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For the UK to achieve everything that is possible, we must have an open international trade policy that is ours and only ours to decide

November 30, 2018 Leave a comment

Capitulation by a British Prime Minister to what we now know as the EU is nothing new.

One of the differences between what Theresa May is now attempting to do to appease a foreign power and the activities of Prime Ministers such as Edward Heath, is that there is now much more information available on what the EU actually does and what Theresa May’s predecessors did to appease it. Many more people and Politicians are certainly awake to where the best interests of the UK would actually be.

The other is that the Prime Minister is simply attempting to ignore the will of both the people and many of the politicians around her. She has complete contempt for the process of democracy in everything that she now does.

On the face of it, the motivation of those Prime Ministers who took us in and then bolted us into the forerunner of the EU is a puzzle. That is until you appreciate that Leaders who are driven by fear soon lose track of what is actually needed, bypassing what is right and proper as they are driven by what they see as safe decisions, rather than those which no matter whether they come easy or hard are the essential part of all they have been empowered to do.

When we went into the Common Market, the price that we paid in terms of International Trade was exceptionally high.

Not only did we turn our back on very lucrative relationships right across the World, but also trashed our relationships witht key trading dependents placed right across what we now know as the Commonwealth.

It was a move that was as disloyal and neglectful to the Countries which share common ancestry to our own. All for the price of harmonisng and subjugating ourselves with the designs of a range of European Countries, who had many priorities which were written into the terms of our entry into the European Project. Priorities which cost many of our industries as benefits to other Members and their own Industries were made the priority with a massive cost to the efficiencies, productivity, creativity and above all profitability of our own.

These are not messages which we hear widely spoken.

They are messages that give the lie to the suggestion that in terms of trading, Membership of the EU is better and more beneficial for the UK than the alternative.

The alternative being for the UK to stand on its own feet in the World and accept that it has much more to gain in just about every respect by being brave and going back to our natural disposition of going it alone.

The UK will and always has been most successful when standing on its own.

But our relationship with the World changed as the World itself changed when the true impact of World War 2 manifested itself right across the Globe.

As is often the case, Politicians then, as they are still doing now, completely misread and misunderstood that change for what it was, what it should be. What the real opportunities were and what it would require to evolve the UK to get us there.

They let their own fear of that change and their fear of the responsibility that they held dictate what they thought the right solution would be.

Instead of being brave, they opted for what looked like the certainty that grouping together with other European Nations would offer them and their place in history.

They did so by saying damn the consequences and without any thought for the real price for the people they were elected to serve then, and for the generations that would follow thereafter.

As historical figures show, our trading performance before we joined the Common Market was significantly better on a worldwide and unhindered basis than it has ever been under the restrictions of being an EU Member.

Put simply, the UK is likely to have been in a much better place if Politicians of the day had possessed the metal to actually lead us, rather than take what looked like the safe bet or easy option – tying us in to a tightly restricted relationship led by a Foreign Power and in which we should never have been involved.

The similarities between what happened then, and what Theresa May is trying to do now is simply staggering. The difference is that as history has shown, the first time around, there was still the opportunity for us to remove the UK from the EU. Whereas if Theresa May were to achieve her aims, there would never again be any contractual mechanism for us to escape the EU’s bureaucratic tyranny and follow a friendly pathway to remove the UK from being involved.

It would be foolish to suggest that the transition from leaving the EU properly would have no turbulence involved.

But turbulence is inevitable whatever path we now take. It would simply be better that the turbulence ahead is something we experience and embrace by choice, rather than accept as an affliction at the hands of a Foreign Power that will have no concern for the specific consequences for the UK economy. Instead doing nothing other than prioritising what is good for them and good for it’s ‘own’.

What is certain is that in the medium and longer term, the UK is almost certain to perform much better once we have leadership that reflects the needs of UK Businesses and our Population, and we no longer have to prioritise the decisions of 27 other Countries first – a relationship which guarantees that our interests will only ever register at a level like we have never and will never actually be involved.

The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement ‘Head-to-Head’: If we really must have May and Corbyn selling nothing which will be of use to anyone PLEASE at least remove the bloody script!

November 27, 2018 Leave a comment

May Corbyn Debate

Despite Sky TV’s continuing Campaign to make Leaders Debates a common fixture for all General Election Campaigns, I like many others am less than convinced that this further attempt at Americanising British Politics will deliver anything good.

Providing such a platform with politics working as it is today is showmanship at best. It comes at a time when we are suffering a drought of Politicians in positions of power who really care, giving them yet another way to provide us with only more of the same grandstanding is a place that probably most of us would rather not go.

With this in mind, you will probably not be surprised that I do not see the point in disrupting a Sunday evening viewing schedule – particularly when the Final of this year’s I’m a Celebrity Final is on, just to give Theresa May the opportunity to trying selling something in words that she will no doubt be able to choose – and especially so when the product on offer is oh so very very wrong.

Never mind the rather strange question which lays across the whole idea and relates to the Prime Minister’s reluctance to go near anything which resembled a debate in real time during her flawed 2017 General Election Campaign. The whole pretence that she is now out there to sell her idea gives the lie to the whole exercise for no more reason than it demonstrates that she hasn’t actually listened to anyone and just intends to convince everyone that her ideas are somehow right.

So if we really must be subjected to this kind of peak-time-viewing-charade, the least the TV Companies could do is make the whole process interesting.

How about removing the entire script and leveraging something along the lines of a real Question Time?

The questions could be chosen from a random selection by the public. But the show itself could be compared by a Chair who can follow up and introduce supplementary questions. It could all be done in a way that could really make the idea that testing the people who wish to demonstrate their ability to lead has some credibility. It would certainly give us an insight into whether outside the realm of the pre-prepared and stage-managed, May’s or Corbyn’s politics and metal really is so very strong?

At one end of the spectrum and without any intentional bias towards the offerings of the BBC, we could perhaps give the chair to Andrew Neil, who is only disliked by the people whose ideas are easily offended or upended and as such want to brand the questioner as the one who has got their policy wrong.

Otherwise someone like the up and coming Emma Barnett, who is highly promising as a political interrogator and has the same ability to press the right keys to get these two singing a very different and unorchestrated song.

Either of these two Presenters or someone skilled and unintimidated like them would soon begin to uncover the truths that people really need to hear about May’s Welched Brexit and Corbyn’s dangerous alternative reality.

And if this really has to go on TV, why shouldn’t the audience be treated to something they actually need?

In the absence of any structured and open disclosure on the reality of what it will be to Leave without an unnecessary deal and take control of our own destiny, this is likely to be the only way that a genuine story from either of these two on TV is ever likely to evolve.

May’s idea of an honest Brexit: This is my truth, accept it as yours

November 25, 2018 Leave a comment

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Action speaks louder than words is an expression that many of our politicians would do well to remember before they embark upon yet another round of telling us what they intend us to believe.

Regrettably, even at the very top of British politics, the principle that saying will be seen and therefore accepted as doing is still alive and kicking. It is a big part of Theresa May’s survival campaign.

When I wrote the guidebook for aspiring politicians How to get Elected demonstrating what it is that good politicians need to actually do, it was this very disconnect between what the Prime Minister thinks and what she does that I had in mind as illustrative of everything that a good, responsible politician at any level of Government should never do.

At some superficial level, the Prime Minister clearly understands the basics that voters need. She can talk up the principles and ethics involved verbatim. But she has absolutely no idea that saying and then doing are two completely different things.

Put in the perspective of Brexit, there is simply nothing about what is genuinely best for the British People or our Business Community reflected in the content of Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement.

It is therefore clear that our future is currently in the hands of people who are either completely incompetent or are deliberately selling out their own Country. They simply have no interest in what the consequences of their actions will actually mean.

Over recent days, listening to Theresa May tell us all over and over again that she has our best interests at heart, with the clear inference that those opposed to her do not, simply gives the lie to her whole dangerous and fabricated reality.

A reality that has no resemblance to the messages that she keeps giving us.

A reality which is much worse than a sell-out that makes our existing relationship with the EU resemble the middle ground between her truth on Brexit and what we as a Country actually Voted for.

A looking glass reality that is not even located at any point in between.

The danger is that this whole false reality is being accepted by people who still mistakenly and innocently believe that a politician leading our country would always do what’s best for us and certainly would never sell us out.

As people in Northern Ireland, our coastal fishing communities and now even Gibraltar have already began to realise, nothing could be further from the truth.

But by the time everyone wakes up – with the absence of anywhere near enough MP’s in Parliament capable of thinking for anybody but themselves – this act of shear foolishness will have written us a defining path that is going to create unavoidable pain for us all.

Yes, even a Corbyn government is now increasingly likely. And whilst May’s version of conservatism is now terminally broken, on a respirator and fumbling along on borrowed time, every day that she remains in office with this travesty continuing to unfold, makes the likelihood that the Conservative Party itself will be irretrievably wrecked on the rocks that this all talk and no action prime minister has created, will like her departure be inevitable too.

People don’t build their realities upon what they hear. It’s what they see, feel and know about the world as they experience it which makes everything true.

May and those around her simply don’t get this.

It’s why we have Brexit in the first place.

It’s why May’s reality is so warped and out of touch, is taking us in completely the wrong direction and yet again only reflects the wishes and aims of the Establishment few.

The defining truth for any leader and political party to be genuinely successful is that they delivers on what they say. Not that it tells us what we want to hear and then without doing the things they are telling us, nonetheless expect us to believe that it’s true.

The fairy tale fantasy Theresa May is writing to appease a Foreign power is destined to go so far wrong and beyond her control that even the tinkering around the edges that some senior Tories are attempting will do little if anything to deny.

For Brexit to really mean Brexit and for the actions of this Government to resemble what it tells us with words, the only option is the misnamed path of No Deal and for the UK to Leave the EU on 29th March 2019 on WTO Terms.

 

No Prime Minister, Brexit wasn’t just about immigration and pretending so is as ignorant as it is to call Leavers racist

November 24, 2018 Leave a comment

Brexit Problem

Like many, I’ve been wrestling with what makes Trident Tongued Theresa tick in recent weeks.

Treachery on a level which would have once seen her hung, drawn and quartered is now firmly in the open, even if it is being skilfully denied.

But whether the Prime Ministers actions are borne of simple stupidity or something far more sinister, trying to even understand why she has been so set on a UK sell-out and where exactly her direction is anchored has been quite an eventful ride.

Finally, with a welched Brexit made manifest within a Withdrawal Agreement that has zero resemblance to the UK leaving Membership of the EU and will tie us in even more firmly than the majority of people had voted Remain, we see No.10’s spin focusing on the result of restricting immigration. And therein we see how the lie was given to May’s form of Brexit, and where she has placed her focus and misplaced her aim.

To have done so underlines the reality that the Prime Minister has never understood the mechanics of Brexit. Why so many more voted Leave, rather than Remain. Why perception definitely is everything, but that each and every perception is different and that immigration may look like a simple thing to understand, but that like the whole plethora of issues surrounding Brexit, it is multifaceted, multilayered and has always had no defining link between a binary choice of Leave vs Remain.

To have and to continue to ignore all of the other concerns and by this I mean just those which are documented and tangible, strikes of ignorance on the part of the Prime Minister and those around her in the extreme.

It certainly gives value to the question of how someone with such a closed-off view of what is going on around them can get elected into a public role, never mind taking control of all our destinies from that highly coveted office, buried deep within No.10.

To have determined to negotiate the do-called withdrawal on the basis of settling the immigration question itself certainly answers a lot of unsettling questions. It certainly explains how the vote to leave could have been misread so very badly by those in power and interpreted as an opportunity to bind us more closely to a foreign power – especially when led by people who cannot employ impartiality when it comes to their own views prioritising Remain.

But it also makes clear that the whole negotiation process has been flawed. That the Withdrawal Agreement is democratically worthless. That the whole ‘deal’ must now be binned and replaced with a process and conclusion which brings all sides together. One that prioritises the UK, it’s people and businesses, but does not allow the motivations of any one or another become more important than what is right and proper, balanced and fair and considered in terms of the consequences and knock on effects for years and generations to come.

The UK voted Leave and whatever the words which form the document covering our departure, Leaving MUST be a process that simply works for us ALL.

Brexit will be a problem for everyone until the focus switches from agreeing a deal with the EU to actually leaving it.

Instead of allowing fear to rule the future of the UK any further, the opportunity to return the process of Leaving the EU should be returned to the place where it should have been started.

That of accepting that we will have left the EU, and all that remains is to agree the terms under which the UK and the EU will thereafter conduct a relationship, as we would do with any other Foreign power.

We must not in any way continue to entertain the false idol of a special relationship with our European neighbours being necessary, just because of geography.

Globalisation has already more than demonstrated that we are otherwise much closer to the other side of the World, to places beyond entire Continents and great Oceans.

We should not place ourselves open to the undue influence of other countries who’s primary aim has always been to subjugate us by any means. To remove us as competition and to take away any form of influence which encourages us to believe and trust in everything that makes us British; instead, aiming to condemn the people and businesses of the UK to a permanent position of not knowing who or what we actually are, but always making us feel that we are continually somewhere in between.

At 23:00hrs on 29th March 2019, the UK must leave the EU, adopt the WTO rules that it always should have, and only then begin to build up its new relationships with each and every Country of the World, side-stepping self-interest and building a future which is good for all of us. One which doesn’t just serve the interests of the EU and its disciples – but for us all is a genuine ‘win-win’.

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