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Mrs May stands strong, alone

Allow Mrs May a customs plan that allows free movement of products and services? If it is cherry-picking, let the EU have a paddy and overcome it. Mrs May has acted with great dignity over the last few days. Being mocked by CJ Juncker made the whole of the UK put their noses in the air. We are a great nation; Luxembourg is a small one. The man should be sacked for mocking an EU partner. (He danced his way onstage to his peers and they all laughed, according to a TV soundbite.) There is no second chance for insult. You can imagine the US going to war over such a thing, yet we are considered weak and how can that be? It seems that every time the EU negotiators says that the talks that day were making ‘good progress’, the more we wonder whether concessions are being given to the EU.

We are sticking to our guns over the Customs Union, as Theresa May rightly sees that there is no trade without it. so why can’t we have one that suits us, rather than Brussels. We should be saying that ‘x’ is what we have worked out and that is our offer on the table.

Every bank is making contingency plans, so should businesses. Maybe they can negotiate customs and Brexit plans for each industry. They know what they need; the government is wavering. Why cannot we ‘cherrypick’? Isn’t that what the EU is doing by rejecting our plans. Let’s be frank; the 27 EU nations have just realised that the loss of the UK’s financial contribution will mean no money for their own infrastructure, so they became M. Barnier’s lemmings. The merest mention of the words ‘general election’ makes MP’s realise that they may lose their comfortable salaries and they panic. This is where the leader must stand strong, which she is doing.

Where is Mrs May’s support? Why aren’t MP’s standing up and saying that they support her and in their chosen industry, they need such and such. It is for government to amalgamate not create. The lack of it suggests there is no support, yet that may not true. Is an aide keeping MP’s ideas from her. The two previous aides from the General Election, snubbed MP’s and acted like dictators. That would be catastrophic for the UK.

A General Election today would descend into chaos and may bring a Dictator into power, one who does not listen to his own, sends activists into every moderate’s constituency.

A Leadership Election would bore the nation. Those who live in glasshouses, (i.e., have no new ideas) should not throw stones. Social housing in London has been a cause for every government since the Second World War.

LucyLou

 

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For Mrs May – Strength comes from evaluating a proposal

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A billion pound company was built by two men, one a marketing man, Clay Brendish, the other a finance man.

The company was Admiral Computing and no deal was done unless a proposal, had been through several levels of discussion.

So Mrs May has put in the proposal at Chequers. Unfortunately, she has some highly dramatic Cabinet members and this one resigned and others threatened it. Then they started thinly-veiled leadership talks within the Conservative Party.  Naturally, Mrs May is irritated, especially as it distracts her from doing her job.

If there is anything the local Party members can do, it is to hold the party line. But and it is a big but, Mrs May must allow her proposal to be evaluated and discussed until it becomes more palatable. It may become a compromise and that would be a success.

Cabinet members and MP’s must stop strutting into our newspapers  of a weekend. The English prefer someone who will get on with the job, like Mrs May. The EU and M. Barnier are becoming more conciliatory. Anyone who proposes a second Referendum should be given to backbenchers who have more insight and considerably more experience.

Thirty years ago on the night train from Paris, friends from Africa would promise Customs that they would become bricklayers or nannies. Today, it would seem to be fruit pickers.

Have a safe week.

LucyLou

PS. Have these hurricanes bounced partly back into the Atlantic from the Carolinas and Virginia and become three smaller amber and yellow storms across the UK? Weather forecasters are calling it the start of the 2018-19 hurricane season. Don’t be daft; the UK does not have one.

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B+ For Boris On Burkha s

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The British Government has fallen into a trap of its own devising.

Let us take this burkha-wearing in Britain to British women who have to comply with dress codes when we go abroad, such as shawls to cover the arms and long skirts and scarves to cover our hair in middle-eastern countries.

When we come back to our own country, Britain, we breathe a sigh of relief and go back to our freedom of dressing.

These burkha-wearing women have fled war in their own country and come here. For some reason, the British government has, for many years, been very weak and allowed female incomers to wear burkhas.

“Let them be covered up in public. “

It is in direct opposition to our dress code, which, we as women have fought for, ever since Emily Pankhurst won us the vote.

As I have been reminded again today, the letter-box look coined by Boris Johnson is just that, a slit of face visible.  And the all-over look that frightens adults and children is not the face of western style.

The consequence of this weakness is that all sorts of people have declared that ‘x’ is a nod towards their religion, culture, etc., until eventually, we have lost our national identity. Consecutive governments of whatever hue have begged incomers to accept houses and welfare benefits, thus pushing embedded British deserving claimants down the state accommodation lists.

And British men, in general, are bemused by these women, in whom they would have no interest anyway. One friend said it was an insult to his character, to suggest the women should be covered up, as if he would ever demonstrate an interest.

The French, who have a highly-developed sense of national identity, have rejected the burkha as part of it. And maybe, that’s the crux of it. We have so little sense of identity that we take in these women, who bite the hand that feeds them. Then they demand to wear these ugly garments.

Emily Pankhurst anyone? She would be rolling in her grave if she knew, for all the fight that she put in, so that British women could vote and here is the burkha brigade, taking us a huge step backwards in our rights and demanding the right to wear it. They can have no demands; they can have no rights in our country.

Boris Johnson is demonstrating his right to free speech in this democracy. The hardest thing that anyone can accept, is that other people’s views count and if more people vote against you than for you, you lose.

This burkha action is more to do with spite and racial hatred of the host country and any British religious order would do well to keep out of this argument.  Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson’s comment, actually comparing holy objects in Christianity to Islam, stirs extremism rather than calms. She manages to insult everyone.

Also, sorry to be cynical, but the women writing to Brandon Lewis, Conservative Party Chairman have no family names. Is that because they are one big family? If you think about it, no family name is another breach of our national identity.

Let us join France, Denmark and Belgium in their determination to ban the burkha in public and to keep their national identity intact.

What is our national identity as far as you are concerned?

Have a good week,

LucyLou

 

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Would Brian Chesky, founder of AirBnB please talk to the British government today!

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AirBnB started up as an entity where two sides of an argument can sit down in a room and discuss.

This should have happened 18 months ago, but better late than never.

Today, there is some spurious online talk that Remainers are in secret talks to save Britain.

Plainly, something must be done about the BREXIT talks, yet it should be help to those looking at  BREXIT. To have a ‘no deal situation’ is fatuous. We are so much more intelligent than that. Has Mrs May given up?

A referendum is the easy way out, but the British public is less informed than it was before the last one. Don’t think that by repeating the word ‘Brexit’ a thousand times, that we will capitulate. We want an elegant way out, not the current one of being the fool of Europe,

Why not ask Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, or all Europe, how they would leave Europe. Of course, they will have their own slant, yet it may be useful.

Of course, the best idea is to talk to Airbnb. Mrs May has just to command the date with no excuses. We are up to our necks in water, (hypothetically speaking). Only the brain is left. Come on Mrs May; we know there are thousands of strands. Each Department should settle its own, then show them to you for discussion.

LucyLou

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Boris Johnson should not apologise – freedom of speech

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Boris has described the women wearing burkhas as looking like letterboxes. To go further, it can be frightening, especially to children. The woman, predictably, has complained, but we have freedom of speech here. And the difficult thing to accept is that firstly, we are a democracy and secondly because of that we vote.  To lose is the hardest thing to get over, yet this is how we have kept the peace for 70 years.

To some British men, the burkha is apparently insulting, as if they would attack any of these women.

These women and their husbands come to our shores, demanding asylum with its financial benefits. Then they turn around and kick us in the teeth, by wearing these headclothes.

British and European women worked very hard to get the vote, but would these women have us all wear them?  It is absurd. If you insist on wearing something that threatens our sense of identity, you should emigrate.

The French, of course, have banned the burkha. It is because the French have proper spunk and their sense of identity on the world stage is very strong. The burkha threatens that. Boris Johnson has spunk; let him be.

Lucylou

 

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Casting Mrs May Adrift Misses The Point

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The British are mavericks and as such, never submit easily. Leaving the EU seems to be as difficult as joining it. Very reluctantly and with much kicking and screaming did we sign up to the European Courts having a say in our laws.

I think we forget that Britain leaving the EU will be a big wrench for EU citizens. So we should be more confident in putting forward our plans. Unfortunately, this time, the Cabinet’s discussions at Chequers last Friday 13 July 2018 have fallen by the wayside. as the enormity of no Customs Union hit MP’s in Parliament. On reason is that the other 27 countries in the EU could get jealous of Britain having a special deal. Frictionless trade does not need emotions running high.

Could you clear up something for me? Does having a Customs Union mean that we have frictionless trade or are these two separate discussions?

There can only be one leader, yet there could be cross-party discussion. Let us think for a moment about the radical Jeremy Corbyn and if he got into power, after Tory backbenches lost their collective nerve. He would have to take responsibility for Brexit. He may discuss it ad infinitum with his MP’s, but he is on record in two debates of saying something completely different. Of course, a man of such strict left-wing principles would be expected to denounce ministerial cars and insist they all had Minis.

If Mr Barnier is pleased, we are doomed

What is best for the country?

Mrs May is doing a good job. Why? Because it is easier to criticize than it is to create. So negotiators are not born, they are developed and that takes practice.

Here’s a curveball. Let us support Mrs May over a new plan that was created at Chequers. MP’s we have never heard of are resigning in pairs. Let them go. The pickle-minded are entrepreneurs who work for themselves.

Unfortunately, this is Parliament’s country and ours and we must negotiate Brexit sensibly. Why are Conservative MP’s making such a fuss? Plans are always amended. Once a billion-pound company Admiral Computing Ltd., made its Project Managers submit their best shot and then it would be criticized and redone. That meant it grew exponentially and was always a step ahead of competitors.

There is no need for Mrs May to be downcast. We are at the beginning of the creation of a Brexit. And it would be politic to support her.

Have a good week

LucyLou

PS As for M. Claude Juncker, he is not drunk (The Sun?).  He most likely has Meniers Disease where your horizon waves and makes it impossible to walk in a straight line. Operations are for other people.

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Congratulations to Mrs May

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Yesterday, Mrs May won a Brexit vote, with the majority of the House of Commons voting positively with her. Well done, great news  and to Mrs May, that was a thank-you from your MP’s for holding firm to your principles. Savour it. I hope it lifts your step in the negotiations to come.

Unfortunately, the SNP has sidled out of the Commons during Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQ) today, after a grandee of the SNP, Ian Blackford, was asked to leave, after refusing to sit down and to ignoring Mr Bercow’s offer of a debate and vote after PMQ.

Mr Blackford was demanding an immediate debate and vote on Scottish powers being returned from Brussels next March. (The Prime Minister and other MP’s voted for Westminister holding the powers last night, without hearing Scottish MP’s.) This is her democratic right as we are in the United Kingdom.

He ignored that Scotland is attached to England by a land border, which will cast up questions to be discussed and voted upon.

Lastly, he took for granted the new Scottish Parliament’s building,, paid for by English voters at £414 million.

It is worth noting that most Scottish MP’s will be raking in expenses for travelling to Westminister to give their votes. And there’s the rub.  If they accept those expenses, they are committing to the UK’s laws. Why do they have to be physically in Westminister in the 21st century? They could easily listen, discuss and vote by webcam and would save UK taxpayers a considerable amount of money. Of course, that would have robbed them of precipitating a paddy in Parliament,

Have an interesting week.

LucyLou

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