Mike Vickers' Blog

June 6, 2019

The Only Man in any Semblance of Conrol in Westminster

Filed under: Bercow, Brexit, Europe, Westminster — derryvickers @ 5:32 pm

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has said it is “blindingly obvious” that the new Conservative prime minister will not be able to suspend parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/06/next-tory-pm-will-not-be-able-to-suspend-parliament-bercow

 

April 2, 2019

Richard Ashworth’s Valedictory Speech to the European Parliament

Filed under: Europe, European Parliament, Politics, Westminster, World Class — derryvickers @ 8:44 pm

Richard Ashworth had the Tory Whip withdrawn  in 2018 and is now an Independent member of the European Parliament.

Here is his excellent valedictory speech to the European Parliament as his time is coming up and as the matter stands there will be no further UK representatives in the European Parliament.

I particularly draw reader’s attention to the paragraph in italics below; I cannot emphasise it more widely.

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[Richard Ashworth] welcomed the comments made by European Council President Donald Tusk, who had called on the MEPs in Strasbourg to be open to the UK participating in the Parliament’s next term in the event of an extension.

 ‘I want to say thank you’
Richard Ashworth said Brexit serves as a ‘cautionary tale’ for Europe. (Photo: EP)
He said: “President Tusk, on behalf of a million people on the streets in London, on behalf of 6 million people who have signed the petition, and on behalf of 63 per cent of the British population who did not vote for Brexit, I want to say thank you. “I want to say thank you to this house for the support you’re showing, and I want to reassure you that Nigel Farage does not speak on behalf of that 63 per cent of the population.

“May I add as a comment to the European people that, for over 25 years now no British Prime Minister ever explained to the British people what Europe did, what are the benefits, and why it matters.
“They never defended against the untruths which were spoken, and they never took ownership of the decisions that they took in Council. “Because of that, the British press ran a 20-year campaign based on populist mistruths, lies and deceit.”
‘Divided like never before’
He warned that the current divided state of the UK should be a “cautionary tale” to other Europeans, saying: “The consequence of that, we see today in Britain, is a sad nation, divided like never before, and a House of Commons in crisis.

“So let Brexit stand as a cautionary tale to the people of Europe. To the people of Europe, I say this; You are the generation who have lived through the longest period of peace and the greatest level of prosperity ever.

Never take it for granted. Value it. Fight for it. Defend it every day.”

[Ashworth’s] speech received a standing ovation in the chamber and was subsequently shared many many accounts across Europe.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/brexit/simon-ashworth-mep-speech-brexit-donald-tusk-video/

 

April 1, 2019

No April Fools Day – the State of UK Politics

Filed under: Brexit, Ian Birrell, Journalism, Politics, Westminster — derryvickers @ 8:16 am

Ian Birrell says it so much better than I in my blog of yesterday.

“This is one more sign of the stupidity of holding that divisive Brexit ballot in 2016. Voters can only watch in horror at the failure of a dismal Prime Minister, a deadlocked Parliament and an outdated political system.”

And for good measure

“Or consider the terrifying fact that Boris Johnson, a poundshop Trump whose ambition is only matched by his deviousness and ineptitude, is favourite to become the next Tory prime minister.”

“Yet we must cling to hope. So look at Slovakia, where a liberal lawyer who had never before run for office has just been elected as its first female president by promising to restore decency to politics in the face of corruption and crass populism.

Newly elected Slovakia’s President elect Zuzana Caputova. (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP) “Maybe we thought that justice and fairness in politics were signs of weakness”, said Zuzana Caputová after victory in a campaign that eschewed personal attacks on rivals.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/dominic-grieve-conservative-party-hard-right/

March 31, 2019

Need to rebuild the Westminster Parliament

Filed under: Brexit, Europe, Good Friday Agreement, Left Politics, Politics, UK Parliament, Westminster — derryvickers @ 7:07 pm

Will Hutton

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/23/labour-leadership-is-at-rock-bottom-wont-be-forgiven-for-conniving-in-rightwing-brexit

The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/22/corbyn-faces-furious-backlash-over-backing-brexit

Both main UK parties are in chaos. The UK Parliament itself is in chaos.

‘Once I built a Parliament: Now it’s Gone

Brother can you spare a dime’

Take Back Control and then what?

A calm clear statement from Margaret Beckett.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/31/margaret-beckett-brexit-public-vote-dangerous-theresa-may

Gordon Brown (that forgotten leader) starts to make sense

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/30/uk-year-extension-brexit-take-back-control

The MPs are having to leave the Palace of Westminster as it is structurally falling down. Perhaps a period in the sticks will allow structural rebuilding in more senses than one.

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