Saw my friend Sue last week. Her opening words to me were “ when I read some of the things you write or believe, I wonder why I like you!” Praise indeed and I duly thanked her!
Sue is the Ying to my Yang and a good balance for my opinions. She is also a good listener and I cant tell when she switches off from one of my ” I Love Trump” Campaigns. She is also a jolly good egg and wonderful company. If I am more right wing than Genghis Khan, then she is so far left, she makes Polly Toynbee look like she is a handmaiden for Putin…well you get my drift. On paper Sue and I have nothing in common. I make a comment and she raises her eyebrows. Sue, however, being a lady of very strong views, albeit slightly mis-guided most the time, (!) is dealing with my eccentricities ( as she calls them) in the only way she knows and moving to Unst in the Shetland Isles. I have to ask….” was it something I said?”
Yes you can imagine that she is another one of the many millions who didn’t want to leave EU and didn’t think Trump should get in. Out of all of the people I am in contact with, I have yet to meet anyone who said they would vote for Trump! In which case, the result MUST have been rigged.
Also I haven’t met anyone who actually liked our Hillary. Indeed, we do live in strange times. So anyway, Sue’s feelings about my views, takes me very neatly on to the Trump/Farage saga ( and don’t worry I am not doing politics all the way through) It would appear, if I may make myself so bold, that the current Government have still not learnt a single thing!
My good Blogging mate, Hariod Brawn ( https://contentedness.net/) points me to a very interesting revolution that is going on quietly with the common man. Its a fascinating subject and I thank him for drawing my attention to it. But it is also a case of ” we are all doomed Mr Mainwaring!” He is another who sucks his teeth when I make these random comments because H is a gentle man with a gentle cause. Do try to find time to watch this though and thank you Hariod!
I have watched a lot of this debate and really do concur. Politicians, especially what I would call the “Chinless Wonder Set” really do need to WAKE UP! If Brexit was a call to arms, then they should have got ready and noted this. However it would appear that they felt it was more a ” hold your course and steady as you go” even if with a new Captain at the helm.
So,I am taking the rather pragmatic view that Trump can run a business (or three) and whilst some of you ( okay, all of you from what I can make out) don’t think he is an ideal businessman and so by default not an ideal President, you really do need to change your mind set and hold on tight. THINGS NEED TO CHANGE and that is the word on the street, otherwise why would Hillary have lost?? Oh and please do keep quiet in the “three and halfpennies” and stop banging on about the Electoral College Vote) and why did Brexit happen? You lost and we need to move along now. It’s going to a Russian Uprising all over again.
Whilst I ” love” Boris and know he is an extremely intelligent man he is still one of the Establishment and whilst Teresa May thinks she has made the swift hop from Grammar School girl to Inner Circle Tottie, I can tell you that, in reality, it never happens. People don’t just hop over invisible class boundaries. You are there by birth, not achievements!
She needs to listen to what is happening out there. Sadly, the fame seems to have gone to her head. Reality Check please !! If America is a business and we are looking for a way in then we need to get that elite invitation via a Third party. Isn’t that the usual business way of doing deals? You want an introduction, so you network. Trump is saying loud and clear that the “Third Party Introduction” Britain is looking for is Farage. And yes to strike an odious pun, currently Trump does hold the Trump Card.
Okay, so” we” don’t like it and most definitely Government doesn’t like it. But if we carry on this way then I see a reoccurrence of Maria Antoinette and the “ let us eat cake” sketch. And yes, we are gonna starve….
Sometimes, whether we like it or not we have to give in to what is going to be the easiest option for the best result. There isn’t a lot else on the table and we are starting to believe some sort of media copy that we can be Great again. Well, yes, I daresay we can but to do that you need to cut both your losses and your pride but still keep your head! If we don’t give in , in the short term to Trump ” suggesting” Farage gets a place, then we can go and sit on the naughty step and watch other trade deals being made around us. We will be punished.
Now before some of you Liberals get all excited and say we have to stand up to Bullies and not let him rule us, then what is the option in both the short and long term? Being sanctimonious wont help the JAMS….. Pride will surely be their downfall and when we end up with nothing, don’t say I didn’t tell you so. Pride and Vanity make very lonely bed fellows.
It doesn’t matter whether you like Trump or not. Its a simple question of economics. He has what we want and need. There is no entitlement to this. If we want it, we have to go and get it and accept some of it on his terms. If we want to play schoolboy games and sulks and thereby keep Farage out of negotiations, then I fear we may well be towards the back of the queue when it comes to Trade. And whilst a long weekend at Buckingham Palace, (hopefully after the horrendously expensive restorations have been completed) will be offered, believe you me, I don’t think its gonna be a deal breaker. And we can pout, pirouette and stamp our feet all we like, if you want to play with the big boys, then we really do need to ” grow a pair!”
Time for a quick Joke and to lighten the mood.
Trump went to stay at Buckingham Palace and walking through the corridors with The Queen he said to her, ” Well, Liz I have to say you make a good job of keeping this place clean and tidy”
To which the Queen replied in that wonderfully posh voice and you should imagine her reply as such ” Well, one (Juan) does what one ( Juan) can”
” That’s just great Liz. Shame you are employing Mexicans though!! ( Get it? )
Wake up Britain. For far too long we have been liberal with this and liberal with that and suddenly its not cool to be liberal, but it is cool to eat; work and have a fairly recognised standard of living… or not. Go and be proud outside Parliament Square and see where it gets you.
On a very simpler term, it’s used in business every day. Networking! However much you hate it, it is a valuable tool. When I think about doing business with a new Company, I ask my existing ones if they know of them. When I want an introduction, I see who can do it. And when I need to swallow my pride ( so very hard for ME to do ) then I will if it gets what I want. A signature on a contract. This way, I look on it more of a success than a failure. Hollow victories throughout the world are made by cutting noses off to spite faces. Our Government was definitely hacked off that the local, and somewhat uncouth, kid on the block made it to Trump before them. He cut corners; he holds the ace card. Rather than making it personal ( and My God how they have done that) why cant they see that he is British and negotiating a very fast entry admission ticket to the Trump Table. I think it would rather “cock a snook” at the EU and Obama, who snidely said that if we leave EU, we will be at the back of the queue negotiating trade deals with the US! ( Of course that was when he was confident Hillary will be the heir apparent) Putting Farage in the Hot Seat with Trump would just send the right ( F.U.) message to the EU that they were wrong and more importantly, it would show that leaving the EU was totally the right thing to do for all the Brexit UK Doubters.
So for now, whilst I am not any sort of Politician or Specialist, I look at it in the simplest of terms and say to take personalities out of the equation. See what they have to offer and do what we can to get it done. And, if it really hurts Ms May and Boris the Buffoon to give Farage a job, then so be it. But on that basis, heads will definitely role and Teresa May will end up like Maria Antoinette without her head or a job and most definitely at the back of the Job Queue. I do hope her CV is up to scratch!
In all of this I forgot to mention my illuminating day in London. So that will have to wait until next time.