five weeks to the next critical date the UK’s political pundits are
getting geared up for long spells in the limelight. Clearly a situation
that many of them enjoy. And this time the top lawyers and lobbyists are
adding to the twists and turns as they seek to turn political actions
into criminal activities.
the average Grandad is less worried about who said what and much more
concerned about how the eventual outcome will impact both him and his
today’s Grandads are too young to have fought in a world war – even
though there has still been too many conflicts since the 1940s. But they
have had to experience the crass stupidity, blatant self-interest and
false ideologies of too many politicians and civil servants over the
years. And the next few weeks seem likely to add more depressing
episodes in this long history of political infamy.
Just like watching a train wreck from a distance, it’s horrific but there’s nothing we can do to stop it …
horrors of the 1939-45 War fade from living memory they become just
another part of history. And our present day issues with the European
Union are almost always taken as short term; arguments unrelated to the
bigger picture or long term perspective.
are in a different mental compartment to Nazi plans for controlling
Europe from 1942. Yet the Treaty of Rome – the start of the current EU –
was produced just 8 years after troops from the Western Allies had to
carry out risky airlifts to get vital supplies to the people of West
Berlin for the eleven months of a Russian blockade. Indeed British
troops were still stationed in Germany when the Treaty was produced.
result few, if any, in those shouting, banner-waving mobs have any
concept of the plans behind the EU’s on-going fiscal and legislative
programme. To many a highlight of EU legislation is the capping mobile
phone roaming changes [seriously – this was circulated as a major reason
to remain just last month!]. Few have bothered to read – much less
digest – the plans dictated by top eurocrats and EU civil servants.
you would hope that all pro-EU activists – especially those who have
spent the past three years shouting down anyone who disagreed – would
have read what it says on the tin. Yet it seems not. Just this week we
saw a pro-EU placard-waving marcher asked for their three favourite
things about the EU. They could only think of one – the NHS!
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. [George Santayana]
The years of
political argument – first about Scotland leaving the UK and then about
the UK leaving the EU – have left our politicians struggling to cope.
The resulting breakdown of traditional positions has lead to party
members being so confused as to be supporting opposing views – at the
the SNP leadership’s current position that Brexit going ahead will boost
their case for a second Scottish referendum. So do they support Brexit?
No they are trying very hard to stop it – so weakening their own case
for a re-run of the vote.
we have Labour pledging to get a better deal from the EU – and then
planning to campaign against the improved deal on a remain ticket. A
crazy plan that has left the EU side questioning the sanity of the
Labour top team. Their position is so wacky that the party will have to
allow a free vote to get round the cock-up.
Not to be left out we have LibDem politicians demanding a second referendum for the people to be heard but then vowing to ignore the result if it was another win for Leave. Why bother?
we have politicians from all parties who keep telling us – with a
straight face – that they know no one wants to leave the EU without a
deal. Totally ignoring the national ballot carried out earlier this year
where the Brexit Party took the most MEP seats and formed the largest
single party. They campaigned to leave – no matter what. And if the vote
had been under Westminster general election rules they would have won
hundreds more seats than LibDem, Labour and Conservative combined. Yet
politicians know that the people don’t really want it.
Finally we have the Irish backstop farce
where the key issue is maintaining free access between the ROI and the
UK. The EU took the position that the UK had to provide a solution using
the slogan – you created the problem you have to fix it. In
response the UK has agreed to maintain the present open border. The most
it can do without any powers to control the ROI side of the line. Irish
politicians – you would hope – should be prepared to do the same. But
it seems they cannot do that without the permission of the EU – having
given away their sovereignty in exchange some nice shiny euros. So this
farce is an EU creation that politicians are trying to make the UK solve
– without any powers to achieve it. Difficult is do-able and impossible
will take a bit longer.
from Westminster we have the BBC headlining every bit of news that
favours remain or stokes up leaving fears. Hardly the best way to
convince millions of pensioner customers that they should pay for even more years of being told that they don’t know how to vote. Logic has certainly taken a holiday ..