I don’t even know where to begin

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Theresa May

BIT hard to work out where to start this week. Probably finding myself in a similar position as our new prime minister! I did consider the speed Theresa May met up with Nicola Sturgeon was almost bordering on the obscene. The statement issued afterwards was even more so. Do the rest of the British public have to now actually wait until some sort of appeasing deal can be worked out with Scotland and the EU before we are able to invoke Article 50 and get on with the new future the majority of the UK voted for?

If this is a sample of the new tough leadership and firm decision making we’ve been told to expect, we’re in trouble already. In a wholly democratic event, the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. That should be the end of the story. If others are not happy with the result, let them hold their referendums or whatever’s and if necessary butt out, allowing those who elected to leave, to get out and get on with it. Any dithering can only be detrimental to our new role in world affairs and is a disgraceful, non-democratic action, instigated by petulant losers who are now busy throwing their toys out of the pram; which is perfectly ok as long as those elected by the British public can be trusted not to scrabble about on the floor picking them up.

Horror, sympathy and sorrow at the tragic events in Nice last week. How many of these same atrocities will have to take place in the UK before we declare war and really begin to do something about it? GB naturally stopped its enemies entering the country in world WW2. If it was common sense then, why are the same policies not being instigated now?

Interesting to see the coup was thwarted in Turkey mainly due to the public taking to the streets and siding with President Tayyip Erdogan. I suppose that wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that untold thousands of them are already packed for the trip to Europe!? Just a thought.

 Keep the faith

Love Leapy   [email protected]

16 COMMENTS

  1. “Leapy” – This is hate crime.

    There have been more than 6,000 reports of hate crime to UK police since mid June post Brexit.

    Tip of the iceberg.
    Total unreported hate crime equals millions.

    Police figures indicate young people were the victims of 10% of faith hate crime and 8% of race hate crime in the period between 16 June and 7 July.

    On Monday, the UK government urged prosecutors to push for tougher sentences for people committing hate crimes, following a rise in incidents after the EU referendum.

    A £2.4m fund will also be set up for security measures at places of worship.

    Figures released last week showed more than 6,000 alleged hate crimes and incidents were reported to police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in four weeks from the middle of last month. Figures for Scotland are currently unavailable.

    The daily rate peaked at 289 on 25 June, the day after the referendum result was announced.

    Make love – not hate.

    Are you listening “Leapy”? Make love – not hate.

  2. The only thing that strikes me Lee is This women if in Control of UK until possibly 2020 on the say so of 199 Friends Votes ………….. But anti Brexets do not consider our Majority of approx 1,300,000 Votes is enough !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But 199 is enough to run UK for 4 years !!!!!!!!!!!
    & Crafty completed by other candidates withdrawing

  3. Leapy Graham wants WWII back????!!! That caps it all! Well, as someone who was only six when it ended, you’re talking out of your proverbi-arse (unusual, that…). My Grandma (91 and three days) remembers the horrors all too well. My Grandad, who passed in ’97 aged 80, was badly scarred by his five years as a FEPOW. Came home weighing five stone. Physically, too. It’s what brought on the cancer that ended his life too soon.
    (I had to pick GM’s brains about Teresa. At 91, she voted ‘remain’ because she remembers why the EU was created in the first place. GM didn’t know about May’s poor treatment of asylum-seekers, but believes she’s a ‘very clever woman’. She was stunned at Boris the Buffoon’s appointment, but thinks it’s part of a wider plan we haven’t figured out yet. GM is convinced May is ‘up to something’).
    Anyway, the Brexit vote was NOT democratic. Aside from the misinformation, lies and hate-speech in the campaigns (some people voted ‘Leave’ because of the bedroom tax!!!), most of those who would be the worst-affected were disenfranchised. All those living outside UK for 15 years or more (easily two-thirds of expats), EU nationals whose homes and families are in the UK (some have been there since the Civil War; others have been there five, 10, 15, 20 years and bred kids who ‘feel British’) were denied a vote. Between us all, we far exceed the 650,000 or so which would have turned it the other way (we’re abt 4m, in fact). But they knew that from the start, which is why they wouldn’t let these people vote.

  4. Nope, 1.3 million is NOT enough – because there were four million British residents and British citizens who stood to lose the most from a Brexit disenfranchised. Their human right to a vote was denied. (I know of countless Brits in Europe and Europeans in Britain, pragmatic and unsentimental sorts, who literally sobbed when the results came in).
    Whatever Theresa May has up her sleeve, we won’t know what’s going to happen for some time now. Whatever does, it’s clear she’s not a pushover. My 91-year-old GM is a very astute, perceptive lady – she was one of just 13 managers in the country responsible for equipping NHS hospitals – in the 1970s, when women were denied promotions routinely just for being women – and the only female in her role in the whole of Britain. She’s a clever girl. If she tells me to ‘wait and see’, I think I’m going to suspend all opinions on the situation in Number 10 for a moment and follow her recommendations….she isn’t always right, but usually is…
    Either way, if TM is any good as PM, she’ll do what’s right for the country. If she realises further down the line Brexit isn’t going to work and would wreak havoc on the UK, she would be a very bad PM if she knowingly endorsed a national meltdown ‘just because the voters said so’.
    I don’t have any faith in her ‘Brexit team’, but I’m sure that if she DOES go through with it, it’ll ONLY be because she’s secured the right deals to ensure it can work out. Unless, of course, she’s very stupid and proves my GM wrong…

  5. @Brian, exactly. It’s gone beyond the ramblings of a washed-up bit-part ‘performer’ with a sense of entitlement, a low IQ and severe case of Cognitive Dissonance (not bloody ‘resonance’). It’s actually becoming disturbing. It’s been reported ad infinitum

  6. Hi Kally. My sentiments exactly. You’re doing a great job defending the values of truth, honesty and decency. It can be hard though. Especially when you’re so outnumbered by those who favour falsehoods (especially false stats) and abuse instead. It’s a bit like being caught in the teeth of a hurricane sometimes, but it’s worth remembering that a hurricane is after all just strong wind!
    😉
    I first came across the term Cognitive Dissonance in connection with the Iraq Inquiry. It was applied to Tony Blair’s persistent belief that the late Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction even when he was being told by others that there was plenty of evidence he did not. Despite what most people think of Tony Blair now, it would be fair to say he is not uneducated. So if Cognitive Dissonance can affect someone like him so badly that he was willing to launch a war on a false pretext, what chance do we have with people who are less well educated? Like “Leapy” for instance?

    Now before his legions of fans jump to his defence saying I’m insulting “Leapy” again let me just point out I’m simply telling the truth. “Leapy” is actually less well educated than Tony Blair. Blair’s educational qualifications are impressive. “Leapy’s” are not. So, how he is still allowed to publish such uneducated, ill-informed rubbish alongside the well educated staff of the EWN beats me. Let him continue to do it on his own website by all means, but don’t give him valuable space on this newspaper – please?

  7. “Leapy’s” description of the speed with which Theresa May met Nicola Sturgeon as “almost bordering on the obscene” has no reasonable basis. It was a perfectly pragmatic decision indicating just how seriously Mrs May considers the risk of the UK breaking up. “Leapy” on the other hand, merely throws gratuitous insults at the 62% of Scots who voted to Remain.

    In his 2nd paragraph he manages to contradict himself completely. Firstly, he is effectively saying Westminster should ignore this near two thirds majority north of the border. Scotland should accept England’s smaller percentage vote in the other direction and stay. Then he says Scotland should “butt out” have its referendum and go. Well, he needs to be told it can not stay and go at the same time! Anyway, the percentage vote is what counts, not the total number. England is bigger than Scotland and will always outvote it in sheer numbers. This is the very heart of the problem.

    Scotland is not just some region of England. It is a separate country with a different identity, but it is a member of a Union with England and others – much like a smaller EU! It voted only one Tory MP into Westminster and 56 SNP MPs, but what does it get? Westminster Tory policies forced on it. Small wonder there is such dissent.

    Consider another country called Cyprus – half Greek and in the EU – half Turkish and non-EU and yet there it is. It exists – split in the middle. No reason why the same thing could not happen to Britain.

  8. @Brian, thanks. Constantly protesting in the same vein against the same tired old racist generalisations (if you’re a refugee and you commit a crime, this means refugees are State-funded criminals, eg. And can you believe the Pulleyblank sycophants, or sh

  9. @Brian again, the Cyprus situation has also happened in Denmark – Greenland opted not to join the EU when the ‘mother country’ did, but seems to have a partially-open door because it can shift goods and people to Denmark itself, which is still in the free

  10. I have to agree with much of what is said, but I am puzzled at what Kally says about Turkey.
    “And Turks don’t want to leave their country. Not many people want to uproot their lives when they have friends, jobs, homes and families”
    And yet I read in the papers…. if we can believe them

    Germany has some 4 million Turks – 1.5M already citizens.
    Throughout Europe there is an estimated 15-20 million.
    As for wanting to stay at home, that is natural for most people. But not all have a good reason to remain.
    Erdogan has incarcerated or fired the following…
    21,000 Teachers
    15,000 From the Education Ministry
    1,577 Deans have been told to resign
    9,000 Police
    2,745 Judges
    8,777 from the Interior Ministry
    257 from the Prime Ministers Office.
    100 from MIT (The Intelligence Agency)
    492 from Religious affairs.
    Wow! How and with whom will he replace that lot.
    Also I read there are some 9 million Turks in the Arab world. So it seems that there are still many souls that seek a better place to live.
    I’m not disputing your words, just adding a few facts that might have been overlooked.
    The same can be said for most nations of course.
    The Irish have settled just about everywhere for example.
    Cheers
    Leo

  11. @Leo, humans have always been nomadic, a migratory species; it’s in our DNA, and no matter what rules about passports and borders and international unions are introduced or scrapped, humans will continue to do it for the next few millennia.
    But migra

  12. Hi Kally. Funnily enough my daughter and I don’t discuss psychology much, but when we do it always makes for an interesting  conversation. I too have always been fascinated by people and what makes us tick. We have wonderful minds that can be capable of so much achievement and progress, and yet at the same time we can be capable of so much destruction and backward thinking.

    I can imagine 2 stone age cavemen talking. One says, “See that tribe of Neanderthals over the hill? I don’t like them. They’ve invented something very suspicious called the wheel. I think it’s actually a weapon of mass destruction. And I don’t like the way they worship some moon goddess instead of our beloved sun god. I say we should go over the hill and kill them before they get a chance to kill us.”

    Fast forward and it could be Blair talking about Iraq, or Trump about South America, or a few people on this website about Muslims or LGBTIs or even Scots.

    Would be funny if it wasn’t so serious.

  13. Hi Brian, yes, the human brain is truly fascinating. Never fails to stun me how a lump of muscle mass with a fistful of nerves and neuroreceptors attached can make us who we are, yet the rest of our organs have merely functional functions and work essentially the same for all healthy homo sapiens. Another intriguing thing about psychology is that there are only a certain number of ways brains can be wired, and you can stick a label on most of them. Leapy, eg, has at least a mild case of narcissistic personality disorder (easier to deal with in women, I find, since you can literally flatter them and love them out of it in most cases and they come to trust you and even admit their faults to you. But a certain breed of baby-boomer men seem to have it in their DNA. Not all, of course. Def not you & def not my dad. Seems to be directly proportional to intelligence level: the lower this is, the greater the risk of narcissism. I’d be interested in your daughter’s views on this. (Actually, on everything!!!)
    Remember how in the ’80s, divorcé(e)s were practically spat upon, it was OK to make jokes about Indians ‘smelling of curry’, anorexics were selfish brats who should watch footage of REAL starving people in Ethiopia, depression=count your blessings, it was unseemly for a woman over 30 not to have short hair (¡horrors! I only trim mine when it gets tangled in my waistband and I’m 39) & single parents were common and immoral, especially unmarried ones? Now, we laugh at such crassness. Clearly it’s a matter for education…

  14. As an aside, I was just deleting the last 500 spam messages my email box attracts daily when I saw one of them was from a petition site calling for me to sign to ‘save the endangered pallid sturgeon’.
    This could be a fun caption competition, but I was wondering if it was a campaign to send Wee Nicola to Gibraltar to discuss forming a Celtic Queendom with the Rock and a united Ireland and taking Little England-and-Wales’ chair in the EU, allowing her to also get a nice tan and some much-needed rest on the enclave’s rather fabulous beach. BTW, I’d need a Scot/Irish/Gib to adopt me then, so I can get a Celtic passport and stay in the EU. Spain doesn’t offer joint nationality to Brits as yet – which I’d apply for in a heartbeat, Brexit or not, if it existed – and I think I’d find it hard to renounce my British nationality, even if it was only on paper. (My Australian brother had no such qualms, but my Grandma thinks Spain’s still as described by her Spanish mistress at school in the ’30s and would be horrified if I became 100% Spanish and stopped being British. I’ve tried to reassure her Franco’s been dead longer than I’ve been alive and we now have internet, nice shops and a better health service than the UK does, and that if I became Spanish I’d be required to add my mother’s maiden surname onto my existing one so that I’d have two – which would mean adopting Grandma’s name. I mean, she’s half-Irish, she’ll be okay; my folks are from Norwich, which voted ‘Remain’, but doesn’t issue passports…)

  15. Oh Kally, you’re so right. Education is our only hope. I believe the future of the human race itself is on a knife edge and we will fall on one side or the other depending on our ability to educate ourselves.

    If we manage to inject a decent supply of mutual tolerance, respect and understanding into our society through education then we have a future. If we don’t achieve that, then I genuinely feel the human race has no future. If the majority of us can’t learn how to get on with each other instead of dividing up into tribes of mutual hatred then we’re sunk. Our world leaders don’t seem to learn the lessons of history. They just make the same mistakes over and over again. The cold war, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria… The list goes on. It sickens me. Even Brexit is so obviously a bad idea when we need to unify instead of fracture.

    I’m sorry to say I’ll be taking a break again from all this. Got the usual crop of seasonal visitors and it’s a bit anti-social of me if I slope off to a corner every few hours with my iPad. Better practice what I preach, eh?
    😉
    I’ll be back though – just like Arnie. Where’s a re-educated, protective terminator when we all need one?

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