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19-May-2019

No More May?

It is reported from Brussels that the UK Withdrawal Agreement dictated by Barnier / Merkel and welcomed as a good deal by May / Robbins has now being re-branded as a permanent treaty. A fact not acknowledged by those politicians reporting to the Number 10 command bunker.

For them the agreement is still seen as something that must be forced down the throats of MPs and rushed into legislation before the public can stop it. Then Mrs May can collect her reward and jump ship leaving us Grandads - and our children and grandchildren - to pay for the expensive mess created.

In order to comply with the May-Robbins Dead Donkey Deal the UK will need to stay in the customs union and accept all single market rules and laws, unless the EU relents over the alleged Irish border issue. Almost three years on from the vote and the EU has given no ground on the made-up border issue, so why would they over the next two years? Isn’t the most likely outcome we would remain in the single market and customs union contrary to the government promise that leaving meant leaving?

Also after the likely 45 month period fully in the EU, the UK still would face financial obligations under the Withdrawal Treaty. The bills will be decided by the EU and we will have to pay them. Any attempt to query them would be adjudicated by the EU’s own court! The longer we stay in the more the future bills are likely to be. The 39,000 million figure often quoted is likely to be a considerable underestimate.

JokeAgreement2_300Further the Deal creates a category of super citizen in the UK. Since it enshrines the law that EU nationals living in the UK will have their access to benefits guaranteed for their entire lifetimes. So a twenty-something worker from, say, Romania could be supported by UK tax-payers for over 50 years - even if they don’t stay. And it is quite likely that a wife (or ex-wife?) and unlimited children could also be funded the same way. Our grandchildren meanwhile would not only have to pay the higher tax bills but could also face reduced benefits. Problems that did not apply to those EU nationals that will qualify.

And theses are just a few of the examples of how the May-Robbins partnership has foolishly agreed not just to give away so much of the nation’s sovereignty and tax revenues - but to also pay the EU for that privilege.

Hopefully this week’s EU elections will accurately reflect what the people actually want to happen next. And that the message is not spun into support for a different political agenda. Despite a widely-expected people’s vote in support of a no deal Brexit Mrs May is still pushing for a fourth Westminster vote on her bad deal - and still clinging to the idea that she will only leave if and when that deal is passed.

A scenario that so many more of us wish to avoid at all costs. No More May? Let us pray!

tags: broken promises, illegal delays, weak leadership, drop the dead donkey, leave, no deal

 

15-May-2019

Behind The Mask

TheMekon3_01It has long been the belief - in Whitehall at least - that Olly Robins used his outstanding intellect to craft a near-perfect withdrawal agreement. One that would keep the UK tied to the EU for long enough to arrange for a re-admission a few years on. And one that would pay more than enough to keep the eurocrats in champagne and cognac throughout - while still claiming to be delivering Brexit.

But recently the image presented of His Ollyness has taken somewhat of a pasting with the story that Mr Robbins was angling for a job in Brussels - along with permanent residency. In fact a very similar story to that circulating about arch-remainer Dominic Grieve with his EU job ambitions and a home in France.

But the real blow to the mask of Whitehall superiority came with the insider view from the EU negotiators that they were dumbfounded by crass stupidity of UK Brexit team.

It looks like he who was made out to be the biggest brain in Brussels is now the runaway winner of the biggest-ever sprout competition.

tags: broken promises, illegal delays, treachery, enemy within

 

13-May-2019

Meme of the Day

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tags: eurocrat, LibDem, independence denier, tax waster, euroreich politburo

 

4-May-2019

Mad Bad May

It has become obvious that Mrs May’s madness has now spread to the stage where No Deal is no longer better than a Bad Deal. It is, in her confused mind, impossible to consider!

JokeAgreement2A_300The strange silence around Westminster - where the TV channels have removed their studios and the rent-a-mob protests have disappeared - warns us that the battle may already be finished. And almost certainly confirms that Brussels have indeed won - through a combination of numbers, strategy and a British side captained by a traitor playing to loose!

It seems that Mad May will cling on to power now that Britain has nowhere else to turn - and without the USA or Commonwealth to help us this time.

So for those that dread the prospect of our grandchildren being ruled by German interests the future is bleak; especially since neither elections this month will get any genuine Leave politicians into power at Westminster. Without them a last-minute reversal seems impossible.

We look condemned to be paying hundreds of millions of our taxes for ever - to fund the lavish lifestyles of the eurocrats and to subsidise the economies of Poland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, etc. Mrs May’s actions will certainly go down in the annals of infamy.

Infamy, Infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!

tags: broken promises, illegal delays, treachery, enemy within

 

1-May-2019

Mad May

Lots of us will be voting tomorrow in the first election in memory where both main party leaderships are considered toxic by the local voters. In fact so toxic that some local canvassers have decided to simply stay at home rather than face the negative responses on so many doorsteps.

MayPuppet1_180Even Conservative MPs have been seen desperately pushing the message that the local candidates are untainted by their Westminster colleagues. But the public know that it is the local branches that provide support for central office - so local issues are secondary to the need to penalise the leaders for their unpopular decisions.

And what a terrible picture the leaders provide. May and Corbyn are vying with each to see how far from the Leave result they can push the Brexit withdrawal agreement without having guts to state their true objective - Remaining. So now we have the Eurocrats trying to avoid triggering a no-deal exit while hoping for the UK staying on board - and both Westminster parties trying to avoid saying the R-word.

Since the May-Robbins deal really is a dead donkey by now the options available revolve around the speed by which the Mad-As-Cheese Mrs May can be taken away. If it happens this month then it is just possible the EU elections could be avoided - with all their ensuing complications. However the signs are that it would need a lightening bolt from heaven to achieve it in time. This means that the delaying tactics will just keep rolling on.

Beneath the multiple layers of lies Mr May probably has the intention to keep going until stopped by a general election - but we really need to listen in on Brussels hotel bar conversations to be sure.

So now looking ahead to a double mad May - one with two elections and long weekends and the other occupying 10 Downing Street behind barricades.

tags: broken promises, illegal delays, weak leadership, drop the dead donkey, leave, no deal

 

27-Apr-2019

Meaningful Vote?

This morning Grandad received his voting card for the EU elections - an event that is being repeated all over the country. And an unintended, unnecessary step that is part of a voting process estimated to cost around 109 million.

Man1907But just before our politicians dismiss this cost as trivial it is worth pointing out that their failure to leave the EU on the legally defined date means that each of them has wasted the equivalent of 167,000 - out of our taxes.

An amount that would be considered far from trivial if the politicians were held personally liable for their decisions. Sadly the turkeys won’t vote for Christmas so we will have to pay it for them.

However there are some nagging doubts that things are not as they seem. A feeling that what the public are being told is at odds with the hidden agenda. Without access to the plans of the power brokers and advisors we can only speculate. But ...

It is unlikely that Mrs May could get her toxic deal agreed before 22 May 2019 or indeed the end of June. It is equally unlikely that the EU will call a halt to the British messing up their plans by enforcing a no deal exit. So the elections will go ahead and the new MEPs will actually take up their seats - and then Mrs May could simply cancel our request to leave the EU.

This action would break her promise to implement Brexit. But with so many of her other promises already broken that would not stop her. In fact what has she now left to loose? Her apparent intention of standing down coupled with having teed-up the defeat of the Conservative party in both local and European elections means that she has already caused enormous damage. In Westminster the Conservatives are already a minority government so the damage can only mount up. An early general election could be forced through and weaken her position further.

In fact some of the hidden fixers may have already taken the view that remaining in the EU would win back some votes, silence the opposition, solve the border issue in Ireland (and Gibraltar) and boost the co-operation of the Whitehall civil servants. Plus those new MEPs would actually have some purpose. It would of course be a betrayal of the majority - but then so is the current mess.

tags: broken promises, illegal delays, weak leadership, sell out

 

26-Apr-2019

May, May, Go Away

Maybe May will stay ‘til May.
Or maybe she will leave today.
But no one here wants her to stay.
So wave Goodbye and Go Away!

MayPuppet1_180But the reality is - Mrs May will not be removed by the weak and gutless Conservative hierarchy. She will not resign and no one has the fire-power to stop her. This gives her the opportunity to try again (and again) with her Dead Donkey Deal before the next deadline - which will then be extended.

This constant denial of the democratic vote has shown the level of deceit present at the top of British government. And could cause her terrible deal document to be eventually approved - by too many MPs voting for short-term party and personal gains.

The deal that Mrs May is trying to force on the nation requires the UK sign a treaty that she claims is good for the UK. Yet it has so many costs, penalties and strings attached as to be an insult even as the surrender demands imposed upon a defeated third-world nation.

Just consider this first issue - if we sign this treaty we will be locked into the EU and have to obey all its rules and pay all the bills it sends us for a period of at least 21 months, and probably for 45 months if we have not surrendered further to reach an exit agreement at the 21 month stage. This would mean remaining in the EU for at least 5 years from the decision to leave and probably for 7 years. The EU would be able to legislate and spend against UK interests during this period, whilst we would have no vote or voice in the matter ... Unacceptable! ... more to follow.

tags: broken promises, illegal delays, weak leadership, drop the dead donkey, leave, no deal

 

25-Apr-2019

ANZAC Day

Troops from Australia and New Zealand fought along side the British throughout World War One - but they had to endure one of the worst of all the campaigns. To quote the Imperial War Museum -

IMA10578-300Of all the varied parts of the world where British and Commonwealth forces were deployed during the First World War, Gallipoli was remembered by its veterans as one of the worst places to serve.

 ... Gallipoli has become a defining moment in the history of both Australia and New Zealand, revealing characteristics that both countries have used to define their soldiers: endurance, determination, initiative and 'mateship'.

tags: Australia, New Zealand, commemoration, remembrance,

 

23-Apr-2019

National Holiday

GeorgeDragon2019It’s St George’s Day - and this year it comes with a promise that it will be made into a national holiday. Sadly the promise is subject to the Labour Party being in government - and is only a promise; not a guaranteed outcome.

The Labour party also promise to make the other three patron saints’ days holidays - as part of their land of milk and money which would blossom if they were in power ... But then everyone believes that politicians never break their promises - don’t they?

However back in the present the Labour opposition are instead promoting even closers ties to the EU. More tied than the toxic Dead Donkey deal of Mrs May.

So we should sell our freedom to Brussels in exchange for an extra day off ... bargain!

tags: broken promises, leave now, no deal, slay the dragon

 

22-Apr-2019

Time’s Up

At the European Central Bank the current president, Mario Draghi, is already preparing for his departure on 31 October 2019 - and it looks like he will make it out before his policy of issuing of trillions of new euros - mainly as cheap loans to EU corporations - comes to a sticky end.

Man1904While at the British equivalent, the Bank of England, governor Mark Carney is staying on until January 2020; to make sure that Brexit goes to plan. However what is not clear is exactly whose plan that is - even though Philip Hammond has something in mind.

Over in Brussels president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will also see out the end of his term on 31 October 2019 - and Team Juncker [yes that really is the name they use!] have already tabled their final works. So if the Brexit can is kicked any further down the road a new president would be in charge - interesting...

However that other key Brexit figure Donald Franciszek Tusk, president of the European Council, will be around for another month after Juncker; not ending his term until 30 November 2019. And the can will have to be kicked further towards Christmas for both posts to have changed.

So that’s four important figures that we expect to leave soon - yet we are totally in the dark about our national politicians. The local government elections are just next week and even though they do not effect Westminster directly the results will send a message to the parties about public sentiment. More importantly the EU elections follow on just three weeks later and the indications are that the public will vent their feelings on our failure to leave on that much-promised March date. The Conservatives are getting very worried.

It’s hard to imagine but if these EU elections do go ahead in the UK then the UK government will look even more out of touch and gutless. This potential major embarrassment to the government means that all sorts of cunning plans and under the counter exchanges will be tried to avoid them taking place - or, if they do, to restrict the powers of UK MEPs in Brussels. However given the level of incompetence in Westminster it may be Brussels that acts on this instead.

But the big question avoided so far is - when is time up for Mrs May? Stories of her demise have been floated repeatedly without result. Despite all those defeats and numerous resignations our PM blunders on quite unable, it seems, to accept anything other than getting her deal agreed. A deal so toxic for our grandchildren that it must be stopped from ever reaching our statute books. What’s in it for her? We may never know.

And at this point a Labi Siffre song from the 1990’s seems appropriate -

The higher you build your barriers
The taller I become
The further you take my rights away
The faster I will run
You can deny me, you can decide
To turn your face away
No matter 'cause there's

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you're doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone, oh no
There's something inside so strong
Oh, something inside so strong

 

tags: undemocratic, broken promises, dark forces, leave now, no deal, so strong

 

11-Apr-2019

No More!

Composite1Rarely has such a diverse group of Grandads experienced such a degree of contempt and disgust as they all now have for the political classes.

Everyone who voted for change has been comprehensively let-down and so many of those who voted to stay-as-we-were find themselves used and deceived. Few, if any, of those who care for their grandchildren can claim to be happy with today’s dire situation or their future prospects. After all the recent commemorations of our fathers and grandfathers who were lost fighting for our freedoms we now have to endure these shallow, vain, corrupt politicians selling us into political and financial slavery.

In practical terms there is nothing we can now do - legally - other than vote differently at each future opportunity. Every other action, short of civil disobedience, we can now be sure will be totally ignored. No marches, petitions, postings, discussions or complaints via any media channel have made - or will make - any difference.

So our public contributions are suspended .. we’re off to be candidates in the EU elections - huge salaries and expenses, big pensions and blocked from doing anything important ..

tags: undemocratic, fake, deceitful, liars, broken promises, civil disobedience, dark forces

 

5-Apr-2019

Meme of the Day

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tags: ministry of truth, work sets you free, peace for our time, Hitler, Chamberlain, May

 

4-Apr-2019

Shambolic!

What a bunch of useless no-hopers we have to suffer as being in charge of national decisions at Westminster.

Leave12April2019-2_400With the exception of a worryingly small group with guts and common sense, the membership of parliament has been shown to be not good enough to be in politics at any level.

If their latest batch of plans turn into reality then leaving without an EU deal will be banned and Mrs May will be begging Brussels again for yet another delay to the implementation date.

For what? To accept any deal - no matter how destructive? How much more absurd can Westminster become? How can a rogue leader be allowed to continue damaging so much?  And having caused so many problems for the future then aim to jump ship! How can vested interests be allowed to overrule democracy in such a blatantly obvious way?

It takes a lot for the average voter to get motivated by politics but this is too shambolic to go by without serious consequences ...

tags: leave now, national, embarrassment, humiliation, no control, puppet, no trust

 

2-Apr-2019

Trust Fails

On 21-Feb-2019 a Grandad contributor posted a question Can Anyone Be Trusted? And now, with the passage of time, that question is gradually being answered.

Leave12April2019-1sTo quote - According to Prime Minster May - and her cabinet -  if any EU leave deal fails to get enough support in yet another vote rerun then the UK’s exit day will be 29-Mar-2019. Now we know that her deal failed, that leaving without a deal was not in her plans and that leaving on the promised date was to be ignored. Three critical failures in a single sentence of promises made by Mrs May show that there can be little remaining trust in her by the British voters.

The next sentence back in February was .. according to His Ollyness The Mekon, not accepting a deal will put back our leaving date - not just by a few days but by an extended period. This part of the question has still ten days to run before there is certainty however we should see some signs soon if this is indeed the hidden agenda.

Then there needs to be judgement calls made about who this plan came from, how long has it been in place and who knew in advance? But as things stand our Prime Minister’s official statements are running a very poor second to a civil servant’s bar room briefings when it comes to trust and accuracy.

The pessimists can say that this has all been planned by forces determined to stop us leaving. The optimists can say it is simply the result of gross incompetence. Either way the result of the 2016 referendum still needs be implemented. We must leave no later than 12 April 2019 ...

tags: leave now, national, embarrassment, humiliation, no control, puppet, no trust

 

1-Apr-2019

Business As Usual

Westminster and Whitehall kick-off another week of work on that critically important task - deckchair rearrangement. A skill that they have struggled with before - butHoCBusiness2s which now should be much improved by some dedicated training classes.

The multi-million pound contract for these classes has been awarded to Harland & Wolff - despite strong competition from the Delorean Consultancy Group and British Leyland. And a spokesman for H&W said our long involvement in deckchair management is unequaled throughout Europe - and indeed the world. Sadly our linked iceberg avoidance system was overlooked by the Treasury; but we will try again.

During the week teams of primary school children will also be visiting parliament. Their visits will provide a chance for them to vote on some trivial Government issues including leaving the EU, an early general election and selling Scotland to an Indian business conglomerate ...

tags: house of fools, pointless, undemocratic, joke

 

31-Mar-2019

Meme of the Day

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tags: doom, gloom, lies, no deal, Brexit, end, world, useful idiots

 

29-Mar-2019

Celebrating Nothing

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tags: ministry of truth, work sets you free, peace for our time, Hitler, Chamberlain, May

 

27-Mar-2019

How Much Can YOU Afford?

Many months ago the EU picked a random amount, about 39,000 million, as the cost of leaving their club. And that remains the massive sum we need to shell out if the UK leaves via Mrs May’s Dead Donkey Deal - even if it takes years more of political argument to be passed by parliament.

Man1Now it won’t be the politicians that pay this colossal sum. It will be us the tax payers that pay - through increased council tax, VAT, fuel duty, income tax, national insurance, etc.

And in addition to paying directly we will have the indirect costs of reductions to benefits and services - like pensions, education and the NHS. Services already under pressure due to the increasing population.

But why has the amount demanded not been reduced by the payments already made?  And why are the nominal liabilities not being reduced as we approach the end of the budget period the EU claim we are liable for?

Despite this reducing liability our Brussels masters are demanding not just the huge Dead Donkey ransom payments but also additional payments for not leaving on time! A figure of 10,000 million per year has already been floated.

So can you, the tax payer, really afford to pay the enormous leaving fees being demanded? Can the country even afford to keep paying our existing membership fees - when so much of it goes to support other countries and the grandiose EU politburo? Is anyone thinking through what the current political decisions will mean for us and our children?

If Brussels and the Quislings in Westminster have their way YOU will have no alternative but to pay .. and pay ...... and pay

tags: false accounting, national, embarrassment, humiliation, no control, puppet, robot

 

26-Mar-2019

For The Record

Statements by our Prime Minster, Theresa May, as officially recorded in Hansard -

We will be leaving the European Union on 29 March. I believe we shall be leaving on 29 March with a good deal. / I did indeed confirm that our intent and what the Government are working for is to leave the European Union on 29 March / I am happy to repeat what I have said previously - that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March / We have that date in our legislation: it is 29 March 2019 / We have put it into legislation, and this Government are committed to delivering exiting on 29 March / No, we are leaving the European Union, and we are leaving on 29 March 2019 / We will not be revoking article 50 or asking for the extension of article 50, and we will be leaving the EU on 29 March next year / We will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019. After that date, we will no longer be a member of the EU / We are leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. We are negotiating a future relationship with the European Union that will, indeed, deliver on the vote of the British people / I am happy to give that reassurance. We are leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. / My hon. Friend said, I think, “if” we leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. Let me just confirm that we will be leaving on 29 March 2019 / We will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019 / we can and will leave the European Union on 29 March /would-i-lie-to-you1_300 I absolutely agree that we should be delivering on leaving the European Union, and we have been clear that that will be on 29 March / It is indeed correct that four fifths of this House voted to trigger article 50 - for a two-year process that ends on 29 March this year / but I have been clear that it is important that we deliver on the referendum vote and leave the European Union on 29 March / We will be leaving the EU on 29 March. I believe it is important that Parliament delivers on the vote that people took in 2016 / I am happy to confirm that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March next year. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for pointing out the significant number of Members who stood on a manifesto commitment to deliver on the vote that people took in 2016 / I believe it is important for us to deliver on the vote that people took. We have it in our legislation that we will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 / we will be leaving on 29 March next year. / This Parliament put the exit date into legislation, and we will be leaving on 29 March next year / Very simply: I am clear that we will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 / I do get from people an urgent desire to get this sorted—not to get a second referendum and a people’s vote but actually to deliver on the first vote and, to do so, to leave the European Union on 29 March. / My right hon. Friend has regularly asked me that question, and my answer has not changed. First, I believe that it is our duty to deliver leaving the European Union and, as he knows, there is a date in legislation for us to leave—it is 29 March. / No, we are not going to extend article 50. We have a timetable; we are working to it; and we will leave on 29 March 2019 / I want my hon. Friend and his constituents to be very clear that we will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 / We will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019 / I am happy to confirm to my hon. Friend, as I did a little earlier, that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019 and that we will be negotiating a smooth and orderly process, so that people can carry on living their lives .. / We will be leaving the common fisheries policy - and, as I indicated, the CAP - on 29 March 2019. / I thank my hon. Friend, and I can confirm that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019 / We put that amendment down because we believe it is important to confirm, and so that people have the confidence of knowing, the date we will leave the European Union, which is 29 March 2019 / I am clear that we will not extend article 50 and that we will leave the EU on 29 March next year / I told my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) that we will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019, and we will. / we will leave the European Union on 29 March next year / I am happy to give my right hon. Friend and others that reassurance. We are very clear that we will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 at 11 pm / As I said to my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest East, we are going to leave on 29 March 2019 / We will be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. We will now be moving quickly to negotiate the details of the relationship / First, the hon. Gentleman says “should” the UK leave the EU. The UK is leaving the European Union, and that will happen on 29 March next year / we leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 and will no longer send vast sums … / etc, etc, etc, etc

Then yesterday Hansard records - I regret not being able to deliver Brexit on 29 March.

Update 26-Mar-2019 - Mrs May’s regret at the non-delivery of Brexit on the legally agreed date seems somewhat deceitful now that we know it was agreed by her without any reference to her Cabinet or to Westminster MPs. Reports confirm that our Brussels ambassador, Sir Tim Barrow, was instructed by Mrs May to commit the UK to extending the Article 50 period to April 12 without any discussion by or mandate from Parliament. The stitch-up continues ...

tags: enough already, national, embarrassment, humiliation, no control, puppet, robot

 

25-Mar-2019

Waiting For Anything ...

Predictions of Mrs May’s demise have been made more than once before. This New Statesman cover dates from July 2017 for example. But this time the odds say that they have more chance of being right.

2017_28_maybot_webAnd if observers thought that her authority had crumbled back then - what would they say about it now?

In reality Mrs May’s authority has been completely destroyed - from both within and without. Our Friends in Europe taking away some remaining shreds at their meeting last week.

Yet Mrs May has been appeasing the Brussels crocodile at every turn. Will it really eat her in the end?

This week Mrs May apparently promised to somehow bypass the Speaker’s ruling and have another vote on her Dead Donkey Deal. But confusion over its timing - on Tuesday or on Thursday or on Friday evening or not being held at all - shows what a bunch of headless chickens Mrs May, her Cabinet and her political advisors have become.

Instead we are, it seems, going to go through another charade of indicative votes. These will be similar to the last lot of indicative votes but have more choices and cause even more unrest.

These votes being the parliamentary equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs while the ship is sinking. They give politicians a further chance to talk about what might have been and float more unworkable plans for the future - in some mythical land far from reality. Meanwhile the SS Westminster Titanic sinks ever deeper .. with only the Thames mud preventing a significant loss of life.

We all know that we are (were?) supposed to leave the EU on Friday of this week. Despite this the UK parliament requested more time (after 1,000 mainly wasted days) through an extension until 30 June - but our Friends in Europe gave us two weeks - until 12 April - instead.

Yet our guaranteed  leaving date has been fixed at 29 March 2019 by statute for ages. So how can any extension  be possible? How can an EU meeting minute over-rule existing UK law? Some say that 29 March can be simply overruled by a minister’s say-so. Others are equally certain that it would require the equivalent of a treaty change- so needing the approval of both Houses of Parliament plus Royal Assent - and more time

But who is right? And what can we do about it all? Our marches, petitions, social media postings, websites, etc carry no weight within the House. So we must simply wait - to leave, to stay, for Christmas, for Godot, for anything ...

tags: enough already, national, embarrassment, humiliation, no control, puppet, robot

 

22-Mar-2019

And You Thought That Eurovision Was Bad?

Our PM went to beg for more time from our Brussels masters - as expected. But they did not approve her requested June extension - and instead instructed her on their demands. She has just two extra weeks to force through her bad deal. The public meetings were sweetness and light - but in private Mrs May was clearly out of her depth and sticking to the approach that had failed so often before.

WestminsterTub1To quote from today’s Guardian - May’s appeal to the heads of state and government was described by sources as “90 minutes of nothing”. She was unable to offer any answers as to how a no-deal Brexit would be avoided if the deal was rejected again. The withdrawal agreement has, so far, gone down by 230 votes and 149 votes: the first and fourth highest defeats faced by any government in the Commons.

After May left the room, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, commented to his fellow leaders that he had gone into the summit with the belief that there was a 10% chance of the withdrawal agreement being ratified. “After listening to her, I now think 5%,” Macron said. The European council president, Donald Tusk, responded: “That’s a bit optimistic.”

Just how low can our inept administration sink?

tags: crunch time, leave now, enough already, national, embarrassment, humiliation

 

20-Mar-2019

We Want To Break Free

BreakOutEUchains3_300Some simple arithmetic for Conservative Party MPs -
a. May-Robbins Dead Donkey Deal = Out of office for decades
b. No Deal = Conservative Party survives

Some simple arithmetic for Labour Party MPs -
a. May-Robbins Dead Donkey Deal = Labour lumbered with the outcome
b. No Deal = Conservatives blamed for the outcome

So which is it to be - Deal or No Deal?

You know that No Deal got far more support than the alternatives in those recent petitions to the House. Take your lead from your real-world voters.

Update: Mrs May is about to announce something?

tags: crunch time, over the top, leave now, enough already

 

20-Mar-2019

A Thousand Days

As the Brexit days, weeks, months and years drag by they keep reminding Grandads just how low British politicians - and even the civil servants - have sunk.

The 2016 national objective was simple and direct - leave the EU. But deliberate delays, obfuscation, double speak, artificial problems, distortions and straight-out lies have been used to create barriers to it at every step along the way.

Scoreboard10E_300Now we are just nine days away from the much-promised leaving date. A date which was set for the maximum allowable notice period and after nine months of government delay.

Any government that actually wanted to implement what they had promised could have submitted the Article 50 letter just days after the June 2016 vote. And since the EU rules set-out a maximum of two years notice - but no minimum - the UK could have legally left on, say, 31 Dec 2016. However the lack of preparation within Whitehall - through incompetence or design - created another barrier to slow or entirely block progress. How pathetic!

This week in the House of Commons some rarely used procedural rules to put a brake on our Prime Minster’s plan to blackmail - or force - MPs into supporting her Dead Donkey Deal. A deal she remains fixated upon while seemingly unaware that the blocking rules are rarely used precisely because no other Prime Minister would have tried to force such a bad bill through Parliament unchanged. However even without the Speaker’s intervention it was unlikely that the bad deal would be accepted - so perhaps the intervention saved the Government from a third vote defeat (deliberately?)

Now the Government - and the country - is in the position of having a deal that needs to be changed drastically to get approval in the UK - but the other 27 parties involved already have a deal that they are happy with. And clearly don’t want to change it.

So a thousand days on from the people’s vote we expect that our PM’s next move will be to beg for more time from our Brussels masters. More national humiliation! Someone with a better grasp of the situation really has to take control and soon.

But the EU are not helping. In fact today’s EU grows increasingly like East Germany was in the 1960s and 70s. A one party state exercising total control over the population. A state where anyone trying to make a break for freedom risked being shot in the back at the border wall. Bring back memories, Angela?

tags: Not out, scoreboard, remain losers, disenfranchised leavers, vote ignored, anti-democratic

 

15-Mar-2019

No End In Sight

Despite everything that has happened Mrs May is planning yet another attempt to force her Dead Donkey Deal onto the statute books. A deal that has already been rejected twice. It is so bad that May initially withdrew the bill to avoid the humiliation of a massive defeat. The next time it came up it got the biggest ever rejection of a government bill in modern political history.

VictorCar1Will it get through at her next attempt next week? If it does that will be the end of any pretence that Parliament represents either the people or what is fair and just. Members of Parliament who let this happen should take the advice of Groucho Marx - I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members - and resign.

But that’s not all. After this next vote Mrs May will head off to EU HQ - it is claimed - to ask for a delay of either a few weeks or a few years! The cynics will think it is more likely that the purpose is to be told what she has to do next ...

A delay of a few weeks would be to implement the May-Robbins plan - which involves years of transition and sham independence. The delay of a few years would be to start to draw up a different plan - which takes us back to our 2016 position. Both require even more of our taxes to be thrown into the swamp for years and years.

So no Brexit on the promised day and the May-Robbins stuffed Dead Donkey will have a law passed to say that it is still considered alive - indeed that it is immortal ...

I Don’t Beleeeive It!

tags: incompetence, fraud, deceit, lies

 

13-Mar-2019

Please End This Soon!

As the May-Robbins Withdrawal Agreement gets totally smashed for a second time even the most delusional members of parliament must have finally got the message that it is a dead donkey of a deal.

Few Grandads would claim to foresee the future but it did not take Nostradamus to predict -  back in October 2018 - that this agreement would be a very bad deal for Britain. Westminster and Whitehall should Drop the Dead Donkey!

Similarly many Grandads would simply say it was just common sense to aim for the best outcome as outlined in our posting of two and a half years ago (13-Sep-2016) -  Now any Grandads with a strong commercial background would probably conclude that the best strategy would be to go for the simplest terms agreed as quickly as possible. In fact terms that could be as simple as a polite goodbye with no concessions or commitments. This would put the UK in the same situation as non-European countries and non-EU members like Turkey. So trips to the rest of Europe could involve visas (and therefore for EU citizens coming to the UK) - providing the EU is really prepared to commit to the cost of extra policing at its borders that this visa checking would incur.

EUbots1Clearly a quick and clean separation would sweep away all the uncertainties but it would also upset those that want to hang on to EU membership for as long as possible. Notable amongst these would be the SNP. However acting decisively at the first opportunity would shorten the period of unrest; even if it brought to a head the issue of a second referendum on Scotland leaving the UK. Surely a price worth paying when considering the alternative of years of political wrangling.

Instead our leaders we have made us suffer all this avoidable angst without coming up with a solution that is any better than that proposed plan of a polite goodbye. But at least we have a date, in law, to leave - the 29th of this month. Westminster politicians will no doubt vote against it. Yet in reality the earlier actions of Mrs May, and those same politicians, have manufactured a situation where there are no viable alternatives. Even the EU is facing up to the UK leaving this month deal-free.

With 15th March approaching some classics scholars might be wondering if the advice of the soothsayer in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to Beware the Ides of March could equally apply to one or more of our current political leaders. After 993 days of political bluster the pent-up anger must be about to boil over and then anything could happen ...

tags: agreement, prediction, UK, EU, bad deal, leave now

 

10-Mar-2019Scoreboard10D_300

 

6-Mar-2019

Too Many Strings

As the promised date for leaving the EU gets nearer the pace of change in Whitehall and Westminster gets more and more hectic.

PuppetMay1_300Sadly the changes that quickly come and then go again serve only to illustrate just how far the various schemers and plotters have strayed from the objective - leaving the EU as cleanly and simply as possible.

However amongst this unrest we have a Prime Minister who seems determined to force through a terrible deal. And not just to force it through but then to retire to the back benches or out of politics completely. A rather surprising plan considering how much her predecessor, Mr Cameron, was decried for leaving after the 2016 referendum defeat.

So why would anybody be trying so hard to tie the country to a bad deal? A deal with so many strings attached that it needs 625 pages of description - yet does not include even a basic trade agreement. After suffering the biggest ever Commons defeat surely any normal person would have accepted that their deal was totally unacceptable.

So with the prospect of being unemployed at age 62 what is planned to fill our ex-Prime Minster’s free time? The nice fat civil service pension will make life comfortable - but still some way short of a true millionaire lifestyle. But perhaps that pension would be trivial compared to the money to be made from some well-timed financial investments.

So the question becomes who is going to make enough money from a bad Brexit deal to make it worthwhile for a puppet leader to give up their exalted position?

The only hope for our grandchildren is that the forced acceptance of this bad deal fails - either through lucky accident or opposition design - and the metaphorical strings are broken beyond repair.

tags: agreement, surrender, UK, bad deal, leave, no strings, puppet

 

2-Mar-2019

Meme Of The Day

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tags: jokers, fools, agreement, surrender, UK, confidence trick, useless

 

1-Mar-2019

Meme Of The Day

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tags: doom, gloom, lies, end, universe, useful idiots

 

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