Politics is a strange occupation one might argue. You fight to make a name for yourself and wheedle you way up the greasy pole and then spend much of your time defending yourself against attack from almost any direction. Then those that you thought you trusted turn against you and you slither back down the greasy pole into political obscurity. It’s a bit like the salmon desperately trying to get back to its birthplace to spawn itself yet knowing that obstacles like bears, birds and rapids will make this an absolute nightmare journey. Boris’s swingeing savaging of his cabinet is a great example in the human field with wannabee ministers falling like Autumn leaves, tossed aside, careers blasted. As onlookers, we might not feel that much remorse about a politician losing his job, they must surely have known what a precarious perch they inhabited for such a short while, but it tells us much about the philosophy of near future politics in Britain.
The critics yell that democracy is under threat and that No.10 centralising the power will be the end of all days. Let’s ponder on that a moment or two. First, democracy. Democracy was under greater threat when there was the looming possibility of a Corbyn government, but because that spectre was growing amid a conventional political debate, nobody was getting too agitated about it - and the election ensured it didn’t happen. Now, with Boris beating the table and demanding the radical change to governance, constitution and social infrastructure that has been the central tenet of political discourse in this country since the Referendum, the critics leap up and shout ‘foul’. They are professional ‘foul’ callers - the very thing we voted for, that systemic change to the style and methodology of governance is in play and we must not let this be derailed by the righteous brigade objectionists who see this as something of a Westminster bubble game. It is not. It is deadly serious and the changes we clamoured for need a firm hand at the tiller. And in that, the PM needs loyalty to that cause. If not, then goodbye to those ministers who thought there was going to be a continuance of that which went before, for decades. We voted for change, and all the current indicators say we are going to get it. We might not altogether like some of what looks likely - HS2 is a good example - but we need to keep the momentum if real, meaningful change is to be brought about to everyone’s advantage. Let’s not bleat like snowflakes, it’s time we had some mettle in our leadership.
Trumpy is sending a delegation to Britain to warn us off the Huawei deal. In American eyes this will be a ‘Tell the Brits what we want and threaten them with everything if they are reluctant’ type of meeting. We probably did the same sort of thing a couple of hundred years or so ago but, as history clearly shows, it seldom stops the process being debated. Whilst BB isn’t a fan of the Huawei deal he is more opposed to such a foreign delegation coming here and telling us what we must do. History is littered with David and Goliath stories - what most Goliath’s seem to overlook is that David won ! Be strong, Boris, and remember that the so called ‘special relationship’ only has one intended beneficiary - and it isn’t Britain.
Mrs Merkel has been forced to grab the reins of the German CDU back from the unfortunate AKK. In some respects that is no bad thing for Mrs Merkel is a pragmatic and international political leader of renown and skill. Yet the backdrop to this is the drift to right-wing political activism in Germany - their nightmare scenario looming - and it is clear that AKK was not equipped to deal with this. Welcome back, Mrs Merkel, but for how long can you steer the party back in your direction, the sensible direction ?
Lastly, having just read a whingeing story by Brits holed up on the Coronavirus cruise ship in Yokohama, it makes BB wonder what these folk think they have to moan about in the face of a globally spreading potential pandemic. They bleat that the British government isn’t getting them home fast enough. It isn’t the governments first priority to repatriate stranded tourists cruising around the globe and getting caught up - like every other human soul on this planet - in a bio-crisis. They should thank their lucky stars that the Japanese are taking the spread of the virus seriously and containing the globetrotter fraternity. Grow up, you bleaters and start behaving your age. Some chance, I fancy.