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Great summary Frank ... thx for your insight and stamina.

Sorry for using the word "stamina" but Mrs. May has been lauded with this character virtue this week. I haven't caught anyone lauding the PM for her insight in the Brexit negotiations, debate or leadership.

As all parties involved are playing hard-ball, there certainly is a stalemate in UK politics and how to go forward with the only EU-UK deal or Withdrawal Act. The EU Commission has made the promise to move forward with the trade negotiations as soon as the EUWA is ratified by the House of Commons and the European Parliament.

    Ignorant about its leverage and ignorant about the EU,
    the U.K. is coming across as clumsy and caddish.

    [Source: Politico]

EU chief Jean Claude Juncker: "Ireland First in Withdrawal Agreement."

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 06:17:30 PM EST
I have been surprised at some progressive feminists who take a quite positive view of May - mainly because they see her as surrounded by a clique of boorish Eton louts and bullies and like to see her holding her own against them. But holding her to a standard set by the Boris Johnsons of this world is hardly the most exacting of tests.

It isn't sexist to point out her lack of a positive relationship with almost any EU leader, her lack of empathy in understanding other points of view, her lack of communication or negotiation skills, her robotic delivery of the same inane phrases again and again which moves nothing forward and just creates false expectations among ordinary people who look to her for guidance and leadership.

Stamina, perseverance, stubbornness,and willingness to face hostility can all be admirable traits and are often necessary but hardly sufficient to define great leadership abilities. Right now she is inspiring almost no one, leading almost nothing, and articulating no way forward resulting in widespread disMay, disillusion, despair. Surely the UK can do better than this?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 09:20:24 PM EST
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And it's a situation she created. Afaik, nobody forced her to take over after Cameron, nobody forced her to make a A50 declaration almost two years before she could define what Brexit she wanted, much less what her party wanted.
by fjallstrom on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 11:36:50 PM EST
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