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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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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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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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Share a common rulebook – So sensible!

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The deliberations at Chequers have been agreed to a soft Brexit and we will never want a hard Brexit, as that will hit the man on a street, trying to keep himself in a job and the economy growing.
“Sharing a common rulebook’ is a chance to compromise with a Customs Union , Irish borders for the Irish and free trade. There will be enough arguments against it from the EU as the UK seems to have done a good deal for itself. Some jealous Europeans will not like it, so we need to present a united front, just like the Cabinet. It is our country at stake.
Congratulations to Mrs May.
If some dimwit Conservative MP’s attempt ‘dear John letters’, let them go back to their constitutuencies beforehand. And later give them Mr. Trump to deal with. He will tear us apart if he can.

LucyLou

PS So we have lost Mr David Davis. Everyone will thank him for what he has done, but to quit when we are near agreement is sad.

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Marry In Haste, Repent At Leisure

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Softly does it and this is what we are good at.  Just as well that we have not attacked, as only now  does Russia’s battleplan against Britain become apparent.  Its soldiers have surrounded Douma in Syria and put it into lockdown.

Russia has now criticized the British directly of making up the chemical weapons’ attack in Douma. Russian Ambassadors have been trumpeting their innocence, even after we saw such sad images of poisoned children. Unfortunately for them, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reports from similar agencies of up to 500 people affected by a chemical weapons’ attack in Douma and 60 lives taken.

The International Inspectorate for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has sent Inspectors to Douma. They will start work tomorrow 14 April, exactly a week after the chemical attack.  Speculation says that Messrs Putin and Assad have had plenty of time to clean up the chemicals and their residue.

So the Russian soldiers are to be protected by Mr Putin, except it is rather that the West does not want to bomb the Inspectors. Luckily we have not attacked. We would have been condemned worldwide if something had happened to them. I hope that they have bodyguards.

It is not bombs that are needed, but escorts for foreign aid to be distributed in Syria. The British are good at protection, yet we are treading on eggshells around the US and the Russians.  Why? How did we allow this to happen?

I would not like to have the US in my corner. Its President is volatile, unreliable and rapidly stopping his entry into war. Let the British go to war and the US can have its usual stance on the sidelines.  The British will be the fall-guy and maybe after its destruction, Russia and America will come to the diplomatic table.

Russian pride has been deeply bruised, after no-one believed them when they were accused of using chemical nerve agents on British soil.  The media says that there is clearly no other plausible explanation.

If the Russians are so innocent, why have they not tried to help children and the old with antidotes to the chemical attack?

Who and where are we supposed to bomb?  It is ridiculous. Protect and build relationships; that is what we are good at on the world stage. To keep that ability, we must steer clear of Messrs. Putin and Trump.

LucyLou

 

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Britain Will Be The Fall-Guy In Mediterranean War

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It appears that Mrs May can go to war without a mandate if she is doing it on behalf of the Queen.  It is risky for her to involve herself in politics, yet it is the British who have most to lose in these shenanigans.

Whoever thought it a good idea to pontificate on our Navy, makes it sound like a playground spat. If we initiate war, we will be crushed. We are piggy-in-the-middle here, with nothing to gain. If Mr Trump has played the great legacy, great country card, we should proceed with extreme caution.

I expect that Mr Trump will say that his aircraft carrier cannot manoeuvre between Cyprus and Syria as it would get stuck between two land masses. He will shrug and say that the British started it and he cannot protect them for fear of risking American lives. (He must be drowning Mrs May in charm.)

The strong response is to avoid war. It is not good to go to war with a lunatic and a French President, seeking what, exactly?

Which area will we hit with our weapons?  Do we have reliable Intelligence?

Who will be most hurt? The old, very young, very poor and children.  These are the people who were affected by a chemical attack, purported to come from Mr Assad of Syria.  Do we have proof? These are not people whom we have sworn to protect.  It is not our war! If we make it so, Russia will be delighted. As an aside, what happened to a man like President Assad to make him destroy his own country?

Has anyone noticed a pattern here? First North Korea and America swapped strong words. Then a threat was perceived to the South Korean peninsula where there is an American base. At that point, Mr Kim Jong Un, President of North Korea stepped up to statesmanship. He met Mr Moon Jae In, President of  South Korea and he made the first steps towards a US State Visit to North Korea.   The two Koreans have decided to have a Summit between them on 27 April, which is wonderful news.

So, the troublemakers looked for another target.  Britain and Russia threw out each other’s diplomats and so did our European allies over a chemical attack on English soil.

You have to think about consequences. Britain should not bomb a country, that is already in smithereens. We will be bound to hit innocent people. It would be better to send in drones with infra-red radar and discus results, before going in.

Mrs May’s reputation will sink massively. A consequence of going into someone else’s war may generate a General Election, as most of us are more tired of war than we are of Brexit, just. That the British have been in every war since the Second World War, does not mean we continue. I expected a woman to have more sense and analyse the problems and consequences.  It is a strong leader who stands back to look at the bigger picture. Leaping into war is for fall-guys.

So the Cabinet has, this evening, agreed to go to war. No surprise; they are mostly men, but what of the consequences? What do you do after levelling the parts of Syria, Messrs. Putin and Assad cannot reach?  Or worse. You cannot bomb a chemical weapons dump, for fear of releasing numerous toxic substances into the air. The whole Mediterranean area will be crippled, according to which way the wind blows.  We are fall-guys for this little Entente Cordiale between us, the French and the US. What does the French public say?

You cannot deter Russia from using chemical weapons. It has not worked here, has it? We do not need to respond to a threat, made worse by America.  Sending our young armed forces to war anywhere ; these ideas have to be well thought out. We never know which way Trump will jump.

Our international reputation will be in tatters. We are seemingly entering a club with a warmonger and the French. Why are we ignoring the UN and NATO? They will be with us after Brexit, but Mr Trump does not like them.  Please stop; standing up to him is a given. Do not give in. We should start thinking of ourselves. We are tiny in the world.

Our SAS are the finest in the world. Why waste their power in a place we cannot control and will do no good?

Of course, the Generals are ready and delighted to go to war.  Even they need a reason.  You do not play with the psyches of such brave men. I object to this war. What do you think?

LucyLou

 

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Pride Comes Before A Fall

Senior UK Civil Servants and politicians must eat humble pie.  We are the tiniest of countries, compared with the US and post-Brexit, we will be of no account, unless we stick by our democracy and our principles.

UK law says that you cannot go to war unless you have parliamentary approval.  It does actually beggar belief that Parliament is on holiday, whilst the US tries to start World War III.  Mr Trump is not a fan of the UN and appears to think he is above international law and beyond them.  They are simply not as fast as Twitter.

Who knows, if by next week, he will want to use our forces in Cyprus (peaceful for 44 years, since the Turks invaded Cyprus), to launch US weapons of mass destruction?  Then his hands will not be soiled by war.

The delay in asking Parliament to vote for military action may save us.  At least, it will give us some time whilst we recall Parliament. Mr Trump has cancelled a state visit to South America.  Come back UK politicians, whatever hue, before Mrs May bows down to Trump and allows US planes to refuel on Cyprus.

Has anyone asked for Cyprians’ thoughts on being used to incite war?  If chemical weapons are being used on the children in Syria, then a reprisal to Cyprus would be made with a shrug of the shoulders. British citizens should leave immediately.

That the US sent home 60 Russian diplomats is perhaps in proportion to the size of country. We cannot be trumped by the US in Syria.  It is so much better to wait for the UN, whose peacekeepers work globally. It is a peculiar triumvirate here: the US, France and Britain against the world. We are signed-up members of the UN and NATO.  What does France achieve out of this? We all know that Mr Trump thinks he is leader of the world; maybe a misunderstanding, he should be a world leader.

It is also unhelpful for a former UK Prime Minister to advocate war when he made such a hash of it last time. No weapons of mass destruction, (the reason for our entry to war), were found in the desert and we were left with loss of such brave soldiers.  They must be given the respect of going to war, if the UN agrees and not on a Twitter whim.

So, to the Civil Servants: it is up to you to persuade your departments’ politicians to wait. Who is behind the chemical attack? I do not often agree with Jeremy Corbyn, yet here he is right about waiting for an investigation into the chemical weapons’ attack.  Then we can perhaps save some of the children.  Going blindly into war helps no-one and last time under Tony Blair, it did not work.

It is weird, under a Conservative government, to even consider going to war without the democratic decision of Parliament.  To a believer in democracy, it is worrying.

As a note off the subject, the US wants us to change our trading principles so that they can sell us chickens washed in chlorine. Give over; we’ve seen the scary smiles.

Lucy Lou

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Brexit: Do We Have Anything Or Nothing?

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As usual, Mrs May’s speeches say a lot about nothing at all. American gurus are good at that, but this is a Prime Minister speaking. The problem is that all of the men lost their nerve and agreed. Half of Conservative MP’s had already seen it before she spoke. I wonder whether two little words were implied: ‘General Election’, unless they agreed.

What we do not have:

  1. The European Court of Justice is superior to the UK Supreme Court;
  2. The invasion of people from everywhere, all insisting on having their own laws above UK ones, has not been addressed.
  3. The single EU market is to be denied to us – don’t be ridiculous. EU trade, both imports and exports, can be measured as a percentage of GDP (gross domestic product). The EU maket is extremely important to imports and exports. The UK will go bust before even the EU hopes, so that she can go crawling back to the EU. Then what? Whatever they propose will not be to our benefit;
  4. UK businesses, including finance (making 25% of our GDP) have been left to flounder, mainly as politicians do not understand making money. If they had, Carillion would not be in this mess;
  5. No Customs Union? Please understand that after we depart this union, everyone who wants payback from the UK will simply hold up our goods in Customs. This last happened in 1979, as far as I know. The French refused to take our beef so we retaliated by refusing to take their lamb. A stand-off. Playground antics by bullies.
  6. Items 1 and 2 were the subjects that the UK voters decided on. A short statement about if you are here already, you are okay, whispered to the media. .

I do not see any female negotiators in the Brexit team. Women think and act differently. the playground antics would not happen.

Please make sure that a Customs Union is in all of our interests.  That Mrs May saw fit to say that what happened to Norway, would not happen to us, was unkind. That leaves them high and dry, when they would only be trying to help us.  Similarly, Canada, a nation whose wondrous natural resources make it a good market for us. We want Norway and Canada on our side and do hope that they will forgive us our daily shenanigans.

Oh and Ireland. Whilst living by the sea, I saw a man with a hand-held thing that you sign for delivery, only he was trying to reach a satellite. He told me that the satellite would receive his inputted figures and the supplier would receive fast, accurate data.

What if a microchip was implanted in all new vehicles that would be picked up by a satellite and sent it to Irish databases, one in the south and another in the north.  We must remember that southern Ireland is not in the UK’s jurisdiction, so any agreement must be made with honour.

Finally, there is a real possibility that the UK will go bust. Why has no-one looked at it? Mrs May’s negotiations to date are frightening: £1 billion to the DUP to vote her way.  Unfortunately they have been intransigent.  Hopefully, the money will be paid in stages, signed off by a businessman.  She also gave money to Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon.  I expect her MP’s bowl down to London, stay in a good hotel and vote as they think best rather than to shore up the Conservatives.

This is worse than a war over desert weapons that were never found. This is selling out our children. If nothing else, ask the Young Conservatives for their opinion on all of the above.  And let us listen to our children.  Let us hope that we will not be crying over spilt milk.

LudyLou

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