SO HOW’S ALL THIS BREXIT STUFF GOING THEN?

Some hastily scribbled notes on the latest developments.

So we have eight-and-a-half months before we leave the EU. The last six of these are supposed to be for the consideration of the agreement between the UK and the EU negotiators by the Brussels parliament and by the parliaments of the 27 remaining members (including some regional or devolved parliaments).

So with effectively two-and-a-half months to go, the UK cabinet finally came to some sort of fractious agreement about a negotiating position, and, in keeping with the conduct of everything this Westminster government has done since Mrs May came to “power”, everything has fallen apart within hours.

Not only has David Davis resigned as Brexit Secretary, but two of his junior ministers have also gone. The department has been left even more rudderless than it was last week.

By anyone’s standards, the UK is in a bit of a laughing stock. In the two years since the referendum, until Friday, it had come up with no real suggestions about how to exit the EU. Friday’s agreement, unbelievably, was hailed as a success by May who then announced that the EU must now respond.

Probably before they do, though, they will want to read the proposals and meet new ministers “responsible”.

So far we know that Dominic Raab, a junior Housing Minister for the last few months, has been promoted to the Brexit cabinet post, arguably the most important job in government at the moment.

We don’t know a lot about him, especially in Scotland, because he’s an English MP and has been a relatively junior minister in English departments.

However, we do know that he is a solid Brexiteer, apparently trusted by the right wing of the party. In an earlier post at the English Ministry of Justice, he attempted to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. He failed, it is said, because he couldn’t come up with a plan that was legally literate. He was, they say, a slogans man. So Brexit means Brexit will be right up his street.

He also was a member of a Facebook Private group that advocated abolishing council housing and bringing back the workhouse.

That May appointed a man with views like that as a Housing Minister says a great deal about what kind of vision May has.

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Raab is quoted as saying: “Food banks are not about poverty but people with a cashflow problem”. So that’s OK then. (Maybe people would have fewer cashflow problems if Esther McVey would get her head out of lying backside and sort out the horrific problems of Universal Credit.)

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Warned by the Express? Aye right?  Maybe if the Tories could show some unity, it would be a start.

So, like I say, about 10 weeks to go before the final proposals have to be made and to call the government “chaotic” would be to compliment them.

I suppose that the next question is: What about Boris and his well-reported comments on the plan being a turd? I mean you can say what you will about Davis being lazy and incompetent, but at least when push came to shove he had the cojones to resign.

What about BoJo? Will he be gone by the end of the day? The BBC reports that he has gone into hiding and even the Whips can’t find him.

On the plus side, if he resigns it would mean that he won’t be obliged to meet with the Orange Moron this week.

Random Thoughts

We won, we won: let’s smash up an ambulance to celebrate.

London Ambulance would like a help to identify this dozy item who thought that the best way to celebrate England’s victory over Sweden was to trash a rapid response ambulance, taking it off the road and out of action. Unfortunately, she was not alone in her stupidity and criminal vandalism. Report her if you know her.

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Boris giving what passes for deep thought as to how he can stuff Maybot

Mrs May managed to hold her fractious cabinet together on Friday night with a threat that anyone who voted against her could collect their redundancy money as they handed in their red boxes and chauffeured cars at the door. Not surprisingly, given that it is 41 miles back to London and the local taxi company has gone out of business, none of them did. And as Fluffy was clearing up the dirty dishes and heading for a night spent with Fairy Liquid, the rest of them rode back to London in their ministerial limos.

However, by Saturday, cracks were appearing in the coalition of crackpots, as Boris described  Mrs May’s plan as ” a turd”. (In my opinion that was rather praising it.)

So who, I hear you ask, is the new Foreign Secretary?

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Esther McWhatsit.

Talking about people who need sacking, Munguin demands that we give official mention to the odious character, Esther McVey, and her lies about the National Audit Office’s report into Universal Credit. It seems to me that she is either an out and out liar or incredibly incompetent. Or, more probably, both.

She didn’t mislead parliament, she lied to it. Why is she still a Cabinet minister?

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Not a beauty pageant then?

It’s the marching season. The time when the Orange Order marches to celebrate a battle which took place in July 1690 (I’m indebted to Panda Paws and Andi for the correct date). Yep, they are THAT up to date. But then, they only go back 6,000 years to the beginning of the universe.

These marches are frequently disruptive and aggressive in nature because their whole purpose seems to be to rub their ancient victory in the faces of the Catholics (against whom they won in the Battle of the Boyne.

One such march in Glasgow yesterday passed St Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church on London Road in the Barras. It did so just as members of the congregation were leaving the church.  Canon Tom White was spat upon and lunged at by a man with a pole and other members of the congregation were insulted.

Now, I am against banning people from marching, no matter how futile and stupid their marches may seem to me. However, all marches should be lawful and people behaving like savages shouldn’t be excused because they reckon that are doing it in their god’s name.

If these people want to march and can’t control their more boisterous elements, they must be kept away from places where they may be provoked into violence. Clearly, that must include religious institutions of any kind other than their own.

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Jeez, that flag clashes horribly with orange waistcoats. ‘Taste o’ an ingin” as my Gran would have said.

When there was an independence march in Glasgow a few weeks ago, Ruth Davidson condemned it because it was disruptive to the life of the city… roads had to be closed, and there was the expense of policing the march (on which, there was no trouble at all).  She has been remarkably silent about the various Orange Marches that have taken place in the last few weeks, including the one with her boss, Arlene, the deputy prime minister, in attendance.

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Ewwww.

I wonder why that would be?

Of course, it is typical of the Tories in Scotland to rush out with a condemnation of anything, absolutely anything, that the SNP does, without for a second considering how it might come back and bite them on the backside (as the tablet story did this week).

And given the number of Ruth’s councillors who have been involved in racist behaviour (and in some cases sexual offences) this question of hers didn’t date well…

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Probably slightly better than you do, matey.

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Soppy Sunday

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Look, everybody. I’ve found a great place to hang on to my mummy.
n athens
Athens
N Binn tower perth
Binn Tower, just above Perth. It was 31 degrees that day.
n blue damsel fly
Blue Damselfly 
n blue eyes
Old Blue Eyes
n balcan lynx
Balkan Lynx.
n c3t
I wonder who’s behind the blue door.
n cheetah cubs
Cheetah Cubs playing
n clouds
Wow clouds.
n dog sail
Nothing like a river cruise for dogs of leisure.
n florence (viki)
Florence where my Hungarian family is at the moment.
n hornbill
Hornbill.
n hornet
Hornet.
n humanty lake peru
Lake Humanity, Peru.
n husk
Nah, it’s not cold if you’re born to it, besides they built me this fire.
n guanajunto mx
Guanajuato, Mexico.
n med
Wildflower meadow,
n joey
Look at my teddy, everyone.
n sagrada familia catalunya
Sagrada Familia, Catalunya.
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I hope you enjoyed my pictures.  Enjoy the hot weather and see you next time…

EXIT MEANS EXIT

This was tweeted by Sam Coates, deputy political editor of “The Times”.

This – from a snr gvt source – extraordinary. Cabinet ministers who resign will immediately be stripped of the cars and abandoned in mid-Buckinghamshire For those who turn down offer of a lift, here’s the source naming the name of the local Chequers taxi firm.

So, it looks like Strong & Stable MayBot, who, only two days ago, refused to sack a cabinet minister for blatantly lying about a report into Universal Credit, is going to take back red boxes at the door if they don’t agree to the plan she’s come up with. The plan which David Davis says the EU will reject because it crosses their red lines.

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Oh, isn’t she Strong and Stable?

A new generation of talented MPs? Any guesses?

Answers on a postcard to Munguin at Munguin Towers.

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I WORRY ABOUT THE DIRECTION BREXIT HAS TAKEN THE UK

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If that last line is true, I suspect that Fascism may find the UK a relatively easy place to get a foothold. 

So, what May is saying is that, no matter what cackhanded mess she comes up with and no matter the cost to the people, the British parliament, to which I believed we were supposed to be “taking back control” (well you would think that if you believe that we have, or had, a “parliamentary democracy”), will be allowed to vote, but unless it votes the way Mrs May wants it to, it might as well watch the football because it will not be listened to.

Sorry, that was a long and rambling sentence, but I couldn’t find another way of putting it.

I’m really perplexed about all this taking back control malarky.

Y’see we were told we would be taking back control from the European courts.

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I have to say they don’t stint themselves when it comes to pretty dresses. But I am struck by the lack of gender balance.

No longer would judges from Bulgaria or Portugal be able to pass down rulings on EU law affecting decent British people.

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With wigs like that, what else could they be, but enemies of the people?

But then, when the English High Court and then The British Supreme Court ruled that Westminster and not Royal Prerogative should decide upon Article 50, the judges, Decent British Justices, sworn to serve their British Queen, I would add, possibly even with Union Jacks in their hearts, became enemies of the people.

So we didn’t really want to take back control to English or Great British courts at all. Is that it?

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Taking back democratic control from those unelected people in the Brussels parliament.

And now if that Parliament,  the Great British Parliament, opened by Her Majesty the British Queen, and operating under her benevolent grace, to which we were going to return power, having wrested it from the unruly mob of foreigners in Brussels and Strasbourg, tries to tell the government to try again with the EU and negotiate something a little less damaging, Mrs May is saying that they might as well stay at home for all the good it will do them.

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Yup.

I’m beginning to wonder if this Bexit malarky isn’t just a pile of cobblers.

WHAT A PRAT…

So, David Cameron tweeted this.
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And Rachel Clarke answered

I know just what you mean. My equivalent mother-son moment was first, calmly explaining how his generation’s future was sold down the river by a man who cared more about personal power than an entire country’s future. Disbelief, sadness & anger followed. What a life lesson.

Game, set and match to Dr Clarke, methinks… and LOL (lots of love???) to Cameron!

HAPPY JULY 4

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Two hundred and forty-two years ago, meeting in the Pensylvania State House, the 13 North American colonies of Britain declared themselves to be independent states.

They never looked back and all this time later they are still celebrating that action as the right decision. 

So, on the 4th of July 2018, we wish the USA all the very best, and of course an especially happy Independence Day to Munguin’s friends over there. (We have many American readers, but Danny and Jon are the main contributors, and we are grateful for their input, so special words of thanks to them).

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Ruth Davidson used a Shakespearian quote to insult him.  I prefer something more Scottish from our Bard. What about: “Thou pickle-herring in the puppet-show of nonsense”?

The current president is just a blip. (Well he’s obviously a lot more things, but what I mean is he is temporary.) Hopefully, though, people will remember what a clown he was and how the rest of the world laughed at him and they will resolve to vote more carefully in future. Mrs May can be grateful that whilst she is an utter laughing stock, she is infinitely less important in the scheme of things than he is… and Donald has certainly “Trumped” her as the world-class eejit. She’s merely a third-rate eejit.

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Trump: Will you be my bromance, buddy?  Macron: (to self… Oh, Lord this is embarrassing) Erm, je suis vraiment désolé. Je ne comprends pas un seul mot d’anglais. En tout cas, qui êtes-vous exactement? Et pouvez-vous arrêter de me tenir la main, idiot en orange ?

Anyway, forget about him tomorrow, Americans.  Enjoy the fireworks and the feasts and have a great day.

Hopefully, in the not too distant future, the boot will be on the other foot and our friends in the States will be wishing us the same thing.

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Talking of Trump, Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf wrote to the Treasury asking that they pay for any security expenses of having Trump in our country. They invited him, not us. He has no official business in Scotland. 

He has received an answer in the affirmative from the Rt Hon Truss. Of course, it seems to me to be particularly bad manners to write to someone by their first name, and sign with your full name, and even worse, your style.  And what is all the numbering of paragraphs about?

Who on earth does that?

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Truss was herself, the English Justice Secretary. Fortunately, Humza doesn’t have to dress himself up like some pantomime character to do his job.

OK, LET’S LAUGH AT BREXIT…

…Because, according to Laura Kuenssberg, David Davis went to see Theresa Maybot today, being unaware of the latest plan to get the Cabinet, if not the Tory Party to agree on something that they can take to Brussels next week.

It didn’t go that well…

She writes:

“Hear that David Davis went in to see the PM this morning after not knowing about Number 10’s ‘new plan’, but left the meeting still not having discussed the ‘new plan'”

So… if he doesn’t know the plan, how can he sell it to the EU?

I suppose it doesn’t really matter that much. After all, it seems (from what I heard on the radio…maybe Mr Davis should try listening to his?) that they want to be in the single market for goods, but not services, people (except for Ireland) or finance.

Since day one Brussels has said that the four freedoms are not divisible and that the UK can’t cherry pick!

I suppose it’s just possible no one in Whitehall or Westminster knows what “divisible” means.

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Do you remember when Mr Davis first went to Brussels to meet with M Barnier… and Barnier and his team had all this paperwork and Davis had… erm… nothing? He was back in London by lunchtime.

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And how at that point we all thought it would get better.

Hmmmm. How wrong we were.

And Scotland has come out of it worst.

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Rather like our own referendum, everything they promised has turned to dust.

And if that wasn’t humiliating enough, it’s frequently been this no-hoper who was responsible for turning it to dust.

Imagine, decisions being made about Scotland by the likes of him!

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Please, someone, rescue us from this…

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