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Friday, 20 October 2017

Now it is time for the Prime Minister and her government to go.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/19/theresa-may-seeks-brexit-deal-she-can-defend-from-eu27


Theresa May pleads with EU27 for Brexit deal she can defend


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I have written on previous occasions about "Questions to the Prime Minister" or PMQ's as it is commonly known.The way in which the Chamber invariably conducts itself with interruptions from the Speaker with,  "Order, Order" and the not infrequent admonishments to individual members for their behaviour or shouting, have often drawn comments from me that Wednesday PMQ's brings this House of Commons procedure into disrepute with members behaving more like very unruly children than adults who are responsible for the government of this country.
On Wednesday, (18th October 2017) however it was different. True there were the interruptions from members, the baying and shouting, the noise of unruly behaviour and John Burcow seeking to keep some sort of order, but this PMQ's session was different in the sense that the observer may well have take the view that this was perhaps not the last, but certainly very close to the last time that we shall see Theresa May at the despatch box trying but failing to convince her own benches, the rest of the assembled MP's and the watching media that she is in charge of her facts and capable of leading this country. She is of course adequately capable of answering the "planted questions",  from her own MP's sitting behind her, but in the "thinking on her feet" performances she demonstrates only hesitancy, confusion and ineptitude.
She already has had three dreadful episodes over the past few weeks. The Florence speech was poor in content and delivery, the speech to the Conservative party Conference was a disaster and last weeks PMQ's (11th October 2017), reduced the Prime Minister to second place in the performance ratings behind Jeremy Corbyn. Wednesday's performance continued this wretched path of a Prime Minister rapidly sinking towards the depths of obscurity leaving nothing behind except the sad memory of someone promoted beyond the level of their own competence. Struggling to find a response to questions on employment and falling wages leading to reliance on benefits, stuttering and evasive on criticisms of Universal Credit and its effect that delays in payments has upon thousands of claimants, a subject which will haunt her for the rest of the day and beyond, funding for the lifting of the public sector pay cap much talked about by Jeremy Hunt and the rest of the government brought about another oblique reference to the Prime Ministers now ridiculed "magic money tree", but no substantive answers, growing indebtedness, specifically of young people, drew the tired, pathetic and untrue cliche used by the Conservatives ad nauseum over the past ten years, of the "deficit that the Labour government left us" was the cause of all conservative economic ills, the Prime Minister was clearly relived when this initial examination was over and she was able to retire into the safer ground of the "planted" questions from conservative allies.


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The rest of the day ofered no respite from the embarrassment to this government and its embattled Prime Minister. The opposition motion on pausing the roll out of Universal Credits was passed by 299 votes to nil when conservative whips ordered their MP's to abstain rather than face a humiliating defeat. A tactic which drew criticism from Speaker John Burcow. Some hours after this debate, in a pathetic response, Theresa May's deputy Damien Green said, "All governments have to abide by the rules of parliament. We’re a parliamentary democracy, as the Speaker said last night, motions like that are non-binding motions, so they don’t engage government activity particularly. On any individual vote, the chief whip and the whips will decide what the party’s position will be, but, absolutely, we contribute fully to parliament and we obviously will continue to respect parliamentary rules.”.


Clearly, this government is in a shambles and the position of its leader is confirmed as untenable with each passing day. Scurrying off to Brussels for a "working dinner"with the other EU leaders, Theresa May sought to gain some support, pleading for a Brexit  "deal" which she can defend to voters back home. Again she was greatly disappointed when it was made perfectly clear to her that the United Kingdom has not made any real progress since her clarification speech and "proposals" in Florence.
There was perhaps the consolation prize of a hug and a kiss on both cheeks as she left the meeting, but she must have been very conscience of the fact that Jeremy Corbyn and his "Brexit team" were also in Brussels for meetings with Michel Barnier, Jean-Claude Juncker and the Prime Ministers of other EU nations.
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The Prime Minister and her government cling on in the vain belief that things will improve.The United Kingdom is being led towards the precipice of a "no deal" Brexit and the government are unable, or perhaps more accurately unwilling to prevent that situation. The divisions within this fractured cabinet and government are tearing the country apart and Theresa May is powerless to stop it. It is time for the government to go and take this wretched Prime Minister with them.








    

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The War Game.



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An article in Newsweek under the heading of "Worried About Nuclear Explosion? Here's What To Do", caught my eye this morning. It brought to mind a television programme made in 1965, but which was immediately banned from being broadcast. This ban remained in place until 1985 when the film was finally released for screening. If you have never seen it you may wish to watch on this link.
Even today, although obviously now dated, it is probably the most powerful argument against nuclear weapons and nuclear warfare that has ever been made.


"09:16am. A single megaton nuclear missile overshoots Manston airfield in Kent and airbursts 6 miles from this position. At this distance, the heatwave is sufficient to cause melting of the upturned eyeball, third degree burning of the skin and ignition of furiture"




Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The euphoria of some of our media.



May and Juncker agree to ACCELERATE talks amid negotiation deadlock

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Why is Sky Television News, some "pundits" on BBC news and the usual suspects in the media, so euphoric about the "agreement to accelerate Brexit negotiations"?
Everyone knows that the "negotiations" are in chaos the whole question of Brexit is a complete mess and that the government are fractured as to where we are and more importantly, where we should be going. There is not even agreement as to what "accelerate the discusions" actually means in any case.
Rather than hailing Theresa May's meeting last night (over dinner of course) as a victory for the Prime Minister's diplomacy, this jaundiced corner of the British media should be more concerned as to how we can extricate ourselves from this chaotic mess and achieve a settlement which is in the best interest of people and business generally. It certainly will not be achieved with Theresa May at the helm and David Davis leading the negotiations.

Monday, 16 October 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 15th October 2017



Good morning everyone.


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Last week, the Daily Express was forecasting "heavy snow". They were wrong (again) it is, in fact a hurricane. Well, almost a hurricane as it "barrels" (why do the media use that word?) across the Bay of Biscay, heading towards Ireland. By the time it reaches County Cork and Kerry, sometime early on Monday morning, it will have lost its category 2 status and be "no more than" a severe storm. The South West will feel the effects of the 90mph winds and heavy rain, so if you live in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset etc, the advice is batten down the hatches and stop buying the Express.
Prime Minister Theresa May, completed the "hat trick" on Wednesday at "Questions to the Prime Minister". Following the disaster Turin speech and the even worse speech to Conservative party Conference, Theresa May probably came to the Commons with high expectations of dealing heavy blows to the Labour opposition with the support of a united cabinet and the baying, howling ranks of backbenchers as is normal at PMQ's behind her. Alas, in this expectation she will have been sadly disappointed
Read the full text at: https://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/there-never-was-any-real-reconcilliation.html (copy and paste link)



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The road outside our cottage is quite narrow being no more than 12-15 feet wide (I do not and have never used the metre/centimetre nonsense) before it reaches the bank of the brook which eventually runs into the sea at WestBay about 6 miles away (I do not use kilometres either).
The road, according to the Post Office and all official bodies, is named "Main Street" though I defy anyone to find a sign to that effect as it is a very small village and is probably no more than a hamlet. The village is surrounded by farmland and is subject to the usual farm traffic which is normal for rural areas. However, over the past few weeks and certainly becoming even more noticeable over recent days, the tarmac road surface has disappeared beneath a layer finely chopped straw or hay covering which has been discharged from the large tractor drawn trailers passing at approximately three minute intervals on their way to and from some dumping ground at the Bus stop end of the village. 

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(Bus stop-Yes. Buses-No). This hay or straw covering, which is only marginally less offensive that the animal slurry which also frequently covers the road, becomes wet and sticky when it rains and then hardens off ready to receive the next days dumping to be dragged onto paths and into houses despite using the mats outside the front door. I appreciate that in rural areas this may be a common occurrence, but surely there must be a by law somewhere in the ancient laws which can prevent or control the excesses of this nuisance.


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I am becoming increasingly irritated by the finger glued to thumb gesture from the blonde/sand coloured hair (just about covering the grey), orange coloured skin megalomaniac who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington,  DC. 
Following reports of the most recent temper tantrum reverberating around the corridors of the White House, Donald Trump appeared on television screens around the world ranting about how evil Iran is and how they are reneging on their commitments to the Iranian Nuclear Agreement.
Read the full text at: https://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/the-latest-temper-tantrum-is-littered.html (copy and paste link)
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There is something very strange about the Conservative party. As each day passes, "several Tory MP's and even the DUP urge Theresa May to sack...........", somebody or other. The latest is the Chancellor Philip Hammond joining the list of Johnson, Schaps, Rudd, Davis, and others who over the past few days alone have incurred the wrath of one or other of the factions fighting for control of the corpse of the conservative party. Theresa May should do the decent thing and sack the lot of them, herself included and call a general election.

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After the strong winds and heavy rain, the predictions are that things will calm down, but become colder. However, avoid the Express as they are still carrying "Hurricane Ophelia: Troops on standby in UK & Ireland as Met Office warns of DANGER TO LIFE"

Have a nice week

John





Saturday, 14 October 2017

The latest temper tantrum is littered with falsehood and distortion.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/iran-nuclear-deal-trump-eu-federica-mogherini-netanyahu-israel-a7999556.html


World leaders have pledged their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal after Donald Trump withdrew his support for the landmark agreement.


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I am becoming increasingly irritated by the finger glued to thumb gesture from the blonde/sand coloured hair (just about covering the grey), orange coloured skin megalomaniac who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington,  DC. 
Following reports of the most recent temper tantrum reverberating around the corridors of the White House, Donald Trump appeared on television screens around the world ranting about how evil Iran is and how they are reneging on their commitments to the Iranian Nuclear Agreement. He is wrong of course since none of the other signatories to the deal, China, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom and the European Union agree with him and have all stated that they consider that Iran is fully compliant with the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)" or Iran Nuclear Deal as it is commonly known, reached in July 2015 and which included the United States under the then President Barak Obama.  

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It therefore follows that Trump is mistaken in his assertions or perhaps more accurately, he is being deliberately mischevious and provocative by stating what he knows to be untrue in pursuit of (not very well) hidden objectives. 
Moreover, he throws in other falsehoods in justification of his allegations many of which are in fact not even amongst the terms or points in the agreement. 
His rantings did however fall short, but only just, of committing the United States to "totally destroying" Iran and therein lies perhaps the real motives for Trump's astonishing outburst. He has been frustrated in his aspirations to achieve American domination in the world by spreading "peace and democracy" through regime change in other countries. For this failure of American foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, Trump blames Iran and Russia. The twisted logic of Trump's reasoning produces the solution that by reimposing even more severe sanctions against Tehran he can bring down the Iranian government. He refuses to accept the overwhelming evidence that sanctions did not work in the past and have had little effect in other disputes. More over, if he expected that the other signatories to the agreement would blindly follow America's lead, he is very mistaken.
It appears that Trump seeks to lead the United States into another war regardless of any consequences. For the moment, the question of North Korea is on a back burner as the President stokes the rhetoric against Iran and its people. In  connection with Iran, Trump has badly miscalculated and the indications are that he is miscalculating in respect of Korea.

Donald John Trump the 45th President of the United States, is a very dangerous man. 







Friday, 13 October 2017

There never was any real reconcilliation.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-theresa-may-philip-hammond-no-deal-spending-split-a7995616.html

Conservative splits reopen after Theresa May slaps down Philip Hammond. 


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Prime Minister Theresa May, completed the "hat trick" on Wednesday at "Questions to the Prime Minister". Following the disaster Turin speech and the even worse speech to Conservative party Conference, Theresa May probably came to the Commons with high expectations of dealing heavy blows to the Labour opposition with the support of a united cabinet and the baying, howling ranks of backbenchers as is normal at PMQ's behind her. Alas, in this expectation she will have been sadly disappointed as first Jeremy Corbyn and then her own back bencher's ripped into her on the question of Universal Credit and the hardships that this is causing both in delays in payments and the subsequent effects that this is having on families and rental payments and then on the subject of Brexit, which has been ripping the Conservative government apart for some time. 
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In response to a question on providing funding for the eventuality of a "No deal" exit, the Prime Minister contradicted the comments made earlier by Philip Hammond, by saying that she "has now set aside £250m to help prepare for Brexit". In an apparent slapping down of the Chancellor, who had signalled he wanted to wait until “the last point” before authorising spending on ‘no deal’ preparations and appeared unwilling to discuss further funds,comments which have resulted in calls for him to be sacked,  the Prime Minister shows complete ineptitude in her leadership not only on the question of Europe, but also on domestic issues such as welfare, housing, energy and education with "policies" being announced and then abandoned within days if not hours.  

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These differences again emphasises the chaos and divisions in government and cabinet, on the whole subject of Europe and our exit from the European Union. We now even have differing statements on the latest position in respect of the negotiations with the EU where on the one hand, David Davis stresses that good progress has been made whilst admitting that, "there is still work to do" and from the same podium Michel Barnier states that the discussions are deadlocked and later  Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, and the heads of the EU states agreed the UK had not made “sufficient progress” on the withdrawal divorce terms.
Chaos, confusion and discord tinged with more than a hint of self interest, divide the cabinet and a wretched government at this watershed point in the history of the United Kingdom. I have argued before that the government is not acting in the interests of the British people as the country hurtles towards crashing out of the European Union without any "deal" being in place which will be a catastrophe for this country.The absence of any leadership from this government and in particular from Prime Minister May, coupled with her complete ineptitude for the task, is driving this country into a cul de cac of rapidly declining credibility in the world, falling productivity, increasing poverty, falling living standards and and polarisation of society. The true costs of conservative divisions are evident everywhere, and we can only speculate as to how bad things will become should this government remain in place.





Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The government is playing for time and time has now run out.

 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/10/theresa-may-refuses-to-say-if-she-would-vote-for-brexit-in-fresh-poll


 Theresa May has refused to say if she would vote for Brexit if another referendum were held today


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The question everyone that everyone has been asking, is "Where are we on the road to Brexit?"
The answer is "no where". Theresa May delivered a speech in Florence on the 22nd September and said precisely nothing. On Monday, the Prime Minister made a statement to the House of Commons and again said nothing other than to confirm that the "negotiations" with the other members of the EU are no further forward than they were since Article 50 was triggered at the end of March. She did however indicate that the United Kingdom should face the possibility or even probability, that this country may leave the European Union without any "deal" at all. This may well be exactly what Cash, Johnson, Gove, Duncan-Smith, Grayling, Pattel and others who campaigned for a "No" vote at the referendum would actually prefer, but I do not, for one second, believe that the majority of the 17 million people who voted for Brexit, envisaged that this country should leave the EU without any agreement with the other EU members on questions such as borders, future relationships, EU citizens in the UK, trade relationships, workers rights and civil liberties, free movement and customs arrangements and hundreds of other details necessary to obtain the best possible arrangements for the people of the United Kingdom and those businesses and companies based in this country.


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Yesterday, (Tuesday), Theresa May followed her disastrous speech to Conservative party conference on the 4th October, with a disastrous LBC radio phone-in where she repeatedly avoided answering questions, particularly those associated with Brexit. The Prime Minister even refused to say if she would vote for Brexit if another referendum were held today,whch indicates that she is not really committed to the Brexit she is promising to deliver.

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Donald Tusk the European Council President, together with other EU  leaders, have already stated that the negotiations are not making any progress and that there is no possibility of proceeding to the next stage of the Brexit discussions until the United Kingdom provides more detail and intent. From the referendum of June 2016 and certainly since March of this year when Article 50 was triggered, it seems that the government have delayed providing any clear indication of a serious wish to reach agreement with the EU. All the indications point towards the United Kingdom leaving the European Union in March of 2019 without any agreement. The "Hard Brexit" option. This would be a complete disaster for this country and the people. With no agerement on the question of the borders, access to the free market, trade tarrifs, status of European citizens in the UK, European Court of Justice, workers rights, customs controls, the prospects of a rapid descent into economic chaos with inflation and rising unemployment within the first few months if not weeks of leaving are all too real.
Brexit must be fully negotiated and agreed no matter how long such a transition may take and the government must show its commitment to such a process. We must not allow the hardline "Brexiters" to drag us by the nose into an outcome which will benifit nobody. From the available evidence,  Prime Minister Theresa May is neither suitable nor capable for this task, and is too damaged and weak to provide the leadership necessary. It is time for this government to stand down and make way for a new government with the leadership and confidence to complete the process. Theresa May and her cabinet are playing for time and time has now run out.






Monday, 9 October 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 8th October 2017

https://paper.li/f-1346065353#/


Good morning everyone.


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The "Mad" Donald Trump seems determined to declare war on anyone who is not an American (provided that they agree with him,), or any organisation that threatens the American dominance. This time it is Bombardier where Trump has slapped a 300% tariff on aircraft built by Bombardier in Northern Ireland, putting more than 1000 British jobs at risk .



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Boeing went to court in America (where else?) bleating that Bombardier had received unfair, anti-competitive state support. The irony is that Boeing did not even bid for the Delta airlines contract which Bombardier won with its C300 aircraft.
The American court agreed (surprise, surprise) and found in favour of Boeing. Along comes Trump and slaps on the punitive levy.
For those who do not know, Boeing has for many decades been practising some very dubious tactics when dealing with their aircraft production and sales in competition with non US manufactures.
 In this, they have been aided, supported and abetted by successive American administrations and by the FAA and other regulatory bodies. Boeing and their American cohorts were responsible for killing off TSR2 and more recently Concord, because Boeing were years behind in SST technology.

This is and has been for many years, a scandal of immense proportions. We should immediately retaliate and slap a punitive levy on all American imports and should lobby for the EU to do likewise.

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 A party not acting in the interests of the country.
The Conservative party is disintegrating before our eyes with mounting pressure for the resignation of Prime Minister Teresa May. The cause of this growing dissatisfaction with the leadership is not only the disastrous decision to call a general election back in June, or the calamitous party conference in Manchester nor even the lamentable "negotiations" in respect of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, but an accumulation of negative effects all of which are self inflicted. 
Read the full blog at: http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/a-party-not-acting-in-interests-of.html


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Whether you like him or loathe him, Lewis Hamilton ranks amongst the greatest F1 drivers of all time. 
Ayrton  Senna, Juan Mannuel Fangio,  Alain Prost , Jim Clark, Niki Lauda , Nigel  Mansell,  are in my opinion the really great drivers who had the courage and skills rather than reliance on the car and its engineers. That is why Micheal Schumacher does not get into my list. At the time when he was winning the F1 drivers championship, Ferrari was the greatest car on the circuit and was technically streets ahead of all the rest in speed, reliability and design. Anyone, even I, could have won the F1 championship driving that car. Hamilton on the other hand is different. He has already won three championships (it should have been four but FIA stopped one on very dubious grounds) and now homes in on the fourth which he may well take in the United States GP in Austin Texas next Sunday week, with only three races left after that..

I sincerely hope that those who determine the "Honours lists" for services to sport (not sure that I approve of that anyway) do not go over the top again in dishing out knighthood's this year.


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The Conservative Party Conference 2017 will be memorable, (but only for a few short weeks), for being the most boring and repetitive Conservative Conference since records began.
What should be a catalogue of policy options and visions for the future, has become and promises to remain for the much heralded Theresa May keynote speech scheduled for later today (Wednesday) the last day of the conference. This conference has consisted of no more than 20% "policy" proposals and 80% unashamed attack on the Labour party generally and on Jeremy Corbyn in particular.
Read the full blog at: http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/the-most-boring-and-repetitive

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Last Sunday saw the most outrageous display of state thuggery against democracy.
The people of Catalonia, whether they voted "Yes" or "No", might expect better from the government of a country which replaced a dictatorship with democracy. The state intervention seizing ballot boxes, firing rubber bullets, smashing into polling stations, attacking, with savage ferocity, people who's only "crime" was queueing to cast a vote, has been on television screens around the world.
These were the actions of a police state dictatorship, rather than a democracy within the European Union.

The weather remains wet, warm and cold. It promises to become very windy and wet and cold or warm for the next seven days. The Daily Express (who else) is predicting heavy snow over the next week. They seem very confused. I know that I am.

Have a nice week

John

Friday, 6 October 2017

A party not acting in the interests of the country

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/06/grant-shapps-is-but-the-latest-in-a-long-line-of-tory-plotters

Grant Schapps joins the calls for the Prime Minister to stand down.


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The Conservative party is disintegrating before our eyes with mounting pressure for the resignation of Prime Minister Teresa May. The cause of this growing dissatisfaction with the leadership is not only the disastrous decision to call a general election back in June, or the calamitous party conference in Manchester nor even the lamentable "negotiations" in respect of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, but an accumulation of negative effects all of which are self inflicted. The numerous factions within the Conservative party, now heap blame on each other collectively and individually for their present situation, and scrabble around looking for a solution. One faction, led it appears by Grant Schapps, calls for an immediate leadership contest, whilst another faction with Amber Rudd in front, brazenly asserts that, "Theresa May has the full support of the entire cabinet" which is so blatantly fictitious as to be laughable.

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Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the 27 EU countries, has already stated that the British Prime Minister has lost all credibility and legitimacy in the Brexit negotiations as her standing at home and the status of her government crumbles. The United Kingdom is a laughing stock throughout Europe if not the whole world.
This of course raises the question as to what is now in the best interests of the United Kingdom and its people? No matter how many times any of the warring factions in the Conservative party may plead to the contrary, this continued in fighting has only confirmed an opinion which many have held for some time. The conservative party is not acting in the best interest of the country. They are as they have always been, driven by the pursuit and retention of power at any cost. The June general election was called not in the interests of the nation, but with the objective of destroying the Labour party and achieving a three figure majority in the House of Commons. Then as now, the motives of both those calling for Theresa May to stand down and the supporters of the Prime Minister are driven by self interest, where on the one hand Grant Schapps and those around him, seek a new leadership without the damage inflicted since June, whilst on the other, Theresa May is determined to cling on in power, weak and unstable, supported at least in public, by some of her cabinet. The one factor that the two sides have in common, is a preponderant dread of Jeremy Corbyn and the probability of a Labour government.


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The pro and anti Theresa May camps squabble continue with their struggle to achieve their own objectives. Both side know that should the Prime Minister stand down the "new" Prime Minster would be under intense pressure to hold a general election albeit that such pressure might be resisted for a time. Both sides also know what the outcome of a general election under such circumstances would be. The staggering reality is that both sides also know that the current circumstances cannot continue and that the longer this damaged and vulnerable Prime Minister limps on in power, more damage is being done to the country, the economy, its people and the credibility of the United Kingdom around the world.
The Conservatives are not governing in the interests of the country. They are shamelessly pursuing their own individual agenda's as the country suffers the consequences.




Thursday, 5 October 2017

A disastrous "keynote speech" from an embattled and emotionally shaken Prime Minister


The most shambolic conference speech in memory.

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The Conservative Party Conference finally came to a close yesterday (Wednesday), much to the relief of the Representatives in Manchester, party members around the country, Conservative MP's, Conservative Central Office and not least of all Prime Minister Theresa May herself. What had been heralded as the launch pad for the revitalised Conservative Party after the disastrous general election of June last, turned out to be nothing more than a few announcements of "policies" taken from the Labour party manifesto, diluted in an attempt to pass them off as conservative. Quite "Labour Lite" in fact. A "Cap on energy prices" (though no detail on how the cap would be enforced), building new council and low cost houses (though at around 5,000 per year for 5 years, woefully short of the 1.5 million required now), capping tuition fees (when Labour will abolish fees completely) more nurses and doctors for the NHS (but no "additional" funding to pay for them) and a few other policy options which will no doubt be forgotten by the end of next week. The Conference started badly and went rapidly down hill from there culminating in a disastrous keynote speech from Theresa May with coughing fits, interruptions from hecklers, a bizarre presentation of a P45 and ending with a collapsing stage set with letters falling off the slogan.
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It was so bad in fact, that Amber Rudd ordered Boris Johnson to "Stand up and clap" to provide a bit of support for the embattled and visibly emotionally shaken Prime Minister on the stage.The clear and irrefutable consequences emerging from these three days in Manchester, are that Theresa May cannot continue as Prime Minister and will stand down and probably before Christmas.

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It is already reported this morning that at least 30 MP's in addition to those already known to be planning her removal, are meeting to consider the best way to appoint another leader. The damage done to the Conservative party over the few months since the general election is immeasurable and the credibility of the United Kingdom under the leadership of this weak and vulnerable Prime Minister is completely shattered at home and abroad, but perhaps equally importantly with the European Union at this time of our Brexit negotiations. Before the start of the Conservative conference, the United Kingdom was a laughing stock in Brussels. God only knows what they are thinking this morning.Ministers are reportedly "rallying around Theresa May", but her support outside the cabinet is disintegrating by the second. It is only a matter of time and time has now run out.