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Trump’s Euro Vision!!

While this made me laugh it is tragic!!

The far-right is setting the agenda.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1043735739169073

The wave of populist propaganda is dividing the world!

From the obnoxious merchant banker Farage to the Neo-Nazis, all over Europe – the far-right spreads its hate, fear and division.

It’s time we promoted peace, understanding, tolerance, compassion, unity and togetherness!!

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The birth of extremism.

A while back I could talk to people who had different views in an intelligent manner. We could even find common ground and at least understand each other without coming to blows. There was respect. Apart from a couple of more extreme morons there was a community on the web. I even made friends with people who were of a different persuasion.

That has changed radically.

Every issue has now been politicised.

People who were friendly are now hostile. There have been many posts peppered with abuse. There are two camps who will not interact under any circumstances. If someone is in the ‘other’ camp their articles are not even going to be considered. Instead they are met with a knee-jerk stream of rubbish that doesn’t even bother to pertain to the issue at hand.

Now abuse is not the province of a few loonies – it’s mainstream.

What has caused this division and intolerance?

What has empowered the more extreme and pushed the moderate to become extreme?

In the UK it is Brexit that has brought out the racists, fascists and violence out onto the streets which in turn elicited a counter response of extreme antifascists.

In the US it is Trump that has had the same effect.

So what does it take to get back to the more pleasant environment we once had? How do extremists of both sides begin to moderate their views?

Brexit means Brexit!

Well for two and a half years now we have had to put up with May and the extreme right wing telling us what Brexit means. They acted as if they could peer into the minds of every one of the 17 million Brexit voters and know exactly why they voted as they did.

They are in no doubt. Brexit means Brexit.

Their view of Brexit means the most extreme form.

They ignore the views of half the population and assume the other half think like them.

THEY ARE WRONG!!

People had all sorts of reasons for voting Brexit. Some used it as a protest against austerity. Some wanted to give Cameron a bloody nose. Some wanted sovereignty. Some wanted an end to immigration. Some despised the EU and thought it undemocratic. Some wanted to secure our borders.

BUT THERE WAS NO MAJORITY IN THE COUNTRY FOR ANY ONE THING!!

BREXIT NEVER MEANT BREXIT!

Now, at last, we are seeing that there are many types of Brexit and the MPs are getting a choice.

There is Norway +

Canada

Crashing out

and a handful more!

We can stay in the Single Market.

We can stay in the Customs Union.

We can stay in both or neither.

It is quite complex.

If only May had not fawned to the extreme ERG and had not pushed the button we could have discussed these options at length, understood their impact on the country and decided which type of Brexit we wanted.

How stupid is it that we’re finally doing it literally days before we’re meant to be leaving?

Has any leader ever made a bigger cock-up of the whole business. May is a complete imbecile. She really thought she could just steamroller it through.

Whatever the outcome – it is TIME FOR THE PEOPLE TO DECIDE!!

Brexit – the will of the people!

What is the will of the people?

Well poles suggest in excess of 54% in favour of remaining (Double the majority who wanted to leave).

A million people have marched in London to demonstrate their anger at the way this has been handled and to demand an opportunity to vote to either ratify the deal or reject it. While a measly 200 join ex-banker Farage on a march to Leave.

We hear a lot about DEMOCRACY. Democracy is the will of the people. It is quite clear that many people have now realised the damage being done by the referendum vote. They have changed their mind. They think they were duped! 54% want to STAY!

Revoke Article 50 – Petition link!

Put an end to this Brexit madness!! Put a stop to the extreme Right running the country!!

Sod the ERG!!

Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.

The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People’s Vote may not happen – so vote now.

now approaching 1 million signatures  If you haven’t already signed please do so via the link below

The True Cost of Brexit!

Nissan

Honda

Panasonic

Dyson

Hitatchi

Sony

Unilever

A third of British firms are planning to move abroad.

“Fifth of large UK firms have already moved operations abroad due to Brexit, new survey shows”.

The Hypocrite Rees-Mogg’s company is moving to Ireland directly because of Brexit.

Here’s what the Independent said:

Brexit: Jacob Rees-Mogg defends Ireland move by City firm he co-founded ahead of EU withdrawal

Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has defended the move by a City firm that he helped to found to establish an investment fund in Ireland ahead of the UK leaving the European Union.

The Conservative MP faced questions when it emerged that Somerset Capital Management (SCM) had launched a new investment vehicle in Dublin amid concerns about being cut off from European investors.

The irony is that it is going to hit the people in the areas that voted for Brexit. Part of me thinks they deserve it. The people like Rees-Mogg are moving their assets abroad. They are going to make a killing out of it. It’s the working people who will suffer – as usual.

Well – they voted for it. Let them eat bread and water on the dole and relive the Blitz spirit. The shame is that the rest of us are going to have to suffer too!

A Special Place in Hell for Farage, Johnson and Gove!!

Sounds good to me. If only there was a hell!!

European Council President Donald Tusk has spoken of a “special place in hell” for “those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely”.

Too true. Those fools started this process without a clue as to what it was all about, how complex it was and how to go about it!

I’d put Cameron, Osbourne and May in there too!

These idiots promised us that we were going to save huge sums of money, that it was going to be simple and we would solve mass immigration.

All lies!!

They have already cost the country tens of billions. The whole lot of them should be locked up. Tusk is right. They were criminally negligent. They have put the future of the country in grave danger.

They are already responsible for extra years of austerity. If the economy stagnates or dives, ruining the future for our children these fools should be held responsible and locked up!

Direct or Representative Democracy?

I’m not elitist. I just know that some things are much too complex for non-experts to deal with. I want my nuclear plants run by people who know what they are doing. If I get a brain tumour I want to be operated on by a fully qualified and experienced brain surgeon not somebody off the street.

Something of the complexity of leaving the EU is at least at that level of complexity. It requires proper detailed deliberation by people who have studied all the details not an arbitrary emotional response by people who do not understand the first thing about it.

Direct democracy is very flawed. You are giving equal weight to the stupid and uniformed as to the intelligent and informed.

Representative democracy is not quite so bad. We elect representatives who largely reflect our views who are supposedly intelligent and have the task, time and expert advice to enable them to make informed decisions on our behalf.

I am sceptical of representative democracy too. We often elect people of dubious intelligence and people who have sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies. I’ve never yet found a politician that represents all my opinions and views. It’s a compromise.

To Leave or Not to Leave That is the Question.

To leave or not to leave

 

To leave or not to leave, that is the question.

Whether ‘tis right to make the country suffer

The future years of impoverished fortune

To create an unnecessary sea of troubles

And by opposing the EU – an economy at sleep,

And Britain no more, our power at an end,

Suffering heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That isolation is heir to: ‘tis a future

Ne’er to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;

To sleep perchance to dream of better futures – there’s the rub:

For in that future death what tragedies may come,

When we have run out of coal and oil

Must give us pause when there’s no respect

Just a lost partnership and strife.

For we will bear the whips and scorns of time

From whom we wronged through proud impudence

The pangs of their love will elicit law’s delay

For our insolence of office and the spurns

That warrants such unworthy takes,

When we might have become so much more –

And now our blunt needle creates such coarse wear

For us to grunt and sweat a weary life

With only the dread of an untimely death.

And now Europe, a country distant to our born,

From where no traveler returns, which puzzles the will.

For would it not have been better to bear the ills we have

Than fly to others that we know not of.

But propaganda made fools and cowards of us all

And thus the natives of this land made resolution

Which sicklied o’er our future, pale cast of thought,

And putrified our enterprise in the sordid pitch of a moment.

Within that moment our currents turned awry

And we lost, in the name of action.

 

Opher – 21.1.2019 – with thanks to W. Shakespeare.

Pig-headed May puts Tory Part above Country.

Instead of reaching out across parliament to find a consensus May is going back to pander to her right-wing nutcases again. Her aim is to hold the Tory Party together. She is not thinking about the country at all.

Chaos.

So May is touting her deal yet again – the same deal that was rejected by a historical majority.

Unless she rules out crashing out of Europe and looks to creating an agreement that would stand a chance of getting through parliament we are heading for a disaster.

What a mess the Tories have created!