Saturday, 2 February 2019

No Rocks In Our Heads

In principle, Spain would like Gibraltar. But the issue is not a pressing one. Very pressing, however, is the issue of the fisheries.

In return for referring the status of Gibraltar to some committee that would take 10 years to come up with a 100,000-word way of saying nothing, Spain would insist on continued British membership of the Common Fisheries Policies.

In this, Spain would be backed by France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and no doubt others besides.

"Solid As A Rock", or "Steady As A Rock", or something along those lines, would be the headline on the front page of the Daily Mail, alongside a cartoon of Theresa May astride the Rock of Gibraltar.

But the fishermen would have been sold down the river. Only Len McCluskey and Jeremy Corbyn can now save them. 

And they might. 

Whereas the right wings of both parties are only allowed in if they are accompanied by the anti-Brexit Conservatives, May will meet the unions and the Labour front bench without needing anyone else to be there.

Put the belt and braces on, though. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email Very many thanks.

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