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Saturday, 31 August 2019

Like all bullies, the EU backs down in the face of courage

Little Macron, we are told, his delicate heels perched on his shoe-lifts, will now permit the United Kingdom to remain in the EU for a little bit longer than 31st October. Yes, he did stomp those same diminutive feet not so long ago and proclaim "Non! Non! Non!" to suggestions that Mrs May might be given a year or more to change Britain's mind about leaving. But that, his supporters say, was just for the benefit of the Euro elections. In other words, Le Petit was happy to trade the future welfare of all the nations in Europe for his personal political advantage. It's not a good look. Not that we want, or can be forced to take, an extension; we will leave when we said we would.

Anti-democrats determined to stop Brexit are now all out in the open, and have even stopped pretending in most cases that they are just concerned about 'no deal'. Our exit is looming, and it is their last chance to sabotage our leaving. So ex-PMs Blair and Brown work openly with the Brussels bullies to help them defeat the UK, and Major, the hypocritical architect of the entire mess, does so less openly but to the same effect. Why he and Heseltine are still permitted to remain members of our party defeats me.

Everyone knows the thing about bullies. They respect only courage, and a refusal to cow before their threats.

For the first time in nine long years of Conservative government, we have an executive imbued with the courage to lead the people of Britain in mounting a gallant challenge against the bullies. Boris has barely been in office for a month, but it feels as though he has done more in that time than the all the long years of Cameron and May together. It is truly refreshing and morale boosting.

And the bullies are, as bullies do, backing down. Little Macron may have to stand on his tippy-toes to try to match the stature of our PM; let him stand on a shoe-box if he must, or a tea-chest. We no more want France to look up to us than we want to look down on France - we want just what we've always wanted, a political relationship of respect between equals. The jejune bullying and intimidation of the Berlaymont has no place in international politics. 

When shoe-lifts are not enough - Macron stands on tippy-toes to look Boris in the eye

20 comments:

Smoking Scot said...

Article in the Scotsman quotes Brown as saying there will be no deadline and the EU will not accept a no deal.

He also goes on about internal divisions, national, political and the need for healing. Then talks about what currency Scotland can have post independence!

I know he's an anachronism, but an annoying one. He and Blair brought in the blanket smoking ban and that half arsed devolution, so they're the reason for the current fiasco and Boris.

Suck it up.

r_writes esq. said...

Micron must be very small then, because I am 6' 2" and I tower over Boris, whom I have had the dubious pleasure of standing next to.

Whilst I accept that there is a feeling that someone dynamic is leading us, I am also concerned that the Tory Party will think not of the children but of the stability of the great pater in the sky, namely the CONservative party..

The only problem I have is where is he leading us? I fear that he is going to trust that task to the votes of Labour MP's, who are his real target, since for him leaving the EU is a conundrum rather than a passion.

Raedwald said...

Paradoxically, the smoking ban mobilised a vast cohort of British Leavers. Until 2006 I was quite happy in the pub, flying a £60 day return trip to Barcelona every 10 weeks to buy 3,000 cheap Spanish fags. From 2007 I was angry enough to start this blog and campaign seriously against all those I held responsible for the spoilation of Britain's pub and club culture.

Even though I swapped fags for snuff six years ago I remain a strong advocate of permissive smoking - and love nothing more than a session in our local pub here (Austrians are amongst Europe's heaviest smokers, fags are cheap here and smoking is still [just] allowed in pubs) in a gorgeous tobacco fug.

With the FPÖ out of government, the socialists are set to push through a smoking ban here - which I predict will galvanise the nation into anti-EU action.

DeeDee99 said...

The likes of Major and Heseltine are still in the Party because a majority of the Party Grandees and MPs were Remainers and many still are. It's really only the membership which is pro-Brexit. The Party is reluctantly being forced to deliver Brexit in order to survive and I fully expect Boris, in due course, to present Parliament with a reworked Surrender Treaty (because the EU can't afford a No Deal) so Le Petit Macron will have to eat some humble pie along with Little Leo Varadkar.

Ruth Davidson told us what Boris is planning. He'll aim to push the "new" Surrender Treaty through with the votes of Labour MPs representing working class constituencies outside London who are desperate to save their political careers.

RAC Esq. said...

I hope Boris sticks to the 31st deadline and refuses the bait to string this nonsense out any further, it has already gone on far too long.

RAC Esq. said...

Micron is not as resolute as he makes out, hope the yellow vests are noting that.

Dave_G said...


The only thing we have to note is that Government has NEVER (in my lifetime anyway) done ANYTHING to the direct benefit of the majority. They have ALWAYS worked to an agenda that they either keep under cover or weasel into place by obfuscation and deceit.

If we actually get the Brexit we expect (zero influence/control by the EU) it will be a first in my lifetime and, I suspect, everyone elses too.

Which is why I expect to be betrayed - again.

Never in my life have I wanted to be proven so wrong....

Domo said...

"The Party is reluctantly being forced to deliver Brexit in order to survive and I fully expect Boris, in due course, to present Parliament with a reworked Surrender Treaty (because the EU can't afford a No Deal) so Le Petit Macron will have to eat some humble pie along with Little Leo Varadkar.

Ruth Davidson told us what Boris is planning. He'll aim to push the "new" Surrender Treaty through with the votes of Labour MPs representing working class constituencies outside London who are desperate to save their political careers."

Then at the next election, they will be thrown out, TCP will be obliterated, and TBP will abrogate the treaty and dare Germany to start a shooting war to enforce their rights over British Law.

"We cant do that because Europe" will no longer be a phrase in UK politics.

jim said...

Mmmm, perhaps there are different interpretations, Macron is being annoying or perhaps Macron is laying out a bait trail.

Boris has made a great play of leaving on 31st, but so far his backing is pretty uncertain. OK from the noisy newspapers but his own MPs are more questionable. So we might consider Macron is being annoying and having some fun.

Or perhaps Boris's backing will indeed fracture and a further extension will look attractive - possibly to Boris's successor. Macron knows we have a way to go yet, many a slip twixt cup and lip, so every benefit to stirring the pot.

Suff said...

It truly is a breath of fresh air but I wonder how they will reword the WA. I reckon Cummings has done the numbers and believes there is not enough hardline Brexiters to reopen this can of betrayal if they can finally put the lid on it. Remember he only targets the “ don’t knows” and if, after all the evil vindictive treachery displayed over the last three years, they’re still not sure it’s better to be out. Then the “don’t knows” really are BBC fodder and the UK will get dragged down with the EU.
I don’t think Cummings is involved to bring home Brexit but to win the ensuing election and seeming like they delivered Brexit, will bring home all those soft Brexit voters to the CON party
Please let me be wrong

JPM said...

Ah, so your were bullied into staying in your previous house a bit longer by its buyer, when you told him that your new one wasn't ready yet?

How beastly of him!

What a giraffe!

Suff said...

Yes JPM and we’ll be bullied into paying for all the repairs on our credit card, as the place crashes down around our ears because nobody will accept his toy town money anymore:-)

John in Cheshire said...

Sorry, my feeble attempt at humour hasn't worked. Please delete it if you can.

JPM said...

The markets - "you can't buck 'em" - say otherwise, Suff.

Don't they?

Anonymous said...

Why isn’t Cheerful at the People’s ( of zone one) Prosecco Protests?

Dave_G said...


The markets? They are as controlled as the exit negotiations i.e. to suit some secret agenda we aren't party to.

Anonymous said...

Domo, so the Brexit Party would unilaterally tear up an international treaty?

And what do you think that would do, to whatever standing this laughing-stock of a country had left in the world?

No shooting war would be needed. The European Union would simply close its ports, roads, airspace and markets to the UK.

Dave_G said...


The European Union would simply close its ports, roads, airspace and markets to the UK.

= commit economic suicide.

The EU will do diddly-squat that the corporates don't sanction and the corporates will never allow the EU to cut off their economic supply chain. The EU is a mouthy, know-it-all, do-nothing dictatorship that is rapidly fraying at the edges.

If the EU was even capable of mediation or negotiation (ask Cameron, he'll tell you) they could sort this out. The EU is 'want, want, want' and 'me, me, me' and every answer to every problem is 'more EU'. You'd have more success arguing with a child. You'd certainly get more reasoning....

Anonymous said...

Well, the corporates in the UK let half-a-dozen French fishermen cut off their supply chains, didn't they?

Maybe you don't remember Operation Stack over there in the US, Dave?

Charles said...

Gosh what a gloomy bunch. Just keep an eye on Boris that he does not reheat the WA, exit on WTA and then wait for EU to come back, exit with no deal is the route to a deal. Remember your Machiavelli, you know people by their friends, would you be seen dead with the current remain crowd.? Me neither.