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16 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  July 13, 2018

    Juncker looking none too steady on his feet at the NATO Gala Dinner last night.

    Looks like he may have pre-loaded.

    • I think that is an unwarranted slur. He is clearly ‘tired and emotional’ from the strain of running the latest iteration of Europe’s rolling sequence of totalitarian states. Poor chap.

      Or is this just a preview of Sacha Baron Cohen’s next movie “Who is Druncker”?

    • Gezza

       /  July 13, 2018

      Looks pissed as a newt.

      • Missy

         /  July 13, 2018

        Yep. The EU and supporters – and spin doctors – have been very busy last night claiming it is Sciatica, I know when I have Sciatica I don’t walk like that, and to be honest he doesn’t look like he is in too much pain from it. Also, he has form for turning up to NATO/EU Summits drunk (at one he slapped a woman and made inappropriate remarks).

  2. Missy

     /  July 13, 2018

    Today the white paper on May’s Brexit plan was released, it would be an understatement to say people are angry.

    May claims it delivers the Brexit people voted for, however, many reports indicate that EU Citizens will still be able to work visa free in the UK, EU citizens will still be able to draw on UK benefits immediately on arrival without having paid into the UK tax system, the UK will still be subject to the ECJ, and the UK will still have to follow EU law. It appears all red lines Theresa May laid out in her Lancaster House speech have been moved, and shaded a little pink (or a lot pink really – heading for white).

    I haven’t had a chance to read and digest it as it was released this afternoon with reportedly only journalists and Angela Merkel seeing it before it was presented in the House of Commons. The fact that there are a number of reports (that have not been disputed by No. 10) that Angela Merkel not only saw, but gave approval to, the plan before it was presented to UK MPs has generated a lot of anger and a huge sense of betrayal in Britain, especially among Brexit and Conservative voters.

    It was reported that apparently No. 10 advisers told the Cabinet they had to vote in favour because Ms Merkel had approved the plan.

    Jacob Rees Mogg has had the best response to it saying “This is the greatest vassalage since King John paid homage to Phillip II at Le Goulet in 1200. This White paper has not needed age to turn yellow.” A history lesson and denouncement of the Brexit paper in one! 🙂

    • Blazer

       /  July 13, 2018

      Nice summation from Moggy…very witty.

  3. I bet people are quite edgy in Salisbury and near there. This won’t help, no matter what the cause of the problem is.

    • Missy

       /  July 13, 2018

      This will have people a bit more than edgy, this is the restaurant where the Skripal’s ate, and after the other two getting ill (and one dying) due to Novichok the locals will be a little twitchy I imagine.

  4. Missy

     /  July 13, 2018

    I doubt the US will be the only country to have this view. The previous Australian High Commissioner warned a comprehensive trade agreement would only happen if the UK fully left the EU, and I understand other countries have said the same.

    • Gezza

       /  July 13, 2018

      She’ll have to go. 😡

      Who else have they got? 😳

      • Missy

         /  July 13, 2018

        That’s the problem it seems to be Boris, or the Remainer Sajid Javid.

        JRM is a backbench MP so highly unlikely he will get through the Parliamentary Party selection, even if he did put his name forward.

        There is a (former) junior Cabinet Member in Ben Bradley and former Cabinet Member Priti Patel.

        Basically most in the party will be looking to a true Leave supporter to replace her.

        Talk yesterday is that the Whip has been asking MPs to withdraw their letters of No Confidence as they are getting close to the 48 required for a No Confidence vote, initially it was thought to protect May, but it has been suggested that if this is happening it is more about delaying it until after the Summer recess. No-one is quite sure though what is going on as it is all rumour and speculation and no-one is going on record to confirm or deny it.

        • Gezza

           /  July 13, 2018

          I think she’s toast, Missy. Do you think the plummy JRM will have enuf appeal to the hoi polloi to pull it off, even if he did unexpectedly rocket from nowhere into the running?

          (Happened to Jacinda here – vapid magazine cover girl to Leader to PM ; and Trump – the Apprentice to President)

          • Missy

             /  July 13, 2018

            You are right, when even loyal Tory members are publicly calling for her to resign her days are numbered.

            I think JRM has enough appeal & support within the party to pull it off, he is well liked by the Leavers, he is a traditional Conservative, and he speaks well and doesn’t get worked up, he is quite a calm person, so if by some miracle he stood and got to the last two from the Parliamentary Party I think he could win it. However, I don’t think he will stand.

            Of course they would have to replace him before the election I think, there are too many who listen to how he speaks and look at how he dresses and then judge him based on that, and they have decided he is a tax dodging posh boy, (he is posh, but not tax dodging), and basically they don’t like anyone who has money so are pretty nasty and derisive about him.

            There is at least one person on here who is like that, judging him on appearance without actually hearing him interviewed or seeing him in Parliament, or actually listening or understanding what his appeal is. Just jealousy really.

          • Missy

             /  July 13, 2018

            On your Post script (in brackets), yes it did happen in NZ & the US, the difference if it happened here with JRM is that he is vastly more intelligent and has a better understanding of politics and the world than either Trump or Jacinda, and he is generally more diplomatic as well.

            • Gezza

               /  July 13, 2018

              Righto. Gonna have to be Boris. 👱🏻