This is not your usual photographic post but I feel with all the political turmoil out there in this country I feel propelled to put my views to this blog.
What went wrong?
Before I go any further and maybe your time to to turn to another blog, I am an unashamedly Conservative voter – Always have been and always will be! Also I voted to Remain in the EU – more about that later.
So who to blame? I suppose you could look at David Cameron the Prime Minister of the time that called the EU Referendum – Remain or Leave the simple question. Well we all know that 52% voted to leave. Why? I think the main reason is that the leaver campaign (The Brexiteers) latched on to the immigration ticket in a huge way and bolted on the belief that The UK was a strong enough country to go it alone and build, trade deals around the world control, develop our own laws, keep our sovereignty and currency without having the bureaucracy of the EU telling us to do something different or even pay more. The ‘Remainers’ and quite honestly in my opinion at the time sensibly thought, yes it costs money but it is a fantastic trade association to belong to. London as the central financial city of Europe was ideally suited to serve the EU and of course the UK. Plus, industry in the Midlands was thriving. The complaint almost by everyone was who to believe, where are the facts people were saying no-one is telling the truth. Well the facts were there but people didn’t ready the right publications for the truth rather to stick with newspaper hype and campaigners views. In my opinion this EU ref. became a sort of no confidence vote in our Prime minister David Cameron and to be honest he should of stayed away from the debate as in the event of losing there was no where else to go for David and family, but pack the cases and leave No. 10! In my opinion if he had stayed out of the argument he would of been able to keep the PM job thus saving us all from an early election (back to that later) and steer the country through a Brexit negotiation.
So the Referendum is done a new Prime Minister elected by the Tory party and ‘Brexit is Brexit’ (honouring the peoples choice) we are told! Or so it seemed. Mayhem ensued as the ‘Remainers’ maneuvered, to dismantle the referendum and call it into question. Court cases were opened up as the Government were questioned over their right to call Article 50 without debate in Parliament! All this did was delay the calling of Article 50, as our new Prime Minister Theresa May grappled to control yet again the in-fighting of the Conservative party and fend off the Lib-Dems (and their total disregard for the peoples choice) plus having the SNP trying to put a spanner in the works by trying to create a negotiation platform for themselves to remain in the EU! What a mess! And the EU started to berate us as we showed no real cohesion. The EU member states at this point seemed to change tack and become very arrogant and showed clearly to me that they were going to make an example of the UK, for fear that other states would decide to leave as well. Plus we would have to consider paying a penalty if we wanted to leave!
Time for the UK to stand their ground and for me to change my opinion! Fed up with EU arrogance and the belief that the UK people had made their decision whether it was 52 51 or 50.5 % they had spoken and they wanted to leave the arrogant control of the United States of Europe. Remember one thing at this point – and it is worth noting – of the UK’s commitment to the Europe in both world wars, we as a nation (admittedly with some help from our cousins over the pond) came to the saviour of our continent. So many countries didn’t want to or have the expertise to fight against a tyrannical country. Small thanks now as we as a country have decided in our best interests to go it alone. Frankly the EU is run by a lot of Presidents, Chairman’s and committees, that only have their own interest to heart. I’m happy that we are leaving now.
And so back home with all the wrangling’s of what to do and how to do it, Theresa May stuns us all and announces ‘as she wants a clear mandate’ a snap election! WOW! Well with 49% to 29% Poll, in favour of Conservative over Labour who wouldn’t. Now I don’t think this was to create a major landslide of Tory seats as we have seen this before with a Thatcher government, a seat majority of over 100 becomes overkill and un-democratic
almost ‘Steam roller’ like, so a 30-40 seat majority would of been ideal. Also a fact which many had decided to ignore is that as the Brexit negotiations are set to finalise in 2019 its the same year as a general election would have to be called! Potentially a major stumbling block with a small majority as continued Tory in-fighting and opposition objections would be at a height. It could of created a major issue to finalising any possible agreements – So I think it made sense.
What the Tory party didn’t count on was a resurgent country wide left wing attitude – especially the young – always rebels at that age! – and a man that had been campaigner all his life – Yes Jeremy Corbyn (The Pied Piper)… Hated by his fellow MPs and some union leaders on the basis that it would all end in doom and gloom for the Labour party at this election. We even had calls for a snap labour leadership contest. No The Pied Piper stayed true to his word and work and went to the streets. From that moment it all started to unravel. Theresa May made the mistake of not entering into open debate on the TV. Theresa that was your front door to the people! Instead you left it to your Home Secretary to hold the candle for you. She did a good job but you would of wiped the floor with all of the others.
Slowly but surely the promises that The Pied Piper offered to the country gradually caught on. The final ‘coup de gras’ was to offer the students free tuition – Umm in 5 years time, I think the students missed that bit! Labours manifesto ‘all accounted for’ they said. Yes it was but where was the money coming from – Increased income tax set just above MP’s salary(!), Pensioners, savers and invested funds and dividend income payouts… Capital Gains Tax to you and me! Mmm Plus more borrowing it was obvious. The Pied Piper and his band had created a ‘new’ Money Tree – problem was their policy of ‘hope’ was – Hope we can find that tree. ‘For the many not the few!’ they stated – A stolen and twisted slogan from WW2 Winston Churchill,
“Never have the many been so thankful to the few” after the Battle of Britain – Yet another example of Britain standing up for Europe! Even though the Tory party announced a very strange Social Care (potential) Policy in their manifesto, which was largely misunderstood, the writing was on the wall that the Tories might not get that majority they wanted. No, Theresa May’s failing to stand up to The Pied Piper (Corbyn – incase you have forgotten) in open debate was her failing. Why she did that I just don’t understand, she has the beating of him, even now, every time in parliament with sensible argument.
So the small majority was lost and now we have a minority government which has just signed up to a working relationship with the DUP. That’s not really a problem as the DUP generally vote along with the Tories in any case. What we are seeing now unbelievably is a case of the Labour Party thinking they are a government in waiting! – Umm no 44 -40% is a loss 318-262 is a loss for the Labour Party who came a distant second. And if you think about it Theresa May has her mandate… More people voted for her leadership than The “RED” Pied Piper. Better the Labour party to prepare for decent opposition. Me thinks! Over the coming months we will see more posturing, photo opportunities, increased social media activity campaigning and using events to propel the Labour party in our faces. More promises that cannot be kept and living in HOPE that they will somehow turn it round. Meanwhile Theresa May and the government can now concentrate on the Brexit negotiations and stand firm against EU arrogance. Of course there are other issues that we have to come to terms with and to get the answers to ie Terrorism and the tragedy at Grenfell Towers. Thats not to mention that there will be other situations that arise in the coming months.
But I’ll say this… The Pied Pier and his Labour party threw everything but the kitchen sink at the last election. They have nothing more to offer the next time round. The Labour Party live in a cloud cuckoo land of ‘Hope’ and will continue to look for that money tree! For the Tories next time round they will have the answers and hopefully Theresa May will step up to the plate and will enter into the open debates, using the TV as the front door to the population.
A little note to the students. We all as young people go through a stage of open rebellion – it is understandable. Today’s youth will not be familiar with the images of Communist countries and empty shelves in the supermarkets – I’m not saying that would happen in our democratic country, but the history of The Pied Piper and his close Marxist followers in the Labour Party want to create a society that has been proven not to work. You cannot borrow to invest you cannot create jobs for all and somewhere down the line we all have to learn to live with in our means. There is no money tree. People have to pay for want they want and that includes tuition fees at the universities and colleges, otherwise where do the Uni’s and colleges get their money from. If the fees were to be curtailed you could see some Uni’s and colleges closing down! Right now thats not what we need. Maybe though there is room to change the way student fees are paid.
But one thing for sure in my opinion is I think that the Labour party have had their day and the Conservative party will have the right approach next time. For now its let get the Brexit negotiations done by holding firm and yes if it means walking out the door and leave the Arrogant EU states to fend for themselves then lets do it.
Finally, do not be swayed by unaccountable promises that will be thrown at you over the next few years. Labour’s manifesto did not add up (it was accountable but not factually secure on where the money would come from). Labour will say what you want to hear and not what realistically can be achieved. They will drop the defence of our country (Trident and the armed forces), like a ‘red hot poker’ in the belief that they have the nouse to negotiate. (That includes despots and terrorist groups). I really don’t think so in this day and age!
The saying is that ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’. I can assure you from where I stand it is not and you can’t have your cake and eat it!
The Pied Piper will lead you all down to the river of No Hope!