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When will they ever learn?

From today’s Guardian: “May held her farewell drinks in Downing Street on Monday night with MPs from across the spectrum of the Tory party and the Democratic Unionist party in attendance, telling them in a short speech that their priority was stopping Corbyn entering Downing Street.”

It adequately sums up a disastrous reign as Prime Minister – shouldn’t their priority be to represent our citizens and deliver a programme that builds a successful national infrastructure, and a platform for everyone to achieve a satisfying and rewarding life? But no, the priority is to engage in petty, nasty and spiteful inter-party battles, through fear of the gravy train coming off the rails. When will they ever learn?

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Staring into the abyss…

Bird & Fortune, from 15 years ago..

Stop the world, I want to get off

It’s reached the point where it’s impossible to find anything original to say about the absolute shambles this country has been led into by a succession of useless governments. The complete failure, and total incompetence that they have masterminded beggars belief, and leaves us wondering whether there is any hope of a solution or even a partial recovery.  The very fact that their complete and utter failure to achieve anything in the way of resolving the Brexit crisis has now left us watching in stunned disbelief as the next group of incompetents, vye with each other to ‘lead’ the train wreck of the Conservative party…… into what?  Cameron screwed up: May screwed up: and Johnson is waiting in the . . . → Read More: Stop the world, I want to get off

Maybe, just maybe

Day by day as the Brexit farce unfolds, as mere citizens we can only sit back in wonder at the sheer levels of incompetence of our elected representatives as they drive us towards some form of political Armageddon. Their complete and utter failure to understand what their responsibility was, based on the result of the Brexit referendum, beggars belief. Collectively they have presented themselves as self-opinionated, self-serving and self-promoting failures, whose only allegiance is to their decrepit political parties. Who knows what awaits us, but if somehow we escape this absolute farce, maybe, just maybe, there’s a minuscule hope that they could learn that adversarial, party-centric politics is not the solution to anything: it’s the problem.

Brexit – in two quotes

“Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” Woodie Guthrie

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. Albert Einstein

Conclusion: our Prime Minister is not a genius, but is insane.

Great Britain Ltd?

Was there ever a time when politics and politicians felt as totally and collectively incompetent as our current elected representatives?   Locked in divisive and failed ideologies, unwilling to change, intent only on, or bound by polarized party agendas that are out of touch with reality, and which ignore the basic principles of democracy.  For decades we have been increasingly treated by successive governments as clients, rather than citizens, subjected to agendas that feed the establishment and drive inequality, austerity, extreme poverty, and allow the rich get richer and the poor get poorer

No doubt, there are honest, caring and wel meaning members of parliament, but the established processes afford them little or no degrees of freedom to act as representatives. Anyone . . . → Read More: Great Britain Ltd?

Brexit: The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

It’s all ugly, it’s all bad, and the good? Well, John Crace gets the award. His regular column in the Guardian provides the only glimmer of sanity as the Ship of Fools heads blindly towards the Euro-iceberg, with dear Theresa thrusting gloriously from the bows, peering into the abyss, whilst the rest of her crew are busy re-arranging the deck chairs.

Read John Crace’s latest insight: A night to remember–  never mind about custom unions, backstops and amendments; enjoy, instead, a match made in therapy.

The Ship of Fools

The Houses of Parliament: the museum of British politics – a crumbling edifice, home to a crumbling government, devoid of responsibility, devoid of leadership, and devoid of respect. When was the last time our government did anything to make us feel proud to be British?

The Summer of 2016: Brexit and Rio

Sport and politics – an uncomfortable partnership: one has the ability to excite and inspire, the other the the ability to depress and confuse, but which?

This summer in the UK has been dominated by two major news items – the Brexit vote, which has left us all confused and frustrated, and in Rio, a remarkably successful performance by Team GB in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Brexit delivered an unexpected result, which we are trying to come to terms with. The outcome is generating all manner of speculation, doom-mongering and negativity. There’s a good few column inches devoted to analysing the result, and the emerging consensus suggests that the vote reflected an opportunity for the electorate to express an unprecedented . . . → Read More: The Summer of 2016: Brexit and Rio

Independence Day?

I awoke this morning confidently expecting to find that the result of the UK referendum had been to ‘remain’ in Europe. I was wrong; I was shocked, and left wondering just what the future held, not just for the UK, but also for Europe. It’s been a long, long day.

There has been an understandable outpouring of emotions throughout the day, compounded by fear of the unknown, but one thing is certain and that is that it will take some while to sort out the wreckage. But putting the emotive issues and blame-mongering aside, we have to accept that the referendum has taught us something. The underlying issues that influenced the outcome of the vote to are not new – . . . → Read More: Independence Day?