“Brexit is Brexit” – or is it something else, Prime Minister?

BREXIT_Labour

I voted to Leave and was thrilled by the outcome of the referendum.

Though I had no faith in a Tory minority government, I expected it to deliver Brexit.

Especially, when it was etched in the Conservative 2017 Manifesto.

When Mrs. May tweeted “Brexit is Brexit”, I didn’t realise she was clueless.

 

2 years after that tweet, her proposal is everything else, but not a positive Brexit.

I am not saying it; its the concern of her own Brexit Secretary and Foreign Secretary.

Oh, correction, ex-Secretaries; both have resigned, in the last 24 hours.

 

It took 24 months for Theresa May to get the cabinet agree on her Brexit proposal.

It barely lasted 48 hours.

 

This Prime Minister has no authority left, her government is unable to govern.

Ideally, we should now be busy negotiating with EU and wider world.

Instead, the cabinet is busy arguing between themselves.

 

We have a crisis.

This government is a serious threat to the UK’s political and economic existence.

 

The country, its people and businesses have no clue where this government is heading with Brexit.

We still have some time – or whatever is left, to make things better.

We need a government that is capable of governing and negotiating for Britain.

If this government cannot, make way for those who can.

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One down, one more to go …

AmberRuddResigned

At last, Amber Rudd has resigned.

It should’ve been done much earlier.

This morning, the Guardian published a letter from Amber Rudd to Theresa May, in which Ms Rudd sets an “ambitious but deliverable” target to deport 10% more immigrants over “next few years”.

If this is not target setting, what else is?

Now, the blame for a badly architected building should not end with its builder only.

One down, one more to go….

Democracy Lessons from a Minority PM

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Democracy Lessons from a minority Prime Minister:

Lesson #1:  Syria cannot bomb Syria; only US, France and UK can.

Lesson #2:  Assad need to go because he is not a democrat.

Lesson #3:  Theresa May do not need any one’s approval to bomb Syria, because she runs a minority government supported by DUP 😳🤐

[Picture taken from https://www.facebook.com/thedeepleft/ ]

Why do our leaders fail to learn from past mistakes?

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It was only a couple of days ago in BBC Newsnight the Conservative MP & Chair of the Defence Committee Julian Lewis and Labour peer Lord Falconer very clearly advised NOT to bomb Syria.

Julian Lewis also stated that the opposition whom US, UK and France try to side with are “overwhelmingly led by Jihadists”.

If you missed the program, I urge you to watch it; here is the link.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09zbf11/newsnight-10042018

 

Current situation in Syria is horrific and extremely alarming.

Chemical, or for that matter ANY attack, on civilians and children are unpardonable.

The culprits should be tried in court of law and punished.

Though not proven, world leaders indicate Assad is the prime culprit.

Even if the chemical attack was carried out by Assad, does that horrific act give permission for USA, UK and France to attack Syria?

Then what?  What next, after bombing?

Western powers to come out and leave Syria to anarchy and to the will of the extremists?

 

It is very clear that public in UK do not want to attack another country.

UK’s parliament too indicate the same mood.

May knows that she will not get enough votes in parliament to attach Syria.

Yet, this minority government’s confused Prime Minister appears to side with a war-mongering US President.

Trump, Macron and May are making the same mistake by Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Cameron.

Why do our leaders fail to learn from past mistakes?

 

There is no doubt that Assad is not innocent.

There is no doubt that things are not pretty in Syria.

But issues like Assad and chemical weapons cannot be resolved by bombing an already war-torn  country.

Instead, the UN and rest of the world should put pressure on Syria – and on Russia who supports them.

Only a strong political process could resolve the issues like Syria.

Anti-Semitism, Lord Sugar and Current Reality

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One need to salute the ingenuity of some of our lords and “leaders”!

They have more expertise in deceiving audience, compared to experienced magicians.

Need proof?

Just look at the excitement on Corbyn’s Facebook post.

A post, which was posted in 2012!

It was intended as a general comment about removal of public art on the grounds of freedom of speech.

Later Corbyn clarified it as well:

“I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on, the contents of which are deeply disturbing and anti-Semitic.”

The matter should have closed by this statement.

But of course, our “magicians” are experts!

By this tweet, Lord Sugar too proved he is not behind anyone.

Labour and anti-Semitism

Like in any large party, unfortunately there could be few racists in Labour as well.

The party launched inquiry chaired by Shami Chakrabarty; it’s report is being implemented.

Two senior Labour figures were suspended too.

While these are the facts, current attacks on Labour are nothing but cheap tactics.

Cheap tactics, by Tory supporting media and a small section of “old” Labour supporters.

They are afraid of the growing popularity of the true Labour and it’s strong, left leadership.

A leadership which condemned the Iraq war.

A leadership which firmly stands against inequality.

A leadership which has taken the right stand on Brexit.

The Tories, “old” Labour and some of its MPs know their days are gone.

They are desperate.

So desperate, that they’re whining over a Facebook post from 2012.

To discuss more about this topic is just to deceive and divert public’s attention away from current government and its pathetic “achievements”.

Here are some of those “achievements”:

Just three “achievements” from just last few days and weeks.

They summarises the incompetency of May’s minority government.

It is this incompetency that Lord Sugar, Tory media and others are trying to divert our attention from.

Let us not fall in to their diversion tactics.

Coming back to anti-Semitism.

The world stood firmly behind Jewish community during Nazi brutalities.

The world should show same support for Palestinians, who are oppressed for decades.

Labour was clear in their 2017 manifesto:

“A Labour government will immediately recognise the state of Palestine”.

That statement is very clear.

Being pro-Palestine is in no way anti-Semitic.

Salisbury attack and the questions it raises…

Salisbury Attack

What happened in Salisbury should be treated as a terrorist act.

Per news, the culprits used military grade nerve agents.

They not only caused serious harm to the direct victims, but also threatened lives of many others.

Whoever orchestrated the attack should face tough consequences for their actions.

 

The question is – do we know who is responsible?

Do we have foolproof evidence that can be used in a court – national or international – to prosecute the offenders?

 

Not so long ago, a PM took us to war against Iraq.

Later, we found that the reasoning given were untrue.

 

Expelling 23 diplomats is not more serious than going to war.

But do we have proof?

 

There are other important questions as well.

Why is it so easy for someone to bring in military grade chemical weapons to the streets of the UK?

What more can our intelligence services do, to prevent similar attacks in future?

Why is it difficult to confiscate the millions of foreign-mafia investments in the capital, if we have clear evidences?

 

As of now, these questions have no answers.

We need to gather evidences – solid evidences that clearly point to the culprits of this heinous act at Salisbury.

 

Once available, we have the power to take actions.

Appropriate, tough actions; much more than expelling diplomats.

Till then, we only have assumptions.

I sincerely hope our intelligence will bring in all required evidence to prosecute the criminals.

Let us wait for that to happen.

One cannot kill an idea….

Bhagat Singh

One can hang Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

One can topple Lenin’s statue.

But just remember, one cannot kill an idea.

“It is easy to kill individuals but you cannot kill the ideas. Great empires crumbled, while the ideas survived” – Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

To rest of the political parties in India, just remember the poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller

Labour’s Brexit Position

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I voted Leave.

I support Labour.

I also agree with Labour’s new Brexit approach.

From what I read and understood, it is a sensible way to move forward.

Why I like it?

1.     It is clear and well-drafted.

2.     While it allows UK to have its sovereignty, it also ensures the working people and industries are taken care of.

3.     It is conditionalUK will stay in Customs Union only if we has a say in EU trade deals.

4.     It does not blindly go behind the Leave for Leave’s sake – which is what May has desperately proposed; worried by the Leave win.  PM’s is a pity attempt with main focus to keep the Tory votes together.  It does not solve a problem called Brexit.

As I mentioned earlier, a sensible way forward.

Waiting for more details to emerge from Corbyn’s office – for a sensible, positive approach to Brexit – which the UK voted for.

 

Padmaavat – why the controversy?

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I watched Padmaavat yesterday.

Nice direction, great camera & lighting and fantastic action by Ranveer Singh. Deepika and Shahid Kapoor too did not disappoint.

At no scene, the Rajput dynasty and its subjects were shown in a bad light; instead the movie reinforces the courage, might, values and wealth of Rajputs.

It also clearly portrayed the vicious, cruel, and deceiving nature of Alauddin Khilji. Other than Khilji’s queen, I couldn’t see a single person on Khilji side shown in a positive light.

So what is Karni sena protesting for? In what way the history is distorted in this movie – even though the movie makers never claim it to be an factual representation of history?

I too in school days have read and heard about the Muslim emperor who was fascinated by the Rajput queen after seeing her reflection in a mirror.

Bansali being Bansali, and Ranveer being a bit overacting hero, this obsession became a prominent part of the movie. I also felt the movie ended a bit abruptly. Other than these two glitches, I enjoyed the movie.

I do not agree with rituals similar to Jauhar or Sati.

That said, to give benefit of doubt to Bansali, the movie did show the Rajput women unsuccessfully attempting to stop the enemy by throwing fire.

After several months (Diwali to Holi and more) of blockade, war and the men using all available weapons to fight the Khilji’s might army, I can empathize with the decision of the Rajput women to self-immolise themselves.

It should not have happened, and again, I am not supporting Jauhar, but Jauhar might have been the last resort for the women of a proud dynasty of a long gone era – to not allow their enemies to touch them, or even see them, even after they are dead.

To those who are against Padmaavat: please watch the movie once; you might re-consider your criticisms.

Passive Spectator or Active Participant?

I generally don’t share star views, but here’s one from Randeep Hooda for the day.

While I like the good part of this tweet, feels a bit uneasy to accept it in its entirety.

Should we just look away from “youth on drugs”?

Should we stay away, while people are being marginalized due to their faiths or believes?

Instead of being a passive spectator, we should actively discuss the current topics and happenings with friends and people around us.

Instead of stop watching news, we should demand for truth and facts; we should hold media accountable for what they broadcast.

What do you think?