So, the negotiations were bound to go well, weren’t they?
Well, weren’t they?
OK, maybe “well” is a bit of an exaggeration…
Happy taking back control everyone…
Happy taking back control everyone…
Sympathies to the now ex-employees of Maplins and Toys R Us. The UK is a pretty bad place to find yourself unemployed. The UK government (although by and large NOT most of the DWP staff) will treat you as if you are some sort of thieving, lowlife criminal out to take money away from doing up Buckingham Palace or HS2, just because you need to feed your family and pay your rent. They will demand that you take any work, no matter how unsuited you may be to it, and if you turn up a few minutes late at one of their appointments, in the diminished number of jobcentres, miles away from where you live, for any reason at all, they will do their best to starve you and your family. So I hope you find work very soon.
I fear that this is just the start of what is coming at us, and to suggest that it is nothing to do with Brexit is to live in a Narnia-like world…. where, should you wish to visit, you will doubtless encounter David Davis avoiding Michel Barnier, Boris Johnson setting up congestion charging on the Irish border, DOCTOR Fox taking Mr Werrity on a government-funded trip on a new Royal Yacht Britannia, Jacob Rees Mogg and Nanny in the Bently, the Maybot, being trailed around like a rag doll by her boss, Arlene and of course Humpty Dumpty and the Mad Hatter.
From Jolyon Maugham QC…
Going back to the BBC… part of the Today Programme this morning came from Northern Ireland and at least one interview from Derry. I’m wondering if it was a BBC policy that the interviewer should refer to it as LONDONderry?
Laura Kuenssberg has just tweeted this illustration of the economic impact assessments that MPs have been allowed to see. Important to note forecasts are for a fifteen year period – and predict how much more slowly the economy would grow, not how much it would shrink, so they still expect growth, just a good bit less of it.
So, if you voted for Brexit, this is how much worse the pro-Brexit “Department for Exiting the EU predicts your future will be.
Scotland, were we to stay in the single market, which May has ruled out (on pain of the disgraced Liam Fox resigning… Yeah yeah, I know, anyone else would see that as a massive bonus, but what the hell???) would lose 2.5% of our growth. With some sort of Free Trade Deal, a very dubious possibility, we’d lose 6%, and if we work on WTO figures, the most likely scenario, 9%.
This is broadly in line with the conclusions of the Scottish government’s impact assessment which found that Scotland’s GDP would be 8.5% lower by 2030 than it would be if it stayed in the EU if Brexit resulted in the UK trading with Europe on WTO terms. It would be 6.1% lower with a free trade agreement, but only 2.7% lower if the UK stayed in the single market.
That’s in a country that voted 62-38 to REMAIN.
But, with the broad shoulders of Britain, and the strong and stable hands and legs and arms and possibly other bits of the Maybot… what chance does Barnier have?
Aye right… whatever.
You’ll remember the last time that old British sword of truth came out? Aye Jonathan Aitken ended up in the pokey.
As we shall shortly find out.
Yes, just step back. It’s probably kinder.
Those on retirement pensions better get used to living on £2000 a year then…
Sounds like a plan.
The what of what? I mean, uhhhhh? If there was ever ANYTHING in the world that less resembled an iron lady, it’s this stuttering stumbling idiot. I’m wracking my brains to think of just one thing she’s got right. Ever!
It seems that this time, even his young minder friend couldn’t get him out of the mess.
With a reputation for getting seriously drunk and making an ass of himself, he probably wasn’t the best candidate for defence secretary. Of course, it’s not like he had access to the firing codes for nukes or anything (an arguably even more incompetent man had them), but it was a responsible job.
And he had a talent for making statements which showed how completely out of touch he was with any kind of reality.
So after Maybot’s spokesman was unwilling to express the prime minister’s confidence in him, despite him having owned up to touching up Mrs Hartley Brewer, he appears to have “fallon” on his sword and limped off into the sunset to spend more time with his wine cellar, in the hopes that no one will now bother finding out what else he was up to.
Resigning seems to be one of the main duties of a defence secretary… eh Liam?
Munguin’s Republic Halloween staff party took place today:
A good time, it is said, was had by all. (Tris was in the kitchen!) Suffice to say that Munguin will have a sore head tomorrow!
I noticed a story on Twitter this morning about the idea of commissioning a royal yacht, and, initially, I discarded it as something dredged up for a year or so ago when Liam Fox was banging on about him and Kate Middleton sailing around the world drumming up trade deals for a new British Empire.
But I was wrong.
The chief political correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, no less, wrote a piece on just that subject only yesterday in his august comic.
He writes: Ministers have held talks about commissioning a new Royal Yacht Britannia which will be a “showcase for everything that is best in Britain”, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
So there you go. Everything that is best in Britain post Brexit. Can you just imagine?
What else can they sell?
Munguin is happy to compile a list of other items that can be sold on. Donations of ideas positively encouraged.
Oh, and if anyone has a spare magic money tree in their back garden…
Apparently Mrs May is set to tell the Commons that, following her speech in Florence (where she told the Europeans that we had never liked them anyway, and always felt awkward in the same room as them…wasn’t she supposedly a remainer?), it was now up to them to come forward with a solution.
It seems to be “job done” as far as she is concerned.
This, from the text of her speech to Europe:
On the other hand, it seems that Philip Hammond says this:
And here’s wee Foxy.
And that appears to be true at VERY considerable costs. From the Telegraph:
Theresa May has decided to commit billions of pounds on preparing Britain to leave the European Union without a deal in a bid to save her premiership.
The spending, which will be “unlocked” in the new year if no progress is made with Brussels, is intended to send a signal to pro-Brexit MPs that she is serious about regaining the upper hand in the negotiations.
Dominic Raab tells the BBC that planning to leave with no deal is underway. The cost of this will be billions.
(So she’s prepared to spend billions on saving her premiership, according to a hardline Tory paper. That magic money tree is beginning to look as if it is her personal property, to be used only in the event of some event threatening to derail her.)
It’s all very well throwing the ball to Europe and telling them it’s in their court but they seem to be throwing several different types of ball. Mr Barnier doesn’t know whether he needs a tennis racquet, a baseball bat, a golf club or a pair of football boots.
But we can’t help thinking that “the ball’s on the slates”, rather than on anyone else’s court.
Wouldn’t be nice if Britain had a realistic coherent policy on Brexit?
Theresa May will say in the Commons today that after her Florence speech, “the ball is in [the EU’s] court”.