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A LESSON FROM THE CHESS BOARD
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On one side of the board – the Tory Old Guard – Michael Heseltine, John Major, Ken Clarke, along with George Osborne’s Evening Standard and the Labour Old Guard – Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson, the Kinnocks, aided and abetted by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg (Ms Negativity) and Jeremy Paxman who soft balled Jeremy Corbyn on the Monarchy and hard balled Theresa May with every brickbat he could lay his hands on – They are the Remainers and they have won the first game.
To do this they let Jeremy Corbyn suggest that money grew on rhododendron trees and that you can talk peace to evil men. All the UK needed was a nice honest guy like him! They never reminded anyone that the last time Labour was in office they ran out of money.
If Paxman had bludgeoned Corbyn with anything like the same bully boy brutality he meted out to Theresa May, he would surely have asked him about Liam Byrne. You will recall that in May 2010, on leaving his position as Chief Secretary to the Treasury to Gordon Brown, he left the note to his successor saying “I am afraid there is no money.” He might have queried the Tweet: “95% of your viewers are not going to pay more taxes” says
@OwenJones84 on Labour’s spending plans.
Then, the damning indictment, that his Parliamentary colleagues would not back him! A knock-out punch!
Paxman clearly suffered from short-term memory loss.
With total cynicism they used Corbyn – in his younger days red in tooth and claw – in the same way that Germany used Lenin in 1917 to further their War ends when they transported Lenin in a sealed train from Switzerland into Russia, in that instance with disastrous consequences for the whole of Europe for a century. In this instance with long term damage to both political parties, sentencing all MPs to 5 years hard labour in the Division Lobbies.
The second game is about to start.
Golden Oldies like me recall the 1940 Narvik Debate in the early part of World War II when Parliament realised that the established order under Neville Chamberlain was short-sighted, defeatist, thinking only of themselves and felt that what put the greatness into Britain was under threat, and had to be defended come what may.
Today the threats are very different. We are not dealing with the Third Reich. But we are dealing with the EC with the following real risks:
- Dominated by its power hungry, bully boy bureaucracy <Greece >, its protectionism, and its seriously flawed economy. Its expense culture a scandal in the making,
- Its line of travel to have a common Budget – same tax rates across Europe.
- Denying the UK the ability to control its own borders
- Denying the UK the right to buy and sell at the best prices in the world’s markets unless they approve
- With Germany and France in the driving seat, the UK a powerless backseat passenger
THE UK DOES NOT SHARE THE POST-WAR DREAM OF A FEDERAL UNITED STATES OF EUROPE LIKE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IT NEEDS A PARTNERSHIP WITH IT
When you negotiate you should start tough, and then you can make concessions as you go along. That is what Theresa May wanted to do. She has been scuppered. Leastways her opening bargaining position has been. She is still PM with the power that gives.
The Second Game is about to start. Your move, Prime Minister