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How’s the social distancing, self-isolation drive working? These pictures should provide a hint

It isn’t going very well, is it?

We can all blame the Tory government for creating a climate of fear – fear for our lives, fear that vital supplies will be cut, fear that society may break down.

Boris Johnson’s decisions have all be reactions to overwhelming necessities. For example, it seems he only ordered the closure of leisure facilities after Emmanuel Macron threatened to isolate the UK from France. This would have had serious repercussions for the UK economy.

The French have described Johnson’s policies as “benign neglect”, condemning them as reckless. It is believed that if they had carried out their threat, all EU nations would have followed suit, closing their borders with the UK as well.

Johnson’s intention in announcing a tighter clampdown on social contact was to bring the UK into line with the EU nations; in France, people need documentation to leave their homes.

Let’s see how well that’s working, shall we?

I think we can expect sanctions from other countries very soon. Blame Boris Johnson.

No wonder This Writer’s own response to that failure’s latest tweet has gained so much support:

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As national leaders squabble, is Ireland heading for a return of the ‘Troubles’?

Who do you believe?

Boris Johnson says the Northern Ireland border backstop must be removed from the UK’s withdrawal agreement with the EU, or there can be no agreement.

Emmanuel Macron says it must stay.

Angela Merkel says she’s keen to hear what BoJob proposes as an alternative – but he can’t leave it until the last minute.

The Irish EU commissioner says Mr Johnson is “gambling with peace”.

And a group of Conservative MPs have pointed out that the backstop isn’t the only contentious part of the withdrawal document in any event!

It seems to This Writer that the Conservative Party’s leaders have decided that they don’t like peace in Ireland and want it to stop.

Source: Macron tells Johnson Brexit backstop is indispensable | Politics | The Guardian

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Why the fuss about Johnson putting his foot on a table? He’s been this rude for YEARS!

People seem to be making an awful lot of fuss about this photograph:

Apparently they think it’s awfully rude of Boris Johnson to put his feet up on a table – especially one that may have had some of Marie Antoinette’s cake on it (or whatever).

“He has no regard for history!” seems to be the cry.

Silly, silly people. You forgot to consider BoJob’s personal history.

Let me take you back to 2002 when, as part of the new intake of Conservative MPs after that year’s general election, BoJob was inducted to help Iain Duncan Smith battle the permanent frog he had in his throat during Prime Minister’s Questions, facing Tony Blair.

He was one of a group of four, the others being David Cameron, George Osborne and Paul Goodman (who?).

And, according to Peter Snowdon in his book Back From The Brink, they were as arrogant a gang of snot-nosed punks as you could imagine: “They were pros and better at it than Iain, but thought they knew it all, and would talk over him in the meetings or put their feet up on coffee tables.”

I know people have come up with stories that French President Emmanuel Macron had claimed the table would work equally well as a footstool and BoJob subsequently tried it, but let’s be honest.

He was just living down to his boorish, arrogant, and downright rude nature.

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Theresa May sticks to her ‘red lines’. Is she having some kind of breakdown?

There’s definitely a communications breakdown going on. I think Mrs May could have suffered a form of nervous breakdown too.

I mean, her actions hardly seem rational, do they?

Here‘s the Torygraph telling us that, after her cross-party talks (she talked; everyone else was supposed to listen), she has changed not one single part of her Brexit plan, not one single line of her deal:

“Theresa May has left European diplomats in a state of “disbelief” following a series of phone calls to EU leaders in which she made no change to her demands despite her Brexit plan being voted down by a 230-vote margin this week.

“Senior EU diplomatic sources said that Mrs May’s unchanged stance was ‘greeted with incredulity’ following a call with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday night.

“’It was the same old story – the same set of demands – all unchanged despite the defeat,’ said the source with knowledge of the calls.

“Mrs May is understood to have repeated the same performance in conversations with the French president Emmanuel Macron [and others including the Dutch prime minister].”

Inevitably, the media are still trying to sell us a lie that Jeremy Corbyn is the intransigent one.

Watch the following Channel 4 News interview in which Keir Starmer makes it clear that there’s no point in Jeremy Corbyn meeting Mrs May unless she relaxes her “red lines”, and Cathy Newman still accuses him of being the block – repeatedly and nonsensically:

Clearly someone is living in a fantasy world – and it isn’t Mr Starmer. It isn’t Mr Corbyn either.

So I’m starting to wonder if the image at the top of this article isn’t an accurate impression of what might happen at the next meeting between Mrs May and the Queen.

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Brexit: Tory ‘divide-and-rule’ tactics won’t work in the EU

Unfocused: Theresa May has no chance of convincing European leaders that her vague Brexit is a good idea. Emmanuel Macron is clear about the EU’s position, and his own – and he is in the best position to get what he wants.

Theresa May doesn’t have a hope.

She is in France at the moment, trying to inflict the Conservative Party’s classic ‘divide-and-rule’ game on the European Union by approaching national leaders, rather than negotiating with Michel Barnier and the European Commission.

This is a strategy that was suggested last week by nascent Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who seems keen to follow his record of smashing up the National Health Service by making an even worse hash of the UK’s relations with other countries.

He said: “The probability of no deal is increasing by the day until we see a change of approach from the European Commission who have this view that they just need to wait and Britain will blink. That is just a profound misunderstanding of us as a nation.

“There is real chance of no deal by accident. Everyone is assuming, no, no, no, this will never happen. Well, actually, it could.

“France and Germany have to send a strong signal to the commission that we need to negotiate a pragmatic and sensible outcome that protects jobs on both sides of the Channel because for every job lost in the UK, there will be jobs lost in Europe as well if Brexit goes wrong.”

Mr Barnier has already gone on the record to poo-pooh Mr Hunt’s suggestion.

He said: “Anyone who wants to find a sliver of difference between my mandate and what the heads of government say they want are wasting their time, quite frankly.”

I believe him.

You see, Tory ‘divide-and-rule’ depends on ignorance. It works in the UK because, when they say something divisive – about immigrants, say – they have the support of the right-wing press and the BBC.

These media channels pump fake news at the masses, polarising opinions to receive the desired effect.

Then the Tories get what they want and can inflict all kinds of damage while blithely claiming that public opinion is on their side.

But the leaders of countries like France (and Germany, for that matter) don’t rely on biased media sources for their facts.

They gather their own information and make their own judgements. And they won’t be swayed from their opinion that Mrs May’s vague notions about relations between the UK and the EU after Brexit are utter bilge.

She might try blackmail of some kind – Mr Hunt’s comments suggested she could threaten the EU with job losses – but, again, she has the weaker hand.

She will come away from this meeting looking like a fool.

What am I saying?

I meant, she’ll come away looking like a bigger fool than she already is.

Theresa May’s hopes of prising away Emmanuel Macron from the rest of the European Union to sign up to her Chequers vision for Brexit looked tenuous on the eve of the pair’s crunch talks.

But while senior Whitehall sources warned that the French president would be tough to win over, they suggested that his influence could prove vital in swaying the rest of the EU27 member states if May were successful.

The UK has launched a diplomatic offensive, with the business secretary, Greg Clark, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, all meeting their French counterparts in the past week. It is part of the strategy to go over the heads of the European commission and engage with national leaders directly.

Source: May prepares for talks with Macron that could make or break Brexit plan | Politics | The Guardian

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Boris’s bizarre bridge plan stirs up troubled waters

[Image by ‘Hopeless Surfer’ on Twitter.]

Can’t he just pipe down?

It seems Boris Johnson has decided that he doesn’t like the Channel Tunnel, and we should have a bridge between the UK and France – across the world’s busiest shipping waters.

It encourages one to wonder why he suggested it – allegedly at the Anglo-French summit between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron. The following seems persuasive:

Let’s face it, there’s no rational thinking behind it.

And the slapdowns have been hard, according to the Daily Mirror:

The UK Chamber of Shipping tweeted bluntly: “Building a huge concrete structure in the middle of the world’s busiest shipping lane might come with some challenges.”

And in a brutal slapdown, France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire said: “All ideas merit consideration, even the most far-fetched ones.”

Asked if the Government was planning on building a bridge to France, Theresa May’s spokesman added: “I’ve not seen any plans on that.”

The Road Haulage Association wasn’t enthusiastic, either:

Meanwhile, the Road Haulage Association said a cross-Channel bridge “makes no sense” since the costs and practical implications would be huge.

Chief executive Richard Burnett said: “The Strait of Dover is the world’s busiest shipping lane carrying more than 500 ships daily, so construction would cause huge disruption to sea traffic.”

How about this one, from Twitter?

Here’s UK Shipping’s tweet:

How about this response?

Interestingly, it has been suggested that Mr Johnson was trying to distract attention from the substance of the summit:

That’s as may be, but he certainly succeeded in grabbing all the attention. And it’s a shame.

We’re letting him get away with distracting us all – with a clown routine that was worn out before he was shifted out of office as Mayor of London.


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