Opinion – EU leaders fear that fragile state of Tories will lead to brutal Brexit | Politics | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is being kind to the Guardian, the EU is said not to know what the UK wants from Brexit when it is obvious from what the UK has said that it doesn’t want, where the EU’s position lies.

May has a short shelf life and will not be around to ratify anything, so does it really take a rocket scientist to see who might be leader and what the desired position might be?

The Guardian is there to sell newspapers, create disturbing headlines, likely to help Jeremy Corbyn, to make as much money as it can for its Oxbridge educated owners and then exploit every tax loophole known to man so that HMRC is left with little or nothing for itself.

We know already that a divorce settlement will have to be agreed and that between zero and £100 billion is the range. We know too that we cannot remain in the Single market and control immigration. We also know that to get UK workers up to speed, supplemented by white South Africans who will come here because Jacob Zuma is starting a Mugabe style land-grab, will take a transitional period of two years which is what Hammond wants.

The UK may get a “brutal” Brexit but politicians like to set out blood curdling positions to appease their constituencies before engaging in horse trading and working out the best way to deliver unpalatable and costly solutions which fleece taxpayers but are dressed up to look like hard won concessions.

The Guardian knows this, as do the BBC, the public and the EU negotiators.

In the end, it is all a game but it is one that Mrs May will have to watch from Maidenhead whilst dreaming of what might have been.

John Gelmini

Inflation numbers show why Tories do not want another election – Business Insider

This is a good read. Having called an election to increase her majority and her personal mandate heading into Brexit talks, May’s plan backfired spectacularly last week and now inflation numbers show why Tories do not want another election

Source: Inflation numbers show why Tories do not want another election – Business Insider

Let’s recap on the strategic highlights of the Cameron/May years:

  • Austerity
  • Brexit

The pain of austerity in the earlier years impacted the working and middle classes. Now because of the Brexit referendum, Sterling has fallen and inflation increased. So austerity and rising costs are impacting all bar the wealthy, viz. it’s the wealthy who are sponsoring the right-wing of the Conservative Party, pushing Theresa May for a hard Brexit.

BUT ordinary people have been duped and had the wool pulled over their eyes. If it’s painful now, post Brexit will be much, much worse, with job losses, lower incomes, higher costs, collapsing social services and worse, as downside risks materialize.

Some of us still think that common sense will prevail. There are two elephants in the room, austerity and Brexit.

As highlighted in this blog many time, radical reform is preferable to austerity but it takes strong leadership. With regard to Brexit, the public attitude has softened considerable – people are frightened and hostile to the Far Right – and an interim solution towards a soft Brexit makes sound sense.

Thoughts?