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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

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wolves-924358_1920 The Wolves (now Blooded) Circle…

The Conservative Party killed the golden goose and got a lame duck.

The wolves (now blooded) circle…

A former prime minister has not only been pushed from office, but chased out of Parliament as well. Did that happen to Neville Chamberlain? Did it happen to Edward Heath?

These days, however, former leaders need to be extinguished as well as removed, as has also been the case with Jeremy Corbyn and is ongoing with Donald Trump, each popular non-establishment outsiders in their own way.

One wonders how many members of the public or government officials have been or will be charged with breaking historical lockdowns in 2023? Or, is the law only to be applied to people we don't like? The statue of justice over the Royal Courts pointedly wears a blindfold to signal her impartiality.

We know very little about what went on in Downing Street in 2020/21, especially during lockdowns when MPs worked from home. We do know that Boris was gravely ill and although he survived and seemed to bounce back quickly, it must have affected him and his work and there were strong rumours that he remained ill throughout 2020 and at least into the Autumn.

Hearsay is just hearsay, of course, but who was running Downing Street and the country? Certainly, officials were present, but was the tail wagging the dog during that period? There were social gatherings it would appear – "parties" being a word applied to them by the media. Who organised them, or who granted permission? Hopefully the Privileges Committee will clarify this, but will it say anything about how the inner command structure was functioning at that time or (and this is also relevant) who took the photographs of the events and why? History will judge, no doubt, but the public deserves to know the full context to understand the truth of it…

The blooded wolves are not just circling the Conservative hencoop, but the British people who voted in a government, with a substantial majority, to "get Brexit done". There can be little doubt that the UK, free of EU ties, would also be free to act outside of US and supranational control as well, therefore it is reasonable to assume that Brexit was unpopular far from Brussels.

One can imagine what Margaret Thatcher would have thought and said in recent days. Would she have praised the current administration and the blob or welcomed the ousting of a prime minister whose success at the polls rivalled her own?


"Halfway up the stairs

Isn't up

And it isn't down.

It isn't in the nursery,

It isn't in town." A A Milne.

There are several sayings and verses that sum up the present state of the UK vis-à-vis the European Union, from the verse above, the Grand old Duke of York and the expression about the impossibility of being half pregnant.

The departure of Boris from politics ("for now") reminds us that Brexit is only halfway done and therefore is not done at all and can be fudged or reversed by those who never accepted it in the first place.

So, long after 'freedom-day' we must regroup to not only ensure that freedom was not just a word, but use it to save Britain and save Europe (and the world) "by its example 

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