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Labour’s plan to impose yet more regulations on business that prioritise wages and employee conditions will help nobody – least of all the employees themselves

October 31, 2019 Leave a comment

GE2019aOne of the most regular topics that people bring up when we discuss politics is an inherent disbelief in the attraction of Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party for many younger people and others who seem to have become intoxicated by the socialist cause.

Sadly, calling people names or making a joke of their beliefs – however much you might question those beliefs yourself – doesn’t actually settle the issue. In fact it can be highly counterproductive and end up doing a lot of damage to your own cause.

Socialism is attractive to younger and idealistic people because everything it stands for is idealistic.

Young people are idealistic by nature, simply because the practicalities of life and reality have not yet got in the way.

There are also many adults who have also been hurt and felt pain from trying to live and make their way in a horrible world that offers very simple and obvious answers to what are actually very complex problems when they are looking around for someone to blame.

Labour and Jeremy Corbyn as their leader have, are and will continue – either by design or through ignorance of the practicalities of the world – to sell solutions to the problems we face that sound very attractive to those looking for the world to be the place that it should be, rather than accepting the world as the place that it actually is.

Idealism, by its nature, doesn’t deal with consequence.

Idealism is an easy tool for cynical politicians to use in their bid to secure power.

Idealism I’m politics peddles the myth that you can simply create perfect outcomes through legislation, whilst overlooking the real outcomes that are guaranteed to come from all the changes that would or will be involved.

One of the policy areas in which Labour have already began playing fast and loose with truth and reality in this General Election campaign, has been with their continuation of their attack on wage levels and zero hours contracts. All without any recognition of what the impact of their idealistic assault on wages would actually involve.

Let me be clear here before I continue. There is no doubt that people in the lowest paid jobs should earn enough – after the tax and contributions that each of us should fairly make – to feed, cloth and home themselves, transport themselves to wherever life requires that they need to be, and that they should be able to do all of this without having to go into any form of debt.

But that is not the result that we will experience from Labour playing politics in this way.

Yes. In this context, a promise to push up wages to a level that appears to reflect a living wage sounds like a great policy – particularly if you are one of the millions of employees currently on about £8 an hour, thinking about what an extra £2 an hour spread out over a week or month in your pay packet would involve.

But what it doesn’t tell you about is what the impact would be on the businesses who employee people who cannot immediately push up their prices to accommodate what would probably be the cost of around at least £100 per week or £433 per month per individual employee.

Most of the businesses involved and impacted by thoughtless policies like these would not be the commercial leviathans that Labour would have us all think.

They are the small and medium sized enterprises run by the self employed, families and perhaps a few partners that form the back bone of UK commercial enterprises.

Businesses that don’t have the impossibly large profit margins that these ignorant politicians think exist within every privately owned company and would in their minds eye make the rise in employee costs very simple to absorb.

The fallout for the businesses which this policy roll-out would impact the most would be the loss of jobs, perhaps even the closure of those very same businesses – whilst pushing all the business they lose or are then unable to service to the very companies that Labour want to destroy with their hate in the first place.

These reckless policies are akin to little more than putting a sticking plaster on a broken leg whilst doing nothing about the cause of the fall.

Yes, we desperately need a Government that can see and respond to the hardship and pain that People are really facing.

But Labour and their socialist idealism aren’t it.

The response from Government needs to be both appropriate and meaningful.

Getting wages to a level where the poorest can be self-sufficient in every way is a much bigger problem than simply paying people more today and then sitting back and watching the usual suspects raise the price of everything in only weeks and months ahead to the point where the wage earner will quickly wonder what or rather who the wage rise was actually for.

The harsh reality and truth underpinning all of our Political Parties today is that none of them are equipped with the policies, philosophy, understanding, motivation or direction to know what having the responsibility of being in government is really there for.

Problems like these are influenced and effected by, and influence and effect many more. They cannot be addressed in isolation and good politicians will appreciate that dealing with any and all of them requires so much more.

These problems will not be solved by clinging to any of the political tribalism or philosophies of the past.

They will not be addressed by the left or by the right and they are certainly not the preserve of the political centre.

In fact, the kind of government that will address and solve all the problems like these is not even on offer in this General Election today.

Until we have top-to-bottom reform of the political system and everything that exists within it, the injustice in our society is simply set to remain.

Boris COULD have taken the UK out of the EU today, but he chose to go his own way

October 31, 2019 Leave a comment

The General Election Campaign is already well underway and on day 2 – or 42 days until the Polls open, the egos are already puffing up in front of the cameras and the lies, myths and general economies with the truth are now in play with full force.

Of course, today is Halloween. The 31st of October 2019. The second date that we had waited months for and upon which the UK was supposed to Leave the EU.

But we haven’t.

And with the next date for Leaving the EU now set as 31st January 2020, the might of the Conservative political machine is being aimed at refuting any suggestion that Boris Johnson had any choice over the question of further delay, and that our current continuing position of what is beginning to feel like being in perpetual abeyance, was, has been and only ever will be the fault of those who want to frustrate Brexit and see the UK Remain.

Yes, in no small part, the ‘Remain Alliance’ does indeed take much of the responsibility for the position that the UK is now in.

But to say that Boris had absolutely no choice and that the decision over the UK Leaving the EU today was taken completely out of his hands is at best a betrayal of the truth and at worst an outright lie.

As we roll on through a process like Brexit, is is easy to overlook that what we are experiencing isn’t just one, but a whole series of different events. All of them interconnected. Any one of them with the potential to rewrite the pathway of everything that follows afterwards, just like the concept of the butterfly effect.

Whilst it seems like long-term history now, the reason that it is disingenuous of Boris and the spin doctors around him to suggest that there was no way to avoid a further Brexit deal, is that when the new Prime Minister took up his new Office in July, he could have chosen to go a very different way.

It is important not to overlook the difficulties and the challenges that Boris inherited from his predecessor Theresa May. Not least of all the hung Parliament constructed of a majority of MPs who have been, still are and after the General Election – if reelected – will be hellbent on Remaining in the EU.

But challenges aside, Boris’ choice was to either do the right thing, or to do all the things that he has done.

The right thing would have been to accept immediately on his appointment as Prime Minister that without a majority in Parliament of Brexit supporting MPs, he was never actually going to get Brexit done.

Yes, reaching out immediately to the Electorate would have been an imposing task for anyone at that point. But with the frustration, despair and downright anger with politicians, what politicians are and have been doing, and the clear absence of any majority in Parliament of MPs who simply want to do all the things that they should, the Electorate would have been a very fertile seed bed for new ideas, new energy, new direction – and above all, taking politics a new way.

By now, not only could Boris have reengaged a disenfranchised Electorate with a very new kind of inclusive and dynamic Manifesto, he could have actually held and won the General Election that any Prime Minister intent on delivering Brexit would have needed – and today we would have left the EU without any kind of binding deal and BREXIT WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE.

Instead, Boris chose to go his own way.

He didn’t look at the political terrain for all that it was and was likely to become.

He didn’t put the People and our Country first.

He chose to go pretty much the same way and create a Brexit in name only deal like May.

He has repeatedly taken what for him appears to be the easiest way.

And so today, on the day the UK should have left the EU, we still no nearer to achieving Brexit.

Don’t blame the Americans for doing what the Americans do. Worry about the people who have been appointed to negotiate with them – because it’s their ineptitude and self-interest that will cause us hurt

October 30, 2019 Leave a comment

So we are straight into the 2019 General Election Campaign and somebody in the Labour Policy Office watched the Channel 4 Dispatches Programme earlier this week on the Americans hoping to leverage open the pharmaceuticals market as part of a post-Brexit Trade Deal.

Should we be surprised that this is what US business interests want? No – of course not. This is exactly what they do.

All the concerns that the C4 Documentary flagged are real. But they are also replicated in the approach and mentality of big businesses across the world covering all forms of services and goods. It is inevitable that if the people going into negotiations with others have money as their god, they are not going to care about the fallout from any deal they make or the consequences for others, no matter what they are and no matter how many times removed.

What we should be more concerned about is the lack of understanding of big business, global markets and the impact of their actions on the economy on the part of our politicians, and just as importantly the people who they and the Civil Service may appoint in future to negotiate on our behalf.

We witnessed how high level negotiations go wrong – or rather how their direction goes to a location it shouldn’t – with the negotiations over Theresa May’s failed Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

The process was carried out by people who were purposefully looking to frustrate the Brexit result. They were working with others whose main aim was to frustrate the Brexit result. It was all was overseen by a PM who ultimately wanted to frustrate the Brexit result. That’s why we still haven’t had Brexit.

Good negotiators usually get whatever they are aiming for or walk away.

But what they are aiming for will either be overt or hidden. It will never be both.

And that’s the biggest problem we now have as we look into a world of opportunity – once a meaningful Brexit has been delivered.

If negotiations between the UK and Countries such as the USA are always carried out on the basis of considering all consequences and knock on effects – as part of the process of negotiating deals which only work in our best interests – there will never be a problem – and in this specific case, pharmaceuticals are unlikely to ever be put on the table or involved.

But if negotiations take place on the basis of simple political expediency or just the benefits on the table for the negotiators involved, we will ALL be in a depth of trouble post-Brexit, like we have never been in before.

 

 

 

 

The Leave constituency is ‘heads’, ‘hearts’ or ‘let’s back whoever is most likely to deliver’. If there is a choice of Brexit Candidates, Leavers will not all be voting the same

October 30, 2019 1 comment

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Something feels different about the General Election that is now coming on Thursday 12th December. But it’s not the issue fatigue we have with Brexit. It’s not the anger that so many of us have with those MPs who have been dragging out and obstructing a democratic decision for their own personal gain. It’s not even the time of year, the dark-early nights, wintery chills or the prospect of going to the Polling Station on a December night.

The thing that feels so different about this General Election is the cold, hard reality that things could very easily turn out on Friday 13th December to be a whole lot worse than they are today, and at best, that they could simply turn out to be exactly the same.

Our MPs, Politicians and their Political Parties haven’t yet really began to understand and certainly not to accept just how badly they have overlooked the Electorate that they have also so severely misjudged.

The propaganda wins that the political classes were once used to and could look ahead to during the early days of an Election Campaign as being a sure thing are no longer theirs to grab.

These politicians will never again score what now look like the mythical home-runs that only two decades ago seemed to be assured for the main Political Parties in a General Election. That is until they change the way they are approaching their responsibilities and completely recalibrate their system of respect for the concept of governance and what it means to represent the British Public and the interests of our Country at large.

No, the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats can no longer be assured that People are going to vote for them just because of who they are.

A realignment in politics is underway. And what is now going to become a Leave vs Remain General Election in December will only be the start.

Whilst Boris Johnson’s Policy on Brexit is not the clean, no-deal Exit from the EU that we Voted for in 2016, many People will approach their choice of who to Vote for on the basis that it is. The polls currently reflect this too.

But some of those who are currently backing Boris’ Conservatives have not yet woken to the reality that his plan and their aspirations are not on the same page. They soon will.

Because Boris’ deal isn’t a meaningful or true Brexit in the genuine sense, there are others who will not support the Conservatives in this Election, simply because after all we have been through since May came to power, this deal will not deliver the purists Brexit that those who believe in the power of democracy know should have always been Boris’ primary aim.

Those who believe in Brexit – either because they always have done, or because they simply believe in democracy – are not of one simple demographic.

The Leave Constituency is today more or less divided into three.

The Heads.

The Hearts.

The Leavers who will back whoever they believe most likely to deliver the Brexit that they aspire to.

And the problem that the Prime Minister now has as he stares down the barrel of this Leave vs Remain General Election, is that at this stage, he is betting the outcome on the misplaced belief that all Leavers will now support his plan and Vote Conservative on the 12th of December just the same.

They won’t.

And as the Election Campaign wears on, the spotlight will not only broaden to other issues that are of wider public concern. The differences between what Boris calls Brexit and what Brexit actually is, is likely to be brought heavily into focus with the differences opened up to scrutiny and for all Leavers to see.

On Election Day, the Heads will Vote Tory, because that what logic tells us they will do.

The Hearts will Vote Brexit Party, because it will to them be the honest and sincere choice.

The floating Leavers who Boris is already counting as in the bag, will almost certainly move in between.

With the prospect of the Leave Vote being split between 2 or perhaps even 3 Candidates across a great number of key Constituencies, there is a substantial risk that the Policy on Brexit that Boris has so far adopted will energise the Brexit Party as an alternative and polarise votes within the Vote.

At best, this could lead to the Parliamentary numbers looking almost identical to how they do today.

At their worst, it could allow a Labour majority or Labour-led Coalition into power which will very quickly leave People wishing that things actually had remained the same.

By taking the approach that he has so far, Boris has demonstrated that to him, politics is still the same as it always has been.

Taking this approach is not how he will deliver a meaningful Brexit. It’s certainly not the way that he will ultimately win.

To go forward and gain the numbers in Parliament that he must surely now want, Boris must accept that the only way to defuse the prospect of a split Vote is to bring Leave Voters together and remove any choice that currently lurks in between,

The only way to do this is to work with the Brexit Party to secure this General Election Vote and with it the working majority in Parliament that not only he, but the whole Country needs.

No matter how unpalatable it might feel to him or to other Tories by working with the Brexit Party and forming an Electoral Pact, doing so is not only necessary, it is the only way that as a Tory Prime Minister Boris will be able to secure the Votes necessary to deliver a meaningful Brexit and the legacy by which he clearly hopes his tenure in No10 will be defined.

Some of us are very uncomfortable with the idea of the Brexit Party gaining any responsibility or influence on Government in any form.

But to focus on sidelining the Brexit Party as the overriding issue is neglectful not only of where the politic dynamic now is. It ignores the changing terrain in British Politics which is running away from political tribalism and now seeks to put the People back at the centre of politics and make all of us together the only focus and the only cause.

The political runes are now laid out on the table in plain sight for us all to see.

Boris just has to decide whether he wants Leavers to become one, united behind him, or to watch a very different outcome for this Country unfold as he blithely encourages them to stay divided as three.

 

 

 

So the General Election is ON. But have any of the pennies dropped with our would-be leaders?

October 29, 2019 Leave a comment

So with Jeremy Corbyn now having stepped in front of a camera and said that Labour is now ready to fight a General Election, it appears the game is definitely on.

But will there be any clear blue water from any of the Political Parties from what we have had already?

Regrettably, the answer is probably not.

As I wrote in my blog earlier today, Boris has a final chance now to depart from the pathway he has been taking over recent weeks – and to genuinely do the right thing. His WAB isn’t it, and whether it was always part of the strategy to get here or whether desperate circumstances have led to the same place, the fact that it is off the table and hasn’t been agreed, is, right now a very good thing.

Boris now has a choice. He can fight the General Election based on adoption and implementation of the WAB – and risk stalemate and the return of another hung parliament or worse as the Leave Vote divides between the Tories, The Brexits and the UKIPs. Or he can sue for peace, commit to a clean, no deal Brexit and get an Electoral Pact in place which might mean working with some Brexit MPs in the next Parliament, but will mean he has the numbers to deliver the Brexit that he said he actually would.

It is only in the case of the Tories working with the Brexit Party that anything really different can possibly come from this General Election.

The Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and SNP are all going to stick rigidly to form.

Labour are obsessed with power at any cost and will tell the public anything to get there.

The Liberal Democrats want to dissolve all talk of ever Leaving the EU and with it, democracy by default.

The SNP will do anything to facilitate the Independence of Scotland, simply so they can assume what they believe to be even more power by being seen to be ‘in charge’.

All this adds up to the reality that right now, with no signal that anything is going to be any different to what we have come to see as bing normal, its not going to matter what happens in this Election, because the fools in charge are going to continue behaving afterwards exactly the same way as they did before it.

This Country deserves so much more.

 

 

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Boris has one last chance to secure the Exit from the EU that the UK Voted for: Forget the bogus deal and campaign in the General Election for a clean Brexit

October 29, 2019 Leave a comment

With the shenanigans that have been taking place in Westminster now over many months, there is still a part of me – deep down – that questions whether even now, as Boris drops the WAB in a ‘last ditch attempt’ to secure a General Election in December – all of this is part of a very well thought out plan.

The question will probably settled once and for good by what happens next.

Whilst many are, nobody should be under any illusion that the WAB equates to or is the same thing as a proper Brexit, clean Brexit, no deal Brexit, or indeed the Brexit that the British People Voted for on 23rd June 2016.

It is not.

Yes, arguments can be made that the WAB provides a way out of the EU.

But ways out – when it comes to agreements of such magnitude like these, MUST be considered in the full context of what and more importantly who is actually involved.

They must not leave any outcome upon which people are depending to be left to the influence or at the whim of others at some future date.

Without the security of having the unhindered, unilateral ability to walk away from this so-called agreement with the EU at any time, this miss-mash of yet more passing the buck to someone else on another day to make it that other person’s problem is the fundamental basis upon which Boris’ deal has been laid.

It’s a dubious move that if genuine, represents all thats wrong with the way Government works in this Country and the way that politics has been used to play the electorate over recent decades. It led to Brexit itself, and with it what we are now experiencing as the destruction of our democracy.

If Boris continues with the WAB voluntarily once a General Election has been called, it is likely to be his downfall.

It will demonstrate his disdain for detail and the realities of British life whilst illustrating the EU-loving credentials of yet another Prime Minister for all to see.

Doing so will almost certainly mean that at best we have another hung Parliament after the Election, or at worst, there will be one led by a Marxist in power by Christmas.

The real and in all likelihood final opportunity – if Boris succeeds in securing the December General Election – will be for him to cut right through the middle of everything and go for the clean-break, no-deal Brexit that we had all hoped he had really arrived in No10 to deliver back in July.

By securing a General Election right now, without the bogus deal being agreed, Boris can win a General Election and secure the working majority that is needed in Parliament to deliver a meaningful Brexit.

But Boris will only win that General Election and secure the working majority that he needs by unequivocally making a real no deal Brexit his assured and only aim.

Boris must unite the Leave Vote if he is to prevent the Vote being split in far too many Constituencies for there to be any comfort for him involved.

To do this, Boris must ensure that every Constituency only has one identifiable Brexiteer Candidate on the Ballot Paper.

The process of doing so requires acknowledgement that the three demographic parts of the Leave constituency will always at best be split between the Conservatives and the Brexit Party – if the two separate entities are there as a choice on the day.

The heads will vote conservative.

The hearts will vote for the Brexit Party.

The floating Leavers in between, will vote on Election Day, for what they believe will at that point turn out to be the winning team.

It’s only be being united and working together that a General Election win for Brexit can readily be assured.

So Boris’ working ‘Brexit’ majority will be dependent upon other Brexit-orientated Parties agreeing a pact with him or otherwise simply stepping aside.

They are not going to do this if the WAB or anything that resembles it in the Conservative Manifesto is involved.

It’s time for some humility and real leadership from Boris and the recognition that it’s only a clean-break, no deal Brexit that will remove all the problems in the next Parliament that he is experiencing right now.

How he plays it now is purely down to his own personal choice. But it a game that could result in significant costs for us all.

 

 

This Parliament is a ship of fools, focused only on their own future

October 29, 2019 Leave a comment

I’ve lost count how many time I have read a Tweet or short update on Facebook that has openly demonstrated the breakdown of our system of Government and shown just how poor and self-interested the people who populate our Parliament now are.

Name calling, lies, story-telling, myths, fiction and just about every form of fake news you could imagine is pretty much all we now see dripping from their lips.

And this is not just one Party. Its not the Conservatives, the Brevets, the Greens, Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP.

IT’S ALL OF THEM – THEY ARE FUNDAMENTALLY THE SAME IN EVERY WAY!!!

We elect others to represent us in parliament on the understanding that they will do the research, the thinking, the discussion, the debate and the decision making ON OUR BEHALF that we will not.

Yet the MPs that we have today are doing nothing like this or indeed any such thing.

This Parliament is filled with the self-interested. And with it the politics of fear, greed and hate now rule the day.

The MPs that we have are intoxicated by their own power and have no relationship with the truth in any way. They have neither concept nor understanding of what their responsibilities require or involve.

They see everything in terms of their own position, how it will effect them and what the impact on their own personal future will be from everything they do with their office.

These MPs are nothing but fools, sailing on a doomed ship. Drawn on to the rocks of the EU, by hollow calls of warning, threat and disaster from sirens who are cast in their own image and of their own making.

We don’t know how long they and the Parties that propagate them will remain in power.

But of one thing we can be sure.

Sooner or later these charlatans are going and going for good.

And when they do so, only then will there be a chance for real democracy in this Country to be restored.

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