Brexit – That very sticky Irish border problem

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/11/hard-brexiteers-brexit-northern-ireland-border

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

I just know the mention of Polly Toynbee will set my old chum Phil off. Yes I know Phil, she can often be all heart and little head so to speak.

Seriously, this article has a very clear point. To me Brexit pushes a united Ireland closer and that can only be a good thing – a good thing from Brexit? Well maybe, just maybe if civil war does not break out in that island first of course. Funny how the muddled thinking of the rich and powerful Brexit conspirators, aided and abetted by Labour’s JC Leadership of course, may well lead to the law of unintended consequences kicking in.

Having said that hard Brexiters want a result at any cost – bugger the economy, let jobs be lost, put the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement at great risk, break up the United Kingdom – they are all on their couldn’t care less agenda as they squeeze TM and JC in their vice like grip.

Brexit is the greatest act of self-harm the UK has brought on itself in living memory.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

OXFAM – An opportunity the right can’t resist

That Oxfam staff have been involved in activities they should not have been seems to be a given but let’s not be taken in by the right wing propagandists who have latched onto these misdemeanors to attack a charity and indeed a charitable sector that often says and does things the right and the rich and powerful do not like.

There are politicians in UKIP, the Tories and indeed even in the Labour Party who want to reduce or even stop the UK’s foreign aid provision – they will undoubtedly also be Brexiters in the main who can’t see beyond their isolationist boundaries.

The Government should be supporting Oxfam to get its house back in order, instead it has let loose the hard Brexiters as attack dogs bolstered by more than a little savaging from the press.

As I have said time and time again, we live in very dangerous times where the official opposition is on the same page as our Bluekip/DUP Government over Brexit. This means that all kinds of hard won rights and government policies we should be proud of, such as helping countries that are in desperate need of help, are at huge risk as our very way of life is being unpicked before our eyes.

Yes some foreign aid is not well spent and yes some of it is siphoned off by despots but that’s not a reason to pull up the draw bridge and man the barricades of the White Cliff’s of Dover! It’s a reason to redouble our efforts to target foreign aid better. Anyone who supports reducing or stopping out foreign aid is simply asking for more refugee problems, more global conflict and more starvation pictures on our TV screens.

So when you hear politicians attack Oxfam just think for a moment why they are doing it because it is likely to be right wing populism, with sprinkling of Little Englander and a possibly a dose of fascism too.

Reverse this phrase – ‘Labour gathering Momentum’

www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/25/momentum-loyalty-test-would-be-mps-labour-corbyn

The Guardian has this interesting piece on its web site.

That Labour is ‘suffering’ another period of entryism akin to that it had ‘trouble’ with in the 1980’s (Militant) is a given. But entryism and the radical changing of direction of political parties is nothing new although Labour in particular does seem have periods where what it believed in yesterday is no longer what it believes in today more often than other parties. It’s social democrat and hard left wings seem to be in continual battles to be top dog you might say.

But if you look at the Tories now they are nothing like the political party of Heath or even Major. Often now referred to as ‘Bluekip’ and at times leaning worryingly towards fascism is it not reasonable to look upon all those UKIP supporters and activists joining and voting Tory as entyists too?

And then there was the Clegg period running the Lib Dems. Apart from that period being an utter disaster for the Party there were what seemed to be very genuine fears amongst the party membership and indeed the electorate that what had been a genuine party of the center left under say Kennedy, Grimmond etc. had been hauled over to the right, certainly in economic policy areas. Not quite entryism but a significant and truly unwise experiment which may well take years to ‘wear off’ with left leaning liberal voters.

Momentum gathering Labour

So policy lurches in political parties are nothing new as there are other examples across all the main political parties if you delve into their pasts. However, is what is happening within Labour of far greater significance? I ask as the process within the party under Momentum does seem to be much more far reaching. Not so much Labour gathering Momentum but Momentum gathering Labour.

But is there anything fundamentally wrong with Momentum, if they are the dominant creed within Labour these days (and we assume they are), demanding loyalty to their policy agenda before Labour candidates are selected/reselected to fight elections for the party? There seems to be a logic to that argument to me, although it does significantly change what Labour have often referred to as their ‘broad church’ where once they tolerated and even celebrated a membership with vastly differing views.

Brexit – Labour’s been backing it but wants to stop the consequences of it – Yes I know that’s just nuts

That our Bluekip Government, propped up by the right wing DUP, have been driving us ever nearer to the Brexit cliff edge is bad enough but with Labour embarrassingly hanging on to May’s Brexit shambles of a coattail is just too much.

Yes I know Labour’s right wing working class supporters mainly voted for Brexit but the sad fact is that they, being amongst the poorest in our society, will in all probability come of worst when May (together with Corbyn?) really do jump off that Brexit cliff.

Have Labour forgotten that the Official Opposition is there to oppose – it’s what our democratic processes have been all about for donkey’s years!

But what started my latest Brexit rant? Well I don’t read newspapers much these days but I happened to come across a copy of the Sunday Mirror the other day – it was from 12th November. And here’s the headline my eyes lighted upon:-

The point being that Labour’s Keir Starmer is trying to amend Tory legislation so that workers rights are protected when Brexit hits us because those rights are under great threat from Brexiters who are using the EU Referendum result to attack them.

It’s not that Starmer is wrong to try to amend the legislation but what is wrong is that Labour continues to back Brexit which in turn presents our Bluekip/DUP Government with the opportunity to bash workers rights!

You really could not make this up, it’s as though Labour support the Brexit principle, despite the damage it’s going to do to us all (the poor in particular), but they plod on backing it whist trying to change the consequences of it. Have they not thought it’s time to stop backing the process that’s causing all the trouble in the first place?

Brexit – Why hide the results of investigations into the consequences of it?

www.libdems.org.uk/secret_brexit_studies_must_be_released?utm_source=Dr+Mark+Pack%27s+Digest+Emails&utm_campaign=173f96d91f-MAILCHIMP&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2483c81174-173f96d91f-312600781&goal=0_2483c81174-173f96d91f-312600781#

This Brexit lark gets odder by the day; why on earth can’t we all see what these investigations into the consequences of Brexit say? Probably because they say things that the establishment (read Tory/Bluekip and Labour/Redkip Party leaderships) do not want us to see!

We all know that in a democracy if you are denied sight of something it is in your interests to see it.