we have to go right back to the travesty that was the first European Referendum to even begin trying to unravel the direction of travel in what we now know to be the EU.

That was when the ‘Common Market’.or what our parents and grandparents thought and supported to be a simple trading relationship – not massively unlike the explanation of a Customs Union that I have outlined above – on a journey to become the single market and with it the progressive harmonization of laws which go way beyond simple trade.

This resulted in growing mistrust, many questions and above all the decision to Leave the EU. A result that has only appeared to be so near or close to balance, because many still have no apparent reason to question all that is involved.

The term ‘progressive’ is one that has been adopted for a certain style of politics that Remainers often use and one that encapsulates how the EU operates too.

But the political use of ‘progressive’ as a term is actually a misnomer. One that is used to manipulate people into thinking that they are being offered a type of politics and legislature where the only direction of travel in policy is always forward and therefore will only ever have positive impacts for us all.

It all works a little like building a house. Once the house is built, you then decorate. Once it has been decorated you install the equipment. Once the equipment has been installed, you bring in the furniture. Then you move in with your family and to keep things as you perceive they should be, you lay down a few rules.

In this same vein, the ‘Common Market’ or trade agreement led to the Customs Union that then created a shared marketplace or ‘Single Market’. To make sure that the playing field of this ‘Single Market’ was level, it was deemed essential to ensure that all goods are manufactured to the same standards and the same rules. To make sure there is no way for an industry or sector in one member state to gain an unfair advantage in any other way, this meant that the tentacles of legislation then had to reach out to areas like employment law and the European Working Time Directive.

Before you know it, the EU is rewriting the laws that underpin just about every part of life, ultimately creating social problems and changing the very way that we identify as a culture.

And the EU keeps legislation moving progressively to make the rules the same for everyone across 28 very different Countries without fear of consequence because the ideas underpinning this new but nonetheless undemocratic way of doing politics through the de facto and unquestioned implementation of rules is not something that most people see coming.

We certainly don’t understand there has actually been a change when it has arrived in our lives under the auspices of something completely different and much less insipid than the very dangerous truth and reality behind it.

The reality is that we are having our identity stolen by the back door and this process has been facilitated by MPs who should know better.

They don’t because they are ignorant of the truth.

They are only interested in their own glory, rather than having to think through the implications of their actions.

They avoid and therefore neglect a process that we once trusted them to undertake automatically. Because that’s what responsibility to the Electorate actually involves.

It is no use saying that the alternative of the UK becoming again fully Independent as a Nation State will be easier than being a member of and rule taker from the EU because it isn’t.

However, it also doesn’t make it right. Nor does it mean that it will deliver the right things for the UK.

The truth is that there is very little being said by even the Leave side of the debate about the true cost of remaining within the EU and being in any way tied and obligated to it. Never mind the price that we as a Country have already paid.

In fact, the whole Brexit and EU Referendum debate has, is, and looks like it will continue to be very short on facts, whilst remaining subject to the knee-jerk and quick-win approach that has already created so much of the pain that has already been involved.

If the arguments were to be thought out, translated and then effectively made without bias or self-interest, there is no doubt that the argument in favour of the compromises required for continued membership and indeed a relationship of the kind being sold by Theresa May and many on the Labour side of Parliament would not actually be seen as compromise anymore.

It would be seen as being worse than the subjugation to a Foreign power that we have been on the end of for far too long. Subjugation that the Vote to Leave the EU on 23rd June 2016 stated clearly to our MPs had already gone too far and MUST be stopped.

Yet at the same time, no detailed and comprehensive case for Leave has been made.

Without it, the anger and frustration which is now going to drive and fuel a clean Brexit, possibly outside of any form of reasoned control, will not lay the foundations of what an Independent and fully Sovereign UK will then look like.

It will certainly not begin to provide the basis upon which we can then build a genuine and dynamically balanced working relationship with our neighbours in the EU. The solution, result and aim that we must all work for after Brexit has been properly delivered, if the differences that now exist between us in the form of Leave vs Remain are ever to be satisfactorily resolved.

 

BREAKING: The Conservative Party is BREAKING, and every Member of the Cabinet shares responsibility for May still being in No.10

Pint Piper of BrexitClutching at straws when it comes to making any sense out of what is happening in politics today has become the preserve of journalists, commentators and the entire opinionati alike.

Yet the reality of this chaotic situation is that nobody seems able to accept the truth that the descent of our democracy into the abyss has been facilitated by self interest at the top of government and that the solution to the problem and the knock-on effects that it is causing is being obstructed by the very same thing.

May cannot and will not now deliver any form of a real Brexit. Every additional day of her premiership is condemning her Party towards its demise and taking the Country ever closer to a less and less reasoned form of politics once the now inevitable Brexit has been completed and is officially over and done.

There simply remains no logic to May remaining in Downing Street, other than for her to string out the length of her tenure to beat the time served by Gordon Brown and for the Cabinet Members around her either to keep their jobs or attempt to ensure that their place at the top table of the next Administration is to their mind completely secure.

These actions are the height of selfishness.

Our Electorate is now actively and progressively dismissing the establishment and our political system. It is being bewitched by the resonating and engaging tunes played by the antithesis of May’s authoritarian approach to imposing a non-Brexit in the form of our very own tweed covered, beer-swilling, Pint Piper of Brexit who is promising the real thing, but along with it much that the Party following behind him is simply not equipped to deliver besides.

Meanwhile, the politicians around this busted flush and happy-to-squat PM, still cling to their jobs like deranged limpets, apparently unaware that they have been, are, and continue to propogate this evolving mess.

Put simply, the implausible now seems very credible in comparison to the lack of interest that the incumbents of Westminster have in the views, feelings and lives of the very people that elected them and put them in office.

The Conservative Party is dying. Everyone can see it from outside, whilst the tragedy which is engulfing what used to be a very serious proposition of a Political Party is going undetected by the MPs, Party Executives and everyone else who remains intimately involved.

The Conservative Party will not survive without an immediate change and installation of new leadership. Leadership that cannot come from within this tainted Cabinet.

It must be leadership with guts, vision and approach to doing government and party business in a way that many, if not all of us have never witnessed before in politics.

This change must represent a way of leading this Country that bears no resemblance to the piss-poor, futile and glory-seeking tenure of Mrs Theresa May.

The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is a dead man walking, alongside everything that has come from the whole of a non-Brexit Process that has been stewarded under the ‘leadership’ of the outgoing PM.

For the Conservative Party to survive and indeed do its own version of a phoenix or even a lazarus, it has to get restarted, reinvigorated and renewed as quickly as possible.

This restart will not be achieved if it has anything to do with a timetable planned or dictated in anyway by May or the highly questionable ambitions of all those in the Cabinet around her. Politicians who still believe that the future of this Country is in their power to dictate.

It is increasingly likely that May will announce that she is going once the EU Election Results have been announced. She will feel confident that the Conservative Party will insist on seeing through a drawn out Leadership Contest that will delay everything and keep her ‘in power’ until perhaps October.

That is only if she and the ambitions of those around her cannot be tamed and brought back to the real world and the matter immediately resolved.

The dynamics of this Parliament will not allow any leader to deliver a meaningful Brexit.

Yet delivering a meaningful Brexit is the only way that the Electorate will be satisfied and believe that the EU Referendum Result has been acted upon.

A clean Brexit simply cannot be avoided if democracy is to be seen to have been restored to the UK.

This means that the leader who replaces May must be ready to fight a General Election AND win it, with time enough to lay a whole new plan on the EU’s table, before the latest departure deadline has been reached on the 31st of October 2019.

No, it’s not impossible to achieve this, if May is replaced by a real leader, who can see what needs to change with the Conservative Party, within its relationship with the Electorate and with the EU too.

A leader who is ready to push, motivate and inspire everyone to be the change that we are hungry for by delivering the new politics we have asked for via a new and differently formed manifesto.

One that is about an ambition for the future for everyone who shares the UK as a home. Not simply about what is good for those who are positioned to lead.

A void is about to open in British Politics once the European Elections are over. One that could be filled by any one of a number of political solutions.

Yet it is arguably only what remains of the Conservative Party that can stare into the widening abyss right now and accept that it has a directional choice which will either make or break its future. Once its too late, those who have the power to change the Conservative Party right now will not be able to complain that they were not warned, or not told.

The Conservative Party MUST ditch May and the long-list of inept leadership hopefuls in the coming few days.

It MUST replace this regime with a completely new and forward-looking version with a revitalised take on 21st Century Conservatism within hours of her being swept aside.

Otherwise the legacy of May’s ‘hollow politics’ will be manifested within a marxist form of government or whatever is likely to come from the policy-deficient Brexit Party that as a single-issue Party is destined to quickly forget what it was created for.

Options that both have all the makings of being significantly worse for this Country than the dreadful and undemocratic tenure of Theresa May.

 

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I’m as big a Brexiteer as anyone, but I won’t be voting for the Brexit Party or anyone else next week and here’s why…

images-6They say that Politics is a long game, and in many respects it certainly is. But to the significant number of us who pay little or sparse attention – that is unless our politicians have become so brazen as to reject the result of our vote in a referendum – the focus is usually only fleeting and extends into impacts that can be measured simply in terms of what might happen in days or perhaps just weeks ahead.

Equally, an elephant trap of epic proportions for us all is to mistake commonality with others over one issue for commonality between us covering all.

Yes, people actually do assume that agreement over one thing gives license to talk, project and even act as if there is agreement within that form of community over them all.

This is why the European Referendum Vote to Leave the EU very quickly became toxic to those who are from the Remain camp. Because it is cheap and easy to condemn the actions of one you find disagreeable by categorising any shared commonality between that one and with the all.

Hence with a lazy reverse twist action, the few far-right voices who shared that commonality of being pro-Leave, resulted in an assumed and dangerous commonality being imposed upon all Leavers, by lazy and unthinking Remainers – an act of using the same brush to tar them all.

I am making this point, not in an attempt to become some kind of apologist. I have no need to, as the wide-reaching nature of the circumstances and the attack on democratic reason that has become the seedbed of the Brexit Party, has already brought together people from all backgrounds and political persuasions – all as we watch the established Political Parties in complete free-fall.

I am making this point because the success of the Brexit Party today is shielding the reality that there is no substance to anything that it is doing.

The Brexit Party IS a single issue Party.

No matter how valid and important the impact the Brexit Party has already had, if it succeeds in destroying the Old Politics model as it appears well on the way to doing so, it is not bringing anything new to the political or government table as it does.

The Brexit Party is currently incapable of being a credible replacement, even for the complete shit show that we already have.

There is a significant danger underpinning the Brexit Party’s rise. Because with words and slogans like ‘changing politics for good’ the Party is attempting to sell a political product that people will not perceive as separate from the comparatively simple task of Leaving the EU.

When the change that people are now associating or defining as being all about Brexit is not delivered, they will experience disappointment again, in the same way that they now feel they have been robbed by politicians, rather than Brexit fulfilled simply being a step in the process or journey towards achieving something that nobody in living memory has experienced – as they should.

Whilst I have been against the European Union from when I was first able to vote, I have also spent many years in frontline politics.

I know that making hollow promises to make it appear easier to get one issue dealt with and over the line is almost guaranteed to create many more problems than it could ever solve.

Brexit and the decision to Leave the EU always had significant legs of its own to stand on.

But politicians who were opportunistic took to selling it with cheap and easy words, rather than making any attempt to put together, translate and elucidate the in-depth arguments that would have ultimately – and more effectively won the day.

So supporting the Brexit Party – whilst I completely agree with the principle of their one argument, is simply not something that I can do.

The issues that led to Brexit are simply too far reaching and have consequences and impacts that just the act of Leaving the EU – as we already should have done – will not on its own resolve.

The tragedy is that there is for me – as a lapsed conservative – no other option to vote for.

None of these Political Parties are stepping away from the existing or Old Politics model. A model of doing things in government that is all about power being concentrated in the hands of the powerful and only doing what is considered politically expedient to secure election wins and continuity of the vote when they come.

This Country really is today at a terrible impasse. Because voting for any of the Political Parties that have presented themselves ready for the European Elections will only guarantee that we ultimately retain the same version of broken politics that we now so badly want changed.

It’s just wrapped up differently, cleverly attuned and playing on our emotions. Thereby treating us all like nobodies. Because for politicians of the ‘Old Politics’, this is always only be about just one thing.

 

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Everything wrong with our Political Parties has gifted them with the inability to change and what follows a win by the Brexit Party is what we should now be fearing most

May 12, 2019 1 comment

BP WTF

Whilst some of us have been arguing that the Political Parties need to embrace change, we also know that the very reasons that they have gone so wrong are those most likely to ensure that they will not do so. Not until time has run out and it’s all too late.

We needn’t look far for examples that make this clear.

The Conservatives have and even now are missing repeated opportunities to change approach and go a different way.

They are happy to indulge an out of control and wholly inept Prime Minister for purposes that are all and only ever have been about themselves, whilst the Country draws near to a precipice that could otherwise have been avoided.

Our political class has become detached from reality and insulated by a Political Party System that excludes anything from it that gives the whole Electorate an effective and fully inclusive voice.

After many years within a process of insular ascendancy, our MPs no longer understand or identify any need to listen to any voice, other than their own.

Politics today is not in any way intuitive. For if it was, we would not be in the position that we are and Brexit would have been completed. We would already be well and truly out of the EU and talk of a dividing line down the middle of the Country would have never gained traction. The whole thing would be over and done.

Instead we have a political class that cannot understand nor accept even now, that it has done anything in any way wrong.

For years and in all likelihood decades, this approach has been innocently overlooked by the Public. There has been an unwritten acceptance that this was the way Government works. Simply the way that things get done.

But when David Cameron tossed over responsibility to us for a decision on leaving the EU, that status quo was broken.

It instantly became unacceptable for MPs to continue behaving as if they have the right to manipulate and dictate everything that we do and what for us as a Country is yet to come.

When we the People made our decision to Leave the EU, just like after any normal election where we would also have done the same, we expected and trusted that the result would be respected in the same way by politicians as we have had to accept, sometimes grudgingly too.

By choosing not to respect this formula, MPs have brought into question the whole meaning of democracy.

Their obfuscation and malevolent behaviour during the Brexit Process has underlined that MPs consider the Decision of the People to be wrong.

Their action has released the genie from the bottle and now Farage is back. Bigger, better and hitting home with words people relate to more than ever before. People are beginning to feel like he has already won.

But the reach and apparent accuracy of the Brexit Party via a captivating campaign that is tapping into public feeling that crosses the entire political spectrum is limited. It is only a campaign after all.

The connection with the Brexit Party and its message that we see, feel and find ourselves relating to has been created by good dynamic communication. Communication based on effective analysis, intuition, interpretation, translation and the clear unbiased elucidation of the common thread of feeling we share about how we have been sold out by an out of touch and self-serving political class that without immediate change, will only continue to do wrong.

But the Brexit Party is not the change that we need either.

It ultimately represents a collective response to dealing with just one thing.

And once the result of delivering Brexit has been achieved, the commonality that binds everyone with the aims and actions of the Brexit Party will immediately be gone.

We should really now be asking ‘what happens then?’

The Brexit Party has no political philosophy that underpins it, other than to deliver Brexit. There simply is nothing more.

There is no direction underpinning a domestic policy. And with a raft of highly enthusiastic and yes opportunistic candidates too, the clear lack of experience of politics, government and the machinations of the wider public sector present, should be telling us all that we really need to know.

The reality is that a Brexit Party immediately thrust into majority government or as a key influence within a cooaltion would almost certainly be no better, if not even less effective than the very poor excuse for democracy and responsive government that we have already got.

Very few of the Brexit Party Candidates would be equipped with the experience and understanding to hit the ground running in government, no matter what they might sincerely believe. The Civil Service would simply seize the opportunity to go on the rampage, when the malign influences at work within Whitehall are themselves not an insignificant part of all that is already wrong.

Whilst an open assessment that says there is no substance behind what Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party are doing might well sound like an argument to stick with what we already have, I can most assuredly make clear that it certainly is not.

Change is now inevitable.

The rot in politics has simply gone too far.

But none of this is or ever has been as simple as being solely about Brexit alone.

The open secret for a growing number of us is that this has always been about so much more.

The question here is who will actually bring the real change that People are now having their hopes built up to, by a Brexit Party that is in reality selling nothing better than the ‘Old Politics’, wallpapered over with messages that sound like the Party is capable of delivering dreams, when it is currently ill-equipped to even attempt to deliver Brexit. There is certainly nothing that suggests the Brexit Party is a credible option to take the UK beyond Brexit and deliver more.

The hard truth is that the Brexit Party can only promise the delivery of Brexit with a considerable risk of disappointment for us all involved.

As far as democracy is concerned thereafter, we can only be confident of an immediate return to the politics of the world before Brexit. Of going back to the system we have rejected. The very one that we so badly want changed.

We are sadly guaranteed this because NO Political Party can demonstrate a difference between them and the ideals of ‘them and us’. What we the People now recognise as the politics of old.

 

 

May’s Elephant Trap meets the Elephants in the room – again!?

Frustration

No. This is not Groundhog Day. May’s ‘deal’ really may be on its way back to the Commons next week and the result could precipitate a lot more than a phantom EU Withdrawal.

Although it is becoming disturbingly clear that many of our MPs still cannot or simply just refuse to see it, the majority of Voters are as frustrated as they are disturbed as they are angry about what our elected representatives have already done.

But this understanding is not based upon the premise that we all believe that MPs should have unequivocally supported May’s bastard child of a Withdrawal Agreement.

No. The anger, frustration and open questioning is present because the many that have trusted so few with the responsibility for seeing Brexit delivered, cannot believe that those elected to represent us have pretty much all played a part in frustrating our Exit from the EU.

A decision that was made democratically.

An instruction from the Majority of People.

Yet so far prevented by the now mistrusted few.

We know and understand that May’s Withdrawal Agreement is not Brexit. And any MP who now, after all that has happened, chooses to support it, will be remembered for their betrayal of the British People by supporting this sell-out.

It is a plan and strategy that could have been changed at many points over the past 3 years to ensure that by now, we would have together have been more than 6 weeks in to a new chapter of British history that would have been something very new and progressively set to improve.

May’s Withdrawal Agreement has not, is not and never will be an appropriate or legitimate mechanism for the UK to exit the EU.

Our MPs now have to take the responsibility that they have been given and create the environment in which Brexit can be delivered as has been and continues to be required.

It is simply not good enough to bitch and complain that there aren’t the Parliamentary numbers to go forward or to use the fixed term Parliaments Act as some kind of safety net from risk to their own positions and suggest that the General Election which is now inevitable, can be in some way legitimately delayed.

Any MP and particularly those leadership hopefuls among them, who attempts to use support for this travesty of an agreement to demonstrate cooperation and buy-in to party working will be clearly and categorically going against the Will of the People. Worse still, they will be assisting this borrowed-time Prime Minister to achieve her plan for a proper Brexit to be denied.

The underlying truth of May’s plan is the elephant in the room and the whole of the Brexit Process that May has overseen is an elephant trap for the unwary amongst our self serving MPs and particularly those of them who put the realities of genuine public feeling to one side.

These sitting MPs will not be forgiven if they fail to take the opportunity to hear the mood music and to listen to what the People now demand of them.

The People require a proper, clean and no-strings Brexit. Only after which should our future relationship with the EU be considered any further if the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels have not already changed their own tune significantly by that time.

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