Monthly Archives: June 2017

Israel

Let me be honest. It’s never a place I’ve wanted to visit.

Now I’m here after a complicated trip…

Flight to Zurich, then to Tel Aviv… then the fun starts… long lines at immigration… bagagge picked up OK… internet expensive and difficult so I need a GPS… car rental takes for ever to sort…  then the GPS takes me around in circles before I finally get on the road and head north.

Four hours after landing I arrive at the hotel.  Tired and exhausted.

I’ve seen a shepherd – and biblical shepherds couldn’t have been more disreputable.  Lots of flowers and lots of cacti…

A few Israeli flags but some massive Palestinian ones…

Driving is tricky… signs in Hebrew, with place names in Arabic and English so you never quite know what’s required…

still, safe and sound so now for bed…

 

 

Reflections on Brexit

So it’s been a while. Sorry. Actually, I’m not. I’ve been fuming, in a loudish way, about Brexit for about a year and that’s hardly conducive to sensible blogs.

But this week ‘negotiations’ have started. A couple of weeks. And we had a General Election.

We’ve had terror attacks and a major tower block fire.   So there is stuff to discuss…

I’ll start with Brexit, because it’s the Big Thing.  It seems to me that things have taken time to change.  Cameron resigning threw the cat amongst the pigeons and that wasted time.  May appeared as Leader and unelected PM after a futile contest of back-stabbing and bitterness.  ‘Brexit Means Brexit’ she thundered – although no one quite new what that meant.  Labour struggled with Corbyn as Leader with factions and fanatics creating a welcome diversion for the Tories and their divisions.

The polls gave May a 20 point lead and Corbyn no chance.  Remainers had a march but didn’t really get organised and it seemed Brexit meant the worst kind of leaving…

Then May, after a series of mistakes, blunders and U turns, decided that – against her word – she’d call a snap election…

And that’s when the world changed…

Corbyn is at his best talking to real people about issues. He’s rubbish when trapped around dropping bombs (a good thing I’d say; we’ve had too many war mongers) but get him talking about real people and he’s red hot.

May is rubbish around people. She’s rubbish around Stage managed people.  She has the leadership skills of a cow shed and the charisma of a sheep dip.  Repeating ‘strong and stable’ when ducking debates isn’t strong. Blaming things you’ve been in charge of for the past six years for failing to keep people safe from terrorists isn’t stable…

Corbyn lost the election but I suspect he’s won the next one…  May won the election but lost all power…

Now Brexit negotiations have begun and we are still no clearer about what we want to achieve than some vague notions of taking back control of things we control, and wanting some relationship with the EU that isn’t what we have now…

so it’s all nonsense. And Diddy David Davies went to Brussels without any prepared papers and had to concede on all the points being discussed…

We are a long way from leaving the EU. The economy isn’t great. May has no credibility and the lies of the leave campaign are exposed more clearly each week.

The sooner people change their minds the better we will all be…