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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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Trending: UK Prime Ministers

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I have noticed a regrettable trend in ousting British Prime Ministers.  Tony Blair (Labour, in power from 1997 to 26 June 2007), said that if someone did not kick him, verbally, during any day, it was rare.

William Hague (Conservative Leader, elected Leader of the Conservative Party at 36, in 1997), was hounded by the media and resigned in 2001 after a second Election, which resulted in the net Conservative gain of one seat.  Hey, that sounds familiar.

John Major  (Prime Minster 1990-1997) was called a ‘grey man’, although he extricated us from the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992.  He did not agree with it personally, but had a mandate from the British people.  He also presided over the Maastricht Treaty (on European Union), but Conservative MP’s rebelled by twenty-two, when the then majority in the Commons was eighteen.

Mr David Cameron fell on his sword when the country mainly voted to leave the EU.  Now we have Mrs May, hounded by her Conservative minsters.  I think Amber Rudd’s face was anguished rather than stony at last week’s Conservative Conference.  Mrs May has been too proud to accept help on public speaking and from the SAS, on ways to be resilient. Please persuade her to take offers of help, for her own sake.

Mrs May has delegated, which means she is a strong leader.  She lets Cabinet Ministers research their own briefs, but the Brexit talks are more difficult than the people ever dreamed.  It seems that every decision has ramifications and a corresponding UK law needs to be re-examined.

Let’s touch on the Customs Union.  France blocked us in 1985 when they refused to import our beef and we retaliated by refusing to import their lamb.  It was the midst of the UK beef crisis, but the French acted immediately in their national interest.  That has been the same ever since, irrelevant of the EU.  How difficult is trade going to be if we have no laws and curbs to help our own export industries?  How does it affect agriculture?

I wonder whether the Prime Ministers now consults UK trade bodies, or relies on Civil Servants?  John Major overruled them in private and in public, when he initiated a key mechanism to stop BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy).  He prohibited the giving of cattle’s brains and spinal cords to healthy cows and sheep, which was later deemed to have succeeded in halting its progress. A friend of mine’s husband worked at a secret government facility and she was offered an instant abortion if some of the virus escaped.  It was irrelevant to her at the time, but showed how worried the government was about its human variant CJD.

It seems so much less important, but I wonder if Civil Servants have been overruled in the wake of the UK cars’ trade body being wrongfooted when the government announced electric cars only from 2040, I wonder what help the government is getting.

As of today, Theresa May is being asked about secret talks she had earlier about the legal potential of changing our minds over Brexit.  Thank goodness someone is being sensible. The public’s overriding concern was always being overrun by incomers.  Failing information to the contrary and a distinct lack of action on it, I think they are still concerned.  I cannot see how the vote would change on Brexit, as a result of this, but then you cannot have another referendum just because you do not like the results of the first one.  In my view, better concentrate on that first and then look at smoothing our exit from the EU.

Whoever knew that being a Prime Minister was such an exacting role?

Have an interesting week

LucyLou

 

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Boris Has Pulled Back From The Brexit Brink

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Of course he has.  The newspaper article is the direct result of a valuable and valid member of the UK Cabinet being diverted and ignored.  He would have much to offer Brexit, but he has Mrs May’s original problem.  Brexit cannot be fulfilled by any one individual.  It needs experience from across the political parties.  Mrs May is delegating, I think.

Thirty billion pounds over 3 years in return for continued access to the EU single market sounds like a good deal.  Boris is used to that kind of negotiation; he held LWT’s unions off  for several years.

I look forward to him being given a valid job, in connection with the Foreign  Secretary role.  Outbursts of this kind do no-one any good, but they do make it easy for MP’s to act alone to give countries better oil deals etc.  The DUP that £1 billion promised, is fraying at the seams.  MP’s should only act on checking with and having permission from Mrs. May.

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If M. Jean- Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission has to stoop low as to suggest weakness of character on the part of David Davis, the chief Brexit negotiator, the insult may ping right back at him.  It also means that he can find no fault in Mr Davis’ job performance.  It is actually a back-handed compliment.

I suspect that the British are rightly being intransigent to procure the best deal.  The French would not understand intransigence as they see it every day when looking in the mirror.  Are Luxembourgers of the same mould?

It is just that David Davis has to keep going and leave soundbites to other people.  Retaliation is what they want.  In these situations, the British smile serenely and ignore the comments.  The opposition cannot figure out whether they are being insulted or not.

As of today, M. Juncker is seeking to combine two roles: his current position, with presidency of the EU.  For me, democracy needs transparent argument.  If there is no opposition to conflict with, it becomes a different society altogether. I thought it may be harsh comment.  However I have just asked Google and  this came up:

The European is ‘charged with defining the European Union’s (EU) overall political direction and priorities.’

Absolutely not; it will be 27 countries with 1 Head of State.  Brexit cannot come soon enough now, although I was like a reed in the wind at Referendum time.

Have a smiling week

LucyLou

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