So, Switzerland yesterday voted in a referendum to reject limiting the number of EU citizens able to live and work in their country, knowing as they did, that continued freedom of movement of labour also meant that the other three freedoms of movement would remain safe … movement of capital, goods and services.
Interestingly, several years ago, there was a similar referendum, very very narrowly won by the other side, but rejected by the federal government when it became clear how much damage it would do.
The turnout in this referendum was higher than other recent referendums at almost 60%, and possibly one reason for that was the closeness of the result last time around together with the news that has reached Switzerland from the UK about just how difficult it can be to turn your back on the biggest reading block in the world.
Another interesting fact, of course, is the percentage of votes for Switzerland to retain its complex series of contracts with the EU was pretty much identical to the voting for Scotland to remain within the EU. Around 62-38.
Happily for Switzerland, their vote will be listened to and acted upon. In short, how they voted matters.
Scotland’s vote, as a member state of the UK, has not been listened to; no concessions have been offered, and indeed, in order to facilitate the jumping through hoops that will now be expected of the UK, some, if not many, of the devolved powers will be taken back into the unsafe hands of a man who needed to go to Durham for an eye test.
Aye, Better Together, UKOK and Blue Passports…
Hey, there’s a thought. Did anyone promise the Swiss blue passports?
And what about Swiss busses? No promises of 415,413,250.00 CHF per week?
Jeez, they missed a trick, huh?
And there are two new Coats of Arms from Andi…
So, thank you to Andi for the toons and the Coats, to John and Erik, to Brenda and to Panda Paws. Munguin is a very lucky animal to have all these contributions.
Thanks to Dave and John.
Back to good old Kent, and Mike Galsworthy tweeted this little gem..
The recently appointed branch supervisor of the Con Scotland brigade has been wittering ill-informedly about education in the last few days. He’s bemoaned falling standards in Scotland’s schools, apparently unaware of how well Scotland’s students do at getting into higher education, particularly compared with just over the border where his government runs the show.
He’s also been talking about the importance of free school meals, seemingly having forgotten that he voted against them in his parliament when they were debated for England.
I imagine that this was Mr Cummings’ idea because I’m pretty sure Dross doesn’t know what an idea is. Anyway, he’s talked a lot about it and even made a nauseating video about it as you can see.
He really is an unappealing candidate for FM.
A: Amount of Scottish Deficit.
B: Amount that Scotland borrows from the Uk standing on a scaffold with both hands tied behind its back and its head in a noose.
C: Amount that Scotland could borrow in the open market so that it could elect the government of its choice, run its economy as it saw fit and prosper like a normal country.
And lest, in all this misery, we forget… at the end of all this Brexit hassle, this is what we shall have achieved:
Oh sorry, wait… Something went wrong
Here you are… that’s better:
What’s that you say, Munguin?
Oh… Munguin says we might be able to use that one to get into Kent (although not out of it), but if we still want to be a part of the world, we will need one approved by foreigners, in Canada… that can be read by internationally recognised electronic readers from Kalaallit Nunaat to Kenya and beyond.
I read this morning that Matt Hancock was surprised to learn that people who are asymptomatic can spread the virus. And this despite a warning from SAGE that it was entirely possible. And while on the subject of the delightful Hancock he is complaining that it is no wonder that there is a shortage of tests because they are available for free. Erm, I think, Handsy, you will find that we paid for them. You know, through our taxes.
“_The Confessions of James Joyce”_
Published in The Freeman, 19 July 1922.
“_Of three things beware; the teeth of a dog, the horns of a bull, and the word of an Englishman_.”
And today’s Andi and Munguin honour goes to…
A few bonus toons…
Thanks to Andi, Brenda, Tom, Erik, and John…et merci à Claudine ma chère amie parisienne.
Claudine’s cartoon is about the maid/cleaner working from home. She’s phoning in instructions to the employer… Open the cupboard below the sink and you’ll find the detergent and the hard soap. The “cloths” (although that word translates as mops) are the bottom drawer.
Thanks to Kay, John and Dani. And Marica in advance! (Maybe, after me not putting chocolate in yesterday’s post, we’ll be flat out of luck)