The question arises as to how to categorise the MPs who are determined to try to block a “no deal” Brexit.
Strictly speaking, of course, it is not a “no deal” Brexit at all, because both the UK and the EU are bound by the deal of the World Trade Organisation treaty terms, and in any event, both the UK and the EU are committed to the notion that all sorts of things, such as the free passage of aircraft, are agreed even if there is no comprehensive withdrawal agreement.
But moving on from that terminological inexactitude (we will live with it for the moment):
We don’t mean “mad” quite in the mental health sense. We mean just really, really stupid.
The car analogy has been made before. Telling the EU that under no circumstances will the UK leave the EU without a withdrawal deal is not dissimilar to walking into a second-hand Mercedes dealer and saying “I will not leave this forecourt without having bought one of your cars”. In those circumstances, the price of a second-hand Mercedes (and the EU is very much second-hand goods) goes up quite a bit. Or, put another way, committing that there will never be a “no deal” is tantamount to putting oneself over a barrel and asking the Germans to give one a very thorough Continue reading
Congratulations to Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty, who has just won the French Open.
She is an elegant player, mercifully free of the grunting that plagues many women in her sport, and a delight to watch play. By all accounts, she is also a rather good egg, which is an added bonus.
The flopsies are hailing her as “indigenous” and an aborigine. Now, that is a bit dubious. Real aborigine women are Continue reading
I do not know, of course if Gavin Williamson was really the source (if any) of the leak.
And obviously, revealing secrets is a BAD THING.
- Revealing that the Maybot’s opening of the UK’s 5G door to Huawei was against ministerial advice is hardly a secret of itself;
- Nor that it was against security chiefs’ advice;
- Not that it is highly offensive to and worrying for our closest allies;
- The Maybot has form for not only massive incompetence, but for her duplicity, for saying one thing and doing another, as she repeatedly compromises the UK’s national sovereignty and independence;
- The civil sevants who have accused him of being the leak have apparently been “out to get him” for a while.
Gavin Williamson says he has been condemned by a kangaroo court. He might be right; who knows? It is no great surprise that his enemies say, “Of course it was him”.
And it would not be total surprise if Continue reading
It would be all too easy to dismiss the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg as a ghastly little know-nothing troll, but in a sense, that would be unfair.
Unhappily for her, she inherited none of the fabulous good looks of her ambitious mother, Malena Ernman (now an opera singer, but who once represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song contest) and she apparently suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. Not a promising start.
And bear in mind that the horrid little girl has yet to make a public utterance that is in any sense original, and so the blame for her banal ill-informed twaddle has to lie with those who filled her eager little brain with all this half-baked nonsense in the first place.
You know who Continue reading
I have remarked before that the evidence is that governments increase both the number and severity of accidents by posting artificially low speed limits, but they appease the floppsies and collect revenue from speeding fines. Here is how it goes as I drive from my house to my local town, Adelaide. I start on a dirt road. Speed limit: 100 kph.
It stays on 100 kph for the next bit; lots of bends on tarmac road. Then, as the road straightens out, the limit drops to 90 kph for many Continue reading
Julian Assange has been dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested for jumping bail and in response to a USA extradition request.
He probably is a bit of a plonker, but it is hard not to feel a sense of unease about the way he has been treated.
Instead of punishing him for jumping bail, the court might well have said, “You should not have jumped bail, and the bail is forfeit. But you have imprisoned yourself for seven years, which is far longer than we would have sentenced you to for that offence, and so we dismiss that charge. There are no outstanding charges or arrest warrants from Sweden. You are at liberty to walk free until your challenge to the USA extradition request has been determined”.
It is not obvious that it is in United States’ interest to try to bring him to trial there. The essential gravamen of Continue reading
Some poor chap loves his wife, to whom he has been married for 20 years, notwithstanding that her mental state has deteriorated terribly.
A totalitarian council has now taken him the court, seeking an order that he may no longer make love with her. Just in case the poor woman, who has lost her wits, has nevertheless joined the “Me Too” movement, and no longer consents to sexual intercourse with her loving husband.
Happily, the judge has supported the man’s right to love his wife according to the vows they made 20 years ago.
How can it possibly be right for public money to be spent Continue reading
Filed under Culture, scandal
Shamima Begum, who is the young woman who left the UK to join Isis and who now wants to return to UK with her baby, has said:
He has no proof that I was a threat other than that I was in Isis, that’s it.
In my experience, people who say “You have no proof I did it” rather than “I did not do it” usually did it.
It may be that international law will make it hard for the UK to exclude her. But the cost to the UK taxpayer of dealing with her and her baby and probably in due course her husband (who joined Isis as a fighter from Holland) in terms of legal costs, prison, social security etc may well be very considerable. And there must be a real risk that she will continue, from any home she makes in the UK, to further the objectives of Isis.
And so the Government is quite right not to be Continue reading
Some facts, that of themselves are not really contentious:
- Until Australia successfully introduced its “Stop the Boats” policy a few years ago, many economic migrants arrived in Australia by boat;
- Those boats were operated by people smugglers. A passage was not cheap, so it was typically the relatively wealthy who could afford the trip;
- Many died en voyage because the boats were unsafe;
- Of those that made it, many have made very successful lives for themselves, working hard and often creating businesses;
- Brexit is due in just a few months;
- Mark Carney, the Canadian/Irish Governor of the Bank of England, a Euro-Federalist, has predicted that the UK economy will do badly following a Clean Break Brexit;
- Nevertheless; increasing numbers of economic migrants are now seeking to get from France to England by boat, in order to get out of the EU and into the UK before Brexit;
- Their journey across the English Channel, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, at night, often in rubber dinghies or stolen small craft, is very dangerous. And expensive – these trips are organised by people smugglers who charge thousands of Euros for a passage;
- These economic migrants are resourceful – they have made it overland from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria and other countries.
But what to conclude from Continue reading
Ziegler Wasserwerfer 9000
It is really quite likely that there will be riots on the streets of London in about six months’ time.
As I write this, the Brexit saga is on course for a clean break, on the basis that the Robbins-Weyand draft deal is likely to be voted down in the House of Commons, and there is no majority for anything else in particular. The EU, and their fellow travellers in the UK, are likely to be hopping mad. The UK, free to compete with the EU without all of the financial and regulatory burdens which apply within the EU, represents a real threat to them. The last thing they want is for an economically-liberated UK to be free to enter trade deals with the rest of the world. And they have managed to persuade a large swathes of flopsies in the UK that there is something VERY BAD about this sort of freedom.
It is possible, of course, that the EU will somehow manage to derail the whole of Brexit, perhaps by delaying it for a year (“that will be another £10 billion thank you, you stupid, merde Rosbifs”) in which case, the majority of the UK electorate, which voted to break free of these ghastly bureaucratic parasites in a binding people’s vote back in 2016, will not be happy bunnies.
It has been a while since there have been decent riots in London. Global warming has not really arrived, but nevertheless, the likelihood is that there will be a nice warm weekend next summer in which large numbers of people will come out onto the streets of London, providing decent cover for those that Donald Trump calls BAD PEOPLE, and they will start smashing up shops and businesses, not to mention any people who take a different view.
Now what you need in these circumstances is two or three Ziegler Wasserwerfer 9000s. These water cannon don’t really hurt people, but they do make them cold and wet. And by and large, the flopsies don’t like getting cold and wet, and so with the assistance of Continue reading