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Bonkers Blog November 2019

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6 November - Decisions and lies

You probably know by now that there is an election coming. 😉 I for one am not sure who I will be voting for although I do know who I won’t be voting for. One of the things that is important to me is Brexit. In simplistic terms is Boris Johnson stretching a point a little too far when he speaks of his agreement or has Nigel Farage gone off his rocker?

To get to the truth I have been reading the European Union Withdrawal Agreement, the Johnson version. It is heavy going and 599 pages long and I have only got 10% into it so far.

I don’t much mind the transition period, thanks to three years of dithering by the Maybot a clean break is no longer possible, nor do I object to EU citizens being given all sorts of rights and the European Court of Justice having jurisdiction during that transition period.

However I don’t think I like “The United Kingdom’s judicial and administrative authorities shall have due regard to relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down after the end of the transition period”. We are stuck with the buggers for evermore!

That looks like Nigel Farage 1 : Boris Johnson nil to me. There are however more things to this election than Brexit. The loss of Scotland, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands, our savings, our houses and the shirts off our backs is not unimportant but if by the time I get to page 599 of the Agreement the score is Nigel 10 : Boris nil then it will be time for pause for thought.

Sky liesWhile Bexley news is thin on the ground - it’s not going to last long - I considered keeping a score of election lies just for a bit of fun. There’s bound to be a ready supply of them.

In the past 24 hours or so we have seen the so called Liberal Democrats edit a Guardian newspaper headline so that it favoured them more directly than it actually did and not content with that deception they fiddled with some figures on a graph to the extent they became another whopping big lie. When did LibDems not lie?

The Conservatives mischievously edited a video clip of Labour’s Keir Starmer and Sky News made up a total lie about Conservative Chairman James Cleverly failing to turn up for interview with one of their third rate presenters.

I didn’t see it because I almost never turn on the TV and absolutely never in the early morning, however I did catch James twice while flitting between LBC and TalkRadio.

I am old enough to remember that if you heard something on the BBC news it must be true but now you cannot trust any of them, least of all Sky.

Finally we saw all and sundry - more accurately the broadcast media and the loony left - complaining that Jacob Rees-Mogg had said something offensive about the Grenfell Tower fire. I heard him on LBC speaking to presenter Nick Ferrari.

Jacob R-M said, with the benefit of hindsight of course, “The more one’s read over the weekend about the report and about the chances of people surviving, if you just ignore what you’re told and leave you are so much safer and I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building. It just seems the common sense thing to do. And it is such a tragedy that that didn’t happen.”

There is absolutely nothing offensive about that, it is basically what the official Grenfell report said.

Nick Ferrari agreed and so do I, I said the same to a friend on the day the report came out and I don’t have the benefit of an Eton education to help work it out.

James Cleverly apologised for the remark even though it seemed like a statement of the obvious to me but then I would not expect anything very sensible from James Cleverly. I met and spoke to him once and formed the impression that he was a bit of a prat.

Most MPs seem to be not over-blessed with brain cells. For the most part they are not any more intelligent than the average Jo waiting in a bus queue. The next five weeks are going to demonstrate that fact on a daily basis.


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