BREXIT – Here’s the thoughts of an an expert – Vernon Bogdanor

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/03/second-brexit-referendum-case-getting-stronger-political-deadlock-life-raft

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

If anyone understands the muddle (that’s putting it politely) that the UK is in following the EU Referendum then Vernon Bogdanor does.

Yes I know we are not supposed to take any notice of experts these days as we make up things to match our prejudices as we go along, but just for a minute please let’s consider that we are in a very deep hole and that the further digging of it by May and Corbyn just might not be in our interests.

Seriously, this article, which is a cut down version of Vernon Bogdanor’s major speech on this issue, is well worth reading if we really do care about what is happening to us.

Vernon Bogdanor is professor of government at King’s College London. The Guardian article is based on his Gresham lecture delivered in June.

My thanks to Bob for the lead to this posting

NHS v DUP – it’s a no brainer to anyone outside Teresa May’s circle

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/sarah-wollaston-democratic-unionist-party-dup-tories-deal-prime-minister-austerity-a7842476.html

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

It seems there is a wing of the Tory Party, if only a small one, that still has some grip on reality. Makes you wonder though how MP’s like Sarah Woolaston can remain within a party that seems to lurch further towards fascism each day.

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

Left & Right Unite to put skids under May’s Government

www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/13/tories-obr-debt-recession-brexit-uk

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/12/theresa-mays-government-could-come-apart-like-chocolate-orange/

The links above take you to the the left leaning Guardian and the right wing Telegraph newspaper web sites.

Whilst the stories in themselves are not linked they both illustrate the precarious nature of Teresa May’s weak and wobbly government and the threat that we all face from a hard Brexit (supported by opposition Labour as well of course) and that huge deficit that the UK is carrying around on its back.

Add into that the inevitability of another recession within the next 5 years and frankly it could depress the most optimistic of us.

Going for Brexit in financially good times would be a huge challenge but going down that route in the mess that the UK’s finances are presently in is surely complete madness.

My thanks to Roy Connell & Keith Page for the leads to this posting

The Investigatory Powers (IP) Act; commonly known as the Snoopers’ Charter – Is May about to come unstuck?

www.thecanary.co/2017/07/03/theresa-may-received-very-very-bad-news-small-miracle-to-survive/

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

If you really believe in freedom then you will, by instinct, be opposed to Theresa May’s Investigatory Powers Act, which in my view has no place in a civilised society. She deserves to come unstuck over this and come to think of it many other things too.

May’s creationist, climate change denying, anti-abortion wing!

Well who would have thought it, the Conservatives being kept in office by a political party who seem to have some significant sectarian issues together with other human rights prejudices that are a real worry.

Firstly, I was somewhat amused by this Northern Ireland Poster, which may well come back to haunt the DUP. Yes it’s from a previous election but you get my drift:-

But of course the DUP are allegedly the reason why the NI Assembly fell apart and is still dysfunctional. The issue? Bizarrely it was not not a sectarian or human rights issue, as you might expect, but a green energy one.

This short perspective on the DUP by New Scientist is an eye opener:-

www.newscientist.com/article/2134162-five-things-you-need-to-know-about-dup-politicians-and-science/

Looks like the DUP are about as far away from progressive politicians as you can find, indeed some of their views will be an embarrassment to even the Tories as they come more and more under the spotlight.

General Election – Final thoughts

Teresa May is an appalling politician in my view. She comes across as harsh and uncaring. Her attack on pensioners is breathtaking via her Dementia Tax. And on the very Brexit issue she claimed to have called the election on she has clarified nothing whilst looking just like the very last person you would want to be negotiating with the EU for us.

Jeremy Corbyn is an old fashioned socialist from the 1970’s with a hankering for nationalisation. However, on the issue of poverty he is far from being robust. My view is that despite what looks like a left wing Labour Party they have all but abandoned the poor and those with nothing. Top that with backing Brexit and Labour are not really a progressive party at all.

Tim Farron is someone that I voted for in the party leadership election some time back. I do have my differences with him on issues such as Right to Die where I believe he has been fundamentally wrong. But on the wider picture he comes across as a true Liberal who is passionate about fighting for those with nothing. He’s condemned the Tories Dementia tax, he’s strong on environmental policy, he is a big backer of the NHS and of our personal freedoms which Teresa in particular wants to curtail.

Well you knew it anyway if you are a regular reader of this blog site – I’ll be voting for Tim’s party the Lib Dems.