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The First Steps To Brexit

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Theresa May has done well in her first foray into the Brexit negotiations.  She has made an offer to EU citizens, who have been here for five years, that they can have British citizenship and remain permanently.

The fact that the Court of Justice of the European Union  has immediately refused Theresa May’s offer, is what happens when people are depressed.  After thinking for a while, they tend to think that the offer is not too bad and with a little tweaking, they can accept it.

However, the Court of EU Jurisdiction wants to have power over EU citizens living here.  The most important feature of any deal is that a country withdrawing from a union of states will be free of any legal jurisdiction.  It is one of the features we hate most and being mavericks, we don’t like anyone wielding power over us, except our own government.

Theresa May’s offer is kind to EU citizens already here.  With luck, the fretting over Brexit will mean only those who are serious about making their homes here, will wish to stay.  The other reason is that various nationalities are having as many children as possible to anchor them here and also to claim UK Child Welfare Benefits when they go home.  It is ridiculous, but true and it’s bloodsucking in my view.

It is decision time for all EU citizens in the UK.

Have a reflective week

LucyLou

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Save The Country And Thereby Yourself

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Allow me to suggest, belatedly,  to Theresa May, that we have been honoured by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, as he has spent the best part of a year, finding people who can best help the UK to leave the EU.

Time waits for no man and certainly not for us.  In the political murkiness which has followed this UK General Election, please surround yourself with MEP’s, who know the EU system.  Let us be assured that the EU is one enormous system and you don’t know your path through it.  It does not matter what political creed the MEP’s follow, only that they want the best for our country.

Surrounding yourself with people from across Parliament who are experts on Europe, each with their own speciality, is how we will leave easily. Unfortunately, according to The Guardian, (13 June), an EU Ambassador told them that we do not appear to know what we want let alone how to get it. I have wondered about that for a long time.

Our response looks  rough and ready, due to the lack of time between the Election on 8 June and start of Brexit talks on 19 June 2017. Negotiations are  best made by using the best people and never by one person.  That would be a dictatorship and we are a democracy.  Moreover the Referendum last year gave the majority to people wanting to leave.

We have a Department for Exiting The EU (DExEU) under Conservative MP David Davis. Unfortunately half of the Ministers have resigned, most recently the well-regarded peer George Bridges, against the wishes of David Davis, amid reports he had doubts about the UK’s Brexit strategy. Lucy Neville-Rolfe, a Treasury Minister in charge of communicating Brexit to the City also announced her resignation. (Dan Roberts, Daniel Boffey & Jennifer Rankin 13 June AFP News)

Now the EU insists on a formal opening of Brexit talks with a British Minister present, to lend credence, which is enough to annoy the calmest of negotiators.  The British wanted to get on with talks between officials.  The EU wants four-weekly cycles of negotiation, each one about one speciality.  That makes sense.

If Theresa May saves our beloved country by sorting out our policies and way forward for exiting the EU, then she will save herself as well.

Wish us luck.

LucyLou

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Soft Or Hard Brexit

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What simple words we use to describe an enormous undertaking.

David Davis must start the talks in a few days’ time as beginnings are often ceremonial.

As this means such a lot to those who voted to leave in the recent Referendum, we really do need it to be steered by a cross-party committee.  Just because your shirt is red or blue does not indicate negotiating ability and we need that in spades, focussed brains on leaving in the best way for us.  Isn’t it great to think that the EU no longer has power over us.  We don’t have to think about whether what we do correlates with their laws etc.

There is concern over whether  we stay in the single market.  We can negotiate from outside it.  Besides, we have already been offered a seat on the Trans Pacific Alliance, which includes ex-Commonwealth countries.  It is generous of them considering the way we dropped trade with them following our entry into the Common Market, as it then was.

If a soft Brexit means happy landings, then I am all for it, but we must be inclusive especially of a new group of voters: young people.  Emboldened by Jeremy Corbyn, (that may well be his legacy) to vote, many for the first time means that we have to keep that interest.  They are the ones to be most affected by Brexit and all parents will know that anyone over 25 is a dinosaur.  Bluntly, they do not want Grandma making their life decisions.

It is ridiculous to suggest there will be no viable deal.  Theresa May has suggested this in the past, but I hope that she has dropped it. I find it difficult to believe that any politician who voted ‘Remain’ is truly able to negotiate a way out of the EU.

It is admitted by Theresa May that she made a mess of the Election.  It is just that she did not trust her Cabinet in the same way that many start-up business owners, find it overwhelmingly tempting to do it all by yourself, because you are the only one who can be trusted, right?  It is a hard lesson to learn.  At Prime-Ministerial level, there is no room for this and her Assistants were dreadfully arrogant to staff .  Madness indeed. There is no room for failure here and making a mess here would be catastrophic for us all.

So it does matter how MP’s voted in the Referendum and I ask you to please only have MP’s who voted to leave the EU. I was delighted to see in today’s ‘Daily Telegraph’ * that Labour and Conservative MP’s are talking to each other.  Hurrah!  They are putting our country first, which is what MP’s come into Parliament to do as part of their job.  It is not ‘cloak and dagger’ as the journalist seems to think.  It is normal for MP’s to discuss it with each other and take back their thoughts to the Prime Minister. She is not Maggie Thatcher who decided everything and neither is she John Major, who took us out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism on 16th September 1992.  (Actually we crashed out after the pound could not be kept above a pre-set rate.)  But John Major kept his nerve.  He believed in collective decision-making.  Theresa May will grow in stature if she takes their views onboard and hopefully continue as Prime Minister.  We just need faith.

We are caretakers of our beloved country. Every MP knows that and we rely on them to negotiate a graceful exit from the EU, for the next generation.

LucyLou

 

*(written by Kate McCann and Gordon Rayner)

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Thank You To The Police

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Two days to go to the UK Election and I want to say a huge thank you to the armed police on our streets, maintaining our way of life. They are truly ‘Britain’s finest’ and make me feel so safe.

However, the media is being unfair to keep saying that the attackers at London Bridge were known to police.  Even their own families did not know what was happening, as in the Libyan father of the Manchester attacker, who initially said that it could not be his son. I am not repeating his name; it is too shameful  to remember.

Theresa May has done a fabulous job talking to people on the ground and answering their issues. In retrospect it will be seen as a phenomenal achievement in such a short time.  In hindsight, she was right to avoid the television debate on 31st May, which she could see descending into farce.  Besides seven against one is unfair odds and having to constantly justify herself would indeed have been a waste of time.

I have made that most personal of all decisions and I want to say to all women: it is imperative that we vote, as the evil people in our country want Sharia law. I know that our security services and agencies protecting us, will come through with honour.

I wish you well.

LucyLou

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Theresa May: a single statement may sink her

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I have never seen a politician say that they have made a mistake and then present a solution, apart from maybe Nick Clegg, who is a Liberal Democrat.

I am very worried by a single statement that Theresa May said to Jeremy Paxman,  a seasoned interviewer of politicians.  You see, she attacked her own voters, by saying that people could keep £100,000 of their estate but the rest would be put towards their social care when they are old. (You cannot buy a house for £100,000 unless you live in the sticks, where there is no mobile phone coverage.)  The Conservative heartlands were in uproar, but Theresa May skated through it and when Jeremy Paxman said incredulously:

“You’re not answering the question.”

She said that she was now putting a cap on the limit people would have to pay for retirement homes etc.  No details, but the odd thing was she has been out to meet the people in the north of England and attempted to win the Labour vote by saying she is taking from the so-say rich. Talk about below the belt; I was stupefied.

Well, I know how hard those so-called rich people work.  They take work cell phones on holiday and have to report in every evening.  That would be an hour’s discussion and organisation.   They work from 7.00 am minimum to at least 7.00 pm and the idea of going home early on a Friday is laughable.  (Sometimes it was 1.00 am finish on a bid and then back in at 8.30 am.) They are on call at the weekend.  You see Prime Ministers’ hair go white while in power. Take a look at the people in the City of London some time.

In return for working all of the time, they are well-paid.  But when do they spend it, exactly?  My husband was Operations Director of a FTSE 100 company and I remember that he even had to leave me at a company dinner dance because he had to discuss business. But he would take holiday and tell his staff to take holiday.  Unfortunately mobiles meant you were never out of touch.

But these fathers and mothers do miss out on things like picking children up from Cub Scouts.  I was the only woman there; the others were all Dads.  Oh and the working lunch doesn’t exist, but the working breakfast does.  They  love their jobs and they do them very well, for the company and the country.  So please, next time you think of people earning a lot of money, remember that their bonuses are only paid if the company does well and that they are being paid for last year’s efforts not the present year. I think shareholders’ meetings have ensured that there is more transparency, but do you want to give up your life for your job?

Back to Theresa May.  She has been seeing select groups as she goes around England.  The manifesto seems to have been concocted by herself and a tiny group of people.  Amber Rudd, Home Secretary was the only one facing the public this evening.  Where is the Cabinet? That’s what worries me, that Mrs May seems to be doing everything her way and taking southern England voters for  granted.  Well, I’m not voting for my local dopey Conservative MP.  Whatever job he is given, he makes a mess. Perhaps Boris would like his seat?

I think that Theresa May better to middle England and the south.  She wants the mandate for Brexit.  If that is conducted like the Conservative Manifesto, there is no transparency and opinions taken from two advisers.  We need to talk.

Wish us luck.

LucyLou

PS My condolences to the people of Kabul who have suffered a car bomb that again killed indiscriminately. A man risked his life to say that the Taliban were not eradicated by the US/UK/UN occupation.  David Cameron was right.  Take the people back to their own countries and eradicate evil people from the ground up.

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The Call Of Politics – Again

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How is that we were kicked into a political mill less than two years ago and forced to choose between the good the bad and the ugly? I, for one, am so sick of hearing politicians puff off their views. Can it be that they cannot bear being out of the public’s sight for a minute? I feel as though we were settling down to working our way through Brexit and having our roads mended again.

Is Theresa May saying that there must needs be a political leader in the mould of President Obama, the former US President? On his gaining power, he called on ex-US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to help him gather support and experience in debates, so that America could grow under his leadership. We have many experienced and valuable MP’s from across the political spectrum. Could they be prevailed upon to come together for the good of the country? It is truly a strong leader who allows people of different political hues to speak in debate.

I was looking forward to a halcyon summer, free of the red-faced pestilence of politics dragging down our national morale again. Do I care who is standing? Well, yes, my own MP is a dope; he speaks with false modesty which makes me cringe at best. I must find another or shall I not bother to vote? If this election has truly been called because there are more Conservative MP’s accused of cheating us, by falsely claiming expenses, than there are in the Conservative majority (12), then we are in a calamity indeed.

The Scottish people would do well to keep quiet. They are just moving into an expensive new headquarters in London of all places and  doubtless paid for by British voters. Speak to Nicola Sturgeon and she can barely keep contempt of us out of her voice. And it makes me wonder why we have to change to British Summer Time and back when the only people to benefit are the Scots. Do they think we are stupid? Please do not let Theresa May make earlier colleagues’ mistake of thinking the electorate beneath their contempt or in some cases, beyond their comprehension.

We simply cannot afford to keep having elections just because those in power do not like the outcome of the last one. That is the attitude of dictatorship. Mrs Sturgeon, take note.

Those from elsewhere would do well to remember that you came here because you liked our way of life. Those from here should avoid false modesty at all costs. To Mr Corbyn: have you been to your allotment this year? Are they intended for people in your position? Please, no photographs of him next to a giant vegetable that he has apparently grown. The train fiasco was bad enough.

To everyone else, wish us luck. The whirlpool of politics has started again. In a sea of political conjecture, let us hope that there is no methane gas coming from below the waves, to sink our boats.

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