Opinion – Boris Johnson’s ‘Explosive’ Move to Get His Way on Brexit: Suspend Parliament – via Stephen Castle, NYT


Here’s an excellent and very balanced article by Stephen Castle, the London correspondent of the NYT. The article contrasts strongly with British and other European media which is highly biassed. The many comments on the NYT article are worth a read too.

Personally, I wish Prime Minister, Boris Johnson the best of luck in trying to secure a revised Brexit deal from the EU. In recent days, he has shown that he’s decisive, polished and ready to take risks to achieve his goals – in my book, this is leadership. This should be contrasted to Jeremy Corbyn, the Far-Left leader of the Labour Party who seems slow to get off his ‘pot’.

I am amazed at the outrage in the world’s media this morning. Surely, Johnson’s decision is not a surprise? It has been widely debated in the more serious media throughout the Summer. Even Jeremy Corbyn has had his own expert legal opinion. But Jeremy Corbyn has been slow to unite cross-party opposition to the UK government’s Brexit strategy. In contrast, Johnson’s government has quietly moved forward, like a well-oiled machine.

The UK’s constitution is not codified and has served the country well for centuries. Whether Boris Johnson’s decision is questionable in law will be for the independent judiciary to decide. But Johnson’s move is bold and puts his domestic political enemies on the back foot – meanwhile, it ramps up the pressure on the EU to compromise and avoid a no-deal Brexit.

This blog would be incomplete without declaring my political bias. I am historically a ‘One Nation’ conservative. I voted for the UK to remain in the EU but respect the will of the people. Over the last three years, my views have changed to Brexiteer, favouring a Canada ++ type deal with the EU. Why have my views shifted so radically? Firstly, Theresa May’s government consistently botched EU negotiations and secondly, the EU has not negotiated in good faith.

I wish Boris Johnson’s government good luck – they are taking big risks but the rewards are huge too. The context has changed in three years and there are new strategic opportunities. Germany’s export led economy has been crippled by Donald Trump’s trade wars and is widely expected to lead the EU into recession. Meanwhile, the UK represents an enormously under-valued investment opportunity. How far Boris Johnson pivots across the Atlantic in his negotiations with Donald Trump remains to be seen.


Opinion – World Views on the Brexit Failure – John Gelmini

Dr Alf, refreshed and reinvigorated by the clear air and magnificent scenery in Peru, has had a good opportunity to review the current state of play vis-a-vis Brexit.

On current form, I can see the UK remaining in the EU, as that was what was planned all along.

I tend to think we will have to have an extension to our time, as there will not be time to agree a new deal, even if the 27 European member states were to agree it. Following that extension, we will remain in the EU until it splits into two halves in about 18 to 22 months time, based on its own tensions and the incompatibility of member states economic cycles. The main half, based on “Greater Germany”, Austria, Sweden, France, Holland, Belgium and Finland will be juxtaposed against the Southern half, based on Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece, plus the Balkan states. The UK would probably do best in EFTA, which will fall outside these blocs, as the Southern bloc would be too limiting and the main half would mean falling under German control. The Germans have already planned for this scenario by bringing back a lot of their gold reserves from America but I see no proper planning here in the UK.

The UK’s ills stem from a disgruntled proletariat, which feels hard done by, unrepresented and has little money. It is made worse by gross inequality, which manifests itself in massively inflated executive pay, wasteful local authorities and a political class bludgeoning expenses on a bigger scale than the scandal exposed by the Daily Telegraph a few years ago. These factors, too few exports, too little productivity, and over expensive public services, plus indifference to the need for reform and efficiency measures for the police, civil service and the NHS, have led to falling living standards amongst the many, and rapidly rising ones for the few in fhe know. his rather than Brexit, is driving the incessant demonstrations and aggressive behaviour although the very stupid want to scapegoat migrants for their plight even though these migrants are doing work which the indigenous proletariat refuse to do or see as “beneath them”.

Mrs May is indifferent to these realities – to the failure to build houses, use systems building and reform the police so that they can fight crime and the need to reintroduce National Service to inculcate discipline in the young population in a country which is now out of control. She must be removed and her tired Cabinet of ‘also-rans’ replaced with younger more telegenic people who get it.

What passes for an Opposition is run by an ageing Trotskyite, who condones institutional anti-Semitism, with a history as a political troublemaker,  historically has  some highly suspicious associates and most critically no effective leadership qualities. Left-wing activists cite Jeremy Corbyn’s policies but he must be measured by his actions and failures, most noticeably Brexit and anti-Semitism.

Concern about Brexit masks a deeper malaise in the UK, in which deference is gone, and the ruling class seen as venal shysters, freeloaders, parasites and scoundrels. Rather too many of them are seen in this light and not as well-minded people “,trying to do their best”. Politicians of an earlier generation tried to serve their country – now this is seen as quaint, with the Far-Left and the Far-Right actively promoting chaos and revolution.

An element of tangible contrition and behavioural change is needed, and needed fast, otherwise, the UK is in for a very rough ride – politically, economically and socially. I am far less confident than Dr Alf that the UK Government, Parliament and the EU will reach a last-minute compromise to avoid disaster.

John Gelmini