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Monday, January 21, 2019

Welcome to next week!

I’ve been wondering why no-one still hasn’t mentioned the of solving the ‘Irish problem’ by getting them to leave USE anyway. The problem with having a ‘frictionless border’ is with Dover jammed up then the obvious solution with business is to simply import and export via Ireland. Simples!

Apparently the cunning plan is to convince everyone that the current plan is the only plan. I’m afraid that as I see it, it’s either the existing plan or nothing. No new referendum or election will change the current situation.

The government simply thought the cash cow called the UK would be able to negotiate with Europe. But we all know better, don’t we? The UK survived before and will do so again, we are very adaptable from my experience and have been for centuries!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

I get the feeling that simply bailing out of USE without a deal is going to be a non-starter which leaves us with delaying tactics so that the immoveable USE realises that it’s in the best interest of all sides to be flexible or reluctantly accepting the current deal in the expectation that realise they are losing more than they have gained by being awkward. There is still the Irish problem to be resolved which rather that us having another referendum, the Irish go for a third. If politicians believe the British will change their minds after three years why shouldn’t the Irish even though it took two goes for their government to get it ‘right’.

Then there is news that a few governments in the USE have suddenly remembered that we got them out of minor problems in the last century (aka WW1 and WW2) and they know when their backs are against the wall once again (and it will happen, believe me) they will expect us to help them out once again and no matter what our differences, we will. The may even remember that without us, there would be no USE to squabble over!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Why can’t our politicians simply accept we are leaving the club and by definition are no longer part of USE. Therefore a border must exist. The border with the republic was always slightly porous (unlike that with the rest of the world) so if that one goes, so will the others and I’m sure few want that.

The vote last night suggests that the imperfect agreement really is the best we will get in the short term and everyone will have to accept it or get voted out if another election has to be called. The great British public have faced worse and got over it and will do so again. After all if we are awful, why do people risk their lives leaving USE to come here and if those who want us to stay in the USE can always back up their bags and go to the much better place known as USE. They have the choice. Me, I can grumble but I can’t think of anywhere better than the UK (that includes Scotland, Wales, even Northern Ireland and includes various dependences from the Falklands to the Isle of Man)

Think about it!!  

Friday, February 1, 2019

I’m getting concerned. The newspapers and television are all full of something called snow. At lunchtime there they were still talking about it as I looked out of the window to see green grass, clear skys and bright sunshine. Very much as it has been most of the week. I find it difficult to work out the weather pattern up here as down south, we didn’t have the northern weather or we had what everyone else didn’t want. Up here it’s very benign most of the time.

I suppose it must be because of the lakes to the east and the hills (joke!!) to the north and west keeping everything away. Still mustn’t grumble as it’s quiet cold for spring.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Everything seems to be on hold, so not a lot to report apart from it’s got warmer and BREXIT is still meandering towards something, only nobody seems to want to make a decision. I mean it’s not difficult as the decision has been made - we leave on March 29th and whilst the Irish remain as part of USE, there will be a border! Simple. If they don’t want one, then a third referendum for the Irish is the way out as they have already had two goes. If we had another then why stop there, if anyone didn’t like the result of an election (like the losers) just demand another (and another and another……).

Right, we have local elections at the beginning of May, so if you think you could do better than the present Parish Council (I’m thinking Birstall here, but I suppose any Parish Council will do, then  think of it this way:-

The Parish Council is a legal entity like a business. Like a business it normally has shareholders, let’s call them residents, a board of Directors answerable to the shareholders called Councillors and a Mayor or Chairman who has overall control. The Parish/Town clerk is in charge of administration of the Council and carries out the wishes of the Council. Larger Town/Parishes may have additional staff under the control of the Clerk. The Clerk and staff are waged but Councillors can only claim expenses if approved by Council and normally only incurred within the boundary of the Parish/Town.

Obviously, it’s a lot more involved than this brief introduction but from personal experience, unless you only want to watch, if you get involved (why join if you don’t want to get involved?) You should allow an average of at least 10 hours a week including a couple of evening meetings every month. Not for the faint hearted but it’s so interesting! I was a Town/Borough Councillor a while ago and over a year, I spent an average of 24 hours a week but I was a committee chairman, fairly involved in a number of committees and Independent (no backup from party machines).

Interested? Then give me a ring!                             I’m afraid there is more on the next page