Let’s admit it, we are living in ‘interesting’ times, aka chaos.
We have just had 45 come over to the UK for a state visit hosted by the Windsors and the outgoing Prime Minister, (she left the role of Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday, 7 June the day after D-Day – somewhat poetic); we have the Brexit party winning seats for the European Parliament, (that’s going to be interesting especially as the EU follows up on its investigations into that organisation’s finances); and we have a known liar and hypocrite as, potentially, the next leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party and thus Prime Minister. This man, aka ’let’s put the £350 million a week that we pay into the EU,’ (we never did), ‘back into the NHS.’ (He won’t). Like the leader of the Brexit Party, this ignorant buffoon continues to lie and obfuscate. So, chaos then.
Then let’s add 45’s comment about the NHS being ‘on the table’ for any deal that we try to make with the US. Commercial healthcare has worked out well in America hasn’t it? Interestingly, having been informed about the stupidity of this observation, 45 rowed back. Of course we believe him when he says, (tweets) ‘big Trade Deal is possible once U.K. gets rid of the shackles. Already starting to talk!’ To repeat, of course we believe him. When has he ever told a fib? Okay, okay, apart from the 10,000 plus that the Washington Post identified in the first two years of this ‘Presidency’.
By the way, here’s a quick side-bar regarding trade deals with the US. Food hygiene. Chlorinated chicken anyone? A few facts for those who may not yet know: 12 hours maximum transportation time for live birds in the UK. In the US – 28 hours; Food poisoning – 1.5% chance in the UK. In the US – 11.4%. That’s why the American food industry washes the chicken carcass in chlorine dioxide. Ho hum. I won’t mention GM crops – banned in the UK, allowed in the US.
Of course, the UK will be able to negotiate from a position of strength, won’t it? Especially so due to our ‘special relationship’ (coined, by the way, by Winston Churchill in 1946.) We shall ignore the fact that Barack Obama considered Germany to be his ‘closest international partner’; Suez? Ahem. Er, Lyndon Johnson trying to involve the UK in the Vietnam War; the US invasion of Grenada; Reagan’s pressure on Thatcher not to react to Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands. Definitely, a ‘special relationship.’
Think of it, 45 and Johnson…
So, to repeat, chaos then.
J J Mitchell
‘No one left behind’