And another one!
And we have another candidate for the Tory leadership Sam Gyimah. Sam is standing for a second referendum. That makes 13. Unlucky? Lucky? Who knows. The favourite still is Boris Johnson but perhaps a bigger field of candidates makes that less likely – I’m holding onto that thought.
Over the weekend we have seen Donald Trump who arrives today for a full state visit, throw his support behind Boris Johnson. He tells us also to send Nigel Farage in to the EU to negotiate for Britain on Brexit.
Wouldn’t that be just like this Tory Government? Refuse to let devolved nations have a say on Brexit but let Farage get involved with his peculiar brand of rancid right wing rubbish. The sort we saw the ghoulish Ann Widdecome speak about on the tv yesterday when she suggested that science might come up with a solution to Homosexuality.
A solution! Would that be a final one Ann? I have a solution for you. Stop talking.
Other wee nuggets from this weekend included Jeremy Hunt with his strange stare chatting to us all about the precious union he was going to protect ( not precious enough to include devolved nations in Brexit decisions though) whilst promising to deliver Brexit for Culloden!
Hellooo Jeremy! Firstly Culloden is in Scotland and Scotland voted to remain in the EU. Did you forget? Also, I’m not sure that invoking Culloden as some symbol of our precious union is such a good idea!
Yesterday we also saw on The Marr show the US ambassador to the UK point out that the US wants a trade deal with the UK ASAP! He said however that everything was on the table which boiled down to – you will take our chicken, washed in chlorine and we will take your NHS. It’s no wonder Trump is encouraging the involvement of Farage. Farage is also on record wanting to privatise the NHS. Who backs Farage? Aaron Banks and what is Aaron Banks’ business? insurance. And what will we need if the NHS is privatised? Insurance – LOADS of it. It’s not rocket science. If the NHS is privatised, it will be run by American corporations and people like Aaron Banks for profits for their shareholders. Brexit makes this more likely.
Meanwhile, in Scotland – Ruth Davidson has been busy promoting the Tory candidate in Peterborough because he will deliver Brexit – despite Brexit being dreadful for Scotland!
The Scottish Government were busy building human rights into our legislation with the debate on smacking led by John Finnie of the Green Party. Human rights are fundamental to the new legislation on social Security too, and this was highlighted in the Scottish Government’s response to the Report by the special rapporteur on Poverty in the UK. The only positive comments in his report were about Scottish Government Policy. The Response underlined that the SG is determined to continue tackling poverty but warns that Scotland cannot continue to mitigate everything the UK government do to damage people and increase poverty because we don’t have the money to do so.
We need the control over our own finances – all of them if we are to protect our NHS, create a more balanced economy, reduce poverty and inequality and create that better fairer society inside Europe that so many of us want.