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Give way to May today; give away the UK

December 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Following on from my earlier Blog today, there are now reports circulating that May will promise to stand down before the next General Election – with the inference that the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement will go her way.

This plan sounds great for those who think the whole issue is about May.

It isn’t.

It’s about delivering Brexit, and Brexit will not be delivered if whatever we end up with is delivered by May.

The chances of the next General Election being over three years away are deceasing all the time.

The likelihood is that a General Election will be called in 2019 as a response to a question of confidence after May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement falls – if the Conservatives are bought off today by the ridiculous idea that May promising to stand down will actually remove the problem with her ‘deal’ in any meaningful way.

Her departure then at that point, would leave a new Conservative Leader dangerously exposed and with no time to develop and implement a new strategy before a Campaign begins.

Put simply, in this chain of events, May is setting up her successor to fail.

However, the very chilling reality is that with the endorsement of the Parliamentary Conservative Party today, given on these terms, May’s idea of Brexit is increasingly likely to be approved.

With UK sovereignty and independence, along with our ability to remove ourselves from this ridiculous plan treacherously given away, the Conservative Party as we know it will be at an end. When the Country wakes up to what our Politicians have done, as they inevitably will, we will have no choice but to abrogate our Membership of the EU unilaterally, potentially under very unfriendly, if not violent terms.

All this, just so Theresa May can go to bed at night feeling like she was right all along because she got her own way.

Please wake up.

Keeping May in power today will soon prove itself the much harder result for the Prime Minister, The Conservative Party and the Country itself

December 12, 2018 1 comment

That anyone in Westminster could have really felt surprised that the magic 48 was reached yesterday is actually the surprise itself.

After days and weeks of bluster about May’s welched Brexit deal being the only one available, the Prime Minister pulls the whole thing with just a few hours to spare, heads off to get a steer from Europe and whilst she’s on the plane, her Euro-chums come out to help her by making clear that there will be absolutely nothing more forthcoming.

Talk is very cheap, as the Prime Minister of 29 months quickly found out. But when you are playing a game that will result in the sovereignty of an entire Nation being needlessly flushed away in perpetuity, just because of some suicidal vanity project, anyone with a sense of any logic and reason must conclude that this is one dog that has definitely had its day.

Being out of the EU will be far better for the people and businesses of this Country.

We will soon resume our place in the world with confidence, once we have departed from the constrictions of this Foreign Power that employs a modus operandi that has always been based on doing the UK down.

That we have had so many Prime Ministers who on assuming Office have been slave to the idea that they could win against the power of the EU by being within it says much about the ignorance and lack of understanding that exists within our political culture.

Without exception, even Margaret Thatcher had a rude awakening to the cold, hard truth that the EU is an out-of-control entity that is on a continual power grab.

Each and every time it is successful, it simply moves the goalposts as it ties every Member State into surrendering more, usually on behalf of its unknowing people.

Theresa May has just played straight into their hands.

Instead of responding impartially to the Instruction of the British People, the Prime Minster has either deliberately or through sheer incompetence created a situation where even democratically elected MP’s are so fearful of what the mess she has made is now creating and will become, that they are seriously contemplating giving up the UK’s ability to be independent to a Foreign Power – and along with a whole lot more besides.

May knows that there is no strength in her position. And by standing at the lectern outside No.10 this morning and stating that the only step that a new PM could take would be to beg for an extension of Artcile 50, or just rescind the whole Brexit process in full, she has given the lie to the suggestion that her trip around Europe to see other Leaders would have yielded anything meaningful before she returns her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to the mercy of this rabbit-trapped-in-the-headlights-Commons once more.

All credibility in No.10 has now left the building. What Conservatve MP’s will commit the whole Country to later today, if they fail to accept the invitation to remover her, will be a world of pain which is of their own making.

There are a number of ways that keeping May in power will unfold.

Firstly, there remains a serious risk that if May wins the Confidence Vote, she will string the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement issue out, until fear itself is used to push through the result that would then keep her in No.10.

Make no mistake, in these circumstances the EU would be very happy about everything they are about to be gifted by the unwitting, unled UK. For them May’s success will be a year of Christmases despite everything we are being publicly told. And be under no illusion about the risk of this happening, as the terror of the misnamed ‘no deal Brexit’ plays heavily upon the emotions of the unobjective Members in Parliament and too many of them see safety and a misplaced trust in the mythical changelessness of Remain.

There will be no glory for this option for the Conservatives who went with the current PM. You can rest assured that the poison of this treachery made manifest by May would very quickly rub off on many more of the Parliamentary Party with any chance of Conservatives forming a future majority government very quickly evaporating away.

As I write, the more likely result of May’s surety in Office is that the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, now lacking all credibility and there clearly being no scope to change it in any meaningful way, will fall when it finally comes to a vote.

At that point, just a few days or weeks into the new Year, we will then – at the cost of the Corbyn-led Labour Government that will surely follow, then and only then see the end of Theresa May.

Yes, May might resign following a success in a Confidence Vote, before being forced to go to the Country. But on the basis of her track record alone, if she will not resign right now today and make way, faced with a General Election in 2019, she will almost certainly do the same.

The Conservative Party will not win power again under the leadership of the current Prime Minister.

The benefit of bringing her term in No.10 to its conclusion today is that there will at least be time to prepare and publicise a new and much improved narrative before what now increasingly looks like a General Election one way or the other in 2019 is called and the campaign gets under way.

Wouldn’t it be better to have a chance of winning when it does?

Update – 1.21pm:

Shortly after first publishing this Blog today, news has began to come out that Theresa May is to announce that she will stand down before the next General Election. All I can add to this is that her deal is already dead and by continuing her Premiership, the promise of standing down before a General Election would only be likely to set up another leader to lose, whilst almost guaranteeing May’s giveaway of the UK. There is a growing chance that there will be a General Election in 2019 and the issue today is whether the Tories will approach it in a controlled way, or give in to the ‘easy’ alternative which will be more chaos, with the only beneficiary being Theresa May.

 

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May remains the EU’s patsy for as long as she squats in No.10 and we should all be concerned as they have serious form when it comes to loading the gun

December 11, 2018 1 comment

Whilst I know that I am far from alone in being hopeful that the Parliamentary Conservative Party will finally put the May Government out of everyone’s misery before too long, recent history shows us a catalogue of missed opportunities for them to have already done so. One that suggests they are all still hoping that someone else will be prepared to get their hands dirty at a time when they are all much mistaken and regrettably very wrong.

One of the biggest errors that Conservative Parliamentarians have made in summing up the abilities of their current leader, has been to overlook everything she has been doing and the patterns of behaviour which provide the tells about her form of play.

Whilst incidents as small as the way she answered questions on Trident, to big ones such as calling a General Election on a whim tell us much about the substance of the leadership they have been working with, it is May’s interactions and prioritisation of other EU Leaders at pivotal moments which dwell in plain sight, but like that ever illusive elephant in the room even now don’t seem to be troubling anyone quite enough to actually get in her way.

So in amongst the breathtaking chaos that is overtaking all of Westminster and its news bubble today, there may be a new dimension to all this brewing whilst May has a jolly around Europe.

One which is dependent on this continuing inaction, is not being widely talked about and could very much conclude in just a matter of weeks with Theresa May looking like she was always the one who did know best, ending up with her own form of Brexit being accepted at the final minute as the only acceptable way.

With the clock counting down towards the 29th of March, the EU knows that playing on people’s fears and upping the anti as they do so will be a process that at some point between now and then will reach a critical mass and has the potential to deliver its greatest reward.

May’s flawed and nonetheless EU-favouring plan could suddenly be seen as being very reasoned and the only way to stave off a catastrophe, leaving the EU perpetually in charge of our real destiny, whilst a Trumpton-esque future plays out with Remainers thinking that the world has stayed static and our pretend State is left under the CON-tinuing CON-artistry of a reinvigorated CON-servative Theresa May.

Inaction based on ambition has failed to remove an incumbent prime minister who clearly doesn’t know how to lead or be loyal to her own people, but when it comes to her own ambition is happy to cosy up with the EU to make sure that such trifling issues will never really get in her way.

Chaos and uncertainty are now inevitable whatever happens. But fear is stopping MP’s from taking action; inaction that is nonetheless a choice to give the EU the power it now needs to manipulate matters to go their own way.

There is now a serious risk that the fears of a majority in Parliament will very effectively be employed against them and they will then take a knee-jerk but nonetheless critically undemocratic decision that will tie the whole UK in to a situation which will be far far worse than anything which ever resembled Remain.

Conservative MP’s are the only people who can now put an end to this mess and begin a process that has the potential to make things better.

If Conservatives want things to play out differently, its time to grow some bollocks, replace the Prime Minster and remember that the UK has already chosen to Leave the EU, not to be manipulated into vassalage Remain.

Please Conservatives, stop this farce now

December 10, 2018 Leave a comment

img_1739-1You couldn’t write it is a term that I’ve often heard used, but never felt it more applicable than in relation to May’s ditching of the Meaningful Vote and the debate that has followed today.

Watching and listening to the Statement that the Prime Minister has made to the Commons this afternoon, it is clear that she does not intend to return to Parliament with anything new.

In fact, the whole episode has the very same hallmarks that have blighted her stewardship of Brexit in No.10 already. That of nothing changes except the words, and that is all in respect of Brexit this Prime Minister ever intends.

There always was and remains the prospect of a much better deal or relationship with the EU.

But to get that deal, there is simply no point in going forward under the pretence that the model to base it on is akin to what is known as Remain.

Theresa May is now only interested in doing whatever is necessary to keep herself in power. That much has been demonstrated by the contradictions in what she has been doing and saying just today.

The UK cannot and will not make any progress with the EU and Parliament will not move towards anything like a workable consensus for as long as this Prime Minister remains in No.10.

May’s terminal tenure is not only defying the whole pretence of delivering democracy in this Country over Brexit and making an alternative more likely, it is now entering a critical phase where the continuance of this travesty is making the Conservative Party less electable by the day.

Conservative MP’s can bring an end to this shit show now, and if they have any mutually shared feeling of responsible to the wider Electorate and to our democracy, there are many outside of Westminster who now implore them to get on and do so now.

Please, please, please put the Country first. Give us a Prime Minister who can and will lead us to get the best from leaving the EU – even if that is leaving on WTO terms, and prevent the implosion of the Conservative Party before inaction condemns us to a Corbyn Government which will not only renege on Brexit, but inflict many more horrors on our people, our businesses, our economy and our future besides.

 

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No plan is going to solve the Brexit problem. We need leadership without the unbridled ambition and we need it now

December 6, 2018 Leave a comment

The only comfort for many of us peering into the Westminster fishbowl as it continues its daily mission to self destruct, is that there are at least some voices of reason breaking through this malaise, running contrary to the crap that various factions across the Establishment are trying to feed us, and bringing truth to power. Something that we so desperately need.

The real problem is of course, that with so many politicians so very obsessed with having their own ideas heard and prioritised – no matter the cost, very few of the people who are in the position to influence any of this mess for the better are hearing, considering or acting upon what wise voices now say.

There is an obsession with the idea that there has to be an agreed plan for however we handle Brexit. This is a fallacy and simply isn’t true. And as I wrote last July, the problem with the plan for Brexit, is that Brexit has become all about having a plan.

This whole perception that there has to be a fixed strategy in place before we can do anything at this level is one of the key reasons why Brexit and democracy itself are now in such a perilous state, and so many normal people across this Country are now feeling completely cut off from their representatives and wondering what the hell will now happen and if there is anything that anyone with any influence can actually do.

Whilst it makes curious reading when the Will of the People to Leave the EU was so clearly defined, the fact remains that there is no majority amongst our 650 MP’s for any plan or direction. A situation that in every sense possible means that for the People of the UK, democracy as good as doesn’t exist, and that the result of the EU Referendum is by a majority of our MP’s being at best ignored and at worst, clearly denied.

Getting out of this mess is not going to be easy. Not least of all because all the options that are being openly considered as being possible right now, have no guarantees that they would change anything.

A General Election might not change anything as at best we would still have most of the same politicians left in Parliament coming from the self-interested culture where the purpose of representing the people, once elected is in many cases simply forgotten if not actively denied. At worst, Theresa May could actually stay in No.10, not because she isn’t seen as the biggest part of the current problem, but that many Voters would vote strategically against the prospect of a Corbyn government – which for anyone who understands his modus operandi knows his brand of leadership is not how we want to experience the next 5 years of our future being defined.

A Referendum is in trouble before it could even be put into being, as its very existence would underscore the reality that far from only being in the process of dying, as far as the UK is concerned, democracy has already died. It doesn’t matter what stories influencers who should know better tell us, out in the real world across the UK, people haven’t changed their minds about Brexit, in fact they are more disillusioned now than ever, see the EU as the controlling foreign force that it is, and are desperate for the people elected to represent them, to actually do what they have already been told.

And whilst there are many left who are behaving like they have not just a chip, but a whole sack of spuds strewn across their shoulders, there no longer exists any such thing as the option tabled in June 2016, which is still being romanticised as ‘Remain’. The true relationship with the EU is now in a continuing process of being outed, they will never allow the UK to resume its former relationship as a Member and if the EU is seeking to keep indefinite control over our future as a condition of actually leaving them, just imagine what the price of being ‘openly’ joined to this pathway to the United States of Europe could actually do.

It may seem like the antithesis of everything accepted as being normal, but planning when we are in a situation like we are now, with so much fluidity, risk and the potential for disaster, is simply not something we have either the time, or the luxury that having reasoned debate – that the presence of a complete chamber of objective politicians would allow us to do.

We now need real leadership of a very different kind. Leadership that is guided only by the ambition of the UK and our future, with vision, humility and a respect for the age of consequence. Leadership that actually leads with the responsibility it has been given, rather than leadership which was only ever about gaining position. A situation we have no for too long been forced to try.

May must go and it is only the Conservatives who can replace her.

This talk of governments of national unity is not only dangerous, it would still be constructed of the very same people who have contributed to this unholy mess. People who are still dedicated to listening to only themselves. And with this kind of power, would continue to overlook everything that has now become important. Not least of all what the People of the UK have told them, and that everything which has happened since has itself began to model a different destiny for this Country, which requires new thinking and not giant leaps backwards of the kind to which they are clinging to – and not one to which Voters are in the majority inclined.

The question of who in Parliament could really replace May now. The ambitions of the Cabinet are now so inextricably linked to her Plan for Brexit that the question of how each and every one of their priorities, demonstrated by their acquiescence with this whole travesty could possibly show that they are now equipped to seize the moment and take this Country forward is not a story that I can honestly the Electorate stomaching for very long, should it be one that were now to be told.

Fresh starts require fresh thinking, and like the Conservative Party that is currently built around them, the Prime Minister who replaces May must be all about change, respecting the will of the people and no longer obsessed with the destructive tribal reality of thinking and acting in terms of either Leave or Remain.

Meglamaniac May ignores her Remainer-in-Chiefs; the Cabinet wont act because they all want to be PM and all who could stop this madness are prepared to leave her fate to a Parliamentary Vote – irrespective of what new hell this chain of irresponsibility will unleash

December 3, 2018 Leave a comment

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We all love a parliamentary parody, but not when it has actually become real life and instead of seeing a script acted out, we are witnessing the daily evolution of the real thing.

Make no mistake. The story we are now seeing unfolding bears no similarity to what the principle of democracy and the will of the people was ever supposed to be about.

The lunatics have taken over the asylum and the impact of everything that they are now doing is not going to be without significant cost to us all, in the many ways that the Brexit charade delivers its range of consequences and fall-out.

We see a full Cabinet of Ministers propagating the myths of the current Prime Ministers making, just so they can keep their hand in when it comes to the ‘expected’ pool of choices when the potentially imminent Conservative Leadership Contest begins.

We see Remainers so hell-bent on overturning the decision of the People which they took so personally, that they now have to prove that the majority of the British People were wrong. They are prepared to destroy democracy by pushing for a second Vote, when through the actions of their own camp, the Country has not even delivered upon the first.

We see Brexiteers still so fixated on their own idea of what Brexit should look like, that they have themselves forgotten what it was that the British People have voted for. They are overlooking the strength in numbers that comes from recognising and working on the democratic principle of commonality. By doing so, they have surrendered their own strength to the misunderstanding and mistrust that Remain continue to sew, which Brexiteer unity would quickly push aside.

An at the top of the tree, we have a Remain-obsessed Prime Minister who has become so fixated with the belief in her own hype, that she is now even ignoring the advice of her own Remain-obsessed Civil Servants. She is prepared to withhold Legal Advice to Parliament so that she can single-handedly ensure that her closer union with Europe, sold as Brexit can be coercively pushed through Parliament and British Democracy not just now, but for ever then be denied.

What should perhaps be most worrying, is that most of the MP’s in Westminster know that we are riding the cusp of a constitutional wave which has the potential to deliver changes for the UK which in any form they now come will be very sinister.

The status quo has now been cracked right down the middle and even staying exactly where we are would not resemble anything like the 22nd of June 2016 – in terms of what some still see as an option labelled ‘Remain’.

This obsession with being seen to keep ones hands clean or simply to save ones job means that inaction is continuing to rule the day.

Like the many Theresa May related events which have materialised before, Conservatives with the ability to precipitate change are waiting to see what happens.

They are ignoring the fact that they are going around in circles and are likely to find themselves giving May yet another chance just as soon as she steps out of the Voting Lobby next Tuesday after the ‘first vote’ hits the floor, puts out the begging bowl and blithely asks them ‘Please MP’s, can I have some more?’

Labour don’t come out of this any better. And their obsession with getting into Government at any cost, aided by the inaction of the Conservatives on both front and back benches may very soon come to pass.

By taking the easy option and waiting for the ‘meaningful vote’ to take place on December 11th, all of our MP’s are setting themselves up for a very difficult and possibly monumental task.

Whether Theresa May decides to go back to the Country, the Remainers push for another Referendum which puts democracy firmly in the past, the Government falls and with the DUP ‘walking the floor’, or Jeremy Corbyn and a rainbow coalition walk right in to No.10 before Christmas, it is clear that Parliament now has no discernable power or direction, nor the ability to make any decisions which have legitimate longevity and as such the surety to even last.

This free-for-all of ‘my idea is best’ and ‘I will do whatever I can to make everyone else wrong’ is actually beyond parody. In fact, it is becoming a real-life tragedy.

Whilst MP’s have been doing shocking things for a very long time, the transparency that the Internet and age of Social Media has brought means that their idea of what responsibility looks like is already having a far-reaching impact.

It is now action and not more words the People are looking for before there is even the chance that some faith in our Parliamentary system could even begin to be restored.

If MP’s seriously want to regain their credibility, they must do whatever necessary to stop the Theresa May show right now.

The best thing for us all will be an immediate change in Conservative Leadership, to someone who is not self-obsessed with the idea that getting into No.10 is all being in politics has ever been about.

Someone who can look all the Remain hyperbole in the eye, face it and the ever-controlling EU down and then push through a process to Leave which works for all of us, guarantees the UK its Sovereignty and freedom, and outs the ridiculous idea that anything even remotely Remainish is going to be of genuine benefit to anyone or any home-based business in the UK.

 

 

 

 

The UK must have the ability to Regulate the Internet, control and respond to data management issues in ways that we never will with the rules-for-the-sake-of-rules EU involved

December 2, 2018 Leave a comment

How we govern the Net, it’s use, the transfer, storage and sharing of data is a Policy area that like many others our Government should be on top of and ahead of the game.

That it isn’t and that many of our politicians simply have no understanding of what is happening around us in the parallel world of data is not, however, a sign that we need the EU Bureaucracy to take over and install a set of draconian and out of touch rules that demonstrates Brussels has even less understanding of the changing world than Westminster does.

Scare stories some might think.

But the reality of what the EU is attempting to do is very real and the iceberg which is coming is very much deeper beneath the surface than the relatively tame tip we now know to be GDPR.

Right now, we could be well on the way to being legally unable to share material such as newslinks from the Internet, or even take pictures of or in public places because of what the EU is now attempting to deem as being assumed copyright for things like buildings.

Idealistic, dangerously impractical and without any real regard for how life works within the world of the Internet and in its relationship with everything else, unelected bureaucrats lurking in an office somewhere in Brussels are about to take nanny-stating and big brotherish concepts to a whole new level.

If we either Remain or worse still, embrace May’s deal, we will have no choice but to accept these undemocratic and choking restrictions however far reaching and personally restricting they might be.

In governmental terms, the arrival of Internet based technology and the online universe has caught legislators napping.

To many, a fallacious idea now exists where the Net has broken down geographical boundaries and barriers and heralds a new age where concepts such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain will make localised governance systems redundant and that markets will now reach across the world and take care of everything that crops up in between.

They won’t.

The reason they won’t, is that no matter what we do online, be it personally or for our business or employer, the dehumanisation of relationships which the rise of the internet has already inflicted upon us has shown that real life requires a level of tangibility and physical stimulation that technology will never offer us, even through virtual reality.

Centralising and ceding power to the EU over data and the rules which govern our Internet access and use would be a catastrophic abuse and denial of the real opportunity to take control and influence the response necessary to the powerful technological and informational changes taking place around us. And to do so for the better.

Our businesses, our people and the physical environment across the UK are very different to the 27 other Countries that make up the EU.

We must have regulation which is sensitive, tailored and responsive to UK needs. Regulation must not be set on a one-size-fits-all basis which at best will be modelled on a false commonality between 28 very different Countries and more likely will be much worse, offering no basis of practicality at all or any sense in which we could identify consideration of any specific UK need – either domestically, or for our interactions with the whole of the outside World.

This will not be possible if the UK’s choice to Leave the EU is ignored. Or through the dishonesty and lack of responsibility to the Electorate on the part of Politicians, the UK is coerced into a much closer and technically irreversible union with the EU as will be the outcome of May’s deal being adopted, or an alternative series of false choices are created which mislead us to Remain.

We will only have the flexibility, the adaptability and the necessary cultural intuitively to give the UK the right Data Policies that we need, if we Leave the EU, take complete control of our own Policy making once again, and then push our self-orientated Political classes to get on and deliver the key Policy areas like Data which will return the UK to the place where we can meet opportunity or crisis from wherever it may come, head on.

 

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