Friday, 30 November 2018

The amazing Mrs May?


I have only just come across this aphorism from Nietzsche:



There are no facts, only interpretations.

To that  I would add this quotation from a post "Brexit Redux"  by  Chris Grey on his  blog  on the  21st November

Our opinions are facts, your facts are just opinions is a logic doomed to infinite circularity.

Grey  attributes this attitude to the Brexiteers, though I suppose it applies to some extend to all of us.

However, I will try to assess Mrs May's current performance as far as possible on verifiable facts rather than just opinions.

I seems to be a fact that Mrs May is gaining a good deal of respect from the public for her doughty, determined fight, inside and outside parliament, to influence opinion in favour of her "deal."  She certainly shows guts. " GGD,Number 3 "  Guts Grit and Determination, was the cry of the Roedean girls to any member of their teams who appeared to be slacking off. or so  I've read somewhere.

Well, she's certainly showing that.

But is it determination in a just cause, or shear obstinacy  in a hole she has dug for herself?

In her favour, she didn't actually dig the hole -  David Cameron did that, but she did offer herself to make the best of the situation.

This is where I believe the facts show that she continued and continues digging.

1.  From the word "Go" she showed   no recognition that the referendum vote was far from decisive. (As spelled out ad nauseam on this blog and elsewhere , in an electorate of 45milion , 17 million voted to Leave, but 16 million voted to Remain, and 12 million who were entitled to vote didn't. Add to that the 3 million nationals of other EU countries living in the UK  whoweren't allowed to vote, as neither were the  one and a half million 16 and 17 year-olds.  Further, both Scotland and Northern Ireland voted strongly in favour of remain as did Gibraltar (overwhelmingly, I think).  

2.  Nor has there been any recognition of the flaws in the Referendum procedure as these have been revealed in the past couple of years: the lies told, the overspending,  the possibility of foreign interference.

3.  Article 50 was triggered prematurely without proper preparation or plan, presumably to placate the arch Brexiteers in he party, and hold the party together - thus placing party interest over the national interest.

4.  She drew "red lines" before the negotiations even began and has had to retreat on all of them.

5. She places great emphasis on the argument that "the British people just want us to get on with it."  I'm sure a lot do, but that is not a responsible basis on which to make the most serious decision of the last 70 years.

6.  She now appeals to all MPs to put "the interests of their constituents" above their personal preferences.  

That last point is pure hypocrisy.  As a Remain voter herself she knows full well that the best interests of all constituents is to Remain in the EU.  No deal (and certainly not no-deal) comes anywhere near the advantages we already have by being members of the EU. 

So in my view Mrs May's stamina and determination are not to be admired, but to be seen as bone-headed obstinacy in the mistaken interests of her own future and that of her party.

"C'est maggifique, mais ce n'est pas bonne pour la Grande Bretagne."  to adapt another well-known phrase.

17 comments:

  1. Article 50 was triggered prematurely without proper preparation or plan

    That's about the one good thing she did. If Article 50 hadn't been triggered when it was, it still wouldn't have been triggered today: Remainers would have attempted to thwart us leaving the EU by saying we couldn't do it until we had totally settled what we wanted Britain's post-Brexit future to look like, and then objecting to some detail or other of every possible proposal, so we never got there.

    Their objective would have been to push the notification of Article 50 back, and back, and back, preferably until after the next general election, after which there would be a new government which replaced the one that had been explicitly instructed to leave the EU, which could then say, 'Yes, of course, we're going to leave the EU, but there are all these other things to sort out first, but don't worry, we're getting around to it.' But of course they never would.

    And I don't see how the Remainers could have been prevented from achieving that. They've basically have got us stuck remaining in the EU, always technically about to leave, but never quite getting around to it. Eventually everyone would just forget about it. It would become one of these constitutional oddities: fifty years from now when the EU is a federal integrated superstate, we all use the Euro, pay Euro Income Tax and the government has to its budgets to Brussels for approval before announcing them in the House of Commons, 'Which province of Europe is technically still in the process of leaving?' would be a trivia question.

    At least now we are definitely leaving on the 29th of March. That is something concrete. May's only, but greatest, achievement.

    Everything else she's done has been a total disaster, I agree.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, I'm glad we have agreement on something.

      Your speculation on the triggering of Article 50 demonstrates Nietzsche's point: "There are no facts, only interpretations."

      Delete
  2. Fact: The Brexit referendum was advisory. Had Parliament wished to make it binding, they could have done so (they did make the AV referendum binding) but they chose not to. Both major party leaders after the result announced that they would consider the referendum result binding on them.

    Opinion: Had Corbyn lost the Labour leadership election in September 2016, the new leader could have reversed Labour's position on Brexit and indeed gone into the 2017 General Election (had May been so foolish to call it) with a Manifesto commitment to revoke the Article 50 notification. This would have superseded Corbyn's statement after the referendum (remember that he called for an immediate Article 50 notification).

    Fact: No administration can bind a future administration.

    I'm definitely anti-Nietzsche (and not just for this statement).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Had Corbyn lost the Labour leadership election in September 2016, the new leader could have reversed Labour's position on Brexit and indeed gone into the 2017 General Election (had May been so foolish to call it) with a Manifesto commitment to revoke the Article 50 notification

      That was Owen Smith's whole campaign, wasn't it?

      But the Labour membership rejected it. So this is a bit, 'if we had ham, we could have ham and eggs, if we had eggs'.

      (And in the process, arguably, Smith helped cement together 'support for Corbyn' with 'not ouright rejecting the referendum result'. Way to score an own goal, Labour Remainers.)

      Delete
  3. "DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN HACK AN ATM MACHINE WITH  PROGRAMMED BLANK ATM CARD?? This card is an ATM cards that can be used to hack into any ATM machine. Withdraw as much cash as you want!! We sell this cards to buyers worldwide. We also make credit cards too! Here is our list for ATM cards:
    $10————-$10,000
    $10 ————$20,000
    $10 ————$30,000
    $10 ————$40,000

    Those cards are programed to withdraw for 3 months before you can renew it, if you want to get your own card Contact us on Email: adrianohackers01@gmail.com""DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN HACK AN ATM MACHINE WITH  PROGRAMMED BLANK ATM CARD?? This card is an ATM cards that can be used to hack into any ATM machine. Withdraw as much cash as you want!! We sell this cards to buyers worldwide. We also make credit cards too! Here is our list for ATM cards:
    $10————-$10,000
    $10 ————$20,000
    $10 ————$30,000
    $10 ————$40,000

    Those cards are programed to withdraw for 3 months before you can renew it, if you want to get your own card Contact us on Email: adrianohackers01@gmail.com"

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've been reluctant in purchasing this blank ATM card I heard about online because everything seems too good to be true,but I was convinced & shocked when my friend at my place of work got the card from ALEXANDERHACKERS & we both confirmed it really works,without delay I gave it a go. Ever since then I've been withdrawing about $5,500 daily from the card & the money has been in my own account. So glad I got my card it truly works and made me rich!! GOOD NEWS! the card works in all countries.If you need this card don't hesitate to contact Alexander's email address: alexanderhackers01@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hello Guys!! I am Belinda. I live in Chicago  USA. I am very excited today and do not know where to start my testimony from. I was a poor woman with 3 kids and find it difficult to pay my bills and feed my kids.My husband left me and the kids for another woman and ever since then we were living in pain and hunger but just few days ago i came across a testimony of a man who got a blank ATM card from Mr.Alexander so i immediately contacted him for the same type of ATM card and i am very happy to announce to the world that i am living a fulfilled life. This blank ATM card can withdraw up to 10,000 dollars and more daily without you having any account with any bank. I have been able to buy a house and start my own business with this blank ATM card. Are you poor and need help then contact him now. Mr.Alexander email address is alexanderhackers01@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hello Guys!! I am Belinda. I live in Chicago  USA. I am very excited today and do not know where to start my testimony from. I was a poor woman with 3 kids and find it difficult to pay my bills and feed my kids.My husband left me and the kids for another woman and ever since then we were living in pain and hunger but just few days ago i came across a testimony of a man who got a blank ATM card from Mr.Alexander so i immediately contacted him for the same type of ATM card and i am very happy to announce to the world that i am living a fulfilled life. This blank ATM card can withdraw up to 10,000 dollars and more daily without you having any account with any bank. I have been able to buy a house and start my own business with this blank ATM card. Are you poor and need help then contact him now. Mr.Alexander email address is alexanderhackers01@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. IT WORKS EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD!! JUST LOCATE AN ATM MACHINE!!!

    I have been reluctant in purchasing this blank ATM card I heard about online, but I was convinced & shocked when my friend at my place of work got the card from an online hacker and we both confirmed it really works. Without delay I gave it a go. Ever since then my life changed and money has been in my own account. So glad I got my card it truly works and made me rich!! If you need this card don't hesitate to contact the hacker on his email:alexanderhackers01@gmail.com 

    ReplyDelete
  8. IT WORKS EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD!! JUST LOCATE AN ATM MACHINE!!!

    I have been reluctant in purchasing this blank ATM card I heard about online, but I was convinced & shocked when my friend at my place of work got the card from an online hacker and we both confirmed it really works. Without delay I gave it a go. Ever since then my life changed and money has been in my own account. So glad I got my card it truly works and made me rich!! If you need this card don't hesitate to contact the hacker on his email:alexanderhackers01@gmail.com 

    ReplyDelete
  9. Are you in need of Urgent Loan Here no collateral required all problem regarding Loan is solve between a short period of time with a low interest rate of 2% and duration more than 20 years what are you waiting for apply now and solve your problem or start a business with Loan paying of various bills You have come to the right place just contact us abdullahibrahimlender@gmail.com
    whatspp Number +918929490461
    Mr Abdullah Ibrahim

    ReplyDelete
  10. Carlos trading signal helped me earned $100 with $1,200 after 7 days of trading in binary option with bitcoin, you’re indeed an inspiration to the world Carlos contact him Via whatsapp: (+12166263236) or email : carlose78910@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hello Guys!! I am Belinda. I live in Chicago, USA. I am very excited today and do not know where to start my testimony from. I was a poor woman with 3 kids and found it difficult to pay my bills and feed my kids. My husband left me and the kids for another woman and ever since then we were living in pain and hunger but just few days ago I came across a testimony of a man who got a blank ATM card from Mr. Alexander so I immediately contacted him for the same type of ATM card and i am very happy to announce to the world that I am living a fulfilled life. This blank ATM card can withdraw up to 10,000 dollars and more daily without you having any account with any bank. I have been able to buy a house and start my own business with this blank ATM card. The card works in all countries and  that  is  the good news.  Make  your  order  today and start living a good life, his email address is alexanderhackers01@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hello Guys!! I am Belinda. I live in Chicago, USA. I am very excited today and do not know where to start my testimony from. I was a poor woman with 3 kids and found it difficult to pay my bills and feed my kids. My husband left me and the kids for another woman and ever since then we were living in pain and hunger but just few days ago I came across a testimony of a man who got a blank ATM card from Mr. Alexander so I immediately contacted him for the same type of ATM card and i am very happy to announce to the world that I am living a fulfilled life. This blank ATM card can withdraw up to 10,000 dollars and more daily without you having any account with any bank. I have been able to buy a house and start my own business with this blank ATM card. The card works in all countries and  that  is  the good news.  Make  your  order  today and start living a good life, his email address is alexanderhackers01@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hello Guys!! I am Caro. I live in Ohio, USA. I am very excited today and do not know where to start my testimony from. I was a poor woman with 3 kids and found it difficult to pay my bills and feed my kids. My husband left me and the kids for another woman and ever since then we were living in pain and hunger but just few days ago I came across a testimony of a man who got a blank ATM card from Mr. Alexander so I immediately contacted him for the same type of ATM card and i am very happy to announce to the world that I am living a fulfilled life. This blank ATM card can withdraw up to 10,000 dollars and more daily without you having any account with any bank. Now I have money for business, shopping and enough money for me and my family to live on. The card works in all countries and  that  is  the good news. Alexander email address is alexanderhackers01@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello Guys!! I am Caro. I live in Ohio, USA. I am very excited today and do not know where to start my testimony from. I was a poor woman with 3 kids and found it difficult to pay my bills and feed my kids. My husband left me and the kids for another woman and ever since then we were living in pain and hunger but just few days ago I came across a testimony of a man who got a blank ATM card from Mr. Alexander so I immediately contacted him for the same type of ATM card and i am very happy to announce to the world that I am living a fulfilled life. This blank ATM card can withdraw up to 10,000 dollars and more daily without you having any account with any bank. Now I have money for business, shopping and enough money for me and my family to live on. The card works in all countries and  that  is  the good news. Alexander email address is alexanderhackers01@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. HELLO VIEWERS

    TESTIMONY ON HOW I GOT MY LOAN €300,000.00EURO FROM A FINANCE COMPANY LAST WEEK Email for immediate response: drbenjaminfinance@gmail.com

    Do you need a loan to start a business or pay your debts {Dr.Benjamin Scarlett Owen} can also help you with a legit loan offer. He Has also helped some other colleagues of mine with a loan finance. Get your Blank ATM card or CREDIT CARD deliver to your doorstep that works in all ATM machines all over the world with the help of BENJAMIN LOAN FINANCE the ATM cards can be used to withdraw at the ATM Machines or swipe, at stores and POS. they give out this cards to all interested clients worldwide, If you need a loan without cost/stress he his the right loan lender to wipe away your financial problems and crisis today. BENJAMIN LOAN FINANCE holds all of the information about how to obtain money quickly and painlessly via Email drbenjaminfinance@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete