Post by Mike
Didn’t really mean it about the sunshine, rain and dark grey clouds seem to
be the weather of the week here, however, Umrats must be elsewhere doing
summat else! Helllloooooo!
I've been watching my petition crawl along, after it was finally
approved at the third attempt. It got a small boost when mentioned in a
newsletter - if a 'rat can mention (and link to) it on grans/mumsnet,
twitter, or facebook, it might give another little boost (-:
Otherwise, not a lot to post about. TA has lots of interesting
storylines, but nothing I can think of to comment on that hasn't already
been said (by me or others).
It hasn't covered Brexit much; I think the three-week (or so) lag is a
real handicap for the SWs.
It looks to _me_ as if the latest Brexit "plan" might be dead in the
water: whether it in itself is good or bad, I'm in two minds - it has
some good things, but some I'm very concerned about. (And no, I haven't
read it.) However, either way, at _present_, it looks like it won't get
through parliament anyway, so whether it's good or bad is moot. (One
thing that's irritating is I haven't seen any mention of _when_
parliament is actually going to _have_ that vote. Presumably not until
after the EU has said yes to it, but at the moment it looks as if _they_
will, this weekend I think.)
Assuming it _doesn't_ get through parliament, and the chance of getting
any _other_ agreement from EU being - we're being told at present! -
low, the remaining options seem to be: a no-deal Brexit, or stay in.
Either would require A Lot Of Work, in a short time: no-deal Brexit
means phenomenal work to prepare, in only four months including the
Christmas break - would still cause major disruption, though I think we
could mitigate it _somewhat_ if we worked at it (and some bodies are
already preparing); staying in would _probably_ require another
referendum, and I don't know what the legal timescales are about such
things (we've only had three or four in my lifetime: joining the common
market, revising the voting system, and leaving the EU). I suppose
another outside possibility is _postponing_ the exit date (say by a
year): I have no idea whether that's possible (it would certainly need
EU agreement - I think), and I'm not sure what it would achieve.
There - that should put an end to "it's quiet in here innit" (-:!
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
Have you ever heard about a petition, disagreed with it, but been frustrated
that there's no way you can *show* that you disagree? If so, have a look at
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/232770 - and please pass it on if you
agree, especially to twitter, facebook, gransnet/mumsnet, or any such forum.
Lewis: ... d'you think there's a god?
Morse: ... There are times when I wish to god there was one. (Inspector Morse.)