We have got something right at last – preparing our fallback position for no deal on BREXIT. Lord King pointed this out on BBC Newsnight 4 weeks ago and the good sense has finally percolated through.
After the Florence speech, journalist James Mates asked “What concessions has the EU made?” and our PM was unable to answer. Our chief BREXIT negotiator David Davis now has a subordinate who bypasses him and reports directly to her – not the best way to get the best out of your team. And having two ardent Remainers as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Cabinet suggests that our PM’s heart is not in it.
It’s a Wealth Tax Stupid (thank you Bill Clinton)
The Long-term Care (LTC) idea in the Tory Manifesto was the best idea for paying for care for our ageing population (which includes yours truly) for decades. As an IFA, I specialised in LTC and even delayed my holiday waiting for the final report from the “Royal Commission for Long-term Care of the Elderly“. This fiasco came up with the pointless and totally unaffordable idea that it should be free for everybody.
A smart person in the Labour camp labelled the Tory manifesto idea a Dementia Tax, but no one stood up to defend it. The dementia tax was basically a wealth tax where home owners who have accumulated £’000 tens if not £’000 hundreds over decades would use that wealth to pay for care if they needed it. No one spoke up, no one defended the idea so it became unpopular and our famously stubborn PM dropped it with the pathetic excuse “nothing has changed“. Stubbornness is not strength.
The troops have gone but life there is not ideal and with the collapse of the power-sharing agreement, there is no effective government – meaning also that NI does not get any extra investment as per the deal with the DUP. One thing that both sides of the border agree though is that they do not want a hard border. To have one would just be like turning back the clock when pigs, butter and goodness knows what else was smuggled across.
If we had the guts to insist that no talks until The Irish (EU) Question is solved, this might concentrate minds a bit. We seem to forget that the UK only got its EU rebate when Mrs T famously said “no, no, no!” When Irish border issue is solved, other bits of the negotiations ought to be much easier and would perhaps remind the EU that we are committed to a deal.
The spectacle of our PM trying to be reasonable when the EU negotiators are not, is demeaning – it just makes the UK look timid. Mrs T would not have put up with it and each day TM stays on at No. 10 only makes Jeremy Corbyn’s journey there more certain as the latest YouGov poll suggests. TM maybe an experienced politician but she is certainly no leader. That didn’t matter before the General Election – it matters now.
When you have already admitted that you are not going to lead the party into the next General Election, why are we waiting?