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It’s time to act unilaterally over Brexit, implement the departure which works for us and let the EU follow

February 5, 2019 Leave a comment

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Brexit was never going to be the easiest change to manage, even if we were under the leadership of the best Government available.

The realities of an issue which without any help was always going to be so divisive, was destined to explode the very moment that self-interest and a lack of benevolence on the part of the Establishment was involved.

The incompetence and ineptitude made manifest by the tenure of Theresa May was not entirely absent in No.10 with the incumbent before. But above this, and the very questionable if not dubious efforts of all the Remain-at-any-cost clubbers involved, one of the most clear reasons why we need to Leave the shackles of the EU behind us has been illustrated at its best by the intransigence of the Commission and everything that the EU Leadership has been doing in the Brexit Process since the moment that they became involved.

Regrettably, even now, the elephant in the room is still being missed by many. Not least of all by a majority of our Westminster Politicians, who should by now know and have a much better understanding of the impact of the EU on life in the UK, our People and Businesses than they clearly do now.

The EU is only focused upon developing a European Superstate. Taking every step necessary to deliver synchronicity of systems, policies and cultures of each and every previously identifiable Nation State involved.

It does not care about locality or any other form of identity. It does not consider us as individuals or as a People.

Its modus operandi is to remove anything and everything that can be used to promote individuality. To move us all to a place where without recognising what is changing around us continually and all the time, we will suddenly wake up accepting that we are and only ever will be European, and that localism in the sense where people really come first is unacceptable and can only be painted as being something right-wing, populist and as such simply too bold and fearful to behold.

The incessant drip-drip-drip of change and transformation from being British Subjects to European Citizens has already been embraced and overseen by successive UK Governments over decades. Without Legal mandate and with uncompromising contempt for the impact and consequences of the actions of but a few Politicians on all of the People, Businesses and Lives which are actually involved. This is a key component of the process which ultimately fed Brexit.

This insidious and to many unnoticeable change has left many of our decision makers at the mercy of a system which belittles anyone and everything which has not signed up or become subservient to the ‘grand plan’. The EU is not an entity in the real sense, but a direction of travel which is compelling to those who cannot engage with the realities of what happens when an idealistic project of this size, supranational and politically driven nature takes hold upon the Countries, Peoples, Communities and Individuals who have involuntarily been signed up to it.

This direction of travel is so powerful as to be intoxicating for those who have become intricately involved. Those who have bought into the value of something which they have never had reason to question in real life.

This is why Brexit was destined for chaos the moment that a second Remainer Prime Minister became involved in delivering an outcome which ran contrary to everything they believe and have accepted when told.

The reality is that the EU will not work against itself or that direction of travel, if there is any way that an event has the potential to be repurposed and therefore the direction be brought back to where they see it should always have been.

The EU will not fold on any decision unless to do so itself would be at risk to the greater ‘European Project’ itself.

From this perspective, and therefore the Leadership of Remainer in-chief Theresa May, every attempt to execute a meaningful Brexit under her Premiership was, is and will be flawed. Because the players involved do not understand the rules of the game that they have set out to play.

Under the choking blanket of fear which has been perpetrated as ‘project Fear’ by those possessed by Remain, this Government has lost sight of its own ability to lead this Country through what is a National Crisis.

It cannot even conceptualise the right approach to secure an outcome which works best for us in the circumstances and not simply plays up to addressing all of the threats, warnings and nay saying prophesies that have been involved from the time that the EU Referendum Campaign began.

The only way that the UK will now secure the Brexit that we need – and that’s the one that will ultimately work for both ‘Leave’ and for ‘Remain’, is for us to set our own agenda.

Unilaterally, we must consider the best way to conduct a relationship with the EU and other Countries. But without making the outcome and mechanics dependent upon their input.

Putting it bluntly, we need to go it alone with the decisions and not allow the EU to influence our true direction or to be directly involved.

Whilst this approach may be objectionable to those who always have to approach life under the false premise that you must have a plan, the fact remains that the way to get the very best for this Country is to simply get on and start doing it. The others will soon want to catch up when they realise that we are confident enough and strong enough to do what’s necessary. They must accept that compromise can only ever be genuine when all parties present are committed and actually involved.

The ‘can’t do, won’t do’ nature of this Government and all the Remain-bent MPs who are involved in wrecking Brexit is withholding access for this Country to the most beneficial of pathways, simply because to take it requires strong leadership and vision, gutsy decisions and the confidence to step off into the unknown.

From the moment that we accept that our future and our destiny is in our own and not in the EU’s hands, things will begin to change.

The EU needs a positive relationship with us much more than we need to maintain the negative one with them that they are still offering.

We just need to create the circumstances where they have to make that choice themselves, rather than leaving it up to the historic default – which is the direction in which Theresa May and the Remain contingent are inclined and still committed to taking us.

To even gain traction and obtain the best possible with a halfway house like the Malthouse Compromise, we need a change of Prime Minister. We need new energy and a commitment to putting the UK first, rather than seeing everything through the lens of presumptive subservience to the EU.

But to get all that we should be aspiring to, not least of all from our relationship with the EU but with the World entire, we now need to start rowing our own boat. Let the others catch up and join up as soon as they are ready, rather than selling ourselves continually short just because of the fear-based stories that we are forever being sold by a coterie of mis-leaders who rather than use their eyes to look, simply accept everything that they are themselves told.

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

January 28, 2019 1 comment

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

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

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

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

However, the celebrations are likely to be very premature.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 14, 2019 Leave a comment

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Well here you have it. Again.

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

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

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

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

There is no control left within Parliament.

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

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

January 11, 2019 Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

January 6, 2019 Leave a comment

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

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

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

Respect for democracy in the UK has been discarded.

Not by the People who Vote.

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

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

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

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

It is an ambiguity that is theirs alone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rename Remain ‘informed consent’ or anything else you’d like to try to overturn Brexit. The democratic decision to Leave has not yet been delivered and that’s the truth your obfuscation can never deny

December 4, 2018 Leave a comment

Culturally, perhaps one of our worst pastimes of the day is the habit of trying to make everyone else wrong.

Whilst the clearest manifestation of this behavioural menace is that of the blame culture, it is the adoption of this approach as the standard tactic by Remainers in their continuing efforts to overturn Brexit where its presence is most clearly and most dangerously felt.

I have met and spoken at length with many people and friends who are Remainers. Individuals and professionals who are intelligent, sensible and have the wherewithal to steer their way through the day-to-day minefield which is the voter end of the political spectrum – just as long as the politicians are being honest and the truth isn’t actually being denied.

What They all have in common is that none of them have been able to provide genuine reason for Remaining a Member of the EU other than some form of personal advantage, such as banking or what their employer does, or it simply being most often the case that they hate notified change and they want to maintain the status quo.

It is clear that the vitriol which drives the Remain faction is based upon a sense of loss of control, the sense of personal cost or just the sense from fear of change.

There is nothing tangible about benefits to the wider community, the interests of anyone beyond those they care about or the surfacing of any argument which indicates that Remaining a Member of the EU is a genuine solution to all the ills around us – it being the case that since June 2016, this is what we have been repeatedly told.

So it is the media support and manipulation through communication and the disingenuous behaviour of our Politicians which form the basis of this sell-out of our Sovereignty to an accumulation of different foreign shores. And when there is no real substance to anything that they are telling us or even saying, it comes as little wonder that so many of their messages and soundbites are so freely susceptible to change.

The big problem with all of this is that Leaving the EU properly offers UK People and Businesses a clearly discernible difference to everything that we have for over 40 years experienced and to that which we are still being drip-fed and directly told.

But a real Brexit as yet hasn’t been delivered. This despite the fact that the objective was set in stone as a democratic instruction. It was given by the People, by a majority and in direct response to the binary choice which was binding – as the same Politicians who are now trying to commit us to the EU, convinced us before that historic European Referendum and underlined their very clearly in bold.

So no matter how much effort is spent on trying to repackage the same old story, it is clear that the same old lack of substance Remains.

This whole plan is still about selling out the UK to a foreign power. One driven by an autocracy that wants to use the UK as a resource for nothing more than its own empire building, doesn’t care about democracy in the UK or the people or businesses within it. Yet it will do everything within its power to sell the idea that we cannot live without the influence and control of 27 other countries and that Remaining is the only way that we can ever be safe, secure and feel prosperous, when the truth is quite the opposite.

Put in the words of one of the World’s most influential statesman, ‘You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time*’.

So go ahead. Rename Remain ‘informed consent’ or anything else you’d like to try to overturn Brexit.

The democratic decision to Leave has not yet been delivered and that’s the truth your obfuscation can never deny.

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*Abraham Lincoln

Parliament exists to be representative of the People, not the wants of the Government of the day. Reducing the number of MP’s will only increase public disenfranchisement as power is centralised further

September 28, 2018 Leave a comment

download 22In amongst the din of the Brexit chaos, you may detect the odd snippet of news concerning the proposed reduction in the number of MP’s.

Under a supposed process of making representation more fair, by redrawing Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries, the current Government is seeking to complete the process began by David Cameron to reduce the number of Parliamentary Seats.

As has become normal practice with the Political Classes of today, the story focuses on what they want us all to hear. Not what they don’t want us to think.

Hear ‘balance’, hear ‘fair’, hear ‘equality in representation’.

Don’t hear ‘more people per MP. Don’t hear ‘greater distance between voters and their representatives’. Certainly don’t hear ‘redrawing the political geography of the Country to favour one political side’.

Its pretty normal for us all to have political allegiances of one kind or another. Thats the way that the UK has worked culturally for a long time. But whatever side we support, there is nothing positive to be gained by attempting to tip the balance of the electoral system to place one Party in front, with the indirect aim of ensuring that for the opposition, becoming a government will almost always be denied.

One of the greatest struggles of contemporary politicians is understanding why they don’t get support for their ideas and policies. They don’t consider that their policies and ideas might be wrong. They certainly don’t entertain the thought that they are so completely out of touch with the electorate that they represent, that they have lost their way from the pathway that they should be taking. That of ensuring the impact of policies and decisions, and therefore their consequences are considered for their impact upon us all.

Instead they have concluded that it is the system which is broken. It is the system that is wrong. Their solution being that the system should be fixed. That everything will be much better if they can ensure that their own side can achieve a guaranteed and majority win.

It doesn’t matter if its redrawing electoral boundaries, or introducing proportional representation or a derivative form of it. All these ideas are about gaining more control by dubious means, rather than simply doing the job that all of these politicians have been elected to do.

The problem is that each and every step that is taken in this way is ultimately making the disconnect, the disenfranchisement between us, the Government and the Establishment more distinct. It will not make things better. It will give voters even less of a chance to speak.

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