Euro Vision 2019

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The Dark Arts :-

"Cumberbatch presents us with an intense, socially awkward, strategic mastermind with a gentle Durham accent and a penchant for hanging out in stationary cupboards at work...

Brexit: The Uncivil War (Channel 4, Monday at 21:00 GMT). It not only gives you a "from the horse's mouth" version of what happened, but also an insight into Cummings's immediate post-vote plan for Boris Johnson that is missing from the film.

Of course, it is impossible to tell the entire story in one TV movie."

The Hypothetical?

The FEX ;-)



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'Uncooperative Crusties"

"From tiny acorns, big movements spring. We have been moving far too slowly on the climate change issue.

"I regard it as a tremendous compliment to be called an uncooperative crusty, that was a remark made in humour."

"The post office is the life-force for many fragile communities because it attracts a steady stream of visitors from neighbouring hamlets and farms who need to pay their bills and access personal and business banking services.

Take the post office away and suddenly the comforting rhythm of village life is gone. The value of the service was underlined recently, when I called in at a post office in a small Yorkshire village to pay bills on behalf of an elderly relative.

This is a community where everybody knows your name and customers are not simply numbers and commodities. It’s a glimpse of a vanished world before we were enslaved by social media and online transactions. The staff were friendly and helpful, but, privately, I feared that they might be struggling to make a profit.

The closure of any post office causes untold hours of quiet desperation for elderly people, who have already been driven to distraction by the loss of other rural services.

Sadly, the future for Britain’s post offices looks grim. MPs have been warned that the Post Office network is on the brink of collapse with more than 2,500 branches facing closure in the next year.

More than a fifth of sub-postmasters, who run the Post Office franchises across the UK, have said they plan to resign or downsize because of increasing financial pressures. A survey found that 76 per cent of sub-postmasters - who run 98 per cent of the franchised offices in the UK - work for less than the minimum hourly wage."
OOOh a Red Sweater ...
Always on his way to somewhere else.
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Super Shatterday

"The governor of the Bank of England has told the BBC that the new Brexit deal struck by the government is "welcome" and a "net economic positive".

Mark Carney said the deal "takes away the tail risk of a disorderly Brexit".

However the governor warned that the deal might not boost the economy to the same extent as the deal put forward by Boris Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May.

Mr Johnson's deal is due to be voted on by MPs on Saturday..."

"The number of amendments will affect the length of the process, so the key vote could come any time from mid-afternoon to early evening."

"Of course! A remote cabin is the perfect place to write your manifesto and who knows, you may find Bigfoot."

"“When something big like Brexit happens, that knowledge gap is revealed... 

Is it all barbs about 800 years, apologising for historical wrongs, and having to explain Brexit several times a day?""

Oh. Their orrfff :

9.37 am "The House of Commons is packed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is beginning his statement. MPs will ask questions after he finishes speaking and the main debate on the government proposals will follow that.

Speaker John Bercow says he has accepted ex-Tory MP Oliver Letwin's amendment to the government's motion."

Groaaan... (thats the Dog walked ;-)

Time for a biscuit...

"MPs back Sir Oliver Letwin's amendment to the government motion on the Brexit deal by 322 votes to 306.MPs back Sir Oliver Letwin's amendment to the government motion on the Brexit deal by 322 votes to 306."

Another Jumper ... (Jammy Dodgers at the Spa Bridge)

"The six Labour MPs who rebelled to oppose the Letwin amendment were: Kevin Barron (Rother Valley), Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley), Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse), Caroline Flint (Don Valley), Kate Hoey (Vauxhall), and John Mann (Bassetlaw)."

"If push comes to shove, I cannot see EU leaders saying no to another request for an extension if the alternative would be a no-deal Brexit, which they have wanted so much to avoid.

But that is now all to unfold in the days to come."

Never, say Never.

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Eaves Droppin

""Up on a hilltop, not far from a caravan park in England's North Yorkshire coast sits what is believed to be the longest continually running listening station in the world.

The GCHQ base at Scarborough was established just before World War One because its position was ideal to intercept German naval radio signals in the North Sea.

During World War Two, it helped locate German U-boats in the Atlantic. By the Cold War it shifted to monitoring Soviet communications.

Staff would work in a dank, often smelly bunker..."

"Scarborough's focus was the Soviet Baltic fleet but it was also assigned Soviet merchant shipping in the northern hemisphere..."

"On the surface the reports, some parts of which are still classified and blacked out, are no different from others Scarborough would have distributed in normal times.

But in this case a copy was also sent straight to the White House Situation Room. They would provide the first indications that the crisis was not going to escalate.

Within days, talks began which would bring the world back from the brink of war."

Boring as Batsh*t ..

“I put myself in that cockpit, and I began becoming Amelia.

The fliers were on the last legs of their high-profile around-the-world flight. Earhart was on the brink of becoming the first woman to complete the epic journey.”

Ah, So ...

"It will be up to Speaker John Bercow to decide whether to allow the vote."

The Clock is Ticking.

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Crooks or Bowls

"The day in the Commons has just got under way with questions to defence ministers.

We're then expecting a statement from Speaker John Bercow around 15.30 BST on whether he will allow MPs a vote today on approving the PM's Brexit deal..."


Avast ...

"The government, therefore, appears content that MPs be expected to vote blindly on its new deal.

"The dearth of relevant economic analysis on which MPs can decide how to vote is deeply concerning."

A Napoleon moment ...

"Bercow is on his feet and says he has been reflecting... substance & circumstance"

A change of circumstances  ... application part of a process not of significance... in substance the change is not change of circumstance therefore will not be heard today.."

"It is a necessary rule to ensure the **** use of the house's time and respect for the **** decisions it takes."

“My ruling is that the motion will not be debated today as it would be repetitive and disorderly to do so,” he told MPs."

The Harpooned.

"... not to be bombarded..."

General Compliance  &  Short Order.

"Bercow says he is stating the obvious: “When you make a judgement on these matters that is controversial, some people are going to be pleased and some are going to be displeased.”


"Scarborough Firefighters are currently carrying out an exercise on the wheel before it is disassembled."

"‘Personally I think it is better to cross bridges when I come to them.’"

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An EU Extension

""One EU diplomat said: “It felt like we were all going in one direction – towards a flextension to 31 January – but nothing is decided. It needs to work for everyone.”..."

""I don't trust anyone who has a tidy studio, do you know what I mean? Sometimes you go in and you feel like you're messing the place up just by being there.""

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Habitat Creation

"Do they ever venture beyond the Westminster bubble? If they did they would very quickly find out the mood of the people is hovering somewhere between boiling rage and spitting fury...

Their reward was a tsunami of 
threats and absolutely disgusting abuse from far left thugs and Remainer extremists... – a solemn pledge that has been unceremoniously ditched by Corbyn and Co."

“If you build the lagoon, water levels in the river seem to go down, rather than up, which flies in the face of the traditional coast squeeze argument.”"

An "ideas factory of the world" ..

Autumn Daze.

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No Extension No Election, No?

"EU leaders have agreed in principle to extend Brexit until 31 January 2020 - meaning the UK will not leave as planned on Thursday.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said it was a "flextension" - meaning the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament..."

"The UK was due to leave the EU on Thursday, but Mr Johnson was required to request an extension after Parliament failed to agree a Brexit deal.

The prime minister had repeatedly said the UK would leave on 31 October deadline with or without a deal, but the law - known as the Benn Act - requires him to accept the EU's extension offer..."

"Downing Street said Mr Johnson had not yet seen the EU's response to his request for a Brexit delay, but would respond "once he has seen the detail"..."

"MPs are due to vote on the prime minister's election call after 19:00 GMT."

Why would they...

"He says the prime minister has not confirmed that he will be accepting the extension offered by the EU.

This provokes much jeering from MPs who have been reading Twitter on their phones. Johnson intervenes and says he has sent a letter to the EU confirming that he will obey the law."


"Corbyn on why he opposed 12 December;

- Lack of daylight
- Many students will have gone home from where they’re registered to vote"

"Note no reference to the EU’s reminder that the UK is obliged to appoint a Commissioner"

"Anna Soubry, the former Tory MP who now leads the Independent Group for Change, intervened. She said she thought there was now a majority in the Commons for a confirmatory referendum. Swinson did not accept this."

"For the motion to pass and have effect, it needs to be backed by two thirds or more of all MPs - 434. No one expects it to clear that hurdle."

"MPs have backed the motion by 299 votes to 70 -  135 votes short of the votes he needed for this division to have force.

"The prime minister failed on Monday to get the votes of two-thirds of MPs he needed to secure an election under existing laws, after opposition parties largely abstained.

However, he said he would table a short bill on Tuesday that would change the law in order to hold a poll on 12 December. He would only need a simple majority for this plan, so an election could be achieved with the backing of the Lib Dems or the Scottish National party."


"Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House of Commons, said the government wanted MPs to debate all stages of the bill in a day.

Usually a bill is debated over the course of several days, but Mr Rees-Mogg said the legislation would be "extremely short, simple, and limited in scope".

The bill has to pass through the House of Commons and the House of Lords before it can come into effect.

Mr Rees-Mogg added that the government would not bring its Withdrawal Agreement Bill back to MPs for scrutiny, as would be required for Mr Johnson's Brexit deal to become law."

So, if they don't vote for an election (new parliament) there will be no Withdrawal Bill.

The next general election in the United Kingdom was scheduled for 5 May 2022, five years after the previous general election in 2017.

Enid Blyton is Dead..


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Parliament.. A Slapstick

"MPs in the House of Commons are debating the government’s bill to hold an early general election on 12 December.

Earlier, they changed the rules to ensure MPs could propose amendments to the bill later this evening...

This means backbenchers could try to amend the bill to ensure 16 and 17-year-olds and EU citizens with settled status are able to take part.

However, it’s not clear yet whether these amendments will be selected for a vote.

The government says it will pull the bill if it’s amended to extend the franchise in this way, with a No 10 spokesman saying it would create a six-month delay...  the PM's most senior adviser Dominic Cummings, who said of an election: "We're not going to have one."

"... you are not missing anything. The whole debate for far has been rambling and rather dull."

The Ratification:

"The European Council has adopted a decision to extend the period under Article 50.3 (of the Treaty on the European Union), in the context of the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU.

The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties.

For the duration of the extension the United Kingdom remains a member state with all the rights and obligations set out in the treaties and under EU law."

"Even those constituents I meet who voted to Remain or those business owners who voted Remain also want Brexit done," she says.

"What they tell me now is, look, we really wanted to stay... but now what we see is that the ongoing uncertainty and kicking the can down the road all the time is more damaging to our business than any form of Brexit."

Jess Phillips doing a song and dance routine... is not sure a General Election is going to find concensus... and asks for a fair & legal election without fear & retribution from extremists.

"She continues: "The job of this House is that different people come here from different places to make laws that aren't made for one person but represent the country.

"I seem to be in a twilight zone where the government seems to think they write a line and it is 'my way or the highway'.

"Well, welcome to parliamentary democracy."

"A vote on the second reading of the bill - the first Commons hurdle to be overcome - is expected shortly before 18:00 GMT...

MPs will give their final approval to the bill, and any amendments passed, at the third reading stage. This is expected some time around 20:00 GMT."

Provisional amendments:

"The first is to change the election date to 9 December - put forward by Labour.

The second is a technical amendment that backs up the first.

And the final amendment is from the government to change the registration date for voting to the same as the rest of the UK."

"The government is opposed to this, because it would mean parliament proroguing on Thursday, making it hard for the government to pass legislation needed to approve a budget for Northern Ireland, but it has not said that the passing of this amendment would lead to the bill having to be shelved."

Cat Smith ... banning fracking..

Missed a bit.

"80% of the House stood to respect the referendum"

"Two contrasting visions..."

The second reading is about to be cast

"... the bill got its second reading on the nod."

"The 'Knight Rider' actor went down in music history when he performed a cover of the German 1970s hit 'Looking for Freedom' in front of ecstatic East and West Berliners at a crumbling section of the Wall on New Year's Eve in 1989, wearing an unforgettable leather jacket encrusted with flashing lights. The 'Baywatch' star is still idolised in Germany, and even has a Berlin museum dedicated to him"

How wonderful..

I sooo want to vote for Jess Phillips...

Never mind.

"Even if the election bill clears the Commons tonight, it has to go down to the House of Lords for their rubber stamping tomorrow.!"

The Pedantic...

""The most popular polling station we now use is in a pub," says Mr Loughton. "There are alternatives that don't deny children their education.""

Thou must not budge ...

"The prime minister’s brother Jo Johnson, who is not seeking reelection, has welcomed it"

“Let’s just accept people for who they are and live as our true, authentic selves.”

"Why does the UK always head to the ballot box on Thursdays?"

There's nowt wrong with a Tuesday ... ;-)

"Narcissism is one of the "dark traits" identified by psychologists, alongside psychopathy, Machiavellianism and sadism."

Yawwwn ...

"MPs are now voting on a Labour amendment to the bill – also backed by the Lib Dems – to change the election date from 12 to 9 December.

The result is expected in around 10 minutes' time."

Ayes 295 ... Noes 315

The preferred date of 12th December has been upheld.

Bercow is back...

The Next prime minister will be announced Friday 13th December.

Oh Happy Days..


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It's That Simple

A rattled cage '-0

"You will see many polls in the coming days. Some will say Boris will win. Trust me, as someone who has worked on lots of campaigns, things are MUCH tighter than they seem and there is a very real possibility of a hung parliament. 

Without a majority, the nightmare continues. ALL other MPs will gang together to stop Brexit and give EU citizens the vote..."

"I have never been a member of any party but I accepted his offer, we re-assembled many of the VL team and we went to No10. We wanted to ensure that the referendum is respected and that Westminster is fundamentally changed."


I feel a re edit coming on ...

Keep the stitches small...