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Brexit Groundhog Day

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Writing about politics is not my forte, nor do politics often interest me.  However, I am moved to comment a little on the debacle that is the exit of Britain from the European Union ~ Brexit.

In a Parliamentary debate, Jeremy Corbyn, (the leader of the Labour Party, the guy who looks like a bad geography teacher), accused Theresa May, (the Prime Mininster, the woman who looks like the head mistress of a third-rate girls’ school), of being stuck in Brexit Groundhog Day.

For those at a loss as to the allegory, ‘Groundhog Day’ is a 1993 Bill Murray movie based on a story by Danny Rubin.  In the film Murray plays arrogant TV weatherman Phil Connors, who gets stuck in a time loop on Groundhog Day in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania, and is forced to relive Groundhog Day, over and over again.  As it goes, the pathetic Jeremy Corbyn chose a bad allusion.  The Bill Murray character is arrogant, but capable ~ our Prime Minister, Theresa May is neither.  The Bill Murray character uses these endlessly repeating days to find different strategies to try and woo the beautiful Rita Hanson, (played by the beautiful Andie MacDowell) ~ I’m not even certain that Theresa May has one strategy, never mind using the time to find different strategies to get Britain out of the ugly European Union.  And, Theresa May is not nearly devoting enough of her thought, time, and energy to getting Great Britain out of the European Union.

The Government cannot just be consumed by Brexit.  There is so much more to do.  ~  Theresa May.

However, the Prime Minister has, at least, 5 insoluble problems:

  1. The country is deeply divided.  In the EU referendum on 23 June 2016, only 51.9% of those who voted, (72.2% of the electorate), said they wanted to get out of Europe.  Not only that, there were huge regional variations, with London voting strongly to stay in the EU.
  2. Parliament is deeply divided.  In all honesty, most of the self-serving members of parliament, (that would be about 90% of them), want to stay in the European Union.  The EU is an endless ‘gravy train’ for politicians ~ when Britain leaves all those highly-paid, generously pensioned, non-jobs will no longer be open to British politicians.
  3. Great Britain is the number 2 source of funding to European Union Institutions, (after Germany), and EU officials and politicians are terrified of what will happen to their finances when Britain finally leaves.  Consequently the EU is demanding a ‘Brexit divorce settlement‘ of 100 billion Euros ~ fuck off on yer bike.  The irresolute Theresa May is currently offering 20 billion Euros.  In the view of the majority of English people, we should walk away without paying a penny.
  4. Most of Europe has a strong dislike of England because; we are better than they are, we have won every war with them that’s ever been fought, and we refuse to learn their foreign languages.  This dislike spills over among European Union politicians, officials, institutions, and their press and broadcast media.  That makes substantive negotiations extremely difficult.
  5. Deep within herself, Theresa May seems to be someone who would prefer compromise to confrontation.  She lacks confidence, having called what turned out to be a disaster of a General Election on June 8th this year.  She lacks charisma, even the clown Boris Johnson has more genuine charisma than does Prime Minister Theresa May.  There is no steel in her soul, one can just imagine what Margaret Thatcher would have made of Brexit negotiations ~ likely she would have hit the alcoholic Jean Claude Junker with her handbag.

Those who think in Britain they can push the Brexit button and not have a bill to pay are seriously mistaken.  ~  Charles Michel

What Great Britain needs now is a Winston Churchill, not an irresolute Neville Chamberlain.  (Churchill’s reputation has been hijacked by pro-Europeans, who have obviously never read his books The Second World War, or A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.)

In the best interests of Great Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May has got to be brave, she has got to be strong, and she has got to be tough.  I’m not holding my breath.


jack collier


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The Crone to a Maiden

Every so often I am struck by idiocy, and being up and about in the middle of the night, worrying, is one of my favourite pieces of stupidity.


As it goes, midnight of February 1st / 2nd, was a perfect time to be up and about, stupidly worrying.

Today, February 2nd, is Candlemas ~ the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, one of the 12 great Christian feast days.  In Britain, Candlemas is also a cross-quarter day, or term day.  This is sometimes used as the starting date for school terms and in Scotland as the day on which rents fall due.

AphroditeAs is usual for Christianity, Candlemas is based on a far, far, older pagan / Roman festival, and falls on a day when one-eighth of the year has passed.

Cross quarter days are part of the wheel of the year, and in paganism Candlemas is called Imbolc, (derived from Imbolg, meaning quickening in the belly).  This marks the first stirrings of Spring, and is when spring cleaning is supposed to start.  This is the time of The White Goddess.

February 2nd; Imbolc, (Imblog, Imbole, Candlemas), is one of the threefold transition points of the Goddess energies from those of the Crone to those of the Maiden.  Traditionally this is a Sabbat of Purification, and a festival of Light and Fertility.  If you wish good fortune, then just after sunset on Imbolc, one should light every lamp in the house ~ and especially light candles in each room.

If you are either poetical or practical you should really pray to the ancient Goddess Brigid.  Especially midwives and metal-smiths wishing good fortune should maybe acknowledge Brighid’s Day / Candlemas (February 1st / 2nd.)

The Americans, who seem to have a talent for forgetting, mark February 2nd as Groundhog Day.  This festival originated among the Pennsylvania Germans, and can be traced back to the wheel of the year and Imbolc.  Imbolc, being the first quickening of Spring, also involved weather prognostication, but the animal in question was a badger.  The Scottish have a poem for it;

If Candlemas be bright and clear

There will be two winters in the year

If Candlemas brings clouds and rain

Winter will not come again

What you really, really want on Groundhog Day / Candlemas / Imbolc is clouds and rain.  And candles, don’t forget the candles.


words and pictures by jack collier



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