Get the popcorn in folks – It’s Brexit crunch week.

 

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Well here we are finally.

After nearly thirty months of strife, division and humiliation on the international stage the whole Brexit debacle is finally about to burst like an overripe pustule.

This episode, let’s not forget, has left the UK looking like a laughing stock; has revealed the very worst of our nation’s character traits and has created the biggest division in our society since the Civil War 400 + years ago – a division which may take decades to repair.

We could write a 10,000 word essay on why we got here, but we suspect most people who visit this page are very familiar with the Tories internal divisions on Europe, the 40 year liefest about the EU in the tabloid media and the desire of the hard free marketeers to turn the UK into a tax  haven sweatshop free from irritating ‘red tape’ like human rights and worker/environmental protections.

However the one thing that was absolutely crystal clear to us and many millions like us right from the start, (and reinforced massively since the vote) was that the vision peddled by those with a political or financial interest in Brexit was an utter fantasy. Even worse we could see that many many decent people were conned into voting against their own interests out of ignorance of what the consequences of leaving would really be – The mantra of ‘project fear’ is perhaps the most insidious trick played by the shadowy billionaires and foreign powers who secretly pushed and funded Brexit for their own interests, because it allows people to close their minds to the vast amount of academic research that show the Brexit will be a disaster for the country – As clever as it is deceitful, because no-one likes to deal with cognitive dissonance nor admit they were taken for mugs.

However the trouble with the good ship fantasy is that it always ends up holed and sinking on the rocks of reality – just as Brexit now is.

And this was so predictable. You can read back through the last couple of years of our posts on the matter and see we always said this point would come – the point where Brexit collapses in on itself under the weight of it’s own impossibilities and absurdities.

And this week will see that.

May’s rubbish plan looks almost certain to be voted down and when that happens keep a close eye on the Tories – expect a bloodbath. Indeed even Tom Netwon-Dunn , the Sun’s political editor was tweeting yesterday that senior Tories were saying this could see the Tories ended as an effective political party. The ERG loons won’t accept anything other than ‘no deal’ and the Remainer wing have stated they won’t accept a no deal under any circumstances. With such uncompromising positions it’s hard to see how they can remain in the same party together let alone the same government.

In addition it also looks highly likely that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is going to rule that the UK can unilaterally withdraw Article 50, after a top official informed us this week that that was where the judgement was heading (blowing away the Leaver argument that even if we changed our minds we couldn’t stop the process)

And the cherry on the shitpile is that the Supreme Court is about to rule whether the referendum result should be declared ‘null and void’ – Last week academics were giving evidence in this hearing saying research showed that he illegal spending by the Leave Campaigns in the the last few days DID swing the result for Leave so it will be fascinating to watch this one…if the court does rule that the result is ‘null and void’ then that’s it for Brexit. There is no ‘will of the people’ or result to be respected. It’s over.

Either way it’s hard to see both the current government and possibly Brexit surviving the next couple of weeks and we would say that another Referendum is an almost racing certainty now as it’s clear there is no majority in parliament for any form of Leaving so MPs will have absolutely no other option but to put it back to us.

IN the meantime, we suggest stocking up on popcorn – it’s not every lifetime that sees such monumental hubris punctured and a nearly 200 year old political party gutted by own stupidity, but given the lies, a complete lack of concern about the lives it will ruin and the eye watering incompetence on display it’s hard not to feel happy about this.

Brexit has been a national tragedy and as such it’s about time we all went ‘bollocks’ to it.

WR

 

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Tory MP Johnny Mercer calls opposition MP ‘a pathetic wannabee’ for defending NHS privatisation. Did he forget about the key NHS meeting he missed to star on celebrity TV show ‘Hunted’?

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Just when you thought the limelight chasing Tory MP Johnny Mercer couldn’t get any more hypocritical, we now see him resorting to base slurs against his neighbouring Labour MP Luke Pollard for defending the privatisation of the yet another part of the NHS in the local area – (all the elective orthopaedic services carried out at Derriford hospital in Plymouth to private health provider Care UK).

Did it escape his mind that only a couple of months before he was caught neglecting his  duties as a member of the government’s Health and Social Care Committee conveniently missing the chance to cross examine the new health secretary Matt Hancock for the first time about Tory health policy? Why? Because he was too busy starring on Channel 4’s charity game show ‘Celebrity Hunted’.

Mr Mercer’s attention seeking of the media and political stardom have taken priority over his parliamentary duties, yet he still has the audacity to call another MP ‘a pathetic wannabee’ for voicing perfectly legitimate concerns on behalf of his constituents for yet another chunk of the NHS being transferred into the hands of vulture capitalists. Seems a bit rich considering he had the opportunity to attend a crucial meeting about the state of the NHS but chose instead to be on celebrity TV. If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about how much he really cares about our National Health Service then we don’t know what does.

Perhaps Johnny should take a look at himself and the image he portrays on behalf of his own constituents. It wasn’t so long ago he pledged to stand up for disabled people and war veterans before voting to cut their social security by £30 per week. He also claimed some veterans were wrongly diagnosing themselves with PTSD after being swept up in a “culture of victim-hood”. (and all this from an ex-military Captain who should well understand the stresses military personnel undergo during and after service).

We would suggest that if a politician resorts to insulting their opposition with ad-hominem attacks rather than addressing the point they’re making they’ve already lost the argument. The only ‘pathetic wannabee’ here is Johnny Mercer for shamelessly pursuing his own personal career over doing the job the public pay him for.

WR

Britain’s public finances are now in a worse state than many developing nations (and a lot of it is to do with the privatisation of public assets)

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Read it and weep folks

A new IMF report compared the balance sheets of the world’s nations and found that Britain has one of the worst.

Britain has tumbled down the rankings significantly since the Global Financial Crash of 2008.

Whilst part of the reason the UK measures up so badly these days is thanks to the bank bailouts, and pension liabilities, the IMF identified the privatization of vast swathes of our public assets since the 1980’s as a significant contributing factor to the current atrocious state of our nation’s balance sheet.

The report didn’t mince it’s words, stating that the promises made to us when the Tories justified the sell off off assets (owned not by them, but by all of us remember) were ‘illusory’ – In other words they were big fat lies.

Funnily enough the left has been arguing for years that the privatision of public assets and services is no less than state sanctioned robbery and would be a disaster for the country.

Looks like we were right (again!)

WR

https://www.ft.com/content/3ee09db6-cbb8-11e8-b276-b9069bde0956

Conservative Education Minister Nick Gibbs fails to include private tuition fees in his spending claims.

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Oops… Conservative Minister of State for the Department for Education, Nick Gibbs has tried to defend Conservative cuts to education spending whereby a protest of a thousand head teachers took to the streets to complain about schools being pushed to the point of collapse due to austerity. He claims the UK is “third highest spender on education in the world”, however since saying this it has come to light he includes privately paid tuition fees in that figure.

You may or may not know that Nick Gibbs voted in 2010 to treble university tuition fees to £9,000 a year.

Given this disingenuous use of statistics we can almost see how he could benefit from having students pay astronomical sums of money for their education – if he was including the over-inflated price of their fees in his own spending claims. Let’s remember he’s doing this to paint the picture the Conservative’s are spending enough on education. Paul Whiteman, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “We have consistently argued that funding for schools is down by 8% in real terms. The National Audit Office agrees, the Institute of Fiscal Studies agrees, parents can see it is true, as can the electorate.”

We don’t imagine being told the UK is third biggest education spender in the world has helped one bit toward assuaging the concerns of teachers and educational bodies across the country when they already know schools are being underfunded, in some cases to the point of collapse (whereby a private firm has the opportunity to swoop in and set up a for-profit academy in it’s place). Seems coincidental that Nick Gibbs has consistently voted (11 times out of 11 so far) in favour of more academies, also he has consistently voted for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education.

Remind again us why we should believe this man has our public funded schools’ interests at heart whatsoever? Why don’t the Tories actually take the word of a 1000 head teachers who are seeing the first hand impact of cuts in their schools? Why not admit they are under-funding education on purpose (just like the police force, NHS and other public sector jobs) to justify privatising them as they start to fall apart? Because we all know that’s what this is really about. Not learning, not teaching… but greed.

While our public services crumble the Tories magic up £120m out of thin air for Brexit Festival

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There’s no money in the pot for nurses, teachers, firefighters or care workers… but apparently we can afford to pay £120 million for a Brexit Festival?

That is now the almost surreal situation we find ourselves in since the Tories have taken a big sharp neo-liberal axe to our public services under the guise of austerity, because ‘there’s no money left’ to pay for these things, and ‘we have to make tough decisions on behalf of the country’… (etc etc)…

When are they going to change the record and stop treating the general public like idiots? We’re all quite familiar with Theresa May’s refuting the existence of “the magic money tree” whilst explaining to nurses why they couldn’t have a pay rise. Shortly after this and following her disastrous election result Theresa simply shook the magic money tree and down fluttered £1bn to help bribe DUP MPs to help prop up her failing government. Something which sparked widespread outrage for flying in the face of the apparent need for austerity. (it was also around this time that Theresa May lied to the Queen about being able to form a government before she knew she could).

How the Conservatives can expect for the public to buy into this fresh barrage of hypocrisy should speak volumes about the level of contempt they have for the electorate. How come hospital wards and A&Es are closing, schools are facing the worst funding crisis in a decade but out of thin-air the PM conjours up £120m to help celebrate Brexit? Surely she can see the hypocrisy of doing this given the perpetual austerity we’re all experiencing (which the British Medical Journal has linked up to 120,000 deaths to over just a 3 year period (2011-2014)).

Whether you voted to leave or remain, does this seem like a good way to spend our taxes to you? Would you prefer to have a festival or would you rather see our hospitals, schools and other services taken care of first? We’d prefer the latter.

WR

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-wants-120million-festival-brexit-13335310

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/01/twitter-reacts-to-mays-brexit-festival-pla

How do the Tories win elections despite their shambolic track record?

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Having been literally asked this question by a friend, it prompted us to try and supply some sort of answer to the age old question… why is the default vote setting for many people Conservative despite their terrible track record and ongoing omni-shambles in government?

Well, of course there’s more to it than the information contained in the image above, but in essence we believe this is the baseline answer. The mainstream media must make the voting public more scared of a potential Labour government – more than how angry they’ve become at the Conservative’s policies & austerity agenda. This is the fundamental driver behind how the establishment aim to control the ballots, not by winning over voters with an inspiring progressive plan for the future, but rather to control public perception by convincing the public that no matter how bad things are under the Tories, they will always be worse under Labour.

The current Labour manifesto has inspired millions of people to engage in politics for the first time, in the creeping shadow of Tory austerity there has been enough of an obvious threat for your average Joe on the street to perk their ears up and take an interest in the system that is ultimately failing them. The real question is, which message is the strongest, which appeals to everyone’s ‘inner voter’ on the day? We honestly believe for the first time in a decade that the MSM’s grip on the narrative is actually starting to slip. The weight of injustice and blatant corruption on so many tiers of the layer cake have left the public desperate for an alternative to the status-quo. The establishment know they cannot win the popular vote, so you can bet for sure the battle will be fought on the grounds of (Scare) > must be greater than > (Public anger).

(Not an ideal scenario from a voters perspective we think you’ll agree! Will I be made angry or scared today? I can’t wait to find out!)

WR

Government business Remploy sold for £2m, makes new American owner’s £7.1m in the past year

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Remploy was set up during WW2 to help provide work for sick miners and injured servicemen and women. Today it is paid tens of millions of pounds a year of tax payer’s money to help disabled people. The £2 million fire sale of the government run company was overseen by none other than Conservative Minister Esther McVey for what is now being claimed as a pittance of it’s real worth. We now hear that Remploy has earned it’s new American owners the princely sum of £7.1 million in the past year, who must be laughing all the way to the bank given the hugely undervalued price tag they paid for the business.

We often hear Tory buzz words and phrases like ‘Taking back control of our Country’. Well, excuse us for saying it – but this hardly seems like ‘taking back control’ of anything… but rather ‘selling off control for peanuts’.

A big round of applause for Esther McVey.

 

WR