Top Trumps

Well!

Some time, a long time ago, I made a comment here that, no matter how bad it had got for the USA President, he always had the ability to make it worse. And he has, this week, hit a new low so far.

If you are interested, you will already know, and if you are not, then you won’t care anyway. I have nothing extra sensible to say about it all, except plainly Mr Trump is a bully and bullies tend to be the most scared of people when threatened. The people around him in The White House may do whatever he wants regardless, possibly because he has dirt on them all, who knows. But faced with Mr Putin, he just crumbled. Bigly.

Watch the extracts of the press conference that Putin and Trump had, and you don’t see Mr Putin saying anything. Meanwhile, Trump digs his hole.

There could be many reasons for this. I suspect the press saw an opportunity. Was Mr T going to criticise Mr P to his face?

No, of course not, he just crumpled. Having got back home, he tried to deny what he said. Say you didn’t do it loud enough, and people will believe you. Except, they don’t. Even the Republicans don’t for the most part.

I once suggested that people who had voted Trump into power should be held responsible for his destruction of their country. I still think so. They are certainly making America great again, right? Meanwhile, the rest of the world looks and laughs.

Brexit II

So, there can be a vote of no confidence in the PM. People say that the number of signatures required (48) is gettable.

Mrs May was still putting on a brave face and is determined to see it through and complete her time in office, something which is admirable, Mr Cameron, but maybe foolhardy. She can leave before it really gets bad, get a nice book deal and relax.

Mr Trump has been weighing in, saying Boris is a big chum (chum, as in friend, not “chump”) and he hopes to meet him this weekend.

Nigel Farage is also still around. The rest of this paragraph is censored.

I am writing this late Tuesday, for early Wednesday. Who knows what will happen in the meantime. Odds are there will be a leadership challenge, sooner rather than later, and an election. Davis, Johnson, Ress-Mogg stand. Boris wins.

A friend said to me “I don’t know where this country is going”. I do. Downhill, rapidly.

Brexit I

I wrote about Brexit a while ago, but it has raised its ugly head “bigly”, as Trump would say.

More time is spent in Parliament on Brexit than on everything else combined, which is probably as it should be, as it’s a major change for this country.

I have a simple view of how a timeline for this would have gone:

  1. referendum – we are going to leave
  2. government gets ministers (and maybe others) together and decides clearly how we are leaving, what we want from the process, what it will be like afterwards etc. A plan ahead is agreed (yes, it’ll be a compromise and everyone will be unhappy to some extent, but at least there will be a plan). This process takes as long as it takes.
  3. Article 50 is triggered. Two years to negotiate with the EU. The clock ticks.
  4. we negotiate, more compromises but a solution.
  5. we leave.

Article 50 was triggered in March 2017, so we leave in March 2019. But, to hugely misquote George Harrison, Lewis Carroll et al, if you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know when you’ve arrived.

So Prime Minister May got her troops together last Friday to discuss a post-Brexit plan, in other words, step 2. No doubt there were disagreements, and apparently the ministers were treated like naughty children, having their phones confiscated and so on. But in the end, we are told, they all came out unified.

Then Brexit minister David Davis thinks about it all, decides he’s not having it and resigns. Boris Johnson is also unhappy about the plan, and also that Davis may make a bid for the Conservative leadership/PM job, something he thinks is rightfully his, so he resigns too.

More have gone today. Mrs May’s party/the government is in total chaos. Apparently Mrs May was told that unless the agreed Brexit plan is withdrawn, more will resign on a regular basis. As I have been writing this, two more have gone.

The country is in a mess.

Mrs May appeared in Parliament yesterday and put a brave face on. I don’t understand her.

Maybe she is hugely intelligent and I am missing something.

Maybe she wants to be the most hated/worst PM of all time. Trump clearly is the worst USA President and Thatcher definitely the worst PM of modern times, but no-one would really want that on their gravestones, would they?

Maybe she has a big ego. Maybe she really believes that people like her.

Maybe she is delusional.

Maybe it is all a clever plot to get out before it gets worse.

 

Poking the bear II

After a pause, Brexit came back again.

If you don’t know Tim Martin, he owns the company Wetherspoons. If you don’t know that, this is a famously cheap, slightly nasty pub chain on virtually every high street. they buy up many old buildings and convert them into smelly pubs with sticky carpets.

Martin announced he will no longer be selling European drinks, including French champagne, because they are European.

Then two large companies started talking about leaving the UK as a result of Brexit. Now, during the campaigns the Remainers had predicted all sorts of dire consequences from leaving, companies leaving the UK, jobs lost, increased shop prices and so on. Leavers say ‘look, it hasn’t happened’. But, we haven’t left yet, so how do they know.

Anyway, Airbus and BMW are talking about leaving. The Leavers say no-one else is, but there always has to be a first, and there could easily be more. Nigel Farage says it won’t happen, it’s just Remainers spreading left wing scare tactics (ie fake news). And probably, Nigel, when it does happen, it won’t matter because many will be jobs for foreigners that are lost anyway.

The the Government has posted rules on what you have to do if you are European and live in the UK now and want to continue. Basically, pay £65 and prove you are not a terrorist of have any serious convictions. Minor ones are fine.

I have no idea what ‘serious’ means here. Presumably murder and terrorism are serious, and perhaps racism and wife beating are not. Who can say?

In the mean time, apparently all UK residents are happy that their EU passports are being replaced by good old British Blue Ones again, just like the good old days.

At enormous cost to us all…