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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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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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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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Boris Banter

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It behoves Mr Johnson as part of Her Majesty’s government, to avoid repeating someone else’s soundbite. Now all the enemy need say, is that the jibe about Football’s World Cup this summer, was started by Boris. He ought to deny it vehemently as he should deny all questions about security.  He would be wise to avoid the subject all together, otherwise we risk digging ourselves into a bottomless pit. Do you want to be on the wrong side of a man who spends his weekends chasing football? Their wives would also be disappointed if Boris spoilt their days out whilst husbands are away.

I did have to look up ’emetic’. It means sickening. Maybe Boris’ speeches should be important for what they leave out and he can retain some dignity.

Sorry to be suspicious, but M. Barnier suddenly beaming over Brexit makes me think that we have given them a huge amount of money, that we don’t have. As a voter, could we please skip Brexit in the News and save it up for the next day. Everyone I speak to, is being bored to death over something where we have no voice or control. Do not say that we had our chance to vote. The UK voted on immigration, which has been, at best, skated over.

Have a good week.

LucyLou

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Computer Crashes … Four Weeks Later …

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I was beginning to believe that I would never be able to access this blog again.  My dear old PC bit the dust and it has taken this long to find my way back.

I’m talking about the things, technical term, that I remember in the past four weeks, starting with the vision of Dr Liam Fox.  He was accompanied on a trip to the US by a team of career diplomats.  I read that some newspaper bemoaned the fact when I celebrated it .  Politicians only have experience of one or two treaties,  helped by people who truly do serve Queen and country through many governments.  In my experience, some politicans serve ego first, then Queen and country.

And the tragedy of Grenfell: there are still people waiting to be housed.  Of course the local housing list cannot produce accommodation out of thin air and some families have moved away.  Of course some want to stay and who could blame them?  Kensington and Chelsea Boroughs are amongst the wealthiest and thus most beautiful in the country.

My third alarm is over Mrs May, who continues to dig holes for herself.  She went to a State banquet and declared to the sophisticated and intelligent attendees about Russia.

“We know what you are doing.”

What?  Is this a playground?  It sounds like Trump-speak to me.  Mrs May is an intelligent woman and not prone to utterances like that. It is alarming that he has any influence over our politics when he has plenty of his own.  However, it is not just that.  It is that Mrs May has opened up another front to fight.  Do we learn nothing from Remembrance Sunday?  Hitler opened a second front by sending troops to fight the Russians and he promptly lost the war.

Mrs May’s attempt to govern whilst delegating responsibility to individuals in the Cabinet, has led to them either refusing to let anyone speak out from the armed forces (Sir Michael Duncan) or David Davies and his pontifications over Brexit.

I read with incredulity about the ‘no deal’ Brexit option.  It is stalemate.  Faced with the former Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson who demanded a Cabinet post on Sir Michael Duncan’s departure, we then find out that it was he who negotiated the deal with Ireland’s DUP and he who made the Queen late for Royal Ascot.  (She has few holidays, so to disappoint someone who only does good for us, is annoying.)  Of course, £1 billion to the DUP, unbalancing Irish peace is ridiculous.  You don’t give that sort of money to one political side! Is it like selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and finding out way down the line that they are using them to attack your allies?

Cross-party support and briefing should be in every meeting on Brexit.  That’s another post.

Wishing you well this week and so glad to be back

LucyLou

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