Politics are broken!
Politics are broken
This was written before 31st January but most of it is still relevant.
Whether in the UK, or the USA, both countries seem to be at war between the left and the right.
At present, both factions tend to decry the other side as either far right or Communists/Marxists.
As far as I can see, as long as this continues, we see both factions moving from the central grounds towards the far side.
All this does is to cost the countries money and makes the poor, poorer.
I was middle of the road four years ago in Britain, but since the terrible way politicians have treated a national referendum result, I find myself becoming more extreme.
In America, the two sides have become almost unbearable with the Democrats beating up any Republican wearing clothing that only says "Make America Great Again". The worst crime Republicans have committed is voting for more jobs, less taxes, and this now includes blacks and Hispanos who suddenly find more jobs open to them.
The hatred, in Britain, between the Remainers and Leavers, is ridiculous. A referendum said leave, the later election said leave and the last election was so overwhelming to leave, that hundreds of thousands Labour supporters voted Conservative. But this has done nothing to stop the opposition parties still not wanting to leave as, unbelievably, they actually imagine they are brighter than their voters.
And, the worst is still to come. There are very many leavers who don't trust Boris Johnson to take us out. Is he the reasonable face we trust who will botch it and say "Sorry, but I tried"?
I will put my cards on the table, I am a Leaver. Not for sovereignty, I am a foreigner to these lands so am not as committed as so many Brits are. It is because I am aware of the precarious financial position of the European Bank, at present being propped up by the Deutsche Bank which, in turn, is also in a precarious financial position!
What really worries me is, if the EU goes bust, all the countries are going to be in a terrible position, and we must be out by then.
I would love to end with, things may not turn out so bad, but unfortunately it really is as bad as I am saying.
I have been in and throughout the EU's three headquarters, Brussels, Strasbourg and their administrative headquarters in Luxembourg and was horrified at the way the EU is spending money on their trappings. It can't last. In addition, history has shown that dictatorships never last.
Dictatorship? You can't vote for the leaders, you can't vote for the commissioners, and their MEPs are not allowed to make laws. They can only vote for the diktats that the unelected commissioners send through to their "parliament". How can anyone in their right mind call the EU Parliament democratic when they learn of this?
The following is from an article I read on Twitter but have lost the name of the original writer.After more than three years of delays and parliamentary games there is a powerful sense of wanting to ‘just get Brexit done’. Feelings of Brexit fatigue have led some Leavers to welcome Boris Johnson’s deal as the best we are likely to get.That is understandable. But it is a mistake. The Prime Minister’s deal is not a proper Brexit. It is far removed from what 17.4m of us voted for in 2016.
I can only suppose that pro-Brexit MPs backing the deal have not actually read the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and the important Political Declaration (PD) that goes with it. These make up a new European Treaty that reheats 95 per cent of Theresa May’s deal. ￼Let’s compare it to what we thought we would get when we voted Leave. If it is passed into law, the PM’s Treaty will mean:Britain remains under EU rules but with no vote, no voice, no veto.
During the Withdrawal Agreement’s extendable ‘transition period’ (which lasts until at least the end of 2020 and almost certainly years longer), we won’t withdraw from the EU at all but become non-voting members. We will still be trapped in the EU customs union and single market, subject to all existing EU laws and any punitive new ones they might pass (Articles 4.1, 4.2, 6, 41, 95.1, 127). And we’ll be under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) (Arts 4.4, 4.5, 86, 87, 89, 95.3, 131, 158, 163). The difference is we won’t have any say (Arts 7.1, 34). Does that sound like the Brexit you voted for?
EU judges can still override our laws.
The ECJ – a foreign court – governs the Treaty and EU law takes precedence. Future British parliaments will be bound to obey ECJ rulings, and UK judges will be obliged to overturn laws passed by our Parliament if the ECJ says they don’t comply with the Treaty or the EU laws it enables. (Articles 4.4, 4.5, 86, 87, 89, 95.3, 131, 158, 163). In some cases, the ECJ will rule for years even after the transition ends. Does that sound like the Brexit you voted for?
￼ We won’t control our fishing.
The dreadful Common Fisheries Policy continues in UK waters during the extendable transition period, but we will have no say in it (Article 130). That means huge foreign trawlers plundering our waters at the expense of our coastal communities. After the transition, the Political Declaration signs us up to sharing ‘access to water and quota shares’ (para 73) – which equals continued EU exploitation of UK fishing grounds. Does that sound like the Brexit you voted for?
We still won’t be free to trade as we see fit.
Boris boasts of leaving the EU customs union. Yet the Political Declaration states any future free trade agreement with the EU must ensure ‘a level playing field’ (PD, para 17, 77) and ‘deep regulatory and customs cooperation’ (para 21). This means sticking to EU rules. It will be hard for the UK to reduce tariff barriers to cut the cost of living and make trade deals with other nations. The PD also requires we pursue ‘ambitious customs objectives that are in line with the Parties’ objectives and principles’ (para 22) – another restrictive EU customs union in all but name. Does that sound like the Brexit you voted for? We won’t have control of our tax or state aid policies .
EU law applies to the UK during the transition period (Article 127), and beyond that the Political Declaration obliges the UK to adopt EU rules on state aid rules and ‘relevant tax matters’ (para 77). This all means we can’t change tax rates to be more competitive and can’t assist a strategic industry such as British Steel. Does that sound like the Brexit you voted for? Britain can’t pursue an independent foreign policy.
The Treaty restricts UK sovereignty by preventing us taking ‘any action likely to conflict with or impede’ EU foreign policy (Article 129.6) – despite having no say in policy making. The UK will be signed up to all EU treaties, including new ones, throughout the transition period, and must ‘refrain… from any action... which is likely to be prejudicial’ to EU interests within international organisations such as the United Nations Security Council and the WTO (Article 129 points 1 and 3).
Does that sound like the Brexit you voted for?
However, I think the Prime Minister has seen which side his bread is buttered and is not going for broke so, if the EU don’t become more reasonable, we could leave under WTO rules which we are under for the huge amount of trade we now do with America, our Commonwealth, and the rest of the world. That works well for us and, as the EU sell twice as much to us as we do to them, they would hurt if WTO rules were chosen due to EU intransigence. In addition, I think the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab will help strengthen up the will of the Prime Minister.