Updated: Apr 8, 2018
They say that the first step to rehabilitation for a recovering alcoholic, druggy or even a gambler, is to admit openly ... I have a problem. The words as witnessed on countless TV shows, have now become synonymous with the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) ... "Hi, I'm John and I am an alcoholic"
Even the law in its own ways subscribes to this theory. Consider that, one of the factors taken into account at the time of a parole hearing is whether or not the convict has admitted his guilt. Cries of innocence are punished. Even before the trial, someone pleading guilty will get a lesser sentence than going to trial ... even if that person is claiming innocence.
So why is it so important for politicians and even the press to gloss over and even paint a nice rosy picture when anybody with half a brain can see there is a problem? Let's take the economy. Brexiteers are claiming that declaring Brexit did not bring about a collapse in the economy, which to them is a great success and the reason why Brexit was a good idea.
Conservatives claim the economy is doing great because it isn't negative. The fact that its performance on a global scale shows Britain moving backwards is buried, out of sight.
Everybody, the Tories included tell us that the result of the last election was a message from the people. Some say it was a message against austerity. Others say it was a message for a soft-Brexit. Either way, Teresa May seems quite happy to throw both these messages away and try to ram here own version of events down our throats. Apparently the NHS, the Police, social service, the poor and even the business world are all benefiting from her wonderful new generosity of relaxing the national purse strings since we are doing so well. After all we are doing great now. So a 6% wage growth for nurses over three years is now permitted. This in a world of inflation close to 3%.
Two figures standout as successes in the world of this current administration. Unemployment and a lowering of the annual deficit. But in a world of low unemployment, the average wages should be going up. People should be flooding from the continent but instead last year there was a reduction of over 70.000 migrants applying to come to Britain. Could it be the lower pound means fewer euros for them to take home?
Cutbacks to the police are not affecting performance or so we are told. The fact that there are closures of police stations, fewer police on the streets and some petty crime isn't even being investigated is a by-the-way! When confronted, the governments answer, why doesn't the mayor do something? No reference whatever to the budget cuts. Knife crime and stabbings, up, moped theft up, social workers tackling the youth problem down, road repairs and maintenance down. Suspected manipulation of our votes by Cambridge Analytica, and what are we worried about?
Whether or not Vladimir Putin will sneak in some night and put poison toxins on our front door. Always assuming, of course, that you have a front door and are not living on the street.
To claim that the problem is only the Brexiteers is to seriously underestimate the nature of the problem. Brexit, to many, has now become a matter of national pride, just like a football match. To many its us against them. They are trying to destroy us, they claim, so let's just get on with it.
I honestly cannot begin to fathom thinking like this, although I don't doubt its existence for one minute. People are rewriting the dictionary on the meaning of democracy. The youth vote, which in my opinion should almost qualify for a double vote is ignored. The fact that Ireland, Scotland and even Gibraltar will undoubtedly be a problem in the future is written off. The important thing is to beat the EU. Its all their fault some claim. The Tories come back after each round of negotiations telling us what a wonderful job they did for Britain.
People, just what does it take for you guys to wake up and smell the coffee. In the US we look at the statistics and we laugh. Trump's popularity is stuck on around 40%. His hard-line supporters we claim. The idiots we claim. So what does it say about us?
The ones that would rather believe Corbyn is antisemitic than trust that even Donald Duck would make a better prime minister than any Tory. The ones who think waiting for facts is an inferior policy to just condemning the opponent to divert attention.
Only two warnings friend Corbyn (and McDonell). Do not take responsibility for Brexit, you will lose. I don't mean leave it to the Tories. By all means fight for another election, but pass the buck to the electorate. Secondly, do not start your new tenure by trying to re-nationalize. The problem IS NOT OWNERSHIP. It is effective regulation, with an iron fist if necessary. Think about it. At the very least it will drive down the value (and price) of whatever it is your thinking of buying, before you commit.
SIGN OUR PETITION TO GET YOUR VOTE BACK!
Since you are here, perhaps you would consider signing the petition to return the final vote on Brexit to the people. We need a lot of votes, so if you agree help pass the message around. Whatever side of the Brexit fence your on, it can't hurt. We now know that nobody can negotiate a decent Brexit! It is an impossibility ... and so what I am suggesting is to put the question back to the people in the form of a final vote on the Brexit deal. Not a necessarily a referendum, because many believe that is a binary tool (actually they are wrong) and this is a non-binary problem. What I am proposing is a vote. To be held in Early November latest, with a three-way question.
Accept whatever deal is being proposed and leave in an orderly manner
Reject the deal and simply leave, opting for the NO DEAL option
Accepting that any Brexit is too detrimental, therefore choosing cancelling Brexit
Consider what could happen. If the vote shows a 50% majority for anybody then the question is settled. If you believe in British democracy, just take the winner, but if you are a true democrat then opt for a second round, just like the rest of the civilized world. Likely it would not and then, just like the elections in many countries, it goes to a second round, with only the top two options going forward.
If the two options don't include staying in the EU then the choice will simply be between hard or soft Brexit (or whatever is your preferred nomenclature for the options.) Most likely, the result will include staying in the EU and one other. If the other is a hard Brexit, then those who voted 'soft' will be obliged to decide in the second round, either 'stay' in the EU or accept crashing out (a 'hard' Brexit).
If on the other hand it is the hard Brexiteers that lose out on the first round they will either have to accept an orderly 'soft' Brexit or 'stay' in the EU. In this way nobody can say this is undemocratic or that they don't have a chance at a Brexit of their choice. All those who still insist the people have already spoken are doing nothing but risking the entire future of the United Kingdom, from Ireland to Scotland and Gibraltar, from Tory to Labour.
Meet Lord Kerr. He wrote the Article 50, never once thinking it was his own team that would invoke it. Lord Kerr, a former UK ambassador to the E.U, said that Brexiteers in May’s cabinet who were suggesting Brexit was irreversible and thereby misleading the public. This former diplomat says the UK could opt to reverse Brexit up to the moment it leaves, even if a date for the country’s departure from European Union were added to the withdrawal bill, as Theresa May plans.
This is the only way to truly know what the people want and to unite the country again. Everybody, knowing the consequences, takes an informed decision. These are the options, this is the price! - DECIDE -.
Ask yourselves, do you really trust a politician, some of whom take donations from the Russians, to take what is almost certainly the most important decision of your and YOUR CHILDREN'S lives for you? Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell your fellow students. This sale is only on until March 29th, 2019. (Actually, if a transition period is negotiated it could be longer but I wouldn't risk it). Before Mar 29th 2019, even the EU can't stop a reversal. After that who knows) Vote the way you think and then its in the lap of the gods!