The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement will be activated on 31st January and continued alignment with EU regulation will continue up until the end of December, 2020. Beyond that is pure speculation - deal or no deal, you might say. Yet this is the process that is now in motion - whether it is liked or not - so is it not incumbent upon every UK citizen to make the whole dynamic work to mutual best advantage ? Isn't it better for the country to get behind this generational political shift and make it a great success - for what will it achieve if there is continued moaning and groaning that disaster is looming ? For those comfortable with the dynamic of leaving, it is not so with a sense of 'having beaten the Remoaners', rather it is with a sense of future opportunity, expression and, of course, national sovereignty being re-ignited. Triumphalism - that over-used word - is not, for the most part, anything to do with the occurrence of Brexit, quite the opposite. It is a renewed belief in what Britain stands for, what it is capable of doing, its direction of travel and its future national identity. Whether we like it or not, every country is different - we can still be friends, but we have different priorities, values and beliefs in so many things - and that, for Europe in particular, was a destiny forged immutably over a thousand years ago when the very nature of national identity emerged. We can become Pan-Global citizens with some common objectives, but those do not subsume those objectives of the nation state. What we strive for is common purpose, common action and common recognition of those issues that affect us all - but beneath that aspiration there are people - you and I - who, by virtue of being part of the human species, have views, opinions and arguments that the sovereign state should be prepared to take account of in its international relationships and governmental positions. Idealistic ? Maybe, but it is a gold standard to aim for. The times of division need to end. Britain must get working on making the exit from the EU a political, social, judicial and economic success because if we continue to squabble and sulk, we won't get to where we need to be. And that would result in die-hard Remainers exhorting triumphalism - but to no meaningful end. So let's all just get on with making Britain a success again.
The Labour Party leadership contest was always going to be a mixture of comedy and bizarre posturing. Engulfed in socialist doctrine, none of the contenders have properly recognised the need to translate this into meaningful stratagems that benefit the population. It is a depressing burlesque show, for the reality of democratic, parliamentary governance is that there is government counter-balanced by effective opposition. Effective opposition has been absent from our democracy this past 10 years due to the Labour Party writhing with the contradiction of the perfect socialist state against the reality of democracy - the two of which are never likely to meet. Here, in the third decade of the 21st Century, we still have Marxist purists believing in their souls that this can be mutated with an increasingly diverse British population that long ago understood that purism and pragmatism seldom function together. To get an effective opposition in parliament, we need some pragmatists at the helm. Of the present contenders, only Lisa Nandy stands aside of the others as being a realist. Whether she has the wherewithall to translate that into becoming a future prime minister is still an open question - the others have no hope. And, as all the pundits have already remarked, whilst she may be the best of a poor bunch, she will not get elected by virtue of the Labour movements voting system. You could call it masochism, couldn't you ?
Iran maintains its aggressive world position with a zealotry and messianic fervour that few of us in the West recognise or understand. It's not clear to BB what Iran even wants out of this positioning unless its true desire is to develop a nuclear arsenal that can be used against Israel. But then they would invoke Armageddon upon themselves and countless others in the region - is that what they aspire to, a war defined passage to their paradise ? It can only be hoped that the rising opposition to the Iranian theocratic regime will start to have a major influence over future developments.
Trumpy has recruited a cohort of celebrity associated lawyers to defend his impeachment case. It's probably wise that he doesn't defend himself as his ability to use language in a convincing and authoritative way is clearly not his strong suit, nor is his ability to be self-deprecating (having recently listened to his views on climate change and '...all these gasses spewing out...' it is abundantly clear that his self esteem far outweighs any sense of realism or understanding - or indeed, expression). It'll be an interesting episode, no doubt being closely observed by Netflix, Amazon and others with a view to launching a major new mini-series on the affair. God Bless America !