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It will probably end up as a damp squib as most of his manoeuvrers do, but what is absolutely stunning is that the Brits seem to think this will help their negotiating prospects.
Any prospect of the EU making some last minute concessions, which they have already prepared in advance, has probably disappeared at this stage. Why go out on a limb to secure a deal when the UK might very well disown it next year anyway?
I wouldn't be surprised if the EU will row back on some concessions they have already made. There is no room for ambiguity - the hard currency of compromise - when all trust has been lost.
The UK seems to continually misinterpret the EU's willingness to talk as a sign of weakness. It must be a culturing thing. Boris' idea of negotiation is all about amateur dramatics - walk outs, cliff edges, overnight talks, inspired leaks, planted stories to undermine trust in Barnier.
Don't they get it? Barnier will probably walk into the sunset on Jan 1st. deal or no deal, and it will change absolutely nothing in the EU's negotiating stance, which will probably just get more hardline as these aggravations continue.
Brexit will be consigned to history and any remaining contacts with the UK will be at below commissioner level while the Trade Commissioner gets on with trade negotiations with countries which actual know how to negotiate one.
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It's cultural conservatism; create a confected spat which allows you to apper to defend some hallowed cultural institution, the last night of the proms, the integrity of the Ulster connection and then get kudos when you "win".
I still believe that Boris Scummings has no interest in a deal of any sort with the EU. I base this on the principle of follow the money.
Who paid for brexit? High net worth individuals within the Finance industry, most of whom work in hedge funds.
How do these people profit? By shorting (betting against) doomed stocks and profiting from the resulting crash.
No deal brexit is the greatest short opportunity in history and there are a lot of hedge funders in Boris' close circle. No deal has always been the objective.
Once its done and the money is banked, I fully expect the senior leavers to decamp before the tabloid public realise the extent to which they were conned. Although they will no doubt waste a year blaming Corbyn and the EU.
keep to the Fen Causeway
But dictators are usually made of sterner stuff. Johnson isn't even good at bullying. He's too mercurial and too stupid to be good at it. A lack of strategic foresight combines with infinite self-regard to create - an empty suit, with a vapid grin and charisma that only works on the over 65s and selected elements in the UK's desperate underclass.
Of course he would, but no one seems to be able to accept that.
The media had a lot to do with it, but that wasn't the entire story. Merely by existing, Corbyn somehow violated a sacred foundation of tribal Englishness.
Maybe he came over as an annoying school teacher. Maybe he was too obviously one of the metropolitan elites, troubled by an education and a conscience. Maybe he was just too middle class, and at the same time not aggressively and selfishly middle class enough. Maybe the Labour Right, as represented by the Guardian, just didn't want him to win because taxes and narcissism.
Whatever it was, many voters didn't warm to it. They preferred the lying sociopathic posho drunk who hid in a fridge over the rather boring and staid opposition leader, with his principles, his social conscience, and his optimistic plan for the future.
Ultimately it was a total collapse in the integrity of the English moral character. And so here we are.
Can't be seen not to be Tories:
Key quotes: "Our language and our framing must reflect the world as our electors see it, not as how we might discuss it at a GC" & "we cannot be thought of as a party whose reaction to every problem is more spending. It's a habit we got into, and it's a habit we need to break"— Sienna Rodgers (@siennamarla) September 13, 2020
Key quotes: "Our language and our framing must reflect the world as our electors see it, not as how we might discuss it at a GC" & "we cannot be thought of as a party whose reaction to every problem is more spending. It's a habit we got into, and it's a habit we need to break"
No Deal is now just another few % in the polls for the hacks:
The really dirty secret here is that the Tories lying their way to victory was the best available outcome for all of these people: right or left, leave or remain. They were given a choice and this is what all of them worked their arses off to get, and complaints now are for show. pic.twitter.com/O4o20bprDz— Flying_Rodent (@flying_rodent) September 8, 2020
The really dirty secret here is that the Tories lying their way to victory was the best available outcome for all of these people: right or left, leave or remain. They were given a choice and this is what all of them worked their arses off to get, and complaints now are for show. pic.twitter.com/O4o20bprDz
Keir Starmer is facing a showdown with the left of Labour after his decisive sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey reignited the party's internal turmoil over the issue of antisemitism.
Labour has agreed to pay "substantial damages'' to seven whistleblowers over "defamatory and false allegations'' made following a BBC Panorama investigation into antisemitism.
Terminal lib brain:
LOL my man the British press is "free" largely in the sense that consumers can choose whether they would like the idiotic panic-mongering over The Woke Brigade to contain long words or not. pic.twitter.com/y9Q2Dba4EG— Flying_Rodent (@flying_rodent) September 6, 2020
LOL my man the British press is "free" largely in the sense that consumers can choose whether they would like the idiotic panic-mongering over The Woke Brigade to contain long words or not. pic.twitter.com/y9Q2Dba4EG
I haven't seen much Momentum or Labour left activity, but that doesn't mean it isn't there, just that I'm paying much less attention.
It would be opportune for Labour to go public, and go big, on this subject before Brexitcrash. To the effect that insider trading of this sort will be prosecuted under the next Labour government. Might not such activities reasonably be qualified as treasonous?
They would of course require Interpol co-operation to round up the high-net-worth expatriate plotters.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
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