It’s understandable. For centuries Britain has been invaded, colonised; we’ve had to hand over our raw materials to countries like India and Barbados; we’ve pleaded and begged, “please stop ordering us about and let us run our own affairs, Mister Gandhi”. At last, our patience has run out. We’ve snapped. We want our country back. - Mark Steel – Independent 17/06/2016
Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June 2016 will always be remembered for two things:
1 – There was no Euro football.
2 – The British Referendum on Britain’s EU membership on the 23rd and its impending result on the 24th.
20 years from now people will not be asking, where were you when Cameron announced his resignation but didn’t actually do it?!
In all likelihood they will be asking, do you remember those two painful days during the Euros 2016 when there was this lull type thing in the Euros and there was no football...no football at all....Jesus it was an awful time?
Having lost the English referendum on Britain’s EU membership, Cameron during his valediction almost shed a tear but not quite. An almost tear which reminded me of Robinson’s expression of insincerity over Iris and what could be described as her affair with her grandson’s best mate. Cameron went on to express his love of his country but not its people. Those swine actually had the temerity to vote! He, with much rehearsed passionate and trembling speech, said goodbye to No 10 Downing Street.
And then on ending, he and his good lady wife returned to no 10 for afternoon tea and biscuits!
He informed the public that his departure was not to be immediate and in a Lord Kitchener moment of ‘Your country needs you’ volunteered his services to guide the ship with a steady hand while one with more navigational skills was procured from within the Tory party!
Apparently this will take 3 months and will run right up to the Tory Party conference in October. But that was as far as his goodwill would extend. In a last ditch grab at revenge for treachery and treason, PR Dave let it be known that he wouldn’t be the Prime-Minister who invoked Article 50. If successful in the leadership battle it would be up to Boris and the boys to do just that and thus saving PR Dave from being recorded as the prime-minister who broke up Britain. That accolade was now laid at the door of his successor alone!
Meanwhile and unlike Boris and the boy’s celebration across the water which was quite a dull affair as the enormity of their success and what it would entail for the future began to hit home, Foster and her Neanderthals were celebrating being ruled from Westminster now and not Brussels. Extolling the virtues of such a new relationship she was quick to correct a pundit when they talked about the North of Ireland by retorting that there was no such place ... neither is there such a country as Northern Ireland Arlene. The difference between interference from Brussels and being ruled from Westminster being that, besides location, translators would no longer be required.
While she paraded around and talked up their victory as a strengthening of the Union, the Irish passport office was suddenly inundated with an influx of applications from British citizens from Co Derry and not Co Londonderry! How fickle their Unionism!
Farage’s retraction of monies promised to the NHS from Brexit and Boris’s hinting that it could take years to leave didn’t dampen Arlene’s spirits. Nor did the devaluation of the pound to 30 year lows interfere either. Not even Junior’s encouragement of all things orange to apply for an Irish passport, some of which he admitted he had signed himself!
Arlene, still euphoric from her victory, which she actually lost here by 56% Remain and 44% Leave -- and unlike Cameron and his referendum failure -- has had no calls for her resignation. She, in fact, now that Britain will leave the EU, is calling for special dispensation to allow the existing relationship with the South to continue .... talk about having your cake an eating it.
Theresa May, the British Home Secretary and most likely next leader of the Tories has been accused of “talking nonsense" after she claimed that Brexit could hurt businesses in Northern Ireland, by Independent cross-bencher (not dresser) Lord Kilclooney. - BT – 22/06/2016.
Kilcooney not only gave May a dressing down but also laid out the foreign policy of the South for the next two years by predicting that the Irish Republic would quickly follow the UK out of the European Union if people backed a Brexit. The former MP said."
If the UK leaves the EU, there will be no strengthening of the border here because the Irish Republic will swiftly follow suit ... The UK will have two years to negotiate the terms of its exit and, during that period, the Republic will leave too. As the main trading partner of the UK, it would be disastrous for them to remain.
Lord Kilclooney said that the farming community in the Republic would lobby strongly for an end to EU membership.
"Most of their beef, lamb and dairy exports go to the UK," he added. "They would be destroyed if we leave the EU, so they will do the same in order to continue trading with us."
SF have called for a border poll as the majority here wish to stay within the EU and that can only be achieved by joining with the Republic. Villiers slapped their wrists for such crass stupidity as nothing had changed and simply dismissed this out of hand. Kenny also dismissed it as unimportant to the more pressing need of retaining EU relationships with the North while the North is not part of the EU.
Relationships of a similar hue before Brexit but which the EU has stated very clearly that there would be no parting agreement on terms similar to that of Norway nor kindly terms towards Britain. Juncker, President of the European Commission and Schulz, President of the European Parliament, have both called for Britain’s removal to be as soon as possible in order to remove the system risk to Europe. Both hope that Cameron will invoke Article 50 at the upcoming European meeting on Tuesday 28th in his speech or they are willing to accept its invocation simply by letter.
So as ‘norn iron’ fans return from the Euros to take up their mantle of defenders of the faith over the 12th and reminding the croppy that the Euros are over now and it’s back to normal.
As Rory the Weasel McIlroy pulls out of the Irish Olympic team over the zika virus scare when in fact he is abhorrent at representing Ireland but not registering his company there for tax avoidance reasons. As Foster basks in the rays of victory will she as she encourages people to take back control of our future, extend that demand to Britain’s colonies.
As homophobic UUP intransigence over following proper council protocol led to the delay in Fermanagh and Omagh district council sending a letter of condolences to the American consulate over the Orlando massacre because UUP Victor Warrington described the mass murder as “tragedy, but tragedies happen everyday.” DUP councillor Raymond Farrell, who recently jumped ship from the UUP, also stated that there were many tragedies happening everyday around the world and asked “where do we draw the line with this? Do we go down the route of writing to everybody who suffered?” In November the council sent a letter to France after the Paris attacks without debate!
As Nigel Dodds, speaking of the attack on Jo Cox, reminded everyone of the misery after the news of the failed attack on himself 20 years ago by the IRA while visiting his son in the Royal hospital described Cox’s murder as truly shocking and horrible and then went on to detract from her own family's grief by mentioning public representatives who have met their demise at the hands of terrorism .... Irish terrorism for that matter ... Airy Neave 1979 for one. Soon to be, Sir Jeffery Donaldson mentioned MP Robert Bradford’s demise in 1981 which I can recall and unlike the failed attack on Dodds which was viewed with abject dismay within the Nationalist community, Bradford’s demise had the effect of not only raising his spirit but also that of theirs!
As Sepp Blatter explains how to cheat in drawing the balls for a tournament but was explicit to point out that it was an act that he never performed, as Clement Freud – liberal MP and much loved TV darling is outed as a paedophile, as those within the Labour Party, hell bent on removing Jeremy Corbyn, can all look forward to a blustery July with the release of Chilcot, and as Cameron extends his stay in Downing Street until October.
If a week in politics is a long time, then 3 months must be ‘to infinity and beyond’.