Friday, 27 January 2017
A wee snafu occurred in the "carefully" choreographed visit to the USA of Theresa May, when the White House issued a couple of press releases misspelling her name as "Teresa" (by happenstance the name of a UK glamour model).
Whilst all and sundry are quick to blame the new administration for the cock up, it is worth remembering that the US has form wrt cock ups such as this.
In 2009 Hillary Clinton gave Sergei Lavrov a mock "reset" button, symbolising US hopes to mend frayed ties with Moscow.
However, he said the word the Americans chose, "peregruzka", meant "overloaded" or "overcharged", rather than "reset".
Thus it is not just the new administration that is incompetent, but apparently parts of the American civil service that do the grunt work for the administration of the time.
Name tags all round!
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Easy for May to grant "bold" White Paper concession. Restating her speech in format of White Paper won't change A50 trigger.— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) January 25, 2017
The announcement also wrong footed Corbyn, a double whammy by May!
The Supreme Court has rules that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process and trigger Article 50.
The Remain camp is flush with the sense of "victory", yet their flush will not last long as this is nothing more than a false hope.
The court has also ruled the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies did not need a say. A clear victory for Brexit, as the devolved governments won't be able to derail the process.
Additionally, it should be noted that the court stayed well clear of giving a ruling on whether Brexit should go ahead.
Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised a parliamentary bill "within days" (quite possibly tomorrow), and that bill will be a bare bones simple bill indeed. It is expected to be passed by the Commons within a fortnight.
Theresa May has also brought forward her deadline for triggering A50 to mid March.
Like it or not Brexit will occur, as per the wish of the British people, irrespective of law suits and whinging by those who didn't muster enough support to remain in the EU!
Monday, 23 January 2017
Friday, 20 January 2017
@paullewismoney nobody ever said there would be any whip. Times fabricated "order" and guardian fabricated "three-line whip" headlines.— Mungo (@Mungo_5) January 20, 2017
Seemingly, even the Guardian can't be trusted....what is the world coming too??
Thursday, 19 January 2017
Theresa May, speaking at Davos, is quoted by Reuters:
"Let us not underestimate the magnitude of that decision. Britain must face up to a period of momentous change, it means we must go through a tough negotiation and forge a new role for ourselves in the world, it means accepting that the road ahead will be uncertain at times."That is absolutely correct and, rare for a politician, honest.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Monday, 16 January 2017
Friday, 13 January 2017
Thursday, 12 January 2017
As British political establishment amuses itself with the #Pissgate scandal across the pond it should bear in mind that some within the British establishment have had/continue to have their own "idiosyncrasies" eg:
- rent boys
- crapping on rent boys
- associating with known criminals
- #PigGate etc etc
People in glass houses etc!
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
The hapless commuters who are trying to get to work everyday, despite the best efforts of Southern and the unions, are being used as cannon fodder by the government in their war against the rail unions.
At some stage this will backfire!