A senior Brexiter Tory has retired from the Government so he can vote against Theresa May ’s deal. Gareth Johnson was a government whip, whose responsibility was to ensure order amongst backbench MPs.
He was previously an assistant to both David Davis and Dominic Raab, and in his letter to Theresa May, he wrote that over the last few weeks, he has tried to reconcile his duties as a Whip to assist the Government to implement the European Withdrawal Agreement, with his own personal objections to the agreement.
He concluded that he could not in all conscience, support the Government’s position when it was clear the deal would be detrimental to the nation’s interests, and he went on to say the Northern Ireland backstop, intended to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland if the government were unable to reach a trade deal, which gives our country no clear, unilateral path out of the European Union and ensures that we would be fettered in our ability to negotiate trade deals with other nations in the future.
He added that it was, therefore, the time to place his loyalty to his country above the loyalty to the Government and that it was possibly the hardest decision he had ever made but believed it was the right one for both his country and constituents.
Some might say it’s like rats deserting a sinking ship, and so here comes the next rung of Tory resignations, but then isn’t Theresa May’s deal about not leaving the EU?
This is a country in the grip of madmen and there are ominous times ahead of us, but if you were a child that was brought up in the 1950s, educated in the 1960s, brought a house in the 1970s, and brought your children up in the 1980s, then you lived in a caring society, you paid your taxes and was looked after whenever you needed help.
You might not have ever had to fight a war, but you did have proper employment and a pension that enabled you to live with dignity.
But there were some that were brought up during the economic depression, they had to battle in a war and were grievously wounded in that war, but their life only improved following the war with great health service and the welfare state, but now we’re a generation who are at the mercy of a cabinet of landlords, exorbitant rents, repugnant tenancies, shoddy employers and starkly underfunded health care, education and police services.
People are paying through the nose for accommodation, gas and electricity and transport, and are worse off than their parents for the first time in memory while the wealthiest 1 per cent scoop up more and more and offshore it, and not because they need it, but to prevent the rest from becoming better off enough to refuse sickening employment practices that treats them like cattle with call centres, riding a bike in thick traffic with a huge box on their backs, like lab rats in a warehouse feeding internet shoppers.
And then there were those kids that worked in burger bars and such like for a while before college, but the conditions of employment there must have seemed like paradise if you contrast what qualifies for fair and decent employment now.
But Theresa May believes we can all get together after she’s driven us off the cliff and into the wastelands, and there are foreboding times ahead of us with Britain being plunged into a Mad Max style world.
This is what happens when a host of bureaucrats who’ve carved themselves a nice little corner pandering to empire nostalgics unexpectedly win, and it’s going to be like being strapped to a rollercoaster with a bomb on your lap that could go off at any time.
Brexit was going to be the best thing since powdered milk, but now the milk has gone sour, and the simple fact is Leave promised a propitious exit with trade deals in place, with the EU and others. This is the context in which people voted and which continued to be repeated following the election.
The fact is Theresa May has no stake in the future, she cares nothing for our children and how the United Kingdom will be in twenty years time, and honestly, some people need to be charged with treason for the tremendous suffering they’ve caused.
And Theresa May doesn’t so much have a sense of responsibility as a mistaken self-assurance that she’s the only one who could perhaps square a circle, despite all the evidence to the contrary, and it’s a disgrace that Theresa May’s sense of responsibility can’t be extended in the best interests of the country.
Theresa May is a horrible hybrid of piety and pretension and she will walk the red lines shes created until she’s eventually shunted off, but the actual problems are that we’re ruled by an elite that’s totally detached from everyday people of this country and protected from the consequences of their decisions, but all their assets and offshore or Daddy’s Trust Fund will look after them.
It’s yet another day of national self-harm and if Brexit was a person they’d unquestionably be sanctioned and we need to end this insanity because Theresa May is motivated by Brexiters desperate for their tax dodging to remain out of the public domain.
They aim to enrich themselves more by shredding up employment, environmental and public rights as they hand over vast areas of the NHS to private US medical companies as everything in their world becomes a profit centre, making the rich even more so and the poor so much more so.
They want to take back power but for themselves, not the country. The country already controls itself or it would if the government was competent of doing so, but with their gongs and promises to further support which simply threats the foundation of the United Kingdom if it hinders their fancies.
Yet, they evade truth and reality, and now they’ve mocked the EU, and our government should be slandered and indicted for their own ineptitude and capacity to negotiate and come up with answers to save them from themselves whilst the likes of Boris and the rest still think that dropping out of the EU with a no deal isn’t a problem while the likes of them attempt to show the world how well the United Kingdom could do by itself.
They’ve misled the gullible with their propaganda and distortions, but Theresa May will ultimately get a medal for avoiding Brexit, but clearly, she’s a Remainer because if she truly wanted Brexit this country would have been out by now.
We don’t live in a mass franchise direct democracy, we live in a constitutional pretend sovereignty, and there’s a cosmos of the distinction between going against the wishes of the people after they used the system to give you the power of the country and overriding vote.
The purpose of a vote is that it’s a one-off act of direct democracy. It was a bad idea, a legislative stratagem by David Cameron to quell once and for all the nationalist protesters in his own party. His arrogance was asserted on the basis that every billionaire with influence, every governmental body, every organ of the media consent manufacturing enterprise, every bread and circus personality and every public scholar was in support of the union.
Withdrawal from the prototype world to rule neo-liberal government was seemingly unimaginable. Reality’s surprising sometimes, and it turns out working-class people aren’t too enthusiastic on global neo-liberalism after all.
Perhaps we assumed he would throw his hands in the air and announce that he was joking, but some of us are more gullible and over-trusting than others. Of course, they turned it to their advantage, infinite papers, new posts, completely new departments, continuous meetings, conferences, a cosmos of tasks and chores for the boys later, but then they realised to their absolute astonishment of course that they never had any plan of really doing what the referendum demanded, they simply took bits that served them well, but would they have been better served by simply saying no, to begin with, well, gluttony is a dangerous thing!
This country is in an ungodly mess, and everything will seemingly get worse, and it’s now that we need a competent leader working to bring the country together, looking to build alliances, nurturing collaboration, exploring agreements, but instead we have Theresa May addressing her way or no way, actively fostering partisanship, and disregarding everyone who opposes her.
But ultimately, people will see that Brexit actually is a fantasy, and we should give the people a provincial referendum and genuine power because all this has been is a pretty much godforsaken blood Brexit carnage, and this will go down in history as a gathering of spineless bullies who let this unbelievably despicable gang of lying disloyal Brexit hooligans to destroy the country as they circumnavigate overhead, dropping poop on the pavement, it’s what they do, and they won’t be back to clean it up.
And there was Theresa May strolling along the street, but when she looked up she noticed a Brexiter flying overhead, when quickly the Brexiter releases a faecal matter right at her, but as she stares at it with her mouth open, she says, “Thank goodness I had my mouth open, otherwise it would have hit me right in the face.”
Theresa May has put together a blind Brexit deal that could be transformed into whatever her replacement wants it to be if we’re stupid enough to let her off the sickle, and who could inflict the most awful manner of Brexit on us.
So much for the land of milk and honey because the sunlit uplands are looking unquestionably turbulent, and it’s also a question of whether people are going to be content with simply surviving, or if they’d prefer to have the means to set up to live a little.
But survivable is the kind of word a politician might use to describe a nuclear disaster or alien attack, but we don’t want to hear that in relation to something they’re putting us through for no good reason, but then that’s a consequence of how idiotic this is, that a cabinet minister can seriously suggest the country should consider a route that’s survivable.
We need to end this because at the moment our country is set to be turned into a set for the next Mad Max movie, and the main basis to think Britons will accept aborting Brexit is this, until the election, leaving the EU was essentially a non-issue.
Few people appeared to care whether they were governed by a distant elite in Brussels or ditto in Westminster, and in the decade up to 2015, typically less than 10 per cent of Britons identified the EU as one of the most significant problems facing the country, according to polling by Ipsos Mori.
Even in the 2015 vote, with the Conservatives promising a referendum if they won, only 6 per cent stated the EU was the principal problem. Brexit hardly highlighted in the campaign, but the election set this marginal issue into the fundamental cause of British politics.
Brexiters won by attaching Brexit to two problems that voters did care about, immigration and the National Health Service, but Brexit, if binned, could sink back into marginality. After all, precious few Britons except tax dodgers afraid of the EU’s new anti-tax-avoidance directive have any economic stake in it.
More Leavers now expect Brexit to weaken rather than strengthen the economy, say pollsters YouGov, but clearly, though, once people have decided Leave, they become attached to leaving, if only because they want to be heard.
Remainers can offer a plausible democratic argument for remaining, the vote was advisory, and Theresa May’s government spent two-and-a-half years pursuing Brexit and negotiated a withdrawal treaty with the EU, but if both MPs and a second vote repudiate the deal, and there’s neither a parliamentary nor popular preponderance for no deal, then Brexiting would be undemocratic.
It’s often said that what would help is tackling the inequality that apparently provoked Brexit. That might well alleviate a portion of Leave voters, the group that Ipsos Mori calls “working-class Leavers”, usually northern Labour voters.
But these are precisely the people already abandoning Leave, according to polling they account for much of the four-point average swing to Remain since 2016, but this is what’s so damn discouraging about the whole thing.
Barely anyone, aside from swivel-eyed UKIP voters, gave a damn about the EU before 2015.
It’s only David Cameron’s fear of them gaining ground that drove him to stupidly gamble on holding the vote, but then this clearly shows where it leads to if you let populists dictate the topics because as soon as you agree to answer their demands, their topics begin to take over the political debate.
But now there are countless people who voted to leave who now want to remain, so people are changing their perceptions, can you remember everyone down the pub pre-2016 chatting about how terrible it was that we make our trade agreements through the EU, no I can’t either, but that just sums it all up, Brexit is built on xenophobia and dishonesty.
One can say, without any doubt, that the United Kingdom could not survive as a trading nation by relying on the WTO Option. It would be an out-and-out disaster, and no responsible government should allow it. The option should be declined.
And don’t forget, when we were being assured that Brexit would not plunge the United Kingdom into some kind of Mad Max dystopia, but now if we end up with a no deal Brexit it could disrupt the UKs insulin supply.
There are more than a million people with diabetes in the United Kingdom that rely on insulin, and it’s absolutely vital that clear systems are in place to ensure that those who rely on insulin and other drugs from overseas continue to have access to them and that there is no disruption in supply either now or in the future.
Insulin isn’t an optional extra for people with diabetes who rely on it, so it’s especially vital that those companies involved in its production and supply, and those involved in ensuring its entry into the United Kingdom, work together to ensure that supplies continue uninterrupted.
There are many people with diabetes reliant on insulin who are getting concerned that they may not have access to supplies required, and concerns have been raised about medical supplies, and the demand for companies, suppliers, the Department of Health, NHS England and those leading the negotiations to operate together to give urgent clarification on what arrangements and safeguards are in place to guarantee continued access to insulin in the future.
Insulin in the United Kingdom comes from three principal pharmaceutical companies, Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk. Currently, all analogue and synthetic human insulin is shipped from outside the United Kingdom, and these are the most common forms of insulin used by people with diabetes in the United Kingdom.
Novo Nordisk is the world’s biggest farmer of insulin. They have production sites in the US, Brazil, Denmark, France, China, Russia, Algeria and in Japan. Lilly provides insulin in the US, Puerto Rico, France and Italy, and they have packaging plants for these products in France and China.
Sanofi has production sites in Germany, Russia, India, China and Saudi Arabia. They do manufacture some drugs in the UK, but insulin is not produced in the UK by them.
A fourth provider, Wockhardt, produce animal insulin and have a plant in Wrexham. Very few people use animal insulin in the United Kingdom, and it would not currently be feasible for them to supply the entire UK market.
Theresa May is also a type 1 dependent diabetic, talk about shooting yourself in the foot, but then most of the elite are safely deposited in EU banks and British tax havens, so what’s the worst case scenario, she’ll simply purchase a luxury flat in one of those countries so that she can be closer to the insulin.
The thing is these more affluent Brexiters don’t care as it won’t be them that are affected by all of this, and they’re not the ones on the bread line, and the poorer Brexiters don’t follow politics nearly enough to know this is what lies in store for them, or if they do see the odd story on the news they don’t really believe it.
The question on the ballot paper was do you want the UK to leave the EU, yes or no? The majority voted yes, but around 45 per cent of the population has wanted out for decades, with the twitterings of Boris Johnson, Merkel’s idiotic mass migration, plus the recent wave of people from Eastern Europe into the United Kingdom which has thrust many ambivalent people into the Leave camp, and the whole hysteria about Brexit is a political sideshow.
And it’s astounding how a couple of years from the time in which virtually nobody really understood the EU is now an authority on the matter, and then there are those that have never ever attended a politics class nor read a book, but their opinion is valid because they say so, and when pressed a little you realise that neither side really ever understood even the basics of WTO dictates.
But that’s precisely the point because Brexiters scream out about undemocratic EUSSR and no deal Brexit without even understanding the EU or WTO. It’s a little like not actually knowing how the brain works but even still you choose to carve a piece out of it even though it was working fine.
However, ironically homo sapiens aren’t very sapient because we’re all living creatures who act first and then justify later on, and the reason for this is because we are slaves to our emotions.
Of course, ignorance is no excuse, and we should not be attempting to justify Brexiters simplicity, but humans are easily manipulated and the politicians knew that, and the old method is to condemn the lowest kind and criticise a group of people who have no voice.
And Theresa May should know that Google means that things don’t stay hidden, and she can’t flip-flop and pray that no one notices her cock-ups. The thing is when government leave without an agreement and create a disaster, they can’t then blame it on the EU anymore because the EU allowed more time, and the government like a pack of inebriated loonies concluded it was a grand idea to create a misemployed situation.
But where is the Hippocratic Oath? – First, do no harm. So, chopping off an arm and a leg is survivable, this is what the government minister is proposing as an alternative, and whilst it’s commendable that numerous MPs seek to justify the logic for the Leave vote in their speeches, and usually end up being accused of condescension and missing the point as they step softly on the shattered glass and crying xenophobia, it would make some people laugh if they just came out in a speech and said that some people decided to Leave because they were stupid, some people decided Leave because they’re arseholes, some people decided Leave because they’re stupid arseholes and that we have a bunch of stupid and arseholish people in the country.
Given that it would be political suicide, but it would put a much-needed grin on many peoples faces, but the majority who decided to leave, either as a protest vote against David Cameron’s austerity programme, or because they were told by David Cameron, Theresa May, and the red bus mob that the consequences of that austerity programme were somehow the fault of the EU, there’s some outstanding blame shifting from the swine botherer there.
When all said and done, it might not be the end of the world to leave the EU but it could be the end of the United Kingdom!