Thursday, 12 July 2018

BREXIT - WAS THE REFERUNDUM RESULT LEGITIMATE?

All Theresa May’s character failings are being exposed right now, just as much as they were during her disastrous last General Election, when her failure to connect with any audience was brutally laid bare.  She couldn’t debate with Jeremy Corbyn nor could she relate to members of the public, on any level.  She has no people skills, there is nothing endearing about her, she has zero charisma.  Her cold, hard, humourless face, and headmistress attitude, endear her to no-one.
 
Let’s compare her for one moment to the very human, but sadly deceased Mo Molam, who’s personal charisma and straight talking brought the hardest of political ideologies together and produced the Good Friday Agreement.  Should add, she wasn’t opposed to a few drinks and a spliff either.  Iron Lady Mark II, is the opposite. She is so entrenched in the pockets of billionaires salivating at the fortunes to be made once we are free of the European Laws. Laws that forced them to treat their workers as human beings.  Trump simply signed Executive Orders deregulating workers’ protections and rights.  The tories are going for that kind of power, but they have got to get the higher Court that watch over them, out of the way.  
 
The one thing that is seldom mentioned when talking about Brexit, is the consequences of giving the tories absolute power to do whatever they wish. There will no longer be accountable to a 'higher power'.  Already they have been called to account by the UN for their inhumane treatment of the sick and disabled, how much crueler will they become when they can abandon Human Rights Laws entirely? The very wise Yanis Yaroufakis, when asked about Brexit before the Referendum, that leaving the EU could be good for the UK, but never under a Tory Government, and he has been proved right.
 
The Tories are always about what’s in it for them, not for the masses. That is, how can they make a fast buck. With no Employment Regulations and a crack down on those claiming benefits, they are creating a free (slave) labour force, another third world option for entrepreneurs like Ivanka Trump to outsource their manufacture of tat products.  It's lack of employment laws that make outsourcing to third world countries economically appealing. 
 
Trump is at least signing Executive Orders and sweeping away workers rights in a public setting, we here in the UK have no idea what rights TM is taking from the UK public, or what tariffs and trading deals will survive for British business. We are clueless as to the deals she is making or the effects they will have on the British economy. That the future of Britain rests on the shoulders of the most inept Prime Minister we have ever had is terrifying.  
 
By contrast, Jeremy Corbyn is instantly likeable.  He has done his homework and then some.  He fears no-one.  He doesn’t sit trembling in the wings, he doesn’t croke and lose his voice.  He cares for all citizens of the world, those in Europe as well as here in the UK. He is the opposite of isolationist, his warm, open approach will be welcomed by the more enlightened leaders of Europe.  
 
Britain is hurtling towards a major disaster. The implications of TM’s sole decisions will directly affect our lives and those of generations to come. Whatever she is up to, she doesn’t even have the support of her own advisers, though bizarrely, she does have the support of Tom Watson and Jess Phillips, who really should just go join them.  
 
We all know politics shouldn’t just be based on the ‘likeability’ factor, but it is as it is.  TM is not likeable.  Ditto, DD and BJ, though they are at least less automaton than TM. She won the leadership of the tories by default (no other credible contenders) and she got a massive vote of no confidence when she called the General Election. She now depends on the odious DUP to pass legislation.  She is far too weak to get any kind of Brexit that will be acceptable to the many, nor even the few.  Rats DD and BJ have now jumped ship. Sadly, for her, the other EU leaders, are not quite so cold, callous and money grabbing as TM and her puppet masters, they are not going to just hand over the money and step away.  We don’t know what TM is up to, but they do. Which is perhaps why she is so isolated and left out when she attends world leader summits.  
 
There needs to be a General Election.  The future of the UK cannot be left in such chaotic hands.  Both parties’ Brexit plans should be put before the people, with the facts and consequences of each party’s proposals presented to the electorate.  Whilst we may take comfort in the fact that future generations will burn effigies of Theresa May in what remains of England, now is our one, and possibly only, chance to alter that dystopian future.  
 
People power works. OK, it hasn’t in the past, but now we have the technology and means to get our voices heard.  We couldn’t stop Tony Blair’s war against Iraq, but we can stop a hardline, right wing government from making a deal with Europe that will only benefit the top 1%.  
 
The result of the Brexit Referendum is unstable.  In the same way as Trump’s election to President.  That is, there is evidence that Russia interfered.  Someone, probably a Russian, has discovered a way in which to influence/distort democratic elections. Their method is not rocket science.  The activist group Momentum, use it quite openly.  They target and invite people to become politically active.  It isn’t illegal.  Their method can unseat virtually any MP they choose. That’s why they are so feared by the tories and Blairites.  It is a different story altogether if a foreign power has distorted election results for their own gain.  
 
The big question is, should an election that has been manipulated stand?  Given that the manipulation most likely came from a hostile foreign power. What is Trump’s interest in Brexit? What was Nigel Farage negotiating with the Russians he met? Why are all the creepiest, slimiest, and most greedy attention seekers sucking up to Donald Trump?  Given that the answer to every question is money, just how much do they owe to the ‘rich beyond your wildest dreams’ Vladimir Putin?
 
The next few days should be interesting. Trump is once again intent on turning US allies into enemies. The grown ups look on bemused by the antics of the brat at the table, each face intrigued by the bizarre anti social social behaviour of the President of the United States, and probably secretly wondering how the fuck did he ever get elected.  Angela Merkel, I suspect, can see Trump’s world collapsing around him and what his future holds, it’s all in that knowing smile and he hates her for it.  He is jealous of her success as a leader and irked that she is a strong woman who is comfortable in her own skin. He is too weak and cowardly to degrade her by marking her out of 10 on looks, sex appeal, etc, as he does with every other woman he encounters.  In her presence he becomes a surly and belligerent school boy, he is terrified of her.    
 
If the Russians or a conglomerate of billionaires tampered with the UK Referendum, more than half the population I think, would say, let’s do it again via a General Election.  Meanwhile, the US, probably sooner than we, will have to face up to the consequences of the Russian attack on their electoral system. What they decide may even set a precedent.  Do they reverse the 2016 election that put Trump in power and hand the presidency to Hilary?  Like the US, we will have to decide if the EU Referendum result was legitimate.  There is much to suggest it wasn’t.     

15 comments:

  1. As the EU referendum came up with the 'wrong' result we should get another chance to vote for the 'right' verdict.

    Democracy only works when the result goes your way.

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    1. Unfortunately, or perhaps even inevitable, ways have been found to distort the democratic system. It isn't rocket science. Momentum do it will people power. That is, they can target any area and bring enough people out to vote to change a predicted result. Not sitting MP is now safe.

      If the referendum was interfered with by the Russians. Cambridge Analytica, Wikileaks or whoever, is it a democratic result?

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  2. The England match last night should be re-played too.
    The equalising goal should have been ruled out for a high foot. (dangerous play)
    We wuz robbed!
    Now if it was an English ref and not a foreign one, we would have won.

    I demand Fifa replay the game , its just not cricket!

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    1. Damned Russians hosting a world cup and then teasing the brits into the semis's,then poisoning one of our residents into scaring us into losing, the Russian conglomerates must have tampered with the results,we've got another 4 yrs of protest over the result,infamy,infamy they've all got it infamy.

      Well the theory of Strange ending with the burying of news under an England win is a non starter,it'll be soon be Autumn with an announcement of continual funding,enjoy the heat while it last's.

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    2. Drat, I dont suppose the wooden spoon (sorry bronze medal) is big enough news now? What about 4th? lol
      Yeah you are probably right, more funding in September and then March and then again next September too.

      On and on!
      Kick it into the long grass and hope for a miracle or the public lose interest, which ever comes first.

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    3. LOL Sour Grapes, jolly poor show and all that!

      A small part of me was happy for Croatia as I have a dear Croatian friend. But I was happy to see France win with so many immigrants! It reminded me of Jesse Owens socking it to 'Aryan' Hitler in the 1936 Olympics.

      Not that I know anything about football, lol, but the commentators kept mentioning how youthful the England team are - that bodes well for the next World Cup. Chin chin :)

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  3. Trump is an absolute superstar 6 more years of him.outside of mccann you talk some shit

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  4. "Punch-drunk Europe would do well to study the fate of American liberals. The more Donald Trump denigrates Nato, the greater outrage he provokes in Europe. Moral certainty feels good. But it can bring on intellectual blindness. Time and again, Mr Trump’s domestic critics have chosen righteous indignation over analytic clarity. Women could never vote for Mr Trump, Democrats reassured themselves. Then a majority of white women did. The US would never withdraw troops from Europe, says Brussels. Yet Mr Trump could do precisely that. Which side of the Atlantic would have the most to lose?"

    https://www.ft.com/content/ffb85db2-85a9-11e8-a29d-73e3d454535d

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  5. Ros proclaims: "She is so entrenched in the pockets of billionaires salivating at the fortunes to be made once we are free of the European Laws. Laws that forced them to treat their workers as human beings."


    Whereas Daniel Barnett's Employment Law Belletin says:

    "Brexit Update

    The Government has, today, published its White Paper 'The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union'.

    At paragraph 123, it proposes that there be no regression in employment laws.

    That means that no EU based laws will be repealed, meaning that TUPE, the Working Time Regulations, collective consultation requirements and much of our discrimination legislation will not be amended when we leave the EU.

    I have previously predicted that we were likely to see three areas of change post-Brexit: (i) relaxation of the restrictions on harmonising terms and conditions following TUPE; (ii) relaxation of collective consultation requirements in redundancy situations; and (iii) much of the Working Time Regulations. The White Paper suggests there may be no such changes."

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    1. Have any of these proposals been gone through with the leaders of the Unions? Or how about employers? The large corporations, the NHS, the building industry, the small businesses? Who among them can take the word of the tories that their rights remain protected?

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  6. W H Auden:

    “Tao is a tightrope…”

    “The aged catch their breath,
    For the nonchalant couple go
    Waltzing across the tightrope
    As if there were no death
    Or hope of falling down;
    The wounded cry as the clown
    Doubles his meaning, and O
    How the dear little children laugh
    When the drums roll and the lovely
    Lady is sawn in half.”

    Changes of Heart: A Study of the Poetry of W. H. Auden

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=0nTKlQlDkb8C&pg=PA25&lpg=PA25&dq=tao+is+a+tightrope&source=bl&ots=ByRq6RijM7&sig=YGGxlIE_-5hqnNDL0tNrWHaV3aI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxo_SH2KXcAhUHnRoKHcukBFcQ6AEILjAA#v=onepage&q=tao%20is%20a%20tightrope&f=false

    Or google: Tao is a tightrope W H Auden
    Also oogle: The Sea and The Mirror Preface


    Und immer
    Ins Ungebundene gehet eine Sehnsucht.


    Hölderlin

    Use Google Translate.

    Many Happy Returns, my dear Rosalinda!

    My present for you is in transit. (Nowadays, cognoscenti, I hear, favour lobsters and Chablis premier cru at supper. Fancy having a go?) :)

    Bless.

    T

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    1. Absolutely! Lobster and Chablis sounds divine! How did you guess I am a lobster and Chablis kinda gal, though I have been known to guzzle oysters and champagne at Sheekeys ;)

      I love the 'world' of WH Auden, an age of exquisite manners and a celebration of the beauty of language. I am not very familiar with his work I am ashamed to say, but I have delved in via his Quotes page and am immediately charmed. It would appear he was slightly at odds with the world and that I can relate to.

      I am at the moment updating my 'things to do before I die' list, and nearing the top, is 'to walk in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn' as she entered the Tower of London for the last time. A little macabre, I acknowledge, but I am so captivated by all things Tudor, I want to know how they must have felt too. Ideally I would arrive at Traitors Gate via a Royal Barge and serenaded by minstrels, but a river bus will have to suffice, lol.

      Fine dining is very nice, but I am equally as happy with a bag of chips sitting under a shelter with the rain pouring down and gazing out at the sea. Magic moments can be anywhere.

      As a former Marxist/feminist lol, I struggle with the concept of vast opulent displays of wealth, as in the palaces created as monuments to colossal egos. Now as ever, it is obscene that some have so much, while others have so little.

      But then, there is my inner artist and historian, both of whom are eternally grateful to those artists and architects who were able to 'capture' time on a canvas, in a symphony, through the power of the words they left behind. They are immortalised through their talent, the Kings and Emperors, for their vast wealth.

      Well I don't know how I wondered off there, perhaps I am feeling a little philosophical of late. Let me raise a glass of Chablis to you dear T, people who love the arts always have the most interesting stories :)

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  7. “The tightrope has been used often by Auden (as it is used later in The Sea and the Mirror in Alonzo’s speech) as a symbol for man’s passage through life.”

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=0nTKlQlDkb8C&pg=PA25&lpg=PA25&dq=tao+is+a+tightrope&source=bl&ots=ByRq6RijM7&sig=YGGxlIE_-5hqnNDL0tNrWHaV3aI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxo_SH2KXcAhUHnRoKHcukBFcQ6AEILjAA#v=onepage&q=tao%20is%20a%20tightrope&f=false


    Karma is but a ‘scorecard’, IMO.

    T

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    1. Hooray Mr T is back!
      Now where is Mr Sawdust?

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  8. Will you be writing an "outraged" new blog on the implications for press freedom following the Sir Cliff judgement?

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