Brexit – It seems to be going horribly wrong – Mayday will be Teresa’s call soon enough

www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/15/britain-set-to-lose-eu-crown-jewels

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

Well despite Teresa May’s happy clapping things are not going at all well and it now seems almost certain that the UK will be in a far worse trading, business and economic situation than we are under the present conditions. Nice going Brexiters it really is Brexit at any cost!”

And with Labour meekly in step with this appalling right wing government of ours the prospects for the UK are looking grim indeed.

Time we all started to buy hand carts as we are surely going to economic and trading hell in one.

Thank goodness that Tim Farron is talking sense over Brexit as the two major parties have quite lost their heads.

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

Brexit – Now about controlling our borders!


www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-theresa-may-immigration-borders-closed-open-europe-eu-migrants-fantasy-a7667586.html

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

A well thought our piece in my view and I particularly liked this:-

‘The problem with basing your case on scaremongering, spin and out-and-out nonsense is that eventually it will come back to bite you. Just say the word “Iraq” to Tony Blair.’

My thanks to Roy Connell for spotting this article.

It’s about time that the Liberal Democrats really did propose radical solutions to poverty

‘We are remarkable but so helplessly stupid’ was a remark made to me by Jen Robertson the other day. The context of the remark was in relation to the UK being able and willing to design and build the magnificent new Widnes – Runcorn bridge whilst we are at the same time incapable, or is that unwilling, to tackle poverty effectively.

And it got me thinking because you know that whilst many of us are reasonably well provided for many others, in our supposedly civilised but less so every day country, are not. At the same time our government is turning its back on refugee children, along with anyone from the EU, and they are in effect all but cheerleaders for that nasty brand of racism which tells people who have come to live here and work for our vital public services to go home.

I don’t know about you but I am rather ashamed of where our country is going as its steps towards some kind of fascist state where alternative opinion is shouted down and the rich and powerful increase their grip on our economy.

It’s time we fought back because Labour will not as they have inexplicably backed Teresa May’s hard Brexit government and all the right wing dogma that goes with it. Labour is an embarrassment as our official opposition.

So what do radicals, Liberals and progressives do to turn the tide, because if we don’t turn it no one else will. I start with the preamble to the Lib Dem Party Constitution where it says ‘no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.’ Well hey many of our fellow citizens are enslaved by poverty, ignorance and conformity and every step of this wretched government and their Labour lackeys takes us further down that rather sickening road.

No one benefits from the 3 things above apart from the rich and the powerful yet our society seems to be moving ever nearer to belittling the poor, valuing ignorance and demanding conformity. If we are to ever again consider ourselves civilised in any meaningful way this has to be reversed.

Firstly, we need to seriously consider promoting a citizens income/universal basic income policy as opposed to the pitiful minimum wage that underpins an underclass of the poor and keeps them from rioting in the streets.

Secondly, we need a first class education system that teaches our young people real skills for work and life, not a box ticking bureaucratic, form filling system that brings academic successes for the middle classes and failure for that troublesome under class whilst driving teachers around the bend.

Thirdly, we need a fully functioning health and care system that values those who work for it as much as those who depend on it. Instead, we have a barely functioning health and care system that the well provided for can skip via their ability to buy the kind of care we all deserve but only they can afford.

And whilst doing this we need to be putting the environment we live in at the heart of all we do because it will create meaningful jobs, clean up the places where we live and work and mean that we are passing progress onto future generations, not pollution and illness and death.

And for those who say ‘this is too radical an agenda, no one will support it or vote for it’ I say well go out and fight for it and against the vested interests who promote poverty, fight for our struggling NHS, our crisis ridden elderly care services, fight the poisonous air we breath, the inadequate education that poor children get. Things will never change unless progressives, Liberals and radicals grab the agenda and promote it.

We have been through social revolutions before but we probably need one now otherwise the poor will get poorer and the rich will get richer. And don’t kid yourself that this is a socialist agenda that can easily be dismissed; it’s not, because our so called socialist party of opposition will never take it on as they are part of the problem not the solution. They need enslaved people to support them, their Councils have presided over too many poverty ridden communities without making much if any headway. They are the politics of the past where poverty ignorance and conformity was how things were and like the Tories they have all but accepted that such will be the case forever.

It’s time for radical thinking, not moderation and muddling on. We can address poverty, ignorance and conformity if we really want to. So do we want to?

Her Majesty’s Official Opposition recently stood down, did you notice?

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Wow this is a powerful front cover from the New Statesman but sadly it does reflect how Labour, as the official opposition, has abandoned its post in our democratic processes in favour of its own internal infighting and jumping into Teresa May’s bed over Brexit.

And who will speak for liberal and Liberal Britain? Well you know which party is already doing that – the Lib Dems and Tim Farron. Labour, the Tories and UKIP are fighting it out as to which is best to take us back to the 1960’s or 1950’s with no clear winner presently!

Brexit – May’s living in a fantasy land – ‘More United’ Kingdom indeed!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39399390

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

Well if anyone could trump Keir Starmer’s bizarre Brexit demands (after Labour had walked through the Hard Brexit lobby with our appalling right wing Tory Government) then maybe the Prime Minister was the one to give it her best shot.

And give it a shot she did to an audience of civil servants who have to do what the government of the day tells them to do!

So who is the most out of touch Keir or Teresa? Well it’s pretty much a dead heat in my view as they are both seemingly doing one thing and saying another. Keir’s Labour keep on voting for a Hard Brexit but then say they want to demand certain conditions. Now just run that one past me again, Labour votes for everything the Tory Government wants, then it demands things that they have just voted not to support – well done Jeremy’s Labour, that’s one hell of a ridiculous position to hold. But hang on Teresa wants to beat that ridiculous position by having one just as barmy herself, or possibly even more so! How about pushing for the hardest Brexit possible, that virtually guarantees a disUnited Kingdom, then make a speech saying she wants to lead a ‘more united’ Kingdom.

You could not make this ludicrous nonsense up if you tried but here we have the two major political parties in the UK peddling utter nonsense as though it is normal political behaviour. Well maybe it is if you’re a Tory/Kipper/Labour supporter but its off the wall madness to me.