The End Of May?

Courtesy of the Daily Markle we read that the Cabinet have accepted the possibility of the UK remaining in the Customs Union beyond 2020:

Mrs May dismissed claims of an abject surrender after it emerged her ‘war Cabinet’ has signed off on an extension as part of a ‘backstop’ that would avoid a hard Irish border if no other solutions are found…Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are said to have raised objections to the idea – but were ‘outgunned’ by other ministers and reluctantly accepted defeat.

Basically that is all pretty predictable.  May has been conceding ground to the EU team from the start.  Some people choose to interpret that as Mrs May’s strategy failing.

The view from Castello Italicus though is that far from failing, from the point of view of Number 10, the Civil Service and Brussels, everything is going swimmingly.

Starting from the supposition that May (a through and through remainer from the start) has been nobbled by the EU Commission, what she is doing is a perfect timewasting job to eat up the interval to when we arrive at Brexit day in no state to do anything at all other than plead to be allowed to stay in.

That is their plan and it is working.

All the time, energy and political capital they are wasting on bollocks customs plans and max fac shit they are not developing a proper workable EEA based exit, which always has been the only sensible approach, and which the EU dreads, for the obvious reason that it would be guaranteed to work (unlike all the other options) and we’d be miles better off and the EU would be fucked as a consequence.

It is time May was jettisioned. It’s the only way forward.

Boris and Gove have to see this, JRM surely does.  She must be out by the end of May (how very poetic!).

 

Nobody Expects The Spanish…

From the soft pinko rag formerly known proudly as the Torygraph (so in that they pretty well reflect the fortunes of the Party in fact) we read that the Spanish are girding their girly loins to throw a hissy fit about Gibraltar:

Negotiations over the post-Brexit future of Gibraltar are deadlocked on the issue of security at the territory’s airport … Sources on the UK and Gibraltar side of the negotiations said that Spain had touched a “red line” with its demands to have police stationed at the airport which is partially situated on a disputed isthmus that links the territory with mainland Spain.

Something that no sovereign territory would accept of course.

Apparently:

The issue of Gibraltar threatens to hold up any Brexit deal after the EU granted Spain a de facto veto over whether the Withdrawal Agreement applies to Gibraltar…Theresa May has promised Gibraltar will not be left out of the Withdrawal Agreement, giving Madrid strong negotiating leverage to extract concessions from Britain, including over joint control of the airport and creating a level-playing field on tax issues.

No that’s utter bollocks.

May will be out by then, we’ll be down to the short strokes soring our tailored-for-the-UK-EEA agreement, and there will be overwhelming support from the krauts and the frogs for us to tell the bloody Spanish (dear dear people of course, but for fuck’s sake) Government to Just Fuck Off.  Right Off.  Right Now.

 

Inching Towards A Way Out?

It has been said of the US Government that you can always rely on it to do the right thing, once it had exhausted all the alternatives.

Watching Mrs May’s bunch of intellectual cripples bumble around trying to square an impossible circle of their own creation, the best that we can hope for is that the same might eventually be true here.

The problem from the start has been one of a complete lack of leadership.  May came to office armed with a supreme ignorance of what it was she was expected to accomplish, and the confident swagger of one whose underlings have always been around to brush the accumulated shit resulting from errors of ignorance or  political expedience under strategically located carpets at least for long enough to allow her to move on to greater challenges.  Unfortunately for her, and us,  this is the most challenging task facing any UK premier since 1938/39 and her sound-bite based approach is simply not good enough.

As a result of Mrs May’s insistence that we leave the customs union and single market, which she and averybody else seem to conflate into a single entity they are overlooking the best possible solution to their woes.

It seems to be gradually dawning on the commentariat that the EEA would be the way out of our difficulties.

For many brexiteers this solution is derided as BRINO – Brexit In Name Only, but of course that is not the case.  Nobody thinks that Switzerland or Normay are in the EU in any sense at all.  Equally the idea that they are rule takers is nonsense as is the concept of “fax dimplomacy” – these were all insults hurled around in the primordial past before the referendum.  The details of an eventual EEA agreement for the UK would not be necessarily identical to those of Norway or CH as there is considerable scope for customisation.  An important advantage of rejoining EFTA (apart from not murdering our economy needlessly) would be that by doing so we would add very considerably to its political and economic weight which would lead to a massive improvement in decision making in many forums.

As an optimist I have always thought, right since the referendum and May’s idiotic first pronouncements, that we would eventually, around about two minutes to midnight, wake up to this solution.  It’s about five to now, and it is time to start selling this solution to a jaded public which is fed up of the transparent bollocks they’ve been tossed to date.

Peter Hitchens in the mail has seen it:

A tiny gleam of light in the endless, swirling, flatulent fog of the European debate: The possibility that Britain may remain inthe European Economic Area, so getting rid of three quarters of the EU’s laws, while not madly damaging its trade with EU countries, is still just about alive. One day, people will realise what a good idea this is.

 

And In Other News…

Going against the grain somewhat of the inevitable and of course monumentally tedious, hagiographic coverage of Harry’s forthcoming nuptials, we see that the impending bride’s brother has had the decency to remind His Royal Dimness of what many of us have suspected for some time:

36-year-old Meghan is a ‘jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage

Check!

He goes on:

As more time passes to your royal wedding, it became very clear that this is the biggest mistake in royal wedding history

Tell us something we didn’t know.

Meghan Markle is obviously not the right woman for you.

or probably for any non-Hollywood A-lister

I’m confused why you don’t see the real Meghan that the whole world now sees

Good question:

Meghan’s attempt to act the part of a princess like a below C average Hollywood actress is getting old

Bingo!

I don’t know Harry of course but he seems a decent enough fellow.  Meghan is a pleasant looking squeeze.

But Harry for fuck’s sake the whole point about being (nearly) king is that you can fuck and forget!

A shag’s a shag, but as Bill Clinton could tell you, a good cigar is a smoke.

 

 

The Gathering Storm

Tim Newman has an exceedingly good post regarding the dangers posed by the abysmal performance of the police dealing with the naked threats of vengeance being made by the supposed family of dead burglar Henry Vincent.  

Such as this from the Mail:

A traveller who knew Vincent for years warned that the dead man’s relatives and friends were out for blood. He said: ‘They won’t get over a death of one of their own and they won’t rest until they get their revenge…‘They’ll go armed with whatever they’ve got – guns, knives, anything that they can lay their hands on. There is nothing that they won’t do to get their own back on this pensioner.’

The police have to get a grip on this before innocent blood is spilled.  The ramifications could be enormous if Mr Osborne-Brooks is hurt by these people.  So-called Travellers (Gyppoes or else Fecking Pikeys to the non-PC among us) have been stoking up resentment for years by their casual violence, thieving and apparent immunity from the decent people of this country, and the absolute reluctance of the police to engage them and protect the innocent and vulnerable who are regularly robbed and defrauded by the likes of the late and unlamented Mr Vincent only make matters worse.

There’s not much to add to Tim’s piece really except to note that, inevitably, the Mail have managed to find an angle regarding house prices:

Leading property expert Henry Pryor, who has been in the property business 34 years, said: ‘Inevitably house prices will be affected.

They never disappoint!

 

Lessons From Stalingrad

Apropos of nothing really, we hear periodically about the threat posed to western nations by returning jihadists brutalised and further radicalised by fighting for ISIS/ISIL/Daesh – call it what you will.

At Castello Italicus we have read our history and don’t really see any major problem.

After a bitter fight at Stalingrad in 1943 the German 6th Army was surrounded and starving.  The Russians killed the lot (except for a few) in total around 1,000,000 men in the whole of the battle.

That was it for the Wehrmacht, from that day on their war was lost and it was only a matter of time.

The Russians lost appalling numbers of men as well, mainly because they began the battle desperately short of everything and their main tactic was simply to keep throwing waves of ill equipped teenagers and pensioners at the Germans in the hope they’d buy some time.

But to get back to our lesson from history, the only possible way to finish the jihadist menace is to surround them (pretty much done now) and simply make sure that none can escape.  Cut off supplies and wait until they all die.

It is brutal and far from the sporting sort of warfare we like.  But if we don’t do it this way we’ll have to do it again, closer to home.

No foreign fighter must  be allowed out, except in a box.  And not even then.  Don’t release the names of those killed.  Bury them in a trench by bulldozer, perhaps burning the bodies first to deny the possibility of DNA identification.

This is a war the Russians would appreciate.  Perhaps we should put them in charge for the duration.

The World’s Smallest Violin

From the Telegraph we read that:

he was such a loving person, and it’s probably something which just went wrong but he shouldn’t have died out of it.

The “something” being the robbery of a house occupied by a pensioner and his wife, aged in their seventies.

the pensioner – who was confronted by two intruders, one of them armed with a screwdriver – may have been trying to protect his wife Maureen…One of the men went upstairs while Vincent scuffled with Mr Osborn-Brooks and was stabbed.

with his own screwdriver.

We salute Mr Osborn-Brooks and wish him well in his forthcoming trial for murder.

Yes the British Justice system is living down to its reputation of frowning on brave people defending their own where the police have dismally failed.

Richard Osborn-Brooks, who has been bailed over Vincent's death

A splendid fellow, in happier times.

We can’t get too upset about the death of Mr Vincent.  A lowlife, habitual criminal, a leech on the poorer classes who were his victims, especially the old and supposedly defenceless.  No great loss to society.

Sound the tiny violins.

And Don’t Let The Door Hit Your Arse On The Way Out

Amid the successive clusterfucks of the May government a piece of good news, very good news actually; the awful Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders has been sacked*.

The Telegraph reports that her tenure started badly:

Operation Elvedon, an investigation into alleged payments by journalists to the police and other public officials. The investigation cost £20million but failed to secure the single conviction of a single journalist who was tried.

and went downhill from there:

Operation Yewtree, an investigation into allegations of historic sex offences involving celebrities. The investigation secured several high-profile convictions, including Gary Glitter, Max Clifford, Rolf Harris and Dave Lee Travis, but attracted criticism from other celebrities who were cleared after extensive investigations.

Her dismissal comes:

as every rape case in the country is under review after the collapse of four rape trials in the space of two months when critical evidence was disclosed just days before cases were due to be heard in court.

The money quote is this:

Mrs Saunders was “more interested in convictions than she was in people being tried fairly”.

And that about sums it up.

*Not sacked actually, but made clear she will not be renewed at the end of her 5 year term

 

Nemesis In Sight?

Via Zerohedge we read that the “evidence” connecting Russian Intelligence with the Salisbury attack probably wouldn’t stand up in a court of law:

This 6-paged PDF is a powerful evidence of another intellectual low of British propaganda machine. Open it and you can tell that substantially it makes only two assertions on the Skripal case, and both are false

Not so surprising, really.  This document was brought to you by the same geniuses who prepared Tony Blair’s dodgy dossiers, and it was one their old boys, Christopher Steele, who made up up Hilbilly’s “Trump dossier”

It has been obvious from the start that the Russia connection was at best the least unlikely possibility, but much more importantly, that May’s “Handbags at Dawn” approach was almost certainly going to turn into a humiliating defeat, which eventuality seems to be on the horizon and approaching fast.

 

 

NB  One caveat about the Zero hedge article; the last paragraph reads:

Have you totally lost your minds, ladies & gentlemen from the Downing Street?

Sounds like something out of a James Bond novel!  The title of the original host publication is “Oriental Review” which I suppose would also ring some alarm bells.