Just for the Record

I am not sure why I feel this way but I do have a feeling that the June 8th election may well see Theresa May lose her overall Westminster majority. At the same time I think the SNP will lose several seats in Scotland.

This will make an already chaotic situation even worse as it will put Brexit negotiations and the second Scottish independence vote into areas of even more uncertainty.

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After GE2017

There are perhaps three possible outcomes to the June General Election.

The Tories may lose their overall majority. We live in strange unpredictable times so this is not impossible. However this in itself will bring even more chaos.

The majority may stay more or less the same. We then know we are probably heading for a hard Brexit.

The Tory majority increases. Then we are definitely heading for a hard Brexit if we are to believe Theresa May.

What about Scotland?

If Theresa May is secured and Scotland decides to stay in the Union then the Scottish parliament’s days are numbered.

If Scotland breaks away then England will diminish and  Scotland could flourish.

The Cloak of Austerity

I don’t believe that the austerity policy is anything more than a convenient cloak for the real aims of reducing the role of the state to an absolute minimum to allow private profit to flourish and to turn the UK into a super tax haven. The ordinary Tory voter and Tory MP has been duped by the claims of balancing the books etc., into supporting this goal which only really benefits the uber rich and the power hungry such as Media barons like Murdoch.

Where Are We Going?

I have not written anything for several weeks now as events have moved so fast that there has been no time to reflect. What is more, there is a  deluge of comment out there which has highlighted every possible extreme for the future. However I cannot remain silent for ever so I have to find a way of commenting on individual events in slightly more than the 140 characters of Twitter.

Political Cowards

I cannot help but think that the politicians who are voting for Brexit against their better judgment will rue the day. Presumably they think that kowtowing to the narrow majority of constituents who voted Leave will get them re-elected at the next general election. However when those same constituents see that their vote has left them worse not better off with just as many immigrants “stealing their jobs” they will naturally blame those in power who have led them up this garden path.

Our MPs are elected to use their best endeavours for the good of the electorate, not to be spineless lobby fodder at Westminster. If a politician does not agree with a course of action taken by the government of the day they should vote accordingly.

This is most especially true in the present situation where Britain is about to embark on the most momentous voluntary course of action in a century.

Give Me One Good Reason for Brexit

I would like a hard-line Brexiter to give me one good reason for it. I don’t want to hear about immigration or making Britain great or Global UK. All that is pie in the sky, more spin, more hot air.

There will be no bonanza of jobs for jobless Britons; it will be years before we have a workforce able to take on existing low paid jobs. As for highly skilled jobs in our universities and health system there is no chance in the foreseeable future that we will not need skilled people from abroad. In fact Brexit could well reduce that workforce disastrously.

The big players, USA, China and the EU will extract their pound of flesh for every trade deal. The USA in particular has, ever since WWII, obtained the maximum benefit from any trade deals especially from the UK, think Lend-Lease.

So come on. What’s in it for us, the ordinary citizen of the UK?

Why Brexit?

There would appear to be no overwhelming reason to trigger Brexit. A minority of the UK population voted for it and a slightly smaller minority voted against it. The referendum was clearly advisory so why do it?

The ordinary voters who voted to leave the EU appear to have been in the main people who felt completely excluded from and powerless in modern society. But the leaders of the Leave campaign were clearly not in that group. So what do the hard line Brexiters including most of the press think they are going to gain from what becomes clearer by the day will be a much impoverished UK?