At our beloved European Union HQ the parliament has selected its leader for the next five years – from a candidate choice of just one! Despite this non-existent range of options Ursula von der Leyen still struggled to get enough votes to confirm her appointment as President.
And again those Grandads who favour staying members of the Europa Projekt will surely know all about their new ruler – but for the rest of us here is a quick update. Frau von der Leyen is currently the German defence minister – useful for those EU Army plans – but not exactly a high flyer in German politics. Back in childhood her father, Ernst Albrecht, was one of the first European civil servants who later moved back to Germany and became Prime Minister of Lower Saxony. A post that may have helped Frau von der Leyen become a minister in the Lower Saxony state government in 2003 and then in the federal government in 2005. In recent years she has been considered as a contender for the post of Chancellor and ironically NATO Secretary-General. However her performance in government has not been much of a recommendation for high office being the lowest rated minster in national polls. Some see her being gifted the top EU job as a way of removing her from German federal politics.
Meanwhile in the UK we are still waiting to learn who has got the most votes for the job of Conservative leader – and with it the keys to 10 Downing Street. Unlike the EU election process the UK contest had an over-supply of candidates even if the voting was limited to party members. The expectation is the Boris Johnson will win with a massive majority – by a similar margin to the earlier votes by MPs.
But the fractured nature of UK politics mean that even if Johnson does have much more support than anyone else there will still be party members trying to block and disrupt his time in office. Moves that invalidate the idea that they are in a single political party. The issue of Brexit has split both the Conservative and Labour parties so that we now have a least four separate groupings who are only nominal on the same side. If the factions lead to an early general election then it could be the Brexit party and the LibDems that gain – merely because they have unequivocal positions on the biggest issue this country has faced in a life time.
Time’s Up – After much horse trading and secret deals the top eurocrats have agreed – probably – on who will become the next EU presidents. The changes are – at the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is to be replaced by Ursula von der Leyen; at the European Council Donald Tusk is to be replaced by Charles Yves Jean Ghislaine Michel; at the European Parliament Antonio Tajani is now replaced by David Sassoli; at the Eurogroup Mario Centeno has been in post since 2018 and at the European Central Bank Mario Draghi is to be replaced by Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde.
Surely all those Grandads who believe in continued EU membership will know all about the excellent qualities of these fine presidents – but for the rest of us it’s more like … Who? or How did they get that job? Interestingly there was no news about the future role of Michel Barnier even though he was lined-up for a top job only a few weeks ago.
BBC Sinks Even Further – Despite clearly expecting plenty of negative feedback on the plan to means test TV licences the BBC has continued to fire more and more bullets at its own feet (snowflake warning; metaphorical language – no BBC staff or members of the public were physically or mentally harmed). The announcements of the salaries of both on-screen talent and senior BBC staff triggered plenty of reaction. And not much of it was in support.
Then the sheer pointless waste of sending the main evening news presenter to Lyon to interview the BBC sport presenter also in Lyon seemed to go over the heads of the executives responsible. Apart from the benefit of providing Clive Myrie with free tickets to the football match and a stay in Lyon on expenses the whole segment was just one more source of ammunition (another metaphorical). Given the situation the BBC might also have reconsidered the need to relocate morning weather forecasts to Wimbledon during the tennis – but it is likely that Carol is a tennis fan so would have resisted missing her days at courtside; with pay.
And as this posting was being prepared came the news that the BBC is facing a legal challenge over its impartiality and biased coverage. It’s hard to see how this can succeed – given the resources that the BBC can throw against it. But having threatened millions of pensioners with a loss of benefit every unjustified expense and biased report is going to be jumped on – by lots of critics.
The Conservative party are getting the most of the political coverage in the media – with the Hunt versus Johnson shoot-out. A contest that seems one-sided but is, at least, making the candidates face their membership directly while getting them out of the Westminster village straight jacket.
But they are not the only party with leadership contest activity. The LibDems are also trying to choose between Jo Swinson and Sir Ed Davey to take over from Vince Cable. Meanwhile in the Labour camp Jezza Corbyn is using all his youthful charisma to keep himself as leader – despite media reports of civil servants briefing against him. Surprisingly the Brexit Party leadership are not being attacked for once. But then quite a few of them are now out of London; busy trying to get to grips with their new – but temporary – home at EU HQ.
So that makes at least six politicians all wanting to move into 10 Downing Street in the near future. Hopefully all the current hustings will be over within a few weeks – and we will then have a single, clear leader who can take us forward. And forward at a much faster pace – and with real commitment – on a path of democratic freedom and independence. Sadly this could all get bogged down by no confidence votes and a subsequent general election.
However these British manoeuvres seem rather parochial when compared to the eurocrats efforts to get their men into the top jobs. When it comes to inter-european political deals the Brussels incumbents are the equivalent of chess grand masters. Let’s hope we can escape while they are looking the other way …
As the results of the EU parliament elections get revealed the situation in the UK remains much as before – despite the massive protest vote.
With The Brexit Party already having 28 MEPs and 31.6% of the vote it is very clear there is solid demand to leave the EU now – and to have the same trading relationships as any other non-EU country would have.
Yet the Westminster villagers seem to want to replace the failed Mrs May with a policy-clone. Someone who will seek a special EU deal while refusing to take the benefits that the world trade option offers. A strategy that will fail – again. And force the UK not just to remain but also to become part of the Europa Projekt – the United States of Europe.
Already we have Conservative leadership candidates – and their backers – saying that No Deal is a crazy, extremist suicide strategy that they will not accept. Even though the Conservatives have sunk to an all-time low of fifth place – with less than 10% of the EU votes.
Yet at some stage this refusal to accept democratic results will have to be tackled. Worryingly one solution – a final solution – is to make sure popular votes no longer take place. This would remove the risk to the elite that their plans could be questioned, challenged or even blocked by the plebs.
However another scenario is that the Conservative leadership choice becomes irrelevant once they have been wiped off the political map by a general election …
It is reported from Brussels that the UK Withdrawal Agreement dictated by Barnier / Merkel and welcomed as a good deal by May / Robbins has now being re-branded as a permanent treaty. A fact not acknowledged by those politicians reporting to the Number 10 command bunker.
For them the agreement is still seen as something that must be forced down the throats of MPs and rushed into legislation before the public can stop it. Then Mrs May can collect her reward and jump ship leaving us Grandads – and our children and grandchildren – to pay for the expensive mess created.
In order to comply with the May-Robbins Dead Donkey Deal the UK will need to stay in the customs union and accept all single market rules and laws, unless the EU relents over the alleged Irish border issue. Almost three years on from the vote and the EU has given no ground on the made-up border issue, so why would they over the next two years? Isn’t the most likely outcome we would remain in the single market and customs union contrary to the government promise that leaving meant leaving?
Also after the likely 45 month period fully in the EU, the UK still would face financial obligations under the Withdrawal Treaty. The bills will be decided by the EU and we will have to pay them. Any attempt to query them would be adjudicated by the EU’s own court! The longer we stay in the more the future bills are likely to be. The £39,000 million figure often quoted is likely to be a considerable underestimate.
Further the Deal creates a category of super citizen in the UK. Since it enshrines the law that EU nationals living in the UK will have their access to benefits guaranteed for their entire lifetimes. So a twenty-something worker from, say, Romania could be supported by UK tax-payers for over 50 years – even if they don’t stay. And it is quite likely that a wife (or ex-wife?) and unlimited children could also be funded the same way. Our grandchildren meanwhile would not only have to pay the higher tax bills but could also face reduced benefits. Problems that did not apply to those EU nationals that will qualify.
And theses are just a few of the examples of how the May-Robbins partnership has foolishly agreed not just to give away so much of the nation’s sovereignty and tax revenues – but to also pay the EU for that privilege.
Hopefully this week’s EU elections will accurately reflect what the people actually want to happen next. And that the message is not spun into support for a different political agenda. Despite a widely-expected people’s vote in support of a no deal Brexit Mrs May is still pushing for a fourth Westminster vote on her bad deal – and still clinging to the idea that she will only leave if and when that deal is passed.
A scenario that so many more of us wish to avoid at all costs. No More May? Let us pray!
This morning Grandad received his voting card for the EU elections – an event that is being repeated all over the country. And an unintended, unnecessary step that is part of a voting process estimated to cost around £109 million.
But just before our politicians dismiss this cost as trivial it is worth pointing out that their failure to leave the EU on the legally defined date means that each of them has wasted the equivalent of £167,000 – out of our taxes.
An amount that would be considered far from trivial if the politicians were held personally liable for their decisions. Sadly the turkeys won’t vote for Christmas so we will have to pay it for them.
However there are some nagging doubts that things are not as they seem. A feeling that what the public are being told is at odds with the hidden agenda. Without access to the plans of the power brokers and advisors we can only speculate. But …
It is unlikely that Mrs May could get her toxic deal agreed before 22 May 2019 or indeed the end of June. It is equally unlikely that the EU will call a halt to the British messing up their plans by enforcing a no deal exit. So the elections will go ahead and the new MEPs will actually take up their seats – and then Mrs May could simply cancel our request to leave the EU.
This action would break her promise to implement Brexit. But with so many of her other promises already broken that would not stop her. In fact what has she now left to loose? Her apparent intention of standing down coupled with having teed-up the defeat of the Conservative party in both local and European elections means that she has already caused enormous damage. In Westminster the Conservatives are already a minority government so the damage can only mount up. An early general election could be forced through and weaken her position further.
In fact some of the hidden fixers may have already taken the view that remaining in the EU would win back some votes, silence the opposition, solve the border issue in Ireland (and Gibraltar) and boost the co-operation of the Whitehall civil servants. Plus those new MEPs would actually have some purpose. It would of course be a betrayal of the majority – but then so is the current mess.
Maybe May will stay ‘til May.
Or maybe she will leave today.
But no one here wants her to stay.
So wave Goodbye and Go Away!
But the reality is – Mrs May will not be removed by the weak and gutless Conservative hierarchy. She will not resign and no one has the fire-power to stop her. This gives her the opportunity to try again (and again) with her Dead Donkey Deal before the next deadline – which will then be extended.
This constant denial of the democratic vote has shown the level of deceit present at the top of British government. And could cause her terrible deal document to be eventually approved – by too many MPs voting for short-term party and personal gains.
The deal that Mrs May is trying to force on the nation requires the UK sign a treaty that she claims is good for the UK. Yet it has so many costs, penalties and strings attached as to be an insult even as the surrender demands imposed upon a defeated third-world nation.
Just consider this first issue – if we sign this treaty we will be locked into the EU and have to obey all its rules and pay all the bills it sends us for a period of at least 21 months, and probably for 45 months if we have not surrendered further to reach an exit agreement at the 21 month stage. This would mean remaining in the EU for at least 5 years from the decision to leave and probably for 7 years. The EU would be able to legislate and spend against UK interests during this period, whilst we would have no vote or voice in the matter … Unacceptable! … more to follow.