IT’S OK TO PLEASE BUSINESS LEADERS, BUT, THOUGH THEY ARE IMPORTANT, THERE IS MORE TO A COUNTRY THAN BUSINESS LEADERS

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This article in the FT is worth a read. It’s relatively balanced as you would expect from the pink pages.

It seems to me that Mrs May is no diplomat. Laying down the law in advance of even the triggering of Article 50 and before any negotiations have begun sounds like a weak position made to look tough.  But hey, what do I know? I’m not a negotiator. I’m not an economist. I’m not a politician. Thank heavens.

But the head of the Treasury probably knows a few things about where the money comes from and goes to. And I suspect that it’s one thing to have a Singapore-style economy in tiny Andorra (80,000), Monaco (38,000), Jersey (100,000), Guernsey (60,000), etc… and a rather different kettle of fish if you are trying to make it work over a population of 65 million in a medium sized land mass.

I suppose the question is, are we prepared to forgo a reasonable health service, passable pensions, social security, and a decent infrastructure so that a small area of the UK (City of London) can continue to prosper and give the UK an outward appearance of riches?

Or would we prefer a decent Scandinavian-style society that looks after its people and stops pretending that it’s playing at the big boys’ games?

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SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS MUNDELL’S HIGHLY PAID FUNCTION?

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I mean, why exactly is he there?

Intellect? Looks? Charm?

WelI I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

But, here’s an idea. Standing up for Scotland in a largely English cabinet?

Well, no, whatever else his raison d’être, it’s absolutely not that.

Here’s some of a  “Good Morning Scotland” interview.

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Just so as we are sure, let’s check it through one more time:

Q: Aren’t you a Scottish Secretary to defend the interests of the Scottish people?

A: No.

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BREXIT PICS

Over the last few weeks I have collected a load of Brexit pics, thinking I’d have time to write a commentary about at least some of them.  Fat chance.

So I present some of them here for your amusement.

Click on the photographs for a larger representation.

TAKING BACK CONTROL

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Tiresome Tess makes her speech tomorrow (or today, if you’re reading this on Tuesday). This is pretty much a map of Great Britain after March 2019. Goodbye, cruel world.

PS: How dare they have French on a map of Britain. Next thing Liz Saxe-Coburg Gotha will be having her family motto in French. Dieu et Mon Droit, or something. Not at all the done thing, what!

 

GOLDFINGER AND HIS HOUSE ELF

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I’ve decided that what happened was that I fell asleep about 6 months ago and I’ve been having a dreadful dream in which the president of the United States is an orange-faced moron (thank Danny for that one), who’s given an interview to a someone who isn’t a journalist, but some sort of a politician.

At the same time, a fashion model with trousers that cost 20% of a retirement pension, has become the unbelievably inept prime minister of the UK.

Please tell me that when I wake up everything will we well with the world and that the above picture is a publicity shot for the next Mr Universe contest.