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 ..
What a difference to the previous Prime Minister’s administration!
headlines in the mass media say there is a plan to bring an end to the
current session of parliament and start a new one in mid-October; a few
weeks before the latest deadline for ending EU membership.
has certainly given the flocks of political pigeons around Westminster a
mighty scare. Opponents of the 2016 referendum result were scheming up
blockages and diversions aimed at ensuring we do not leave. But they had
not allowed for this.
of parliament usually run for around 12 months and until recently
started in November. But the current one started with the State Opening
that was held 21 June 2017 – so it is already a record 14 months late;
due to our previous PM’s repeated delays.
be prepared for screams from the Westminster plotters and cheers from
those wanting Brexit to happen sooner rather than later. And if approved
this could also mean the end of the line for Speaker Bercow – surely a
win-win situation …
self-styled activists have picked up the issue of man-made climate
change and are loudly demanding governments act to stop it; immediately.
this issue is far from new – and there are known solutions. And even
though the protesters are seemingly fully committed to the cause, the
implications of their radical demands are far-reaching and quite
the use of fossil-fuels would stop all commercial flights, ships,
trucks and most personal transport; except for electric trains, bicycles
and the limited number of fully electric cars. This move alone would
spell not just the end of overseas holidays but also stop most of our
essential services. With so much shipped in, out and around every day –
everything from clothes to cans of beans could not be made or delivered
to the shops. Foraging in the fields for edible vegetables could replace
food banks. And actually growing crops without the use of diesel-power
would cut productivity levels to near zero. Fighting for food would be
the new norm – the young, the old and the weak would soon perish.
the chances that this scenario would happen are near zero – since
governments have shown themselves to be too ineffective to carry through
such unpopular measures.
approach to reducing the damage to the environment by human activity –
is to control the human population. And not just by reducing the rate of
population increase but actually reducing the number of people!
capital punishment seems unlikely to return in the short term the
excess of people may have to be tackled by voluntary euthanasia. It
would of course need to be a far bigger scale than those in present day
Switzerland and Belgium. However nature may well assist – on a
potentially massive scale – through drug resistant bacteria, exotic
fatal diseases – and of course – climate change itself.
as long as governments are in control of the situation they are not
going to legislate for reductions in population. They need expanding
populations to keep paying more and more in taxes to prop-up the
currency and debt mountains.
those protesters who really believe in their slogans face either a life
in a pre-industrial landscape or volunteering to die for their cause.
even after these extreme measures the Earth’s climate will continue to
change. And the idea of flying-off to another planet to start again will
be shown to be just a Dr Strangelove fantasy. Truly a dystopian future …
too many weeks getting Mrs May to go, and then weeks more finding a
replacement, the Days-Not-Out total has grown to 1,125.
Looking forward there are now exactly 100 days to the latest deadline at the end of October.
will Mr Johnson be able to cut the EU apron strings by then or will he
simply get tangled up and have to call for yet another extension?
will be looking at the calendar and thinking that many of those 100
days are going to be taken up with holidays, party conferences and end
of term wind-downs for the outgoing EU leaders. Getting out in 100 days
is a big ask – so doing it in as few as 20 to 30 working days seems even
more problematic. When you add in the time that the Government might
need to spend on issues other than Brexit – and the number of
anti-Brexit trouble makers – Bojo will need to move very quickly to get
anything done in time.
He has the leadership of the Conservative Party – but very little control at Westminster. Place your bets now …
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.
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.
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 nominally 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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
politics continues to gyrate in ever decreasing circles through arcane –
and somewhat irrelevant – procedures that seem to be designed to make
mountains out of proverbial mole-hills.
Mrs May out of office has taken far too long – even when she was
clearly making a complete hash of the job. Crazily she has resigned but
is still in Downing Street and looking to commit billions of our taxes
to her pet projects. Someone has to say no.
a replacement has already taken weeks and could well run on until the
start of the summer break – meaning nothing useful may get done before
September. Why does it take weeks for Conversative party offices to
vote? Even the Euro elections only take a few days.
then we will have around eight weeks to the next EU crunch date –
31-Oct-2019 – and the opposition will be pushing for a general election –
so it is quite possible that the next Prime Minister could set a record
for the shortest spell in office. And the general public will still be
waiting for our politicians to honour their promise of implementing our
decision to leave the EU that was made back in 2016.