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No Mr. Verhofstadt, irresponsibility is signing the UK up to an agreement with the EU that only you can walk away from

February 6, 2019 Leave a comment

img_2558Stunned as we all should be that the Conservative Party and Parliament itself has allowed May to take things this far, the reality today is that 8 days from now, May is going to come back with an unchanged Withdrawal Agreement and the expectation that she will just continue going around in circles until a majority of our MPs toe her line.

Nothing has changed.

Not since the Vote in Parliament last week.

Not since the Vote in January.

Not since the Vote was canceled in December.

In fact, not since the Prime Minister tabled her notorious sell-out, dumped on an almost fully acquiescing Cabinet last July.

May made it clear with her announcement in Northern Ireland yesterday that she will not seek the removal of the ‘backstop’ in her talks coming up tomorrow with the EU.

Nobody should now be deluding themselves that whatever she comes back with for Valentines Day will be at best, mealy-mouthed words, without substance, guarantee or any intrinsic value to what they say.

Helpful as ever, Guy Verhofstadt has now stepped in to back up the Prime Ministers position from May’s back room in Brussels to preach to us that it would be irresponsible not to have an insurance policy in place.

But insurance for who exactly Mr. Verhofstadt?

This nonsense backstop that has been created is not any kind of insurance for the UK.

The Backstop is an irreversible tie-in to a legally binding obligation to only ever be in a relationship with the EU, in which only the EU has power and as such can actually control.

We do not need a minimum trading arrangement with the EU which will never allow us to do anything more. And we stand to lose so much more than we realise by allowing the fearful in business in government to stop us all from gaining so much, because they have self-serving interests that they do not want to lose.

No, the UK is not just about trade and economics.

The economic and financial benchmark we are being sold as the way to interpret success, failure and our future is disingenuous in at best.

It is not our true reality as a Country, no matter how credible the lies might sound that we are now being so regularly told.

May has effectively now told us that she is not seriously entertaining the Malthouse Agreement, no matter what we have otherwise been told.

We can only now hope that the ERG Group of Conservatives and all those MPs from across the House who put their Constituents first will stand firm next week and be clear that May can no longer continue.

For as long as she is Prime Minister, it will be her ‘deal’, a ‘Brexit in name only’ exit from the EU, and everything else will be obfuscation and lies, whilst she waits for the last shreds of British Democracy to hit the road.

 

 

 

 

A deal at any cost is no deal at all

February 1, 2019 Leave a comment

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Abraham Lincoln once said ‘nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man’s character, give him power’.

Sadly, when our Members of Parliament do not pay attention to how the events they are involved in unfold and how other MPs have behaved around them as they have in recent days, weeks and months, it is hard to imagine that they consider the lessons provided by such figures from history to be worthy of any great thought.

Regrettably, such an approach on the part of our Elected Representatives comes at most disadvantage not to them, but to us, the People who Elected them. And we have the right to expect them to learn not only from history, but also from every opportunity as each and every one of them comes along.

Today, this avoidably chaotic Brexit process has reached a point where pretty much everyone outside of Westminster, despite MPs best efforts, has the true measure of what our MPs are doing. What their motivations are and what is now going wrong with British Politics full stop.

The general population may not be positioned or indeed be able to elucidate the reasoning of their position and views as eloquently as some of the Politicians who spend the better part of their lives in the media view.

But neglecting the reality that the views and thoughts of each and every one of us are as real, if indeed not more so than any of our MPs themselves, is a position that every Member of Parliament should now be considering in light of how clear the desperate nature of our Prime Minister’s and her Government’s Position on Brexit has now become.

We are faced with a situation where MPs should know from a catalogue of past experience that the EU was not going to play ball over reopening May’s ‘deal’. Just as it should be very clear to them that this is a Prime Minister prepared to do and say anything to stay in Office and keep her legacy in the form of her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement untouched and very much alive.

It is in light of this reality that we now see the possibility of pork barrel politics emerge, or what is in effect the prospect of individual Labour MPs being bought off with financial sweeteners for their Constituencies coming in to view.

With democracy in the UK so obviously in peril due to the behaviour of MPs already, the advent of this approach by a Prime Minister, who should long since of had the dignity to step aside, is both dark and worrying indeed. Not least of all because it is us, the same people who are being ignored by an Establishment preoccupied with stopping a meaningful Brexit, who are yet again being treated as if we are mushrooms. Treated as if it is ok to attempt to keep us in the dark, and that being fed on a diet of informational horseshit is all it will ultimately take to get whatever plan they have passed without us realising what they are doing.

However, the Prime Minister and all those with her who are willing to trash our democracy should be aware of one very big point.

We can all see exactly what they are now doing, and a deal at any cost is no deal at all.

The Prime Minister and her Government does not have a mandate to push through her flawed idea of Brexit at any cost. Neither does any majority constructed of our sitting MPs.

Any form of Brexit based on anything other than the genuine Will of the People – no matter how those against it choose to interpret it for their own aims, will not be legitimate.

As such it could, should and almost certainly would be overturned if they should appear to succeed in achieving what are clearly dubious aims.

It is what the cost will be to this Country, to our People and to our future because of this ridiculous, irresponsible and self-serving behavior on the part of Politicians who should know a lot better, that should now be of the greatest concern.

 

 

Our Parliament has a majority of modern-day quislings as MPs and they are about to engineer the biggest betrayal of them all

January 14, 2019 Leave a comment

img_2445As expected weeks and months ago, based on what has now become this Government’s oh-so-reliable behaviour patterns and pretty much guaranteed form, we today see Theresa May’s scare-game entering what some of us do hope will be its final death throws, but alas, probably just another stage before we see even more.

Back in the Autumn, there were many of us out here in the real world who still hoped that there were enough MPs left in this Parliament actually prepared to put duty the People above self-interest. Not just tell us that is what they will do.

Yet on the Eve of what may in time turn out to be one of the greatest Parliamentary decisions which has an impact right across the British way of life, it appears that the a baseline of doing what is actually right on behalf of the whole Electorate is now a quality and driver which is absent within the make-up of our MPs, save for what is clearly a remarkably small number and perhaps no more than just a few.

Perhaps the most frightening fact about all of the Machiavellian behaviour, manipulation and the flurry of ideas which are repeatedly being sold as the reinvention of the wheel – in so far as a ‘Brexit deal’ is concerned, is the reality that all this rubbish is having the effect of making Theresa May’s claim to have negotiated what the British People Voted for, look almost credible in a way which it would never do so, if such comparisons had never been born.

Yes, we should take very seriously the prospect that there is a strategy at work behind all of this. Because being bullied by fear as we were in the run up to the Referendum has been seriously overused by the Establishment and this Government, and it has required them to develop their web of deceit in order to make what is in effect one giant lie look highly plausible when compared to what appear to be all other forms.

What none of us should take seriously is the idea, suggestion or otherwise, that leaving the EU without ‘a deal’ is anything less than what the British People actually voted for. And that furthermore, that it will disadvantage the UK in anything other than the short and therefore immediate term – IF people should be put in charge who actually believe in the UK and what real opportunity is there to be used for.

Be under no illusion.

Theresa May’s ‘deal’ was, is not and never will be the Brexit that the British People Voted for.

This is a deal which if passed tomorrow or even in a few days or few weeks time will simply tie us back into a relationship which will always be one sided in terms of benefits to the EU. It is not ‘leaving’.

It is Brexit in name only with not even a meaningful tweak added since the point when anyone with any common sense realised that under May’s leadership, Brexit was never going to be the end result, no matter what she says or predicts as being yet to come.

But the ‘solutions’ put on offer by others, the ‘would be kings & queens’, such as Norway, Canada +++, Switzerland, the inappropriately named ‘People’s Vote’ or even a forced General Election offer nothing better in themselves. They do not even offer a direction of travel towards the position of UK Independence of the EU, whish is what the majority of British People instructed and therefore compelled our Parliament and successive Governments to deliver as the end result. To do whatever necessary to ensure that is what the UK becomes.

The relationship that these sell-out MPs and the Establishment has with the EU would perhaps be best viewed as one they would have as drunks with a pub landlord. One where the first sip of the drink tasted undeniably good, but then the damage being done took place without conscious intervention, both at the time they knew they were drinking and over the longer term when they didn’t realise they were.

The drinkers were blasé about the real impact as they got high in an unreal world that they were all the time paying for, whilst that landlord kept on supplying them with more.

The sensible drinker in such a pub would hear the inner voice when it says ‘it’s time to leave’, ‘let’s get away from here and go home’, ‘we need to get sober’, ‘we don’t need anymore’; leave promptly and behind them close the door.

But the Remainers instead stood up at the bar and demanded a deal to leave, something that the landlord was only too happy to oblige with, knowing well that as drunks the Remainers would voluntarily and willingly subjugate themselves, just so they could come back, get shitfaced all over again and then place themselves in a situation where they would just give away even more.

No, not many people see the truth in any of this. But that is why we use metaphors and especially so when we are far too close to reality to understand what’s going on around us, at a critical moment in our history when knowing the truth about what these so-called representatives of the people are actually doing on their own behalf is vital, because they are telling us and letting many of us believe that its for us all.

There is nothing beneficial for the UK or our People taking place in this Parliament.

The majority of our MPs are sold out either directly to the EU or indirectly via misplaced loyalty to the people who are leading them – and therefore all of us, over a very steep edge.

Whether deliberate or by accident, they are all modern-day quislings. They are aiding a foreign power in the guise of the EU to take control over us all, step-by-step, lie-by-lie, rule-by-rule. And they are content to do so as they believe that their roles in Parliament will continue to be assured, knowing that they are selling out their own People and over 300 years of Democracy in order to facilitate any policy that will allow them to do so.

Anything other than leaving the EU without a foolish and unnecessary ‘deal’ – no matter what steps are now taken to bring it about – will be a complete betrayal of the British People.

It is not what we the British People Voted for.

And from any Elected Representative, we have the right to expect a whole lot more.

 

images thanks to unknown/’Brick Top’ from the Film ‘Snatch’

This Parliament is trashing democracy with an addiction to a mythical status quo that will kill it

January 9, 2019 Leave a comment

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We can only imagine that the MPs who voted against the Government yesterday are very proud of what they have achieved.

Oblivious to the reality that the delays, obfuscation and catalogue of attempts to do everything possible to thwart Brexit may actually achieve everything that they fear most, they blithely continue with their sanctimonious campaign, paying scant regard to the cost to our democracy caused by their complete lack of regard for it.

Make no mistake. The Amendment to the Finance Bill yesterday may be painted as a very clever and indirect route to prevent a no-deal Brexit when there has been no way for this Remain-led Parliament to overturn the Will of the People in an openly direct way. But the mere fact that MPs are having to deploy such Machiavellian tactics to get their own way itself speaks volumes about the respect they have for the People who appointed them.

The complacency and arrogance which powers this affront to everything that we hold dear will inevitably force its own end if this malaise should continue.

As the only different between what many of these same MPs project and deride as fascism and their own behaviour is they are not just one leader alone, but number some 300 and above.

Being a collective rather than an individual makes no difference when it comes to the end result.

This behaviour is simply wrong.

It is dictatorship in all but name, cleverly disguised within the machinations of a so-called democratic government system which is being aggressively manipulated in order to serve a community of autocrats who have had far too much power for far too long.

No matter how hard they try to maintain what they perceive to be the status quo, the status quo is in fact something that in the terms of Brexit extends way beyond the period of their political lives and their own lifetimes. The status quo is in fact an Independent UK and the return of that power to our own Parliament and out of the hands of anyone who puts the interests of others above those of the People that our Parliament exists to serve.

With the UK committed to its departure in 79 days on the 29th of March, the actions of these MPs makes the real Brexit that the British People Voted for increasingly likely. It does nothing to reduce the chance of it, or build the case for this mythical nirvana of the Remain faction which does little more than rely on duping the British Public who Voted for Brexit for a range of different reasons and not least of all because they have realised that they have for too long been duped by the politicians who are supposed to serve them.

The self-serving action that these MPs are undertaking will have consequences beyond their view. And whilst these consequences will be far reaching and punish the same People who are on the receiving end of all this ineptitude over and over again, the travesty is the fact that any resolution is likely to be left in the same old self serving hands for these incompetent MPs to deal with all over again.

We may have never needed a change in British Politics as much as we do today.

It’s time to have confidence in our own destiny and accept that in today’s World, standing alone will make the UK a whole lot more

January 1, 2019 Leave a comment

‘We are doomed!’ is the current epitaph of the Remain-at-all-costs and all those amongst us who live by the belief that this Country cannot and is incapable of doing anything on its own.

The sell-out mentality which has gripped the direction of both the Media and the Government itself would be best placed in the archaic nest hole which would be the foredeck of some wrecked ship as it deceptively lifted into the air before crashing into the see and coming to rest in the dark, freezing depths way below. Not in the foreground of one of the greatest opportunities that the UK has stood in front of for past generations and beyond.

Many of the self-interested politicians and influencers who are so convinced of the need to remain in the comfort zone which they believe to be in their own image, mistakenly consider their own destiny to be entwined with that of the whole Country and the People who surround them, not realising that self belief of an entire Nation does not equate with their own gutlessness and is in fact the key to something much better for us all after we leave the EU and step bravely into the world of our making which will soon follow beyond.

‘Doing it properly’, by embracing a pathway even more rigorously than anyone has done so before, doesn’t mean that you can suddenly make the unworkable work.

It means that you are blind to what everything around you is telling you. That you are a fool and are setting yourself – and in this case a great many innocent people – up for a very big fall.

However, whilst that can be viewed as the inevitable further integration with the EU that will happen if the Remainers should ever get their way, or indeed the catastrophe which will follow Corbyn’s Labour in the form of a Marxist mess if they win a General Election against a Conservative Party that is still led by May, it does not fit with the evolving class of political opportunists who will align themselves with what resembles the best option to facilitate a rise in their own fortunes.

With the May ‘deal’ unattractive to even some of the most militant Remainers, it was inevitable that many other pretenders would push themselves into the leadership frame, championing some other cause or another painted up or repackaged idea, selling it as the new and improved or latest form of the same old Holy Grail which will ultimately deliver everything for them, but nothing for anyone else.

We have had Norway, Canada plus plus plus and even something about Switzerland from the quasi-Brexiteer brigade. Now we are having Singapore MK2 as the model posted by the born-again-Brexiteers who in the Summer of 2016 sounded almost identically like everything we heard from then new Prime Minister Theresa May.

If it sounds like we are going around in circles, it is because we are.

Nothing is going to change until we, as a Country, break new ground and literally stop going round and round.

Our future is not to remain inextricably linked with the ‘European Project’.

Nor is it to parrot ourselves or model our future on the past, present or future of any other Country.

Their destiny is theirs, just as our National destiny is very much our own.

The obsession with plans has to stop if we are ever to begin succeeding.

The future of the UK depends upon proper Leadership, not some dubious plan measured up against a PH Scale where Acid & Alkaline have been replaced with Leave & Remain.

Our political classes are simply out of any new ideas.

UK politics is without original thinking.

And so it is little wonder that our would-be leaders are raking around everywhere to find something new to anchor their dimming light to, whilst attempting to rally a new direction from the other politicians around them. Politicians who themselves are so self-obsessed, that they can no longer discern the benefits of being within and working for a community as the only surety for them comes from the reliance on ideas which are their own.

We are now perilously close to a point where we will need an entirely new parliament. One untainted by the corruption and self interest of the existing party political system and the obsession with benefit and kudos to the individual, disregarding members responsibility to the electorate who elevated them to their positions. A responsibility they now take for granted and believe that they possess and therefore own.

‘We can be the new Singapore’, ‘be just like Sweden’, or ‘model ourselves as perfect Europeans’.

How about actually just being happy with being British. Having confidence in our own destiny and accepting the truth that in today’s World, standing alone will make the UK a whole lot more?

 

 

If our Politicians think it idealistic to deliver Brexit properly, they must also believe democracy impractical and therefore wrong

December 19, 2018 Leave a comment

It’s difficult to laugh about anything going on in Westminster at the moment. Politicians are so far into their own bubble, they are screwing up everything they touch whilst being completely oblivious to the fact that what they are doing is wrong.

Yet looking closer and observing the pantomime nature of the he said, she said, you said, I am, no I am, you are and no, that’s you, it soon becomes clear that there is certainly comedy in the baseless nature of the name calling, which is being used as the only form of distraction that our MP’s can grasp to, to keep out of sight what is actually going on.

Of course, we live in times where words can be manipulated and used for all sorts of purposes, often deliberately because they have different meanings to different people. It means that a word can be used correctly or incorrectly and the interpretation of the listener or reader will automatically be wrong.

One word that has entered the Brexit lexicon as a term which is being wantonly abused is idealism and therefore to be idealistic.

In the Brexit sense, the term idealism is being splashed about everywhere as a way to criticise the thinking of others, rather than being used as an opposite of being practical and the area of meaning to where it should actually belong.

When any of us have our minds set on a certain route or destination, it is easy to interpret our own thoughts as being practical and therefore cast out all others, labeling them as impractical and idealistic, with the inference that we are right and they are wrong.

Yes, it’s easy to do on both sides of the Brexit debate, whether you are a Leaver or a Remainer too.

That is if you have lost or failed to identify the factual reality of what the EU Referendum delivered, when the choice of whether or not we would Leave the EU was passed over to the Public to decide.

The overriding and inescapable truth that came from that democratically attained decision was that the UK must Leave the EU and Leave it properly.

It wasn’t then passed back to MP’s to then fight over as if that decision were in fact ’50 shades of Brexit’ and therefore not important as a destination, but rather only a series of different routes over which to fight and ultimately divide.

When a decision has been taken and given democratically by the People to Politicians through a plebiscite, the only practical option available is to deliver it and to do so properly, no matter what steps or unpalatable actions must be enacted in order to achieve that which they have been instructed to do.

The dangerously impractical, idealistic or quixotic response to that democratic choice is to attempt to reinterpret it and to do so knowingly, when the decision was clear, you know that you might have a different idea, but the choice has been made and the decision is no longer yours to decide.

To call or label a proper Brexit idealistic, may play to the suggestion that there is strength and therefore practicality in sticking to we already know. But clinging to comfort zones and what we already know is a choice and just another idea that itself became idealistic the very moment that the practical choice of the British People was recorded and defined.

If the outcome the People Voted for is to be delivered through Brexit, the UK must actually step off before it can touch down

December 19, 2018 Leave a comment

The infamous scene from the Film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Jones (Harrison Ford) steps off in a leap of faith and finds footing on a bridge that had not appeared to be there

 

‘What could possibly happen next?’ is a phrase which is now used by Politicians as an indirect threat and way to create fear, rather than respecting and stepping up to the responsibilities which most of them covet, but would never understand even if they were theirs to own.

The complete shit shower, clusterfuck or whatever else you might feel the most appropriate way to describe the Brexit process, particularly in recent weeks is a complete mess that was avoidable from the outset, and must therefore in many ways be recognised as being there by choice.

Whether proactive, reactive, strategic or emotionally based, every decision on the part of the Politicians who have brought us to this point has not been based on delivering a proper Brexit as the outcome. To do so would have necessitated that every tie-in with the EU was broken BEFORE a relationship based on the UK being sovereign and independent could be discussed, implemented and yes, remade.

As I have written before, the problem with the plan for Brexit, is that Brexit has become all about having a plan.

Even now, as ‘contingency’ planning has been announced for the ‘no-deal Brexit’, the Political piggies, feasting at their Westminster trough are still enslaved to the idea that there can be no way forward without there being an agreed plan. And they advocate this, even though it has now been clear for a significant period of time that this same self-interest dictates that one will not be found which a majority will agree upon.

Until this past 7 days, there appeared to still be a group in Parliament that was ready and able to break this mould. But now even those who have until now been the advocates of a clean, proper, no-deal or WTO Brexit, have demonstrated that even they believe it is not possible to take the UK forward into new and unchartered territory without having some kind of plan.

Whilst fear drives everything in this world in some form or to a certain degree, we have the right to expect that the Politicians we have elected possess the leadership skills and wherewithal to look their own fears in the eye and step forward, knowing that they are representatives of the people, and that the challenges they must face are on behalf of others and therefore a much bigger cause.

Yet they don’t. And now racked with fear or the obsession of keeping what they believe to be control, even the Brexiteer contingent of the Conservative Party is obsessed with clinging to this out of control wreckage, from which the UK must now positively step away from, before it can find its footing and again touch down.

Call it a leap of faith or whatever you might like.

Opportunity by its vary nature is unpredictable.

Even when you can plan, those plans will only ever take you so far.

And when you have many decision makers in the mix who all advocate a different direction which without fail they will insist is the best, it is time to forget planning and deal with each and every thing as it comes along.

Yes, there are many who say ‘you have to have a plan when you are in government’. This is a myth and one that is as self-prophesying as it is destructive and as it is misleading.

It is a myth based on fear and the idea that there is safety in avoiding change.

Governments have, do and will succeed well by embracing uncertainty and making it work as they go.

This is the approach that must now be adopted, rather than indulging false premises based on the idea that finding consensus between decision makers will only ever be the first step.

It is a fallacy that such actions must be carried out before we have embraced and began working with the huge range of opportunities that will come from Brexit, just as soon as we step off and accept that things have already changed in the UK, that we must go forward and that things will not ever be the same again.

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