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Q. Why are the Polls changing? – A. Because nothing else in politics is

December 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Nine days to go until the first December General Election in nearly a Century, and nobody can be sure how the votes on a week this Thursday will actually land.

You can’t say that the Political Parties haven’t tried.

Stop Brexit. Free Broadband. 20,000 new Police Officers. 33% reduction in Rail Fares. Get Brexit Done.

These are all one-liners that have quickly stuck in the mind.

The problem with all of these sound bites and carefully constructed calls to action is that they are being and have been created by a whole System and the Political Parties within it that continue to be all about the very same things as they for too long have already been.

Winning power. Keeping power. Stopping anyone else from gaining the power that they want.

With the closed political system that we currently have in this Country preventing any form of meaningful change, what we once knew as tribalism has now gone pretty much right out of the window.

People are thinking about politics and the details like never before.

The trouble for our Politicians is that normal, everyday People have never looked closely at what politicians are now doing and what they have done – in no small part because of the intransigence of MPs over Brexit that has forced them to do so.

People now understand that there is nothing about any of this – the Tories thinking its all about getting anything through that will pass for Brexit, Labour believing that its all about how much they can spend, the Liberal Democrats calculating that its about being brazen enough to openly admit that Democracy is dead – that actually makes real sense.

They have concluded that we as a Nation are trapped with the Politicians that we have got.

It appears that there is no mechanism or way to bring about that meaningful change that most rational People now know the UK needs.

Meanwhile the political classes are still treating us all like its business as usual.

Politicians believe that nobody outside of Westminster is truly aware of what they are doing.

Yet no matter what we are told the politicians achieve or plan to do, we somehow People end up going to bed every night looking at life in this County and feeling that nothing has changed and that everything remains exactly the same.

Anyone who studies all of this closely and brings to it an open mind will see and surely conclude that there is very little to be hopeful about, no matter who gets Elected in the General Election this time.

Labour will bring chaos to this Country, even as a minority government at the head of a coalition.

A coalition headed by Boris Johnson will pretty much ensure that the stalemate that we have had for over two years in Parliament will be back and ever present on the benches at Westminster with government unable to function as it has been all over again.

And if the Toris should win their long-coveted majority, Boris may well be able to stand up at the end of January and shout at us that he has delivered Brexit.

But when the dust settles and he realises that he has hamstrung himself into yet another trap of the EUs making, we could well find ourselves with the clean, no-deal Brexit that we should always have been given within 12 months. But it will come without Leadership able to address all the challenges, difficulties, knock-on effects and issues that will blow up in their faces overnight as a result.

For too long, politicians have been behaving as if politics – and therefore making decisions that impact everyone – is something very simple and can be carried out on the hop.

We no longer have titans or big beasts in politics.

Politicians and MPs come through a carefully calibrated Party system that removes free thinking and the people with any useful life experience or beneficial understanding of the depth of problems that a complex society such as ours has and the solutions that it really needs.

Candidates are lined up in the tick boxes at elections with Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Brexit Party, SNP, Green or Plaid Cymru printed by their name. But they are all now inevitably cast in a very similar image and that is why things will keep on ending up the same.

So when there are problems that this Country needs to face – like solving the Brexit Divide – and the moment when real leadership is needed to come to the fore, we now have a distinct absence of anything or anyone who can garner the level of respect from everyone and across the board, simply because they know and are prepared to do what is necessary to get the right result for everyone and are not just obsessed with what other people think or how they look.

It is important for us all now to understand that when the wheels fall off all of the issues that these self-serving and incompetent politicians have created, and the problems that many of us can now see developing become real – as it is now becoming almost certain that they will dothe solutions and answers will not come from within this political system or anything that closely resembles it in its current form.

This election was a golden opportunity for any or all of the existing political parties to go a different way, to do politics differently and they could have done so without it necessarily being in another form.

Instead, they have put their own futures forward as their only real cause and we all now wait for the 12th of December, wondering what will happen in the days and months beyond.

Until there is a real choice at any election, the polls will always be fluid and the result itself will never feel right.

And for now, the reality will be that the decision for many voters on the day of an election or when they put their tick in the box won’t based on what they see as being anything like a real opportunity, but simply about taking a punt on what they see as being the best of a very bad bunch.

The rot in politics that it seems cannot be removed is why everything feels, looks like and is steadily now going wrong.

The log jam that is all that Party Politics in this Country has become is not what the principle of democracy was created for.

No, I will not vote in an Election where there isn’t an option for change. Why would I?

November 5, 2019 1 comment
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Whilst our crooked politicians fall over themselves working how to con enough people into wasting yet another vote, they are missing the undercurrent which is building amongst Members of the Public who whether Left, Right, Centre, Leave or Remain now realise that the system is not working for them and there must be another way and that means a different choice

How are you going to vote in the General Election on Thursday 12th December 2019?

That – or a form of it – is a question that will pass across many lips in the next 37 days as we approach the Winter Poll, if it hasn’t done so already.

For me, there isn’t actually a choice. I will not be voting in 5 weeks time for any Candidate, nor any of the Political Parties that are involved.

Coming from the experience of having been a Member of three different Local Authorities and a Licensing Chair too, I have written extensively about the problems with our political system and why we are getting politicians and the groups, Councils and Governments that they form like we do.

In early 2018 I created the Website How to Get Elected and the E-Book that followed it as a guide for anyone who wanted to run in a Local Election as an independent and at the same time become a good Councillor too. I didn’t bother writing about running in an Election to become a Member of Parliament at any great length, simply because the whole thing is a closed shop.

Right now, we are witnessing yet another great giveaway where our own money is being thrown at us just so that we will be conned into keeping the wrong people in power.

Yes, some of the faces will be different when Parliament is recalled the Monday after the Election, but what they do, how they approach it and how they are motivated might appear a little different, but the results for all of us and the experience that we continue to have of the impact of Government will pretty much remain just the same.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The three main parties –  or what I call a triumvirate – basically have a monopoly on this Parliament. Those Parties now exist only to extend and propagate their own existence. They do this by selecting candidates in their own image and quickly exclude anyone from running for seats they see as simply being theirs with no hint of real democracy being involved.

So whilst we have all of the Party Leaders and their Party machines throwing all sorts of different policies and approaches at us as part of their respective Campaigns, the reality underpinning all of it is that we are going to have the same people in power – one way or another. None of them are about change.

Yes, arguments are being made that if we don’t vote for Boris, we will let a Marxist Government in.

But their are arguments that are deliberately put out their to frighten us and keep us all in line with what the Establishment wants, each time their is the threat of a new Government walking in.

The problem is that many of us fall for it, especially as there doesn’t appear to be any alternative option. And the whole thing is a vicious circle that ends up in the same old place with the very same choice.

Yet this General Election isn’t just about Brexit. It should actually be about the opportunities that exist to put right all the wrongs that this Country and the People within it are facing, that can only be addressed once we are successfully beyond.

We need MPs who have the understanding and the wherewithal to do all that is necessary with the drive and motivation to serve all of us and do everything that is necessary not only to deliver Brexit, but to get all of it done.

I cannot and will not vote for any candidate that doesn’t know exactly what it is getting itself into by standing AND is then still prepared to put their career, reputation and future on the line to do what is right for all the People they were elected to represent – by their own choice.

Being a Member of Parliament is not an individuals job. It is a responsibility to us all.

And I cannot consciously or voluntarily support anyone or any Party who continues to approach the Representation of the People as being just a route or even a plaything that takes them to wherever they want to be or to do whatever it is that they themselves and only themselves want to do.

Politicians should be aware that I am not alone.

In a conversation I have already had this morning, I have heard of people who have been paid up Members of those three ‘main’ Political Parties looking at the mess that our self-serving Politicians have created and are placing a very big question mark over the prospect of voting in this General Election and what they will do.

People are tired of everything that Politicians have been doing. The way they behave. The way they contemptuously take our votes for granted. The way they clearly believe that once they have drawn a line under Brexit, for them things will just go back to being as they always were. That for them, the Westminster gravy train will always turn out the same.

My choice will simply not be to vote on 12th December if the approach and attitude of ALL the Political Parties remain as they are today.

It will be the same for others too.

Some will spoil their ballot papers. Some will write ‘None of the Above’.

But for all of us who decide to boycott this Election, the People and the Political Parties running in it, the Politicians who still represent this dreadful era and its terrible lies should not see anyones choice to be silent this December as an endorsement of anything that any of them are still choosing to do.

It is a clear statement that we have had enough and that we now want change.

That we now understand the rules of the crooked game that they have which keeps them in control whilst excusing all opportunity for us and for all others.

We the People who see them for what they are, are growing in number.

Our choice is to no longer play along.

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If Boris can secure a deal that the UK can walk away from without selling out Northern Ireland too, there will be no legitimate reason for any MP not to support it

October 11, 2019 1 comment

Whilst there is some legitimate concern that there could be EU choreography and smoke and mirrors involved, the news that talks over a ‘deal’ following Boris Johnson’s meeting with Leo Varadkar yesterday is at least some cause to feel hopeful that the Brexit saga could come to an end.

Whether you are a Brexit purist like Nigel Farage or an absolutist Remainer like Jo Swinson, the fact is that getting any arrangement in place with the Parliamentary numbers as they currently are will be impossible – irrespective of whether the outcome can be considered to be wrong or right.

The important, indeed vital ingredients of any arrangement with the EU must be that the UK can unilaterally walk away from any arrangement at any time, and that Northern Ireland’s place within the United Kingdom is not in anyway compromised or used as a bargaining chip.

The British People are at best already highly suspicious of everything that this Parliament is doing and has done.

But if a ‘deal’ should be on the table which is acceptable to both the EU and the Irish Republic incorporating all of the above, the Remain-collective-Opposition will be taking their intransigence the extreme if they should then step in and stop that ‘deal’ for what will only then be seen as their own dubious purposes.

Equally as bad however, would be the failure of the purist Brexiteers to discount the possibilities that will come from such s giant leap forward, simply because progress of this kind would remove the liklehood that they themselves would ever gain elected office or power in any way that the Brexit argument is then involved.

We will not know for certain what concessions from Boris, the EU or the Irish Republic have been involved until the documented form of this ‘new deal’ has been exposed to daylight.

But for the sake of trying to rescue what’s left of our democracy before it really is too late, it would be the right thing to do for all sides and everyone involved to accept that moving to the next step can only be achieved by a compromise – as long as it clearly and unequivocally respects those red lines.

Let’s all hope that things can finally be different.

The ‘Brexit divide’ cannot be healed until we have ALL crossed over it and returned home

October 9, 2019 2 comments
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We cannot serve two masters.

Attempting to do so will inevitably leave us devoted to one and despising the other.

Yet this is precisely what we the British People AND our MPs have been expected to increasingly do as the foothold of the EU has grown and reached progressively further into our lives over the past thirty years – all without any democratic review.

It is the one defining experience of Brexit and all that has led to it that Leavers and Remainers share and have in common – the difference being only the point of view.

In June 2016 the British People were given the opportunity to speak out on the state of the unhealthy and outwardly dysfunctional dichotomy that is the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Whilst the outcome of the 2016 European Referendum was never sold as such by either side of the debate, the choice Voters had that day was always a defining one.

That choice was not just binary in the terms of Leave or Remain – as the question on the Ballot Paper clearly was put to us. But whether we wanted a future defined by our own democratically elected leadership, or one imposed by unelected bureaucrats that come from an overwhelming majority of foreign Countries that are not our own.

The UK and the EU are now, have always been and always will be mutually exclusive entities.

The unspoken strategic aims and priorities of the EU have ensured and enshrined this. And the silent process of changing and transforming the governance structure of the UK from within, simply to adhere to the systems and procedures of an alien country with which we do not naturally identify, has led progressively and for many of us unconsciously to what we now experience as the Leave vs Remain division between us, or rather, the ‘Brexit divide’.

The instruction to Leave the EU given to British Politicians was clear.

The biggest mistake on the part of those who lead us was therefore the failure to recognise the differentiations of loyalties involved. How translated at lawmaking level, the inability of MPs to step back or rather step away from personal loyalty and emotional entrenchment over Brexit to the position of acting appropriately and with integrity, was going to be for most of them what feels like an impossible thing.

All that defines the UK as a Nation State, our culture, our history, our language, our way of doing things, ‘our Britishness’ and more, is completely incompatible with continued Membership of the EU.

The EU and the people that lead it have known this all along – as was made only too clear by Angela Merkel yesterday in her conversation with No10.

The hard truth for everyone and not just for those of us loyal to the EU ideal to swallow, is that we must completely cross the divide that now exists and extricate ourselves fully from the grip of the EU and with it every purpose that it’s policies serve, before we can all begin to heal.

As a culture, race and community, the British People will not be one and united again until we recognise that the strongest and most defining thing that we have in common is our National identity. And that the independence and sovereignty that necessarily comes with it, are the tools that we will use to repair everything that is broken in this Country.

We simply must reclaim control of our own destiny if oneness across the UK is to be the aim with which a shared unity of purpose can be restored.

Being out of the EU doesn’t mean the UK will not have a good relationship with it. As Europeans we have the capacity to rediscover and reestablish a healthy working relationship with our continental neighbours and get along perfectly well.

But there is no halfway house. No inbetween. No middle ground.

And it is only fair to expect our politicians to be bigger than everyone. To put their own ideas to one side and embrace the responsibility of taking the steps and doing everything that is necessary to make Brexit and our departure from the EU work for the UK and everyone within it.

This is the practical reality and requirement. Not some idealistic cause.

The Brexit divide cannot be healed until we have all crossed over it and returned home.

It is only by doing so that we will we be able to put the divisive feelings and language of Leave and Remain aside.

 

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Leaving the EU is now vital to secure the future of the UK and will positively impact the long term of everything that we do

October 8, 2019 Leave a comment

Today has been signifiant. Boris has already achieved significantly more than his predecessor Theresa May, and the chronology of events when we look back on the whole of the Brexit saga is likely to be seen to have pivoted on events that have happened today.

With Merkel saying her piece to Boris, followed by outbursts by Tusk and then Coveney on Twitter too, few of the objective people who are observing this saga unfold will have been left with any doubt about the content of the message that we have collectively been told.

The EU is and never was interested in compromise upon anything meaningful with the UK over Brexit, unless it resulted in a permanent state of Remain.

That they and the Irish Government thought that leaving Northern Ireland behind would ever be acceptable to the UK in order to secure mutually acceptable terms with the EU before Leaving is simply breathtaking in the extreme.

But the EU is an organisation that has form. And if our MPs had been fulfilling their roles as our representatives better – and arguably as they should – we would never have got to the place that we are, where the behaviour of the EU has had to be pushed to become so open and obvious, that many People across the Country are today wondering exactly what it was that we elected these MPs for.

What should now be clear to everyone, is the UK cannot thrive as it should, could and would do in the future, if we are tied to the EU and any of its Member States by even the most trivial policy devices – if they resemble anything that looks like Remain.

We must be able to set our own agenda in our relationships with the World outside. Set our own tariffs and border requirements. And most significantly write and implement all of the laws under which we are governed and required to observed as people and as businesses within.

We must do this because we the British People and the people from amongst us that we ask to represent us are the only people capable of knowing how to serve the interests of this Country best.

Only British People have the understanding of what our communities, businesses and public services need. And we need to have genuine localism working in our Cities, Towns, Parishes and Neighbourhoods in a way that centralising everything towards unelected bureaucrats in a European City never could deliver.

It is only if we do this, and are brave with the decisions that we make along the way and as we do so, that we can begin to address the real problems that are affecting our society. Knife crime, poverty, disenfranchisement, the housing shortage, the climate crisis and a whole lot more besides.

People have been suspicious of it, but might have never realised that many of the problems that we have in this Country have been created because of the way our law making has been exported to the EU. Rules have been changed and the responsibility for doing so given away to people with neither the interest nor understanding of what we all really need in this Country – the same basic responsibilities that UK politicians and MPs MUST be equipped with as a basic step in future, if their UK Lawmaking is to really do any good.

We cannot achieve anything genuinely good in and for this Country or indeed any of the other Countries and their Peoples around the World that we care for, if we Remain tied into the EU monolith in any way at all.

The EU has today proven that they are not interested in facilitating democracy. That they have no respect for it and that they are prepared to do anything and everything possible to keep what they clearly see as the UK cash cow, tied into the EU Project for good.

Its time that we all not only see but also accept that the UK’s best interests and the best interests of the EU are not, have never and will never be legitimately aligned or in any way the same.

We must Leave the EU as soon as possible and then reform our political system too so that neither Foreign Governments, the bureaucrats that represent them, or sell-out politicians of our own can prioritise outside interests.

The British People and our Industries are too important to be left to the whims of anyone who is on their own agenda and drunk on their sense of self importance and control.

 

The EU’s plan is fully in the open and the dishonesty of Remain MPs has been completely exposed. It’s time for a General Election

October 8, 2019 Leave a comment

img_4315No matter how much the Remainers in Parliament protest and suggest that Angela Merkel was merely responding to Boris Johnson in kind, the fact is that the EU has now firmly tied its colours to the mast.

Whilst the Parliamentary dynamic means that Boris could again be stopped from delivering a no deal Brexit with dubious technicalities alone, it has become very clear that the Remain-collective-opposition in Parliament will be doing nobody any favours if they continue squatting in their Seats whilst protesting that there is some kind of deal with the EU to be had. That ship has already sailed.

Whether the approach and obfuscation they have adopted in pursing a deal that would never exist has been based on ignorance, arrogance, sycophancy towards the EU or all, these MPs are responsible for over three years of wasted parliamentary time.

Issues that are affecting real people in the world outside of Westminster could and should have been discussed, addressed – and yes, on that Government timeline actually solved and presented as solutions to us all too.

There are probably a great many of us who would like Boris to now pull some kind of Benn-Act-disabling white rabbit out of the hat. But next to making the argument that now that the EU has made its position clear, the terms upon which we would Leave the EU now on 31st of October are still to all intents and purposes an agreement – and therefore a deal that qualifies his actions against the questionable ruling of the Supreme Court – the wisest amongst us would probably be sensible to assume that Boris has been playing a game of high-stakes poker with both the Remainers and the EU, because it is difficult to see that he has anything that could remotely resemble an ace or two buried away somewhere up his sleeve.

It doesn’t matter now that the cat is out of the bag. With the reality that there never was a sensible compromise with the EU waiting to be had, the focus of any MP who has an ounce of respect left for the People who elected them to Office will move to facilitating the General Election that the British People have been waiting for, rather than continuing to do everything possible to frustrate our will.

But whilst all of our MPs and the Political Parties they represent will be falling over themselves to go back to being tribal and make ‘Vote Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem’ or whatever Party the cause, they would be wise to step back and remember that Brexit was a symptom of the things they and politicians before them have been doing in office and was not in any way the cause.

 

Don’t mistake the frustration and bewilderment of the British People we have with the stupidity in Parliament as support for anything our Remainer MPs would have us do

October 4, 2019 Leave a comment

Boris’ deal was always going to be a long shot.

The opportunity to get a meaningful pre-departure agreement With the EU for Brexit was after all simply burned up and wasted by Remainer-in-chief Mrs May.

However, whether deliberate or unintended, the proposal that the current Prime Minister has tabled this week has turned out to be an elephant trap of a depth that has the potential to really change the Brexit game.

Boris was never going to be able to get the pre-Exit deal that nobody else could. But what his careful pruning of the deliberately deceptive rose bush that is the EU’s and the Remain-obsessives idea of what a Brexit Withdrawal Agreement must Look like, has brought into view for everyone that the EU’s position is always going to remain exactly the same.

To the EU and the Remain-obsessed-MPs under its spell, Brexit cannot be anything other than permanent Remain.

Whilst this suggestion that only when we are able to look back from the future will it generate comment and thought, it is certainly not impossible that much of what has happened in Parliament since the Brexit Vote in June 2016 has been in no small way part of a well thought out response and strategy for the EU and their Remainer MP puppets.

One where they realised that whilst they have simply rerun Referendums in other countries – such as the Irish Republic itself – when they didn’t get the result they wanted, they would not be able to manipulate the British Public in quite the same way.

Indeed the difference in response To the Referendum Result could be seen to be tacit acknowledgement that the Vote was unquestionably binary and that the UK Government had definitely committed to delivering the result.

Boris achievement with his deal this week is that he has effectively stirred up the pond and dislodged all the bullshit and dishonesty upon which the EU and Renainers have built their dubious arguments against Brexit whilst giving the lie to every reason they have given to Remain.

The crap that the EU and the Remain-obsessives have wrapped around Brexit has been sent floating to the top.

Benn and the charlatan MPs who have voted against everything and dragged the Courts into support their disingenuous actions, have in the past 24 hours shown that there was never any will on their part for a compromise of any sort.

For them it’s been all about doing anything and everything they can simply to stop and overturn Brexit and the will of the People, whilst playing every game they possibly can in the forlorn hope they can manipulate the British People into believing that Brexit was our error and we have no choice but to Remain.

Across the Irish Sea we now have Leo Varadkar preaching to us that we, the British People have changed our minds. Whilst in the EU we have their spokespeople making clear that they will not tolerate a hard border, nor any kind of customs or market system across an open border that isn’t the same as theirs.

Whichever way you want to do the sums, the maths of all this adds up simply to being the same thing: The EU and the treacherous Remain-obsessives who support them will not do anything that will cede the control they cherish so badly, back to an Independent Nation State that has been a Member of the EU.

The only concession they will make is that the UK can call the future relationship with the EU ‘Brexit’.

But that itself will be the only acceptable change. The UK must be coerced in whatever way necessary to ensure that the only direction of travel between us is even closer alignment and commitment. Their aim is that we always Remain.

If the EU and our colluding Europhile MPs really wanted to find an arrangement that was acceptable to everyone, the timescale to agree the finer points of Boris deal would not in any way prove to be difficult.

This part of the process was after all only ever supposed to have been the terms under which we then define our longer term relationship between the UK and the EU.

Yet even that has become unacceptable, the very moment when Boris puts forward something that could actually get through Parliament which would not ultimately be the same as Remain.

The EU has changed the goalposts and now insists that any deal covering the UK Exit itself, must have permanency involved.

There is still time for reason to win over, if our sell-out MPs and the EU should be so inclined.

But I suspect that Boris’ deal has simply served to clarify that the position on Brexit should have always been treated exactly the same way as the original question was put to us in the 2016 Referendum Vote.

This is simply a case of Leave (without any deal) or Remain (and pretend that things will be the same).

Parliament must not pretend or continue to try and convince us of intentions that suggest otherwise any longer.

For democracy to be upheld and restored in this Country, the UK must Leave the EU properly.

And Leave the EU properly, the UK definitely will.

The democratically unacceptable alternative would be that we are forced to Remain.

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