Some things remain good advice despite the passage of time …
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say:
“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that plays it is lost!”
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 Dec 1865 – 18 Jan 1936)
Only the name has changed over time – it was appeasement in the 1930’s and a national divorce bill today.
A petition to the UK Government and Parliament has been submitted with the request that we leave the EU without a deal in March 2019.
the time of writing 189,000 UK citizens had taken the time to vote in
support of an option that many thought was what they had voted for back
Leaving was never offered as an outcome that was subject to the EU agreeing on a deal with the UK. It was simply leave.
Our political leaders followed up the 2016 vote with the slogan No Deal is Better than a Bad Deal. Now they say Any Deal is Better Than No Deal.
The voting public were told in no uncertain terms that continued membership of the EU was in the country’s best interests and that leaving was an uncertain route. They still voted to leave; just leave.
all the wasted time and effort to create a Frankenstein exit plan it is
clear that Just Leave was the best course of action from day one.
Now will this petition actually change minds in Westminster? There is some hope but very little expectation …
comes to a choice between saving the nation – or protecting their own
position – far too many of today’s politicians seem to put their own
in Westminster we have a Conservative party in power but with over a
hundred of its members not in support of their leader. Meanwhile their
allies, the DUP members, have pulled their support – meaning that the
Conservatives are in a minority; no matter what.
this weakened situation the opposition have all the fire power needed to
take the government apart. Yet no one seems prepared to make a decisive
move. And so far Labour, LibDem and SNP members have done little more
than rant a little louder than usual.
can only assume that the prospect of taking the poison chalice from Mrs
May’s grasp is too great a risk to their comfortable existence on the
opposition benches. Without a Brexit agreement in place they would have
to come up with one themselves – or capitulate. Sadly the quality of the
opposition is such that they could then make the situation even worse.
To quote Blur – Modern life is rubbish …
So it has
come to this .. Our Prime Minister reduced to leading her government
into a political dead-end with the prospect of an overwhelming defeat.
Her master plan for leaving the European Union has pleased no one except
the eurocrats. It is a plan so weak and subservient to the EU that both
pro-leave and pro-remain supporters have combined to condemned it – and
that’s just within her own party!
hundred days ago it was hard to imagine that a UK government could spend
all this time and then come up with a plan that is worse than either
staying put or leaving without a deal. Somehow Olly and Theresa have
achieved just that.
project fear turned up to max against a clean break no deal exit – will
the majority now be convinced to scrap the whole sorry charade? Who
It’s six years since the start of this website – so how much as changed?
so much as happened around the world to so many people – and businesses –
since 2012 that we have to restrict things to just that mini-world of
topics that were covered here.
And tellingly many of the issues raised in 2012 have made very little progress and some remain unresolved.
tried and failed to leave the UK. The UK tried to leave the EU but is
still stuck in limbo. While at the more trivial level – road signs are
still in miles and yards; penny coins are still in use despite being
worth even less; DAB radio is still be pushed as the replacement for FM
channels despite missing all its take-up targets and the Daily Express
is still printing wildly inaccurate weather predictions. Even the successful Crossrail project has yet to carry its first paying passenger.
looking at the topics that have reached the top of in-tray during the
past six years it is clear that somethings do change much more quickly
Take retail for example where the six years have seen massive changes and some big names fail. From British Home Stores to Toys R Us from Mothercare to Maplin closures have been changing both the High Street and the retail parks. The stats show just how bad it has been with an estimated 10,000 stores closing since the start of 2013.
it’s not all been bad news. And despite some gloomy prospects on the
political front we still look forward with hope to more rewarding years
of postings. And to making more attempts at sticking a pin in the
elephant of bureaucracy.