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Nice one Nige! – What happens now when Boris doesn’t get a majority and we still have a Parliament hellbent on Remain?

November 11, 2019 Leave a comment

img_4558So Nigel Farage has just stood up in Hartlepool and announced that the Brexit Party will not contest the 317 Seats won by Tory Candidates at the 2017 General Election.

His reasoning being that Boris has given two significant commitments yesterday that will in effect deliver on the Brexit that we Voted for – whilst he has also echoed the well publicised fear of what will happen if Brexit Party Candidates standing in 600 Seats are seen to let a Labour majority or a Labour-led Coalition in – either of which scenarios will then facilitate another Referendum where only Remain can win.

On the face of it, this can be seen as a sensible step.

But it also attacks the Brexiteers own cause, simply because there is still no guarantee that a Remain Alliance of some sort won’t still be in Power on the morning of Friday 13th December – because there is still a significant chance that a hung parliament will now be the end result, even if Boris technically wins.

Whilst the Tories appear to have been riding high in the polls in recent days, there still remains over 4 weeks of this Election Campaign left until Polling day without anyone having any real idea what will happen on the day.

The assumption is that Brexit will be the overriding issue. But the Politicians and the Parties that they represent are of poor quality. And even if they really were the good politicians and leaders that they should be, they would still have little control over the issues that are really going to matter to the People who will cast the Votes on that December Thursday that will finally decide who wins.

If Boris doesn’t win the majority that so many now believe that he will, the reality is that we will wake up the next day with Remain being the direction of our elected representatives whilst the Country voted for and still wants Leave.

Things will still be the same as they are now and have been for nearly three and a half years, apart from one thing and one thing alone: Farage has just openly given the truth to the lie that the Brexit Party was only ever about a no deal Brexit.

He has shown that it is and was only about Power.

His brexit Party is the same as all the Others.

All of our Politicians are basically just the same.

 

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Want to understand Farage’s position? Read Boris’ Agreement and consider all of it in its fullest context: It’s Remain

November 2, 2019 Leave a comment

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‘Let’s get Brexit done’ is the powerful call to action that Boris has used to label his deal with the EU. We should perhaps open it and see what’s really inside

Watching the reaction to Nigel Farage laying out his stall for an Electoral Pact with the Conservatives should be raising question marks for all Leave supporters at the very least.

Instead, the knee-jerk reaction has been to accuse the Brexit Party Leader of trying to wreck Brexit. The inherent suggestion being that he is now the best thing that ever happened for those who want to Remain.

Regrettably, Boris has succeeded where May failed.

The Prime Minister has come back from the EU with a highly dubious Agreement just the same.

The difference is that Boris has convinced the majority of the Conservative Party, along with many other Leavers. that his policy is genuinely to Leave the EU.

Regrettably, the reality is that the endgame and outcome of Boris deal is for the UK to Remain.

Love him or hate him, Nigel Farage is not new to this game. He is probably one of very few politicians who have read the new document fully and considered it completely in context. He will be only too well aware of the consequences that signing and implementing this Agreement will have in a range of policy areas – not least of all the continuance of the Union itself – which will be all but broken where Northern Ireland is concerned. The question over their departure not being an if, but a clear when – IF Boris succeeds in getting the implementation of his current plan through.

Sadly, I’m not convinced that Boris even knows or for that matter fully understands the implications of the policy that he is pursuing.

But the reality for all of us and for this Country as a whole, it that Boris’ deal is a sell out. And as the Prime Minister now has a clear choice to pursue a proper Brexit as part of his General Election Campaign – the situation for the UK couldn’t actually be a lot worse.

Easy as it may seem to cast Farage as the bad guy or the new pantomime villain of Brexit right now, the cold hard reality is he is the only cross-UK political leader in the Country today who is not not advocating a form of Remain.

The situation we are in has troubling echos the pre-Cameron EU Membership era.

The period of many years when the Establishment successfully convinced the majority of People that what we had with the EU was good when it was in fact very bad.

No irony should be spared on us that it was a time that was notorious for MPs and the people with power having no idea what was actually going on.

When we began to wake up to what our MPs were and were not doing in our name, Brexit was the result.

For much of that time, what governments did was conducted with little or no scrutiny from outside (or within). It was a time we still revered and trusted what politicians did. It’s the time when our respect and confidence in the system really began being abused.

So after all they have done. After the mess they have created. And after our Vote for Brexit – against the Establishment plan was won, we should not fall into the trap of being blindsided by the persuasive and charismatic caricature of everything that is wrong with British Politics. Boris is just the same.

He is selling a tin with ‘let’s get Brexit done’ written seductively on the label, whilst the contents are very different inside.

Yes we are tired. Yes we are angry. Yes we want this whole saga to be over so we can have what feels like normal life in this Country resume once more.

But we should stop for a moment and remember the only thing that has actually changed here are the words coming out of Westminster.

These are exactly the same people who have been in charge all along. They and their kind caused all the problems before.

It is in their interests, not yours, to have everyone believe that Boris is right and Nigel Farage has now got it all wrong.

 

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None of you represent the People. That’s the problem – you represent yourselves

November 1, 2019 Leave a comment

01cd8f85-6c8f-4251-8967-adcc3ddea156One of the few things worthy of a good chuckle on the news streams this morning was the Cartoon drawn by Matt from the Telegraph.

Clearly referencing the hollow battle lines that are being drawn between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson over which of them can claim to represent the People, you can’t help but wonder if the point would be lost on either of them as things now stand.

The elephant in the room towering over not only them, but all of the existing MPs and Candidates lining up to stand in this General Election, is that People will vote on 12th December for one or the other of them and their Political Parties simply because there is no better choice.

People won’t be voting for Labour because Corbyn is promising wealth redistribution and the ascension of some modern day equivalent of the levellers.

People won’t be voting for the Liberal Democrats because Jo Swinson has tabled one giant fuck you too far at the People by promising to cancel and forget Brexit.

People won’t be voting for the Conservatives because Boris has succeeded where May hadn’t and has convinced most of his Party that Brexit will be whatever he says it is.

People won’t be voting for the Brexit Party because Nigel Farage is committed to a no deal Brexit and appears to be one of the few politicians who not only talks, but is prepared to do as he says he does.

People won’t be voting for the SNP because Nicola Sturgeon says that Scottish Independence is the only thing in Scotland that makes any sense.

People will vote for these Political Parties because there is nothing on offer in British Politics today that connects with People, respects People, communicates with People and above all, shouts loudly to the People that this politics that we have is broken and that there can be, is and will be a much better way to run this Country and do things with power in Government.

The politicians that we have today – whether they are elected and sitting in our Parliament or not – all represent a system that is completely broken.

It is a system that exists only to keep everything in government operating in exactly the same way.

That system’s one and only purpose is to look after itself, not the British People.

And the people who are allowed entry to this closed system have to swear blind obedience to its values and way of being.

They do so because thats how they have been taught they will get a name for themselves, to be successful. It’s how the ambitious in politics believe they must behave to get on.

This is why we have politicians in power who cannot think for themselves or the People that they are supposed to be representing right now, today.

It doesn’t and will not matter what policies any of these salesmen visiting our doorsteps over the coming weeks will be offering.

The outcomes for us will just be the same.

This political class is not interested in delivering anything meaningful or different. They will just tell you anything that will secure the surrender of your Vote.

And then once they have been elected, they will just resume business as usual and continue thinking only about the next election and what it will take them to get reelected, with lots of talk and the appearance of things happening, whilst the experience that we have of life and everything that Government touches will either be worse than before or just remain static and exactly the same.

The Politicians that we have do not represent any of us.

The Politicians we have just represent themselves.

And until we have changed the way that we lend our power to others, so that they can represent us and to act on our behalf, these charlatans will be able to continue peddling their dubious wares, making out that they are righteous and doing something meaningful, when they are the most selfish and self-serving of public representatives that the world might have seen.

When you consider on 12th December whether to vote or not, simply reflect on this suggestion and go to your Polling Station minded of ‘buyer beware’.

 

image thanks to Matt and telegraph.co.uk 

The Brexit Party looks increasingly like it’s all about a form of Brexit that works for them rather than a Brexit than can work for us all

October 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Whilst we should not have any fear of the purists version of a no deal Brexit, the painful reality is that without a Brexit-majority of MPs in Parliament, there would not be the will to weather the inevitable challenges and storm that would follow immediately after we Leave.

With the cold-hard-reality of an otherwise avoidable chaos staring real people directly in the face, this fearful Remain-collective-Opposition that we will have until at least the time of the next General Election would be then almost certain to succeed in taking the UK straight back in.

Whilst Boris’ proposed deal includes red-flagging words like alignment and suggests a more complicated approach to a relationship with the EU and its Members than those of us focused on the benefits of complete Independence might like, the murmurings this morning suggest that if the EU and Ireland can work with it, there could within days be the Parliamentary numbers to actually get this form of Brexit done.

The overall benefit that all genuine Brexiteers should now at least try to understand and accept with Boris’ deal if they possibly can, is that with majority support in Parliament for this form of Exit from the EU when it actually happens, Leaving with a ‘deal’ – which is itself is only a direction of travel rather than the permanent sellout that Theresa May’s deal was – will mean that the momentum has moved clearly away from the existing Parliamentarians who are so obsessed with rubbishing any form of Brexit, in order to Remain.

Leaving with this deal would then provide the opportunity at the next General Election to focus attention on the damage that over three years of obstruction in Parliament and the actions of the Remain-collective-opposition has done to our democracy and constitution. We will have the opportunity to really begin thinking about how the whole system operates, recruits the people the people who become our politicians and above all, how it must now be reformed.

The political terrain today simply does not lend itself to the practical realities of Leaving the EU on a no deal basis on day 1 and then keeping the UK out. 

For this reason and this reason alone, any Brexiteer suggesting that it would be better to hold out until they get every little thing they wanted – if a deal like this should prove acceptable to the EU and Ireland – is simply putting their own political ambitions first rather than being prepared to take the steps that in these circumstances are likely to be the best for everyone.

Just as UKIP and it’s forerunners cause was over the moment that the European Referendum in June 2016 was won, the Brexit Party needs to do the decent thing and accept that if Boris secures this deal as a pathway to Leave the EU that the UK can then at anytime walk away from, the job that their members and candidates signed up for will have already been done.

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.

 

 

 

The Lib Dems could be about to make Labour irrelevant. But polarising the Brexit debate by promising to scrap it would mean victory in the next General Election is a very hollow win

September 20, 2019 Leave a comment

Jo Swinson might be annoying the hell out of Brexiteers and the right alike, but it’s her friends across the opposition benches in Parliament who are now most in fear that her new energy and approach could be about to throw them back into the electoral bin.

Some startling parallels have been made between the new Liberal Democrats Leader and the approach of Nigel Farage.

But beyond the fact that they have now positioned themselves outwardly at the polar opposites of the Brexit debate, there is something very different in the motivation that underpins the reasons why these two politicians are pushing a narrative that sounds confident, as if these two political parties are on the verge of a breakthrough win.

Spoiler alert: It’s only about Brexit for one of them and always has been.

We are experiencing an endgame in politics right now. A watershed moment that is being drawn out into a long and painful period of transition.

Yet the players on the political board don’t even know that the rules of the game around them have adjusted already and continue to be in the process of fundamental change.

Farage and the Brexit Party have become a voice of the heralds of change. What defines them is their riding the truths that are the foundation of Brexit, using them to wrap their collective’s crusade. The vein of truth that gives a feeling of legitimacy to their cause.

Yet as a political force the Brexit Party represents the very same things that are wrong with all the politicians we have in office as MPs right now. Their MEPs in the public eye are media savvy, obsessed with getting a hard-hitting narrative out there that ‘connects’ with the electorate, but nonetheless suffer with a lack of real empathy and understanding of the whole spectrum of issues and experiences that people have both beyond and including Brexit. 

Beyond Brexit itself, these are not the people who are equipped to actually get things done.

But Jo Swinson and her Liberal Democrats are playing the very same game as Farage. Only the way that they are playing on this field is very cynical and potentially much worse. As they do not recognise nor attempt to acknowledge in any way what Brexit represents or what the Brexit debate is really about.

For the ambitious Leader of this now apparently revitalised Political Party, the current Parliamentary mess and the chaos that surrounds it is a political opportunity to exploit that could result in real power for them.

That’s their primary aim. But it’s clearly a case of bugger the consequences of what might be involved along the way.

At its best, power for the Liberal Democrats would come at a high price for everyone. Even those who are intricately involved.

The unyielding commitment to the EU that they would deliver, beyond being a massive democratic betrayal and surrender all-in-one, would also create obstacles to us ever Leaving the bloc or attempting to do so. Everything that defines us as a Nation State, our defining characteristics and the ties that bind us would be systematically, progressively and deliberately eroded away by laws, rules and regulations that nobody is aware of until it is far too late.

The process of liberally democratic change would be no doubt accelerated no doubt my the implementation of so called electoral reform and the switch from First Past The Post (FPTP) to a Proportional Representation regime. One that favours small political parties that appear to be unfairly place or unelectable under FPTP, but by its very nature will make what we have been experiencing since the European Referendum in terms of a stalemate in Parliament – pretty much the norm. 

And all that is what happens just as a start, if everyone – including the 17.4 million voters and the others who now support Brexit and Leaving the EU were to just roll over and accept what under a Jo Swinson government was about to come.

The reality is that they wouldn’t.

And as far fetched to our cosseted and complacent society as it may seem, civil unrest and what might follow it would soon blow the lid off the lie that is neither a liberal nor democratic party, and show us what the self interest, selfishness and ignorance that underpins politicians that are obsessed with power tangibly means.

But what Swinson, Farage and all of the incumbent MPs and those that facilitate them today must realise is that the politics of old, which is there to serve only that which they choose is now over.

It began to die the very moment that the decision over EU Membership was tossed back to the people and Jo Swinson represents the death throws of all that is wrong and is rotten with our politics as she demonstrates how this broken politics is about nothing more than doing absolutely everything and anything to win.

We are all waiting for a new politics to begin. These politicians and their ideas will have to go or at the very least change definitively if our democracy is ever again to be capable of experiencing a win.

 

 

The Brexit Party May well end up hoisted by its own petard if the UK Exits the EU BEFORE we have a General Election and a Brexit-backing majority of MPs has been secured

img_2163Beyond all the infighting and arguments over who actually won the European Referendum and how the results can be reinterpreted to suit the needs of vested interests, the Brexit Party could be getting a bit carried away with the pursuit of a 31st October EU Exit. That is unless they can accept that a fruitful outcome to this argument could have a lot of pain for them and all Brexiteers hidden in store.

Before continuing I need to make something very clear. That is I would be happy for us to be out of the EU without a deal as soon as is humanly possible.

But I also want us to stay out and remain out of the EU long enough so that both Remainers and Leavers alike can start to appreciate the benefits for everyone that will only come once Brexit is completed and secure.

Right now it feels to everyone as if Nigel Farage, his newly elected MEPs and the whole Brexit Party can write their own ticket.

But this is complacency rather than realism. And it could be the first step to ensuring that the whole Brexit project – that’s UK Independence and Sovereignty – is ultimately well and truly lost.

Farage turned his ire on the EU during a press call on Tuesday. Shouting at them that we are going on the 31st of October without a deal, and that if the EU wants better Terms with the UK, it’s up to them to come running, or sit there and count the cost.

Yes, it’s all-powerful rhetoric. And it’s already isolating all of the Conservative Leadership hopefuls bar one.

Yet what the Brexit Party and all of these Conservative Leadership Candidates have in common at this moment is a lack of appreciation that Brexit has and never has been as simple as the mere action of officially Leaving.

Brexit is terrifically complicated – in some ways on purpose I might add. And to fail to do the work necessary to counter this fact and have the right contingencies in place before we take the step out, could result in much worse for the UK than if the 2016 European Referendum on Leaving the EU had simply been lost.

The Parliamentary dynamic that exists today is going to continue to be a significant and potentially terminal problem for Brexit.

If we Leave whilst the Parliamentary Balance is significantly in favour of EU Membership rather than the UK being outside of it, these Remainer MPs will use every opportunity, every story, every fear present to ensure that the overwhelming numbers they have with the weak-willed who will then support them, will not only frustrate Brexit from the location of our short time outside of the EU. But will then be used to turn the UK around and go straight back in. This time on what will be ridiculously unfavorable terms, such as adopting the Euro and committing our Armed forces to a permanent, sitting EU Army.

This really should give every Brexiteer pause for thought.

I am aware that Farage is bigging up the chances that the Brexit Party will win big in a General Election post-Brexit.

But if a no deal Exit is fucked up by a lack of good leadership in a weak, Conservative Minority Government, combined with a Parliamentary Majority being there for Remain (or by this time Return), the public emotion will by this point have surely shifted from outrage against democratic injustice to what the perceived impact of the problems of the transition will be for the short, medium and long term. They will no longer be holding out for any hero unable to give surety to solutions in an immediate and tangible form.

It would be a mistake for any Conservative Leadership hopeful to consider this scenario and take any kind of comfort. Because the fate of the Conservative and Brexit Parties is now inextricably linked.

If Brexit should unfold this way, it will have been under your watch and your leadership. And that will mean that regardless of how strong and pertinent the warnings over Marxism and what the reality of a Corbynista Government will be, People will by then be looking for the first port in the storm and send their votes straight over to him.

Jeremy Corbyn and the henchpeople around him may well have read the political runes and this would explain why even now Labour seem unable to behave in any kind of joined-up way.

But make no mistake. If any of you would-be Brexit Leaders should succeed in pushing for or even allowing a crash out, no deal Brexit in October by apparent default, and have done so without going to the Country first, believe me when I say that Brexit blowing up in your face will be the least of your problems, because for all of us, things will be about to get a whole lot worse.

There are few who would call themselves fans of the current Conservative Party hierarchy. Conversely many will admire and respect what Nigel Farage has done.

But if the two entities don’t take a step back and see how they now need to work together and very closely, the war they are squaring up to fight – based only on Brexit alone – is not one that will be won.

The Brexit Party has the power to capture hearts and minds very widely over Brexit, but no ability to unify its followers beyond the Brexit question, with policies or indeed a party machine that can bring them all together as a credible, long-term political cause.

The Conservatives have forgotten what it is to be conservative and must embrace far-reaching and fundamental change. But they already have the structure and experience that with new thinking can bring A New Politics into being, be used as the vehicle to reunite us all and remove our divisions, then take us forward as the UK becomes an Independent Sovereign State and walks onto an entirely different world stage.

If the leadership of both Parties can now find a way to work with each other and respect that they can fill the gaping holes of each others Party structure at a time when to go forward there are simply no other options available or way they can deliver Brexit, succeed or remain involved, they CAN and WILL deliver on the Vote of the 2016 Referendum AND benefit everyone who has become involved.

None of this can be achieved without a late September or early October General Election based on Leave vs. Remain.

And to achieve the desired outcome, the Manifesto that is created must sell the benefits of Brexit as well as to promote A New Politics in order to achieve wider buy-in to win over the Voters who support the EU and Remaining with them – because to them that’s just the way that things always appear to have been done.

As Farage has proven with the success in the EU Elections in the space of just a few short weeks, a General Election Campaign can be conducted and won over the Summer, just so long as all those fighting for a real Brexit understand and accept that the political world has already changed around them and that General Elections are fought under a very different kind of sun.

 

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