BREXIT proceeds – down a long ‘dead-end’ road?

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The latest episode of the new docudrama program called BREXIT, released on the UK’s Drama documentary channel, is being shot today over in Brussels, isn’t it?

This fascinating BREXIT series was of course first mooted in 2013 (when UKIP emerged from its cocoon), but it has since had a record production run of two years now as it recounts a war fought in Europe by a relatively small but highly accomplished Country (Britain) that while beset with rampant internal strife and division, is fighting overseas against the combined amassed forces of the other European states (including the mighty & influential Germany) over money, trade, people, and power.

It is pure staged-managed theatre of Machiavellian dramatised actual events that is packed-full of lies, deceit, intrigue, duplicity, backstabbing, and treachery. Its controversial far-fetched storylines are full of twists and turns, involving characters lacking empathy, but is so blurred that it is often difficult to differentiate fact from fiction. It is broadcast partly with subtitles because of significant foreign content, and there is of course some bad language involved, as well.

In the latest audience attracting shock event, UK Commander-in-Chief Theresa May has charged-out to Brussels today for crisis emergency parley with EU’s ‘appointed’ top Generals, it is said to break their impasse on BREXIT. That is of course a quite unbelievably bizarre twist because just over 3 weeks ago she had also disembarked in Florence with her own generals on an important mission to deliver an address in the Catholic church of Santa Maria Novella [like most of us, you might well ask “why there?” Perhaps she was preaching the ‘modern St. Theresa’s words, eh?], and she proposed a treaty that was supposed to do exactly that same thing, didn’t she?

Yes, and indeed she returned home with the explanation that “the purpose of the Florence speech was to move negotiations forward,” and she told the House of Commons “And that’s exactly what has happened” – indeed a Neville Chamberlain style declaration of ‘peace for our time’, wasn’t it?

The ironic value of Chamberlain’s own claim was that his concessions’ settlement of “the Czechoslovakian problem”, indeed just led to unabated further Hitler aggressions, so that less than a year later, the UK inevitability declared the war on Germany, didn’t it?

Compare that to May’s Italian speech’s caving-ins to the EU on “money, power and trade”, which indeed just led to unabated further aggressive EU demands for Britain’s surrender, so that less than a month later it predictably simple fuelled the fire set under the witches stake pyre they have built under Britain for the blasphemy crime of ‘repudiation of the EU’, eh?

Now, May’s planned further direct intervention today in the ongoing negotiations is a massive worry to all BREXITiers, because it means one thing and can mean only one thing, cant it? Yes, and that is that she is going to concede even further territory to the enemy in an attempt to negotiate the UK’s final surrender, don’t you think?

What she ‘should’ be doing is to throw-down the gauntlet at the EU this week and threaten both the set of incompetent upstart EU generals, together with their hands-off European Council, that Britain will withdraw from all further peace negotiations until such time as the EU confirms its willingness to discuss the future trade and other relationships. She should make it crystal clear that Britain does not accept, and never has, that there is ANY legal obligation to pay a so-called “divorce settlement”, so therefore the offer to pay a future contribution to the EU budget will be withdrawn in the absence of such discussions taking place

The problem that UK has faced from the outset is that the EU have been allowed to seize the upper ground, when they unilaterally determined the procedures governing the negotiation and set of laws around that whence they gave themselves a remit where they choose the weapons, the place, the ground and all the other rules of war, didn’t they?

Now, in any war situation, NO military leader would willingly enter into a battle encounter, in adverse terrain, where their troops are outnumbered, and outgunned, would they? No, they don’t these days, behave like Lord Cardigan who ordered his light brigade troops to bravely charge the guns, only to be decimated and trounced, do they? You see, instead they skirmish around and carefully choose the time, the place and the type of battle to ensure that they have a reasonable chance of winning it, and they don’t rely on supreme over confidence and the naive optimism that the enemy will adhere to the normal conventions of war, do they?

Well, what Britain should have done is walk out of the Brussels talks right at the start in June [which was a full year after the Country had voted to end the EU alliance before it reached its certain destination of a United States of Europe – if the ship isn’t torpedoed and sunk beforehand, eh? That would have properly demonstrated to the unelected Brussels leaders that they could choose to have an ongoing collaborative ex-comrade, or a future embittered sworn enemy, wouldn’t it?

Instead the EU now believe that BREXIT won’t be happening anytime soon and that moreover when it does, it will be an unconditional surrender under THEIR terms and THEIR’S alone. The EU leaders are totally unconvinced that the British Government is in any state of unity that would be required for an agreement that will stick.

Now that is hardly surprising when we have the holder of the second most senior and prestigious post in the British government, the grossly irresponsible Chancellor Philip Hammond, traitorously sabotaging May’s BREXIT position on negotiations just last week , is it? [Tellingly, that followed him having a ‘long lunch’ with sacked ex-Chancellor and dedicated May hater George Osborne, the architect of ‘Project Fear’ and to this day, a staunch Remainer and committed Europhile. Now, exactly what excuse could Hammond possibly have for meeting-up for a tête-à-tête with Osborne when it has been made quite plain that this man’s burning ambition is to bring the Government down and also to scupper BREXIT, do you think?].

When the people voted to for our politicians to take back control, they didn’t expect that they would be let down, when in fact the Government have blatantly lost control of the UK’s destiny which again is back most firmly into the hands of the EU bureaucrats.

The EU have the upper hand not least because they see the UK Government as very weak so they will delay as far as possible, the process of getting any sort of deal out of them, and even then don’t expect any last minute compromises, will you? May needlessly put herself in a bad place when she called a snap election and failed miserably and that has diminished her influence with the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel – who indeed has her own, if not bigger, problems as she also failed in her re-election process and has yet to cobble together a complex coalition government.

Naively, May has even been trying to solicit Merkel’s personal support in persuading others in the EU to agree this week to trade talks starting, when all others know that that in fact a truculent Germany together with spoilers France, are trying to block any summit communiqué allowing the EU to begin those very trade negotiations.

There is never going to be a Deal with the diverse EU so let’s put ALL our time, energy, and money into being ready for the challenge of a ‘No Deal’ outcome, and avoid a chaotic BREXIT don’t you think?

[AT THE END OF THE DAY LET US GET  THE BREXIT THE COUNTRY VOTED FOR]

 

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It is said that Prime Minister Theresa May is planning a Cabinet reshuffle – will that save her skin?

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Conspiracy theories abound in politics and so it is with lamentable Theresa May’s Government just now, isn’t it?

Things are in a mess, so the rumours are rife that moves are afoot behind the scenes to remove her as PM and without doubt they have to be given important credence, don’t they? Well, first the lady started out from a bad base having been a ‘Remainer’ who apparently underwent a divine conversion to a ‘Leaver’, so she could at long last achieve her ultimate ambition to lead the Conservative Party – that indeed was at a time when the diehard European Union supporters had been given a good thrashing by Joe-Public in the EU Referendum, that told our erstwhile politicians in no uncertain terms that Britain HAD to leave the EU NOW.

Having won the vote decisively, the BREXITiers fully expected that they would be finally listened to by the Tory party, so would be led through the wilderness into the promised land by a fellow-traveller and certainly they did NOT think it would be a ‘seemingly-sham’ Europhile like May at the helm, eh? Hence she started with a big question mark above her head as to whether or not she could be trusted with the onerous task ahead, didn’t she? Well her BIG problem now is that she has proved to be NOT up to that strenuous job in hand, isn’t it?

You see, she got the PM’s role, while seeing-off the leading lights of the BREXIT campaign, to lead the Country out of the EU on the premise of her seemingly false claim that SHE was an astute leader with proven negotiating skills in dealings with the EU – she blew that concept out of the water just a few weeks ago when she caved into the BREXIT remoaners and out-of-the-blue, capitulated to the EU’s unreasonable negotiators’ demands, by both promising them amongst other things, an unwarranted further shed load of our money, together with the UK’s willingness to virtually STAY in the bloody EU for AT LEAST another 2 bleeding YEARS, no less?

Now, that isn’t so say that some or all of that ‘might’ have been NEGOTIATED away IF it had proved to be a GOOD deal for Britain in the END to get our Trade and departure arrangements put well in place, BUT it was simply given away at the outset, and we got a big fat ZERO in return – well, that is NOT the art of ‘negotiation’ by any stretch of the imagination, is it? The EU are just laughing their cotton-socks off at enfeebled Mrs May, and planning their next big ‘punishment’ onslaught against us as a demonstrably weak opponent – we have certainly anything but, gained the status of a future close ally of Europe, which May naively seemed to expect to result-in from her ‘give-away’, eh?

Furthermore, this fiasco has come on top of her bizarre performance as Prime Minister and Party leader by unnecessarily calling a snap General Election in June and running it so crassly that what was a seemingly massive unassailable poll lead, simply evaporated overnight, so that left empowered and rejuvenated a previously in the gutter Labour opposition, lost the Tory majority in Parliament, and hence resulted in an uncomfortable & uncertain “supply and confidence deal” DUP coalition just to hang onto power (while requiring an unfair massive £1billion NI bribe to secure it). That situation meant that she was living on borrowed time and couldn’t rock the boat by subsequently even modifying her cabinet as she had clearly planned to do, didn’t it?

Hence those two setbacks alone, had severely damaged her credentials as a strong in command Prime Minister when going into a sceptical Conservative party Conference this month. It had became therefore imperative to her survival that she had what is called ‘a good Conference’ and put-up a ‘band-standing’ show – not least because spendthrift Jeremy Corbyn had just exactly achieved that in spades at the Labour’s do a week or so beforehand, eh? But it just didn’t happen did it? No, she had a pretty disastrous personal performance that impressed NOBODY in her own Party, let alone the general voters and most definitely NOT the very concerned & anxious BREXIT majority.

May’s keynote closing speech to Conference, was an embarrassment from start to finish, not only because it was seemingly inadequately and badly prepared, but it just did not contain enough of substance that could rally the troops to the standard. That itself was additionally marred by the lady being beset with persistent coughing problems and loss of voice, which is the last thing that she needed when a confident and stirring delivery of any message she might have had, was what was required – and indeed essential?

Now, the suspicion will linger-on (whether right or wrong) that her problems were brought-on by her getting caught-out by a known prankster (in an unprecedented breach of security) getting to the lectern and handing her a P45 form (i.e. a sacking notice) – hardly the sign of a PM at the top of her game, demonstrating power and control, eh?

Finally, as she spoke letters of the Conference’s Tory slogan started falling-off the wall behind her, the kind of thing that a comedian would have as a prop to get a resounding laugh – not what was wanted by a leader desperate to make an impression in front of a watching world audience, is it?

The party whips succeeded in outing and exposing a maverick, failed, Tory ex-Chairman as someone behind a plot to ditch Mrs May as PM and it would seem that he had indeed gathered a gaggle (he claims 30 but others say half that?), of equally failed, past-it cabinet members, disgruntled ex-ministers, and ambitious but overlooked, nobody MPs – well short of the number (48), he needed to unseat an incumbent Prime Minister, eh?

Nevertheless, major newspapers are widely peddling the story that May is going to undertake a major Cabinet reshuffle to fully demonstrate her authority, show power, and destroy any disloyalty or criticism of her leadership. Well, if that is true she needs to beware, because past experience has fully demonstrated that reshuffles simply just DON’T do that, haven’t they? Moreover, it is being mooted that she is going to demote or even sack “Foreign Secretary” Boris Johnson because it is said that when he publically announces that he is fully behind her, she believes that he also may have a knife in his hand?

Now just remember that highly motivated and intelligent powerhouse, Johnson, is anything but one, when even the worm can turn, can’t it? Well, we do have the example of ‘mild mannered’ Tory minister Geoffrey Howe’s criticism of Labour’s Chancellor Dennis Healey being described by Healey as “like being savaged by a dead sheep”, yet after being “demoted” from “Foreign Secretary” by PM Margaret Thatcher, Howe was the one that much later got his own back by bringing her to her knees with a resignation speech attack, that likened her behaviour to a cricket captain ‘breaking the bat of the opening batsman’ – then the final coup d’état to her Premiership was delivered by a challenge by enraged ex-Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine, publicly charismatic, a darling of the Tory right and adept media performer, whom she had silenced & sidelined to the backbenches beforehand. So quite a few warning shots to May in that little storyline, that might be advisory about her options regarding Boris, don’t you think?

When May was elevated to the heady role of Prime Minister, she came to it as a highly experienced politician (ex-councilor, ex-party chairman & ex-shadow ministerships), and then, as a born ‘survivor’ indeed, she became the longest serving Home Secretary for some sixty years.

However, she was nevertheless an abject FAILURE in that six years of her ONLY job actually IN Government wasn’t she? Her first significant act as PM though was rightly to rid us of rich-boy and austerity besotted, Chancellor George Osborne, but that was probably simply “pay-back time” [perhaps HE was the real reason she had previously failed?], rather than the right reason of heading-up the anti-BREXIT Treasury with a doctor treating it with high doses of ‘antieurophile’ medicine to cure it of a near terminal sickness. Unbelievably she appointed Philip Hammond to that role when in fact he himself was a massive carrier of the same bleeding decease – what a mistake, eh?

Now if May is looking for any disloyal and treacherous member of her Cabinet, she need look no further than snake-in-the-grass, Hammond, as not only has he consistently undermined her efforts to successfully progress BREXIT, but when the chips were down on Election night and the die was cast on the Tories losing their majority, so jeopardising her tenure as PM, he called Johnson to jump ship and support him if he stood for the top job, eh? If May wants to get shot of him, she won’t have created a dangerous enemy, as he is only a lightweight with few friends & cronies, isn’t he?

Also, when May took over, she wisely gave Johnson [a major player in convincing the public to vote for BREXIT), the third ranking of the Great Offices of State [Foreign Secretary], which ensured that he was on board HER ship and not in a submarine lying off it in wait and trying to sink it, don’t you think? A further astute move was to promote Andrea Leadsom (a most prominent and top performing member of the Leave campaign and her final leadership challenger), to a cabinet post as Environment Secretary [ranked 16 in the Government].

She has since made a BIG mistake thought, for after her election failure shenanigans, she unfathomably merely demoted Leadsom to just Leader of the Commons, a role which while ‘attending cabinet’ is decidedly well out of it – now that has sent absolutely the wrong signal to voters about May’s own feeling of security regarding a challenge (and without doubt will have just encouraged such ousting via a leadership battle), as well as on her commitment on BREXIT – that outcome despite her replacing Leadsom with Michael Gove [another prominent Leave campaigner].

That said, no serious UK politician (and if you wonder, Corbyn doesn’t fall in that category at all?) wants another General Election at this juncture, and even those of us who believe that May should go, think it is best regarding the Country’s ability to succeed with BREXIT, if she now knuckles under and firmly does the job properly. To be allowed to do that she probably needs to bring another prominent BREXIT person into her Cabinet and inner sanctum – popular, humorous, manneristic, religious, long-term staunch Eurosceptic, Jacob Rees-Mogg, might fit the bill as the new Minister without Portfolio for ‘No Deal’, to coordinate between departments involved in BREXIT (say Treasury, Foreign Office, BREXIT Dept, International Trade, et al), perhaps?

At long last, the Government reportedly are taking steps to put in place ‘funded’ plans (rather than ‘pie-in-the-sky’ ones?), to enable Britain to leave the European Union in early 2019 following a “No Deal” outcome to the current negotiations in Brussels [that result long predicted in these blogs, eh?]. If that media report is true, then perhaps May has brought Hammond and the treasury to heel and then the Country will have the technology and resources to operate outside of the Single Market? At least it would (albeit at the twelfth-hour?) give the essential message to the EU that THEY also will face economic damage if the UK leaves it after 2 years of fruitless negotiations, don’t you think? All the indications are that the UK’s demonstration of so-called  “flexibility” will NOT be reciprocated by the beuarocrats that run the show in the EU, wouldn’t you say?

 

[Certainly, if Britain gives some credibility NOW to our ongoing capability to deal with leaving the EU without payment or close ongoing relations with it, then the ball, despite what they say, will be solidly back in their court, won’t it?]

 

Another gun massacre of innocents on America’s streets – chances of new gun laws?

It will come as no surprise to anybody in the entire World, that there has been yet another disgusting major mass gun shooting of civilians in the US by another nutter in possession of multiple and excessive ‘legally held’ powerful deadly weapons with unlimited ammunition, then to be used to slaughter others. This time it has happened in Las Vegas Nevada, the home of gambling, the plush hotels, and the exciting night life, where visitors from every country might expect to massively lose their dollars, but certainly not their lives, surely?

When these disgusting events happen in America (and they ONLY happen in America, don’t they?), there is widespread speculation on whether it will be the one that finally brings the Congress to it senses and lead then to the enacting of a federal law to curtail the civilian holding of guns. So, is happening this time and there is a very short answer to the question of “what are the chances of tightening gun laws in the United States?” – answer “absolute ZERO!”

So those of us dreamers who think that ANY President of the United States of America will lead their fellow politicians down the path to sensible and normal gun control can just fallback to sleep, because it is dream and simply that, isn’t it?

That is not to say that none have ever tried, is it? No, most recently we saw Barrack Obama, just a couple of years ago, tearfully announcing on TV his personal impotence in dealing with America’s gun laws to halt the ‘routine’ ongoing slaughter of innocent civilians (well there are now hundreds each year, aren’t there?). That occasion had followed a further event in his Presidency of a heavily armed maniac, in possession of over a dozen guns and substantial ammunition, going on a rampage – shooting sixteen people, killing killed nine and wounding seven. There had been nine such carnages in the previous half dozen years beforehand, including the three years earlier massacre of twenty young school kids, and six adults and two wounded at an Elementary School.

Last year, a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, killed 49 people with another 58 injured some critically, which was previously the deadliest mass shooting – furthermore, it was a hate crime and act of terrorism by an American born Muslim, who was later cornered and shot dead by police.

So now, as you may well know, on the Vegas Strip just a week ago tomorrow, a mega rich, retired, elderly man [son of a convicted (psychopathic?) bank robber], holder of a hunting licence, executed a meticulously planned public shooting atrocity of unimaginable proportions. From the impregnable safety of a hotel suite’s windows 32 stories above the ground, he incessantly ‘machine-gun’ fired hundreds or rounds for nearly a quarter of an hour on a massive 20,000 crowd of innocent people below attending a street music festival some 500 yards away. He had executed 57 people and injured another 489 some critically, before he ended it all by also shooting himself to prevent being apprehended.

At the same time, he had also fired at and tried (but failed} to blow-up an aviation fuel tank located nearby and within range, at the International Airport

It is the worst mass shooting by somebody in American history – perhaps that notoriety was indeed his motive, as it seems there was no other?

He had previously stashed in his hotel rooms, 23 firearms furnished with numerous high-capacity magazines and copious amasses of ammunition. In addition to that he ‘legally held’ a further stockpile of 19 firearms, and thousands of rounds of ammunition found at his home [as well as several pounds of the powder explosive tannerite (like as used in the 2016 New York and New Jersey bombings that injured 35 people)] – indeed he had bought 47 weapons in the past year alone (and no one batted an eyelid?). In his car was also found a quantity of ammonium nitrate, a fertiliser that can be used to create a powerful explosive.

Moreover, in his attack, he had also employed a ‘bump fire’ gun modification (legally available in the US) to convert his weapons into ‘fully-automatic’ ones that substantially increased their fire-power rate to 90 bullets every 10 seconds, and additionally they were fitted with telescopic sights.

You see the big attraction of guns to such murderers, is that they are very effective killers, that allow such cowardly action to be carried out without the perpetrator ever even having to come into close contact with their victims, seeing that they have substantial lethal range and good accuracy [for instance the lightweight AR-10 rifle he used has an effective range of 650 yards, a fire rate of 700 rounds a minute as standard ‘unmodified’ (no federal restrictions on ownership in the US), and has a recoil easily controllable even under rapid fire].

The curse of all these vile shootings is of course the American Constitution’s Second Amendment proclaiming the ‘right to bear arms’, which was in reality ‘solely’ intended to allow local militias to be armed and to be able to defend their communities against any central government oppression – NOT for EVERY sick Tom, Dick, or Harry to wander the streets heavily armed to slaughter all and sundry, was it?

You see, the basic problem in the United States is that the population there have been brainwashed into genuinely believing that having guns is somehow part of their ‘genetic profile’, because that preposterous assertion is relentlessly promulgated by the despicable, but nevertheless extremely powerfully influential lobbyists, the National Rifle Association (NRA). So your average American isn’t satisfied with actually owning a gun are they? No, they have to have say 4 or more different ones, as otherwise they don’t feel they are a true & genuine American, while the more committed US citizen, has to progress to also have ‘assault style’ semi-automatic weapons to boot, don’t they? The fact is that in the States just about ANYBODY can obtain AS MANY guns as they bloody-well like, without any questions asked, by buying them just one at a time, can’t they? Nearly half of the American population now own a gun, or live in a household with guns – astounding? It has become a badge of honour – a symbol of personal freedom, indeed?

The NRA and its fellow travelers opposed the tightening of gun control because they say people need them to defend themselves against criminals, and moreover since new laws won’t stop a mad man, while curtailing the freedoms of law abiding citizens – just tell that to the dead and injured in Las Vegas who could NOT have defended themselves no matter how many guns they possessed, eh? What always happens following such atrocities in America is the sales of guns actually goes UP, as their brain-addled population thinks it gives themselves added protection – idiots?

Hence, the USA’s gun death rate is now three times that of Australia’s, when it was very similar, before the Aussies came to their senses and introduced proper and sweeping gun controls more than 20 years ago, didn’t they?

Oh by the way, don’t expect President Donald Trump to step-up and put things right, will you? No, he is a big supporter of the gun-toting brigade (gets him votes you see), while his son is a voracious advocate of rifle gun silencers to encourage the young to use guns and avoid their frightening bangs, eh?

If you haven’t seen them before, the statistics will no doubt shock you?

While in the past two-hundred-and-fifty years of American history, some 1.2 million service Americans have been killed in ALL conflicts and wars put together, which includes Iraq and Afghanistan [so Revolutionary war, 1812 war, Indian wars, Mexican war, Civil war, Spanish-American war, World war I, World war II, Korean war, Vietnam war, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Global war on terror], that is more than outweighed in the last ‘50 years’ alone by Americans killed by gunshots on the USA streets alone – which comes to more than 1.5 million people (men, women & children), for god’s sake?

You probably don’t know that the Las Vegas unparalleled atrocity wasn’t the only mass shooting of at least 4 people last Sunday? Well, there was another one, with two men and a woman killed plus a further two people injured (all in their twenties) in a Kansas incident – oh yes, these mass shootings are indeed ‘daily’ occurrences these days in the States, you see?

So far this year nearly three-hundred-and-fifty people have been killed in mass shootings and that simply emulates last year, which ended with 432 dead and the year before with 369.

However, on the scale of things, mass shootings are just the tip of the iceberg as far as gun violence in America is concerned, which involve homicides, accidental deaths, suicides, other causes, and police shootings which account for a far greater proportion.

The indisputable statistical fact is that the more civilian-owned guns in a country, the more firearm deaths there will be, and that is amply demonstrated in the US which is home to 88 guns for every 100 people – the runaway world leader for gun ownership and gun violence. It is said that some hundred-thousand people are shot and thirty-thousand actually killed in each year in America, so terrorism isn’t the greatest threat to American life and limb, is it?

 

[Britain, Australia, Germany, Norway are all counties that had relatively minor firearms issues but nevertheless have introduced stricter laws to protect their citizens from gun abuse, often including the need for strict valid justification for owning a gun, but don’t expect the ‘Las Vegas’ event to be the last in the US, nor for it to change anything one iota about guns in America, will you?]

The INEVITABLE end result of the EU ‘BREXIT’ negotiations – ‘NO DEAL’?

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Many, many, moons ago a number of posts here, offered the opinion that there would be ‘no deal’ that the UK could extract in reality from the European Union. Well, that is even more so still the same view now, when we are at the end of apparently the fourth session and some 4 months into such ‘formal’ pseudo-negotiations in Brussels.

Absolutely NO progress has been made whatsoever, so really we are still standing at the starting gate, but moreover and more importantly progress is UNLIKELY to be made when they restart next month (nor indeed ever before March 2019 when Britain is due to leave the EU?).

You see, the EU has unilaterally set unreasonable and dictatorial preconditions on the way negotiations can precede, and their BREXIT negotiators haven’t yet ended their stonewalling tactics. Their imposed rigid format has formed an impenetrable barrier to getting anywhere in Brussels, and as many of us thought at the time, Britain ought to have recognised that and rejected it out-of-hand at the outset, shouldn’t it? The EU has had the upper hand ever since and still do. EU attitude is, and will remain, “you British must capitulate to ALL our outlandish demands” – now, that is not ‘negotiation’ by any stretch of the imagination, is it?

In what doubtless will prove to be a vain attempt to break the existing logjam, PM Theresa May has stupidly stepped-in last Friday to announce an unwarranted commitment to give them enough dosh to ensure that the EU budget, even 2 years after we leave, doesn’t suffer whatsoever from the UK leaving, and neither will any of the existing members (no increase in their fees or reduction in receipts), and moreover the UK will pay-up all financial obligations from the ‘past’ (when we in fact have absolutely NONE, but the EU will claim is a king’s ransom).

Oh yes, our lead negotiator David Davis now says he believes (really?) that the deadlock has been broken and May has unlocked a change in the EU’s mood because the UK has shown “flexibility – what is meant is that we have “given-in” and made massive concessions both financially and otherwise, so that we have given-up all our trump cards (which as well as money, had included citizens’ rights & security cooperation), with nothing whatsoever to show for it. That is a mad negotiating strategy as anyone who has experience will know – you just don’t do those kinds of things when you can’t trust the other party, or when you are dealing with a demonstrable serious lack of goodwill on EU side, do you?

Cutting to the chase then, the opinion voiced here in a number of BREXIT blogs before, is that at the outset we needed to accept that the EU’s twenty-seven other countries would be incapable of ultimately agreeing any kind of ‘acceptable’ deal with Britain about our departure, and we haven’t even yet reached that FINAL hurdle which is still some seventeen months away, have we?

Instead of putting all our eggs in the basket of negotiating the mirage of a “good deal” which is the false ambition of the existing Government, we should putting all our energy and resources into the plans to deal with the likely “no deal”, surely? The May Government is making the same mistake as the Cameron one did by not having a plan that prepares ourselves for the ‘unwanted’ outturn. The worst thing about not doing that is that the EU side of the table know that we are bluffing when we say “No deal is better than a bad deal”, because they can see we will have no option, because we have no other plans lined-up, so we will have to accept any crumbs of comfort that they deem to offer the UK, don’t they?

They have now faced us down and ‘we blinked first’.

We know that in the event of a no deal outcome, we will have to continue with our same trading links but under World Trade Organisation rules, and we will certainly want to do that, because there are a multitude of small UK companies that already have long standing ‘strong’ relationships with customers in the EU and they fully expect their trading to continue, don’t they?

Perhaps for example, the Government could set-up a ring-fenced WTO financial treasury fund operating for 5 years, to which the tariffs paid by European companies exporting stuff to us are paid in, on which British companies exporting to the EU can draw down. Now, since the EU export MORE goods to us than the UK exports to them that would give stability to our companies until new trading agreements around the World are in place. This would be a particularly sound approach because the EU market is a progressively shrinking one for us, while there are other major expanding markets

Just remember everyone, that the EU autocrats have so far stuck to their guns in refusing to even start discussion on future trading arrangements until we agree a “divorce’ settlement which could be say €100 billion – but IF we ever agreed to that, you can bet your bottom dollar that it would NOT get us a trade deal though (or anything else) because they will demand that we BUY that privilege on top, so that the UK pays in for evermore, eh?

As it stands, with the new dynamics of the negotiations after Theresa May’s intervention, the debate on how much budget we will have spare by leaving the EU, to plough-in and save our cash strapped NHS, becomes irrelevant as it will be a negative number, won’t it?

 

[THIS IS NOT THE BREXIT THE COUNTRY VOTED FOR. Time for our Government to get real at last in our EU negotiations, don’t you think?]

 

The North Korea has moved inextricably towards deliverable nuclear warheads – the potential consequences?

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There has been a ‘war of words’ between North Korea and the United States which has been dire in recent weeks, and as recounted here in a recent post earlier this month, President Donald Trump has both embarrassed himself and America by his stupid participation in it all, even unnecessarily enflaming it at times to encourage ‘Kim Jong-Un’ and his entourage to talk and act BIG.

By doing so, he’s taking the world dangerously close to a precipice, with no clear face saving exit for either himself or his adversary (as the saying goes “never back a dangerous animal into a corner”).

Trump simply doesn’t understand that a strong tough President speaks softly but carries a big stick [as advocated by American president Theodore Roosevelt over 100 years ago], and not the other way round, does he? Where is ‘the iron fist in the velvet glove‘ when Trump is penning his thousands of stupid ‘presidentially undignified’ tweets, eh? Where was his understanding of the pivotal role of a President when he was yelling and blustering last week at the United Nations, threatening to wipe tiny North Korea and its crass leadership off the map? We ALL know perfectly well that the US does HAVE the capability to do just that thing if it has the will – so why demean himself by actually threatening IT, eh?

Neither does he appreciate that North Korea has a dictatorial ruthless ‘Supreme Leader’ (aka ‘god’) who HAS to be followed by the people (even if necessary, on the road to death & destruction), whereas America merely has an ‘elected president’ who has a Congress subject to voter influences, in overall charge (which he has found out already to his chagrin, by his humiliating abject failure to amend even Obamacare, or indeed get anything else done whatsoever, in his tumultuous eight months’ residence at the White House).

Now, Trump is someone with an innate incapacity to personally admit failure, even when he recognises it himself, as he has just demonstrated by his most recent subterfuge of the deletion of his mega supporting tweets for the ‘losing’ candidate in a primary for a Senatorial election, and even for his inability to recognise that he had fallen short of essential action, when just at a time of a national calamity, he had incompetently seriously misjudged the seriousness of the devastating hurricane crisis in Puerto Rico. Yet instead, he tries to divert the public’s view and attention, by inventing a spat with black football players who he says disrespect the flag. Behind all that fiasco, he faces the backdrop of a haunting and mounting Russia investigation that could bring his presidency down, but which he persists on casually brushing it aside as “fake news”, when it most certainly is not, doesn’t he?

However, in reality these are insignificant minor matters on the gravity scale of things though, so make no mistake about that, will you? No, there is only ONE ISSUE of magnitude that concerns the World, as it should him (but apparently doesn’t faze him), and that is the one of the out of control escalating nuclear showdown with North Korea.

There can be no doubt about it, but the USA does ‘have’ to halt North Korea’s march towards worldwide deliverable nuclear capability, as no one else will (definitely NOT the increasingly defunct UN, eh?), but it has to find a way and all indications are that it will not be diplomacy but through military action because too much water has already flowed under the bridge by past inaction, hasn’t it?

The consequences of such military conflict though will be very substantial and definitely objectionable, because of the significantly loss of life & limb involved, to which many will understandably baulk. However, the result of doing nothing will not produce a better outcome, will it? There will be certainly the same if not greater penalty to pay by America sitting on its hands, as Kim Jong-Un will not stop short of nuclear power status but will use it to dare to attack & conquer South Korea, don’t you think?

Moreover, what we should all understand however is just what power in short order that North Korea would have to threaten the World with their nuclear weapons, that they most decidedly have, but probably not yet gained all the sophisticated ability to deploy them globally.

Now, America as the most advanced nuclear country, has a nuclear weapon fifty-thousand times more powerful than the current North Korean’s bomb, but so what? That just means that while the North Korea could cause a million casualties in say New York, when America could hit four million in the North Korean capital Pyongyang – does that make anybody feel any better, any more safe, then eh?

When their intercontinental missiles complete development, possibly within a couple of years, North Korea will be able to reach the potential targets of say all the cities of London (656,540 causalities), Seoul (506,850 causalities), Tokyo (399,450 causalities), San Diego (189,350 causalities), Honolulu(179,030 causalities), Sydney (161,390 causalities). Who is going to sleep soundly in their beds when a nuclear power, militarised, warmongering outfit run by megalomaniac nutter is on the march, eh?

 

[When the sand of time run out on curtailing ‘Kim Jong-Un’ and his erstwhile North Korean empire, we will know that the end of civilisation, if not life on Earth itself, is nigh, wont we?]

Prime Minister ‘Theresa May’ – be GONE?

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It may be a sorry state of affairs but PM Theresa May has to face up to it, doesn’t it? Yes, the stark fact is that she is not wanted anymore.

She is ‘not wanted’ in the Country, as the General Election she had gratuitously called four months ago to demonstrate her superiority and power, subsequently clearly demonstrated, by her unexpectedly losing it and getting a bloody nose.

She is ‘not wanted’ by the Conservative Party, because she has let the side down by losing them their hard won, slim but significant, ‘absolute’ and effective majority in the House of Commons, so they ended-up with a ‘hung’ parliament again, no less? All because, she not only misjudged the mood of the electorate, but she wrongly assumed that as Leader and PM, she was more important than the Party itself, so couched the election to be solely about her and not the Tories, eh? That was compounded by misguidedly trying to marginalise Labour by negative campaigning, primarily with denigrating and trying to belittle its leader Jeremy Corbyn, rather than a positive push of Tory policies & achievements, while attacking the Left’s, popularist amongst the young, but spendthrift policies.

She is most certainly ‘not wanted’ by the 21 Tory ex-MPs including 9 Ministers, who lost their seats (with just five working days to clear out their offices), and therefore out of their cushy lucrative jobs & immediate promising futures, in that disastrous 2017 snap Election and will have little chance of getting them back if she studiously hangs–on to fight another General Election. They will now be back in their constituencies diligently plotting with their chairmen and chairwomen to have her ditched as soon as possible, won’t they? [Moreover a number of their MPs survived by the skin of their teeth and that included the likes of Amber Rudd (Hastings & Rye) then & currently Home Secretary (retained her seat by only 346 votes after a full recount when it had been nearly 5,000 two years before!)].

[High profile Tories who bit the dust last June were ‘Ben Gummer’ (Ipswich) Cabinet Office Minister & manifesto king, ‘Jane Ellison’(London Battersea) Financial Minister, ‘Gavin Barwell’ (Croydon Central) Housing Minister, ‘Rob Wilson’ (Reading East) Charity Minister, ‘Nicola Blackwood’ (Oxford West & Abingdon) Health Minister, ‘James Wharton’ (Stockton South) Minister for Growth, ‘Simon Kirby’ (Brighton Kemptown) City Minister, ‘David Mowat’ (Warrington South) Health Minister, ‘Edward Timpson’ (Crewe and Nantwich) Minister for Children and Families.

And other Tory MPs James Wharton (Stockton South), James Berry (Kingston and Surbiton), Andrew Bingham (High Peak), Julian Brazier (Canterbury) – seat lost after 99 years, Neil Carmichael (Stroud), James Davies (Vale of Clywd), Flick Drummond (Portsmouth South), Ben Howlett (Bath), Stewart Jackson (Peterborough), Charlotte Leslie (Bristol North West), Dr Tania Mathias (Twickenham), David Nuttall (Bury North)].

She is ‘not wanted’ in No 10 Downing Street, because she has become a lame-duck of a Prime Minister, unable to fully command her own Cabinet, or certainly not even sack anyone who was bucking the BREXIT traces (like serpent akin committed Europhile Chancellor Philip Hammond who was most decidedly heading for the back benches (and he knew it), before she fouled-up the Election, wasn’t he?).

She is ‘not wanted’ by the major BREXIT players of the Government like Boris Johnson, David Davis, and Liam Fox because she has undermined their efforts to succeed in Britain leaving the EU with a good deal, and that done simply to appease the BREXIT deniers and hold onto power. Indeed Johnson needed to mark her card the weekend BEFORE her ‘give-away a fortune’ speech and it was only that which halted her in her tracks from keeping us in the EU for an extra bloody 4 or 5 years as was then her intention, wasn’t it? Furthermore, Johnson subsequently has made it crystal clear that he for one, won’t stand idle by if she doesn’t cut loose from the EU’s control in 2019 or attempts to increase the so-called ‘transition period’ of 2 years, hasn’t he?

[The main BREXITEERS are much in the same position as described in demoted ex-Foreign Secretary, Deputy PM Geoffrey Howe’s electrifying, poisonous, ‘resignation’ speech of 27 years ago, when he savagely claimed (probably unfairly as he himself was the architect of his own demise?), that PM Thatcher’s behaviour was “like sending your opening batsmen to the crease only for them to find… that their bats have been broken… by the team captain”]. Out of character for him, but he was hilariously taking the piss out of her having said just days previously, using a cricketing metaphor, that “she was at the crease but facing hostile bowling she was hitting all round the ground”, wasn’t he?

She is ‘not wanted’ by her Cabinet because its wants unity and collective responsibility, with clarity in spades BUT they are now ‘disunited’ and see a ‘conflict of loyalties’, with total ‘confusion’, don’t they?

She is ‘not wanted’ in the Westminster corridors of power, not least because she has always been a loner there with few if any close mates and certainly not many allies, who doesn’t meet-up with the tearoom rabble – so when the chips are down, they simply will not be campaigning for her or supporting her, will they? It is being said that some current 30 Conservative MPs including 4 ex-Cabinet Ministers want her to resign now, eh?

She is ‘not wanted’ by the Leavers because she can no longer be trusted to deliver the clear-cut BREXIT they voted for, and the Country is heading for a fudged bodged job. Her innate instincts for personal political survival far outweigh for that matter any principles she might hold, let alone the commitment, desire, or vision needed for this great Country to once again take the path to become a global trading nation, as envisaged by the majority voting for us to leave the EU.

While she was most certainly viewed by that majority group with suspicion at the outset, because of her support for the other side in the Referendum, she was reluctantly given the benefit of the doubt, as she had been a lacklustre campaigner on the government’s behalf, and seemed to all intents and purposes to subsequently cherish the hard fight needed to get a good deal with the EU in place. She has blown all that out of the water though, with her weak cowardly capitulation in front of an European audience, when she didn’t have the guts to tell it straight to her own people beforehand, nor even face the music with them since, eh?

She is ‘not wanted’ by the Remainers because she was a turncoat who set-out to rain on their sorry parade and has only been brought to heel by chance when she screwed-up a General Election and was faced down by the Europeans with the incalcitrant likes of mr nobody Jean-Claude Juncker (so called ‘President of the European Commission’ and ex-prime minister of world-power not, Luxembourg) and Michel Barnier (their chief ‘non-negotiator’ and a France ex-minister).

She is ‘not wanted’ by the elite Upper Class because she is seen as just an upstart from a comprehensive school with only a lowly Oxford degree to her name, no history or riches, and most certainly is NOT one of them.

She is ‘not wanted’ by the lowly ‘Working Class’ because she has always had a middle class life and never broken sweat in her life, and doesn’t know what it is like at the bottom of the pile so is out of touch and unsympathetic to the lifestyle problems of survival, so most certainly is NOT one of them.

She is ‘not wanted’ by Men voters because she is neither an effective strident female politician nor a strong homely community friendly motherly figure.

She is ‘not wanted’ by Women voters because she is hardly a feminist type, yet is not a role model figure and someone to aspire to be like.

Now just remember that Thatcher finally was brought down by Europe and in general not because of a single mistake she had made, but because of an accumulation of PM errors, won’t you?

Those failings included pushing the despised poll tax, and included her self-destructing finally with her infamous speech berating Europe’s further objectives with NO, NO, NO, NO, stridently reiterating ‘no to for the planned parliament’s further integration, no to a more powerful European parliament, no to a stronger EU council, no to an more overbearing European commission [of course that made her major enemies, and a prime target for comeuppance, across the Channel in Paris, Berlin and Brussels, at a time when Britain was still fairly keen on the ‘European Economic Community’ [the precursor to the current EU], but due to her anti-European sentiments many felt she was holding the UK back and that the Country was losing influence in European decision making.

Then of course there was the mistakes baggage that she inevitably carried after three terms in power, and that encompassed the Falklands, Westland’s, authoritarianism, loss of popularity, abolition of public programs. racism, rich and poor divide, seemingly being out of touch, amongst others.

Back In 1982, a war was won against Argentina over the Falkland Islands, which initially substantially increased her popularity, but that waned dramatically as many realised that she had pushed the UK into an expensive needless war, which had resulting in massive loss of human life, and that included her callous sinking of the Belgrano. She lost a number of members of her government who disagreed with that conflict.

Then later there was the Westland Helicopters affair , involving her difference of strategy with Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine, whereby she had leaked a confidential letter, but then tried to cover that up, finally resulting in Heseltine’s resignation – it not only damaged her but meant she had created an arch enemy who would eventually challenge her and bring about her downfall.

She gained the unhelpful reputation of being an authoritarian, because she got shot of all who dare to oppose her and surrounded herself with ‘yes men’, didn’t she? Rightly or wrongly many feared that she was blatant racist because in unguarded moments she said dubious things, say like about foreign cultures’ adverse impact in some places, and that caused hostility from immigrants.

Then of course there were a number of issues that had developed over time, and albeit in a much shorter timescale, May is in exactly the same boat now, perhaps?

There was a general loss of her popularity, both in the Country and more importantly within the Party, which feared impending defeat at the next set of elections. Policy had brought about the abolition or dumbing-down of many public programs with drastic impact on the poor, the sick, and the young (just like austerity now has).

Society was unfair, with a disturbingly widening gap between rich and poor & between bosses and workers. [Currently, the tax giveaways to the rich contrasts badly with the squeeze on benefits; the eye-watering pay of university administrators, contrasts badly with the massive debts being incurred by their poorer students facing gigantic hikes in intuition fees].

Increasingly the voters felt the government was out of touch with ordinary people [aka the recent BREXIT debate?], and major government reforms had proved unpopular [just like nowadays, eh?]

It all adds-up to it being time to go for Prime Minister Theresa May, don’t you think?

[To paraphrase the ‘David Cameron’ plea to the embattledJeremy Corbyn’ at PMQs “For heaven’s sake woman, GO.”]

BREXIT – the British voters sold down the river by a weak Prime Minister?

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In June 2016 the population decisively made the historic judgment for Britain to leave the European Union in the largest vote ever recorded in this Country on anything (beating even General Elections into a cocked-hat).

The Conservative Government had tried cowering the people into voting ‘Remain’ in the Referendum using a disgraceful campaign of “Project Fear” led by the Chancellor George Osborne. None of the Nostradamus style predictions came to pass of course, but not any of the pushers of the scare stories has neither ever set the record straight nor apologised to the public, but to simply save their necks they have continued to undermine the road to BREXIT and pray that this Country come crashes down, as a punishment from on high.

ALL the mainstream parties were against ‘Leaving’ the EU and therefore tried to get their supporters to vote that way, so were also aghast at the unexpected result, as it clearly showed just how much out-of-touch they were with ordinary voters.

Faced with ‘voice of the people’ having concluding that we needed to get out of the expensive, oppressive, undemocratic EU as soon as possible, the unmovable ‘Remainer’ Tory politicians, such as behind the scenes serving, former and shadow cabinet ministers like [oops, identity hidden] & BREXIT deniers, like nationality challenged ex-LibDem leader and Deputy PM,  Nick Clegg, basically simply said to themselves “so what”, and they convinced themselves that all they needed to do was to ‘say’ publically “we hear that”, and “we will do that”, but behind closed doors utter the truth of “we will ignore the blighters”, “they’re ‘only’ the electorate – they can get stuffed”, followed by “just let enough water flow under the bridge and with the passage of time, those uninformed, ignorant, misguided, uneducated ‘Leavers’ who thwarted us, will forget there ever was a vote, let alone the result, and the UK will be able to remain to all intents and purposes in the dreaded EU”.

So much then for so-called democracy in the Country that claims to be the founder of it in modern times.

In a fit of pique PM David Cameron immediately resigned though, despite having told the Country before the Referendum that he would definitely stay-on to run the negotiations if he lost the vote. He was then replaced by the Tories as Prime Minister without any kind of election within the party let alone the Country, by vicar’s daughter, one Theresa May, a fellow remainer, a failed but survivor of a Home Secretary, who immediately announced that, like venomous Saul of Tarsus’ (latterly Paul the Apostle) divine conversion on the road to Syrian Damascus, she had seen the light, so would no longer denigrate and persecute Leavers, but instead, as an experienced, accomplished, able, negotiator at the EU, she like a modern Moses would lead the nation out of Europe’s slavery, oppressive yoke, and servitude, while she proudly proclaiming “BREXIT means BREXIT – when what she really MEANT was that “BREXIT actually means Brexit. You see she is less like zealot Saul and more like a kissing, traitorous, betrayer, Judas Iscariot except she coveted her job as top dog politician holding forth in 10 Downing Street, rather than the bribe of thirty pieces of silver that he settled for, eh?

As the saying goes “How did we know that these two PMs were lying through their teeth?” Standard answer, “Their lips moved”.

Shiny new PM May waited an unbelievable long, baby gestation period, of a full 9 months to give the EU formal notice of our resignation from the erstwhile club. Supposedly, that was to give us time to ‘prepare’ (as arsehole Cameron had instructed the Civil Service to ignore any prospect of him losing the vote, so not to make any contingency plans whatsoever). Well, the downsize of that fiasco was of course to give the same ample time of 9 months for the EU mandarins to marshal forces and work out in detail how to screw-up the UK during the departure process, didn’t it?

That delay of course also set-back the Country’s departure date by 9 months, meaning that the things we voted for, like reintroducing accountable democracy, taking back control, making our own laws, having our own bespoke regulations, using our taxpayers moneys as we alone decide, trading with whoever we chose, deciding on our own agriculture policy, restoring our fishing industry, establishing our own immigration rules, etc, in the meantime all fall by the wayside, don’t they? That whole situation had reset the leave date to March 2019.

Hence at the same time of the Referendum a year later in 2017 we were still in the EU, within no sight of leaving, and handing-over a king’s ransom of UK taxpayers’ money each year, to be squandered by a spendthrift unelected bunch of overpaid control freak, appointed administrators, destined to destroy the weak in favour of the strong.

Fast forward nearly another 4 months, and not one inch of progress has been made in making arrangements with the EU for our departure. Now that is solely because they had decided at the outset that THEY and THEY alone could set the ground rules for discussions regarding the relationship between the two parties after our departure. Now there is nothing in the Treaties that dictates that at all, nor indeed their follow-up demand that the UK guarantee to pay an unbelievable sum of money just to leave as a so-called ‘divorce settlement’ (which again has no legitimate basis whatsoever), and that BEFORE they would even discuss, let alone agree, ANY future arrangements, such as a possible trade agreement, as obviously was being sought by the UK.

Now, where has our modern day Celtic Boadicea with her chariot of scythe blade mounted wheels, of a supposed high power EU negotiator, been during all this time, eh? Well, stuck at home licking her wounds, having been given a good kicking in a General Election she had needlessly called last June, which both lost her a parliamentary majority and worst still, her credibility as a trusted safe pair of hands running the Country. That outcome is a disaster for a Tory leader as the Conservative party is a vindictive unforgiving rabble when roused, isn’t it?

Oh yes, she has indeed now finally entered the fray, just last Friday, but not by being in the ring at Brussels giving it her all, and landing telling blows on a fouling, rabbit-punching opponent, but on the trainers stool in the corner outside it [in her case making a speech in the safe haven of Florence Italy). Well gone are the brash harsh words and fighting straight talk of a frightening bare-knuckle fighter, to be replaced by a placatory subservient ingratiating trainer, white towel in hand throwing it into the centre of the ring where David Davis, the man ‘actually’ in there in her place and doing her job, is hardly got a mark on him, never mind a bloody nose.

So what was her contribution, now that she has no stomach for the real fight? Well, cutting out all the smoke and mirrors, the bottom line is that she has totally and utterly indisputably capitulated, and put simply, the UK will now ask pretty-please to STAY in the EU for AT LEAST an extra 2 years, meaning the earliest we will now leave (if EVER, indeed) will be 2021, so some 5 years AFTER the voters in a significantly democratic decision here TOLD Parliament to LEAVE THE EU, when disgracefully late they were finally allowed a voice – now to be ignored, though.

Now, that would be bad enough, but she has compounded even that, by trying to pull the wool over our eyes, pretending to the general public that she IS actually taking us out of the EU in 2019, as currently scheduled. That is just because at that time “officially” we are gone, but in fact nothing changes, we keep paying in and the EU remains our lords and masters, except tellingly that we no longer will have any representation at the EU in any body there whatsoever, so we will have absolutely ZERO SAY at all, neither in ANY of its processes, nor any of the legislation they pass, nor any regulations they impose, nor any budgets they set, nor any gathering they pontificate at, nor how & what they spend, nor who they admit, nor goddamn anything else.

Could anyone have imagined a worse scenario or a bad’er BREXIT outcome, and the cancers within the Tory hierarchy, like chancer and arch-Remainer who was a leading Project Fear loudspeaker, but current Chancellor Philip Hammond, who are laughing their cotton socks off, aren’t they? They have won and BREXIT has been defeated by the backdoor to frustrate democracy, don’t you think?

Her subterfuge on the General Public won’t work though, as we are not as stupid as she takes us for, are we? She has shown her true colours and they certainly aren’t true blue, just a cowardly yellow. Some Iron Lady substitute, eh? Winston Churchill will be turning in his grave, wouldn’t you say?

She and the Conservative Party WILL get their comeuppance in due course and that could even be a new PM from Labour’s left wing, Jeremy Corbyn, in the not too distant future, or at a push from the out of touch, unreliable, unfathomable LibDems with Vince Cable, eh?

 

[The problem is that in Britain we don’t take to the streets when badly wronged (unlike the French just 18 nautical miles across the Channel). Shame really?]

Killer and criminal ‘Charlie Alliston’ DID indeed escape justice – no surprise there then?

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A couple of weeks ago, a post here outlined how lying Charlie Alliston had in February 2016, become the unrepentant killer of a mother of two by smashing into her at 18 miles an hour with his ‘illegal’ bicycle at lunchtime on a central London busy street, after he admittedly had refused to even try to slow or brake to avoid a collision after shouting and swearing at pedestrians to get out of the way. The collision resulted in the poor woman suffering irrecoverable brain injuries, and while she lay dying in a hospital bed, the perpetrator was abusing & denigrating her on social media.

The view was expressed in the post that our broken criminal scales of justice would allow Alliston, an uncaring, callous young man who doesn’t give a damn about anything, to escape justice – and so it turned out to be with a vengeance, last Monday at the Old Bailey, when he returned from bail for sentencing, didn’t it?

Yes, not only did he NOT get the derisory light but full MAXIMUM sentence of 2 YEARS JAIL for the unjustified killing, but he escaped jail ALTOGETHER, didn’t he? Oh yes, despite the Judge describing him as “an accident waiting to happen” and “the victim could have been any pedestrian”, he got only 18 MONTHS [despite pleading NOT GUILTY which should have invoked a penalty], but NOT in a real prison though, but instead in just a YOUNG OFFENDERS INSTITUTION, no less?

Oh yes, that might be indeed a ‘custodial sentence’ [just?] as originally signalled and indicated by the Judge following Alliston’s trial conviction of causing bodily harm through wanton and furious driving, but it hardly reflects justice either for pedestrian Kim Briggs who he killed, nor her grieving family, nor provides an adequate punishment for a young adult who will NOT be rehabilitated by it, don’t you think?

So did you buy the FALSE newspaper headings like Charlie Alliston: Cyclist who killed mother-of-two in Old Street crash sentenced to 18 months behind bars”

Well, that is certainly NOT the case, is it? No, you see he will be anything BUT be behind bars, as the significant thing about young offender institutions, is that they are nothing like adult prisons at all.

Those held there can be as young as 15 years of age (although it can include people up to 21 but they don’t mix with under 18s), so basically they are places that are geared-up to treat all there with kid gloves, so with nothing scary going on – no one thrown straight into a locked &  barred steel cell or anything like that you see, but the place is instead staffed with ‘supervisors’ (not custodial prison officers) for the inmates to confide in if they need, eh?

Well, the convicted do have to wear prison clothes (probably not designer though, which will be upsetting for Alliston, no doubt?), but he is allowed to wear his own trainers or shoes if he chooses.

Also he will be allowed to smoke if he wants to, and certainly he won’t be banged-up all day at all, just be in and out of his room [with its TV, kettle, toilet, sink, DVD player, games console, eh?], getting free education or skills training, with evenings spent chatting with others, or in the gym, or phoning family and friends with his allowance [he will be able to get money by going to lessons, or people can send him money to use as phone credit].

He will be allowed a couple of visits from family and friends every month as well naturally. Standard meal type food with a choice of menu is of course freely supplied, but by using earned money, even that can be supplemented by buying other snacky things including sweets, for personal enjoyment in his room.

Sounds more like a good life, rather than a hard lesson with harsh punishment, wouldn’t you say?

Not only that of course, but fixed wheel track bike with no front brakes enthusiast and young thrill-seeker, Alliston won’t actually even be there in that cushy life for that year and a half will he? No, he will be skipping out of the institution’s doors in just nine months time on license, because that is the mad way the do-gooders have manipulated the criminal system and discouraged society from building and staffing enough places of containment for the increasing band of criminals this Country is creating or letting in.

This wayward 20-year-old was actually acquitted of manslaughter, which would have invoked a ‘proper & appropriate sentence in relation to the death of Mrs Briggs, wouldn’t it? Now, exactly why he got away with that was and is a mystery to most of us laypeople, as his actions to all intent and purposes seem to have fully met the published criteria for that offence (and certainly the legal eagles of the Crown Prosecution Service believed that to) – obviously his smart-arsed Queens Council barrister (we will certainly have paid for?) persuaded the Jury otherwise, unfortunately?

“Obstinately sure of himself”, school dropout, Alliston’s insensitivity and callousness shown to the consequences of his actions, are fully demonstrated by him having had a tattoo of a blood crying skull done AFTER he had killed Mrs Briggs, and even followed-up that with his Court evidence by cruelly recounting that his girlfriend had told him to “go and kill a half hour” –NOT the right thing for an accused to report to the Court in explanatory mitigation, when he had went out and ‘killed’ someone, surely?

Amongst the many porkies that Alliston told (or had told for him) at his trial, was that he had spent eight months no less working as a courier cyclist in London, making up to 20 deliveries a day. Apparently this was said under oath to pretend to and convince the Jury, that he was an experienced and skilled professional London streets ‘bike rider’, so obviously the collision with a pedestrian crossing the road in his path was solely her fault and there was nothing that he, as someone well able to control the bike safely, could have done to avoid it, eh?

The real truth was that of the 3 companies he ‘claimed’ to have worked extensively for, one didn’t exist, at another he spent only 1 day, and at the other just a week. Now why that misleading untruth didn’t get exposed at his trial, goodness only knows, but after his trial, it took the Daily Mail national newspaper to uncover the real facts and report them to the authorities, didn’t it?

Was THAT the BIG lie that got him acquitted of manslaughter of Kim Briggs, do you think? Well, we will never know about that, BUT it does seem quite possible that he will face a perjury charge over this subterfuges and certainly he should – even his sentence for the charge he was convicted-off didn’t reflect that false swearing, did it?

Don’t hold your breath though, will you? In our crime indulgent society, he will get away with it, as the do-gooders will claim that it is not in the public interst, won’t they? Mustn’t upset a lying good for nothing waster of a twenty year old killer before he has his 21st Birthday Bash perhaps, you see?

 

[The offence of perjury, created under the Perjury Act 1911, carries a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment or a fine, or both]

 

 

‘Aggressive’ North Korean despot ‘Kim Jong-Un’ has called the bluff of ‘Bigmouth’ American President ‘Donald Trump’ – a further humiliation for the World’s most powerful man?

Last week, the post here outlined why it was now time for war with North Korea because it is intent on completing their acquisition of nuclear status, further developing their intercontinental missile delivery system to be capable of hitting the likes of New York or London with a massive nuclear bomb, and then undoubtedly embarking on the annexation of South Korea, which has been the long-term burning ambition of this Country for over half a century, hasn’t it?

Furthermore, its current leader Kim Jong-Un has unashamedly threatened military strikes against both neighbouring Japan [previously North Korea’s oppressive occupier (1910-1945)], as well as against US facilities and people in the region.The rest of the World is aghast at these prospects and US President Donald Trump has repeatedly mouthed-off empty threats of direct American military intervention unless Kim Jong desists in his quest.

But Trump who talks BIG and acts small was speaking with a forked-tongue as the American Indians would say, wasn’t he? Yep, he talks tough primarily to keep his nutter right-wing supporters on side, but he had no giant game plan whatsoever to halt North Korea’s progress to full membership of the selective nuclear club and we all ‘suspected’ it, and more to the point and more importantly, so did Kim Jong know it well, didn’t he?

Of course he did, so he defied America’s warnings, by simply calling Trump’s bluff, and immediately test launched yet ANOTHER intercontinental missile overflying Japan, to spread alarm and despondency in that country, and demonstrate to us all, that they had an even greater delivery range for a nuclear bomb than had been demonstrated before.

Did Trump really think that his unenforceable loudmouth threats to an out-of-control warmongering North Korea would “Make America Great Again”, eh?

Oh yes, the USA does indeed have the massive military might and resources to force a military solution on North Korea and so halt them in their tracts. But to do that they need to have those forces in the right place at the right time, don’t they?

Yes, so if, as an essential preparation, the US military had moved large numbers of planes, ships, equipment, and supplies into the region, together with evacuating non-essential personnel, Trump would have established some level of credibility of being able to make an offensive attack (if called upon to do so), as that would have clearly demonstrated that he had put his money where his mouth was (as the saying goes), wouldn’t it?

But of course he didn’t do anything of the kind like that, so Kim Jong simply tweaked Trump’s nose and carried on with his plans regardless. As to be expected, the United Nations further pontificated on the problem, issued its standard condemnation of North Korea’s provocative actions, proclaimed ‘further’ sanctions [much watered-down though due to China’s & Russia’s veto of course (China supplies North Korea with its oil and Russia employs its labour, you see?)], and went back to sleep as normal, eh?

Now, in the USA many of those who should be ‘in the know’ (like ex military generals and the like) are publically saying that Trump already has ‘in reality’ NO military solution available to the problem now presented by North Korea, and there maybe some truth in that, because of the inexcusable past inaction over the past decade, while watching it build-up its conventional military strength to a massive level, illegally getting nuclear capability, creating an operational delivery system – ex-President Barrack Obama is certainly one who should hang his head in shame, don’t you think?

Their reasoning of course for discounting a US military strike is that North Korea would likely immediately respond with an attack on the South using its conventional forces (if nothing else?) and massive casualties would result. Now, that may well be right, but that ought to be viewed in the context of, THAT is what is going to happen ANYWAY, surely?

Is it not better to have that happen at a time ‘chosen’ by America AFTER North Korea’s missile launch ability has been neutralised by pre-emptive strikes, instead of later when North Korea has fully acquired the capability of hitting any target in the World with multiple nuclear warheads? [In just a few years time they could even have reached the point of having an undetectable submarine launch facility also, no less?].

There is also a school of thought in America that says that North Korea should just be allowed to get on with it all [just as the appeasers decided about Adolf Hitler in 1938 with disastrous consequences, eh?] and hope that Kim Jong is satisfied with membership of the nuclear club alone, then behaves himself thereafter, and so turns his attention solely onto improving the lot of North Korea’s 25 million population which his father previously, and now he, have impoverished over the past 55 years in favour of pouring all the country’s money into military spend (Songun – “military-first” policy) – fat chance of that kind of turnaround, wouldn’t you say?

Well, the people of Britain needn’t worry either way what happens now or later militarily, because in any new armed conflict in Korea, this Country would play a totally passive part in any of those activities, and the indisputable reason for that, is that disgracefully our armed forces are such at a decimated level that we can barely defend ourselves with personnel and conventional weapons, let alone embark on assisting in some kind of war effort on the other side of the World, can we? [Why we still pretend to be able to be a world force capable of policing and defending others, god only knows?].

Nevertheless, Britain IS the responsible owner still of significantly powerful atomic weapon systems with its Trident submarines constantly on patrol under the seas and is fully capable of deploying that arsenal anywhere on the Globe if attacked, or in the event of a conflict with North Korea as a consequence of them actually using nuclear weapons, which indisputably they posses.

There is twaddle being expressed by some other parties that urge “all parties to exercise restraint and not to take any action that will escalate tensions”. Well view that in the context of North Korea’s mouthpiece news agency’s latest threats like “lets reduce the US into ashes and darkness, lets vent our spite with mobilisation of all retaliation means…”, voiced against America, or against Japan “the wicked Japs should not be pardoned …. the four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by nuclear bomb”. Not much scope for a constructive dialogue with them, is there?

 

[The World is drifting towards the dreaded doomsday of World War 3, simply through the abject lack of courageous leadership or decisive UN action, as is needed to deal with a small recalcitrant belligerent nation determined to go to war, don’t you think?]

North Korea– time for war?

Just four months ago a post here North Korea conflict – an insolvable problem, other than war?” posed the question if another Korean war was impending and in the making, didn’t it?

Well, we now have the answer we all didn’t want TO HEAR and that is “YES”, wouldn’t you say? Certainly, North Korea seem to expect it, as reportedly it fully evacuated its capital Pyongyang a few days ago [some 600,000 people  (they must have thought it was to be attacked by the US?)].

The situation seems analogues to that which brought about the start of WWII when world leaders fell over themselves to appease madman Adolf Hitler, who burnished an insatiable ambition to expand Germany into Europe, watched him blatantly illegally building up all Germany’s military forces to attack strength, and that of course included having weapons specifically prohibited to them, excused him threatening other countries, watched as he then went on to attacked other countries, but widely condemned him internationally, including berating him at the toothless ineffective League of Nations (the predecessor of the follow-on toothless ineffective United Nations, eh?)

Just compare all that with what has happened with communist, warmongering North Korea, where world leaders are beside themselves trying to placate and rein-in madman in chief Kim Jong-Un, who has an unbridled ambition to restart the Korean War [so called “Forgotten War”] because the North have ALWAYS wanted to try again to take over South Korea by force, to recreate ‘one Korea’ (and have only been stopped from doing so by failure to solicit the help of their main benefactor China (& fellow-travelers Russia), haven’t they?

Meanwhile they haven’t simply idly bided their time, but have spent a decade or more building-up their conventional military strength to an irresistible level that will overwhelm the South when let off the leash. However, they know that their next attack on the South would be met, not only by them, but probably like the last time, with South Korea being aided by America, Britain, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Ethiopia, Philippines, New Zealand, Thailand, Greece, France, Columbia, Belgium, South Africa, Netherlands, Luxembourg, where three of those countries are major nuclear powers with the ability to wipe North Korea and its leadership off the map, wouldn’t you say.

That is exactly why North Korea has consistently defied international law and the United Nations to embark on the quest of developing a ‘deliverable’ high strength nuclear bomb. With that weapon in place, they know that the so-called superpowers will not risk any intervention that would make themselves vulnerable to nuclear attack, don’t they?

So, despite increasingly stringent ECONOMIC & TRADE sanctions, North Korea has just one week ago conducted another illegal underground nuclear bomb test, their largest explosive device yet [that is the sixth test – a thermonuclear H-bomb indeed, with an estimated explosive yield of some 140kt of TNT – some eight times more powerful than the first A-bomb dropped on Japan]. Well, they had finally ‘admitted’ ditching the treaty on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons some fifteen years ago, to go on to conduct their first nuclear weapons test back in 2006 and it is thought that they now have available up to fifty such weapons.

Not only all that of course, but they are determined holders of even other weapons of mass destruction. They have a significant amount of both chemical weapons (perhaps five thousand tons including nerve, blister, blood, and vomiting agents) as well as biological weapons (including anthrax, smallpox, and cholera), bolstered by modern nanoweapons (which involve the manipulation of molecules and that includes laser weapons, thermobaric explosives, miniaturised unmanned aerial vehicles, ultra-lightweight airborne vehicles, and enhanced attack miniature munitions), all that currently aren’t even covered or restricted by international law!

Furthermore, the Pyongyang powers have just two weeks ago illegally tested another intercontinental ballistic missile (believed capable of reaching continental America), which would be the delivery system for a highly destructive nuclear bomb, and did so by it travelling 2,700 kilometres, overflying Japan to land in the Pacific Ocean, which was fully intended as a provocative threat to show the rest of the World that they can and will attack the least offensive of targets. [be aware that after World War II, the United States imposed a constitution that limited Japan’s forces to defensive purposes only]. However, North Korea should beware the very fact that America which has immense offensive capability, has a surprisingly close militarily alliance with Japan, don’t you think?

[An ICBM (and the later MIRV) intercontinental ballistic missiles are able to travel via outer space, so have a MINIMUM range of 3,400 miles (MIRV going up to 8,500miles). That means, possibly in range of a North Korean missile we might have Tokyo 800m, Delhi 2850m, Darwin 3550m, Brisbane 4250m, Berlin 4300m, Sidney 4600m, Brussels 5300m, London 5400m, Paris 5450m, Los Angeles 5950m, New York 6800m, depending on the development achieved so far].

North Korea have test launched about thirty missiles, since they actually promised to stop fifteen years ago (which includes fifteen this year alone), in clear violation of the UN Security Council. Eighteen months ago, North Korea indeed launched a space satellite, which would not only have allowed them a spy-eye up there in space [if only it had not tumbled in orbit so became useless as such!], but it was also a devious way of test firing their ICMB rocket technology with seemingly not breaching ICBM rules [doubtless their main objective, eh?].

The blunt truth is that North Korea has made unexpected rapid progress in developing its ability to deliver a nuclear bomb worldwide, so we in Britain need to be aware that London and our other big cities are potential targets, and are nearer than the likes of LA in Southern California. Without doubt, they will have had outside help, albeit from Russia, China, Iran or other nuclear competent sympathetic state, and with dependable intelligent gathering in North Korea being a virtual impossibility due to the isolated impenetrable nature of the place, it mountainous terrain, together with its complex secret underground facilities (caves, tunnels and the like) for military facilities, including factories and storage, means that its military assets and capability are basically indeterminate.

Some have always said that Kim Jong is over-boastful of their advanced weapons successes – well they were wrong when they have demonstably proved that they have an impressively powerful nuclear device PLUS the ability to deliver payload thousands of miles, wouldn’t you say? Now whether or not they YET have the capability of marrying the two, to give it the operational capability to deliver a missile beyond Asia, is a moot point but they certainly WILL be able to do so in the not too distant future, won’t they?

Human intelligence on the ground from the likes of spies, defectors, commercial or political or diplomatic sources, electronic eavesdropping (you see, the country lacks the normal intercept vehicles used, due to the restriction and dearth of widespread communications facilities, including those of hackable computers, broadband & internet technology, mobile phones, and all the rest) is so sparse to say the least that nothing leaks! No pictures are allowed to be taken of solders, let alone other military things, and even the dozen or more residences of Kim Jong are kept secret (ensures he can’t be easily targeted or taken-out, eh?).

The consequence is that we outsiders only ‘know’ what can be actually seen from satellite pictures – which means hard knowledge is severely limited, so we are very much in the dark (as the bulk of North Korea is at night, eh?).

Some would have it that Kim Jong [who has isolated himself from any outside influence] “isn’t really” a madman, but is solely determined to gain the prestige of making North Korea a nuclear power (with the World influence that goes with that), and so able to overrun the South – but many of us would dispute that, on the evidence alone of his ruthless executions to remove ANYONE who might cross him – and that would include reportedly having officials torn-apart by dog packs or slain by AA guns, as well as ordering Kim JongNam, his exiled, playboy, critical (& so out-of-favour), half-brother’s evil assassination last February by two women (suspected paid massage-parlour ‘good-time’ girls) , using a sprayed toxic nerve gas agent [CDC/VX – a classified ‘weapon of mass destruction’, so not readily available at the local pharmacy, eh?] onto his face at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport departure lounge.

In the event of any military conflict, you can fully expect North Korea NOT to adhere to international law or conventions in weapons use, so without doubt they will fully deploy their immense killing arsenal without restraint, even if it causes their own destruction. You have to understand their mindset, which is very similar to that of terrorists like ISIS, but where their ‘supreme leader’ now simply has replaced any god, and the people nowadays accept the poverty, starvation & malnourishment, lack of basic facilities, and even death, that come with the Country’s 60-year-old policy of “military first”, which overrides ALL other considerations, domestically and externally, doesn’t it?

The peoples most at ‘immediate risk’ from the current Kim Jong dynasty, are those 50 million in South Korea (especially capital Seoul’s 25 million people) and particularly the 10 million just 700 miles across the Sea of Japan in Tokyo, as well of course, as the US forces of 75 thousand based within the region [Japan. South Korea, Guam (Naval & air force bases)].

The problem faced by ALL concerned other counties is that there is no way on earth of avoiding that problem and considerable loss of innocent life, is there? Do NOTHING and South Korea will be powerful enough to defy everyone and militarily conquer South Korea, which will see possibly say a million dead in the process, whence they will impose the same oppressive control over the South that they have achieved already in the North, where its population of twenty-five million are enslaved and subservient to a cloistered, secretive, cruel, violent, uncontrollable dictatorship.

However, a clear threat to international peace and security continues to exist, and will certainly worsen, so America and its allies would be wise to strike at North Korea’s known launch pads while it still can, as the intelligence community consensus is that their ability to launch a fully operational ICBM with a substantial nuclear payload is only about a year or two away at most – and neither President Donald Trump’s ‘empty’ threats, nor UN ‘pointless’ condemnation, nor ‘harsher’ trade restrictions, nor ‘falling-on-deaf’ ears diplomatic censures, nor ‘persuasive’ reasoning, nor ‘extortion money’ food & energy aid funding, nor ‘appeasement’ talking, will have ANY effect on Kim Jong, as no action other than ‘decisive’ military strikes, will force him and his regime to halt the progress towards that result, will it?

Of course, there can be zero confidence that mere air and missile strikes can eliminate North Korea’s substantial offensive capability, and without doubt they will use it to retaliate so things will escalate, but what option is there?

Kim Jong’s current Achilles Heel is that he doesn’t YET have the capability to launch an ICBM from a submarine like we do, so his launch sites are potentially attackable – but for how long, eh?

 

[Nobody in their right mind wants to start a war, not least when nuclear weapons are around (and might well be used), BUT Kim Jong-Un isn’t apparently of sound thought though, and the World should NOT and CANNOT wait for him to come to his senses, can it?]