Post Florence

It has been quite interesting looking at the comments on the Economist website and on You Tube following Theresa May’s speech in Florence with regard to the Brexit negotiations. She laid out an outline for resolving current issues but also made an appeal over the heads of the EU negotiators directly to national leaders to get a grip and push ahead because quite rightly it is ultimately a purely political rather than a legal decision.

The comments from both the Leaver and Remain camps were predictable but in my view totally wrong because the game has moved on to such an extent that the default positions of both are no longer valid. Continue Reading →

Teamwork ?

It is always difficult to determine whether the average British journalist is entirely stupid or whether they are trying to be very clever by ignoring alternative thinking. A classic case is the current one concerning Boris Johnson, a 4,000 word article about Brexit in the Telegraph and all the fuss and headlines in the media concerning: “His personal political ambitions”, “Tory divisions over Brexit” and “Boris back seat driving” over Brexit.

Now whilst I will admit to having read Machiavelli when I was quite young and understood it, to my mind the British media are totally bonkers, all I suspect is happening is a bit of nifty teamwork. Continue Reading →

Another Sign of Changing Times

I have expressed the view before that one of the major problems over this last decade is a total lack of innovation in terms of consumer products and consumer services. Apple will shortly launch another upgraded iPhone, the eighth iteration and whilst there will be product ‘tweaks’ one has to wonder, as far as real technical innovations are concerned, why ?

The commercial reason is pretty obvious, they want more money and knowing that they cannot defy gravity in terms of sales volumes forever, want to milk the situation for as much as they can for as long as they can…BUT. Continue Reading →

Could She Remain Leader ?

An amusing fluttering in the dovecotes of the media today with the headlines of Theresa May whilst on a tour to Japan saying that she intended to lead the Tory Party into the next election so the questions one could pose on that might be “Is that possible ?” and also “Why say this right now ?”

The answer to the first is yes it is possible but whether it happens depends on many, mainly external factors. The second though is far simpler, we are approaching the Autumn Party Conference season so what else could she say ? Continue Reading →

Why Bother ?

It has always been the nature of the EU that little which is said publicly has much to do with the underlying realities and “drama” has to be injected into just about everything. A prime example at Council of Ministers meetings is the apparent need to hold “make or break” meetings well into the early hours to try and paint a picture of a “Titanic struggle to reach a final agreed position” when one suspects that it was all tied up well before hand by the civil servants before anybody actually arrived at Brussels.

With this in mind, what to make of the current state of the Brexit negotiations and if they are actually that bad, what is the best course of action for the UK to take ? Continue Reading →

How Misery Loves Company

The UK is an extraordinary country in so many ways but none more so than the desire to see disaster around the corner from any deviation from the current ‘orthodoxy’ whatever that may be at the time. Currently leaving the EU has all the Metropolitan classes in great disarray as they contemplate the end of what they see as a cosy status quo that suited them so well even though the demise of such a world has been written on the wall in large letters for some considerable time.

The title of this piece refers to all the ardent “Remainers” that have recently resurfaced because of the Summer Holidays to sing their dirge of woe, one more time over Brexit. Continue Reading →

Economist Nonsense

A magazine/newspaper I find rather hilarious because of its deep seated loathing of Brexit and “All of its associated evils !” is The Economist which like many of the “Remain” camp see in the recent election result a call to arms to overturn the referendum result. What they fail to acknowledge is the very obvious “The Dog that Didn’t Bark” in that if the public had changed their mind on Brexit, they had the opportunity to make that abundantly clear and particularly in Scotland which voted for Remain by some margin but focused this time on avoiding Inderef2 rather than Brexit.

But an article this week led me to react with a comment which in this post I will expand upon somewhat, my original can be seen in the comments on: http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21724395-country-has-not-cut-such-pathetic-figure-global-stage-suez-britains-decline Continue Reading →

Betwixt and Between

Its Summer and I’m busy going to places and events, well it is that time of year and if you don’t do it now, when will you ? It is also traditionally a time of year when politics gets rather boring and the Press start the “Silly Season” for fake or dubious news stories. This year is little different and that in itself is quite interesting.

We have just had a “failed” election that has seen little meaningful change, a bad run of tragedies involving terrorists and a terrible high rise fire that has probably claimed 80 lives on top of which we have started Brexit negotiations. Overall you would expect this year to be very different indeed and yet…it really isn’t which is odd. Continue Reading →

Rule as a Minority Government

It has been a truly shitty passage of time recently in the UK with the Manchester massacre followed by London Bridge and now the dreadful events at Grenfell Tower where the death toll is likely to exceed both the previous events. The result of the General Election was not great either but regardless of whether I agree or disagree with the result, my instinct is to trust the gut reaction of the British electorate.

If politics is the ‘art of the possible’ then perhaps Theresa May and the Tory Party should grasp the point that handled rather better than their general election campaign was, she may well have have been dealt a very strong hand and might be best advised to rule as a minority government. Continue Reading →

We Live in Interesting Times

To me there is a bit of Deja-vu about this election that recalls the one Ted Heath fought because of the miner’s strike, the electorate ran away then too ! There will be much musing over the runes and entrails by political commentators over the next few days, no doubt but the bottom line is simple:

She was right to go for a longer Parliament than she had to deal with Brexit and regardless of whom the next PM is, that is a bonus secured for the UK but the campaign was flawed and wrongly drawn around her rather than other policies. The Tory Manifesto was quite right about the upcoming problem of Care Costs but in political terms, it was unwise to mention it, the public are often truth averse however irrational that might be. David Cameron deliberately ‘bribed’ the OAP vote, Corbyn did the same with young people and the promise of “Free Universities”, it’s mucky, it’s nonsense but it is politics. Continue Reading →