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September 16, 2019

Johnson dictating to Juncker who won’t show ‘Flexibility’

Filed under: Boris, Brexit, Dictatorship, Northern Ireland, UK Parliament — derryvickers @ 10:11 am

Yesterday it was Johnson dictating to Juncker.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/15/johnson-to-defy-benn-bill-quit-31-october-come-what-may.

Today it’s EU showing ‘Flexibility’.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/sep/16/brexit-latest-news-boris-johnson-talks-juncker-eu-must-show-flexibility-says-raab-ahead-of-boris-johnsons-key-meeting-with-juncker-live-news-latest-news

Pity Number 10 can’t seek with one voice.

But then its the Tory ‘Party’

Or maybe it’s just that Johnson needs the Excuse to leave; any excuse will do and Rabb is just his man to provide it (for now).

September 13, 2019

A Bridge too far

Filed under: Boris, Brexit, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scottish Independence — derryvickers @ 10:13 am

Odd that if Johnson gets approval for a bridge between the UK and Northern Ireland that by the time it is built there will then be two border posts to provide paperwork to: England to Scotland and Scotland to Northern Ireland.

 

September 10, 2019

Johnson makes me feel sick

Filed under: Boris, Brexit, Electioneering — derryvickers @ 6:12 pm
To understand why I feel sick

If this is campaigning just leave me out

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why did they invite him in?

Johnson – One Nation Conservatives – Oh Really?

Filed under: Boris, Dictatorship, economics, Equality, Workers Rights — derryvickers @ 1:15 pm

Disraeli understood to establish One Nation Conservatives as:

‘Disraeli adopted one-nation conservatism for both ethical and electoral reasons. Before he became leader of the Conservative Party, the Reform Act 1867 had enfranchised the male working-class. As a result, Disraeli argued that the party needed to pursue social reforms if it were to have electoral success. He felt that one-nationism would both improve the conditions of the poor and portray the Liberal Party as selfish individualists.

While in government, Disraeli presided over a series of social reforms which supported his one-nation politics and aimed to create a benevolent hierarchy. He appointed a Royal Commission to assess the state of law between employers and employees. As a result, Richard Cross was moved to pass the Employers and Workmen Act of 1875. This act made both sides of industry equal before the law and the breach of contract became a civil offence, rather than criminal. Cross also passed the Conspiracy, and Protection of Property Act in the same year which enshrined the worker’s right to strike by ensuring that acts carried out by a workers’ group could not be indicted as conspiracy.’

Brexit: Boris Johnson rejects claim he is making Conservative party extreme – live news
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/sep/10/anger-abounds-after-parliament-suspended-in-night-of-high-drama-politics-live#img-1

Not much similarity to me

Doesn’t Northern Ireland have an Anthem

Filed under: Bercow, Boris, Brexit, Europe, Good Friday Agreement, Ireland, Theresa may, Westminster — derryvickers @ 6:37 am

“While Bercow completed the formalities required to prorogue parliament in the House of Lords, opposition MPs sung songs, including the Red Flag, Jerusalem, Scots Wha Hae and Bread of Heaven (in Welsh, with harmonies).”

Doesn’t Northen Ireland have a national song or are their MPs totally on the Tory side.

Paul Waugh sums up Johnson:

“Even more than Theresa May ever was, Johnson is a now zombie PM in a zombie parliament. Unlike her, his answer is to shut down the graveyard (the Commons and Lords). Yet like May, he thinks he can get a new lease of life through a general election. Let’s see if the script is more The Walking Dead than Carry on Screaming.”

September 9, 2019

The Assassination of the Mother of Parliaments

Filed under: Boris, Brexit, Britis Empire, Europe, Ireland, UK Parliament, USA, Westminster — derryvickers @ 8:43 am

The Conservative Cabinet assassinates The Mother of Parliaments and welcomes becoming a vassal of the USA.

The Guardian Editorial says it all.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/08/the-guardian-view-on-the-world-and-brexit-rue-britannia

I need to repeat in full below.

The Guardian view on the world and Brexit: rue Britannia

The case for Brexit rested largely upon two misapprehensions – or, to put it less kindly, lies. The first was the belief that engaging in a deep and broad partnership, with the necessary compromises and disadvantages that brings alongside all its benefits, was an act of treacherous self-sabotage. The second was a wholly unrealistic assessment of Britain’s international status and heft, rooted in a vague, nostalgic vision of its imperial past. A third myth sprang from these two: that a post-Brexit Britannia would emerge triumphant, a beacon of democracy, parliamentary sovereignty and prosperity, shining across the waves.

The last three years have left such ideas in tatters; the last week has ripped the remaining shreds away. Its events have left Britain appearing not only backwards-looking, irrational and divided, but fanatical, bitter, frivolous, chaotic and heedless of any legal or customary impediment to the executive. Boris Johnson promised a stroll to sunlit meadows; now he offers a grim, hellish march towards no deal, and his troops have had enough.

The most damning attacks come from within: from his MPs, and now his ministers. Amber Rudd ditched her opposition to no deal as Mr Johnson ascended the throne; now she has quit the cabinet and the Conservative whip, accusing him of an assault on “decency and democracy” for his purge of Tory veterans. In interviews she pressed home her attack, noting that legal advice on prorogation had not been given to the cabinet despite repeated requests and that there is no evidence that the government is seeking a deal, since it is devoting 80% to 90% of its time to planning for no deal.

Days before, Jo Johnson quit, citing a conflict between family loyalty and the national interest. Kenneth Clarke, ejected from the Tory benches after almost half a century, warned that a no-deal Brexit could be far more damaging to Britain’s economy than a Corbyn government. As briefings from Downing Street grew wilder, the lord chancellor felt obliged to announce that he would abide by the rule of law and had spoken to the prime minister about its importance.

Consider now the external view. The EU diplomats with whom we will have to work, with or without a deal, are ever more frustrated by the game-playing and have accused the prime minister of reneging on pledges to uphold the Good Friday agreement. (The taoiseach, who will on Monday meet Mr Johnson, has already warned that he does not expect any breakthroughs.)

But other parties are just as scathing. In his Radio 4 series As Others See Us, Neil MacGregor noted that respect for Britain’s parliamentary democracy and steady pragmatism are much diminished, and that the world sees an unsettled nation cut adrift from its moorings. One American columnist dubbed this week Britain’s stupidest hour, while Canada’s Globe and Mail, describing the appetite for national self-destruction, observed that the Tories had transformed themselves into a protest party “even while continuing to govern a Group of Seven nation with a permanent seat on the United Nations security council”. Implicit in that statement was a question: how long, in these circumstances, can we maintain this standing and hang on to these levers?

That the Trump administration cheers Britain towards the exit, as Vice-President Mike Pence did again in London this week, is a cause for concern, not reassurance. It wants to speed our course not from its deep amity towards the UK, but its deep hostility towards the EU. Any opportunity to undermine European cohesion, weakening it in global trade and diplomacy (notably vis-a-vis Iran), is welcome. A trade deal with Britain, inevitably on terms highly favourable to America, will merely be the glaze on the chlorinated chicken.

With friends like these, who needs to make more enemies? To say that Britain’s hard power has long been in decline is merely an expression of the obvious, not of doomsaying. Now the Brexiters who dreamed of restoring glory are daily eroding the soft power it amassed as its empire shrank. Those who doubted our goodwill and good intentions after the 2016 vote increasingly doubt our good sense too.

 

 

September 8, 2019

Where is the Life that once I led

Filed under: Boris, Brexit, Cole Porter, Ireland — derryvickers @ 9:30 pm

Where is the life that once I led

 

 

 

 

 

 

With apologies to Cole Porter

https://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/cole+porter/where+is+the+life+that+late+i+led_20339895.html

September 7, 2019

Boris and the Bull

Filed under: Boris, Brexit — derryvickers @ 8:33 pm

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17887188.boris-johnson-claims-no-reason-indyref2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bull Shit

September 6, 2019

The Prime Minister

Filed under: Boris, Poetry — derryvickers @ 7:26 pm

I wanna be Prime Minister
I wanna be Prime Minister
Can I be Prime Minister?
Can I? I can?
Promise? Promise?
Yippee I’m Prime Minister
I’m Prime Minister
Dom what shall we do?

With apologies to Roger McGough

The Backstop

Filed under: Boris, Ireland, Politics — derryvickers @ 7:15 pm

Find the Irish Border in the picture

Boris Johnson’s Irish border plan stalls after ‘disastrous’ EU talks

British proposal to involve Stormont assembly in backstop alternative knocked back by EU

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/06/boris-johnsons-irish-border-plan-stalls-disastrous-eu-brexit-backstop-talks

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