War without bloodshed

The following is a letter sent to a senior member of government, Justice Minister David Gauke, about the ongoing Brexit process

I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr Richmond on numerous occasions, a deeply thoughtful and intelligent man who could not be further from the Remain myth of all Brexiteers being uneducated, insular oafs. His direct and revealing communication is well worth a read

 

Dear Mr Gauke

 
According to Mao Zedong, ‘Politics is war without bloodshed’. Most of the electorate, justifiably, perceive this  aphorism as a metaphor for Parliament’s acrimonious debates surrounding Brexit. Especially since, amongst all the furore, most MPs are deliberately ignoring that the referendum asked the electorate to decide whether we wish to leave the EU, not whether we wanted ‘a deal’. Moreover, in the absence of negotiating any better future relationship, we would trade with the EU, as we do with most nations, under WTO rules. In other words ‘a deal’.
 
Previous correspondence stated it unwise to treat the electorate as stupid, even if not very erudite. This impression is conveyed by most Ministers, MPs, Big Business, the Elite, the EU and, not least, the Prime Minister. Such disdain ignores that the cost of MPs salaries, expenses and ‘jollies’ (sorry, fact finding missions!), falls on the electorate.
 
Contrary to assiduously cultivated opinion, leaving the EU is not about trade, however important. Rather, it concerns Britain’s ability to control its  laws, borders, taxation, security, trade and foreign affairs. In a word, Sovereignty. Nothing in the Oath of Allegiance, sworn by all MPs and Peers to the Crown, cedes any kind of control or Sovereignty to any foreign government or entity. The Withdrawal Agreement, continually promoted by the PM, will ensure Britain becomes a vassal of the EU; and the common rules and regulations of a Customs Union will prevent us formulating trading conditions that suit our interests. Each are breaches of the 1689 Bill of Rights, which, as Minister for Justice, you must know.

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London crime rate – Khan has the answer?

The wave of violent crime in London has been making plenty of headlines recently, with murders in the Capital outstripping New York earlier this year.

Policing in London is the responsibility of the Mayor and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) who have issued plenty of soundbites so far but no real plan on how to tackle it.

With this in mind, Sadiq Khan’s latest statement on the causes shows just how out of touch with the situation on the ground he has become. Replying to a question on an LBC phone in show, the Mayor stated that ‘Cocaine use at middle class parties’ is driving the gang related violence on the streets, a position previously endorsed by both Simon Kempton of The Police Federation and Justice Secretary David Gauke when he mentioned it back in May.

In one way, I can see where the comment has come from – much of the violence is drug related and for the drug gangs to thrive, they need customers. However, cocaine use has not suddenly appeared out of thin air over the last couple of years under Khan’s Mayoralty and has been prevalent in London since at least the 1980’s. Indeed, when The City of London started to forge ahead after deregulation in the 80’s, the ‘yuppy’ culture embraced recreational drug use as part of their ‘work hard, play harder’ culture, not to mention the rise of the illegal raves at the turn of the decade where another drug of choice, Ecstasy, was a central part of the party experience.

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