Brexit – ‘Project Fear’ exponents exposed as fake news scaremongers

The video accessible via the link below is probably the most powerful I have seen in debunking the lies told in the lead up to the UK’s EU Referendum. Go on have a look at it especially if you voted Leave and have begun to wonder if what you had been told by the lead Brexiteers may not have been true:-

www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/viewers-hail-stephen-frys-brexit-myth-busting-video-claiming-boris-johnson-and-jacob-reesmogg-are-a4005671.html

A People’s Vote is the only way out of the chaos.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit – He just does not or will not get it!

The Guardian has the story on its website – see link below:-

www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/26/labour-to-block-peoples-vote-taking-part-in-brexit-tv-debate-jeremy-corbyn

Quote from the Guardian article – ‘Labour will not allow a representative of the People’s Vote campaign to take part in any televised Brexit debate involving Theresa May’ – What a damming indictment of the Labour Leadership’s appalling pro-Brexit stance, which flies in the face of the overwhelming opinion of Labour’s members and supporters.

With thanks to Bob for the lead to this posting

What universe are the Government living in – Child-like challenge to EU!

Back May’s Brexit plan or risk no deal, David Lidington tells EU

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45344203

Frankly I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, this mess is all of the UK’s making. We said we wanted out and now we want ‘out’ to be on our terms. I’m not even sure that the Government or indeed the Official Opposition, who also back Brexit, know what kind of a deal they actually want anyway!

We must look an odd self-destructive lot to our soon to be ex-European partners as they clearly can’t work out what we are up to or even why. Then again you only have to listen to the drivel that comes from the lead Brexit politicians in both the Tory and Labour Parties to realise they don’t have a clue what they are talking about most of the time.

If I were the EU I would treat the UK like a naughty petulant child. Send our Tory and Labour Party Leaders (who seem to be having an attack of the Terrible 2’s) to bed early and ground them until they are capable of behaving anything like the adults we are supposed to have as our political leaders.

The UK has been taken over by political lightweights who think that whatever they think must be fact so they continue to repeat their nonsense whilst the UK economy goes to the dogs. The poor are going to be made poorer, we are all going to be made poorer yet those who promote Brexit just keep ploughing on as though all is going to be well. It’s NOT, there needs to be a peoples vote on the outcome of the negotiations with the EU. We can’t leave it to our MP’s as the vast majority of them will just go along with whatever their ‘other universe’ leaders tell them. The people need to speak before we consider whether we really should go over the cliff edge or not.

Brexit – What does all this waffle mean?

Guess who wrote the piece below, even better guess what they were trying to say!

All that has been changed is that where names of political parties or the names of politicians are mentioned they have been replaced by *****

‘***** accept the referendum result and recognise that Britain is leaving the EU. But unlike the *****, we believe that jobs and the economy must come first in the negotiations. That means rejecting ‘no deal’ as a viable option, negotiating strong transitional arrangements to ensure there is no cliff-edge for the economy and putting much greater emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union.

This amendment would not have kept the UK in the Single Market. It was a meaningless and technical amendment that would not have addressed any of the many serious flaws in the ***** Withdrawal Bill. It also would not have had any material impact on the final Brexit deal.

***** is clear that we want a Brexit deal that keeps the UK as close as possible to the Single Market and that ensures we retain the benefits that UK businesses and workers currently enjoy from our relationship with the Single Market.

Securing that deal is really important, but it is of course part of the Brexit negotiations. A negotiated outcome cannot be achieved via delegated powers to this Bill, which is why this amendment was completely meaningless and why ***** did not support it.

The ***** ***** must now change ***** approach. ***** must drop ‘no deal’ as a viable option and put much stronger emphasis on jobs, the economy and retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union. It is vital that Parliament is involved throughout the negotiations, including through a truly meaningful vote on the final deal.

Only a ***** Government can prevent a reckless ***** Brexit, build a close and collaborative future relationship with the EU and deliver a Brexit deal that protects jobs, the economy, rights and living standards. As we hold this weak and unstable ***** administration to account on Brexit, we stand ready to take over the negotiations and to secure the best deal for Britain.’

To which the response from an old lefty of my acquaintance was:-

Come on show some leadership, save the country, go down in history, Kinnock saved the Labour Party, you can save the Country go one better.

You’ve probably guessed by now that the piece was written to people who were contacting JC asking him and his Parliamentary Labour Party to back an Amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill going through Parliament in the past few days. Nice to know that the Official Opposition is as incoherent as the Government over Brexit, or is it!

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Corbyn ‘If the government can’t negotiate a Brexit deal, they should make way for one that can’

Well here we are with JC in full Brexit cry saying what the Tories can’t negotiate Labour can! It would be funny if it were not so wrong headed.

JC’s Labour have been in Teresa May’s back pocket with regard to Brexit for far too long – they’re like two peas in a pod. Yes, sensible Labour voices like Sadiq Khan keep challenging the Labour Leadership’s barmy stance on Brexit but JC and his shadow cabinet keep on running for the cliff edge with the Tories.

What on earth can JC do to negotiate a good Brexit? There is no good Brexit just differing shades of a bad one. He needs vast taxation revenues to be able to fund his massive spending plans yet Brexit will without doubt lead to huge costs for the Treasury meaning he won’t have the funds to spend without more dangerous borrowing. Indeed, his leadership is already planning for a run on the £ if he gets a majority – planning for a run on the £!!! And how’s that going to provide money for his spending pledges?

Teresa is making a terrible muck of things but JC could not possibly be any better in fact he could well be worse, if such were possible.

Brexit is like fools gold, it looks like what some folk would want it to be but in reality it is worthless.

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?