Monday, 11 June 2018

Steel Ourselves

No, of course we were never going to be given a preferential trade deal with Donald Trump's or anyone else's America merely because we spoke variations on the same language and, oh, because of something that some public school Anglophile from Peru had read in some eighteenth-century book of which no one else had ever heard.

Remember that he, like everyone else on the anti-EU Right from the initially pro-Market Enoch Powell onwards, has only ever wanted a renegotiation of the terms. And unlike Powell, but like the whole of the supposedly pro-Brexit Right today, he thinks that the EU only went to the bad sometime in the very late 1980s, around the time of a speech in the dotage of Margaret Thatcher's Premiership, which we now know to have been the beginning of her own dotage. She never opposed the EU while she was in full possession of her faculties. Until she began to lose those, then what is now called "Hard Brexit" was called "Loony Left".

There needs to be someone in Parliament who is as opposed as ever to the EU, and who opposes Trump having also opposed Clinton, Bush, Obama, and the other Clinton, against whom, had she come here as President, demonstrations ought to have been just as large and vocal as they are going to be against Trump. Where better for that MP than the constituency in which the largest town is Consett?

Instead of tomorrow's river of bilge, four amendments ought to have been tabled, and put to the vote on the floor of the House of Commons. To secure the extra £350 million per week for the National Health Service. To restore the United Kingdom's historic fishing rights of 200 miles or to the median line, in accordance with international law. To seek a trade agreement with each of the BRICS countries while remaining thoroughly critical of all five of their current Governments. And to seek the integration into the Belt and Road Initiative of all four parts of the United Kingdom, of all nine English regions, and of all of the British Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies.

If any of these is your view, then I need £10,000 in order to stand for Parliament with any chance of winning. My crowdfunding page has been taken down without my knowledge or consent. But you can still email instead, and that address accepts PayPal. If, however, you would rather have the sitting MP for North West Durham, then do not pretend to hold any of those views. This is a test of credibility.

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