Archive

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Boris’ audacity might just win a majority. But with many of the same MPs returning, it will not be enough to get Brexit done

September 29, 2019 Leave a comment

We are no longer a Country run by democracy. Today we are a land where anything goes.

Any politician left in Parliament today who intends to do whatever they genuinely can to uphold any principle of democracy and to deliver Brexit, must now realise that the rules have changed significantly. That to survive in the long term, they themselves will have to change – that is, if they can.

The shibboleths of the old politics are no longer acceptable to the British People. They have gone for good.

And so our Prime Minister Boris Johnson is faced with some stark realities. Realities that he cannot expect to dodge.

That is if he intends to see a proper Brexit delivered. Then open the doors to the opportunities that lie beyond that have the power to bring this Country such good.

Whilst few of us are openly prepared to talk about it, there is a stark reality now at work.

A storm cloud is brewing around everything to do with government in this Country. How politicians are elected. How they should be qualified and their motives tested. How we can ensure that the people elected to represent us will do the job that was intended. How we make sure that self interest holding the levers of power is history and no longer continues to be the norm.

The leap from where we now stand to a reasoned political future can sound very simple. But when we still have a Parliament that is overpopulated by MPs who want to frustrate Brexit and maintain what to them has been a highly beneficial status quo, the realisation will have to soon dawn for us all and not least of all Boris Johnson, that focusing on delivering upon the task in hand is the first and only step that must immediately be taken.

Plans and grand strategies for politicians to take the steps now to secure their power after this, that and just about anything else has happened in the future, simply now have to be put on hold.

Brexit offers the significant opportunity that we have been waiting for, to put so many of the things that have been going wrong in this Country right.

But to do so, the Government that leads us as we Leave the EU must not only ensure that the UK Leaves without any restrictive deal, strings or ties; they must also be able to keep everything moving in the right direction. Until turbulence and the challenges that we will face as we take control of our own destiny have come to a clear end.

Regrettably, the political party model that we currently have, the dynamic in parliament and the impact of what the Remain-collective-opposition has done has ensured – not even with polls moving significantly towards Boris and ‘No Deal’ – that no one can be sure of the result when the General Election comes.

The problem isn’t just about winning seats. It’s both the number of seats and the propriety of the politicians involved.

And because many of the same politicians that are responsible for many of the problems this Country is facing right now – that only include Brexit – are seeking to return, we cannot be sure that the change for the better will come or even be possible after the General Eection, unless an unwavering commitment to a genuine no deal Brexit and all steps necessary to achieving it are now made and the decks cleared to ensure that it is delivered for everyone.

Boris and the team around him – despite the audacity of the approach they have employed – cannot guarantee that the General Election can be won with the Brexit Party still in play.

SPOILER ALERT: The Brexit Party is not going away.

The dynamic of the demographics that support both the revitalised ‘leave’ Conservative Party under Boris and the Brexit Party are different enough that if they exist on a Ballot paper as alternative options for Leave Voters in enough Parliamentary Seats, there is no way that either Party can actually win.

Boris is doing an excellent job of trying to be more Brexit than the Brexit Party. But the Brexit Party currently possesses a demographic that will remain loyal to Nigel Farage and the purist option, simply because without the Brexit Party support or endorsement, supporting the Conservatives in any form simply has too many risks for them involved.

Brexiteers are either heads, hearts or floating voters.

The heads follow the Tories.

The Brexit Party and Nigel Farage are supported by the hearts.

The significant number of Leave supporters that float between will on Election Day put a cross in the box against the name of the Party they think most likely to get the result. To get Brexit delivered. To get Brexit done.

Because of the nature of the situation we are now in, the choice that Boris has is to either cling to the wreckage of what he hoped would be the Johnson era of Conservative Glory and go down in flames with the rest of the Country. Or take the practical step of joining up with the Brexit Party in an electoral pact that can win the General Election whilst demonstrating a very different kind of leadership. So that the will is thereafter present in Parliament to whether the storm through our departure and then clear the decks for the new politics that must now begin.

This is a far from perfect situation. There are arguably very good reasons not to want the Brexit Party involved.

Boris and his Conservative Brexiteers can refuse to understand and accept that it is the utilisation of what all Leavers have in common that will equip him with everything that today he doesn’t have.

But if they do so, they must also then accept that the alternative is to be stitched up by this Remain-collective-opposition and that they will watch from the opposition benches as it emerges from the General Election with nothing less than what was an avoidable endorsement that they will sell to the public as being legitimacy. Ready and willing to weld us into the EU forever as they sweep away any ideas of real democracy every being returned to the UK aside.

Many are impressed by your leadership so far Boris. You are beginning to make the Remain-collective-opposition convulse and shake. But if you really want to get Brexit done and deliver for the People, you need to work with Farage to give us that break. 

It’s time to take that leap of faith.

 

 

 

Yes, the ‘news’ is bullshit. Presenters and journalists are just upset because they don’t realise they are projecting their own opinion instead of fact

September 28, 2019 Leave a comment

The truth is the truth, no matter what your argument might be. And whilst the media love to hate Dominic Cummings to the point of distraction right now, he certainly spoke truth to power when he stated this week that he doesn’t watch the news because it’s bullshit.

With no small hint of irony, the Naga Munchetty debate that has inflamed over her BBC reprimand this week actually proves the point very well that presenters, journalists and pundits – the ‘opinionati’ – have completely lost sight of what news actually is and where their opinion begins or more importantly – should end.

At a time when fake news and the influence that it has via social media has come so clearly into question – particularly where influence on politics is concerned – it is perhaps a very timely reminder that the mainstream news channels and mediums do not receive anything like the scrutiny over the quality of their content that they should.

The reality is that fake news, bullshit and opinion have become pretty much inextricably linked.

It is now only the source and the profile that it has which misleadingly suggests legitimacy where well-known broadcasters are concerned. And made to make the dubious suggestion that they are not the same as other bullshitters or that they come even remotely close.

Just like the politicians who are currently torching our democracy, the opinionati have lost the ability to understand the difference between fact and what they themselves think.

The intoxicating effect of being elevated in the public eye has affected them all just the same.

Categories: Uncategorized

If MPs are successful installing Corbyn as ‘caretaker’ PM, they’d better hope there are public servants willing to oppose and stand in the way of a Prime Minister for the right reasons, rather than for self-serving ones too

September 27, 2019 Leave a comment

img_4276

There are brilliant memes that are doing the rounds at the moment making light of the UK’s democratic demise. The MPs seeking to inflict their own ideas upon us should take note that the best jokes relate to how people really feel about the subject. They should note that the will of the majority of the People is an unalterable truth.

It would appear that we are currently being governed not by the Prime Minister, but by a quasi-government. One constructed of a Remain-collective-opposition, aided and abetted by the Courts. Effectively barricaded in Parliament, completely at peace with themselves and their reasoning, everything that they do and that they have done. Rejecting the opportunity of gaining a democratic mandate in a General Election, so confident are they that what they do is right – no matter what it is that they actually do.

Living in fear that the Prime Minister of the Government they are holding hostage could actually have found a legal loophole that could prevent them from achieving their manipulative aims, these non-representative MPs are today considering the option of putting the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn as a temporary ‘caretaker’ PM into No10.

There’s little point in protesting about the morality of what these power grabbers are doing. Or in attempting to reason with them in the hope that they would then understand that they only think they have control over events that will follow every decision they make and what the consequences might then be.

These Remain-obsessed MPs have already demonstrated very well that they are only prepared to do what they believe to be right for them. Not what’s right for us all.

The problem with such unbridled levels of stupidy and the ignorance that underpins the decisions that they have already and now intend to make, is that they have absolutely no respect for the realities of consequence – that are out of anyone’s control – from the moment that the decision has been made.

Placing a power-crazed Marxist in No10, might seem like an expedient and inconsequential idea to those who believe that this is how they can thwart Brexit yet again.

To them its just a case of how the political stitch-up of all stitch ups will come to fruition and finally be made.

Yet the example they have given Corbyn over recent months and weeks – that is when it comes to riding roughshod over every kind of constitutional rule possible to achieve their aims – will only have served to demonstrate to Labour’s Marxist Leader that he will not have any problem rubbishing the framework of rules that is now in freefall around him.

Corbyn will have seen that the ground has been well prepared for what under his premiership would be set to come. He will know that circumstances will now allow him to simply brush away any foolish notion that his time in No10 will be anything like a temporary stay.

The fools now planning to do this have no idea what drives this man or the people who surround him, and how ruthless they will be in keeping power once they have it.

These MPs think Corbyn would be responsible when it comes to respecting the principles of democracy. The very same ones that they themselves have so publicly ignored.

However, they and their officially autocratic chums at the EU would soon have a rude awakening when they wake up one morning to discover that the prospect of the capitalist gem of Singapore-on-Thames that Brussels so fears as fallout from the UK Leaving, will have been replaced by the reality of a Socialist wasteland that is Europe’s New Venezuela, twinned with the DPRK. All as a direct result of them destroying democracy and meddling with everything.

Many of the self-serving MPs who have put keeping the UK in the EU not only above the will of the people, but also above everything else they misuse their responsibility to do, do not have any idea what a man with this ideology is capable of.

If they should succeed at giving Corbyn power at any level, it is safe to assume that he and his supporters will do anything and everything to take much more.

Jeremy Corbyn is a fan of revolt and of revolution. Not as a way to change anything for the better for everyone else as his propaganda tells us. But as a method of grabbing absolute power so that he can further and completely embed his own malevolent cause.

The MPs that now consider facilitating this have neither respect for the power they possess, nor the people who entrusted it to them. They would simply gift the power that they therefore do not understand or value to him by installing him in No10.

And at some future moment after they did so, when the gravity of the mistake they have made manifests and the penny begins to drop, they may well consider themselves at that point lucky only to have been put up against a wall and shot.

Yes, it might all sound very far-fetched as we sit here reading the troubling stories from within what many do not see are the dying embers of our once democratic reality. We all still cling to the belief that nothing could ever really change.

But if these abusers of the Public trust should successfully remove Boris and make Corbyn their temporary PM, they had better hope that there are others in positions of responsibility who are in possession of the principles that they are not.

They should hope that there are public servants at the top of government, the emergency and security services and of the military too, who would be willing to oppose and stand in the way of a Prime Minister for the right reasons.

They must hope that these executives will be prepared to put themselves at significant personal risk. And that they will do so, rather than following the example that this Remain-collective of a quasi government has set them, which is nothing less than ‘this is all about me, me, ME’ and based on the example of ‘do as I say, don’t do as I do’.

The very people whom we the People have trusted to run our Country; to do what’s right for all of us and to keep us safe, are – through their own ineptitude and the abuse of the offices that they have been entrusted with – inviting in a very dark and significant change – simply through their actions and their ignorance – that they are unable to see.

Let us hope that just a few of those who have facilitated this mess by carrying the number of votes in Parliament across the opposition line, now have sense enough not to allow the ridiculous concept of Corbyn being reasoned enough to take over as a ‘caretaker’ PM go through.

Because we can be sure that a man like this will not have the responsibility, morality and self-control to leave that once respected post when his time is supposed to be through.

 

image thanks to the person who created it and put it out on the web

 

 

 

Categories: Uncategorized

Boris has no reason to apologise when in miscreated circumstances all he has done is attempt to lead

September 25, 2019 Leave a comment

Whilst the gravity of events culminating this week has not yet allowed time for the dust to settle, there can be no doubt of the trouble that what was once our democracy is now in.

It doesn’t matter if you think Boris Johnson and his Government, the opposition ‘Remain collective’ or even the Supreme Court was or is right.

If you are looking to identify legitimacy, we can be pretty sure that history will demonstrate that none of them were actually right.

In such troubled times when absurdity rules and MPs and even judges have thrown everything that has underpinned the mechanics of our system of government out of the window, it stands to reason that the people who are still in the positions of true power should and would do everything they believe they can to lead – even if the steps they take subsequently don’t go the way that they should.

Boris Johnson has faced a set of unique circumstances and events as Prime Minister that he has been prevented from addressing appropriately and as he should.

The reality is that his hands were tied in any event the moment that the Fixed Term Parliaments Act was signed off and we already know that he has tried not once, but twice to call a General Election – which any Prime Minister that finds himself without a majority, would taking responsibility then do.

Yes, prorogation was always going to be questionable. But in these strange times when everything is set up against you apart from the majority of the voting public, breaking new ground and stepping outside the realm of precedent is exactly what we should expect our mandated leaders to do.

The current illegitimately sitting and refusing to budge majority of Remain opposition MPs have actually broken the system, and we should have been able to expect that our most senior Judges would look upon the bigger picture at work here, and see the trap that had been set for them, before they gave such a damaging judgement of which all 11 of them are clearly sure.

The circumstances that we are facing don’t or will not allow the immediate changes that we now need to prevent all of this from hitting the floor. That would be the dismissal of this whole Parliament, and its replacement with a form of government that will deliver on the result of the Brexit Vote, have vision, consideration for all and be equitable. Its not a lot to ask when we deserve a lot more.

What is left of the once legitimate framework under which the public elects representatives will not allow us to do that – that is if we are really to try to adhere to the rules that our MPs and even our Judges have now broken. We regrettably now have the right to ask the question – what or rather who are these rules actually for.

History will show that in terms of the Prorogation, Boris was doing the best that he believed he could. Any apology against that, no matter what the Supreme Court may have ruled, will only speed up the fall of this democracy when things are so desperate that we need a completely new way of thinking at the top of Government if anything any politician can now do is going to result in anything remotely good.

 

 

 

Categories: Uncategorized

Labour’s economic illiteracy and lack of understanding of how businesses actually work should make frightening reading for us all

September 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Actions always have consequences. It’s just the way that the world works. That is of course unless you are an irresponsible politician out to acquire power at any price and don’t have one moment to think about reality as glory is your only cause.

John McDonnel’s announcement that Labour is now committed to a four day or 32hour working week sounds wonderful for workers who only hear that they will get a days paid holiday each and every week. Whilst for businesses, it’s the reality that many would go out of business as they would become instantly unsustainable, whilst many of the people such a hair-brained Policy is supposed to win over would simply lose their jobs.

The simple reality that underpins this policy masterstroke is to condemn businesses of all shapes and sizes of having to find the full cost of funding the cost of an additional employee, per existing employee, every week for at least one whole day.

Even with a ten year introductory period, the ridiculousness of the assumptions that underpin this policy cannot be reduced into what Labour clearly thinks is a very simple thing.

No sustainable business can absorb financial implications of this kind without becoming unviable, having to reduce its number of staff, or by increasing costs to such a degree that any benefit to the employees that still had a job at the end of it – through the inevitable accompanying rise in the cost of living – would simply be lost.

The stupidly that underpins such brazen attempts to secure an electoral victory by securing the support of idealists would be laughable, if the outcome of putting these people into power would not be so serious for us all.

Short-termism doesn’t cover this level of ineptitude. It really would just make everything that’s wrong with the economic model we currently have is this country much worse, rather than making it possible for normal people to have a decent life without going into debt – which is what any decent politician would now recognise as being what people really need.

It’s not the money we earn or the days off that we have that will make the difference that we all now need. It’s the political recognition and politicians taking the action required to ensure that the financially poorest in our society face lives that they can actually afford that will bring everything else into check.

To do that our politicians must look the real decisions and actions that they must take in the eye and stop pretending that making easy choices will have no consequences for the people they are supposedly trying to help.

Categories: Uncategorized

The Supreme Court is being asked to rule on circumstances that are the exception. If it doesn’t consider that, the implications will be permanent

September 19, 2019 1 comment

On the face of it, the hearing taking place in the Supreme Court is all about Brexit.

Boris appears to be doing anything that everything that he sees as necessary to deliver our departure from the EU by 31st October.

The opposition and individuals behind the case protest that their action is necessary to ensure that Brexit is delivered appropriately and that can only happen if it is managed in the way that they believe it should.

In the heat of the moment and at the pinnacle of this debate, few will be aware or see that both Leavers and Remainers have much to lose, depending upon the ruling made in this case.

What we share in common in terms of our democracy and how our very system of government works is now fundamentally at risk – all because of the politicians who have camped their tanks on the lawn of Brexit, and in so doing have driven a massive wedge down the middle of the relationship between the electorate and the elected, and everything in between.

It is easy to try and see the whole matter as nothing more than the question of whether the Prorogation instigated by Boris Johnson is legal. In isolation, the Court might well question whether it actually is.

But the Prorogation isn’t something that has taken place in isolation.

There is a need to consider all of the key events that have taken place since the Brexit Vote that have influenced the unique circumstances in which a Prime Minister is attempting to deliver upon a democratic mandate.

They have all contributed to if not led to this exquisitely serious situation and careful consideration must be given to what may next be to come:

1. In 2010, David Cameron cooks up the Fixed Term Parliaments Act with Nick Clegg

2. Expecting another hung Parliament in 2015, David Cameron promises the European Referendum he never expects to have

3. The Conservatives win a Parliamentary majority in the 2015 General Election

4. David Cameron honours the Election pledge and commits to a Referendum on the UKs Membership of the EU

5. David Cameron embarks on a ‘show’ negotiation to change the relationship with the EU

6. In the 23rd June 2016 European Referendum a Brexit majority electorate instructs a Remain majority Parliament

7.  David Cameron steps down on the morning of 24th June 2016

8. In July 2016 the Conservative Party appoints Theresa May as a Prime Minister who doesn’t believe in Brexit. She commits to delivering what she believes to be ‘Leave’ and calls it Brexit instead

9. In March 2017 Theresa May tables Article 50 to the EU with the pretence of a countdown to ‘Leaving the EU’ by running down the clock to a deadline of 29th March 2019

10. In April 2017, Theresa May calls untimely General Election to increase the Conservative Majority and increase her executive power.

11. General Election on 8th June 2017 sees the Government reduced from a majorityto one of minority

12. Theresa Mays 2018 Withdrawal Agreement emerges and satisfies no one

13. All sides in Parliament continue to see Brexit as a political opportunity rather than the democratic instruction that it is

14. Theresa May will not step aside and seeks to secure their ‘legacy’ at any cost

15. The Conservative Party fails to remove Theresa Mayin December 2018, instead choosing to confirm confidence instead

16. The Government experiences considerable defeat over the Withdrawal Agreement

17. An embattled Theresa May chooses to sit it out, thinking that time will prove them right

18. Article 50 is delayed until 31st October 2019

19. Theresa May finally steps down, but delays departure and The Conservative Party indulges itself in a full Leadership Contest

20. Boris Johnson appointed Conservative Leader and becomes de facto Prime Minister

21. Boris Johnson declares UK Leaving EU on Halloween in all circumstances

22. Boris Johnson rules out General Election as way forward

23. Parliament goes into summer recess

24. Upon return, the Remain majority opposition imposes law against No Deal

25. Parliament refuses twice to support a General Election

26. Boris Johnson prorogues Parliament until 14th October 2019

27. Gina Miller, John Major et all tests the ‘legality’ of the prorogation in the English and Scottish Courts. English Courts say not a judicial matter. Scottish Courts say its wrong

28. Decisions Appealed to the Supreme Court on 17th September 2019

and there was a whole lot more besides…

All of these events, no matter who or what ‘side’ is driving them, are in danger of adding up to a sum much greater than the parts. Something that will be very different. A situation that will be very destructive as a whole.

Boris may not have been right to prorogue Parliament. But the circumstances led to his decision.

Parliament deliberately seeking to control the Executive whilst refusing to support a General Election was certainly not right either.

If the Supreme Court rules that the move to prorogue was wrong, it will establish a precedent that breaks the deference of parliamentary will to the expediency of executive decision making.

Our already so-called democracy will never be the same. And this, the interference of the judiciary in matters political, could prove to be the step too far that breaks the system of government in this Country as we know it.

 

Categories: Uncategorized

The ‘opposition’ has focussed the Brexit argument on Boris and the way to win is to move the focus back – by resigning

September 9, 2019 Leave a comment

Should I read it? Should I switch it off? Will engaging with it make any difference?

To many these are very familiar questions when it comes to the news that is coming out of Westminster each and every day. Familiar, because few of us can any longer believe what it is that we see, hear and understand to be going on.

With a list of car-crash interviews involving high profile opposition MPs last week, the Public is now becoming seriously less inclined to indulge this contemptuous mess of a Parliament for all of the lies and stories they still continue to tell. In fact, it would perhaps be better to go as far as to say that it is no longer possible to discern whether these Politicians have so much contempt for the people they were elected to represent that they believe they can say anything without fear of ever being called out for treating voters as if they are completely stupid, or indeed if it is actually a fact that they are that stupid themselves.

Either way, the jiggery-pokery and line blurring that has led to a law being enacted today that is in place with the intent of preventing a British Prime Minister from honouring the outcome of a democratic plebiscite – just because its what the MPs themselves want – has succeeded in boxing the PM into a corner surrounded by elephant traps and the clarion call of undemocratic triumphalists who believe that by delaying the coming General Election beyond 31st October, when it comes to both that Election and the topic of Leaving the EU, it is they who have already won.

Yes, it does look that way. But by so assiduously attempting to bolt down Boris to the choices that the Opposition makes, they might have only won a hollow, indeed pyrrhic victory – depending on how Boris and those advising him now choose to interpret what steps he must take if he is to lead.

It has been said that he who frames the argument wins it.

Right now, Boris appears to be penned in because those who can control the law are using it to control him and control what he now does.

Being able to control the law, doesn’t make what the Opposition is doing right. But it does leave a PM with a big dilemma – if he cannot see that sometimes doing what appears to be wrong is necessary to deliver what is right.

There is good reason to believe that most of the Country would be behind Boris if he were to do so. But it may not be necessary if he really has the metal when it comes to doing what needs to be done to lead.

The alternative that Boris has is to call the Opposition’s bluff. Resign and make clear that whilst he wouldn’t break the law – however shakey the ground might be in which it was built – he also would not sell out the British People in the way that Theresa May and now all those MPs we collectively identify as being the Opposition have done.

No sensible person wants Corbyn in No10 as allowing his hands to touch the levers of power even momentarily would be a process accompanied itself by monumental risk.

But passing the buck to him to go to the EU and beg for a further extension to A50 – in what would almost certainly have to be a pretext to a General Election in November – maybe the real act of leadership required of Boris to sort out this political chaos, and as far as delivering Brexit via a Parliamentary majority – all it will really take.

Once some light of reason – or what we might better identify as forced progress – has been shone into all the darkness that sits behind this Parliamentary movement against democracy and shows it for all it is, the MPs who are facilitating this madness through their own fear and self interest over the EU will not allow Corbyn to affix himself to a tenure as PM in No10, as surely as they have attempted to prevent Brexit.

The choice will then be one for Boris and Nigel Farage to make over their accepting what steps it will take with a politically-enlightened Public to secure that Brexit majority without letting division between Brexit supporters manifest in splitting votes across constituencies that could ensure it isn’t won.

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: