To be railroaded, is not fun, so laugh at it and win

I don’t believe it. We have battled over Gibraltar for a hundred years and Mrs May caved to Spain last night, immediately, conceded.  She is grasping at straws and in doing so, has probably upset a whole island, which thought itself comfortable under British protection.

Wait now for the torrent of other countries wanting to take a bite out of us.

Mrs May is now inciting the public to back her and her policies, which look a near perfect statement of remaining in the EU, but with £40 bn, which has mysteriously become a downpayment instead of a divorce settlement. How the EU laughing at us.

I did stick out for a Customs Union, but did not make clear that we would have our own rules and certainly not kowtow to the EU. And fairly sure that we have conceded everything the EU wanted, now what do we do?

Tell the EU that:

  1. Customs Union without bowing to EU rules. Before the EU, our British Standards were the envy of the world. We can go back to that, if we have a little spunk;
  2. Every government department must produce its rules for Brexit. Fishermen know what they want. We should be giving praise to them, not saying that, by the way, the French have asked to fish in our coastal waters. In their dreams, but I take a reasonable guess that that is another concession given.

The trouble with suggesting solutions is that it shows how much we have been conned into this Brexit policy.

Firstly, give the Cabinet three hours to read a 7-page outline and 585-page Divorce Settlement. They were not allowed to take any papers home.

Secondly, Mrs May has not heeded her advisers, government Ministers and negotiators, employed from the private sector. They have probably worked themselves half to death for the country and what a disappointment it must be to realize that she never wanted your help. You were a smokescreen, for which  someone should stand up and apologize.

Should there have been a little understanding earlier?  I am a frayed knot, that was never Mrs May’s plan. Get her trusted aide and not the Brexit Secretary of the day, Dominic Raab, to deliver a paper. Would that it was a White Paper as we would then have more time to refuse. Mr Raab has a kind future ahead. He was like a breath of fresh air which grew stale on further acquaintance with the nonsense that is the Brexit paper.

The public has been given the dull news that there is a 7-page outline of Brexit, after 2 years! Then the DUP, rightly, put Northern Ireland first and rejected the nonsense.

We must all, in our own ways, stamp on the nonsense of Brexit. The people are sick of Brexit, whether understanding it or not. Give them no time and force them to accept.Unsurprisingly, the EU has leapt into action to ratify her version of Brexit before we change our minds. There is a special summit in the EU today, Sunday 25 November.

Unrest is continuing, now into Europe. The French are unhappy. M. Macron focussed on France’s position in the EU and forgot the people who put him there.

We don’t want this Brexit nonsense and we do want to be independent. I am fed up with Mrs May threatening Ministers, MP’s and the public that we cannot reject her version as the alternative is a ‘no Brexit’. Deal.  This is also a nonsense. We are very quick at adapting and can carry out checks to lorries coming from France, maybe a software addition to the present system.Tweaking  technology is the answer to most of our woes.

Losing Gibraltar was the last straw. Threatening everyone is done from a position of fear, but she put herself in that position and cannot blame us.

Personally, I would get every Department to thrash out what they want and present it within a week, not to Mrs May, but to an interim Prime Minister. If you are chosen, do not lose your head. Think, reflect, take action as all the best gurus tell us and listen to your Aides and Negotiators. Otherwise, we are up the creek without a paddle.

Is it too late?

Why isn’t Parliament sitting this Sunday as we face a constitutional crisis?

It is 26 years since we faced one (1992 crash out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism). Somehow we survived that.

Ask the people. With any luck it will proceed like phrases most likely to be heard in Waitrose:

“Portia, pick me a papaya.”

“Daddy, does Lego have a silent ‘t’ like Merlot?” (www.mirror.co.uk)

How about a 24-hour Joke-a-thon at the expense of the EU. It would cheer us all upl

LucyLou

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M. Barnier, CJJuncker and the Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Piper is an English fable where a Piper plays a haunting melody which  enchants all of the children in the town and they follow him, never  to be seen again. Except one; a child who cannot keep up and is therefore saved.

Roll forward to the present, where MP’s are grown-ups, but they have led the British public down the garden path and sold the DUP(es) down the river.

The 10% of MP’s buried in research have woken to a bonfire too late. Dominic Raab, who seemed to be a breath of fresh air and then realised he was a fall-guy. Hopefully, he refused to deliver the certificate called Brexit, honest to the end, he resigned. Ms McVey fled office after someone said of Universal Credit, slated by the UN no less, that we ‘test and learn’. Not with people’s lives you don’t.  DWP was forced to reduce the waiting time for issue of Universal Credit, to four weeks from six. Hoorah, something honest people have been trying to reduce for years. But there should be no delay.  There’s talk about children’s mental health. Piffle! You don’t care.

The bottom line in every Parliament and law-making is that MP’s want to keep their lifestyles. This is a national disgrace.  So six months before an election, they must have their salaries cut to £10k a year, so that they can assimilate with the poor. It will play havoc with their mental health, but that’s tough right? ask Labour? No, the leader ants unequivocal power.

All standing MP’s, desperate to continue their way of life, must wear the same colour footwear as Mrs May, to show allegiance. Parliament is being treated as a well of stupid contingent who will agree.  But why? She has already drawn the trump card of if you don’t agree with this, there will be no deal. It really is like that email saying ’I love you’ that was opened by half of Parliament and turned out to be a virus. These people think too much of themselves and not about how to survive Brexit.

You have to stop Brexit. Sorry, we have made a mess, especially of the Political Declaration.  Sack Mrs May; she has treated us all as beneath her contempt.  put in an interim Prime Minister, preferably an honest man, which means none of those with limousines. Oh, please insist they must all visit their constituencies, so that the people may speak. My MP is a dopey driveller, to whom I would like to give a piece of my mind, for not standing up to her and for leaving constituents in the lurch.

It is a nonsensical Brexit deal, in that words are strung together, but in such a way that the Campaign for Plain English will have a field day.

When the Cabinet got the 585-page document, they were given 3 hours to read it. what a joke; it’s only for speed-readers, usually lawyers.

Those who want her out were confident of their 48 letters last week. It is not you guys, it is because r MP’s still consider their seats safe. What a joke. The Englishman in the street understands less than he did when Brexit was first named. When they don’t understand, they get angry,  their mental health falters.  Or they laugh and there’s plenty of that when two ‘senior’ Conservative MP’s (friends with Generals or Admirals or RAF) suggested we have our own New Big Army in Britain. Laughable but serious, as it came a day after ‘Jere my Corb Ine’ suggested the same thing.

In Ireland they may make a thousand jokes about Brexit.  It is laughable and obvious that N. Ireland and S. Ireland need to tell the UK to take a running jump off a short pier; it’s their land, isn’t it?

Why do you misunderstand the power of feeling against this deal amongst the British people? Few nations ever consider revolution until it happens to them.

Still MP’s are not sufficiently scared of using their seats. A Lithuanian carpenter  was on TV last night. Over 4 years, he had worked himself up to Manager. Oh and he spoke five languages.  He could work anywhere! Are there Englishmen emulating him? We routinely insult our workers, who routinely work harder and longer hours than the EU. TO CEO’s – at Christmas, you could thank your employees, write up bonuses on your website.

Unfortunately when those in power rely on fear, of no deal, is worse than what has vomited into awareness, no longer a democracy. When people rely on fear, people like HITLER appear. We said in all the words of the WW1 and WW2 programmes, that it will never happen again. We are on the cusp of dictatorship. Any MP who thinks this is a joke, please don’t.

 

Who can guide us out of this muddle?  It has to be an interim Prime Minister and crucially, someone who is feared by the EU. Of course, it is Boris Johnson, whose superior language will fox translators and introduce a degree of levity that combines

people much better than pre-planned, controlled question and answer sessions. The EU see Brexit as a power battle, which they thought was theirs for the taking. The British had conceded all the way down the line. But the PM stopped, made up her paper and did not listen to anyone. This is exactly what she did in the stupid 2016 Election. And she hasn’t learnt, nor has she learned humility from the 2016 results. All Brexit has succeeded in doing is making us and our children poorer.

“It will all be over by Christmas.” A second world war quote.

Having another leader is easier done than said.

 

  • A Natalie Loiseau – Mme, il est evident que vous avez peur de bien faire arranger les normes. Veuillez d’etre assure que les Anglais creent toujours les normes politiques et vous les suivez.

Who can unravel the muddle that binds us to a course into self-destruction.? It seemed that every week in spite of Dominic Raab, thebreath of fresh air, who found himself dismissed when he objected , rightly, to concessions, she did not listen. This phrase occurred repeatedly before the last General Election, when the Tories sought high office. Ha! You have to earn that. To MP’s: where in your conscience is there a success in this Bill?

Why have the former Commonwealth countries been snubbed? We will need them as we continue. How can we continue with a leader who doesn’t succeed. Remember what happened at the last Election, which was meant to lead us, the country to higher successes? Mrs May lost the plot. Did she fail to see why she had failed when it was as plain as ithe nose in your face/ in that instance, she kept a lectern and several metres of space between herself and the Public with sticky hands.

We are going the same way. Only this time, we will self-destruct or we will tell the EU to take a running jump off a short pier.; their trade is less important. It is alright to put these ideas to the EU. They will decline to their own castasttophe.

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Time to declare our position

Is history repeating itself?

Mrs May called a General Election within six months of winning one. It was a massive miscalculation because she and her two autocratic aides had kept all details to themselves.

Now, with the deadly boredom for the public and mounting panic for businesses, that is Brexit, we have no details. Why do I get the feeling that every time M. Barnier and co., report good progress, it means that we have conceded something? The trouble is that the public knows nothing and MP’s are being stonewalled, when the whole plan should have been made available to them. They should be signing off the details, but still Mrs May is silent.

The second problem is that we are being bullied by the EU. If 75% of our exports go to the EU, then what will happen to them if there is no deal? It will be the same as it is for us in the UK, so therefore those businesses should also be panicking. Negotiators for the EU and those for the UK need to show their hands. People on the streets is not a feature of British daily life. Agitators and activists breed in this atmosphere.

You cannot disrespect people’s lives; you have to give them answers. Wearing down Civil Servants and trying to blame them for Mrs May’s intransigence is unfair. If there is confirmation of a ‘no deal’, the possible consequences should be discussed in Parliament and Emergency Plans set up to deal with it, before we bounce out.

Meanwhile, our Prime Minister and thus our country have been insulted by M. C-J Juncker, the Luxembourg President of the EU Commission. He danced into a speech, days after Mrs May had danced the Conservative Conference to a happy conclusion. For publicly mocking the Head of another member state, he should be sacked. Had she been a man, would that have happened? Yes, probably; he does not consider us equal partners, a cheek coming from his small country. I should think his citizens are mortified.

Brexit is not a contest; it is about the future of the UK. The Referendum threw up almost a 52% to leave and 48% to remain. The British have been on the streets, demonstrating, which shows the level of frustration out there. Ignore it at our peril.  However, sack any MP who wants another Referendum; you can’t do that just because you did not like the result the first time.

It is time for Mrs May to show her hand. If she does not do so, she risks civil disunity, never mind political unity. Disappointment is being hurled from all sides.  The teams of negotiators can no longer consider our position; we should declare it. I suppose Mrs May has to trust in MP’s of all hues to bring us about instead of flapping in the wind. We are a fiercely proud island nation, sometimes mavericks, always independent. in our history, leaving the EU will be a blip in trade.

We just have to wake up and look at what other countries are doing,  China’s refusal to accept our plastic waste may mean a boon to putting plastics in roads (British startup). We have numerous Chinese students and financial services’ workers in London; let us keep our friends.

LucyLou

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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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Madeleine Mcann – since 2007 – a continuing tragedy

Hello,

Sometimes, social comment gets mired in other stories, like legal ones. It was a tragic story at the time and continues to be, but a substantial amount of money is now involved.

Sorry, but who allows the Mcanns to withdraw legal payment from their £750,000 fund? It was money raised by the public to help find their 4-year-old daughter, Madeleine.. Surely, it should be used for just that. The enormous sums spent on lawyers etc., are one reason that people give up legal actions.

Also the McAnns are high earners, if they have continued their jobs as GP and Neurosurgeon. The action should be stopped immediately or the Mcanns must pay out of their own funds. There has never been a sighting, which is very sad, but they cannot give up and all parents can sympathise, But other parents, who have lost children, do not have access to such funds.

Also, what psychiatric problems are they heaping on their twins, younger than Madeleine? At least, they have been kept out of the public eye.

If this money is withdrawn in legal fees, the search for Madeleine will be over. Instead of withdrawing it, they could give the money to an international fund for missing children, that includes theirs and other parents’ children.

LucyLou

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For Mrs May – Strength comes from evaluating a proposal

Hello

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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What has she done?

Hello

What has Andrea Jenkyns, PPC for Morley done? As always with politicians, it is the little slip of the tongue, a throwaway remark that dives them into trouble.

She was being interviewed on the News at Ten and what did she say about Mrs May refusing a leadership contest:

“She, (Mrs May) may not have wanted to lose face.”

This phrase has started wars from the Great War 1914-18 to wars ever since.  Some countries in the Middle East and the Far East cannot bear to lose face. They feel it as a great insult. Amongst some men.

Do some women feel loss of face?  I have no idea. Do you?

Maybe we could stop wars by using female diplomats.

Still, it is not a phrase to use, ever. Maybe it will fade away.

LucyLou

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