I watched Newsnight last night where former Tory Minister and unlikely star of Strictly Come Dancing....Ann Widdecombe was a guest. She, an ardent pro Brexiter, stated that she believed three things about the current deadlock.....1) Mrs. May is the worst Prime Minister in British history, 2) Jeremy Corbyn is the worst Opposition leader in history, and 3) that the current batch of MPs are the worst in Parlimentary history. It got me thinking, and whilst I concur absolutely with numbers 1 & 2, I think that we are lucky that we have such a diversity of views and opinions in our Parliament. Despite the current deadlock at Wesminster, what we have been watching, agog, at all of the tortuous horse-trading and evident shambolic procedings, which are unfolding, with the eyes of the world watching.....is actually a demonstration of democracy in action. This morning, after overnight reflection on Widdecombe’s remarks, I feel quite proud that we don’t have a bunch of yes men and women, who will just rubber stamp this obviously bad deal for the UK, that Mrs May has been trying to sell them. Regardless of our stance on remaining or leaving, we can see that our MPs are in the main, freethinking, and are exhibiting that most British of all characteristics...bloodymindedness!
I don't think bloodymindedness is necessarily a virtue if it means just going against everything, no matter what. But if it means refusing thing to be driven by biased media, I agree. Anne Widdecombe strikes me as a rather silly attention seeker and I wouldn't be swayed by her opinions. I am surprised that you don't like Jeremy Corbyn - I think he is the best leader Labour has had for a long time, and the current Labour policies are supported by nearly three-quarters of the population. Brexit has put Parliament in a very difficult situation because MPs are often not really very like the people they represent , with the result that the proportion of remainers in Parliament is much higher than in the country at large.
The problem is that the majority of parliament are remainers. They are basically voting for the best way to execute themselves. They know the British people were sold a lie and whatever is agreed is going to disastrous to the UK. I honestly think Mrs. May is deliberately messing it up in order to kick this into the long grass.
I think it is going to turn out that Corbyn has been the smartest player in the last two years. If you disagree then ask yourself how you would have played the game, with the country split right down the middle and through each of the main parties. Even the Lib Dems have kept theirs heads down.
There is also, of course, the consideration that they are doing their best, not for Britain but for themselves.
I am of the opinion that for myself, I am better off with Britain in the EU. However, for Britain its long term benefit is to be well distanced from the EU.
Why? Because of the Euro.
The euro, sooner or later, is going to schism because the needs of individual countries differ. Germany needs low interest rates. Mediterranean countries need higher rates to curb speculation. That was the root cause of the ongoing crisis on Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. I know Britain does not use the Euro, but when it does schism there is going to be a nasty fallout for EVERY EU nation. The more distance Britain can create, by trading with a host of non-EU states and by not being part of the EU budget, the better it will be.
Therefore, cold logic says "Leave" not " soft Brexit', although I, as an individual, will be worse off.
Few MPs ever consider the long term benefit of Britain before the short term benefit to themselves.
I agree with you. We could really do with Brexshit put on hold for 12 months. Elect our MEPs then have a general election with Brexshit at its heart. Effectively a second referendum via the ballot box. Some MPs need to be excluded from standing ever again. Boris, Gove, May, Corbyn, and Reese-Mogg.
Once we a have a new government, then they must act together and decide on what choices for Brexshit are available. This must include what the EU will accept too. Then the choices will be put to the people for a final say. As this campaign proceeds an objective body must check the facts being touted. If like last time there is a blatant lie splashed on a bus, then this must be made plain to the public and those who spout the untruths will be branded as liars to the people, and will be removed from further campaigning.
Nah, Maggy was way worse than May. Maggy was actively evil, May just got landed in a shit situation and dealt with it incompetently.
As for worst LOtO, Michael Foot springs to mind for tanking the Labour party and being uniquely unelectable.
As for Corbyn, I like him. He's one of the few politicians who aren't in it for what they can get out of it. He's had a real job. He's stuck to his core beliefs even during the New Labour period, and strongly condemned the whole Iraq War debacle. But the fact that he is roundly loathed by a large percentage of his own MP's and his utterly poisonous relationship with the press are pretty big roadblocks.
I despise Ann Widdecombe, she is the very Epitome of open hypocrisy declaring itself to be virtuous.
A woman who has voted in her time against a women's rights, is ardently pro-life while claiming to be on the side of female liberation. She is an obviously closeted lesbian who has throughout her career oppressed homosexuals and gay rights and fought tirelessly against marriage equality.
She vehemently stands for what she calls "Traditional Values" while openly advocating prejudice, relish her own ignorance and proclaims her lack of knowledge a duty as a Christian not to expose herself to corrupting and non faith promoting lies.
A practicing Roman Catholic she is biblically, theologically and historically selective in her "belief" in history, claiming a legitimate right to ignore and disparage as lies "unfortunate" historical facts.
Her opinions to me, are worthless other than when stating the obvious, born of an obsolete set of values and jingoistic dubious morals long since combined to the dustbin of history.
Her fame like wise is born of being "controversial" a media euphemism for overt Bigotry.
She is probably right but if she supports Brexit she is no better than them. I watched a video of Michael Heseltine stating that in leaving the EU we would instead of regaining sovereignty be giving it up.
Although he is a Tory I have always had a grudging admiration for him since his mace swinging Tarzan days and he is certainly speaking sense now.