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Friday, 28 July 2017

Baby “shambles” over Brexit!



'Shambles' = A state of total disorder.

First things first. The Government, after Brexit, will not stop the entry off all EU “nationals” into the United Kingdom. What it will (or should) do is stop the automatic right of entry of all EU nationals into the United Kingdom. That means that if EU nationals have something to offer the United Kingdom, then the government will (or should) allow them in. If they have nothing to offer, then they shouldn't be allowed in.

Thus it's not a surprise that a Labour MP, Pat McFadden (a Blairite Europhile member of Open Britain), has accused the government of making a “shambles” of Brexit. Labour is itself in a shambles over Europe. (“Shambles” is McFadden's word.)

Many Labour MPs are very strongly in favour of EU. Many other Labour MPs (mainly radical-socialist Corbynites) are strongly against it.

In any case, the movement of skilled workers won't end after Brexit. What hopefully will end, according to Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis, is the “[f]ree movement of labour”.

And because Brexit doesn't mean that EU workers will stop coming to the UK (it'll be their automatic right to come that will stop), Amber Rudd (to the Financial Times) said:

I want to reassure businesses and EU nationals that we will ensure there is no 'cliff edge' once we leave the bloc.”

Rudd went on to tell us that

what we’ll need is a new system and we’ve said that that new system will have a proposal whereby new EU workers coming here will need to register”.

If the government will allow skilled EU immigrants in, then it's a surprise that Michael Gove has said that a “pragmatic” approach to Brexit would mean that the “freedom of movement” may continue until 2023.

So there is indeed a (baby) shambles here. That's to be expected. This is a big and complicated issue. That hasn't stopped, however, the Pat McFadden from milking this issue.

Nonetheless, pro-Brexit Labour MPs also have a problem. Frank Field, for one, has called the change “alarming”. And, not surprisingly, the CBI also wants “clarity” on this issue.

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The main thing is that because various newspapers, activists and politicians are fanatically against Brexit (as well as the fact that Brexit is indeed a big and complicated thing), then we're bound to have almost daily reports about the shambles that is Brexit. Take most – or all - of them with a pinch of salt. These shambles are probably neither epic nor disastrous. However, there will indeed be teething problems for Brexit. Of course there will!

Scaremongering about “skill shortages” and the rest is exactly that: scare-mongering. If there are hordes of European brains surgeons, doctors or quantum physicists wanting to come in - and we need every single one of them, then let them in. No problem. If a EU “citizen” wants to come here to sell drugs or live off the dole, then we shouldn't let him in. (Providing, of course, the government can find out these things beforehand.)

Finally, one of the main motivations for “free movement of labour” (as far as the EU leadership is concerned) is that this will help bring about a EU super-state. It's not, therefore, primarily about “open borders” or “free movement”. This is an attempt to substitute small nations (or states) with a single very-large state. The free movement of European peoples is but a means to help bring that about.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Saint Jeremy's halo looses its glow over student debt




Various people - of many political persuasions - have accused Jeremy Corbyn of “misleading students” over student debt and fees. Others have also said that Corbyn “indicated” - during the election campaign – that he'd wipe out the sums owed by students. 

It seems, then, that Corbyn is a “typical politician” after all.

That means that of course Jeremy Corbyn, Momentum and the Labour Party were using students as “election fodder”. (Except that most middle-class students want to be fodder for radical socialism.) Indeed Corbyn has also focused much of his attention on all those middle-class Trotskyists and communists who flocked to the Labour Party (like flies to shit) once he became Chairman of the Labour Party.

So, yes, Corbyn was never explicit about student debt. Politicians are rarely explicit about anything. Again, that's to be expected – except in the case of a saint.

Apart from what Corbyn actually did and didn't say, the Labour Party did promise (i.e., before the election) to end tuition fees. That would have cost £7.5 billion a year.

Labour also promised to restore maintenance grants. That will mean that if Labour had been elected, it would have spent an extra £11.2 billion on higher education... or would it?

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In an interview with the NME, Jeremy Corbyn said that he didn't see why those students who have the “historical misfortune” of large fees should be “burdened excessively” when compared to other people.

That's fairly vague. Basically, it can be taken as an explicit promise and not as an explicit promise. Those that wanted it to be an explicit promise (i.e., students) took it as an explicit promise. Most sceptics doubted the promise from the very beginning.

Thus it's not a big surprise that Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC's Andrew Marr that his comments weren't a “commitment” to erase student debt. After all, he said that before the election. And now Corbyn is backtracking (at least a little) after the election. That is, students have already done the business – they voted for Corbyn's radical socialism.

Jeremy Corbyn retrospectively tells is – in reference to his promises to students - that the Labour Party “had written the manifesto in a short space of time because there was a surprise election”. Does he also apply the logic of off-the-cuff manifestos to all the other parties, including the Conservative Party?

Some of Corbyn's other post hoc statements sound a little strange... and that's putting it mildly. For example, Corbyn also says that he “did not make a commitment we would write it off because I couldn’t at that stage”. What does that mean? He seems to be making the point that because Labour wasn't in power before the election (never?); then, because of that fact, he didn't have the power (at that time) to erase student debt. What? Of course he didn't! Yet he was campaigning to have that power. He wasn't promising jam sandwiches tomorrow asShadow Prime Minister. He was promising jam sandwiches tomorrow if he were elected.

Corbyn also said that the Labour Party was “unaware of the size of it [the “debt burden] at the time”. Now that just sounds like plain bullshit. One, he should have been aware. Two, if he was aware, then Corbyn is misleading the public again.

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It was very easy for Saint Jeremy to be a saint when he wasn't a political leader. Very easy. It's also very easy to be “principled” (as his disciples put it) when you don't have much political power. Sure, Corbyn is principled in the rather pathetic sense that he believes the same thing now (more or less) as he believed when he converted to socialism when he was 16 (in 1964). Is that supposed to be a good thing – believing at 68 what you believed at 16?

Corbyn shows us that he's a liar and misLeader just like most other politicians; and, indeed, many ordinary mortals. That's not the problem. The problem is the way Corbyn's supporters portray him as some kind of secular saint. Yet he's lied about his support for the IRA even before this student baloney. Again, it's not the lying: it's the image Corbynites have created around Saint Jeremy. A self-serving and obviously duplicitous image manufactured about a man who has praised Hamas and Hezbollah, Trotsky, the Soviet Union, Lenin and Castro. 

Saint Jeremy is a very strange saint.