Sunday, 26 June 2016

In The Meantime

The Government has literally no plan to pull out of the EU. It is not even going to start planning before October, if it ever does.

I voted for Brexit itself, and I would do so again.

But the forced recognition of the existence of Wales, of the North (and not least of my own North East), and of the Midlands? That will do in the meantime.

It is shaping up to be a very long meantime. Let us make the most of that.

Like Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson is to address the Durham Miners' Gala on 9th July.

Let us hear him denounce the injustice against this county's Teaching Assistants.

Both in itself, and as an indication of his wider concerns, that would demonstrate his suitability or otherwise to be Leader, and thus, potentially, Prime Minister.

As would his articulation of the commitment to honour, in the event of withdrawal from the EU, the promise of an additional £35 million per week for the NHS.

With regard to the Teaching Assistants' campaign in general, I do not live in a ward where the Labour councillor absented himself.

People who do, must make their own decision. The same applies in relation to the four Conservatives who abstained.

But the overriding strategic priorities are the defeat of those Labour councillors who voted in favour of this measure, and the re-election of those Liberal Democrats and Independents who voted against it.

In that order.

Beginning next May, the Teaching Assistants' flag, so visible on Twitter, will fly from County Hall every day for four years.

As the banner of the victory that had taken this authority, realistically, to No Overall Control.

The County Durham flag on which it is based may now be seen, since this was the BBC's accepted bellwether, as the banner of the Old Labour areas that determined the outcome of the EU referendum.

The ramifications of which will therefore be felt for a century, whether or not the United Kingdom ever withdraws from the EU.

With local symbols instead of St Cuthbert's Cross, a version of that flag ought to fly from every public building in those areas, in perpetuity.


  1. Tom Watson. Like Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron, he's just another politician who was on the losing side in the referendum.

    That's all they'll both be remembered as.

    As Peter Hitchens just said on the BBC, this referendum result has exposed us as being in the ludicrous position where a clear majority of the country disagree with and are not represented by either of what are supposed to be the main two parties.

    What an utterly ludicrous situation.

    1. I think you'll find that they matter a great deal more than he does. Much as I admire him in many ways. But there we are.