The Right Call

As in any negotiation, there are often doubts as to which path to follow, which ‘thing’ to push and which to hold back on but sometimes and once you have taken a decision, you can get confirmation that you were right by the reaction of others. When Boris Johnson announced that he was calling off his trip to Moscow, the voices of minnows such as Tim Farron and Alex Salmon criticising him were just the utterings of a pair of born losers but the amount of noise being generated by the Russians is proof of having made a good call.

Given the situation, like moving a piano, there can only be one voice directing how things are moved, one voice to ensure that there are no misunderstandings because the stakes are far too high to allow for any error and right now that has to be an American voice. Continue Reading →

Brexit Begins

So today is an historic one, it is the day that we formally trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and start the two year process of extricating the UK from the EU as a member state. Obviously there is much speculation both in the UK and within Europe on how this will all go but with one common theme, fear and uncertainty on all sides.

The main reason for this is because following the debacle of the aborted “EU Constitution” which was rejected by both the French and Dutch electorates, a crude rehash became the basis of the Lisbon Treaty with Article 50 tacked on to assuage those fearing a ‘Federalist Agenda’. The problem was that it ( Article 50 ), was never intended to be actually used like some kind of nuclear weapon so frankly exactly how it might work in reality was never fully worked out. Continue Reading →

Is It the Fear of Being Wrong ?

Yesterday we had a big pro EU march in London on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and just days before Theresa May launches Article 50 to fire the starting pistol on the UK leaving the EU. Today the Observer newspaper prognosticates all things dire as a consequence of leaving the EU. This is all unrealistic nonsense because one fact alone “rules all” and that is the result of the EU Referendum, was the decision to “Leave”.

Now it has little to do with the “will of the people” although that is important, the main factor is that it was a totally unexpected result that dealt a body blow to the Establishment both in this Country and within Europe and that has consequences because there is no going back, we and the EU can only go forward, there is no choice for either party. Continue Reading →

And Enough…

It would be difficult to explain to any member of the SNP in terms that they would easily comprehend just how out of order their behaviour is to those of us South of the Border who have consistently supported the diversity of the constituent parts of these islands that make up the United Kingdom. So plain speaking in a manner that our Prime Minister charged with doing the best for all of the UK cannot be allowed to indulge in, is required.

The majority of us in England have had enough of your constant grievances and we wish you a second referendum on independence as soon as possible after Brexit negotiations are completed if you are really that unhappy, we have no problem with you leaving the UK if that is what a majority of your electorate want. Continue Reading →

A Lesson From Macbeth

Really this is less a blog post and more a reminder to us all of life’s fleeting glories. Of recent times we have seen ‘interventions’ from Tony Blair, Michael Heseltine and now John Major on the topic of Brexit. It is not so much the fact that I have a different view to them but more that they are wrong to try and speak as if they still owned their former “authority” when they no longer do. It may be hard for them to accept but now they are political ghosts. Continue Reading →

Oscars Night

I am no fan of awards ceremonies but there was an amusing thing that came up in an interview with some of the show production team and with an eye on tonight’s presentations likely to attract a degree of anti Trump speeches. Apparently if an award winner goes too far off the reservation, the Director will strike up the band and drown them out, “Your time is up !” set to music as it were.

Now whilst I’m not suggesting that we should have orchestras in the House of Lords, something Michael Heseltine is reported to have said concerning a ‘rebellion against the Government’ over the Article 50 Bill, did make me smile and bought the image to mind. Continue Reading →

For Heaven’s Sake Man

I cannot imagine a man less qualified to talk about Brexit than our former Prime Minister Tony Blair especially as without the restraining hand of Gordon Brown, the idiot would have had us abandoning Sterling and being part of the eurozone. The result of this would have been on a par or worse for the UK than the consequences of the Iraq war Blair got us into on the basis of total “misinformation” and flawed intelligence.

Regardless of which way they voted in the EU Referendum, I can’t imagine many who would give Blair much credence for telling the truth plus, he is clearly part of the political and wealthy elite who really didn’t understand what ordinary people were thinking or why they voted Leave. Continue Reading →

As the Time Approaches

One of the more interesting things concerns the not so subtle changes we are seeing over the up coming Brexit negotiations in the British media. For six months it has mainly consisted of the ‘Remoaners’ led by The Economist and Guardian, telling all and sundry how the economy is about to collapse on the one hand and on the other, the Leavers led by The Mail, Express and to some extent The Telegraph painting a picture of some kind of modern day ‘Promised Land’.

Both camps were totally wrong sadly, life is a bit more complicated than that but finally we are starting to see articles written from the perspective of the other members of the EU and they aren’t confident about the process and outcomes either. Continue Reading →

Bring It All On

In his first week in Office, Donald Trump has been signing Executive Orders like mad all designed to show his supporters that he fully intends to live up to the promises he made on the campaign trail. The consequences of most of these will be catastrophic to comical but believe it or not, this is a ‘good thing’ because in one way or another it will publicly demonstrate the limits to his power and this may well be a deliberate tactic on his part.

We have all the usual UK domestic political suspects raging about Theresa May not ‘condemning’ the 90 day ban on refugees and people from specific Muslim countries but Realpolitik says that she was right to hold back on that and common sense also dictates caution, rushing to judgement may prove to be very foolish in the end. Continue Reading →

A Vote for Parliamentary Supremacy

Whilst not the result that I would have thought ideal or expedient, as someone who voted for ‘Leave’ an important part of which was the sovereignty of Parliament in these islands, I have no problem with the ruling of The Supreme Court. I especially appreciated that their Lordships confined themselves to the basic principles rather than get themselves in a tangle over the details.

For Gina Miller this was a “victory” but I suspect that for her, it hardly seems like one and if the Palace of Westminster does it’s job efficiently, legislation should pass before the end of February which is not to say that the principle wasn’t worth fighting for with the vast amounts of ‘lawyer money’ it will have cost her, I suppose. Continue Reading →