Ignore this and risk all

Whether you are a leaver or remainer, I wouldn’t ignore this. Whatever your stripe, hard facts are essential for overcoming challenges. We must base our thinking and planning on reality or we will suffer terrible consequences. Get Edwin Hayward’s Brexit document of simple facts on what happens with no deal via this link.

from Der Spiegel

“It was me that got us into this mess, I will get us out of it.” Theresa May, June 2017, after calling a snap election and losing her Parliamentary majority.

Whether you back Remain or Brexit, are you holding your breath about avoiding a mess? We need more and better information.

“Within two years – before negotiation with the EU is likely to be complete and therefore before anything material has changed – we can negotiate a free trade area massively larger than the EU. The new trade agreements will come into force at point of exit.” David Davis, Former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, July 2016.

In at the death

Travelling back from a funeral with three other oldies, I was shocked by their unreasoned beliefs about Brexit – bloody foreigners. I fudged about my views, but ducking wasn’t allowed for long. I owned my belief that we should stay in Europe and sort its weaknesses from the inside. A lull followed, so I asked how they felt about the governments performance so far. In a word, “ridicule” would be an understatement. They talked of lies, disunity, untrustworthy, clueless … and so on.

As a result, I asked them if they felt that way, why were they trusting such people with Brexit? Silence.

We genuinely wish to join a European free trade area – and if our continental friends wish to reach agreement, I am quite sure a way can be found and that reasonable adjustments can be made to meet the essential interests of all. Winston Churchill, 1957

I was not surprised they admired Churchill. Moving on, I raised his belief that a united Europe would reduce the risks of war.  I asked which of their grandchildren they were prepared to sacrifice? In hindsight this seems rather harsher than intended.

Sadly, our politicians’ tendency to spin, fabrication and unfounded assertions hide reality and danger. Most striking is the unprofessional, often non-factual, lacking-realism, ideological (“idea-illogical”?) impressions of the UK internationally. One can’t deny the impression that they actually appear to believe the nonsense they assert.

Make it illegal for any UK political figure to knowingly lie or mislead.

The general population of the UK are tired of listening to outright lies and misrepresentation from the political elite in order to gain votes. Petition made during 2015 – 17 Conservative Government.

For example, in the face of nearly 80K people petitioning for government honesty, our government (21 July 2016) reminded the petitioners of the “7 Principles of public Life” which all politicians and civil servants abide by. If you care to look here is more detail via the link. Before you look, please ask yourself how well our politicians live up to this standard?

Sad to say, the word ‘shameless’ pops into my head. Of course there are many politicians worthy of our respect. I wish there were more in leadership roles.

© Mac Logan