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Halfway Through 2019

Posted in From The Editor's Perspective, and World Affairs

Theresa May announced she was stepping down as Prime Minister on 24 May, 2019 and after 7 June (when she resigned after the D-Day events) the Conservatives are now seeking a new leader. Where and why did May fail? She failed to execute Brexit, which was always going to be a difficult task, and while some media published photos of her tearful exit, they failed to recognize what a difficult position she had been put in.

First of all, she never wanted to job, but was cajoled into it with David Cameron’s chicken resignation. Then, she had voted ‘remain’, so it was always going to be hard for the public to see a ‘remainer’ to fight for a true Brexit. She didn’t fight hard enough, and the fact that senior members of her cabinet resigned indicates that they didn’t think she could get the deal the nation needed. Can we blame the EU? In some respects we can, because they have made negotiations as difficult as possible, and ridiculed the UK whenever they could. It’s like the school bully laughing at you, and it’s unprofessional and one of the reasons why the EU has little respect. Yes, it’s a major trading area, but so is China and look at how many human rights violations they carry out daily.

While people discuss who should be the new Conservative leader, the question really is, ‘Who can fight for the best Brexit deal,’ and it doesn’t matter if you don’t like them, it’s about the best person for the job and who can execute it. Boris Johnson is the one that people shake their heads at, but out of the options, he is the one who will fight and speak logically. The problem with May is that what she said did not match what was outlined on the documents, and she never seemed to have the human touch, or perhaps a little too late. Her time as Prime Minister was doomed before it began, and not because of her abilities, but because the EU was never going to let Brexit be a success. They seem to like the power over other states, and won’t let them leave unless it’s wholly on their terms.

In the USA, Robert Mueller made a public statement on 29 May, 2019 (and declared he was leaving the Department of Justice) where he carefully stated that Congress had a duty to use the report and do their job. A sitting President cannot be indicted, and the procedure is impeachment via Congress. The 448 page report has been downloaded and read by millions, analyzed by experts, but what will happen next? Will Congress choose to act or not? In a time where information is readily accessible and is free, it’s bewildering to be part of history where an elected body (Congress) opts to look out for their own personal interests (their seats) rather than do their duty. History will not be kind to the 100 senators and the 435 members of the House of Representatives if it is deemed they failed to act for ‘the People’, which is why they were voted in.

We can look at obstruction of justice, that is any attempt to prevent someone from testifying or giving evidence when subpoenaed. Former White House staff members, Don McGahn and Hope Hicks have been told by the White House not to testify when subpoenaed, whether they opt to or not we shall have to wait and see.The current Attorney General, William Barr has failed to appear before hearings, and this is supposed to be the man that the US depends on for fair justice in the land. He should represent the People, but appears to have failed to do so. Surely the ‘checks and balances’ in the system are failing and need to be enforced somehow. How else can the people of the USA trust their government? When people choose not to testify it’s because they have something to hide, or they don’t wish to incriminate themselves; the question is what is it they are hiding?

The statement below outlines what the Mueller report has found, and it is deemed there is a case to be answered.

Statement by Former Federal Prosecutors

June 5/6th , 2019 was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and I say the 5th, because that’s when the plan began, and the landings at Normandy were made in the early hours on the 6th June, 1944. Some veterans are still alive to tell their tales, and they were brave beyond belief. One, Harry Read aged 95 parachuted in tandem in Normandy to commemorate the event, and for the ones that never made it home. I watched him being interviewed and when asked if he would have surrendered, he emphatically said ‘No!’ because he was there to fight for his country, and he did. He spoke with such honour, and integrity that is lacking today, where he was prepared to die for his country, yet there is talk that these commemorative events should stop because they cost too much. The world needs to remember the sacrifice of those who died for the freedoms we enjoy today. The new generations need to learn about the heroes who if it was not for their bravery, they may not even exist. No, these tributes to the fallen should never stop, and serve as a reminder that the freedoms we have today are the result of the bravery and courage of people that we never knew.

D-day – British Forces during the Invasion of Normandy 6 June 1944 Commandos of 47 (RM) Commando coming ashore from LCAs (Landing Craft Assault) on Jig Green beach, Gold area, 6 June 1944. LCTs can be seen in the background unloading priority vehicles for 231st Brigade, 50th Division.

This is a strange time to be alive as we watch history in the making. Will the EU let the UK leave with a Brexit deal, and how will the Americans survive the divisions that the current government has created? As Republicanism becomes a dirty word, associated with frauds and cheats, how can the party realign itself and regain any credibility? The Democrats are no better with a party with too many differing views and far too many candidates fighting for power. They have the right to put forward their candidacy, but in doing so they confuse the already bewildered electorate. Is Biden too old, or are his ideas too old hat? Who are the players just waiting silently to pounce when they see a chance?

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