Are you really surprised Mr Gove?

The EU are refusing to negotiate on Brexit. That isn’t news to me, they’ve been effectively saying as much for months, “This is your final offer”.

I wish it were possible for the EU to hire a giant megaphone which could enclose The Houses of Parliament, something with say a 1 million Watt rating (pretty damn loud), and then have a person clearly shout into that megaphone, in words those toffee nosed English snobs will not be able to ignore; “There will be no further negotiation on The United Kingdom’s exit from The European Union” – perhaps finally those overpaid idiots will understand!

The lingering legacy of colonialisation

Another great Al Jazeera report. Who would have though that our current refugee crisis can be linked right back to colonialism, and the need for colonial powers to maintain their grip on the resources the raped countries to obtain centuries ago.

Europe’s Forbidden Colony

Well, actually, I had figured it out already. Even though I am European, and British in fact, I still can’t help but feel excluded, out of step with, and ultimately disgusted by the colonial powers that have and continue to exploit the whole world in a crass show of hypocritical civilisation.

Voting until you get the right answer?

The referendum result was roughly 52% to 48% in favour of Brexit. You couldn’t get a lot closer.

Sometimes when voting ballots are close, you get a recount.

The Prime Minister’s Brexit plan has been rejected twice, the first time she lost by the biggest parliamentary margin of defeat in history, 230 votes. At 432 votes against to 202 for The Prime Minister’s plan, that works out as 63.4% against versus 36.6% May’s plan.

The irony I want to point out is that although no political party of any substance is supporting a new referendum, the politicians are voting over and over again on a deal which wasn’t a close run the first time they voted, or the second, and which no one really seems to truly want, and which they may only end up voting for because they are literally cornered into doing so.

Why does Theresa May get to get several bites at the cherry, after further clarifications on the legal status of the “Irish Backstop” and other matters are revealed, literally forcing Politicians vote again until she gets the right result? Yet somehow, public can not be asked to vote again because what we voted for, despite the similarities to the situation of the politicians, that is, not knowing the full facts, was the final answer we could give.

Why can’t the public vote again now we are in a greater position in terms of knowledge?

All this talk by politicians about “the will of the public” and following through on the result of the referendum is misguided. The referendum was advisory, and not binding – but yes political parties made it their policy to uphold the referendum result. The crazy thing is we stand the risk of damaging a legally binding treaty, The Good Friday Agreement, which is largely responsible for the de-escalation of violence in Ireland, simply on the basis of an advisory referendum made without full knowledge of the facts.

It’s simply another case of one rule for them, and another for us. It’s the habit of the political class.

It’s true the voting turnout for the referendum was big, and politicians see this as renewed interest in politics after the political apathy that has set in over recent decades. Yet if our democracy were truly strong, we shouldn’t be afraid to let the people make another decision. The fact is this clinging to the result of a vote that was made without full knowledge of the facts, and lets face it, not even the politicians, even now, actually know what will happen, is actually undemocratic – and it is compounded further by the sheer hypocrisy, especially of The Cabinet and The Conservative Party who are dragging The United Kingdom into a situation that will dis-unite us from Europe, Ireland, and is causing social disunity already too.

Truth be told, the future of The United Kingdom is in the hands of a small group of people, The Conservative European Research Group (ERG), with other more right-wing politicians like Nigel Farage and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) playing key roles. I believe that the traditionally moderately right-wing Conservative Party has reached a point of ideological meltdown. Back in the 70’s and 80’s this country went through the excesses and extremes of “far left” ideology particularly around the time of The Miners Strike, and the media particularly has had a real distaste for left-wing ideology ever since.

What I want to assert now is that we are seeing the tide turn, and we are in the grip of a world-wide sea change in ideology, right-wing ideology. Trump, the rise in racist crime from Charlottesville in the USA to Christchurch New Zealand are instances that show that the impetus to change our society is driven by people who believe in separation. It’s not clearly evident now, because we are in the process of change, but when we look back at the effects of what right-wing politics is doing not only to our society, but to the world, I wonder if there will be the same distaste for it as there was for its left-wing equivalent?

The immaturity, impotence and ineffectiveness of our adversarial political system is evident. Politicians have such misplaced and hypocritical zeal. They think that they can recover some credibility by following through on the result of the referendum, by pushing over and over again for a deal that is damaging to our country. The whole process has been a shambles and is deteriorating into a farce the longer it goes on. Has the way this referendum been handled, going right back to David Cameron, the way politicians are trying to redeem themselves and show they are listening? If so, they must be desperate and even more detached from reality than they were before this whole sorry process started.

The crux of the matter is, right-wing power, and the meltdown of The Conservative party. The British public are merely pawns in a game to people who have nothing more than pride, conceit and an insatiable lust for power.

Impose sanctions on France because of its policies in Africa?

It may have come about as a result of a diplomatic spat, France and Italy in disagreement over each others refusal to accept certain refugees, but actually the utterance of the Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio is strangely honest and accurate, for he said.

“France is one of those countries that by printing money for 14 African states prevents their economic development and contributes to the fact that the refugees leave and then die in the sea or arrive on our coasts…”

The currency he is speaking of is the CFA franc, a colonial-era currency backed by the French treasury. Mr di Maio hinted at France manipulating countries who use the currency.

So it isn’t just me that can see the effects of colonialism and its latter day manifestations are having on the African continent. To see Africa Prosper, exploitation and colonialism must be stopped. But the fact is those who colonize and exploit African countries “need” to do so to boost their economies. As Mr di Maio again said “if it wasn’t for Africa, France would rank 15th among world economies, not in the top six”.

So there you have it, European countries complain about migrants but are major contributors to the migrant problem, through colonialism, capitalist exploitation, and destabilization. We drive policy where our hearts lead us, Europe values profit and power over humanitarian need and justice.

Brexit Conspiracies?

So Leavers are saying that the idea of a delaying Article 50 or having a second referendum is just a conspiracy formed by the Westminster “elite” who want to remain. We have people suggesting that a delaying Article 50 or having a second referendum will cause civil unrest on the part of Leave voters who feel cheated.

Are Leave voters so Luddite, undemocratic and lacking in sensibility that they somehow will forget the chance that they, as well as anyone else will (if the option arose again) have to vote in a democratic way, promoted by the ineffectiveness of our parliament, in order to help steer our democracy and either affirm or disprove the assumed public sentiment about the current referendum result?

The real conspiracy is not the fact that Article 50 might be delayed or a second referendum might be run, but that the lies the Leave camp thrust into the first debate have been proven to be untrue, and the analysis of The Bank Of England, CBI and other key institutions has also raised further concern about the likely path that Britain will take to exit Europe – that being a “hard Brexit” are generally being ignored. This is coupled with the fact that the Prime Minister has delayed key votes and excluded Parliament from the process of helping to shape the deal to leave the EU until the last-minute, offering a token listening ear, after which there has been no movement on the Government position, just a repetition of things promised before, which have yet to be delivered.

It’s so strange that we can look across The Atlantic at America, and see Donald Trump blocked by Congress over his wishes to build a wall on the US – Mexican border. We can see the statistics that have been shared about immigrants and illegal immigrants have often proved to be untrue, we can rationalise about that and demonize President Trump for promoting untruths revealed by fact checking. Yet at the same time, we seem to be unable to fact check the information that has been fed to us about Brexit. Isn’t it the case that we have been told “You can walk off the cliff, it will be alright”? Are we Lemmings for some nefarious Brexiteers plot to ruin what’s left of the UK so that a new generation of people with economic power can take root? Someone always capitalizes out of change and even misfortune – just look at The Government’s choice of cross-channel ferry service, which doesn’t have any staff, doesn’t have any ferries and has never sailed one either!? Surely someone must see the stupidity in all this?

What government would, though inaction, exclusion, delay, and ignoring advice projecting adverse outcomes, forge ahead with plans that will harm the people the Government is supposed to not only represent but protect? Theresa May will possibly be able to save her own party from splitting apart, but the country will be split apart by the outcome of her parties actions, both by delivering a poorly framed referendum, followed by a dithering and obstinate handling of the withdrawal agreement process. When the country does split apart and the economy fails, I believe people will remember the mess the Conservatives have plunged this country into, and remember it for many years to come. Governing a country with blinkered fatalism is a sure way to disaster.

The fact is Brexit, whether we had chosen to remain, or as it is, leave; could have been handled so much better, there is something fishy going on and we must find out the reason it has not been handled. Here’s to hoping that we don’t sleep-walk right off the cliff, one foot is already over the edge…

Brexit: Party Politics vs Mature Consensus

I’ve written previously about the irresponsibility of David Cameron and the mess he left behind for his successor, the unfortunate and rather obstinate Theresa May. My issue now is with how mature our democracy actually is, in terms of the outcomes it permits, they way issues are progressed by politicians and the media.

A referendum is a binary choice, yes or no – it that too simplistic for a decision of this magnitude? As it transpires there are “flavours” of remain as well as well as leave, and perhaps this was not envisaged at the time the referendum was posed. If a referendum is to represent the mandate of the people and an instruction to government, then shouldn’t it accurately reflect the true wishes of the people, rather than leave so much open to guesswork and interpretation? If Britain crashes out of Europe and some of the predictions of doom come true, higher prices, contracting economy, job losses, will the Government of the day really be able to look back and say, we acted according to the mandate you set for us? Is our disdain for Europe really that pronounced, that we are willing to cut off our collective nose to spite our face?

There is talk of a conspiracy to subvert the majority Leave vote by an establishment that supports Remain. I think in the event that Brexit is cancelled permanently, this has some credibility. If Brexit is delayed or if there is another referendum, then I don’t think such claims ring true. It’s amazing that some people are suggesting another referendum is anti-democratic, people will still all have the chance to vote again, the same as they did before. The only thing that has changed now, is that we have a little more information about the whole process, a clearer understanding of the consequences, the original hype of both campaigns laid bare, so that the truth remains and we can make a slightly more informed decision.

With all that said, isn’t the rejection of a second referendum itself anti-democratic? Couldn’t this perhaps reflect a conspiracy by the Brexit camp who wanted the country to make a decision about leaving the European Union based on half baked promises, untruths and an uncertain future? Who will it benefit to see a downturn in our economy? Only those who have the funds to invest before the economy pics up again, as it inevitably will. One must realise though, that Brexit is a power play, it is about forming the alliances of political and economic power that will shape this countries future for generations to come – those who can afford to now capitalise on the imminent vacuum left by the severing of relationships from Europe. Brexit will not benefit the average person in the short term.

This is also a concern, that after 2.5 years, our decision is only going to be slightly more informed. After 2.5 years, the government and political parties haven’t found a consensus and a way forward, Theresa May has ignored Parliament and even at times her own cabinet, and the issue has been used like a party political issue with both the Conservatives and Labour trying to points score. The media has only served perpetuate this madness by decrying why Labour are not further ahead in the polls given the Prime Ministers weak leadership. The real issue is, the narrow margin of the vote itself, and that the vote splits Conservative, Labour, and voters of all main parties so there is no clear majority for anything!

People don’t “win” a referendum, this is not like the outcome of a football match. Would a mature government disregard the wishes of 49% of the electorate to meet the requirements of 51%? I think compromise and consensus has to be sought. Even if a new referendum were to be run in and the result went in favour of those who want to Remain, the Leave camp’s views should not be sidelined. If it truly is considered that a new referendum will destroy democracy, you could take an aggregate of the two referendums to arrive at a result, yet I doubt that would prove conclusive.

What is really needed, and has been far to long in the waiting, is a mature debate formed around developing a consensus that as a country, not as divided camps of Leave and Remain, we can all get behind and agree with to help us move forward. The politicians have a duty not only to uphold the result of the referendum, but to act in our interests, and if they have no clear mandate for what they are doing, we need to be consulted again. The fact that this has dragged on for so long with no movement forward is an embarrassment to our democracy, and really shines a light on how superficial and partizan we are as a country.

Theresa May & Brexit

I’m not a Tory and I don’t like Theresa May, but I do feel sorry for her! The villan of the Brexit shambles we are facing is the entire political establishment of this country who didn’t have the intellgence:-

Firstly to post the correct referendum QUESTIONS, because one question clearly wasn’t enough. Their are consideations for trade, currency, boarders and immigration, security etc.

Secondly, they didn’t have the honesty to focus on the real issues we needed to debate and just talked about the usual unsubstatiated political soundbites that would win votes.

So we’ve voted, and actually the Government don’t have a clear mandate, because there was no clear message from the public about the granular detail that a decision like exiting from the EU actually required.

The referendum was just like an add on to the real “villain of the peice”, David Cameron’s election bid, so he could say – “I’ve delivered on what I promised”. Yes he did but thoughltessly and without due diligence, leaving his successor with the most impossible political task to fulfil, and the country in a complete mess.

They say Labour can’t be trusted with the economy, they are all spend, spend, spend; but I am actualy scratching my head and struggling to think what we can trust The Conservative Party with? I’m pretty sure the are about to bring this country to a devisive, devision ridden, econimic ruin.

If Theresa May should resign, so should her entire party, or better still all of those useless people who get paid to make our country better, who are in fact ruining it!

Western spy mania?

So it appears Russia has been using technology to destabilise foreign governments like the USA, hack into sporting regulatory organisations that opposed Russia during the Olympics, and all of this seems to be the work of a small team of people who were, sloppy spies!

I find it hard to believe that spies who could achieve that level of sophistication could be so careless, and keep on them receipts for taxi’s and activate phones near the sensitive Russian GRU offices. Not only that, but their entire exploits were all conveniently held on a computer or set of computers that allowed detectives to link Russia to string of cyber-terrorism crimes. I’m guessing the password used to log on was something like vladimirputin, or moscow123!?

Something here just doesn’t seem quite right. It’s all a bit too neat and easy isn’t it?

Of course, the law was made for others…

So America wants to ignore the ruling of the International Criminal Court over its alleged abuses during its war on terror, and now Britain will probably also want to ignore the ruling of The International Court of Justice regarding the Chagos Islands and Britain breaking UN resolution 1514, also known as the Colonial Declaration, prohibiting the break up of colonial colonies prior to independence. Reaction Life carries a good overview:

Al Jazeera carries another article here:

Why is it that colonial powers, and those who have completely over-run other countries have to perpetuate a war without end, not only physically on those who they seek to make their subjects, but also systematically, through a lack of justice, framing history from their perspective; always trying to show themselves as being right, when clearly they are wrong?

Pride and conceit will always foster injustice and inequality, and I feel as much as some nations believe they are at the forefront of fighting injustice and inequality in the world, they are actually the major causes of it. The laws that prohibit nations abusing the rights of other nations, it seems, were made for others to abide by, and not themselves.

America: above the law

The International Criminal Court (ICC), the court that investigates genocides and contraventions of international treaties relating to war, and organisation much respected by the majority of the Western World has been shunned by the USA once again, continuing the trend of the US administration keeping it at arm’s length since its inception in 2002.

The reason the US doesn’t want such a court to exist is obvious, it doesn’t want its own actions to be scrutinized under the spotlight. Indeed, the US has stated that it will bring sanctions against the ICC if the court pursues any US citizen for suspected illegal criminal acts. As Warren Bolton said, in quite dramatic language, the ICC is “dead to America”.

The rampant abuse by US troops and contract soldiers something that the US government wants covered up, there are many news sources that detail the effects of war, not just the immediate deaths and effects of weaponry, but also the long-lasting damage caused by weapons with heavy metals, causing cancers and damage to natural resources. This shows that the US government’s attitude to human rights stands in deficit to its hunger for the profits which war and the subsequent massive rebuilding projects bring its way. Surely this make even more sense when we consider the US is on the brink of withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council on the back of a poorly formed treaty encompassing disparate matters from human rights, climate change and rights pertaining to the sexual freedom of the LGBT community. I can’t help think that this treaty was deliberately hamstrung, loading into it a mismatch of ideals which in all probability will cause some countries not to want to ratify it.

Then when I consider that the US is loosening its humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, I am forced to look back at the history of the USA, and it strikes me that a country founded on destroying other people’s human rights with its genocide against the native American Indians, Trans Atlantic Slavery and the various discriminatory institutions that have sprung from that; that such a nation can never understand what it is to respect human rights, no matter how it paints itself on the world stage, that murky undercurrent and stench of iniquity will always find a way to break through.

America has not learned from its past, and is bound to keep on making the same mistakes again in the present and in the future. This abandoning of human rights principles and international justice should ring alarm bells all over the world. Who polices the police? With America appointing themselves as the guardians of the free world, what will we do as it seems all too apparent that their moral compass is off, and they refuse to have anyone to be answerable to? How does one conquer this power of self-righteousness, arrogance and conceit? Man might choose to form an alliance of nations that imposes sanctions on the USA and seeks to create new trade links with other countries in order to avoid buying from the USA. However, our God has his own way, to make the proud humbled, and as The Proverb’s state “Pride goes before destruction, and a proud spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:4).

The Guardian Article on ICC and the USA
BBC News Story on the UN Human Rights Council and the USA