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Welcome to Day 1030 of Theresa May’s premiership, and still no Brexit in sight. Zzzzz…
There’s no Brexit news to report, but as this is a blog about Brexit I’m compelled to write something, anything, about Brexit.
So, here’s your weekly Brexit mashup:
“Prime Minister Theresa May could set a date for her resignation in the coming days, the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee has said.
The PM said she will step down when her Brexit deal is ratified by Parliament — but some MPs want a fixed date.
Sir Graham Brady said he expects a “clear understanding” of that timetable once she has met the committee, which she will do on Wednesday.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s The Week in Westminster, he said the 1922 Committee had asked her to give “clarity” about her plans for the future, and she had “offered to come and meet with the executive”.
He continued: “It would be strange for that not to result in a clear understanding [of when she will leave] at the end of the meeting.”
The 1922 Committee is an elected body of Tory MPs that represents backbenchers and oversees the party’s leadership contests.”
‘If you judge a fish by how well it can climb a tree…’
It seems that Theresa May has done a great job of being the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom but has been a disaster when it came to Brexit. Such a conundrum!
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” — Albert Einstein
The UK economy (in contrast to ‘Project Fear’ projections) is rocketing along. Government debt is falling and deficits are getting smaller, and relations with America went from “back of the line” to “let’s do a trade deal soon as you get Brexit sorted”.
Even relations with the EU seem to have broadened-out a bit as each side reflects on what they mean to each other and how they can keep what ‘works’ in the relationship while discarding what ‘doesn’t work’ for both sides in the post-Brexit era.
And there’s good news on the environmental front. Last week, the UK didn’t burn any coal
That’s right! The country that started the Industrial Revolution around the year 1760 burning millions of tons of coal in industrial-sized burners to produce electricity and heat to fuel a socio-economic miracle, burned none last week.
It looks like more such weeks will be reported in the coming months as the UK completes its phaseout of industrial scale coal-fired electricity generation by 2025. (Although many rural homes in the UK still burn relatively tiny amounts of coal, or wood, or a mixture of coal and wood)
Natural Gas has replaced coal in the UK, and that’s a good thing because the gas burns up to 1,000,000 times cleaner than brown coal (lignite) and up to 10,000 times cleaner than the cleanest grade of black coal (anthracite) and Natural Gas is about 1000 times cleaner than burning home-heating fuel (kerosene).
“Each stage in the life cycle of coal—extraction, transport, processing, and combustion—generates a waste stream and carries multiple hazards for health and the environment. These costs are external to the coal industry and are thus often considered “externalities.” We estimate that the life cycle effects of coal and the waste stream generated are costing the U.S. public a third to over one‐half of a trillion dollars annually. Many of these so‐called externalities are, moreover, cumulative. Accounting for the damages conservatively doubles to triples the price of electricity from coal per kWh generated, making wind, solar, and other forms of nonfossil fuel power generation, along with investments in efficiency and electricity conservation methods, economically competitive.” — Full Cost Accounting for the Lifecycle of Coal — Harvard Medicine (Report available for download at The New York Academy of Sciences)
So while burning Natural Gas produces plenty of CO2, it produces slightly less than half the CO2 that burning coal produces. And there’s no airborne heavy metals, no soot, no sulphur dioxide to breathe that’s so powerful it can destroy automotive paint finishes, no toxic fly ash long-term storage problem, no damage to aquatic life from water runoff near the massive coal piles. Nitrogen Oxide and other airborne oxides aren’t a factor with Natural Gas either.
If you’re a Briton pat yourself on the back, because the UK is a world leader in the switch to converting from coal to cleaner fuels, and additionally, adding wind and solar capacity to the grid!
Growing the Economy, While Lowering Emissions!
“A new Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit report confirms that Britain has been the most successful G7 nation over the last 25 years on the combined metric of growing its economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In the 25-years since 1992 when clean air and the corresponding lowering of healthcare spending became an important policy for the United Kingdom, the country grew its per capita GDP by 130% while lowering GHG emissions 33% — proving that a country can simultaneously grow their economy AND lower greenhouse gas emissions.” — UK Leads G7 in the Combined Metric of Economic Growth + Carbon Cuts (LetterToBritain.com)
Each type of power plant has vastly different water demands
It’s too bad Theresa May didn’t wait until later in the game to become Prime Minister (allowing Brexit to be completed by others) because they would’ve delivered a worthy Brexit within months of the June 23, 2016 referendum, and then Theresa May could’ve ushered-in an era of economic growth + lower emissions and clean air and water in God’s Own Country.
It’s tough, being a Brexit reporter these days. No news on the Brexit file to speak of other than Theresa May pops up occasionally to issue a statement on Brexit that sounds like this; “We’re still working on Brexit, and there’s no reason we couldn’t have a deal to Leave the EU within days.”
Except that the years, months, weeks and days are ticking past and not one thing has happened on the Brexit file other than a lot of gassing-off by politicians about how they intend to ‘deliver’ Brexit.
In a week or two, expect yet another pronouncement from 10 Downing Street with a similar message to the one above, “We’re still working on Brexit, and we could have a deal soon,” or some other roboticised version of it.
Every week is the same. Nothing changes.
Everyone in the UK carries on in a dreamlike trance as if Theresa May actually intends to deliver Brexit someday (fools!) even though proof is to the contrary for almost 3-years now. Can you say, “Stockholm Syndrome”?
(In case you’ve forgotten, Stockholm Syndrome refers to the psychological effects among a group of hostages, who begin to feel a psychological alliance with, and actively begin to help, their captors)
Yes, Theresa May is holding Britons captive by endlessly promising to deliver Brexit — but with no intention at all of delivering it because Brexit is what The People want — and as long as they continue to want it she’ll continue to dangle that carrot in front of them.
And when that no longer works because the majority of Britons have turned against Brexit on account of the economic uncertainty that TM and her band of Remainers have created due to the overly-extended Brexit ‘negotiating period’, she’ll find another carrot to dangle in front of Britons thereby allowing her to stay in the top job even longer.
Yes folks, it’s all about ‘dangling whatever carrot will do the trick’ at 10 Downing Street these days.
Anything to stay in the top job! Because all Theresa May wants is a ‘job for life’ at Number 10 Downing Street. It’s all so Orwellian.
If you think I’m disappointed with ‘job for life’ May, you’d be right.
After lollygagging around for 1010-days, Theresa May has still failed to deliver any kind of Brexit for the British people who voted en masse to Leave the European Union on June 23, 2016, and not even an apology yet from the Prime Minister.
Almost 3-years since the referendum to Leave the EU; Not a word from 10 Downing St.
No Brexit, not even a BRINO (Brexit in Name Only) Brexit, no heartfelt ‘State of the Union’ speech to the public to explain why two Brexit dates had been missed, and no explanation for the billions lost due to the very extended period of economic and political uncertainty caused by Theresa May’s Brexit machinations.
Any British Prime Minister worth their salt would hang their head in shame for promising to deliver Brexit — or any major policy for over 1010-days — and then not deliver it at the last-minute (twice; once on March 29, 2019 and again on April 12, 2019) and do the honourable thing and resign.
Now that she’s missed two Brexit dates — not only should she address the nation on TV and take full responsibility for her failure to lead the country out of the European Union, she should also resign and leave politics, never to be heard from again.
Even that wouldn’t be good enough as she’s cost the UK and EU economies billions while she lollygagged, dithered, and even argued with herself for almost 3-years — which would be forgivable if she’d delivered a decent Brexit by April 12th — but as she didn’t (not even close!) she must leave politics.
Frankly, I’m surprised that there aren’t millions of yellow-vest Brexiteers demonstrating against the Conservative government, but maybe everyone is still in a state of shock over this betrayal of trust and the cost to the business community from the economic uncertainty caused by the protracted negotiating process.
Yet, if she were to leave now, she might receive some amount of forgiveness. But if she tries to stay-on and fight the next election even diehard Conservatives will vote for Labour just to get rid of her. It’s that bad, and from her ivory tower she just can’t or won’t see it.
You tried your best, Theresa, but you failed, and continuing to flog your Withdrawal Agreement / Political Declaration / Joint Instrument again and again, will only make them hate you the more. It’s over, Theresa.
One Bright Spot on the Horizon: The Brexit Party!
Nigel Farage, who was the founder of the UKIP Party, has now distanced himself from UKIP which, very unfortunately, attracted small numbers of intolerant and/or outright racist supporters and rightly received outsized and negative reportage in the UK media.
Nobody needs those kinds of supporters in the 21st-century. The world has moved past intolerance, and Nigel Farage has reacted appropriately in this matter.
Now, Mr. Farage has launched The Brexit Party with the objective of fielding the sort of candidates that represent their constituents well and keep their election promises as much as humanly possible — instead of the typical promise, promise, promise, and never deliver style of politics we’ve become accustomed to in this decade.
Give Nigel’s introductory video a view below. Cheers all!