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Every time I* jumped out of a plane I had two chutes, one I'd packed myself AND A RESERVE. If May's won't work the WTO reserve will.

* A previous version of me, around 1976.

Dec 13, 2018 at 11:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterRhoda Klapp

We haven't got too many Civil Servants. we have too many priorities and those generate rafts of jobs for civil servants. We need radical reforn but like Uibhist a Tuath, I fear we haven't the people in charge to do it... no. I'm sure we haven't.

Dec 13, 2018 at 11:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Dec 13 2018 at 8:59 AM Uibhist a Tuath

We have too many Civil Servants!

I do recommend the original book (a series of tongue-in-cheek essays) by C. Northcote Parkinson. "Parkinson's Law" originates from one essay within the book, but the other essays are just as relevant today as they were in the 1950s, even if some of them may be a bit uncomfortable for the uber Politically Correct.

Dec 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

AK, her deal doesn't let us leave the EU at all. It's 40bn to just dangle from a rope with no knife to cut ourselves free. The bargaining points on our side are the money and continued trade for EU businesses. May's deal gives the EU both of those for something little better for us than WTO rules. Why would the EU give us a trade deal then?

Dec 13, 2018 at 10:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Tiny. Like your analogy, but in my version May's deal is the badly packed and deliberately sabotaged parachute, that nevertheless gives an opportunity for a soft(ish) Brexit landing. However, the future deliberate abandonment of the parachute will leave us in freefall, to crash and burn. The EU plane will be a distant memory.

Dec 13, 2018 at 9:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

Our current situation can be likened to jumping out of a plane. There was an opportunity to turn back while we were packing the parachute, getting on the plane and getting to the right height. But we are passed that point and have jumped out of the plane. May's plan seeks to tie us to the plane, to be dragged along, neither in nor out and likely to strangle us or slam us into buildings sooner or later. The 'People's Vote' want us to pay any price to have the plane fly down and catch us. Remoaner activities (and no AK, you're not one) are trying to sabotage the chute to teach us a lesson. They're having a panic attack, screaming 'we're all going to die' repeatedly, and are making a good landing almost impossible. Onlookers have already seen the country wet itself and won't respect us quite as much as before. One way or another we will hit the ground. Delaying the moment would only be useful if we spent the time preparing for impact but not if it means the remoaners get the chance to steer us towards power lines. Their biggest fear is we discover we like being out of the EU or heaven forbid, be good at it.

Dec 13, 2018 at 9:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

golf charlie, Pcar
Sure but why didn't the UK follow the unwritten rules of the club? The British have been good at imposing other peoples rules ever since the Romans dealt with the Iceni and Trinovantes. It's a trait which is great for running an empire but when you rely on treaties and agreements then you're always at a disadvantage. The 20th century is full of treaties, particularly military, where other parties have bent or ignored the rules. Unlike UK sports such as football and cycling who have adopted a " if you can't beat them" approach, British civil servants have remained solidly in a jobsworth culture. Anyone who thinks that future treaties and trade deals will be any different is resigning themselves to disappointment and another 40 years of complaining about the rest of the world cheating and bending the rules. It's very much a case of failing to learn from experience for which the UK has only itself to blame. I don't hold out much hope for the UK ignoring UN directives which in the past have filtered down from the EU.

Leaving the EU by whatever route is finally chosen isn't going to change a centuries old culture unfortunately.

Dec 13, 2018 at 8:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath

Dec 13, 2018 at 8:11 AM |Supertroll

Alternatively .........

The majority of Tory MPs have concluded that the crumby BREXIT deal that the EU was prepared to allow, was the optimum course of action, and going for anything "better" having toppled May, was an unnecessary and untimely risk.

It now remains for non Tory MPs to decide if they will attempt to topple May/BREXIT/Referendum, for their own selfish ends.

May has accepted she is the "caretaker manager". The BBC seem to have accepted that BREXIT under the EU's terms and conditions is preferable to a Harder BREXIT, and (Breakfast BBC v Shadow Chancellor) are not offering Labour an easy alternative if they simply "Oppose" for their selfish interests.

Dec 13, 2018 at 8:53 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Gosh PCar you could have written "May be; or hopefully Theresa May be Not!" yourself. It has all the hallmarks. Do you have another blog persona?

Dec 13, 2018 at 8:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

Displaying my "angry, intolerant & hateful bully true persona" (I am Supertroll after all) I offer soothing balm for the gnashers, needle and thread, and a twelve month calendar for your tribulations. But never fear, the evil Theresa will not get her way, the magnificent 117 + DUP + "supine" opposition parties will see to that. Our politicians appear to be afflicted by that well known Chinese curse, but on steroids.

Dec 13, 2018 at 8:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

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