The parliamentary term is less than 3 days old and already the world has discovered what whose of us who have worked with Boris Johnson have always known: he is cowardly, weak, vindictive and without morals. Behold your Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen.

Going well for our so called Prime Minister – those are the words from an MP from his own party….

Now putting my cards on the table I voted against Brexit and still think it’s a bad idea which runs the risk of making things much worse for the weakest in our country. The only real winners will be the the millionaire hedge fund investors who helped fund the leave campaign. But if we are having Brexit then we need to do it properly and make the very best of it for all of our communities.

I had an appointment with the Dentist today. The Dentist said that I needed some treatment but she was full until October. But the work would be completed before the end of October just in case they start to struggle getting dental supplies due to Brexit.

One of my university friends is a civil servant who works within one of the Government Departments. He was saying that they are working on the basis of significant risks of fuel shortages, fresh food supply disruption, medical rationing, veterinary drug shortages within a month of Brexit. He reassuringly described the current Government approach as swinging between headless chickens and an ostrich burying its head in the sand. The current thinking seems to be if we are lucky it will be fine but there is more of a chance that it will be somewhere between bad and appalling but we can blame Europe for that.

So better keep all those fingers crossed then.

Another friend of mine works in the car production sector. His plant works on a Just in Time basis so needs a constant supply of parts. He was saying that the supply is likely to be severely disrupted as soon as Brexit starts. Apparently the Government has only just realised this and has added this to its risk plans – with just weeks to go. I remember hearing a Minister sound surprised that companies might be so dependent on the free movement of goods.

So this week our Prime Minister closed down parliament with the excuse that he wanted to develop some really radical policies. Maybe he should put down his fine claret glass and concentrate on a few other matters first. If it has to be a no deal Brexit why not give yourself some more time to do it properly rather than winging it.

The other week we went for a walk. Too engrossed in a chat about Monty Python we missed out path and ended up on the wrong side of the forest so we couldn’t get back to our village. The Forest was too dense to just walk through it. So we had two options. Walk the 20 minutes back down the path or take the only short cut through the forest. Only problem is that the short cut is a deep beck with unknown underfoot conditions either side (due to thick undergrowth). Yes we could wing it and rely on good fortune but in life that doesn’t often work out well. So we walked back down the path and 40 minutes later we were back home. Safe and dry. Yes the unplanned shortcut might have worked but it wasn’t worth the risk.

My old pop had a saying. Nowt worse than doin a job half cocked.

Dad I’ve started the planning process for Christmas.

Last year I put out son in charge of Christmas. What we do, what we eat, where we go, what decorations to have and when to do it. It was our my attempt to deal with the fallout from son hearing that chat about Santa. Him planning everything worked out quite well last year. The feeling of control alienated a lot of the Santa let down.

I’ve set myself until the end of September to have the Christmas timetable mapped out then I can sort out the details.

His first call looks like it is to move the traditional Christmas lunch to Boxing Day. Christmas Day lunch will now be pizza based – more time for fun less work. The traditional trip to the zoo on New Years Day will happen again. This year he wants some external lights on the house but wants to think about the environmental impact. He wants a couple of additional day visits. He’s deciding between Edinburgh, Northumberland, Lake District and Stonehenge.

The interesting point is that son is giving himself twice the length of planning time for Christmas than the PM is giving the country for his no deal Brexit. I know which one is going to be better organised.

98 thoughts on “Brexit and Christmas

    1. I think Europe wants to make things awkward for your country as a way off saying,”How dare you step out of the EU,”
      So if any other country is considering exiting, well you might have 2nd and 3rd thoughts about it, Just look across the channel.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Very much so and it annoys the hell out of me, how are these multimillionaires meant to know what its like to live payday to payday, wondering if you are going to have to search through the sofa for the last pennies to try and get enough to top up your electicity

        Liked by 1 person

  1. Not truly understanding the whole thing, if there are those that voted to leave the European Union, why did the UK join it to begin with? Was the UK in some kind of dire straits that the EU rescued them from? What was the advantage to joining?

    UK aside, I’ve read some articles about other countries not liking (what?) Brussels (?) dictating policy to them…Italy, Greece… Do the people of the UK have a say in who is elected to run the EU? What started the Brexit thing?

    If y’all go to Stonehenge, take MANY pictures. I SO want to go there.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Yep we have massive inflation and the economy was a mess. I really understand the desire to make decision without reference to others. Some of the EU ones are bizarre. But it’s too easy to forget the great work which happens when countries cooperate. And the costs and risks of common out are just too great and certainly not in this shambolic way.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Was the EU a design to prevent world wars? I was sitting here thinking…did the countries in Europe not get along before the Union but, I pretty much answered my own question there. I can see how a Union agreement would prevent other countries from rising up & making war against their neighbors. The downside of that is centralized & concentrated power with no recourse. As I understand things, the EU leaders are not elected across member countries with one person, one vote democracy type organizations. Our Union of states at least has the “appearance” of one person, one vote…such as it is. 🙄

        Liked by 1 person

      2. It as going to centralised for my own liking. But you can change that if your in the club. But given the instability in the world market and the looming trade wars – this is the worst time to lose access to your biggest trade market and also leave a big club which offered protection.

        Like

      1. We are gearing up for an election. We have one party leader who identifies with the middle class (needs votes) meanwhile owns a private jet.
        Can you imagine if every middle class family could afford a private jet? It’s hard enough to make car payments on a basic set of wheels.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. I have heard that your PM wants to change the UK into a new Singapoor by enforcing neo-liberalism to an extreme. . That would only serve the already rich to become even more richer! But chaos will definitely be the ugly first result of a no-deal Brexit on a short or midterm basis. Crazy policy!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Still say it ain’t gonna (be allowed to) happen!! (Did you raise my mangelwurzle, or call?)

    The majority of people (who were bothered about European interference in local issues) voted for it but the problem is those same people voted for an elite few to represent THEIR views and those elites (MP’s) in the main do NOT want a Brexit of any description and, of course, rarely, if ever, do what their electors wanted them to do, or better yet do what it best for all in the representative candidate’s electorate/seat, as well as best for the country.

    Once the vote had been called (decided) any decent, intelligent leadership would have immediately started drawing up a minimum of 3 plans:
    1. The one they thought was the best exit deal for Britain. (With a side plan of the absolute minimum they could settle for!)
    2. The best deal they thought they could get Europe to agree with. and
    3. The back up plan for when/if neither of 1 or 2 was going to be possible – like now.

    They have had 3 years and 3 months of doing sweet F all apart from dragging each other, even the ones supposedly on their own sides, ‘down, down deeper and down’.

    Smart move putting your son in charge of Christmas organising! 🙂 I still reckon he’s a better chance for the cooking as well! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

      1. A number of rich hedge fund people who backed the leave campaign admitted that they made big scores the night of the vote. It’s even rumoured that Farage and some of the politicians were in on it. Farage knew he was winning early in the morning yet he came out and said that he had lost. That act made the pound rise higher for the inevitable crash. Made more money for the hedge funds. It still goes on. Rees-Mogg is involved in an investment company which is openly moving its money out of England and into Europe. He’s already gambling on a crash and burn. No wonder he is pushing Brexit so hard.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Cameron never thought the vote would go against the government. There was never a plan in place to leave, let alone a back up plan, and it is just one farce after another. We (ie Hubby and I) believe we won’t leave as our leaders can’t agree on tea or coffee with their chocolate biscuits let alone anything else and it’s still their intention to remain. It’s a mess, and the EU is going to sting us whichever way we go as the UK is a laughing stock.
    Like your son, we’re planning ahead as much as we’re able as whatever happens at the end of October, there is going to be unrest.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. The EU granted the UK always special and fine conditions, but you can not expect the same with a BREXIT as alleged by the Brexiteers in the past. This idea of BREXIT was always promoted with great lies and very ugly chauvinist agitprop. That is the main problem!

      Liked by 2 people

    2. I fear we will leave badly which is what the likes of Boris and his backers want as they will gain financially and will have greater freedom to avoid taxes and the rule of law. What ever happens like you I fear the unrest. This country may never be the same again. Which if that’s the case then the likes of Farage and Tommy Robinson win. In Farage’s case he will leave to live in Europe….

      Like

  5. I never imagined Brexit would get so ugly. For the 1st time, I’m starting to worry about you guys. Have you made lists of aspects of your life likely to be impacted by Brexit? You can’t cover all bases but having something in black-and-white in front of you might help in planning and prioritising.

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply to bereavedandbeingasingleparent Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s