Thursday, 7 February 2019

Leopards don't change their spots...


I did say I would not write any more about Brexit. But because it is such an alarming and disgraceful happening in the UK today, cannot be helped. Reading the various newspapers showed an article that more or less outlined exactly what I have always postulated. The day after the national referendum of 2016 we should have left. Closed the door, stopped all payments. There was no need to worry about imports of food and other things, companies abroad would not want to stop selling stuff to the UK just like that. It was always about the political spectrum. Not trade. The only thing we needed to do was to negotiate the future arrangements like ease of transport, tax (VAT) and the status of foreign nationals. If we had done that, Macron would not be president of France, Frau Merkel might have been retired and the Brussels autocracy taken down a number of pegs. The failure has been the lax attitude of the British politicians who to say the least have been sleeping for far too long. So, what is wrong with the political set-up here? The drive for equality, now known as PC, with as a result far too many mediocre MPs, both women and men. Because the top contenders for seats had to step down in the name of equality of numbers of women on the lists. All parties have been guilty of this and now we are saddled with what we can see and hear happening in Westminster. There was no trying to find the best candidate, woman or man. The other thing noticeable is the parties’ need for unity in direct contrast with the country’s needs. Compromises made and delays in legislation much needed but now put on the back-burner. So, grandstanding and petty squabbles now the norm. As Ann Widdicombe put it so succinctly – there is a disturbing increase in career politicians and an alarming estrangement of the public with the political class. So, what about the EU then? What is there in it for them? The failure of the autocracy has been to misunderstand the feeling in the UK about their abysmal failure to control the influx or rather to devise proper policies for integration of those who have come. This is not going to stop. Not now and not in the foreseeable future. Also their failure to devise good sound financial rules. They should have had a very good look at the good and the bad of the American system. As it is we are saddled with a continuing malaise, political indecision and infighting. You would have thought that by now the political class had changed from just being in it for themselves to a more caring attitude and a fair division of the available cash. But we are not. We’re just as we have always been in the UK except there are ever more trying to jump on the bandwagon of excess. It is no wonder both Scotland and Wales are trying to get shot of it. But sadly it will not improve, just change the emphasis from Westminster to Edinburgh and Cardiff. The leopards won’t change their spots.

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