Open Forum – Saturday

18 February 2017

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  1. Missy

     /  February 18, 2017

    I posted this earlier today.

    As I have a late work presentation today I am not sure when I will be home, so posting now – hopefully someone will see it. 😉

    Summary of Blair’s Rallying of Revolutionary Remainers:
    Blair’s speech this morning pretty much went according to pre-speech reporting. He urged Remain voters to rise up against Brexit, claiming the UK is heading for Brexit at any cost, and that the vote was based on imperfect knowledge. Predictably he attacked the Labour Party for not having a coherent view on Brexit (a bit hard when the majority of MPs back remain, but the ‘heartland’ voted leave), and he criticised Theresa May and Cabinet Ministers for their about turn on Brexit. Blair claimed that the Government are not driving the bus, but being driven, and he believes that everyone deserves a second vote and the opportunity to change their minds.

    Prior to the speech, Iain Duncan Smith (Leave campaigner), based on reporting of Blair’s speech, said his comments were arrogant and out of touch. He said that Blair “…wants the British people to keep on being asked the same question …. until they get it right.”

    After the speech Boris Johnson criticised the speech, and urged the British people to rise up and turn off the TV next time Tony Blair is on.

    On the radio this afternoon, a journalist referred to Tony Blair as being delusional, a term usually used in reference to Trump these days.

    Social media comments are predominantly against Blair’s speech, as much for the content as for the person giving it, and some have suggested that Blair can only help the Brexiteers cause.

    An interesting thing to note, I saw a comment that said 58% of Blair’s former constituency voted Leave, I wonder if his position would still be the same if he remained their MP?

    • Gezza

       /  February 18, 2017

      I saw it. I was up a bit late. I thought it was very well-written & that Boris’s comedic talents deserved special acknowledgement. 👍

      • Missy

         /  February 18, 2017

        Thanks a Gezza, I am not long out of a work policy and discussion session and thought I would re-post it for ghose not as dedicated as yourself.

        • Gezza

           /  February 18, 2017

          Probably few are as dessicated either. Time for a coffee here.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  February 18, 2017

      I’ll second G’s comments Missy – I really enjoy your posts. Informative, down the middle and get to the crux of the subject matter concisely. Although in fairness the posts must almost write themselves sometimes with the subject matter you have available.

      • Missy

         /  February 18, 2017

        Thanks HFD I appreciate it. Sometimes it is too easily. I admit to a slight aversion to the guardian so tend to limit the input from them, but do watch and listen to other outlets.

        Anyway time for bed.

        Have a good day all.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 18, 2017

    A HUGE spider had six seats to itself on a Melbourne bus-it was occupying the forward facing one of the four that face each other, and nobody wanted to sit on any of the other three or the two that backed onto where Spidey was sitting. The tought of finding that it had decided to climb over onto the seat where I was would be enough to have me standing in the aisle for the whole trip, no matter how long that was. It had a window seat, and couldn’t complain about not havibg enough legroom. I don’t suppose that anyone was game to try to make it pay for its ride.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 18, 2017

    Fiendishly hot at chez Wilkinson this afternoon but feeling better after a swim and a cold beer. Spent the morning at the kid’s dog show where Gemma got an honourable second in the child handling competition and Tinkerbell didn’t place although a finalist in the hotly contested prettiest female dog section causing Mrs Wilkinson to be moderately aggrieved. We can recommend the Ploughman’s Lunch put on by the boat club as excellent value and both Gemma and Tinkerbell approved of the cheese selection.