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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.

 

 

 

 

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

February 5, 2019 Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

 

We must now Leave without a deal if we want a relationship with the EU that is acceptable to those who Voted Leave AND Remain

January 31, 2019 Leave a comment

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No matter if you Voted Leave or Voted Remain, the fact is that few of those representing us in Westminster have managed to cover themselves in glory during the Brexit process and EU Referendum Campaign.

We have now witnessed so many events and been provided with so much evidence to support what has long been suspected – that the majority of MPs have sought election only for the purposes of personal gain, that whatever now happens in the coming weeks and days over Brexit, it is inevitable that we will not view Parliament in the same way as we did previously ever again.

What is most striking about the lack of leadership across the Commons that has now been so clearly defined, is the complete absence of agility in both thought and action that has led to opportunity being seen and portrayed as a threat, rather than the doorway to transformation and change which will benefit the Country. Opportunity that would give us the chance to leave many of the problems behind that we cannot address whilst we Remain bound to the Laws and Directives of the EU.

Whilst the lack of foresight and understanding fits well with a Parliament made up of MPs who behave this way, the UK has been severely disadvantaged as a direct result.

We have watched helplessly from outside the Westminster bubble as those high on power and their own self-righteousness have squandered each and every opportunity to set off, restart or return to a pathway which puts the UK first, rather than allowing the use of a switched deck which even now is very much stacked towards the EU remaining in control of our future relationship, with not one of these self interested Parliamentary factions really ever getting their own way.

It is painful to watch how irrational fear is ruling the whole Brexit question to the point where the stupidity and intransigence of key people has become so efficiently overlooked, that there appears genuine surprise when they do the same things again or behave like nobody can better their own game.

The failure of this Parliament to deliver on the People’s Instruction and the chaos that has ensued will not easily be forgiven. Nor will the absence of leadership that could have focused on the reality of a 52%-48% Vote Result which was always going to require consideration, communication and consequence-based decision making that works for those who Voted Leave as well as Remain.

It is unacceptable to suggest that this was and is impossible. The question has only ever been about the how.

In truth, Brexit was destined to be a complete mess from the moment David Cameron was replaced by a Prime Minister who supported Remain.

Remain was from the point that Theresa May entered Downing Street always going to be the default stepping off point, rather than what would have been the case if we had had a Leave Voting Prime Minister. One who could have looked at the process right from the start as being the UK is now out, so how do we build bridges which will be different, but look, feel and behave as they would have, if we had indeed Remained.

To be fair, even a good ‘Leave’ Prime Minister night have struggled to achieve this outlook. As developing strategy as a vision and without real-time experience of the circumstances you will be working with is never as easy or simple as looking at things as if they will always be the same or in the sense of only ever having to work with that which is known and your own experience.

But with May at the helm it never has and never will be possible, as her purpose is not selfless. It is about a legacy and is entrenched with a mentality that the Politicians around her are subordinate in every sense and could never achieve anything that she could in any way.

By backing the Brady Amendment this week, many of those MP’s on the Leave side of the House have again fallen into the very same trap that they have done already on numerous occasions before. Missing opportunity after opportunity to take things in a very different direction, rather than allowing the Remain-led PM May run down the clock on the expectation that the misplaced fear over a so-called ‘no-deal exit’ will finally push her own Withdrawal Agreement, without alterations, over the line.

Make no mistake. The unaltered May ‘Agreement’ is actually worse for the UK than it would have been to have never had the Referendum Vote and today to have been in the situation that some mistakenly think is Remain. And if our MPs have shied away from decisions over Brexit already on the basis of their irrational fears, looking those fears in the eye to stop May now, will require much more of them now, simply because the crunch point appears to be so very near.

The reality is that we will not achieve anything like the relationship with the EU of which we as a Country are capable, if we should accept the terms of any agreement which already exists or is formulated under the duress and questionable decision making of a Parliament which contrary to the position of the Electorate is overwhelmingly supportive of Remain.

In fact, the very best thing that could happen now is that the attitude of the EU does indeed become the catalyst which crystallises the position of Leaving without the deal that we never actually needed. A destination and indeed journey that would then put us in realtime at the point where even those Politicians without vision might then be able to see the relationship an dynamics between the UK and EU for what they are and build agreements over trade and joint working that keep power and influence where it should be – in London, not Brussels, and prevent those whose priorities are in the EU and not the UK from ever again being free to develop any kind of behind-closed-doors understanding with a Foreign Power, that a series of previous Governments and Prime Ministers never had the mandate to ever do.

The question is of course, will they want to?

 

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Deal or No Deal, the technology already exists for a seamless Irish Border after Brexit and as many of us already know, it works just bloody fine…

January 30, 2019 Leave a comment
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A number plate recognition and recording camera being installed in a supermarket car park in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. January 2019.

The Brothers Grimm would have been busy indeed, had they been alive and based in London during the times of Brexit.

With myth after myth entering the lexicon of public understanding, most often created by those who by the rule of fear intend for the UK to Remain, the range of stories and prophecies that have been created up to now from the very beginning of the Referendum Campaign would be priceless, were it not for the impact that foolish interference with very serious and far reaching matters of state can have.

Whilst many of the latest entrants to the pop chart of Brexit fantasies are being debunked just as quickly as they have been produced, one of the most ridiculous but nonetheless effective tales to have been told is the one about the need for a backstop to prevent a hard-border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, because a technological solution doesn’t exist which would keep goods moving as they would do if the UK were to Remain.

The claim is particularly laughable, given that we live in a surveillance society where estimates back in 2013 placed the number of cameras observing us already then at one camera for every 11-14 people within the population.

Even if monitoring equipment on the Irish Borders did not already exist, the installation of equipment and software of a like which has been in use by the Police forces for years in the form of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) would not be an arduous task. It is already being put to many uses in civilian form too, and if you have fallen foul of Car Parking Rules where one of these offshoot systems has been installed, you will know only too well how effective they are when a Penalty Notice with accompanying photographic evidence lands at your door.

The real problem and reason why too many of the people at a level of influence will tell us that no such technological solution exists is because of the sclerotic system for purchasing products like these for ‘government use’ and the way that companies who could deliver a working and effective solution in what would be a comparatively ‘overnight’ timeframe, are excluded from a supplier system which would benefit us all if they were to be included.

Government purchase is based on a system which favours the monoliths in public supply. Companies that overcharge by gargantuan levels o justify their huge structures, are avoidably slow to deliver – pushing up prices even further, and are the favorites of a coterie of consultants and advisors who themselves are pre-programmed with everything they do to simply be on the make.

If the political will, foresight and vision existed to implement a transparent border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, stepping outside the purchasing rules – YES, those required by Membership of the EU itself, is pretty much all it would take. We simply need agility in thinking, doing and making sure that everyone involved is doing the same.

The opportunity to deliver the trouble-free Brexit that the British People Voted for has been squandered by Politicians afraid to look outside of their own Westminster box. We should be under no illusion that in terms of upholding the realities of the responsibility that they have been given by us, they are well and truly afraid of their own shadow.

The best thing that those who lead us could do right now is to forget going cap in hand to the EU as Theresa May now surely will. Direct the installation of the infrastructure on the Irish Border, commission the necessary software from the very bright and agile small businesses that the UK has, and then make a very public statement that as far as the UK is concerned the Border will be open from 11.00pm onwards on the 29th March 2019, will be functioning like just one of the many other administrative hoops that logistics & supply chain operators, public transport companies and international travelers have to jump through when they are going anywhere, and that the UK is more than capable of taking a lead on anything and everything, come what and despite of whatever May says.

Any compromise over Brexit that actively involves all sides has to be taken seriously and the real obstacle to progress is now firmly located in No.10

January 29, 2019 Leave a comment

img_2513Brexit has been mismanaged from the start. Much of the problem has been the many competing priorities and motivations belonging to the key influencers who have been involved, but this itself is in no small part due to the biggest Brexit problem of them all. The absence of good, decisive and responsible leadership.

The Brexit process over recent months could have gone in different directions at many different points and it is regrettable that there has been a distinct absence of vision and understanding on the benches of the Commons. Vision which could have seen that a deal, formula, pathway or whatever you want to call it has never been just about an agreement itself, but about the people involved, the chronology of events, the changing landscape and yes, a whole lot more besides.

We are where we are. So no matter what has come before, there is no sensible option beyond trying to play with the hand that is available.

So when a compromise arrives in a form which could work for our MPs and our Country too, the focus should be shifting to identify and remove the blocks to realising that opportunity for progress. Not dwelling on who has ownership, who claims the legacy, who will be upset or anything more.

The reality is that the very best ‘deal’ that would be available to the UK could only be negotiated from the position and mindset of already being out of the EU.

With the obsession over plans and having to have a strategy in place which our MPs have, it is clear that the current Parliament will not willingly support this pathway.

As such, it is vital for MPs to accept the closest thing to that which they find acceptable.

From the information now available, it looks very much like the Malthouse Compromise could be the opportunity that everyone – and not least all of us outside of Westminster have been waiting for.

This Plan is far from perfect for either side. I say this with a firm belief that in the right hands from the start of this process, Brexit could immediately upon Leaving in March have promised the UK a massive amount more.

Because of what has happened during the Brexit process, the decision and therefore the method of our departure has become about so much more than just Brexit itself.

From this point alone, the Malthouse Compromise has to be seen as potentially the least trouble-free pathway to getting out of the EU, on time, with the prospect of building a working relationship with our former partners and in a way which at the very least honours the spirit of the Referendum Vote, even if at this stage it would be impractical to expect any more.

As a lapsed, but nonetheless lifelong conservative, it gives me no pleasure to feel or openly be so very critical of a Conservative PM.

But the situation we are facing over Brexit and beyond is so very, very serious, there must be a collective acceptance that with May at the helm, compromise penned by anyone other than her and her coterie of advisers, is not in her plan. It is not in her mind an acceptable form of what this Brexit process will become.

Never mind the missed opportunities and the what could haves, what should haves and everything that has gone before and been done. The way to get this problem solved is to remove the obstacle of a spent force as a Prime Minister to whom owning the legacy of a Brexit deal is all that her premiership has now become.

The Conservative Party has the ability to remove her right now if there is collective recognition amongst the Parliamentary Party of how dire this situation has become.

Personal ambition must be put to one side so that a leader can be Elected and installed in No.10, who will embrace the catalyst for change over Brexit. A new Prime Minister who can set off the reaction and chain of events now needed here within our own Parliament.

And then take it to Brussels not as a question, but as a statement of intent and overview of what our departure from the EU will look like.

Something that the EU can choose to embrace or reject. But with the consequences made very clear that failing to engage with what is on offer to them will leave the EU responsible for what follows, and that it is our commitment to prosper and be a friend to all Nations who are friendly to us, no matter what they think or then do.

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

January 28, 2019 1 comment

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

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

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

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

However, the celebrations are likely to be very premature.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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