Who thought up that stupid name for the process of detaching from a group of countries
in Europe who are trying to become the United States of Europe (USE).
We are trying to leave a club and the club keeps on going about getting a divorce
and keeping mum about any settlement terms they expect, whereas we would like to
know if they want anything in particular. Of course, it’s one against an unpredictable
group of 27 who cannot even balance the books or even get agreed accounts, but seem
to expect any leavers to pay the running costs of said club forever and a day (as
you would) They cannot even agree how much this club member has agreed (committed
to) possibly because the accounts are not exactly accurate. We suggest a figure and
they simply say it’s not enough - but how do they know?
I see now that even the Brits are talking about a ‘divorce’ bill and USE still have
no idea how much our liabilities are actually, so the government is providing a ‘final’
figure of £40 million, but naturally USE have moved the goal posts by ignoring that
and moving onto the land border between the Republic of Ireland and our bit completely
forgetting there was a border there since 1923 until on the second time of asking
the Irish down south just had to vote to joint USE or have a third referendum. I
think if someone was to simply produce a booklet about or relations with the Irish
and the rest of Europe and hand it out at these USE meetings, it would save a lot
of arguments as they have no idea about history, preferring to simply ignore and
previous wars between themselves and or us and how we have had to sort out their
squabbles several times in the last 100 and a bit years!
Did I really mention on the finance page that the budget appeared to be an election
budget? I’m afraid I did and as the ‘divorce’ saga continues, it looks more and more
like it may come to pass. The Irish once again seem to want their cake and eat it.
No mention that it took 2 referendums to sweet talk the Irish public into joining
USE with lots of promises and/or threats that the world as they know it, will end
if they stay outside the ‘club’ - sorry, marriage. It’s looking increasing likely
that unless the Irish Republic accept that it might be a good idea if they too, bite
the bullet and have a similar referendum as we had, then either the border with the
rest of USE will have to move back to the waters edge or the boundary with the UK
as there is no way that Northern Ireland will leave the UK even if that is something
the south would really love to have happen. History suggests that would be the worst
of any changes and set the peace process back decades - which every one agrees is
The PM is caught between a rock and a hard place and has to find a way out by December
15th at the very latest, otherwise it will be put off until next year not leaving
enough time to complete the withdrawal process before we leave anyway.
Friday the 8th brings news that the balls are still in the air with no borders between
USE and the UK, but still no trade deal. All may be revealed in the coming months
when the balls start to fall to the ground. If, as being promised today, the balls
remain in the air, then it really will be a a case of having cake and eating it,
particularly if the bill to leave the club (our commitments) remain under £40 billion
and the European Courts shuffle out of the way by 2026! Political promises as usual
but do we believe what they are saying when the devil is in the detail which will
not be forthcoming until 2019?
Wednesday 13th - so the rebels have defeated the government, so what now? How will
USE react? Will there be an election? Why didn’t the government simply leave USE
as the public voted for?
Fast forward to 2018 and it’s becoming clearer that businesses have woken up to the
fact that instead of taking lottsamoney for doing very little, poor management may
actually have to up their game to stand still. To be honest, I’ve always found most
managers are of poor quality and just in it for the money - but that’s just my opinion
yet to be changed. Good managers have nothing to fear from actually managing rather
than hoping things will turn out OK. Pressure is being put on government to backtrack
on political promises made ranging from pointing out that the referendum result is
not binding to the country will fall apart if it actually has to stand on it’s own
feet. Sad or what?
23 January 2018
With the likely demise of UKIP, one has to wonder who will endeavour to ensure the
government actually carries out the wishes of the electorate rather than bow down
to the assorted pressure groups who interpret the referendum result to suit their
own agendas? I’ll be honest but I expected the Prime Minister to write the letter
the day after the result was announced giving the required 2 years notice of leaving
the club as this was the time deemed required to clear any outstanding issues and
arrange suitable replacement financial and legal agreements. It seems their heart
really wasn’t ready for the obvious result, which makes me wonder just how in touch
with reality our national politicians are. My straw polls taken over the years prior
to the vote, suggested overwhelming support for taking three steps backwards from
the United States of Europe (USE) meaning the government simply assumed that the
public realised just how entwined they had got linked to USE without even asking
the public to support the idea of upgrading from a trading partnership to a fully
fledged member of the political set up that concerns the majority. No wonder they
are finding it difficult to extract themselves from the situation that governments
of various colours have ‘committed’ everyone to since the referendum in the 1970s
simply agreed to a trading partnership!
I may come back to this subject sooner rather than later.