Remember “Never Trump”? Odd, is it not, how easily the vested interests of established politicians were cast aside? “Never Trump” has evaporated. He was welcomed with open arms at the Convention. I can’t say that I admire Trump since I know bugger all about him, other that what has been portrayed in the media, which is coloured by the political leanings of the media. Suffice to say that he has cleared the first hurdle – he has pushed aside the resident political elite in the Republican Party. I should imagine that, quietly, there is a purge of “Never Trump” elitists going on at this moment. I don’t mean a purge in the sense of what is happening in Turkey. I mean ‘get behind Trump or else….’. Much humble pie must be eaten. The People Have Spoken.
What else is the resignation of Cameron other than the eating of humble pie? The vote ‘to leave’ humiliated him because he allowed himself to be used. He could easily have declared himself to ‘stand aside’ from the bickering and spelt out why precisely he though that the Treaties were wonderful. He could have done that a couple of years ago, rather than backing ‘Project Fear’.
There is a basic understanding at stake here. It is that if the EU Structure is wonderful, then the treaties which established that structure were wonderful. We have recently seen that the EU Structures are far from wonderful, viz the import of thousands of jihadis pretending to be refugees. We also have noted the fact that Anna Soubry, Health Minister, failed to observe Parliamentary procedures and signed the UK up to commitments re ecigs which she thought were not in the Tobacco Products Directive.
Why do we struggle to accept the idea of ‘Conspiracy’? We all tend to deride ‘conspiracy theory’. Perhaps it is because some of the ‘conspiracy theories’ are so outrageous – such as that the USA Government deliberately demolished the World Trade Centre, killing thousands of its own citizens, to justify blowing up camels. Or, that the moon landings were faked.
Low level conspiracy happens all the time. Groups of people agree to pursue some agreed process to achieve what they want. It happens all the time. All such actions are conspiracies. There is nothing wrong with conspiring to achieve some end.
So we have to accept that Theresa May’s meeting with the Leaders of Scottish and Irish politics about Brexit are justified. It makes sense that the countries comprising the British Isles should not be shouting at each other during the process of Brexit. The ‘freedom of movement’ of citizens of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, around the British Isles needs to be preserved. But, somehow, the South of Ireland must not become another Calais, with thousands of camps along the border between the South and the North.
The reality is that only the Government of Southern Ireland can stop it. The UK cannot.
So I fully endorse May’s meetings with Scottish and Irish leaders prior to negotiations about Brexit. Those meetings make sense. There are important things: for example, the population of Scotland is about 5 million, but that number only barely exceeds the population of Manchester and Birmingham. The population of Northern Ireland is around 1.5 million. England’s population is some 55 million. Suppose that England threw Scotland under a bus and erected border controls and wire fences? Reverse the idea. What would Her Majesty, Nic Sturgeon, have to say?
No. Those meeting will not have been about what section of the UK population voted either which way. The simple fact is that the UK, as a whole, including Scotland and Northern Ireland, voted ‘Leave’. Nothing else matters. Politically, it is simple. Scotland and Northern Ireland will be given some sort of privileges or money to shut the fuck up. Some sort of arrangement will be made with Southern Ireland (population, 5 million) which might exclude them from travelling freely to England. It is up to them to decide if they want to be excluded.
England and Wales have nothing to fear from barbed wire fences between other areas. That is, the fact that more Scots than Brummies voted ‘Remain’ matters not not one tittle. So I see May saying, “It has been decided”, and refusing to accept variations in votes by regions. What is important is how the whole of the UK can profit from Brexit.
It is right that May met with leaders from those regions. I hope that the UK, and Southern Ireland, can work out a way to still allow unrestricted movement between citizens of the British Isles.