Exit from Brexit?

Final Say: More than 1.4m additional young people could vote in new Brexit referendum

The younger generation are more internationalist, more open to freedom of movement across Europe, than us old fogies. It’s mostly though not entirely the older generation that cast a spiteful vote against immigrants. Perhaps the reason I am an exception is that I am the child of immigrants.

Young people denied a vote on their futures then are eligible now. Polls still show the voters are deeply split. Given that the government is clearly unable and unwilling to negotiate any Brexit other than crashing out without a trade deal, they deserve a say. If the British public really want to crash out of Europe, let’s take a vote and see, rather than leaving it up to reckless Tories.

Trump in deeper shit

Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting

Cohen’s claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.
Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians’ offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen’s account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.
Collusion is back in the ring. Why else would Trump appear so much in Putin’s pocket at the Helsinki nadir? Sorry, summit. Putin has something on Trump.
The funny thing is, Trump’s lawyerish dogsbody, Rudy Guiliani, thinks the best defense is to call Cohen a liar.
“He’s been lying all week, he’s been lying for years,” said Rudy Giuliani, the President’s attorney
This implies that Cohen was lying for Trump. Which is no surprise. Trump is no mean liar himself. He employs only people capable of lying to his dizzying standards.

May careering into a no-deal Brexit

The hapless May appears determined to secure the worst of all possible outcomes for Britain. But then, she is a Tory, what would one expect?

Brexit: May’s charm offensive dismissed by EU member states as prospect of no deal intensifies

One of the main obstacles, apparently, is the question of the Irish border that May resolutely refuses to deal with. Along with the Church of England, she evidently believes in miracles, and that you can have simultaneously an open but closed border. The silly biddy wants a square circle.

There is no logic or coherence to her position. She claims she’s for an open border, but wants to restrict movement of people and goods at the same time. She can’t have it both ways. She can’t stay in a customs union while leaving it. In addition to a miraculously porous Irish border that allows free movement of the Irish, and their goods and services, but not anyone else, she wants free trade (in goods and services only, not people) with the rest of Europe, but with none of the responsibilities of being a member of the EU. None of this twaddle is going to wash with any other EU member.

She’s screwed because the Tories are divided into two wings, the sane and the drivelling anti-immigrant UKIP refugees, and her main mission is to remain in No 10 Downing Street. That appears to be her prime directive, and she will squirm every which way but true to stay there.

To be fair, Corbyn is not much better.

The leader of neither party is willing to grab the nettle and admit that Brexit is no-win. There is no such thing as a good Brexit, not in the short or medium term, and no-one knows about long term consequences. The savvy thing to do would be to cancel it altogether, and have a rethink, were it not for that pesky referendum result.

So perhaps the way out of the conundrum, as both leaders appear to be several buns short of a baker’s dozen, is to put it to another referendum with the choice of the status quo, or leaving with whatever deal or no deal this ghastly government can cobble together.

The curse of antisemitism

This has become a complex issue.

Corbyn government would pose an ‘existential threat to Jewish life’, say three major Jewish newspapers

The joint editorial in The Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News and the Jewish Telegraph accused Labour of showing ‘contempt for Jews and Israel’

That… is a searing indictment of the Labour party. First, there is no question that antisemitism is a persistent evil. It has been present in Britain for generations, and it is still a threat. Neo-Nazis and other extremists still threaten Jews. So any political party needs to be strong in its stance against this form of hatred.

So… what has Labour been doing wrong to earn this remarkable condemnation? What should it have done better? Continue reading “The curse of antisemitism”

Campaign for Real Democracy?

The Independent today started a campaign for another referendum on Brexit, arguing that it was such a shambles that voters ought to be given  second chance to express an opinion.

The referendum gave sovereignty to the British people, so now they deserve a final say on the Brexit deal

They have opened a petition in support. It’s probably worth supporting, though let’s face it, another referendum is only going to happen over Theresa May’s rotting corpse, as it would be a humiliating  admission of the failure of her government to manage Brexit in an orderly and sensible way. Of course, it’s not entirely her fault Brexit has become a shambles, she insisted on putting Brexiteers determined to sabotage it in charge of negotiations.

The Independent published articles from members of all three national parties in support:

Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham

Dominic Grieve QC MP, a Conservative politician, barrister, Queen’s Counsel and a member of the privy council

There is cross party support of letting Britain’s voters vote to decide on whatever May’s disjointed regime cooks up, which is one reason May will oppose this. She doesn’t want a second electoral disaster to her name, would look bad in history books. So a second referendum has a rocky road ahead, as it is far from clear what would force May’s hand in agreeing to one. Unless enough Tories become so disgruntled, a new leadership contest is instigated.

Whether or not one voted for Britain to exit the EU, clearly what’s happening is totally shambolic, bereft of reason or control, and currently, no-one can predict the outcome, or what politicians will actually do. There may have been a slim majority of Britons voting to leave the EU, but I doubt any of them voting for this fiasco.

Under this circumstance, we should not trust politicians. Since the Tories decided to let the people decide, let them also let the people decide whether or not they like what the Tories have produced in support of this goal. It is interesting that Brexiteers oppose a second referendum. Sounds like they are afraid it might not confirm public support for the catastrophe they have actually engineered.

If Brexiteers are so confident they have gauged the public mood in their hatred of everything European, why wouldn’t they put it to a referendum test?

The madness of Brexiteering

Guy Verhofstadt brands Tory Brexiteer ‘insane’ for suggesting some Remainers should be tried for treason

Campbell Bannerman, the Conservative MEP for the East of England tweeted:

“It is about time we brought the Treason Act up to date and made it apply to those seeking to destroy or undermine the British state. That means extreme jihadis. It also means those in future actively working undemocratically against UK through extreme EU loyalty.”

Clearly, some Tories are rabidly insane and should not be trusted within a mile of any parliament. Some of them just resigned from May’s government, and though that should be an improvement, given May’s blundering incompetence, I doubt it’s going to help.

So… what exactly is an anti-semite?

Sajid Javid backtracks on Jeremy Corbyn ‘Holocaust denier’ tweet following backlash

Labour has been embroiled in a row abut being lax on antisemitism in its ranks, specifically for failing to adopt

a universally agreed definition of antisemitism set out after years of work by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) which has been endorsed by the European Parliament, EU member states and Labour’s sister parties in Europe as well as by the Crown Prosecution Service in England.

This states these views are by definition antisemitic:

  • ·     Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • ·     Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, eg, by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.
  • ·     Applying double standards by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • ·     Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (eg, claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis.
  • ·     Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • ·     Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel

Well, now, where should we go from here?

There is no doubt that Hitler’s Germany committed a holocaust against Jews as a people, race, religion or whatever. Not even Corbyn, twit though he is, is denying that. So Javid was way off track making that stupid accusation.

The problem seems to lie in whether we are able to criticise the policies of the state of Israel towards non-Jewish citizens of its state, namely Arab Palestinians. Without being called antisemites.

OK, Labour should have adopted the definition without argument, because antisemitism is unacceptable. But that doesn’t mean it cannot criticise barbarism by the Israeli state. Here is an example of that barbarism:

Israel Passes Controversial Jewish Nation-state Bill After Stormy Debate

Israel passed early Thursday a controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and asserts that “the realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people,” sparking outrage from Israel’s Arab community and provoking concern from the international community.

This basically makes Arab citizens of Israel non-people. Evidently, according to Netanyahu, they have no rights whatsoever. And if we compare that to what Hitler did to the Jews in Germany, we are antisemitic. If we even consider it as comparable, we are antisemitic.

Fair enough, Israel isn’t conducting a holocaust against Palestinians, though it is killing lots of them. Netanyahu isn’t Hitler. But the comparison isn’t unfair, and neither is criticism of Netanyahu’s policies antisemitic.

Jewish people are right to fear antisemitism. There is no place for that sort of racism, and it still exists in Europe. But when people like Netanyahu do as they have been done by, that calls for criticism. He’s not being called out for being Jewish, he’s being criticised for being racist against Palestinian Arabs.

Theresa May has a brass neck, but she’s no Maggie Thatcher

May’s Brexit proposals have been two years in the making. They were killed off in Brussels within eight minutes

Well, they weren’t two years in the making. They were cobbled together overnight for her recent Chequers meeting which resulted in the resignations of several Tory Toads. Not only has the Tory party rejected her crass ideas, now Brussels has too.

Now she has the effrontery to claim that’s it’s Brussels’ responsibility to avoid a hard border in Ireland, which she claims is “unacceptable”. This, when it is her rapacious and irresponsible rag-tag of a government that has been pursuing Brexit, which will inevitably mean a hard border.

Evidently, May understands neither English, politics, logic or law.

Brexit is a catastrophe of her own making, and she is trying to flee responsibility for it, and blame the EU instead. Apparently, she thinks we are as stupid as she is.

She wants us to be outside the EU in England, Scotand and Wales, but inside the EU in Ireland, and she is obviously too dumb to appreciate the contradiction. It’s bad enough the US being ruled by a total moron, without the UK being in the same boat.

Thanks to her incompetence and stupidity, we re rapidly moving towards to choices: forgetting Brexit and staying as we are, or having Brexit with no deal.

Like a lot of Tories, I don’t trust May at all. Perhaps it’s time for a general election to see if the electorate will rid us of the Tories for a long time to come.

Of course, May looks like nana compared to Trump

Well, what is there to say about the clown car that is Trump?

He goes to a NATO conference and trashes his allies. He has a disastrous visit to Britain where he criticises May, eclipses the queen, then pops over to Helsinki to visit with his bosom buddy Putin whose praises he sings. Everything he says is out of the Putin script. Then he tries weakly to roll back what he said in Helsinki, as if there is an intelligent human on the planet who will believe a word he says, Putin included.

And we are supposed to believe Putin had nothing to do with his election, or that Putin holds nothing over Trump?

Trump is Putin’s stooge, for whatever reason we can only speculate about.

May is a powerless buffoon, run by Jacob Rees-Mogg these days. But maybe better a twit like Rees-Mogg running your show than a bloody dictator like Putin. At least May doesn’t put immigrant children in cages like Trump. Though give Rees-Mogg time, I’m sure he can take lessons from Trump.

We cannot trust Tories and their vicious hostility to Europe, we cannot trust the US under Trump’s dictatorship. The list of allies grows thin, but the Tories want to throw us out of the European boat into a broiling sea with no allies at all.

We are governed by lunatics.

Looks like a lot of Tories are hell-bent on breaking Britain

Brexit: Theresa May refuses to say if her ‘baffling’ customs plan requires EU border staff to collect duties for UK

No-one knows what the chaotic May misgovernment is up to. Given the last few whirls, it looks like barring a miracle, May’s Tories will be faced with two choices come next March. Brexit without any trade agreement, which would be economically disastrous, or no exit with the status quo continuing.  They have no negotiating strategy at all. Though maybe by that time our European “allies” will be sick and tired of dealing with Brexit and throw us out on May’s sorry ass.

Tories have been a complete disaster. May is what you get for voting Tory. Though there could be worse.

Brexit: Boris Johnson savages Theresa May’s ‘democratic disaster’ proposals for future relations with EU

Fair enough, Bojo’s criticism of May’s disaster is legitimate, but to be fair, he played his share in bringing this disaster about. As the Tories’ answer to Trump, he’s a complete loon. He was a member of this incompetent government, and played his part in generating incompetence.