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*Proroguing is not to be confused with Perogies, which is some horrid concoction of mashed potato and cheddar cheese popular in Canada, the Ukraine and Poland.
* Rapid changing events in the UK political landscape may change all of this commentary below. I am taking a short break to France (whilst we still can) and will be back for what might be a momentus October.
A Constitutional Crisis
Constitutional - It’s quite a mouthful isn’t it. What it boils down to is that someone, in this case Boris Johnson, the PM of the UK has finally made a decision to honour the vote to leave Europe. This is something Parliament has refused to do for three whole years, despite people voting for it by a slim majority in 2016.
Of course I wish they hadn’t. It was a monumentally stupid thing to do and could possibly wreck the UK economy. But the fact is, they did vote to leave and because parliament, for whatever reason, couldn’t stomach the reality of it, or the deal negotiated by Theresa May (ex PM), which by all accounts was a very bad deal, the UK has been in paralysis for three whole years with virtually no other business being done.
It is a crisis, but unconstitutional? I don’t think so. For the uninitiated proroguing parliament is a standard procedure when a new prime minister is elected. It simply means political business is suspended until the next Queen's speech, which sets out the new Government’s forward agenda. That this is for four and a half weeks is simply because it encompasses the conference season when parliament would normally be closed anyway. The fuss is because it gives the enemies of the government (of which there are many) less time for gunpowder plots than they would have had otherwise. And much plotting is going on with sit-ins proposed in the House of Commons and a barrage of legal challenges. Even ex- PM John Major is joining Gina Miller's Rebel Alliance to fight the Death Star. It is getting a little emotional. The ghost of Tony Blair pleading with Corbyn not to fall into elephant traps adds colour to the whole thing.
How will it all turn out? You might ask.
Well one scenario is that this week they call a vote of no confidence in the Government (assuming legal challenges in Scottish and other Courts to cancel Proroguing fail) and if passed, the Marxist opposition led by Corbyn will try to form a government of their own. Alternately they will attempt to sieze Parliament from the Government (with the speakers help) and pass a law to extend the extension until January 2020 to force the PM to negotiate with Europe. If Boris Johnson loses that vote he calls an election that could fall as early as October 14th or possibly November 7th (a few days after we leave Europe). I suspect that leaver voters will be so angry if we don't leave or there is an extension to Article 50, they will turn out for the Brexit party en masse (run by evil demagogue Nigel Farage) and unintentially deliver Corbyn a majority. At one second after the declaration of a Corbyn victory all the big money will leave the UK before he can be sworn in (It is quite possible much of it has left already). We will then be living in a bankrupt country.
**There will be quite a choice of effigies on Nov 5th Guy Fawkes night don't you think. Hammond, Gawke on one side, Farage, Boris and Cummings on the other.
Even another scenario is bloody civil war, which we haven’t had in the UK for around four hundred years (1642-1651). I cannot predict the outcome of that, as the people with weapons tend to be drug dealers in their black BMWs vs. farmers and sporting shooters in easy to spot Land Rovers. No one is quite sure which side these people will be on. Add several million kids with knives and it could be pretty unpleasant. The first signs of that will be Momentum organising hundreds of thousands on the streets of Britain to protest and riot screaming 'Stop the Coup' and make the UK ungovernable. The irony being that Momentum itself (the thing that has captured the Labour party) is anti-democratic and once in power will do their best to ensure elections (should they ever hold them) always produce the 'right' result. Much like their patron Mr Putin arranges things.
The measure of anger is taken from actor Stephen Fry, "Weep for Britain. A sick, cynical brutal and horribly dangerous coup d'etat. Children playing with matches but spitefully not accidentally: gleefully torching an ancient democracy and any tattered shreds of reputation or standing our poor country has left." Even the author Sir Philip Pullman has been suggesting Boris should be hung from a lampost. Although he has now deleted his tweet, it is nevertheless revealing. So if things get out of hand and the House of Commons or No 10 accidentally burns - I hope they'll both chip in to rebuild it. A wee note for the rebels - the House of Commons is rife with asbestos, so do think about health and safety as you are marauding around London.
Will there be a happy ending? Not a chance.
There will be No Deal from Europe because we are dealing with politicians not business people. So we will quite possibly leave on October 31st, somewhat blood spattered and sailing into uncharted waters. Boris is determined about that. But then again if Corbyn wins - no one knows what he will do. One thing for sure, he doesn't want to remain, as then he wouldn't be able to nationalise everything. If you know a good fortune teller - book an appointment now.
The Times on August 29th asked: What if we leave and it turns out all ok? No doom, no gloom, investment carries on, life goes on, what will that do to our faith in economic forecasters and politicians who have been preaching plague of rats on every street in the land. Of course it is in their interest to make sure we have a bad outcome, but if they take over, their Marxist policies and mass nationalisations will be the exact wrong cure for Brexit.
Expect tear gas…
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© Sam Hawksmoor September 3rd 2019
Author of Girl with Cat (Blue) 'funny, scary and full of surprises - a must read' LD
Magenta - A chilling story of kidnapping, burning and strangeness set in the wilds of Lincolnshire
The Sam North Novels - still available to order on Lulu or Amazon
** The Heaviness, also recommended & The Repercussions of Tomas D
-'best time travel WW2 story in a long while'
||Girl with Cat (Blue) - Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award 2018
'a funny, bloody, colorful narrative that never fails to surprise the reader. Girl with Cat (Blue) provides great entertainment'.
'This book was amazing! I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn't put the book down.'
26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
2018 - Honorable Mention
|J&K 4Ever - Love and Devotion in the Wastelands
Sixty years after the end of everything the city of Bluette survives, controlled by a malignant sect. A place where men rule, girls receive no education and are matched at 16 to the highest bidder. No one is ever permitted to leave the city and outside is a murderous wasteland of despair. Orphans Kruge and Jeyna have been devoted to each other through all the years of terror in this harsh regime and sworn never to be parted. But the beautiful Jeyna has been betrayed by the Warden. Kruge has been swiftly banished to the Scraps, under the control of the Keeper. Jeyna is heartbroken; she will not accept her fate and escapes to find Kruge. She is pursued by ruthless Enforcers on horseback, whose task it is to bring runaways back, dead or alive. 'A genuine romance in a bleak but plausible and terrifying setting'.
||MARIKKA- exclusively on Amazon Print and kindle 2
Based on a tragic real life event, Marikka flees from an arson attack on her home to the sea, where she meets Starfish boy – a runaway working for Jackson, a scarred man hiding a sinister secret from the world. Meanwhile her real father searches for her with the aide of Anya, ‘the girl who can read objects’. More about the writing of this book
‘Long after my tears dried, my heart stayed with Marikka, Starfish Boy and the strange girl who reads objects.’ CT
You will smile, you will gasp with shock, and you will struggle to read the words through your tears. Gemma Williams - Amazon.co.uk 2015
The new edition of 'ANOTHER PLACE TO DIE: ENDTIME CHRONICLES
By Sam Hawksmoor & Sam North
Could you live in a world where antibiotics no longer work?
Print & Kindle
Q&A interview with the authors here
A city gripped by fear as a lethal virus approaches from the East. No one knows how many are dying. People are petrified of being thrown into quarantine. Best friends Kira and Liz once parted are scared they will never see each other again. Teen lovers, Chris and Rachel, prepare to escape to the islands. Do you stay and hide, or do you flee?
Review from the First Edition:
'Beautiful, plausible, and sickeningly addictive, Another Place to Die will terrify you, thrill you, and make you petrified of anyone who comes near you...' Roxy West - Amazon.co.uk
||Spy/Romance thriller set during the Blitz in WW2 - Kindle download
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The Repercussions of Tomas D
A Hero? Or Englands Greatest Traitor? USA Paperback here
'Disturbing and very poignant YA love story that presents a chilling alternate future for an England that lost the war.' Marcel d'Agneau
'A brilliant imagining of living in the Blitz, well researched.' Amazon UK
'This is Man in the High Castle for teens and scarily plausible with alternative facts '
*download the Kindle version or buy the paperback from Hammer & Tong
|'The Heaviness' for any reader who likes to think about such things as betrayal, revenge, relationships and the laws of gravity. An original Genie Magee story
Genie & Renée have just 36 hours to save Rian or he dies
'Without a doubt, one of the best YA Sci Fi series out there.' Evie Seo Bookish
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