Brexit and Tony Blair – He’s right!

Well I never thought I would say that about Tony Blair who to many of us is in the same naughty corner as Nick Clegg for lack of credibility. BUT both of them are right about Brexit whatever I may feel about Blair’s Iraq War and Clegg’s Tuition Fees U-turn – and I feel a great deal about those issues.

Brexit is utter madness and it will more than likely destroy our economy, standards of living and many other things. That’s fine to Brexiters but it is not fine by me. They can opt for poverty, low living standards etc. if they want but those of us who don’t want to step off that cliff edge with them need to keep up the fight against Brexit.

In many ways Blair is saying what many Remainers have been saying for a long time now, indeed he seems to hold very similar views to Tim Farron the Lib Dem Leader who has been at the forefront of the campaign to oppose Brexit.

Blair was always too right wing for my taste (although that goes for most Labour politicians) but those of us who want to save the UK from the mad Hard Brexit plan of UKIP/Tory/Labour have to put our distrust of each other to one side. The battle to save the UK from the catastrophic consequences of Brexit is far more important than the chips we may carry around on our shoulders from previous fights.

And no I have not gone over to the dark side and yes Blair is still in my view a person who should be facing the consequences of his ill-considered war in Iraq.

But yes we are into the fight of our lives and if we don’t wake up it will give us a beating that many of those who voted for Brexit never even thought of whilst they were being lied to by an utterly irresponsible press and that cabal of appalling MP’s who led the Leave campaign.

So hey Tony Blair is right, get over it; we should be chucking verbal bricks at at the UKIP/Tory/Labour politicians who have gotten us into this mess not him. We can deal with him when this crisis is over.

Brexit – Thank goodness for those willing to uphold the law

I would like to think that however you voted in the EU Referendum you will agree that our government should follow the law and not try to circumvent it and Parliament.

If we agree on that then the ruling of the Supreme Court that Mrs May has to let Parliament have a say over Brexit should be very welcome indeed.

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She had set her face, for reasons only she knows, against our democratic processes and it has taken the Supreme Court to hold her to account as our major opposition party is all but standing with her!

If we are ‘getting our country back’ as many Brexit enthusiasts say we are then why are some of them so opposed to our elected MP’s having a say?

We are supposed to be living in a representative democracy where Parliament is sovereign yet there is a worrying element of Brexit supporters who are pushing us towards a fascist state where Parliament is little more than a lap dog for the powerful. That’s not getting our country back!

But no worry Mrs May(day) Labour are with you anyway over Brexit as they have given up being the major party of opposition. Yes they will try to come up with the odd thing to make it look like they are keeping you on your toes but in reality they are in your pocket and you know that as well as we do.

Why is it that Tim Farron’s Lib Dems are the only UK-wide political party that is willing to be a voice for the 48% who voted to remain in the EU? With credit on this subject too of course to the SNP in Scotland.

Brexit – Lib Dems attacked by the dithering party

www.theguardian.com/law/2017/jan/20/keir-starmer-lib-dem-tim-farron-fanning-flames-of-division-over-brexit

The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above

This is an interesting intervention on a number of levels but it actually helps to expose the weakness that Labour is presently suffering from.

Firstly, whilst Keir Starmer is attacking Tim Farron Labour is actually leaking party members to the Lib Dems. Secondly, Labour is all over the place with regard to Brexit, having adopted more positions than the Kamasutra since the EU Referendum. Thirdly, Labour is in a difficult bind in that many of their MP’s represent areas that voted to leave the EU, although that may well have been caused by the lack luster campaigning of the party before the referendum. Who can recall any prominent Labour politicians really and passionately backing Remain other than Gordon Brown?

But probably more than anything this attack pulls together what would once have looked like a highly unlikely alliance of UKIP, Tony and Labour as the joint political force backing leaving the EU. Contrast this with the SNP in Scotland and the Lib Dems across the UK backing Remain.

The best that Labour seem to be able to muster is that it will hold the Tory Government to account over the way we leave the EU. So by implication Labour are in effect abandoning the 48% who voted to remain in the EU.

Interesting times indeed.

Brexit – May(hem) is determined to push the UK over the edge

Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron says “Now we know what Theresa May’s Brexit looks like and it’s not pretty.

The Government is pushing for a destructive hard Brexit with the UK leaving the single market. It will be a disaster for jobs, our economy and for public services.

The sad fact is, this speech could have been written by Peter Bone, delivered by Nigel Farage and will no doubt be cheered on by Jeremy Corbyn.

We – the Liberal Democrats are the only party that will oppose this Conservative Brexit Government.”

And here in The Guardian the Lib Dem Leader savages Mrs May(hem)

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/17/leave-remain-theresa-may-single-market-brexit-liberal-democrats

Tim is fast becoming a hate figure for the Tory/UKIP/Labour Alliance because he is standing up to them and their joint determination to push the UK economy over the edge. Come and join the Lib Dems as we fight the battle that Labour can’t be bothered to fight!

With thanks to Roy Connell for his contribution to this posting.

‘Moderate’ Tim takes the gloves off as Jeremy goes UKIP-lite!

I am the first one to say that I think Tim Farron over eggs his ‘moderate’ approach to things and I seriously wish he would drop that word from his speeches. But hey there’s nothing moderate about this response to JC!

Tim Farron responds to Corbyn speech
By Greg Foster on January 10, 2017

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has responded to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech on Brexit.

Tim Farron said: “This confirms what we all suspected, that Jeremy Corbyn never had his heart in fighting to protect Britain’s place in Europe.

“He failed to pull a shift to keep us in the EU before the referendum and now he is helping Theresa May, Liam Fox and Boris Johnson yank us out of the single market.

“He called for Article 50 to be invoked the day after the referendum and is now egging ministers on towards a Hard Brexit.

“He is giving a speech signing up to the Vote Leave £350 million myth, he might as well go the whole hog and borrow their bus. I imagine it still has the lie slapped on the side of it.

“On immigration, we are still no clearer about Labour’s position than when Jeremy Corbyn’s deputy admitted Labour is hopelessly split. Jeremy Corbyn has ceased to be Leader of the Opposition to become cheerleader in chief for the Conservative Brexit government.”

And in case Tim’s comments are thought to be a little over the top the Guardian ran an article only 6 weeks ago on 26 Nov 2016 which said – ‘Labour will not win a general election if it lurches to the right to become “Ukip-lite”, Diane Abbott has said.’

Corbyn embraces Brexit? What on earth is going on?

I’m no socialist and no Labour supporter but I have often felt that the media has had it in for Corbyn. Yes, of course he is no great leader of men and women but he does have principles even if I don’t subscribe to them personally. For what it is worth my view is that he has done the right thing in taking the Labour Party back to its socialist roots.

However, with regard to the EU Referendum Labour, under his leadership, has adopted more opposing positions than you can shake a stick at!

It was obvious from day one of the EU campaign that Labour were not sure which side of the fence they were on. In the end, by what seemed like a slim internal leadership majority, they backed Remain but the lack of enthusiasm was there for all to see. Don’t get me wrong I am the first to acknowledge that some high profile Labour politicians really did back Remain with everything (Gordon Brown comes to mind) they had but the leadership’s heart was simply not in the fight.

Since the result of the referendum Labour has clearly been in a muddle with conflicting noises both pro and anti the EU leaking out of their bunker. Now with little more than a whimper Jeremy Corbyn announces that Labour is backing Brexit so firmly joining the UKIP/Tory camp! You really could not make this up but happening it is.

I realise that many of what Labour would call its ‘working class’ supporters have been voting UKIP in recent times and that by implication therefore many of them voted to leave the EU but Labour is supposed to be a progressive party of the left not a regressive party of the right. So at the very time Labour goes back to its socialist roots it also manages to embrace the greatest right wing conspiracy campaign we have seen in living memory!

This also means that on the biggest issue of our times the opposition in Parliament is being led by the Lib Dems and SNP because the major opposition party has in effect crossed the floor. Yes I am sure they will make a big noise over the dots and commas of the Brexit debate but on the fundamental issue of principle Labour, under Jeremy Corbyn, have in my view become little more than collaborators with the Tories and UKIP.

And to think that only a couple of years ago Labour were, and with some justification, saying that the Lib Dems were propping up a Tory Government. How things change in such a short time.

But you know what I really can’t get my head around is that the EU has been a really positive body with regard to workers rights, social inclusion/social justice, environmental policy etc. All these things you would expect the Labour Leadership to shout from the roof tops but instead they back Brexit. As I say you could not make this up. But hey I’m a Liberal, many Labour Party folk seem too right wing to me.