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10-Nov-2017

Remembering Reality

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tags: World War, Fight, Freedom, Independence, real people, real events

 

5-Nov-2017

Mounting Costs

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As yet another milestone is passed it seems that the only change has been the total paid for Bruxelles club membership - and that the amount paid at date is much more than our earlier estimates.

Based on the Office of Budget Responsibility estimates the total paid since our historic vote 500 days ago has grown to some 19,000 million - even allowing for the UK rebate!

So while The Guardian, and the BBC, today push a story that a no deal EU exit would add an extra 930 to our shopping bills (!) there are many that have got to the point of saying We need to leave no matter what ...

tags: Brexit, EU, delays, no progress, hard, soft, weak, strong, ransom, 500 days

 

31-Oct-2017

Feedback

Das Kapital - ECB President, Mario Draghi, did as expected announce the continuation of his euro printing policy but at the reduced rate of 30,000 million per month into 2018. A move that may help avoid the bubble bursting before Draghi’s retirement next October.

Spanish Steps - the build-up of pressure within Catalonia came to head this month with unprecedented results. The month of October saw this part of northern Spain have a vote on independence, become an independent republic and then revert back a region of Spain again. The key issue being that the vote was considered illegal, by Spain and the EU, because Spain has a law that bans regions from leaving. So blocking any real regional independence moves no matter how strongly supported by the people. Surely a situation that would cause a national outcry if proposed for the UK.

Many would expect that such an outright ban would be an issue to be condemned by the UN or at least the EU. Apparently not. But then the EU seems particularly unwilling to accept regional splits or democratic decisions that go against its master plan .. A lesson for Scotland in there somewhere.

tags: EU, devaluation, no way out, unstable future

 

26-Oct-2017

Meme of the Day

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tags; Radio, TV, news, manipulation, selection, repeat, remain, whitewash

 

13-Oct-2017

Das Kapital

At the end of this month the European Central Bank (ECB) plans to review its stimulus policy for the Euro.

Euro_Banker444And ECB President, Mario Draghi, has promised to maintain interest rates at their current level of -0.4% "well past" the end of its current bond-buying programme. Now bond-buying seems like a sensible and prudent activity except it is simply weasel-words for providing cheap money to European corporations. Money that helps keep beneficiary companies - like Ryanair - in the Pro-EU camp.

The money is cheap not just because interest rates are set so low but also because it is being printed by the ECB. And it is being printed at a rate of 60,000 million euro per month!

So far the total new money created under the leadership of President Draghi has topped 2,000,000,000,000 euro (= 2 trillion). With that much money pumped into the system it is hardly surprising the European economy seems to be expanding - what else could it do?

To quote one of the comments posted today - It's a completely unsustainable situation which will collapse like a pack of cards very soon because Europeans will realise that their money has been devalued by the ECB's policy.

But despite some German banks getting worried the chances are that Draghi will have no option but to keep feeding the monster that he has created. So we will have no choice but to watch the euro balloon getting bigger and bigger while hoping to be far enough away to avoid getting hurt when it does eventually burst.

tags: EU, massive, debt, devaluation, unstable future

 

5-Oct-2017

Our EU Songbook

After The Final Countdown, Slip, Slidin’ Away and Go Now here is another one for our growing list of song lyrics that might well relate to our fraught relationship with the European Union.

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tags: Brexit, EU, Europa, unrealistic, locked in, no way out, The Eagles, 1976

 

3-Oct-2017

Words You Should Never Expect To Hear ..

Sweet_Barnier2_200No chance of any attempt by Jean-Claude Juncker or Michel Barnier to apply the lyrics of the Moody Blues 1965 hit -

We've already said "Goodbye"
Since you gotta go, oh you'd better
Go now go now, go now, go now
Before you see me cry.

Instead today we have them and their puppet parliament berating the UK for not agreeing to their one-sided demands. Pathetic.

Sadly our Prime Minister has repeatedly failed to take the initiative. A stance that the country so badly needs. Businesses in both Britain and Europe have been well aware of the June 2016 result for plenty long enough to prepare for the transition - and yet a weak UK position now offers the EU a further two years of much the same as before.

Why? When businesses would benefit much more from a clear switch-over to national independence as soon as possible. We really do have to Go Now ..

tags: Brexit, EU, Europa, unrealistic, ridiculous, ivory tower

 

26-Sep-2017

Meme Revisited

Back in May 2016 our Meme of the Day was just that - a meme.

Less that eighteen months on and it now seems more like a nightmare vision of a EU plan coming to fruition. Those Polish authors of the original magazine certainly hit the spot - but then Poland still remembers the terrible experiences of the past.

Today fewer and fewer Eurocrats seem worthy of our trust ... especially after making public admissions that they intend to keep taking subtle, low profile steps towards a future that the masses would not accept if it was spelled out in advance.

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tags: EU, Europa, President, European, Union, Army, Nearer the truth

 

22-Sep-2017

Slip Slidin’ Away

BreakOutEUchains2bTheresa May’s speech in Florence today might as well have been backed by music and lyrics from Paul Simon -

Slip slidin’ away, slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin’ away

Her offer to give the EU an estimated 20,000 million and hang on to transitional membership until the end of 2020 pushes the UK into funding the EU for longer but with little or nothing in the way of benefits. It translates into a poll tax of 600 on every person taking part in 2016 vote and means that it will have taken our politicians 1,652 days to actually implement the results of that referendum. Grandad seems to remember Prime Minster Cameron threatening that our leaving would be on the day after the vote!

So now we need to add a 1,000s column to our Leaving The EU Scoreboard but still live in the hope that someone will have the guts to call a halt to the whole charade and do what it said on the tin - Leave!

tags: Brexit, EU, weak, compromise, fatal flaw

 

19-Sep-2017

How Much?

It seems that Grandad was wrong! The UK’s net weekly contributions to the EU are now estimated at far more than than the 121 million we have been using to date. Stories circulating today quote Office of Budget Responsibility’s estimates for 2017 to 2022 at more than twice our previous figures.

So rather than painting a black picture of EU’s consumption of our taxes Grandad has been seriously understating how much the Brussels Eurocrats have been syphoning off from the British economy - and out of our essential services. Apologies to all for making the EU seem less of a financial burden than it actually is ...

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tags: EU, massive, payments, waste, leave

 

18-Sep-2017

Lack Of Interest

Reuters today reported .. HSBC, one of Britain's "Big Four" banks, expects the Bank of England to raise interest rates twice over the coming 12 months ... rates to be lifted by 25 basis points in November and then again in May 2018, taking Britain's benchmark interest rate to 0.75 percent.

Man1So perhaps this marks the start of a gradual normalisation of interest rates after they were pushed off a cliff in 2008. Then rates went from 5% to 0.5% in just a few months. A rate that stayed until 2016 when a lack of confidence by the experts prompted a move to the current all-time low of 0.25%. A move that fueled a fall in the value of sterling - so increasing the cost of imports and reducing the spending money of anyone going overseas.

Now we have had eight years of exceptionally low Bank interest rates. A situation where many have forgotten, or never experienced, living with the effects of rising interest rates.

Clearly in a rising-rate scenario any outstanding debts will require increased monthly repayments and this could be a problem for those with little or no slack in the budgets. When rates collapsed careful borrowers kept up their old repayment amounts - so reducing their total debt more quickly. But anyone who opted to go for reduced payments, or who started a new loan with lower rates, will face a hit eventually.

However if inflation takes a sudden upward turn then the controlled interest rate strategy of small steps upwards over an extended timescale will be ditched in favour sudden hikes ... so don’t get caught out.

tags: BoE, interest, low, rise, abnormal, unstable future

 

16-Sep-2017

Enough Already

Yet another fifty days have ticked over on our Leaving The EU Scoreboard and still we have very little good news to report.

NEU_flag1A_400Obviously the UK net payments to Brussels have continued and our estimate has just passed 7,777 million since the Brexit vote 450 days ago. So that’s another 800 million or so we will never see again. A thought that makes statements calling for delays to the Brexit talks due to the UK side questioning the EU demands or being told that the EU intends to teach the British people a lesson just add more fuel to the smoldering fire. The case for a clean break gets almost unavoidable given that the EU views its leaving demands and financial penalties as, in effect, non-negotiable.

Meanwhile UK MPs are trying to progress with the bill to restore the supremacy of UK law - and so regain our independence - despite opposition from most members of the Labour, SNP and Liberal Demo-prat parties. Why they think that is the right way to uphold the authority of parliament and enact the will of the people God only knows. Anyway they are all now taking turns to go to their respective party conferences so this vital bill wont get its final vote for some time yet.

Finally there is a promise that our PM, Theresa May, will make a major speech setting out her vision for a new deal with the EU next Friday in Florence. However there is still likely to be a very big gap between what the EU and the UK want from the negotiations. And Mrs May’s track record on major announcements is very weak after that early-election decision fiasco. If the Florence speech is a flop then we may be faced with yet another general election! Another case of political power brokers pushing their own agenda?

tags: Brexit, EU, delays, time running out, hard, soft, weak, strong

 

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