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Shambolic!

What a bunch of useless no-hopers we have to suffer as being in charge of national decisions at Westminster.

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With the exception of a worryingly small group with guts and common sense, the membership of parliament has been shown to be not good enough to be in politics at any level.

If their latest batch of plans turn into reality then leaving without an EU deal will be banned and Mrs May will be begging Brussels again for yet another delay to the implementation date.

For what? To accept any deal – no matter how destructive? How much more absurd can Westminster become? How can a rogue leader be allowed to continue damaging so much?  And having caused so many problems for the future then aim to jump ship! How can vested interests be allowed to overrule democracy in such a blatantly obvious way?

It takes a lot for the average voter to get motivated by politics but this is too shambolic to go by without serious consequences …

Trust Fails

On 21-Feb-2019 a Grandad contributor posted a question Can Anyone Be Trusted? And now, with the passage of time, that question is gradually being answered.

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To quote – According to Prime Minster May – and her cabinet –  if any EU leave deal fails to get enough support in yet another vote rerun then the UK’s exit day will be 29-Mar-2019. Now we know that her deal failed, that leaving without a deal was not in her plans and that leaving on the promised date was to be ignored. Three critical failures in a single sentence of promises made by Mrs May show that there can be little remaining trust in her by the British voters.

The next sentence back in February was .. according to His Ollyness The Mekon, not accepting a deal will put back our leaving date – not just by a few days but by an extended period. This part of the question has still ten days to run before there is certainty however we should see some signs soon if this is indeed the hidden agenda.

Then there needs to be judgement calls made about who this plan came from, how long has it been in place and who knew in advance? But as things stand our Prime Minister’s official statements are running a very poor second to a civil servant’s bar room briefings when it comes to trust and accuracy.

The pessimists can say that this has all been planned by forces determined to stop us leaving. The optimists can say it is simply the result of gross incompetence. Either way the result of the 2016 referendum still needs be implemented. We must leave no later than 12 April 2019 …

How Much Can YOU Afford?

Many months ago the EU picked a random amount, about £39,000 million, as the cost of leaving their club. And that remains the massive sum we need to shell out if the UK leaves via Mrs May’s Dead Donkey Deal – even if it takes years more of political argument to be passed by parliament.

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Now it won’t be the politicians that pay this colossal sum. It will be us the tax payers that pay – through increased council tax, VAT, fuel duty, income tax, national insurance, etc.

And in addition to paying directly we will have the indirect costs of reductions to benefits and services – like pensions, education and the NHS. Services already under pressure due to the increasing population.

But why has the amount demanded not been reduced by the payments already made?  And why are the nominal liabilities not being reduced as we approach the end of the budget period the EU claim we are liable for?

Despite this reducing liability our Brussels masters are demanding not just the huge Dead Donkey ransom payments but also additional payments for not leaving on time! A figure of £10,000 million per year has already been floated.

So can you, the tax payer, really afford to pay the enormous leaving fees being demanded? Can the country even afford to keep paying our existing membership fees – when so much of it goes to support other countries and the grandiose EU politburo? Is anyone thinking through what the current political decisions will mean for us and our children?

If Brussels and the Quislings in Westminster have their way YOU will have no alternative but to pay .. and pay …… and pay

For The Record

Statements by our Prime Minster, Theresa May, as officially recorded in Hansard –

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We will be leaving the European Union on 29 March. I believe we shall be leaving on 29 March with a good deal. / I did indeed confirm that our intent and what the Government are working for is to leave the European Union on 29 March / I am happy to repeat what I have said previously – that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March / We have that date in our legislation: it is 29 March 2019 / We have put it into legislation, and this Government are committed to delivering exiting on 29 March / No, we are leaving the European Union, and we are leaving on 29 March 2019 / We will not be revoking article 50 or asking for the extension of article 50, and we will be leaving the EU on 29 March next year / We will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019. After that date, we will no longer be a member of the EU / We are leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. We are negotiating a future relationship with the European Union that will, indeed, deliver on the vote of the British people / I am happy to give that reassurance. We are leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. / My hon. Friend said, I think, “if” we leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. Let me just confirm that we will be leaving on 29 March 2019 / We will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019 / we can and will leave the European Union on 29 March / I absolutely agree that we should be delivering on leaving the European Union, and we have been clear that that will be on 29 March / It is indeed correct that four fifths of this House voted to trigger article 50 – for a two-year process that ends on 29 March this year / but I have been clear that it is important that we deliver on the referendum vote and leave the European Union on 29 March / We will be leaving the EU on 29 March. I believe it is important that Parliament delivers on the vote that people took in 2016 / I am happy to confirm that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March next year. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for pointing out the significant number of Members who stood on a manifesto commitment to deliver on the vote that people took in 2016 / I believe it is important for us to deliver on the vote that people took. We have it in our legislation that we will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 / we will be leaving on 29 March next year. / This Parliament put the exit date into legislation, and we will be leaving on 29 March next year / Very simply: I am clear that we will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 / I do get from people an urgent desire to get this sorted—not to get a second referendum and a people’s vote but actually to deliver on the first vote and, to do so, to leave the European Union on 29 March. / My right hon. Friend has regularly asked me that question, and my answer has not changed. First, I believe that it is our duty to deliver leaving the European Union and, as he knows, there is a date in legislation for us to leave—it is 29 March. / No, we are not going to extend article 50. We have a timetable; we are working to it; and we will leave on 29 March 2019 / I want my hon. Friend and his constituents to be very clear that we will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 / We will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019 / I am happy to confirm to my hon. Friend, as I did a little earlier, that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019 and that we will be negotiating a smooth and orderly process, so that people can carry on living their lives .. / We will be leaving the common fisheries policy – and, as I indicated, the CAP – on 29 March 2019. / I thank my hon. Friend, and I can confirm that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019 / We put that amendment down because we believe it is important to confirm, and so that people have the confidence of knowing, the date we will leave the European Union, which is 29 March 2019 / I am clear that we will not extend article 50 and that we will leave the EU on 29 March next year / I told my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019, and we will. / we will leave the European Union on 29 March next year / I am happy to give my right hon. Friend and others that reassurance. We are very clear that we will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 at 11 pm / As I said to my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest East, we are going to leave on 29 March 2019 / We will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. We will now be moving quickly to negotiate the details of the relationship / First, the hon. Gentleman says “should” the UK leave the EU. The UK is leaving the European Union, and that will happen on 29 March next year / we leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 and will no longer send vast sums … / etc, etc, etc, etc

Then yesterday Hansard records – I regret not being able to deliver Brexit on 29 March.

Update 26-Mar-2019 – Mrs May’s regret at the non-delivery of Brexit on the legally agreed date seems somewhat deceitful now that we know it was agreed by her without any reference to her Cabinet or to Westminster MPs. Reports confirm that our Brussels ambassador, Sir Tim Barrow, was instructed by Mrs May to commit the UK to extending the Article 50 period to April 12 without any discussion by or mandate from Parliament. The stitch-up continues …

Waiting For Anything …

Predictions of Mrs May’s demise have been made more than once before. This New Statesman cover dates from July 2017 for example. But this time the odds say that they have more chance of being right.

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And if observers thought that her authority had crumbled back then – what would they say about it now?

In reality Mrs May’s authority has been completely destroyed – from both within and without. Our Friends in Europe taking away some remaining shreds at their meeting last week.

Yet Mrs May has been appeasing the Brussels crocodile at every turn. Will it really eat her in the end?

This week Mrs May apparently promised to somehow bypass the Speaker’s ruling and have another vote on her Dead Donkey Deal. But confusion over its timing – on Tuesday or on Thursday or on Friday evening or not being held at all – shows what a bunch of headless chickens Mrs May, her Cabinet and her political advisors have become.

Instead we are, it seems, going to go through another charade of indicative votes. These will be similar to the last lot of indicative votes but have more choices and cause even more unrest.

These votes being the parliamentary equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs while the ship is sinking. They give politicians a further chance to talk about what might have been and float more unworkable plans for the future – in some mythical land far from reality. Meanwhile the SS Westminster Titanic sinks ever deeper .. with only the Thames mud preventing a significant loss of life.

We all know that we are (were?) supposed to leave the EU on Friday of this week. Despite this the UK parliament requested more time (after 1,000 mainly wasted days) through an extension until 30 June – but our Friends in Europe gave us two weeks – until 12 April – instead.

Yet our guaranteed  leaving date has been fixed at 29 March 2019 by statute for ages. So how can any extension  be possible? How can an EU meeting minute over-rule existing UK law? Some say that 29 March can be simply overruled by a minister’s say-so. Others are equally certain that it would require the equivalent of a treaty change- so needing the approval of both Houses of Parliament plus Royal Assent – and more time

But who is right? And what can we do about it all? Our marches, petitions, social media postings, websites, etc carry no weight within the House. So we must simply wait – to leave, to stay, for Christmas, for Godot, for anything …

And You Thought That Eurovision Was Bad?

Our PM went to beg for more time from our Brussels masters – as expected. But they did not approve her requested June extension – and instead instructed her on their demands. She has just two extra weeks to force through her bad deal. The public meetings were sweetness and light – but in private Mrs May was clearly out of her depth and sticking to the approach that had failed so often before.

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To quote from today’s Guardian – May’s appeal to the heads of state and government was described by sources as “90 minutes of nothing”. She was unable to offer any answers as to how a no-deal Brexit would be avoided if the deal was rejected again. The withdrawal agreement has, so far, gone down by 230 votes and 149 votes: the first and fourth highest defeats faced by any government in the Commons.

After May left the room, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, commented to his fellow leaders that he had gone into the summit with the belief that there was a 10% chance of the withdrawal agreement being ratified. “After listening to her, I now think 5%,” Macron said. The European council president, Donald Tusk, responded: “That’s a bit optimistic.”

Just how low can our inept administration sink?

Rare Alignment

StGeorge-240Yesterday was, for some places in England. their warmest April day for decades – with Sheffield claiming to have had its highest maximum temperature in April since 1882.

So things look set fair for that rare event – a dry and sunny St George’s Day weekend. True by Monday, the actual patron’s day, the weather may have reverted to type but at least we will be able to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.

The weekend starts here …

Dragon Overload

GeorgeDragon2017_300Just a year ago we were in the build-up to a referendum vote on EU membership – with no prospect of a change of government until 2020 and a hope that the vote would clear the air.

Now the effects of the unexpected result have fired up activists for all sorts of causes and launched a range of political campaigns. So rather than just one dragon for St George to slay there are now dozens …

But at least with England’s national day falling on a Sunday this year we do get a chance to enjoy some historic re-enactments and grab a short break from the political upheavals around us.

Interesting Times

GeorgeDragon2016B_234Today is Saint George’s Day and this year it marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. It also falls just a few days after the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth; now England’s longest reigning monarch. And just to add a bit more significance it marks two months before the UK’s once in a generation vote to remain in or leave the European Union.

This one-off alignment of three separate aspects of Englishness – the monarchy, Shakespeare and Saint George – has generated a feeling that Britain is at a critical point in its history. A point where the destiny of the nation – and every one of its citizens – hangs in the balance.

No one knows the future but Shakespeare did at least provide the inspiration for future struggles …

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage; …

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’

King Henry V; Act 3 Scene 1

Where Is The Dragon?

GeorgeDragon3In 1348 King Edward III of England founded the Order of the Garter with St George as its patron. And later it was the Battle of Agincourt, where English soldiers under King Henry V defeated the French, that lead to St George being adopted as the national patron saint.

With the famous battle being fought in 1415 this year should mark 600 years of St George’s official association with England. But despite this long history the saint’s day has never been a national holiday in England; partly because of its closeness to Easter.

And this year any celebrations will be overshadowed in the media by politicians and party activists chasing votes. Given that all the latest manifestos portray their parties as knights in shining armour it is hard to know who or what represents the modern day dragon in the story. Perhaps the growing debt mountain will emerge as the common threat that all parties can agree on …