Dismal May In Death Spiral

After months of pathetic failure in her declared efforts to achieve a clean Brexit, whatever the hell that is, being supposedly stymied either by the intransigence of the beastlies of Brussels or the bloodymindedness of the unspeakables in the “Other Place” Mrs May’s political trajectory seems finally to have taken on the unmistakeable form of the death spiral.

It can only be a matter of time before somebody makes an amusing HoC comment comparing being on the receiving end of one of her speeches with being “savaged by a dead sheep”.

Hopeless bumbler Corbyn just scored a 6-love PMQs victory, making hay on May’s floundering Brexit “strategy” (we use the word advisedly).

My regular reader will of course be aware that we know the reason for this which is that May has no intention of taking us out of the EU having been well and truly knobbled by her Brussels minders, doubtless having been bribed with whatever the Belgian equivalent of Ermine might be combined with unsubtly worded threats about never being allowed back into France for a walking holiday.

On the plus side, it is possible just about to discern with a good old dose of wishful thinking that posibly just possibly some sort of compromise might yet emerge from all this regarding a possible EEA/EFTA approach.  The words EEA having been pretty well desaparacidos for the first two years after the great day, have recently been cropping up more regularly in the press and op/eds, and so it is perhaps a little less unlikely than it once seemed that that rather neat solution to the current difficulties might yet be landed upon as being the only possible way forward, which it is, and rather a good one too.

It is increasingly likely that the EU is going to lose more bits at some point before too long and the EEA would be a choice port of call for the likes of the Visegrads and Ireland (?) if or when that starts to happen, so being in there first will be undoubtedly a huge strategic advantage.

What is obvious is that May’s successive failures on Brexit, Badgers, Heathrow (which is an abysmal decision despite its seeming inevitability now)(to pick just a few recent ones) – she has no instinct for governing.

It was clear during her appalling stint as Home Sec where her authoritarianism masked her incompetence.  At number 10 her breathtaking incompetence has the whiphand, and it is not a pretty sight.

For god’s sake GO!

 

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.

 

The Non-existent Irish Problem And May’s Treachery

The poor old Grauniad is not un-relieved crap and today for instance in the much maligned (and generally, rightly so) CiF section there is a thoughtful and robustly written contribution by Sean Walsh.

Essentially his point is that the whole so-called Irish border problem which is convulsing the UK cabinet and has been for weeks is so much hot air.  The IRA is not going to relight their nasty campaign of murder, intimidation and vandalism for the simple reason that the only reason they signed up to the Belfast agreement in the first place was that they were beaten militarily, mainly thanks to diligent and courageous police and intelligence work over many years.

In fact viewed from the lofy heights of Castello Italicus the whole imbroglio is very suggestive of the true facts on the ground.  The mechanism by which May was manouvred into number 10 by the EU Commission is not yet clear, but there is no doubt in my mind that she has been well and truly nobbled.  Her persistence with the insane proposal for a customs partnership is proof of that.  As is the complete failure to engage with reality, and propose an EEA/EFTA transition period.  In this scenario we would be out of the Customs Union, out of the EU, but with good access to the single market much as have Norway and Switzerland.  It is no coincidence that they are the richest nations in Europe.

The precise details would need to be ironed out such as EU migration and so on, but this would be a situation which any PM worth her salt could sell to back benchers and the electorate, rgardless of how they voted in 2016.  Damage to the economy would be minimised, and despite all the shit talked about fax diplomacy (which is simply a lie, as has been pointed out by Dr North on several million occasions) would be safely negated by the truth.

The current bollocks and counter bollocks arguments, so strongly reminiscent of arguing about how many angels can dance on a pin head,  serve only to make the whole issue seem impossible and can best be understood as a Continuity Project Fear (to continue with the IRA meme).  Orchestrated by Brussels, with the collaboration of senior members of the civil service.

My gut feeling is that the EEA/EFTA rabbit is straining to be pulled out of the hat but Brussels via Mrs May’s team won’t allow that.

And on the Irish border question the answer is simply do nothing.  We the UK won’t put up hard border posts.  If the Irish do under instructions from Brussels then that is their problem.  In other words stand our ground, turn the problem round.  And she won’t do that either.

It is clear to me that May is acting under instructions from Brussels.  It is quite possible that Cameron’s over-hasty departure after losing was prompted by having received curt instructions from Brussels to “Fix It Or Else” and as a reasonably honourable though dim individual he opted to leave it to someone else.

May’s conduct is explicable only by this theory.

 

 

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.

 

 

Man Overboard!

We learn from the Mail that the nationally revered RNLI seems to have taken some of the same lousy medecine that the National Trust, the BBC, etc etc ad infi-fucking-nitum have been mainlining on for the last 20 years:

Whitby RNLI crewman Ben Laws … and his junior workmate Joe Winspear … were allegedly sacked over the phone on Tuesday. The pair are reported to have swapped ‘jokey’ tea mugs for Secret Santa presents. One featured Mr Winspear’s head superimposed on a naked woman’s body … When a senior female member of staff found them at the headquarters in North Yorkshire … their jobs were brought into question.

So two brave, public spirited  men, accustomed as volunteers to risk their lives to save the necks of others in deadly conditions in the North Sea, have been sacked (by phone of course as is the way these days) for exchanging as private gifts, mugs adorned with images similar to those we see in every tabloid and frequently even in TV adverts?

The inevitable has happened as their doughty cremates have made manifest their righteous disgust by:

sparking resignations from four of their colleagues navigator Steve Boocock , helmsman Martyn Cairns  and trainees Neil Cook and Simon Rhodes 

I’ve nothing against women (hell, (fucking hell actually) I’m married to one) but it is entirely predictable that themanager who made this bold step was a woman, who we can safely assume couldn’t steer a boat from one side of a puddle to the other.

What is it about us Anglos that we seem hell bent on sacrificing everything that is worthwhile about our country at the altar of this obessesive and wholly misguided political correctness/virtue signalling/cultural marxism?

It would never happen in Russia or in China and wouldn’t have happened in the Raj or in 1950’s America.

Let’s wait and see.  It wuld be easy to say that it is these little signs that give away a terminal cultural decline.  However these are early days for this story and it might yet be that the general outcry among the genuinely righteous of this country (white van man and his wife) the wonderful organisation that is the RNLI night yet row back on this insanity which would be a sign of hope.

I bloody hope so, I am so fed up of being a depressed, cynical and right.

Something Must Be Done

London famously has overtaken New York for murders.

The mayor, a nasty incompetent little man has decided, doubtless with the assistance of Mrs Dick (the name alone is a guarantee) the head of the metropolitan police, that given that the nationwide gun ban has been such a roaring success (…ahem) that a ban on kitchen knives will be even more successful!

From Zero Hedge:

This hyperbolic response by politicians who desperately need to be seen as doing something, comes in the wake of a growing number of stabbings since Britain outlawed guns altogether. While Britain can now boast, as Piers Morgan[*] famously did in his interview with Alex Jones, that they were only about 30 gun murders in Britain in the year prior, British politicians failed to notice that crime continues to happen, just through different means. It became clear when Britain’s crime stats were put up against those of gun toting New Yorkers.

*Cunt

At a time when the government are desperate to encourage people to cook at home and eat more veg it is obviously deeply ironic that they are at the same time looking to outlaw the essential iten required to do just that, the most useful tool ever invented.  But these cunts don’t do irony.

Shortly after London Mayor Sadiq Kahn’s city-wide ban on knives, The Express had reported that one of Scotland’s leading doctors has called for a ban on “killer” kitchen knives.

In a separate story, we read in the Mail that Rome fans, trying hard one assumes to ingratiate themselves with the local citizenry, have attacked liverpudlians with hammers and belts.

Are they now going to try and ban the second and third most useful inventions ever?

You read it here first!

Institutionalised Paranoia

Travelling on the New Jersey transit trains between Newark and New York this week one cannot help being struck by the number of posters advising the long suffering clientele that, “if it feels wrong it probably IS wrong” and exhorting them to say something (the same is available in the execrable Spanish of American officialdom).

No, that is simply not the case.  If it feels wrong, 99% of the time you are being a paranoid arse.  The chances are that if something is genuinely wrong it will be because officialdom has fucked up for the nth time; ignored warning signs, handed guns back to some sad loser, or welcomed home jihadists while deporting law abiding students or others.

It is clear by now to most people, that the government cannot protect us but have no compunction in making our lives a misery trying to convince us and failing miserably, that the opposite is the case.

Government action of one sort or another is at the root of 80% of the ills afflicting the human race.