The Current State of Play

Mainly because I have been busy on other things, I have not been posting much of late either here or on my ‘Pictures’ website but that does not mean that I have not been keeping an eye on recent events and in particular the current state of play concerning the Brexit negotiations.

A journalist I like is John Rentoul of the Independent, he is about the only sensible voice that paper has and even he in a recent piece noted the constant negativity of the media towards Brexit and he is right, the tone of the British media rarely rises above depressing on most topics. It seems to reflect a world where no matter what the event or circumstances, stuff a microphone in someone’s face and they feel impelled to bitch and moan. Continue Reading →

Division is in Our DNA

Although it is exasperated by the ongoing dramas of Brexit negotiations with the EU the most noticeable thing about our leaving the EU is the amount of passionate divisions the Leave result has left within the UK body politic some 17 months after the event. Those who voted Remain still haven’t accepted the result to Leave and the ‘Leavers’ don’t accept that there won’t be backsliding so that in some way, we never get to actually leave the EU !

It is all rather odd, yet if you stop and think about it and especially with an eye to our history, this very sharp division in opinion is not unusual on Britain in fact it seems to be in our very DNA. Continue Reading →

The Tipping Point

To my mind and whilst no one was looking, the situation on Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU has reached and passed the “tipping point” and regardless of whether you were a Remainer or a Leaver, this has a crucial impact on both the UK and the EU which requires a radical rethink by all UK citizens.

My point is that regardless of your previous position on Brexit, in our own self interests, we must all be Leavers now for the following reasons… Continue Reading →

Post October EU Summit

I must confess to a growing admiration for Theresa May because however desirable and irresistible to a politician the“Top Job” may be, to have it under the circumstances she has to shoulder must be a less than a stellar experience for her and her husband, they both must have some steel in them.

Typical of the problems she has to face is illustrated by a rather sneering article in The Economist: https://www.economist.com/news/europe/21730529-europes-leaders-offer-theresa-may-qualified-support-they-want-britains-money-britain-seeks Continue Reading →

Would it Be a Disaster ?

Behind all the hype and noise concerning the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU which in truth may merely be the usual smoke and mirrors one associates with anything EU and mandatory at every Council of Ministers they have ever held. The final deal may well have been sketched out and agreed upfront long since and the rest is designed to make it look ‘important, hard won’ and not too easy.

But suppose it isn’t and the possibility of there being no deal is very real, from a UK perspective would that be such a bad thing ? I suspect that the answer to that is no and indeed, no deal would favour the UK far better than actually having one with the EU. Continue Reading →

How Not to Do It

Whilst the Catalan referendum on independence was illegal and a bit of a stunt, it is totally clear that the way the Spanish Government handled it was amazingly stupid as well as very violent, this is certainly not the way to handle these kinds of situations.

I am not sure about how the Latin temperament handles and processes these conflicts but highly emotionally seems to be the answer just like the Junta in Argentine and the Falklands war, it is a case of rash actions having negative longer term consequences so why do it in the first place ? Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →