Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

D Day: “Don’t Call Me a Hero”

Watching the commemorations of D-Day, 75 years ago, I am struck by the numbers of veterans who say “Don’t Call Me A Hero”; those that died are the real heros.” With the deepest respect, I beg to differ.

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Coalitions of Convenience

Some cite the European Elections as being “more democratic” than in the UK “because they are done on Proportional Representation“. This is a thoroughly misleading statement given the current state of politics, particularly in the UK.

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Fearing the worst

Today, we are a week away from EU elections in the UK (most Europeans vote on the following Sunday – when all the counts are done).

In the UK this election seems to be a proxy for either:

  • a General Election (that is certainly how the leaflet from Labour read)
  • a second EU referendum on various scenarios (Deal /No Deal, and Leave / Remain being the main almost unspoken options).

There seems little discussion of the future shape or policies positions of the EU Parliament. And yet this election could be pivotal and effect the shape and future of the EU.

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Manipulation and EU Elections – twilight of Democracy?

I worry about whether the forthcoming EU Elections can be truly “free and fair”. Outside forces seem to have the ability and desire to over-ride the wishes of the people.

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The Leave Means Leave March Route

The route for the above march has been taken down from their website. This is presumably to stop counter-marches from finding them – or to hide the fact that they are not walking the entire distance.

So as a public service: Read more…

Theresa’s Dictionary: Brexit (2)

Every empress, or prospective emperor, has to give the appearance of having “the common touch”. In view of the restricted background of our new empress, I offer her a dictionary in the hope that studying it will help her understand the people she wishes to rule.

Brexit (2)
[toht-l krap]

noun – intransigent: The undefined being negotiated by the unprepared in order to get the unspecified for the misinformed

citations
@grm_uk
https://twitter.com/grm_uk/status/1093129627848114177
@briancubby
https://twitter.com/briancubby/status/1093138174203908098

A Failure of Parliamentary Democracy – the ongoing tale

Scope: UK Politics

All sides seem fed up with the way the Brexit negotiations have been handled, but in Parliament they seem so focused on Deal or No-Deal that they are not asking “why are we in this mess?”.

The answer would seem to be multiple failures of Parliamentary Democracy.

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Who is afraid of No Deal?

We are getting a lot of coverage of the prospects of No Deal in the UK’s Brexit negotiations. This could be because as we approach the cliff edge we are beginning to wonder what No Deal really looks like. But there could be other reasons. Read more…

Laboured Progress

Scottish Labour’s Brexit spokesman Neil Findlay said: “The shambolic handling of the Brexit negotiations so far is more about the chaos at the heart of the Tory party than securing an agreement that works for the people of the UK.

“If Theresa May cannot get her proposals through the commons she must call an election. Labour would deliver a jobs-first Brexit which means a customs union with the EU and tariff free access to the single market.”
Alistair Grant, Political Correspondent: The Herald, 10 September 2018, Scotland’s police and prosecutors ‘unable to prepare for Brexit’

This sums up the chaos in British Politics (No wonder so many in Scotland want out) Read more…

The Legacy of Cameron

There is much writing about the “bad boys of Brexit” – those who fiddled the referendum and spread the lies. But we have to remember the man who enabled the referendum and the resulting mess. Read more…

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