The country held hostage

A follow up to my previous post “stop bickering…

This government, since its election in May 2017, has had one defining mission – to negotiate a withdrawal agreement with the EU and ensure the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on March 29th 2019. Theresa May has promised that this will happen over a hundred times now.

While any government would be weakened by the inability to pass primary legislation, this government, above all others perhaps in our nation’s history, has single-mindedly pursued a single policy objective and barely concerned itself with any others. They got their deal, presented a Bill before the House, but can’t get it onto the law books. The government cannot achieve its one objective.

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Stop bickering and just get on with it

How do you listen to 100 episodes of a Brexit podcast hosted by BBC journalists and come away with the impression that the current impasse is the collective responsibility of all Members of Parliament?

This crisis, easily the greatest political crisis of my lifetime, is the responsibility of just one person – the Prime Minister Theresa May.

Both May's historic defeats overlayed on a picture on the House of Commons

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You want a debate now?!

Is no-one going to call out Theresa May for now seeking a one-on-one TV debate with Corbyn over her crappy Brexit deal?

When May called the general election in 2017 – where the paramount two things people vote on are leaders and their manifesto policies – she refused to debate on TV. At that time, that short month which the public have to judge and choose their government and political representatives for the next five years, May intentionally avoided public interrogation and oversight. In the event she insisted Amber Rudd go instead, whose father had passed away just 2 days earlier.

Now, when the decision is for Parliament, to judge her on her government’s competency and the deal she has had two years to negotiate, and the wisdom and deceit of the Brexit referendum. When her Conservative government and party have lost all credibility and discipline and she is completely reliant on Labour MPs to pass her deal, since she’s lost the support of even her own ministers. Now she wants a TV debate where she can win a quick point with the public as it all becomes Jeremy Corbyn’s fault.

If the deal has any merits (and she must believe it has some, else she would surely resign) she should be in Parliament daily, engaging with the nation’s representatives in a clear, evidence-based debate on the future of this country, in order to convince enough of them, the ones whose job it is to assess and vote on it, as our elected representatives, to pass it through the House!

Some people have no shame.

Brexit options and legitimacy

It was a good edition of the World at One today. After all the depressing ‘your morbid intuition was right, paedophiles are everywhere‘ headlines, they reported on Blair and Major’s ideas for referendum v2 in a few years, had a moronic Brexiteer tell us how clubs should work, and then Nick Clegg said sensible things about pluralism, negotiation and liberalism. This has prompted me to write a little, five months on from that decision.
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Brexit: My social circle react

The following are posts made by family and friends, or friends of friends of mine on Facebook and other social networks in the 24 hours following the British decision to leave the EU.

They are presented here unedited and anonymised. If anyone would like to be credited with what they have said, or have their writing removed, please contact me as soon as possible.
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Critics of EU ‘red tape’

I subtitle this post, in the immortal words of Lord Kitchener, said as he encouraged men to enlist to fight in The Great War:

“Be certain that your so-called reason is not a selfish excuse”

Using two examples around data protection and privacy that I recently encountered, I will argue against the ever-popular opinion that European Union (EU) regulation is limiting Britain, and that leaving would benefit the majority of us.
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