The Plastic Hippo

January 18, 2017

Picking cherries

Filed under: History,Politics,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 4:30 am
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Exit pursued by a nightmare

Exit pursued by a nightmare

Thank heavens, thank goodness, thank all our lucky stars and thank you sweet baby Jesus for giving us at long last some clarity and a time scale as to how the British government is systematically taking leave of its senses.

The Conservative MP for Maidenhead who, through a combination of good fortune and good old-fashioned skulduggery woke up one morning to discover that she was Prime Minister, delivered a rather odd speech to fellow Tory ministers and bemused foreign ambassadors at the historically significant Lancaster House in that there London. Lancaster House, a mere diamond`s throw from the almost derelict Buckingham Palace, was the venue for various conferences that led to the independence of fine, upstanding incorruptible democracies such as Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe but is probably best remembered for a rousing speech given by one of Mrs May`s less emotionally stable predecessors extolling the virtues of the European Single Market. It is fair to say that in the end Margaret Thatcher had completely lost her mind but she was, in her more cogent moments, correct about the economic sense of a huge European trading bloc free from petty tariffs and the unnecessary “red tape” of import and export across closed borders. As recently as 2015, the Conservative election manifesto promised:
“We are clear about what we want from Europe. We say: yes to the Single Market.”
Theresa May, however, disagrees but at one point about seven months ago she was quite categorical that leaving the EU and the Single Market would make the country and its citizens “worse off”.

There was very little of substance in Mrs May`s rather contradictory speech. She again stated that the binary vote on remain or leave signified all manner of completely unrelated intention. Appropriately enough in a post-truth, false news world she said that the divisive referendum campaign was now over and the nation was coming together in wanting to leave the European Union. She said that 65 million British citizens supported her decision to leave the Single Market, the European Customs Union and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. This blog would like to state that the figure of 65 million is factually incorrect. As far as I am concerned, the figure is at the very least 4,999,999.

Mrs May said:
“I want this United Kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than ever before. I want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country – a magnet for international talent and a home to the pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead.
I want us to be a truly Global Britain – the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe too. A country that gets out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike. I want Britain to be what we have the potential and ambition to be: a great, global trading nation that is respected around the world and strong, confident and united at home.”

With the greatest respect to Mrs May, these aspirations, ambitions and fine words are nothing more than complete and utter bollocks. The United Kingdom is weaker outside the EU and the Single Market. The United Kingdom is not a fairer place when a government employs a foreign private company to arbitrarily and illegally sanction tax credits from working families. The United Kingdom is not more united as Scotland looks to a second independence vote, Wales will suffer from a loss of EU subsidies and the six counties in the north of Ireland end up behind a fence with the Good Friday Agreement and peace and stability fading into a distant memory. The United Kingdom will be prosperous for the few even as the many struggle to get by and a million rely on food banks. Tolerance can be measured by the increase in racist hate crime that goes unchecked since the result of the EU referendum.

The United Kingdom is far from being secure with cuts to police, prison staff and the armed forces and, more tellingly, tax inspectors. May`s threat to redefine the UKs economic model to transform the City of London into a Poundland Cayman Islands will act as a magnet for every crook, drug baron, money launderer and Conservative Party donor from here to Moscow, Florida, Shanghai, Caracas and beyond. It seems that we will be an outward-looking country building relationships with old friends like Saudi Arabia by supplying them with means to vaporise children and new allies like Donald Trump who is a racist and, allegedly, something of a sexual pervert.

What Mrs May fails to grasp is that the United Kingdom is already a “great, global trading nation” and one of the largest and most robust economies on the planet. It might be that I am a bit thick, but I think closing borders to European scientists, artists, medical professionals, people who are prepared to do the work that the British refuse to do and even footballers is a little short sighted given the amount of non-EU gangsters currently residing in Mayfair and not paying any tax.

The sad conclusion is that Mrs May has gone the way of Mrs Thatcher in a descent into illusion, delusion and the tragic abandonment of reality. She trenchantly demands the “return” of Parliamentary Democracy in the United Kingdom yet has appealed to the Supreme Court to deny a parliamentary vote on an exit from the EU. Now, when it is clear that the Supreme Court will overturn the appeal, a vote in both the Lords and the Commons will be allowed even if the result will be meaningless because the executive have stated that the vote will be ignored. Did somebody mention democracy? It seems “millions” voted to leave the EU so the millions that voted to remain are just sore losers and probably need a good kicking just to remind them about being patriotic.

When we have the likes of corrupt Liam Fox, barking David Davis and (what is there that can possibly be said about) Boris Johnson running the negotiations, then Theresa May might be hoping for a relaxed Free Trade deal with the People`s Republic of Liverpool, the Greater Newcastle-upon-Tyne Collective and the Leeds/Bradford Independent Yorkshire Multicultural State.

Unfortunately, Theresa May is as shallow as a cough given when an idiot says something profoundly stupid. Her attempts to cherry pick Europe is, frankly, embarrassing and she, like Cameron, will be forgotten when the excrement finally hits extractor. When a UK Prime Minister describes a humanitarian crisis affecting the National Health Service as “one or two isolated incidents” and then admonishes the Red Cross for pointing out that sick children are sleeping in hospital corridors and then enters into a post-truth, false-news series of lies regarding actual NHS funding rather than do something about the crisis that she helped to create, then homeless people freezing to death are obviously part of the solution.

Our nation is on the very verge of ruin and this disaster did not come about due to nature`s random cruelty or by the malicious intent of hostile foreign powers or by ordinary families desperate to escape oppression, torture, barrel bombs, hatred and fear.

Albion is lost because we allowed it to be lost.

1 Comment »

  1. If anyone needs some help with this, the Prime Minister is, unsurprisingly sporting an outfit by the serial tax-dodger and employment rights abuser Vivienne Westwood.

    As it is trite and vile, I am not at all surprised.

    Comment by The Realist — January 19, 2017 @ 10:14 am | Reply

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