Brexit – Let’s face it the wheels keep coming off this ridiculous car

www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/brexit-chaos-as-top-official-oliver-robbins-quits-after-one-year-in-the-job-a3637166.html

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

Leaving the EU has always been about the internal troubles of the Tory Party and what’s going on today is all part of that same internal Tory power struggle.

This latest twist must surely sober up the more sensible Brexiters as they head lemming-like nearer towards the cliff edge, yet will it? May talks of having a great relationship with the EU when we leave but that’s like getting divorced and then continuing as before without being married – what’s the point?

The UK is lurching around making a bloody fool of itself with no idea what to do next in this mad Brexit farce. The lack of a credible official opposition with a clear head on this most vital of issues just makes it all the more dangerous for the UK.

There’s nothing to be optimistic about no matter how you voted it that fateful referendum.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Boris – A sensible call for May to sack him

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/29/theresa-may-sack-boris-johnson-britain

The Guardian has this opinion piece on its web site – see link above

This is an interesting piece from Owen Jones who in my view has difficulty in being consistent. What’s more he’s a Corbyn backer and of course Corbyn’s Labour Party wants pretty much the same as the Tories over Brexit, except that Labour has just announced that it wants to wait an extra year or so before the UK gets flushed down the pan economically. So any socialist backing Corbyn is on shaky ground indeed when it comes to Brexit

But, having got that off my chest this particular piece from Owen Jones does hang together reasonably well so I won’t be so party politically tribal to ignore it.

Boris, I my view, is indeed an embarrassment.

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Boris – Were Peter Dowd and Mrs May(day) ‘swearing’ about him?

www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/theresa-makes-sweary-ffs-joke-9455850

The Daily Mirror has the story that includes a reference to my old Sefton Council sparing partner now Bootle Labour MP Peter Dowd – see link above

In the words of my dear old Mum ‘he could make a Parson swear’ – Boris I mean.

My thanks to Roy Connell for spotting this story.

The Lib Dems are the voice of those who see a positive future in Europe

While the national emergency grows Labour and the Tory Party are pre-occupied with who is going to bag what job.

The look of wide-eyed, guilty panic in the eyes of Boris Johnston and Michael Gove on Friday morning hinted at what was later confirmed: the Brexiteers who had schemed for this moment all their political lives had absolutely no plan for life after Thursday.

But those of us who argued passionately that Britain should remain in Europe should also concede that there is little consensus among progressives now Britain has voted “out” – either how we will improve the lives of those who felt so left behind that they voted to Leave, or to build a winning coalition to rescue disadvantaged people from the clutches of right-wing escapism.

The Conservative Party has just crashed the economy, left Britain more alone than at any point I can ever remember, and betrayed the hopes of a generation – and while the national emergency grows, our governing party is pre-occupied with who is going to bag what job. Yet progressives must recognise that the reason we could face an early general election is because the Tories still think they can win one, despite putting a bomb under their much-vaunted reputation for economic competence.

And the basis for that frankly sickening Tory confidence is clear. Jeremy Corbyn is a decent man, but he never even enjoyed the confidence of Labour MPs to lose.

I fought a positive campaign, working with others, setting out an optimistic, open vision of Britain. But sometimes Labour seemed keener to give a bloody nose to David Cameron [or Jeremy Corbyn – Ed] than to keep us in Europe, even though membership of the European Union is way more important.

For a Liberal Democrat, this is visceral. I am an internationalist, who believes we must work across borders to face the great challenges such as the world’s largest ever movement of people, climate change, the rising power of multi-nationals and terrorism, along with the arrival in the international labour market of a billion Chinese workers which has depressed wages across the western world. A progressive political settlement needs international co-operation, and it has been the EU that has guaranteed worker rights, consumer protection and environmental safeguards.

But if you are a progressive, pro-European who recognises that you need a successful economy to deliver social justice, I just don’t see a future for you in Labour. Even if Labour MPs achieve their “Jexit”, might not Labour members simply elect someone equally extreme – leaving the path clear for a Tory Party to beat up on the poor?

And this makes me furious. The IPPR has shown that the poorest will be hit twice as hard as the richest by new inflation caused by sterling’s slide. The pound is at its lowest in 30 years. There is now a £900bn hole in the pension funds.

Low-paid workers are worried sick today about their jobs, with Tata Steel now at risk. Some leftists might enjoy seeing trading in banks being temporarily suspended, but the reduction in the value of the state’s share in RBS has already cost taxpayers £7.3bn. And as with the last recession, it will be the poorest who pay.

But there is a rallying point for progressives who refuse to settle for a future of glowering across the White Cliffs of Dover. That rallying point is the Liberal Democrats. Since I announced that we would go into the next election as the only party calling for Britain to remain in the EU, thousands have joined our party, at the rate of one a minute.

By yesterday, almost 7,000 had joined, and the number’s rising.

We must be the voice of those who see a positive future in Europe. Young people – 73 per cent of whom voted to Remain – are determined to keep opportunities to travel, work and study abroad. More than that, these new members want to demonstrate that Britain remains an internationalist, open and optimistic country.

But as a progressive I am just as concerned about the 52 per cent who voted to leave. Many, understandably, feel marginalised, with stagnating wages, insufficient training to gain better jobs, a housing shortage and struggling NHS. Ironically, the vote was less a rejection of Europe as a rejection of a Westminster that seems disinterested in the problems of people it purports to represent.

It is the disadvantaged whose modest living standards face a further assault thanks to “Brex-trick”.

My number one priority has always been to transform education and training, better housing and healthcare to give real life chances. The British are naturally welcoming, and many concerns that have been attributed to immigration are actually about the disgraceful lack of opportunity to move into better jobs, to get a house, or a school space for your child. These are challenges that I am determined to fight for.

Liberalism is about championing the individual against the powerful. That means standing firm for our Human Rights Act, against internet surveillance and illiberal extremism orders. But it’s also about protecting individuals from those giant evils that rob people of their freedom: poverty, poor housing and inequality. This is my pitch – to centrist and centre-left voters.

I believe in four core principles. Freedom – the right of people to live as they see fit; the second is democracy – a state that supports freedom has to be democratic, with power dispersed, which is why we fought to democratise Europe.

Tim Farron – Lib Dem Leader wrote this piece for the Independent on-line newspaper

Come on Brexiters – What’s your plan?

Well Brexiters you didn’t have a plan before you won and there’s little sign of one being put on the table for us all to scrutinise now you have won.

You may, in your view, have ‘got your country back’ but what on earth does that mean other than it being an emotional political slogan?

Your leaders (Johnson, Gove and Farage etc.) told big fibs during the referendum campaign, not least the one about extra funding for the NHS which they dropped like a stone as soon as the polls closed. Take a look at this on the BBC web site via the link below:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36641390

Or this so telling photo

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Bo Jo also says the UK will continue to ‘intensify co-operation with the EU’ following the country’s vote to leave. What on earth does that mean? Certainly it is not what his Brexit troops will have wanted to hear!

But what was said by the Brexit leaders before the vote that really was meant?

Below is my posting from before the referendum (17th May) and can any Brexiter hand on heart say they are in any way able to answer the concerns I raised back then?

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/05/17/brexit-where-are-the-credible-facts-about-leaving-the-eu/

And when I continue to raise such concerns Brexiters say ‘get over it’, ‘what’s done is done’, ‘the people have spoken’ etc. as though they think that it is all over with now and it’s for someone else to sort out where to next. All ‘the people’ have said is what they don’t want; this is very far from being over – it could go on for 10 years!

So am I really being unreasonable to challenge those who voted to leave the EU to tell us all where on earth we are now going? Come on surely very Brexiter must have thought about it – you did didn’t you?

You have created a new political movement with a collection of rather right wing politicians at its head so what were you thinking the future would be when you created it? For goodness sake just spit it out, I might not like it and I may well campaign against your Brexit vision but to get anywhere we need to know where ‘there’ actually is.