Friday, 1 June 2018

Time For Some Steel

Anyone who still believes that the Government is making any attempt to pursue Brexit need look no further than today's news, announced to The Sun rather than to the House of Commons, that David Davis is pretending to be in search of a way for Northern Ireland to remain both in the United Kingdom and in the European Union. That is, other than the United Kingdom's remaining in the European Union. Of course.

In other news, the trade war. 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, something that some public school Anglophile from Peru had read in some eighteenth-century book of which no one else had ever heard.

Theresa May is determined to stay in the Customs Union, even if officially it has to be called something else, just as there are still those sad old souls who talk about "the Spare Room Subsidy" or "the Community Charge". Jeremy Corbyn is stuck with MPs who would mostly have been deselected if the last Parliament had run its full course. They believe in the Customs Union (and in the Single Market) in the same way that they believe in unpaid internships.

The Customs Union, which keeps out food and other produce from the developing world while precluding trade agreements with the BRICS and other countries, is in fact the "free trade area" for which those who voted Yes in 1975 imagine that they were solely voting. The Single Market, meanwhile, was of course created by Margaret Thatcher. They have both been thoroughly pernicious from the start.

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?

Four amendments need to be 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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