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D Day approaches for Theresa May vs the Brexiteers.

By Patrick Van Roy On July 2nd, 2018 at 11:09 am

by David Vance

This coming week will see a defining moment in the UK’s planned departure (or not) from the EU.  After more than two years cabinet ministers should be nearing the conclusion of their country retreat at Chequers. It’s there that the prime minister hopes to find resolution in her team on a more detailed offer to the rest of the EU – easing, if not removing, all the contradictions in the Tories’ positions.

Tellingly, we read that “Theresa May has vowed to defy cabinet plotters, telling aides that she will not be bullied out of office by ministers or hardline Brexiteers opposed to her EU plans. The prime minister has decided to stand and fight if Tory MPs force a vote to oust her — declaring that she is content to “win by one vote”.

Why does she refer to those who seek for her Party to deliver what 17.4million people voted for as ‘hardline”? Is this further evidence of what Conservative MP Anna Soubry recently stated in a public letter to her constituents, namely that the Prime Minister wants a “soft Brexit”? Worth remembering that a “soft Brexit” is all about a purely nominal exit from the EU whilst remaining in a close relationship with it and paralleling its institutions and potentially obeying its laws and following its rules. In short, Remain.

Throughout this entire process, questions have been raised about Theresa May’s commitment to a meaningful Brexit. Alarm bells should have been ringing when she appointed Ollie Robbins to being her “personal Brexit adviser”. Robbins is the guy who came up with the idea of the UK creating “a customs partnership” with the EU. The plan would have seen the UK collect import tariffs on behalf of Brussels, while being free to set its own duties for goods bound for the UK. An outcry from cabinet members saw a retreat on this ludicrous suggestion but the very fact that is was suggested tells us all we need to know about Mr Robbins. He is a technocrat who is desperate to do a deal with the EU and is prepared to dilute the form of Brexit in order to achieve this. If that is the state of his mind, and he advises May, then I believe we need to prepare for a desperate attempt at Chequers to push through a further weakening of the UK position in order to get a deal.

That then raises the issues what will the alleged “Brexiteers” sitting around the cabinet table do when they are bullied by May and her Remain focused henchmen? They will be told that divisions amongst them will hasten a possible general election which could then auger in a Corbyn government, something no sane person would want. They will be told that painful compromises are necessary in order to get the EU to offer a deal. So what will Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Penny Mordaunt, David Davis and Liam Fox do when the moment comes?

For the past two years, we have witnessed a weak Prime Minister piroutte to the tune called by the EU. Instead of asserting British strength and confidence she has seemed desperate to keep us in what she calls “a deep and meaningful relationship with the EU” – something the British people explicityl rejected back in June 2016. Come this Friday, she can no longer dodge and neither can those who posture as Brexiteers. D Day approaches.

I fear the worst!

Look, up there, a full squadron of flying pigs!

By Mike Cunningham On August 5th, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Well, well: its is a strange, strange day when I find myself in complete harmony and agreement with the Man himself, ‘The Son of Lenin’ and friend of both Hamas and Pol Pot’, Jeremy Corbyn.

Jeremy, who for some strange and unfathomable reason, possibly connected with both the wilder pronunciations of David Icke and the fortune-telling skills of Gipsy Rose Lee from Surbiton, is almost a dead certainty for the position of the Leader of the Labour Party. I have ever had a long respect for both Corbyn and his colleague Dennis Skinner, more widely and tenderly known as the ‘Beast of Bolsover’. A deep respect and admiration for these two men, products of the old-style Labour Party which produced this type of politician; honest, incorruptible, incapable of back-tracking on a policy or a political belief or strategy which had been proven to be unacceptable to the voters. That type of Labour personality has almost disappeared from both Front and Back-Benches, filled as they now are with clones of either Blair, Kinnock or Milliband. Which is almost a good thing for Britain, because the voters of Britain have seen through the gauze curtain which is wrapped around the core Labour Party, and have decided that the Conservatives are just that little bit more trustworthy than the alternative.

But of course I digress from my first point, which is my surprise to find an alliance with the presumptive Leader of the Labour Party. Mr. Corbyn has many, many beliefs, most of which are diametrically opposed to my own, which are firmly of the Right. He believes fervently in the benefits of Socialism, I am opposed. He believes that the so-called ‘Austerity’ measures, imposed on us by Osborne, are evil and wasteful; I myself am still waiting for Osborne to actually implement any ‘austerity’ measures at all: ‘austerity’ meaning actual savings to the Public Purse: as he is actually borrowing more now than Labour ever did during their time in office. But on  one point, and one only, I agree with Jeremy Corbyn: I too am opposed to the truly wasteful expenditure of over £50 billion on the boondoggle which will be HighSpeed2


No-one gave a damn!

By Mike Cunningham On August 5th, 2015 at 11:16 am

1400 White kids groomed, raped and sexually used and abused over a period of seven years in Rotherham by (wait for it) men of Pakistani Heritage……………..Police activity……………….Nil

Two separate allegations of paeadophile activity levelled against a DEAD former Prime Minister over a three-day timescale …………………FIVE major police forces, services; whatever, commence immediate and high-profile investigations.

Can anyone else besides me see a pattern of events developing? I mean, all those White kids in Rotherham, Rochdale and again in Oxford: the council, the social worker teams, the police; no-one can say that the warning signs were not there. And yet; until the whistle finally blew, and the Jay Report was delivered, NO-ONE gave two shits for those kids in that miserable, so-called ‘multi-cultural’ Muslim-dominated town in Yorkshire!

But when two allegations of the new ‘Holy of Holies’, of Historic Sexual Abuse emerge, a charge which cannot, ever, be conclusively proven one way or another; mainly because the suspect is DEAD: not one but Five Police Forces jump, and commence ‘investigations’ of a man who had held the highest political office in the land!

Just by the way, whatever happened to those allegations of a Very Senior Labour Politician who was thought to be involved in paeadophile practices? All those headlines, all those hints; and then….Nothing. Strange, that silence; or is it?

A voice, crying in the wilderness….

By Mike Cunningham On July 23rd, 2015 at 9:15 am

The offer, on the website, is for organisations to pay £55,000 to listen to a speech made by Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister,  serial thief, liar, and turncoat.


The question possibly should be re-phrased to ask if anyone was prepared to pay 55p to listen to Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister, former leader of the LIB-Dems, serial thief, liar, and turncoat.


School lunch search party

By Mike Cunningham On July 2nd, 2015 at 9:21 am


“But. my young friend,  what makes us even more suspicious is the fact that you carried not only two cooked ham sandwiches with mayonnaise, but also a crab salad; both rich in unhealthy super-saturated fats and items forbidden under the new Healthy eating regimes!


and The Sun rises to the occasion

By Mike Cunningham On June 22nd, 2015 at 7:42 pm

I am no fan of the Sun newspaper, I consider its editorial and reader policies to be aimed at the lowest common denominator possible; with the extra addition of the daily foray into mental masturbation. Sport, tits, ‘Slebs’ gossip, they’re all in the pages which I normally consider unfit to wrap chips in. But, very occasionally, they produce a small, pure gem which deserves a wider, more discerning and educated audience: especially in view of the ongoing charade of the Labour leadership.

The Sun, with the active participation of Guido as cheerleader, has produced, (without paywall) a forensic piece with specific regard to the rule of Burnham when he was Secretary of State for Health, in the good old days before Stafford, along with its hospital, became truly toxic.

Sir Ian Kennedy, chairman of the Healthcare Commission which regulated NHS care standards at the time, said the estimated 1,200 needless deaths in four years constituted the most shocking scandal he had investigated.

Yet not a single public sector employee was properly held to account and scores of legal challenges have been launched by patients’ families.

So, just for a change, read The Sun, when it produces news, and concentrated comment: like newspapers should always do!


Stirring the pot, somewhat.

By Mike Cunningham On June 20th, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Copy of a letter to two local newspapers:-

For the attention of The Editor

Durham City residents are no doubt preparing with breathless anticipation for the annual invasion of political losers, drunks, brass bands, drunks, tattered and threadbare banners, communist fellow-travellers and all things Unionised; along of course with ever more drunks; as the day draws ever closer for the epitome of all things associated with the true age of Lost Causes: The Durham Miners Gala.

No doubt one or more of the Labour leadership hopefuls will be striking poses on the County Hotel balcony, and all will probably wish to inspect the Surveyors Safety Certificate which will, no doubt, prove that the balcony structure is safely capable of holding the massed dreams of yet another bunch of Red-Flag-waving losers.

Durham City business owners and shopkeepers will no doubt be also taking the normal annual precautions of boarding their windows up, along with shipping their womenfolk off to Newcastle for a peaceful day’s shopping in civilised surroundings rather than have their eyes and ears subject to the hate-filled ranting of the sub-moronic marchers as they stagger their way towards the Racecourse, and the louder rantings of the Union bosses who deign to appear, grin broadly and nod before heading off to count their pension entitlements.

Isn’t it  about time that we end the damp, beer-filled gathering which goes by the collective noun of the Gala: and happily draw a shade over the lost wet dreams of a bunch of Socialists who collectively could not organise a booze-up in a brewery; never mind run an Industrialised and Civilised Country?

Mike Cunningham

‘the envy of the modern world’ he said!

By Mike Cunningham On May 20th, 2015 at 11:20 am

The error occured just hours after 89 ballot papers for the General Election, held on the same day, were issued at the town’s Whessoe polling station without the name of the UKIP candidate, David Hodgson, on them.  That mistake happened when the guillotine used to cut the ballot papers for the Darlington constituency was set in error to the size of the neighbouring constituency, meaning Mr Hodgson was cut off some papers.

“Anybody who has sat through the case I have just tried and listened to evidence of electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic would find this statement surprising.”

In a withering judgment, Richard Mawrey QC, sitting as an Election Commissioner, said Mr Rahman had “driven a coach and horses through election law – and didn’t care”.

Mistakes, surprising, withering. Strange words to read about our  Electoral system, which is itself sometimes described as ‘the envy of the modern world; and sometimes in more basic ‘earthy’ terms.


The working class can **** my *****

By Mike Cunningham On May 11th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

A few of the many sets of buzz-words or –phrases popular within Party-political circles is “Are we message-good? Are we on track? Are we reaching our base; our core?” The Party faithful, or ‘the core’, are known to respond to command phrases which fit their belief profiles; but what happens when the Party changes, or alters, and the core doesn’t?

My son, a micro-electronics engineer, works in the automotive industry in the North-East, and a great many of his mainly male work-colleagues give their loyalty to the Labour Party; the “Party of the working Man”. My late eldest brother, my late father, were also life-long Labour supporters, On the map of voting intentions, where I live, County Durham is part of a Labour red block which goes against the vast spaces of Tory blue throughout the rest of England, We are, in reality, a rural area with the vast open moors of Northumberland and of Durham; with the inherited memories of an industrial heritage; of shipbuilding, armaments, coal-mining and steel: but with the emphasis on the ‘heritage’; because the ship-slips and cranes have all fallen silent, the Chieftain & Challenger tank factory is shuttered, the mines have disappeared, and the steel is hanging on by it’s veritable fingertips. But the Labour Party counts its support up here by the bucket-full; the ‘red’ seats are safe from Blyth to Newcastle, from Sunderland south to Durham.

But I do wonder why this ‘tribal loyalty’ still exists, when the Party which engenders and hopes for, and to a certain degree depends on the support of that ‘working man’ seems to have morphed into a metrosexual, femininised, elitist-run Party which laughs at the St. George’s flags on a house, or sneers at the ‘white vans’ of their male voting base, whilst promoting a ‘pink van’ for the Labour ‘wimmin’ who, incidentally, wouldn’t be seen dead in that pink monstrosity, or anything near it. When much younger than today, Read the rest of this entry »

Now that’s a Question!

By Mike Cunningham On May 7th, 2015 at 11:15 am

Over the past six-odd weeks of this seemingly-interminable run-up to the General Election, thousands of interviews have been completed, hundreds of thousands of statements made, simply millions of words printed, read and devoured/ignored by a bemused British populace; unused as we are to even having someone ask our opinion about anything at all.

But in all that time, with all those earnest politicians in semi-shrouded view, with hardly any direct questions asked or answered by anyone, no-one has asked the one question which maybe should have been asked on the first day, perhaps in memory of Charlie Hebdo which, in retrospect, mention of which seems to have disappeared from the headlines and pages with extreme haste.


Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. Political Party Candidate, Does an ordinary British voter, or even newspaper publisher, have the right to draw and publish a picture of the muslim prophet, whatever he may be called; or otherwise poke fun at a religion, despite whatever anyone else’s religion states?