So, Conservative Central Office is bragging the government has brought in new legislation protecting people who buy their package holidays on line.

“We are introducing new rules to protect package holidaymakers and save customers tens of millions of pounds”


“The government has today (Sunday 1 July) introduced new measures that will protect an extra 10 million UK package holidays a year and help save British holidaymakers tens of millions of pounds a year with strengthened rights for consumers and new protections.” They say.

Awww. Isn’t that kind of them?

Well, no, it isn’t, as it happens.



So hardliners (30 or so of them) have told May that this is the deal they want.


Dear Prime Minister,

At this critical moment in our country’s history, the time has now come to get tough in your negotiations with the European Union. We are looking to you to demonstrate courage and leadership in the face of those who seek to undermine the express wish of the British people in the 2016 referendum.

In order to satisfy this result and uphold our promise to the British people, after our formal departure on the 29th of March 2019, we will not accept:

  • an extension of the transition period beyond 31st December 2020
  • any extension to the two-year withdrawal period as stated in Article 50
  • the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over the UK in any form beyond the transitional period
  • remaining part of a customs union or other similar entity
  • any departure deal that prevents us from forging new trade deals
  • free or preferential movement of people from the EU
  • any deal without robust conditionality, linking the £39 billion financial settlement with a satisfactory free trade agreement
  • any part of the United Kingdom being treated differently from the rest

Our departure must be absolute. We must not remain entangled with the EU’s institutions if this restricts our ability to exercise our sovereignty as an independent nation. Anything less will be a weakening of our democracy. Britain must stand firm.

Yours sincerely







36 thoughts on “RANDOM THOUGHTS”

  1. If those “hardliners” win, then indyref 2 really does become not just inevitable, but a matter of urgency.

    I am looking into Russian interference in the Brexit referendum – oh, all right, I’ve ordered a book on the subject by an American author but it hasn’t come yet.

    I shall now go for a lie down and lull myself to sleep by working out a list of other words one might choose to use in place of “hardliner”.

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    1. Alas, I have woken up again, though I am nevertheless still overflowing with the milk of human kindness. That being the case, I feel I must remind the “hardliners” whom Tris mentioned to organize their package tours to – oh – the Holy Roman Empire, Mesopotamia and the Andalusian Kingdom of Moorish Spain, or maybe the mystic Orient – very soon, before Britannia Brexits and trashes all that nasty European consumer-friendly nonsense that stands between every self-respecting, hard-working billionaire and his next million or two.

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      1. Ed, I suspect the “hardliner” holidaymakers are ignorant of the fact that once the UK is out of the EU, they’ll only be entitled to a duty free allowance of 1 litre of spirits, 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 250g tobacco, etc. Not much point in taking the Transit over to Calais to stock up on the booze and baccy “for personal use” then.

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        1. I suspect there’ll be a substantial number of “working class” Brexiteers from England shocked to learn that Benidorm isn’t part of the UK come March the 29th!

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          1. Places like Benidorm will suffer, but I’m sure they will redouble their efforts to attract working class Germans/Dutch/Belgians.


    2. It doesn’t matter whether the “hardliners”, the “bodgers” or even the “sod its” win, the Independence referendum is an imperative.

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        1. LOL WordPress doesn’t seem to understand that when you nit the Reply button, it would be handy to have the reply near to the comment.


    3. At the moment it seems that hard Brexit is on the cards.

      The cabinet office appears to have come up with another fudge, which will be put to the sleepovers at Chequers this weekend, but in the unlikely chance that they agree it, almost undoubtedly the EU will not accept it.

      I think we are screwed.


  2. We are leaving.
    Cheerio then.
    We really mean it!
    Unless you give us what we want we are extra leaving!
    Cheerio then.
    We really mean it extra extra this time!
    ok, see ya.
    Look, we want this or we are definitely leaving extra extra extra leaving!
    Shut the door on the way out.
    Look here, you bunch of swarthy foreigners, we really are extra extra leaving and we want want want want…..
    Oh do fuck off!

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  3. Interesting that Feartie has a wee department claiming to have done something for the British Tourists where clearly they haven’t. Still WE have all grown used to this by now haven’t we peeps?

    Of course what Feartie will NEVER mention about British Tourists and their “overseas” trips is that after we leave the E.U. I believe we run a high risk of NO British flight being permitted to fly over Europe all down to not having the necessary aviation agreements in place.



    1. It’s like they REALLY REALLY believe that they are so important that the 27 will cave at the last minuted and let them have everything they want.

      Bloody idiots.

      Still, they say that Blackpool is nice at this time of year and the end of the peer shows second to… well…


      1. I am counting down the days until March 31st 2019 Tris for no other reason to see BBC/STV/SKY all rushing around various British airports trying to ask all the folks what they think about British aircraft not being permitted to fly to USA/Canada/EU etc.

        No doubt they will all manage to locate the Brexiteers with their “we hate the EU” and “we knew this would happen” shite. 😂


        1. I was choking myself laughing earlier, Arbroath, at an article (I think in the Guardian) where the government spokesman said “We always said it would be challenging.”

          No, you didn’t you womble. What you said was that:

          We hold all the cards;
          This will be the easiest thing ever;
          We can have our cake and eat it.

          THAT is what you said.


  4. The Rule Britannia mob won’t like it when they have to get in the entry queues at Benidorm with the Africans and other non Europeans.
    Maybe they will demand that places like Spain have a special fast track queue for Britannians?

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        1. Oh, for a moment I though you said “unicornic”, Tris!

          Will they use a decoratif motif for the passport pages that involves innovative jam and biscuits? People are going to need more pages, probably, for the visas they will need to go to their stag parties in Talinn, that is, if they succeed in leaving Greater England at all with the transport shut down, absent the necessary treaties…

          … on the subject of treaties (bilateral, multilateral and whatever), hardly anyone realizes the full extent to which international dealings of every kind are regulated by treaty. The thing about them is that you don’t notice them at all unless they stop working, or don’t work properly for some reason.

          Take, for example, the Universal Postal Union, which happens to be headquartered in Berne. Let us say that you are in Auchtermuchty, Aberfeldy, Aberfoyle or Aboyne and find yourself moved to send a postcard to your Auntie Phemie in Auckland. So, you buys your postcard (in a range of sizes set forth in the agreements) and you affixes your stamp of the proper price, you writes “Weather is lovely, wish you were here, Scotland becomes independent tomorrow, had Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers with my tea”, and you posts it.

          Your postcard has to get on a plane, eventually, or conceivably a ship – less likely these days! Definitions of what constitutes mail – treaty. Conditions for carriage thereof: treaty, not just contract. Airline flight: carried out under treaty (cf. International Civil Aviation Organization, based in Montreal). Air Traffic Control internationally – treaty. Landing rights: treaty, not just pure commercial agreement. On arrival at Wellington or wherever, customs formalities – treaty (see also World Customs Organization and the Harmonized System). Then delivery – procedures and payments for delivery of international mail in NZ – by treaty – recognizing the stamp you affixed in Scotland as valid for delivery in New Zealand.

          If you put your postcard to Auntie Phemie in an envelope so you can enclose an International Reply Coupon so that the penny-pinching old bat is more likely to write back to you – yet more treaty.

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          1. I’m sure, nay certain, that Mrs May and Mr Davis have all that in hand.

            They aren’t daft ye know….


            We’re gubbed.

            Still maybe lads could swim to Talinn for the stag dos.

            Or maybe they could just have then at the Queen’s Ears.


  5. I’ve had a thought. I’ve just bought a new domain and hosting for it from a French company. I got the impression that if I was not in the EU if it would be the French VAT because there would not be a reciprocal arrangement for VAT. Could this be an unknown benefit of Brexshit?

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    1. I believe services supplied outside the EU by an EU company to a non-business customer are outside the scope of EU VAT. That means the EU business in question ought to charge you no VAT after Brexit day. Hooray!

      However, it’s an open question whether EU data protection rules will allow that French company to continue selling data hosting services to residents of the UK. It’s also an open question if the UK government want the UK data hosting industry to be in direct competition with EU businesses. Leaving the EU means barriers are necessarily erected. Which ones remains a mystery. Boo.


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