The ‘state’ we’re in with Brexit

Currently we have arguments raging regarding an Irish Border, transition extensions, Customs Unions with, on the 5 o’clock news this evening (BBC), Emily Thornberry  wanting Labour in one whilst negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement are negotiated.

Where Brexit is concerned our politicians are useless, knowing nowt of the subject matter except how to ‘play party politics’, to the detriment of those they are supposed to serve. An application to rejoin EFTA, together with membership of the EEA, awaits; yet no-one of/within the ‘ruling elites’ of our political parties will ‘bite the bullet’. read more.....

A nation of madness

Who, in their right mind, sits back and without any apparent opposition allows themselves to be led to ‘oblivion’, via Brexit,by a group of politicians who know nowt about the subject matter?

It will be recalled the ballot paper for the 2016 EU Referendum was:

This question was one in which David Cameron, who was Prime Minister at the time and who wished to ‘Remain’, no doubt had the final decision on the phrasing.

The question was ambiguous as, at the time of the referendum, there were two different ‘classes’ of EU membership – full membership and what might be called ‘partial’ membership’ namely EFTA;  the latter not being subject to the ‘political construct’ of EU membership. read more.....

The problem we have with Brexit

For some time now I have been disillusioned with not just politicians, think tanks and the ‘commentariat’, but also our inept media. All of them are so comfortable within the accepted ‘Bubble’ they inhabit, that the most important aspect for them has become their egos.

Since I began blogging in 2011, on Christmas Eve, it has taken almost 7 years to accept that I am wasting my time. I have become frustrated with the realization that I am but talking to a ‘selected few’ who think as I do. Having said that I ‘take my hat off’ to those fellow bloggers who have continued ‘the fight’ by repeating that which they have previously said, day after day, but in a different format. read more.....

Hark the Herald Angel(s) sing

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

From the Latin: in regione caecorum rex est luscus, credited to Desiderius ErasmusAdagia (1500). A similar (yet much earlier, dating to the 4th or 5th century CE) turn of phrase, and Erasmus‘ possible inspiration, appears in the Genesis Rabbah as “בשוק סמייא צווחין לעווירא סגי נהור”, meaning “In the street of the blind, the one-eyed man is called the Guiding Light”. In modern-day parlance this means that even someone with limited talent or ability is considered special by those having no talent or ability. read more.....

Article 50 Revocation?

A few days ago I spotted this article that had been tweeted and the day after read this article on the website: The Participator. Both articles relate to the fact that legal action has been taken with a view to clarifying whether it would be legal for the United Kingdom to revoke its notification to leave the European Union given under Article 50 of the TEU.

The first link, which appeared in The Guardian was followed by another in the Scottish Legal News on the same day. The second link in the preceding paragraph contains a most intriguing scenario as to what will happen when the European Court of Justice delivers its opinion, one which is due in December this year. read more.....

Why do we bother?

It is ‘party conference season’ yet again; the ‘season of the year’ when political parties promise Utopia for the electorate, were they to be elected to power

We have had the LibDems and Labour, with the Conservatives still to come and without doubt the idea of the ‘sunlit lands’ will be presented to us yet again, albeit in slightly different words.

Political parties are, presently, in the throes of promoting ‘rights’ to this or that group. But a question: If politicians and pressure groups believe in equal rights, then what do ‘women’s rights,’ ‘gay rights,’ etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights. read more.....

‘Grace’

The more I look at politicians of any party, the more I fear for my nation whilst we continue to accept representative democracy.

We have a Labour Party that cannot make up its mind what they want where Brexit is concerned, coupled with a Conservative Party  having the same problem.

As I tweeted earlier today, the Conservative Party state the Labour Party are unfit to govern whilst the Labour Party state the Conservative Party are unfit to govern- and both are correct.

At this point I digress. I have long held the view that the only reason Members of Parliament  are required to stand when they wish to speak is because they speak through their rear orifice, because if they didn’t their voices would be muffled and they would end up sitting in their own crap. read more.....

Is this not treason?

According to Wikipedia treason is defined as:

…….the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one’s nation or sovereign…….. typically as a slur against political dissidents, or against officials in power who are perceived as failing to act in the best interest of their constituents.

Theresa May has stated that (starts 5:30) the Norway Option would mean:

  • Membership of the Single Market would mean we would still have free movement of people;
  • Still pay vast membership bills.
  • It would also involve membership of the Customs Union.

Let us deal with each assertion in sequence:

  • The EEA agreement (Art 112/113) allows any member of EFTA to imposes a halt, for societal reasons, on immigration; see also here.
  • Norway does not pay ‘vast membership bills’. Norway makes ‘grants‘. For the 2014-2021 period, the funding is €1.3 billion. In 2016, the UK’s gross contribution to the EU amounted to £19 billion. However, this amount of money was never actually transferred to the EU. The ONS reports that the UK government’s net contribution to the EU – that is the difference between the money it paid to the EU and the money it received – was £9.4 billion in 2016. So viz-a-viz Norway/UK, Norway pays vast membership bills???
  • Norway is NOT a member of the Customs Union! Perhaps Theresa May would like to quote ‘chapter and verse’ which shows the opposite?

I have hinted previously that our present government, some of whom voted Remain in the 2016 referendum, have hidden agendas; and thus will do anything to ensure Brexit does not succeed. That Theresa May ‘brooks no discussion’ on Brexit only adds emphasis to the quote from Thomas Sowell that ends this article. read more.....

A gardening/plant question

Can anyone enlighten me as to what this plant is?

Originally it was growing through a hedge and only ever produced a few leaves. I cleared the central part of the hedge to create another bed for plants.

Since then, in a matter of a few weeks it has begun to produce these berries.

One odd aspect is that birds have ceased attempting to ‘decorate’ the back fence and now concentrate on the side fence.

Any suggestions/comments will be more than welcome.

‘Knowing’ what to do……

Can anyone explain why, when someone dies, most of what he (or she – Ed) has saved up over a lifetime should be turned over to politicians, rather than to his (or her – Ed) heirs?
Thomas Sowell

Many stories have emerged in the media detailing how people who have  behaved financially, ie been prudent, have ‘lost’ their ‘assets’ (be that savings or ‘property value’, when they have needed ‘care’ in their final years (ie care homes).

I hold  Power of Attorney for a lady, currently 103 years of age, whose savings were just over the border line whereby she could receive ‘free care’. This lady,  who lost her ‘one and only love’ during World War II and never married,  worked all her life for one employer and by means of ‘due diligence’ accumulated what, to some, would be considered a small fortune. read more.....