WE WANT TO BE OUT, BUT WE WANT TO BE IN

IN OUT, IN OUT, SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT

You think I’m joking, but in fact, she is for real.

No really, she’s not a stand-up comedienne, she’s a <snigger> politici… Nah, I can’t say it.

What did she think would happen?

I mean she wasn’t daft enough to believe that we could have our cake and eat it, or that we held all the cards, or that there were no downsides to Brexit, surely?

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I’ve always thought of leaving the EU as being a bit like leaving a golf club (not that I’ve ever been anywhere near a golf club).

So, you’re in the Trumpy golf club; you decide to leave. Fair enough… but you’re going to stay in for as long as your last year’s subscription lasts, maybe till you find another club to take you.

But then, after that, you propose that, although no longer a member, you’d like to maybe come in one afternoon a week and play a round with your buddies.

Oh, and perhaps have a few drinks at the bar of a Friday evening.

Perchance bring your other half in for a meal on a Saturday from time to time.

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Maybe even have your kids’ Christmas party in the function room, like you’ve always done.

But you make it clear that you do not recognise the authority of the Management Committee, and have no intention of following their silly rules.

Maybe Bullingdon Boys are so used to trashing restaurants that it doesn’t occur to them that normal people do follow other people’s rule?

 

OH DEAR

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Will this pose a problem in what we imagine Boris’s plan to be?

Grateful to Stewart Wood on Twitter for pointing this out… and that, in fact, that it was as the result of an amendment put forward by no other than Jacob Rees Brexit.

HERE WE ARE, HOLDING ALL THE CARDS

ALTHOUGH WE THINK THEY MAY BE JOKERS

STILL, THERE’S DAYS TO GO, EH?

IT WAS 5 YEARS AGO TODAY…

It was five years ago today (the National ad is from yesterday) and I guess we can all remember what we were doing back then.

I recall that the weather here was pretty grim, cold, dark and rainy but, for all that, it was a happy day, full of hope for the future and I drove all over the town of Dundee ferrying people who needed help to get to polling stations with a great big smile on my face.

It was a happy day. Everyone was full of enthusiasm and hope. A new dawn sort of thing.

We all started early in the morning and went on till the polls closed. Dog tired we took what was left of the stoviews and sandwiches and headed home to await the result. We were happy, quietly confident, and sure we’d done the best we could.

Well, we all know how it turned out.

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And we know what happened to most of the promises, made largely by Gordon Brown on behalf of David Cameron, as soon as, or within weeks of the result being announced.

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I can’t see how she could ever be prime minister or even deputy prime minister with most legislation get government would propose being outside her purview

The frigates numbers were reduced and then reduced again; the passport offices closed; the tax offices moved to Croyden… and of course, instead of setting up an English parliament, they introduced EVEL, which pretty much makes a high office impossible for a Scottish based MP.  So think on, Jo Swinson.

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The Wee Black Book, penned by Stuart Campbell, lays out the lies, or at least those that were known at the time of its publication.

One of the biggest lies was, of course, the fallacy that the only way to stay in the European Union was to stay in the United Kingdom. It was always clear that the EU was far more popular in Scotland (and Northern Ireland) than it was in England or Wales.

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And later…

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Of course, among all of Cameron’s claims and promises, this turned out to be the biggest whopper of them all.

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Better Together used these people and then abandoned them.

The loss of a tax office or two was, of course, terrible for the people who worked there (especially after they had been so used by the UKOK campaign) and for the towns concerned, but, compared with the disaster that would have been Brexit even if it had been handled well, it was comparatively small beer.

And, as we all know, it has been anything but well handled from day one.

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Cameron promised that if he lost he would stay on to sort the mess out. He resigned as PM on the morning after the EU vote and as an MP shortly after that and buggered off to his shed to write his memoirs and make himself some money. With the Big Society well and truly forgotten as a legacy, his memoirs turned out to be a sulk at Johnson and Gove.

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No one of any talent wanted the job he vacated, of course, and in the end, we, or rather the Tory Party, was left with a choice of the appalling Theresa May, a woman of little charm, no empathy and little political skills and the idiot’s idiot, Andrea Leadsom, who appeared to think that she was better suited to the job because she was a mother and May was not.

Add to that the endless list of talentless, lazy and  incompetent ministers that May appointed, her signing of Article 50 before any plan was in place and her eventual resignation as the Conservatives split with visceral hatred, to leave us with the Incredible Hulk, Boris Johnson, and an even more incredibly incompetent band of hard-right wingers, making the UK a laughing stock.

It might be fair to say, too, that throughout all this, the Labour Party hasn’t shown the slightest sign of any kind of competence. And that has been obvious to the public. Even with prime ministers as incompetent and bumbling as May and Johnson, Corbyn has never been shown in the polls as a credible prime minister.

And all of this was thrust on Scotland against the will of the Scottish people.

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I’ve said for some time that the only reason that we are not the biggest laughing stock in the world is that, compared with the USA and its moronic leader and his fractured government, the UK is relatively unimportant. 

And so, today, with most opinion polls (except those initiated by Scotland in Union) showing a surge in the desire to take our own affairs in hand, we still have hope that in the not too distant future we shall be able to do just that, and take our place in the European family of nations as a small independent country.

All the indicators are that Europe will welcome us. The other Nordic and Celtic nations in the EU and EEA have already made it clear that they will.

Maybe yet we can build a society that will look a little more like that which we really want.

If we don’t take this chance, then we don’t deserve the chance. We shall deserve to remain a vassal state doing the will of our bigger neighbour and cut off from Europe.

PIERS MORGAN FINDS FM A BIT HEAVIER GOING THAN POTUS

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He’ll need a few more smarts if he’s going to try to take on Nicola Sturgeon and win.

Oh and this…

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I keep on seeing good stuff… so this is another addition:

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And so is this…

“O, wad some Power the giftie gie us, To see oursels as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An’ foolish notion.”

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Well, thanks to the Guardian, we can do just that.

Enjoy!

China: ‘The Brexit farce has encouraged the nationalists in China, especially the young generation’

Liu Ye, editor of international affairs at Sanlian Life Week magazine in Beijing

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France: ‘Once, we used to hold up British parliamentary life as the Rolls-Royce of liberal democracy’

Sylvie Kauffmann, editorial director and contributor, Le Monde

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Germany: ‘Johnson is seen as treating Europe as a big joke. Quoting witty lines in Latin won’t change that’

Khuê Pham, staff writer, Zeit magazine

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Japan: ‘The Japanese have always seen Britain as a gentle, stable country, but that has changed’

Nobuyuki Suzuki, media and entertainment news editor, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper

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India: ‘If Britain wants a deal with India, it will have to relax immigration. This is non-negotiable’

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South Africa: ‘There’s a gleefulness in watching the British realise the ineptitude of their own politicians’

Khadija Patel, editor-in-chief, the Mail & Guardian newspaper, Johannesburg

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Russia: ‘Our leaders see Boris Johnson as temporary – a clown. They’ll wait for the new leader’

Alexey Venediktov, editor-in-chief, Echo of Moscow radio station

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The United States: ‘Trump’s US doesn’t look as desperate for friends as the UK does in its split from the EU’

Jen Kirby, foreign and national security reporter, Vox

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You can read the full stories here.