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  1. I suppose your guess about May's "way forward" is as good as mine!. I would argue that the "political process" should have been about enacting the will of the people. May has undermined every one of her "red lines", so any dislocation between Parliament and the people is her responsibility - in conjunction with those MPs who disregarded our will. There is a (media-supported) tendency to use the term "hardline" to describe those MPs who have tried to act upon our instruction. One BBC journalist has drawn an entirely false parallel between the ERG and the FN in France. It could be argued that those MPs who have used arcane rules and Parliamentary procedure to thwart Brexit are "hardline". I don't think the DUP can be accused of trousering the May money!. As far as I can see, it is being spent on infrastructure and services which will benefit all the people of Northern Ireland (one of the poorest parts of Britain). The US commentariat has a point, but I don't think many of them will be involved in future trade deals.
  2. ...but she invited the other leaders to discus the way forward.
  3. It is easy to blame May. She is weak and she is a Europhile. However, it is simplistic to hold her responsible for a lack of concensus. How would you deal with Corbyn?. Or Sturgeon?. They have always seen Brexit as a window of political opportunity rather than an instruction given to Parliament by the people. How would you deal with Cable?. His party is fundamentally internationalist. May's deceit shouldn't mask the abject failure of other leaders to fulfil their obligations.
  4. His inability to offer leadership is - unfortunately- irrelevant. Many people still vote on an almost tribal basis. Additionally, Labour candidates will focus on issues rather than leadership.
  5. Corbyn was invited to attend tonight's meeting with May and the other party "leaders" (sic) but he allegedly walked out because Chuku Umuna was present. Perhaps the saddest thing about this is that there are people who trust him to lead our country. A fish rots from the head. So do nations.
  6. I can give you a good example from Sally's side of the family. A bloke who started on the ground floor of a multinational when he was 16 and went on to sit on the board. His son is European president of another multinational. His daughter is married to the former chairman of the French equivalent of the CBI. They are an anglo-French family, with business and familial links in the UK and France. There must be many people like them. The old ties of neighbourhood and nation are being eroded by globalization. However, history doesn't follow a linear path. Nothing is inevitable.
  7. Our leaders are chosen largely from the political/technical elite. Prof.Robert Tombs has written several articles on this new class. He argues that it has emerged since WW2. It is wedded to the idea of a federal EU. It was educated to believe that ever-closer union was inevitable.
  8. I dislike the Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday but there is an excellent article by David Starkey in today's online edition. It summarises the consequences of the past few days.
  9. They had a tall, gangling forward who ran himself into the ground. They had a lot of spirit and I felt that we let them dominate us. I think the sending-off galvanised them.
  10. The game at the Abbey Staduim was very tough. I remember reflecting upon a hard-won point as I left the ground. It will be just as tough tomorrow.
  11. I've glanced at a couple of articles elsewhere on this site. I'm not sure whether it can be treated as an unbiased primary source.
  12. ...but entirely in keeping with the strategy of some Remainers. The juvenile hacks at the BBC intimated that a no deal Brexit would lead to shortages of fruit, medicines and opportunies for holidays; others have suggested it would lead to cancelled operations; one article suggested it would generate a spike in the death rate. I am willing to admit that we can't predict the future - but there is something morally repellant about frightening people into accepting a point of view.
  13. I suspect we would be asked either to approve a version of May's deal or the status quo.
  14. More markets - including the possibility of increased trade with the USA (we are no longer "at the back of the queue"). The ability to spend our money on our economic infrastructure. The ability to conclude trade deals without EU interference. The maintenance and strengthening of London as a financial centre. The determination of our political class to remain within the EU might provide short-term stability. However, we've seen evidence of what happens when the drive for European union overrides economic sense (see post above re: the ERM). The "good jobs" we want for our people won't come back, whatever happens (I spent a goodly part of my career trying to help people to find jobs - I understand the labour market). Oue political class will ensure that Brexit withers away.
  15. Sometimes, man's capacity for evil deeds surprises me.
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