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