Bristling Brock speaks out...
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Is it not transparent to everyone that David Cameron's re-emergence into the political news is more to do with promoting his memoirs - a seemingly self-congratulatory catalogue of righteousness - than it has to do with any attempt to make a come-back ? As the instigator of Brexit he now feels - after bailing out of the responsibility of fulfilling the public mandate to Leave the EU - that he has both the right and the insight into how we should now remain in the EU. And his main weapon, it appears, is character assassination. Bristling Brock would have argued in previous years that this would be an extraordinarily nasty tactic for any senior politician to employ; nowadays, regrettably, nothing in political life and behaviour is seen as being out of bounds - anything goes, but BB fervently hopes Mr Cameron can buzz off (again) and concentrate on his next blockbuster publication (if the size of his shed allows his ego to get inside it).
Gripes apart, the Brexit situation has certainly not improved in recent weeks, rival factions blasting away at each other to effectively becalm the entire mechanism for leaving the EU by 31st October. It's very sad to observe. Not only does it show that the nation is still brutally divided upon the issues of EU membership but it also illustrates how our political structures have adopted warlike attitudes and confrontational styles rather than collaboratively seeking the best solutions. Perhaps that is a naive expectation, for collaboration is the antithesis of political position and opposition - and compromise has never been a vote winner throughout history. And, perhaps again, that is the fundamental root of the problem - that our political landscape is solely geared to the winning of electoral votes in some sort of gladiatorial contest of one ideology over another - neither of which may have any relevance to the national good. And that in itself begs the question: 'What is the national good ?' Now that's a really complicated can of worms but perhaps in its simplest form it would be a measure of how people feel about their country, its values, institutions, its strategic direction and the 'feel good' factor that is reflected from good, common sense governance. How much of that exists right now is hard to say, but on balance BB would argue that such a sentiment is at the thin end of the wedge rather than at the thick end. A way to travel yet.
Bristling Brock has been a Leave supporter in this protracted debate. That the discord and hostility that still clearly remains over the detail of this issue is unlikely to abate suggests that there may well be no practical solution that meets with majority approval. Continuing dysfunctional governance and with it a diminished 'feel-good' factor to national spirit, cohesiveness and sense of purpose would promote the notion of an Article 50 withdrawal and a continuance of EU membership. The Remainers would rejoice but it is certainly doubtful that this would assuage the ill feeling around the country. On the flip side, it would mean a complete abandonment of our democratic values and beliefs. The Referendum would be dismissed as being a temporary aberration but in truth it would signify that Britain had surrendered its integrity, honour, sovereignty, tradition and capacity to bring about political and economic change for the benefit of the nation as a whole rather than the establishment alone. Is Brexit as simple as that ? Those that value the perceived economic advantages of remaining in the EU against those that seek a new way of developing an economy and social infrastructure that has Britain's national advantage at its heart ? It's a tough call, for in truth, Remainers have no idea what continued membership of the EU might entail - economically or politically - and Leavers have equally no idea what a brave new world life outside of the EU might become. It is a case of the blind bashing the blind and often missing with their blows completely. What this does all tell us, however, is that we are a divided and bruised society - not exclusively over Brexit, but across a broad spectrum of social, investment, and politically representative pressure points. Brexit is the tip of an iceberg. It is what people use as a focal point for the expression of all manner of grievances but the real foundation of all of this is an elitist political establishment (not solely the government, the whole Westminster cabal) based in the south of the country that has next to no realisation or interest about regional issues or infrastructure need.
The solution may be radical political reform before Brexit - or it may be that Brexit is the very vehicle through which to bring political reform about....
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Parliament has seldom seen such upheavals as we have witnessed this last few months. Centuries ago, long before Party politics became the accepted paradigm, it was not uncommon to see both raucous argument and the occasional brawl. Now, perhaps with the spicy infusion of Brexit, we have reached a point where fisticuffs and dagger drawing has been replaced by a compelling desire to declare that black is really white and that law is that which individual politicians and vocal groups of the same species wish it to be interpreted as. It’s a little bit like old Socrates saying ‘choose the laws you wish to obey and flout the rest’. The troubling corollary to that concept is that our social structures and cultures are behaving in exactly the same way - we are all choosing to see the law as some interpretable framework which we can twist and re-shape at our whim. Now that’s a dodgy precedent to set - be it for politicians or Joe Public.
The political arguments about what is law and what is not are, admittedly, made more confusing by virtue of our rather oral tradition constitution rather than a definitive, documented framework. Our forefathers clearly wanted to keep matters as flexible as possible when it came to the law. Yet the continuance of this oral tradition has enabled Parliament to wriggle and contort the law to say what it wants it to say at a certain point in time. The legislature has interpreted the law for its own purposes and has, to a large extent, influenced the judiciary to do the same - Gina Miller’s attempts to interfere with the government’s primacy in applying the law has gone from one court ruling to the next until, at some point in her campaign, she gets a verdict that suits her interpretation of the law. The 2016 Referendum result also illustrates the drift in procedure that allows the legal position agreed by all at that time to be continuously challenged in Parliament and the courts until someone, somewhere says that that verdict is the new verdict to be followed. It suits the political classes very well - ‘we don’t like that decision so we’ll render it illegal by manipulating the law to suit our new arguments’. And that’s exactly what is happening in Parliament. Lawyers are having a wonderful time making up interpretations of the law to suit the lobbying activities of those who disagree with that which was legally and properly decided over three and a half years ago. The Rule of Law has become the plaything of Parliament and is being disgracefully abused by those who would see Brexit trashed and forgotten.
Bristling Brock has long argued for major parliamentary reform in Britain. Right now, such reform is most unlikely because the modus operandi of certain political groupings is intent upon using the foggy interpretations of right and wrong to their own advantage and will no doubt sit like crowing cockerel’s as each manipulation leads to yet more removal of executive power and, by association, neuters the very ability of the country to be governed. Three hundred years back that was considered treason and whilst we should never give any government a blank cheque to do what it likes we are now at a point where decisive and rather blunt action is necessary to move us forward from the current Brexit swamp. In that, the Johnson government has been taking the right line. Britain can not afford to have a Parliament effectively superseding the authority of government - that can only happen - in law - at each general election - and government now needs to act with a certain level of firmness and commitment that has the authority of ‘real law’ to bring a certain finality to a parliamentary hijacked process that is damaging this nation enormously. The 31st October for departure from the EU should be inviolate. The EU are not now or ever going to renegotiate a deal that is acceptable to all factions so it is the government’s responsibility to enforce the closure point of this extremely sad period in our parliamentary history.
If the government succeed in this, they have the opportunity to introduce reforms that are long overdue - for their existing, so-called colleagues have shown themselves to be the least deserving of a seat in The Commons. It’s time for a shake-up in Westminster and Whitehall and a return to a respect for the law by both Parliament and society at large.Add a comment
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Have we become a nation of bandits ? The goings on in the political world would suggest we have. Measures of convenience over legality and common purpose seem to have risen to the fore of the eternal Brexit debate. That’s partly down to our somewhat imprecise constitutional framework but it is also due to downright political chicanery, the manipulation of rules - and indeed the Rule of Law itself - to produce barriers and legal arguments upheld by barrack room lawyers in the pay of those who wish a particular outcome to be dominant. In this, those that would Remain in the debate are winning the day with the most spurious and constructed ‘legal’ positions imaginable. Their objective, of course, is for Brexit to be abandoned altogether, an outcome they are adroitly steering this country toward by the base manipulation of arcane and interpretable law. In the midst of this unpleasant theatre we have the sub-theatrics of the Labour leader wishing nothing else than to become Prime Minister. The national good has nothing to do with Labour objectives - seizing political power does. And if that should happen, we will have the Marxist puppeteers of McDonnell, McKluskey, Starmer and company becoming the real movers and shakers of such a government. At that point we really will have cooked our goose.
What strikes Bristling Brock is the fierce determination of those that would remain in the EU to override a parliament approved and sanctioned referendum result, to crassly manipulate parliament into some feral tool to bring about blockages and contrived hurdles in order to - as they portray it - uphold democracy. There has been absolutely nothing democratic in the actions of the saboteurs in the Remain camp, there has been nothing democratic in the behaviour of parliament and there has been the most disingenuous display of raw ambition by the Opposition in their quest for power. All in all, the theatre of all this has been both unbelievable and shocking to see; a complete subjugation of proper parliamentary process by trumped up legal positions drawn up by lawyers who have a vested interest in suspending disbelief to the point where they don’t even themselves recognise the distinctions between that which is right and proper and that which is distinctly not. Bandits truly have taken over our parliament.
By contrast, the Leave camp have been less than active. Once described as the ignorant, old and uneducated of the north, they have receded into quite a passive position since Mr Johnson became PM. Why that should be is curious for they have everything to fight for in ensuring we leave the EU on 31st October. That is all now very much compromised with ‘no deal’ likely to be ‘legally’ off the agenda and therefore the prospect of the EU negotiating further much reduced. In fact now, the EU can sit back and draw up the most penal of trade arrangements with the UK because it knows that the British have signed up to their own death-wish by permitting parliament to rule over governance. And let us not forget that the Withdrawal Agreement has nothing to do with trade. That part hasn’t even been broached yet and will become a long drawn-out saga that has but one beneficiary - the EU. So, what our saboteurs and parliament have succeeded in doing is handing our last golden egg to the EU on a platter. And they will enjoy mightily in cooking it to a crisp. Bandits all. Fools we are.
Reflect a moment on what history will make of a once proud nation destroying itself politically, institutionally and socially. It rings a bell or two doesn’t it ? Ancient Greece, Persia, Egypt, Rome, Byzantium and so on...the historical list is a list of precedents that is beginning to embrace Britain within its grasp. If we follow the rebellious course set by parliament and those that wish to destroy Brexit then we will almost certainly add to that historical list of lost empires and national identity. Brexit is not, however, about preserving an old empire, it is about fulfilling the will of the people of a nation state, a will determined properly in law and precedent and completely within the spirit of the Rule of Law. It is also about regeneration, an opportunity to remould ourselves as a globalist nation rather than being ruled by the petty ambitions of federalists who operate to a different agenda. Brexit is the opportunity to embrace that change. Unfortunately, those that would never climb out of their comfort zone have gone sulky and provocatively obstructive.
We are on the cusp of lawlessness - state lawlessness - the very first step to that anarchic dissolution of the very stuff of our nation, the very stuff of which this nation has been made from this last thousand years or more. Once gone, it will be gone forever. Is that really what we - the wider population - want for our country ? Bristling Brock would hope not, but right now the bandits and the radicals are winning the game. BB most fervently hopes that Mr Johnson still has a few arrows left in his quiver - for now is very much his ‘do or die’ moment.
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