Coronavirus will bring with it an economic depression that will be felt worldwide. It is certainly not a good time for Britain to be on our own in the world. We all face an uncertain future. Now is certainly not the right time to be antagonistic towards our current, existing trading partners, the EU. Coronavirus has certainly cast a shadow of doubt over the feasibility of Brexit. Without alternative trading arrangements in place Britain faces a very uncertain and unstable economic future. Despite all of this the Tories continue to aggravate the EU with a non negotiable stance which is likely to lead to a hostile set of difficult negotiations upon which the economic future depends. Still we have no signals of any phenomenal trading agreements with the USA who are most likely to sticking to a policy of America first. Without any viable alternatives we should be taking more care of our existing partnerships.
Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP sees a swing towards Labour as their biggest threat in the forthcoming General Election. This would undermine or postpone and prolong their ultimate ambition for devolution. This is why Sturgeon is trying to convince Scottish voters that she is closer to Labour than she and her party actually is in order to nullify any swing towards a national level political Party that can actually help Scotland defeat Brexit. It is obvious that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are more fearful of Labour than they are of the Tories: Labour gains in Scotland would undermine the SNP’s control of Scotland and might jeopardise or prolong Scottish Devolution. Conversely Sturgeon and the SNP have nothing to fear from the Tories. Defeat of Brexit is not a real concern for the SNP because Brexit is actually maintaining a stronger case for devolution in Scotland. Sturgeon and the SNP are really not interested in stopping Brexit nor are they in a position strong enough to do so but I believe there is an element of duplicity going on by the SNP by attempting to convince Scottish voters otherwise.
The Scottish are not the innocent victims of Brexit that they make themselves out to be
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In the run up to the General Election let’s be clear who has created a ‘Divided Britain’. The Tories are responsible for creating a Divided Britain and turning this country into a problem riddled decaying dump of a country. Cameron’s idea about let People have a say in determining the running of Britain has left it in a divided Shambles. It has overseen the rise of the extreme right in Britain and allowed the under-educated masses to influence Britain’s economic and political futures. there is simply no way of wriggling out of this the Tories have caused all this mess and chaos. The Tories and their policies are to blame for the Divided nation that we now live in. In truth their policies have been running Britain into the dump for years so surely now is the right time to address Britain’s problems and get rid of this untalented shambles and get someone better in to run Britain.
Tories are responsible for: poor public services, increase of food banks, and lack of investment in NHS
The Tories have brought Britain nothing but misery. Their policies are directly responsible for the demise of public services through stifling investment in care, particularly when it comes to care for the elderly. Our communities are run down and Britain is looking like a dump. Investment is below levels which it was in 2010. Britain has been steadily going backwards under Tory rule. Food banks have been steadily on the increase as austerity measures have hit the poorest in society the hardest. The NHS is in the worst shape than it has ever been in. The Railways and public transport are in an awful state. The roads are both congested and antiquated. Rail fares have been on the increase and consumers have been receiving a worse service and being asked to pay more for it. What more do we need to know about the Tories. Whilst in government we have witnessed a long list of mismanagement and wastage of public finances and nobody has been held accountable for these fiascos. Disastrous policies for Britain. All this and the ill thought out Brexit and lack of ability to even get one of their own policies across the finishing line.
Britain deserves better than the Tories. Britain deserves better investment in our NHS and public services. Britain deserves a better transport system. Britain deserves better deals for energy consumers. Britain deserves a future.
There will be no special relationship and no phenomenal trade deals with the USA post Brexit that much is obvious now. The special relationship is just a sham and the phenomenal trade deals will be tailored to suit the USA to the detriment of the UK. Over the last week or so Donald Trump has shown that he simply cannot be trusted. He pulled American Forces out of Syria in what amounted to a betrayal of the Kurds and then stood by silently as Turkey took the opportunity for a land grab. Previously the Kurds had been an ally of the USA in Syria helping to fight Isis.
Next we have seen an example of the kind of special relationship that the USA has in store for us post Brexit. The imposition of a 25% import tax on a range of popular UK exports in a tit for tat trade war that has not been highlighted by the Uk’s Tory government. No wonder that they are not keen to highlight this because it demonstrates the kind of one sided trade agreements that we can expect from Trump’s USA post Brexit in the future. The special relationship seems to have been conveniently sidelined so that Trump can get his point across and Trump doesn’t like to loose. Let’s get a perspective on this Trump has been elected President of the USA on the premise that he will ‘put America first’ and that is certainly what he intends to do. The special relationship is nothing more than words, it is a sham. Trump cannot be trusted at all, he has shown this on 3 occasions in the space of only a week so why would we as the UK want to put any faith in dealing with him?
Post Brexit the UK will be in a desperate position looking for trade deals and this desperation will be exploited by countries like the USA who will see it as an opportunity rather than a mutually beneficial agreement. Trump is after all a businessman who is used to the ways of business. Not everything in business is always fair, good and proper and there are often winners and losers where business is concerned. Profiting from business often favours the more powerful protagonist. Exploitation is often a theme in business and the UK should be aware of that. Desperation and having a weak hand is not a good position to be in when negotiating.
Clumsy and Cynical Handling of the Anne Sacoolas Affair
The last example of untrustworthiness shown lately by Donald Trump was in his disrespectful handling of the parents of Harry Dunn ( the tragically killed teenager ). It appears that a meeting was set up at the Whitehouse with Donald Trump with the undisclosed purpose of actually and publicly (photographers were reportedly present at the meeting) putting the parents of Harry Dunn in the same room as Anne Sacoolas, the woman at the centre of the diplomatic controversy and the woman who is under suspicion of being implicated in the road accident that caused the tragic death of the teenager. This action of attempting to bring about this meeting against the wishes of the teenager’s parents and revealing this purpose only during the meeting between Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles and Donald Trump seems to have been an calculated & underhand and cynical attempt to draw a line under the controversial diplomatic row going on between the UK and the USA about this matter. Rather than respect the wishes of Harry’s parents for justice to be done in the UK whereby Ann Sacoolas comes back to the UK and foregoes any diplomatic immunity to face up to the consequences of her actions: instead there seems to have been a cynical and clumsy attempt to swerve these issues and the wishes of Harry’s parents by attempting to get a meeting between the 2 parties and a quick and convenient resolution in a deceitful and untrustworthy fashion. The whole thing has the hallmark of Trump stamped all over it. This meeting and the possibility of a face to face between Harry Dunn’s parents and Anne Sacoolas would not have been possible without the knowledge and involvement of the the President. Arrangements had been made to make Sacoolas available to Harry Dunn’s parents at the time of the meeting so presumably she was in another room in the Whitehouse. The pressure put upon Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles was quite unacceptable and unjustifiable and in extremely poor taste. I have the utmost respect for them for refusing to give into that kind of pressure at that level Quite simply Trump just cannot be trusted. Britain Post Brexit beware of what lies in wait for you!
Were you aware that 3 years ago you were voting to loose your job and bring in a recession? Well that’s basically what you have done. Unfortunately this was not made clear to you at the time. Take Sunderland as a case in point much of which has similar repercussions that will occur throughout many cities in the UK. The Europe Chair of Nissan has painted a very dismal picture of a no deal Brexit exit from the EU. In a statement to the BBC yesterday he basically implied that a no deal Brexit exit could have a disastrous effect on car manufacturing in Sunderland and that it may result in job losses and/or a reassessment of their European production strategy. Although he did not clearly state this it basically implies that a car manufacturer like Nissan could potentially look elsewhere to relocate to areas outside the UK which might better fit their production model and production needs in order to avoid custom’s levies being added to their costs. This is not an isolated case and many car manufacturers based in the UK have said much the same and are likely to follow suit in the event of a no deal Brexit.
News is now filtering through of the realities of Brexit. It is perfectly clear now that Brexit equals job losses and motor vehicle manufacturing towns like Sunderland are waking up with a massive Brexit hangover. Many of the biggest Uk’s motor vehicle manufacturers are all saying the same thing that in the event of a no deal Brexit they may have to consider alternatives which may include Continue reading Brexit equals job losses : Sunderland wakes up with a Brexit hangover
Micheal Gove appeared to be almost robotic yesterday when offering his appeasements regarding the possible outcomes of leaving the EU without a deal. He came across as completely unconvincing as he attempted to play down the possible outcomes of a no deal Brexit with all the emotion and conviction of a Robot. Gove lacks almost every quality that you would want in a politician. He is insincere, unreliable and a real flip-flopper if ever there was one. However you might believe that he is actually quite loyal: well at least to those willing to employ him that is. He did his best to stick up for the beleaguered Theresa May in her time as PM and was supportive towards getting a deal with the EU and her efforts to do so. Now he is equally loyal to a new master that of Bodge-it Johnson whose opinions about a deal with the EU are seemingly poles apart from those of May but despite all this Gove is still loyal even to the point of spreading a few mis-truths along the way as well.
It would appear that Micheal Gove has thrown himself into his new role with such enthusiasm and conviction that he is now barely recognisable as the Leadership Candidate who opposed Bodge it so recently. At that time he seemed to have some opinions which seemed to be different to that of Bodge-it but now he has seemingly just turned into Johnson’s Puppet. All this goes to show what a vacuous space Micheal Gove really is. He resembles an empty Billboard that rents out to the highest bidder. Seemingly he will have any opinions that you wish to give him for a price. Thus it must be said that Micheal Gove appears to be a politician who lacks any real convictions at all and is willing to go wherever the money is. This is yet another self promoting Conservative politician who you simply cannot trust. Why would you trust him he has demonstrated time and again that he is insincere and unreliable. He has no convictions other than to tow the Party line to serve his paymaster. Why would we believe his appeasements regarding a ‘No deal Brexit’: this man could not give you the truth if he tried. He is more servant than savant. He is robotic and insincere and simply going through the motions.
Parliament seems to be getting a lot of bad press at the moment however it should be noted that it is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Parliament is doing a great job protecting the interests of the UK from a irresponsible and reckless Prime Minister: Boris Johnson. It is also protecting us from the irresponsible majority that voted to leave the EU and it is ultimately protecting us from the worst outcomes of all of this by attempting to prevent a ‘No Deal Brexit’. Parliament should be applauded for all this but instead it is being chastised and criticised whilst becoming the target for the British right wing press.
Parliament is protecting the UK by not allowing a childish megalomaniac to control the show and get his own way. I have already mentioned that I believe the Tories actually have a secret Brexit agenda whereby a ‘No Deal Brexit’, leaving without any deal at all would actually suit them best. It appears that this policy actually suits them best because it is my belief that this irresponsible and reckless Prime Minister and the vultures that sit next to him on the benches of the House of Commons are pursuing a strategy to bring about a low wage economy in Britain. This, I believe is their ultimate goal.
Brexit largely appealed to right wing racists or the old colonialists
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The next General Election will be the Second Brexit Referendum. Forget any other policies the majority of voters will be voting either to stop Brexit or to try and get Brexit finished. Forces are now lining up either side of the Brexit debate and Remainers are as likely to try to put in place a Government to stop Brexit as are the Leavers preparing to put in place a government that will get on with Brexit without delay or obstruction. At the moment it will be a fight out between 3 parties who are offering a clear message on what they intend to do regarding Brexit. This next imminent General Election is really going to be a fight over who wins the Brexit argument for good. The Liberal Democrats have already geared up for this and are seemingly being the Party of Remain whilst the Tories and Brexit Party are likely to have a split vote amongst the Leave Supporters.. The Labour Party it would appear do not want to get their gloves on and participate in the fight other than being an ‘on the fence’ bystander.
Jeremy Corbyn could become the victim of his own idealism because he may be envisaging a process that will not actually happen because of voters impatience regarding the Brexit question
The Labour Party might be missing an opportunity here by not aligning into one camp or the other but instead they will offer further referendums on the matter if they gain power. This is Jeremy Corbyn’s idealistic view on the matter but in reality it might not even get that far with potential to fall at the first hurdle, which is actually getting through the next General election and getting into government. Corbyn could become the victim of his own idealism because he is envisaging a process that may not even take place in the way that he sees or wants it to happen. It is likely that voters will look for shortcuts to resolve the Brexit question or offer support to either a ‘Remain’ or a ‘Leave’ supporting Party that can speed up the process towards resolution. Since the Labour Party has not declared it’s intentions to pursue either a ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’ strategy it is unlikely to attract votes or get the support it needs to progress it’s plans. Corbyn believes that Labour can get into government in the next election and after that offer a second referendum but in my opinion this is doubtful. The reality may be that this next General Election may actually be the Second Brexit Referendum in itself. There is a strong likelihood that it will be. Labour could therefore find themselves left out in the cold by voters who are rushing to have their say on Brexit by choosing another Party that has a stronger and more immediate message about what they intend to do regarding the Brexit question, right now at this next general election and not at some idealistic point in the future.
The public are impatient and want their say on Brexit right now. They will use the next General Election to do this
The public seems to have lost appetite for any sort of referendums because of the confusion they can potentially cause. They have also lost patience in the seemingly endless rounds of voting and debate that has occurred in parliament. This is why they might see a General Election as a fight to the death on the matter and an opportunity to bring the matter to a swifter end than Labour Party envisages. In my opinion the Labour Party should catch up with public opinion on the matter before they loose out totally. As we saw in EU elections Party allegiances can mean nothing when it comes to matters of protecting Britain from a disastrous no deal departure. Many voters will put the interests of the Country before party loyalties and other considerations such as policies, such is the importance placed on the Brexit question. Labour cannot rely on party loyalties alone to convince the voters that it is taking the right stance. The same is conversely true from the leavers perspective whereby the Tories equally cannot count on previous loyalties alone to get them re-elected. Many people will vote with conscience rather than allegiance in the next General Election. The Tories at least for the moment seem to know on which side of the argument they stand, the Lib Dems as well, but Labour’s message is still vague and non-committal offering more of the same to voters and a lengthier process to boot until the matter becomes finally resolvable. The Labour Party may be offering more options of choice than any other party present but you can get baffled by an array of choice. The general public seem to want a quick fix to these matters and that is what they will be looking for in the next General Election. The Public now sees the Brexit matter as Black or White ( Leave or Remain) and that unfortunately is how they will react to whats on offer and that’s how they will vote. It is human nature to seek to resolve matters quickly and the public will use a general election as an opportunity to resolve this Brexit dilemma quickly and once and for all. What we will see is a mirror image of what happened in the last EU election. It is going to be almost a single issue Election with each side of the Brexit argument wanting to get their own way. Under these circumstances it is unlikely that Jeremy Corbyn and Labour will be able to sell their proposals to the general public because there is simply no appetite for what they may consider to be another long drawn out process.
Like a spoilt child the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has prorogued parliament in order to try and get his own way. Have we ever encountered an act of irresponsibly as big as this. In a time of crisis for Britain the Prime Minister( and how much it pains me to have to refer to him as such) has simply chosen to abandon the normal functioning of government in order to silence his critics and to give him a better opportunity to press ahead with his own agenda without the limitations that parliament could impose on the crazy megalomaniac. Still intent on wrecking Britain and pressing ahead with no deal this prime minister cares nothing at all about Britain he only seems to recognise his own agenda and ambitions. Boris Johnson is bad for Britain! Parliament to him is not a democratic tool it is an obstacle. He still believes he can run the show like he did as London Mayor without opposition. Parliament is another matter and he has already been defeated. So now his idea is to silence parliament to make obstacles to obstruct parliament. This prime minister is just a childish Megalomaniac, a spoilt public schoolboy who is used to getting his own way. Bodge-it is certainly not going to face the horrible consequences of of a British recession and a one sided and exploitative trade deal with the USA. None of these Brexiteers will. Why do you think that the likes of the condescending Rees Mogg support Brexit? These are opportunistic venture capitalists hoping to erode working and living conditions. The likes of Rees Moog would have you living in a Victorian Slum if they could and working for nothing more than to pay them rent and enough food to give you the energy just enough to slave for them the next day. Jacob Rees Mogg is so obsessed with Victorian values he has even written a book about it this speaks volumes in itself. These are simply the people that you don’t want running this country or telling us what’s best for Britain because what they are really saying is what’s best for them. The situation that can offer them the best possible opportunity and outcome is all that they are really interested in.
These Brexiteering venture capitalists see Brexit as an opportunity to destroy Britain and British institutions. They see it as an opportunity to attack and suppress the working classes and erode their rights. There is no better opportunity than a recession in order to do it, this much they have learnt from Margaret Thatcher who did the same. Economic factors play a large part in offering opportunities to impose change. In a period of uncertainty and desperation often bodes well to make sweeping changes in legislation relating to worker’s rights and conditions of service including pay and minimum wage. Through a recession these keen Brexiteers aim to drive down labour costs and increase unemployment. These are the economic variables that lead to desperation for the working classes which ultimately lead to a relaxation of labour laws and regulations. This is an erosion of conditions for the workers which leads to opportunity to exploit the workforce. High unemployment makes challenging the situation untenable which gives power to the bosses and venture capitalists. Brexit will therefore only lead to misery for the working classes with an erosion of your standards of living and your worker’s rights.
Bodge-it is hiding the truth from you that no deal suits him best
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