Beware – Brexit Politics: delete post if not interested.

All opinions expressed below are my own, and if any offence is taken, I’m sorry, but that is your issue.  Offence is never given, only taken.

I must congratulate the Attorney General, the Shadow Solicitor General, and any other parliamentary speaker in this afternoon’s London House of Commons debate on the expected leaving of the United Kingdom from the European Union for having created, ready for presentation, their speeches and propositions between midnight and 12:30 today, and still being capable of making public speeches.

One wonders how many of our elected representatives in the House of Commons today will have spent as much time studying the political and legal material that was released after midnight today before making their own statements this afternoon and eventually voting this evening, or whether many of them simply got a good night’s sleep before returning to spout their previously entrenched opinions?

I keep hearimg our MPs stating that nobody voted for a “no deal” exit from the EU.  Well, I’m sorry to disappoint them but I believe that Nigel Farage of UKIP and I were both of the opinion that that was exactly what we were voting for.  I know that was my expectation at the time.

Almost three years on and nobody can yet agree on what we actually voted for in 2016 – and some of our representatives want us to vote again with now too much, rather than too little, dis-information.

Much of the problem seems to revolve around the “Northern Ireland Border” (in fact the UK  border across Ireland.).  As I understand it, the current “no (hard) border” agreement was the idea of Anthony Blair, MP; a politician for whom I personally have never held any respect.  Does that make it sacrosanct?  If The Irish Republic is a member of the EU and the UK is not, surely The RoI  should be treated as any other EU member and EU borders should be respected?

l have even less respect for David Cameron, the Prime Minister who introduced the EU exit referendum and then walked away into oblivion when he was delivered the wrong result.

The UK must be either in or out of the union.  Mucking about with one treaty to honour a previous treaty is nonsense.  Treaties are made, treaties are broken, treaties are renegotiated.  They always have been, they always will be.

The Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, has just reinforced the above paragraph.  We can make a new treaty with the Republic of Ireland if necessary.

And the last thing I want is another referendum.  In that way madness lies.  Should we have “best of three”, “best of five”?

In conclusion, although she would never get my vote, I feel very sorry for Prime Minister Theresa May,  who is desperately trying to juggle the balls left in the air by two untrustworthy predecessors.

I will be happy to read any comments to this post, but I have said my piece and will not respond.

2018 Politics

The USA has in the past year revelled in isolationist policies, probably to the detriment of the rest of the world.  Hello USA.  There is a “rest of the world”, and it isn’t ALL anti-USA, but the proportion may be growing.

On the other hand the UK has agonised about its actual policies, trying to decide whether to be isolationist, semi-isolationist, semi-integrated, totally integrated or something in between.  

At home I listen to the news and analysis thereof.  I have decided that actually watching TV news is about 20% informative and 80% time wasted.

I wonder if the USA has an adequate system of regulation against the accidental election of an idiot to control so many national governmental institutions.  The USA of course has a defined constitution, amended over time to be highly detailed, but possibly still inadequate.   Any writer of rules must know that one cannot pre-regulate every possible situation.

I also wonder of the UK system of government is too tightly bound, in that nothing can actually be changed until sufficient elected members consider that there will otherwise be a catastrophe, and then it is referred to another, un-elected, group, many of whom are more experienced and less reliant on public opinion, to rationalise the decisions of those who are.  The UK famously has no written constitution, but law is based on expanding precedent.  Parliament has its own rules, sometimes outside general law.

Meanwhile, the Chinese appear to be the bogeymen for the USA, whereas Russia is the UK’s current nasty, with the EU as the focus of current attention.

Happy 2019 everyone.  I expect more of the same.

Brexit !!!

It appears that with six months to go, our British government has finally realised that we may have to leave the EU with no exit deal.

Should they not have been making preparations for this potential situation when article 50 was triggered around 18 months ago?  

When I voted to leave the European Union, I assumed that the UK would actually leave the European Union, as in: Goodbye, We are leaving, We are going back to the old EEC rules or even earlier.

The more I hear, the more I feel that we have been betrayed, and that the politicians are playing games to keep Britain sort of, partly, almost, in the EU, but with all the financial penalties and none of the benefits

And, as more than one Irishman has pointed out, the big problem is not the “Irish Border”, but the “British Border Across Ireland”.

Our planet, and how we could lose it.

Global scientists have once again released a report stating that we are destroying the planet.
In fact we are merely rendering it uninhabitable for our species. The planet will simply shrug us off as a temporary parasite.

But, one wonders, what is the point?
On a personal level, nobody to my knowledge has yet come up with an affordable electric car that can reasonably tow a caravan or a horse trailer over any reasonable distance.
Even if they did, what is the comparative climate effect and cost of generating and delivering the electricity, and providing the charging points nationwide?

On a global level, until the USA acknowledges the problem and Russia, China and India, along with a host of smaller  countries, achieve their ambition of catching up with “the West’s” power consumption levels, we are unlikely to make any local effect.

Maybe, having screwed the planet beyond our current abilities, we must either evolve to cope or die out as a species. We won’t be the first to be replaced, even on this planet.

I realise that we are merely the tenants of our environment, and custodians for future generations.  So the best we can hope to do is to limit the impact of the previous 2000 or so generations who had no idea what they were doing.