Tag: Brexit

How unpopular is Theresa May?

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I do not think PM May is unpopular in that everybody knows PM May was given the most difficult Prime Minster-ship since WW2.

PM May’s policies may be disliked but as a person most I am sure would say PM May has the tenacity of Sir Winston Churchill and the bloody-mindedness of Baroness Thatcher.

I admire PM May for taking the job on and for attempting to steer through the muddy waters of Brexit without floundering on the various rocks of Johnson, Junkers and Rees-Mogg.

If they had worked with PM May instead of lurking in the shadows with daggers drawn to stab PM May in the back wherever possible then PM May might have have produced a better draft agreement.

I have no time for selfish politics and Rees-Mogg and Johnson play their egos as if they were a tune that PM May and the people of the UK have to dance to.

As for Junkers he cannot be trusted as all he wants is his name on the Federation of Europe nameplate and the U.K to be on its knees so others will not follow suit.

I am not a fan of PM May because PM May has studiously ignored all my ideas and writing for a better World – but PM May has a backbone and that is to be admired.

How much longer can Theresa May survive?

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Brexit is too important to the future of the United Kingdom for any one person to ‘upset the apple cart’ with a leadership bid for Prime Minister. PM May has steered the U.K negotiations through some very troubled waters after Davis and Fox let down the people of the U.K by underestimating the resolve of the E.U to ensure that the E.U remains at 27 Member States and not less.

PM May will be left alone until the deal is done. Then in typical British Fashion after all the sleepless nights and long hours PM May has had to endure she will be knifed in the back and sacked.

That is unless PM May is able to chart the future of the UK with a clear and accountable Economic Strategy and not more ‘ Pounds in Peru’ Speeches and the like.

When in April the UK leaves the E.U it will be alone. A new Economic Union is in the best interests of the U.K. With whom? Well those outside of the E.U need leadership and direction if they are to combat the growing Junckers E.U State monolith. If P.M May is able to promote such a union then PM May will likely stay as PM May.

There is a danger that a second referendum may still be on the cards even after the U.K leaves the E.U which is why it is so important to chart the future.

PM May also has other challenges to her tenure as Prime Minister on the Horizon which may yet cause her to resign – the rising crime rate in the U.K needs to addressed – you cannot have two legal systems; one for those who are allowed to commit crime and one for those who are not – without inviting widespread Civil unrest.

Either way PM May will be in Number 10 for a little while longer.

Do you think Theresa May believes the Chequers Proposal for Brexit will work?

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Since the Brexit Vote the People of the United Kingdom have all become Brexit experts. However none of us have had to walk the fine line between Political Will and People’s Will and stay afloat – as PM May has had to.

PM May knows we should stay in the E.U but PM May also want the Tories to remain in Power. Voting in Corbyn will be as entering a Time Machine and landing in the midst of the 1970’s where the Unions had the key to Number 10 and business was there to be taxed ever harder.

I would have never taken the U.K down the road PM May has. I would have used the result of the vote to gain support from other member states for major reforms of the EU. Cameron never really negotiated very hard with the E.U as he believed the Vote would be a ‘walk in the park’ for remaining in the E.U.

PM May has also had to deal with the ace knife-throwing back-stabbers Gove and Johnson who no doubt have already measured up the carpet at Number 10.

However, it is the People who must decide now if PM May’s Chequers deal should be accepted. Not the MP’s and not Johnson.

The people of the U.K know so much more about Brexit now then when the Brexit vote was taken. I believe that a second vote is well in order to ensure that the People decide the fate of the Nation.

It would not be a climb-down and I believe that it will give PM May the mandate for either ‘in’ or ‘out’ of the EU that is needed as the current one is too weak.

PM May has done well and no doubt believes that the Chequers proposal is the right one for the U.K

PM has been naive and too soft with the EU – there is still time to harden up. For whatever reason PM May seems to believe that another vote would be a sign of weakness whereas I see it as a symbol of ‘listening to the people’

Will the UK fail miserably after Brexit in the next decade?

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If I were to become Prime Minister of the UK I would suspend Brexit pending a new vote and a mandate for EU renegotiation. However, as I am not Prime Minister then yes it is highly likely the UK will fail post-Brexit.

PM May will not listen and that alone will fail the U.K. PM May could make a very good Prime Minister but the DNA of May seems to act very stubbornly when her own ideas are questioned and in go the May Heels.

The U.K is about to lost 27 trading partners. 27 who are on the doorstep of the UK. The U.K’s new trading partners are not on the doorstep, they have very different cultures and weather patterns and it will cost a lot to get our goods to them.

The sun no longer shines on the great British Empire. The doors are closed to the UK and the UK does not have the money to prise them open. PM May should go back to the People and seek a mandate to pause Brexit pending an involved and extensive attempt to renegotiate the UK terms of trade with the EU and the method by which EU Directives are implemented.

The U.K is full and the NHS has no spare beds. On that point alone the UK has a case for the European Courts to severely limit immigration – I would impose an 18 month moratorium pending a full review of the UK ability to absorb any more limitless (as the EU is) immigration.

It is possible to go it alone but PM May will need to form a new Economic Bloc in order to compete against that of the E.U. That will not be easy as China and Russia are also seeking new partners. The U.S. needs Europe more than it needs the U.K which is why President Trump has spent more time in France than the U.K.

The UK’s future is that of Europe’s. We may be an island nation but we are also a continent of people.

The U.K urgently & immediately needs a new Government with strong positive Leadership.

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I am still searching for the words that can redefine ‘incompetence’ and ‘intellectually challenged’.

Did Theresa May and her Cabinet cancel their summer holidays in what is one of the most important years in U.K History? No.

Where are our new alliances and post Brexit Unions?

Where is our new Union of ex-E.U European States? Nowhere.

Where is our new RD strategy so that we can direct funding to non-E.U markets? Nowhere.

Where is any new Economic Strategy? Nowhere

Where is our new Agricultural Policy to ensure we increase the productivity of our agricultural system and grow crops that compete with non E.U produce? Nowhere.

Where is our new Defense Policy to take into account the new U.S/France alliance? Nowhere.

Where is our new Naval Strategy to ensure our Type 45 Destroyers who are required to escort our new aircraft carrier can still protect the U.K against IBCM with the Viper/PRIMS System – as they will now be required to protect the HMS Elizabeth?

Where is our new anti-terrorism Strategy and Public warning to be ready for chemical attacks? Nowhere.

Where is our new Acid and Chemical product and sales monitoring and flag system? Nowhere

Where are the Military to secure our borders to ensure returning ISIS do not co-operate with criminal groups in the U.K to use chemical weapons? Nowhere.

Where are the arrests of out of control U.K Cyber Criminals? Nowhere

Where is the reduction of child abuse? Nowhere

Where is the reduction in crime? Nowhere

Where is the National Plan for this winter NHS’s crisis? Nowhere

I could go on and on and on. Never in the history of the U.K has there ever been such a totally inadequate Government in charge of the U.K

Wake up U.K Your Government is absolutely hopeless. You do not have a Government you have a ‘laughing stock’ and with the whole world watching.

 

What are the most significant pros & cons of globalization?

This is my answer to this Question on Quora.

At its best globalization should be an amalgamation of comparative advantage. Yet it has become the reduction of the human value.

Globalization has been led by profit and greed rather than by trading value and exchanging advantages in manufacturing and the supply of resources.

In effect our Governments have handed over economic theory to the law of the Jungle – they have walked away from their own responsibilities to citizens and allowed Global Organisations to become third party Governments.

Note: Third Party Government – this sees persons not elected by the People making decisions which will affect their economic futures – such as the World Economic Forum, the IMF and in some respects for those Countries without direct representation – the G20.

Certain Governments and in particular the U.K Government went so far as to hand over their whole economy to International Organisations and Companies and as a result have allowed the U.K to become the doormat of the developed World.

The U.K Government’s compounded their lack of Economic Control by handing over their Economic Sovereignty to the E.U and by doing so took a backseat to the control of the direction of their Economy.

The E.U did not ask for control the U.K Government gave it to them.

The U.K Foreign Office must hold much of the blame for their out-dated historic view of the U.K’s position in the World which has desolated the U.K’s Economy – that and a lack of any new Economy thinking by the U.K Government and Bank of England.

Mark Carney the current Bank of England Chairman is a classic example of a Financial Leader who is unable to produce new thinking and direction. He has failed to combat the Global Effect of Capital making its own policy independent of Government – Globalisation. Carney does not lead he follows and in part is responsible for the debacle that has become Brexit.

Hence the U.K no longer has its own manufacturing base and its R&D is invested in mainly foreign owned companies or emerging companies who are then bought by foreign companies.

Using the U.K as an example Globalisation has produced below economic expectation wages, an unnecessary movement of workers, a strain on Infrastructure , a clash of Cultures and a foreign concentration of Capital as well as third Party Government.

Who is running the U.K? Not the Government. They now have no control over the direction of the Economy. Global Financial Interests run the U.K Economy. The result; no hospital bed for your mother, not enough teaching time for your children, no Police for your house burglary, no new Tanks for the U.K Army.

Brexit will only increase the U.K’s exposure to Globalization. In effect the U.K will become the Developed World’s first Third World Country.

What are the pros? There are none. Until Governments regain control of their Economies then capital will go wherever the least expensive cost of multiplying it is located. There is no ‘level playing field’. Ask Australia. It no longer has a car manufacturing industry.

That is why President Trump wants to regain control of America Economy through the direction of its manufacturing base.

Globalisation can be a power for good but only if it is controlled and directed.

Yes it does provide jobs to developing countries but at what cost and to whose tax department?

We cannot continue to allow large global displacements of the economic power of the people and Governments to corporations who have only their bottom line as the motive for their existence.

If the World is to evolve economic equilibrium we must ensure that Global Economic Organisations and Companies are given the opportunity to align themselves with Nation State Policy and not ‘shareholder bonus’ and that  includes Citizen Representation of Global Economic Movements and Organisations.

The bottom line of Globalisation is that ‘There is no Democracy at the International Level’.