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Brexit Chaos

Brexit was the first brick knocked out of the establishment wall.

Brexit is the invented word used to describe the exit of Great Britain from the European Union, and right now that process has descended into black farce and chaos.

The simple facts are these;

  • On the 23rd of June 2016 the people of the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.
  • Since then the political establishment here did bugger all for a couple of years about organising Great Britain’s exit from the European Union.
  • The plain fact is that hardly anyone in the politic establishment wants Great Britain to leave the European Union ~ our Prime Minister Mrs. Theresa May included.
  • Over the past few months Mrs. May negotiated a very unsatisfactory ‘exit deal’ with the European Union.
  • This deal was put to Parliament yesterday, and Mrs. May suffered a crushing, humiliating defeat by 230 votes ~ by far the biggest defeat by a sitting government ever.
  • Today, Wednesday January 16th, Mrs. May faces a vote of no confidence in parliament, she is likely to win that because hardly any Member of Parliament wants to face a general election right now.
  • Any previous, honourable Prime Minister would have resigned yesterday after such a crushing defeat in parliament ~ Mrs. May has no real honour.
  • As things stand, Great Britain will leave the European Union on March 29th 2019, whether there is any kind of a deal in place or not.
  • The majority of the English people couldn’t give a fuck damn if there’s a deal in place or not, we just want out of the European Union.

The political establishment is hated by the majority of the people in the United Kingdom, and if politicians fudge, obfuscate, kick the can down the road again and delay Great Britain’s exit from the European Union, there will be a blood-letting at the next general election that will make the English Civil War look like a garden party.

Some say you can tell when a politician is lying because their lips will be moving.  And that the idea of an honest politician is just an urban legend.  All I know is the political class here is hated and mistrusted as never before.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Theresa May is no Churchill

 

Courage in Adversity

For all the good you have done, for God’s sake Go!

There is political and economic chaos in the United Kingdom today after our Prime Minister, Theresa May, came to the Houses of Parliament and humiliatingly postponed a crucial vote on the exit of this country from the European Union.  Mrs. May made lots of lame excuses as to the reason she suddenly put off this key vote, but the real reason is that she knew she was going to lose, very badly.

This postponement of a vote by a Prime Minister is almost unprecedented.  It shows an appalling lack of courage, commitment, and belief on the part of the now lame-duck Mrs May.  It shows this Prime Minister as a disorganised, shallow charlatan, unworthy of her great office.

If one really believes in something then one fights one’s corner to your last breath.  You don’t cut and run leaving utter confusion and disarray in your wake.  In the House of Commons, members of parliament laughed at this pathetic woman who showed a shambolic and cowardly side to her nature, who obviously doesn’t even know the meaning of the word courage.

Courage is the determination to do something that really frightens you.  Courage is going the extra mile, telling the whole truth, and if you have to, then admitting defeat and walking away.

All good men have courage.  It’s a shame that some self-serving women don’t even recognise the concept of true and honest bravery.  Those women, like Mrs. May, should just be forgotten and left to rot in the dust.

Some say that a hero can only die once, but a coward dies many times.  And that if you hvre never been afraid, then you cannot ever be truly brave.  All I know is that brave men and women are few and far between.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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.

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jack collier

jackollier7@talktalk.net

click on the book

poor little snowflake

every snowflake is the last of the great individualists

snowflake_shapes_and_science_0In English, there’s often a new meaning for an old word, it happens every day.  Yet, never in my long and interesting life have I seen such a meteoric rise of an all-purpose insult created out of a familiar word, in the way that Snowflake has instantly appeared everywhere.  I like snowflakes, real snowflakes that is.

To be clear, a snowflake usually refers to; often a younger person, prone to taking offence, emotionally vulnerable, unable to cope with views that challenge their own, easily distressed when met with rejection, incapable of seeing an opposing point of view, unable to hold a cogent argument, and liable to pointlessly futile demonstrations of anger.  In my time I’ve met a hell of a lot of people like that.

Back in the day we had a few other words for those of the snowflake ilk; wazzockprat, jessie, dil, and many more that are considered extremely politically incorrect today.  All in all I quite like snowflake.  There, there, don’t cry.

Older snowflakes do exist; for example our own Archbishop of Canterbury, who used a major speech to call President Trump, (and almost everyone else), a Fascist.  Oh! Do get a grip Welby.  Then there’s loathsome Ken Loach, who used the BAFTA awards ceremony to say the that current UK Government is callous, brutal, and disgraceful.  Champagne Socialist is a good insult to Loach the Roach. BUFF And, my award for Old Snowflake of the Year goes to that limousine liberal ~ Meryl Streep.  In a speech at a New York Galamad Meryl seemed to equate President Trump with Hitler, and intimated that Mr. Trump was likely to start a nuclear war.  No dear, that was your beloved JFK in 1962.  It’s always nice to see the old Buffs again.

When they are not using awards ceremonies to give us unopposed foul-mouthed tirades, or shouting down opponents, or holding pointless marches, snowflakes have their own interesting range of insults.  My own political views could easily get me labeled as an old-fashioned, misogynist, racist, war-mongering, climate change denier, and supporter of populist politics.  I’ll admit to a couple of those.

My views are mine, and mine alone.  Other than I will not usually break the law, I will not be told what to do, and I will not be told what to think.  My views are based on things like a lifetime’s study of; hard science, engineering, geography, geology, history, finance, literature, current affairs…  My views do not come pre-packaged from the pages of the Huffington Post, the Guardian, the New Statesman, or even the BBC.

moonProviding that you are polite, I will take care to hear your opinions, and the opinions of anyone else for that matter ~ your opinions tell me many things about you, and that’s interesting.  But that’s about as far as it goes.  If you think the Earth is flat, the Moon is made of green cheese, and that man-made carbon dioxide is destroying the planet, then that’s interesting too.  Those views will tell me that your opinions are mostly misguided, that you don’t know much hard science, and that you need to widen your circle of friends.  Have a nice day.

If you regularly use social media like twitter and Facebook, then that tells me a lot about you too.  It tells me that your brain is slowly turning to mouldy oatmeal, that you have a lot of ‘friends’ you’ve never actually met, and that you really don’t know anything that’s worth listening to.  (Or, maybe you still do, but soon you won’t.)  By demographic definition, all regular users of twitter and Facebook are soft snowflakes.

Generally, I find a lot of sound sense in most blogs I read.  It takes time and effort to write a decent blog post.  It takes a lot of time, effort, and a little money, to maintain a regular, high-quality blog.  Any wazzock can write 140 badly worded characters and stick it on twitter.  Maybe President Trump is a snowflake too?  Anyhow, where I come from trump is just another word for fart.

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PrisonerSeventhese views are mine and mine alone

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

they are extremes

So, what about politics?  There’s nothing useful for this Englishman to say about the US Presidential election.  Less than useful is I thought British politics was bad until I took an interest in the political goings on in the world’s most powerful nation.

Right now, politics in the United States of America seems just a bit… extreme.

Here’s a song for whoever wins.

Please Listen Responsibly.

Whoever does get into the White House, I hope my American friends will continue to survive and thrive in Freedonia.

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jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Money ~ Politics

Most of the news media has confidently predicted that Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States.

Most of the news media confidently predicted that the United Kingdom would vote to remain in the European Union in our referendum of 23rd of June 2016.

flagIn the event England decisively voted to leave the European Union, and a new word entered the language; Brexit.

Leave aside the political rights and wrongs, and instead look at the effect that politics has on the Pound or Dollar in your pocket.

The immediate impact of Brexit has been twofold.

  1. The value of the pound fell dramatically on the foreign exchange markets, (FOREX).  There was no good reason for this other than the Political Establishment creating alarm and despondency in Project Fear, in an effort to persuade voters to opt to remain in the hated European Union.
  2. The price to the consumer of all kinds of goods and services has been increased by mostly unscrupulous suppliers and retailers off the back of Brexit and the fall in the value of the pound.  Some of these price increases are fairly justifiable, for example the UK price of petrol, (gasoline), has soared.  But then oil is priced and traded in US Dollars.  Some price increases blamed on Brexit are just fatuous, for example Walkers Crisps, (chips), have increased their prices by 10% and blamed it on Brexit.  Walkers crisps are made in Britain from British potatoes.

There is one lesson to be learned from this.  Markets, manufacturers, retailers, service companies, and politicians will use any change in the world order to justify price rises / tax increases /  rapid falls in the financial markets.  What they are saying to the man in the street is; ‘don’t blame us, it’s all your own fault for voting for the wrong result’.

What you didn’t know is that the major players in any market; banks, brokers, governments, insurance companies, speculators and the like, can all make money in a falling market, (aka a bear market).  Principally they do this by ‘selling short‘, that is they sell stocks, commodities, foreign exchange that they don’t actually own for delivery at a future date.  Then, when the market concerned falls, they buy the stocks, shares, commodities, foreign exchange they need to complete the contract ~ but here’s the thing, they buy at a lower price because the market has fallen.

Now, you or I can potentially make money in a falling market by selling short through our broker, but this is a very bad idea, because what you are doing is creating a risk where none exists, and that’s just gambling.  Entering into this kind of deal is a very fast way to go broke.

However, it benefits the major players in any market to create uncertainty, because where there is uncertainty and chaos there is profit for them.  And, where does this profit come from?  Actually it comes from you and I, the average man in the street.  Because of political uncertainties the cost of just about everything I buy, including my overseas road trips, has gone up.  The value of almost everything I own has fallen, including stocks, bonds, and hard cash.

Should Donald Trump be elected President it is likely that chaos will hit the US financial markets.  You can even take a bet on what will happen to Wall Street after the election.  I can firmly predict that if Clinton loses the value of the US Dollar will fall, as will the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  And why is that?  Because it suits the speculators to make it so.

As it happens, nobody yet knows what will happen to the UK economy now that we are committed to leaving the European Union.  Nobody yet knows what kind of President Mr Trump will make, nor what kind of handle on the US Economy Mrs Clinton has either.  Most of the short-term economic impact of politics is down to speculation and not fact.

Personally, I disagree with just about everyone in that I believe Trump will make a better president than Clinton, (as far as the US Economy is concerned), and that Brexit is better for the UK Economy than staying in the European Union and Single Market could ever have been.

But then, I’ve never been one to have fashionable views.

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Wall Streetthese opinions are mine, and mine alone

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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