A word to the unwise

To those who are of the opinion that Brexit can be swiftly resolved, I can only refer them to the ‘interview‘ of Sir Ivan Rogers by the European Scrutiny Committee. Those in Ukip, together with those of similar views, do need to watch this video – and listen and learn!

Richard Drax (at 10:29:00) posed a question using the analogy of belonging to a golf club and in terminating that membership stating that one is not liable for any future payment. The man obviously does not understand the difference twixt a payment and a commitment to pay. Unfortunately he is but one of 650, it seems, who has not a clue about matters EU – and these are people we are forced to pay in order that they may take decisions on our behalf for our benefit?

At (starts at 11:01:00) Sir Ivan mentioned FlexCit and Richard North in respect of an exit strategy – yet not one member of the committee picked up on this; and it could be said that even the Chairman of this Committee ‘Cash’d’ out. Either members of this Committee are aware of the document and its author, in which case they exhibit an arrogance by ignoring it; or, they are ignorant of its existence and exhibit an arrogance in not querying its mention.

We have today had published (opens in pdf format from link therein) the Government’s White Paper detailing the United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union. If they can accomplish everything it contains (and the extra it does not mention) within their timescale – and without  any detriment to the UK – then I’ll eat my hat (which by the way is made not of straw [Jack or Will] but strawberry cheesecake).

Why is it that I feel I have landed in the world of Lewis Carroll and am one of  x million ‘Alices’ talking to 650 Humpty Dumpty’s sat on a wall?

 

4 thoughts on “A word to the unwise

  1. Are the members of this HoC committee aware of FlexCit? I’ve no idea. But then did they read the whole of the resignation statement from Sir Ivan Rogers? And I’ve no idea on that one. There is so much information, yes we should be grateful for this, but where is the time to read it all? What we do know is that the press were very keen on the remark by Rogers, ‘bringing truth to power’. The truth is the real power, as we saw in the referendum, lay with the voter, all 17.4 million of them. Rogers with his remark was talking about government, not voters. Also for over 40 years the ‘muddle’ to which Rogers also refers seems to have only grown and not diminished; and whom to blame for that? I would imagine many people know that leaving the EU will take a long time. And some think the bringers of truth and the elected to power are happy to string the process out for as long as they can. Hence the impatience.

    1. “There is so much information, yes we should be grateful for this, but where is the time to read it all?”

      While your comments are valid, in respect of your words above, I can but repeat the headeer to DD4UK:

      “To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers.”

      Perhaps to make democracy work we need to make sure we find the time? If we don’t do that then we can hardly rant at those who are then given the time to do as they wish, regardless of how we the people feel.

  2. ‘Either members of this Committee are aware of the document and its author, in which case they exhibit an arrogance by ignoring it; or, they are ignorant of its existence and exhibit an arrogance in not querying its mention.’

    I am surprised at your surprise. North has spent the last decade or so viciously insulting everyone except, er… Richard North. Why should anyone listen to this intemperate ranter? He has utterly marginalised himself.

    Consider this, for example:
    http://figures-of-speech.com/2016/08/scrapbook.htm#c

    He bans all dissenting voices on his blog (e.g. me) and just rants at toadies and sycophants. I’ll be surprised if this comment gets through, since Pete ‘How to be a complete bastard’ North makes sure dissenters get no traction with camp-followers.

  3. While I can understand your surprise at my surprise, it does not forgive those who consider themselves the guardians of our future to exhibit either arrogance or ignorance. After all, if they consider themselves as they do, then surely regardless of the source they have a duty to look at all the evidence available?

    In respect of your comments regarding Richard North, whilst I acknowledge his grasp of the subject, which is ‘peerless’, I too have to admit your criticism has an element of truth, in that having disagreed with him on some matters, I too find myself ignored – for example emails remaining unanswered, etc.

    Yes, I too have been blocked from commenting on the blog of North Junior and he also ignores any tweets directed in his direction. Perhaps,where father and son are concerned, although I have move ‘up north’, it is because I am ‘down south’? 🙂

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