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Catalonia

Should the Spanish government have allowed Catalonia a referendum like the British government did with Scotland?  It looks like Catalonia is going to break away anyway, and they might have saved their country a lot of trouble.

I wonder what the EU are going to say about it all? I shall follow with interest Catalonia’s exit from the EU.

I suppose this will give Britain the opportunity to broker a trade agreement with a newly independent country, but what about football?  Will Barcelona-born players be banned for playing for Spain? Will the creation of new Catalonia team give Scotland a chance of gaining a few points in the next World Cup Qualifiers?

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Election Fever…

…live & direct from the Liberal Democrat Coffee Shop.

As a floating voter I wavered for a minute in the polling booth at 8.25 this morning.  I knew who I wasn’t going to vote for:  Conservative or UK-IP.

UK-IP did their job with Brexit.  They have some good ideas, but also one or two mad ones.  They’re irritating and divisive.  I don’t trust them.

I couldn’t put my name to some of the things the Conservatives are doing, though I quite like Theresa May.  She’s a good leader, and the best option for Brexit.  I went off her recently a bit though, when she failed to sign that letter criticising Trump for backing out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.  She also failed to back the London Mayor when Trump criticised him straight after the terrorist attack in Borough.  She’s definitely not the Iron Lady.

The Liberals are going to raise income tax by 1p.  This troubled me, but I expect the other parties will do the same.  The Liberals are generally anti-Brexit.  I’m just sick of hearing about Brexit, and have Brexit Fatigue.  I don’t even care if there is a 2nd referendum and we shake hands and make up (I might even vote Remain).  Do the Euros really hate us?  Not sure. I think all our European friends needed to do before the referendum was put their hands on our shoulder and say “You’re all right, Great Britain, you’re my best mate, ever…” .  Let’s move on…

Corbyn has some laudable ideas, but he needed a money tree to implement his policies. Dianne Abbot couldn’t tell us where the money was coming from and lost the plot when asked (get well soon, Dianne). I’d enjoy an hour or two with Corbyn and Dianne Abbot down the pub, but would I trust them to run the country?  No. Maybe a future Labour government.

I also remembered Corbyn as my MP many years’ ago in Highbury.  I remember his support for the IRA, and how he supported Arab terrorist groups, and allowed mad mullahs to sit in the street outside Finsbury Park Mosque and preach hate (I believe the instigator is now in prison in the USA, courtesy of Mrs May).

In the end I went for the LIberals.  I know they won’t get in, but I’ve done my bit.

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Insensitive & Unreasonable?

On Wednesday March 22nd, 2017, a Muslim convert drove a hired car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.  Three people were killed, and about fifty injured.  On attempting to storm the Houses of Parliament he stabbed a policeman to death, before being shot dead himself.

On the following day there were many road closures still in place in the Westminster area, when I was allocated an account job from Goldman Sachs to Cambridge Street, Pimlico.  The route went right through the heart of Westminster, so I had to take a slightly amended route.  I did really well to avoid the closures and resulting queues of diverted traffic, and was sure my esteemed passenger would appreciate my sterling efforts.  There were police vehicles speeding around, and we went past Millbank Circus where rows of international TV crews were parked up.  It was like a war zone.

We were almost there when m’lady commented that it would’ve ben better had I chosen a different left turn from Warwick Way, thus saving maybe a hundred yards.

I didn’t say anything, as it was a wait and return job and I still had a long ride back with her to the City.  All she was up to was picking up some papers, then returning to the office.  She cost her bank £53.  Honestly, some people.

 

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A Week in Politics

No wonder there’s such unemployment – George Osborne has taken all the jobs for himself!  He’s the new editor of the Evening Standard, while remaining the MP for Tatton. He has no experience of running a newspaper, and thinks he can fit it all into four mornings a week.  Being an MP clearly isn’t demanding enough. He also has his hands full with big business consultancy and trousering many thousands for after dinner speeches. As Chairman of the Northern Powerhouse, I wonder how that fits in with the Southern Powerhouse of the London Evening Standard?  If I were Mrs May, I’d tell him there was a conflict of interest and give him the boot.  He’s hardly going to be impartial as a Conservative MP on the Standard.  He probably drives for Uber in his spare time too. Anyway, thanks for your threat of financial Armageddon and an austerity budget.  That’s what made people like me vote Brexit.

Jimmy Krankie lookalike, Nicola Sturgeon, has demanded another referendum about Scotland leaving the union. It’s only 2 1/2 years since the last one.  It’s outrageous splitting the UK is discussed before formal discussions have even started on leaving the EU.  In the unlikely event that Scotland votes to leave, we can hardly negotiate two exits simultaneously.  Can’t you wait two or three years?  You’ll have a better idea how things are looking.  I think there could be a civil war in Scotland if they vote to leave.  Many Scots like being British and would like to stay in the UK.  It’s be no means certain the EU would have them either.  If they do leave and manage to join the EU, should their economy collapse, it’ll be the EU bailing them out, not us. Get real.

Donald Trump reckons British Intelligence spied on him for Obama.  Is this man high on spice?  Yes, and MI6 are still spying on him through his TV.  Every time he switches on repeats of Downton Abbey, Jim Carter is recording everything he says.

 

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Sturgeon

I don’t like that Nicola Sturgeon, there’s something fishy about her.

I don’t get why she criticises the UK’s wish to leave the EU, but wants Scotland to split from the rest of the UK, for similar reasons.

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Donald Trump

It suddenly occurred to me who Donald Trump reminds me of.  He’s like one of the boys with ADHD I used to work with in a special school, as a Careers Adviser.  He’s the one sat on his own in the referral unit for misbehaving.  High on fizzy drinks and E-numbers, all he can do to amuse himself is watch porn on his phone and send stupid tweets. He needs to take his Ritalin.

That said, like many of the kids I worked with, I find him quite entertaining too.

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A Week in London: Full English Brexit

Hard-Boiled Brexit

When I voted in the referendum I didn’t see a disclaimer in small print saying “Subject to further voting in parliament.”  No wonder Dave was so keen to resign and have it away on his toes.  The voting form didn’t ask if I wanted a soft or hard-boiled Brexit either.  No, I voted for a total exit, and that’s what the government should have delivered without delay.  Dave should’ve triggered Article 50 before he went, then cancelled the direct debit and unsubscribed from the newsletter. If nothing happens by early next year, I predict a riot.  Look for me in Trafalgar Square setting fire to the EU flag.

Riots

Talking of civil disobedience, 53 soap-dodgers were arrested in London on Saturday night.  No-one knows exactly what these masked demonstrators are campaigning for, nor do they.  But you need to be really hard to throw bottles at the Polis wearing a mask.

Poppies

I understand FIFA have threatened the England football team with sanctions should they wear poppies for an international game, as it’s political.  More Johnny Foreigners interfering with our business.  I hope Gareth Southgate encourages the wearing of poppies.  If he wants to ban something, stop players wearing those stupid headphones when they get off the team coach.

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