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Vassal State – Dienliches Land

The Government has published a Brexit white paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU along with translations into other European languages.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-future-relationship-between-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union

I read the German translation, and it’s not just bad, it’s laughably humiliatingly bad.

Here is a sentence from the executive summary in English:

“The Government will have delivered on the result of the 2016 referendum – the biggest democratic exercise in this country’s history. And it will have reached a key milestone in its principal mission – to build a country that works for everyone.”

Here is the German translation published by the Government:

“Die Regierung wird das Ergebnis der Volksbefragung von 2016 umgesetzt haben, die größte demokratische Übung in der Geschichte dieses Landes. Und sie wird einen entscheidenden Meilenstein in ihrem wichtigsten Auftrag erreicht haben, den Aufbau eines Landes, das allen dienlich ist.”

And here’s what that German translation actually says:

The Government will have realised the result of the 2016 public consultation, the biggest democratic practice run in this country’s history. And it will have reached a decisive milestone in its most important mandate, the formation of a country that is subservient to everyone.

It makes Jacob Rees-Mogg’s ‘vassal state’ sound like the unintentional but inevitable consequence of a principal policy objective. Which, of course, it is.

But maybe if the first referendum was just a practice run, the second referendum will be the real thing, and everything will be OK.

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Article 50: Three Lion Whip

Jeremy Corbyn’s called a three line whip on the Article 50 vote. He claims he’s against a bargain basement Brexit, yet he seems to be doing everything possible to facilitate it.

It’s as if he’s succumbing to the shallow nationalist rhetoric I’d normally associate with rowdy football supporters.

I’ve adapted a little song for Jeremy to sing from the opposition front bench terraces.

I think it’s bad news for English politics.
We’re not creative enough, and we’re not positive enough about Europe.

It’s coming home. It’s coming home. It’s coming.
Sovereignty’s coming home.

We’ll go on getting bad results; getting bad results;
getting bad results; getting bad results

It’s coming home. It’s coming home. It’s coming.
Sovereignty’s coming home.

It’s coming home. It’s coming home. It’s coming.
Sovereignty’s coming home.

It’s coming home. It’s coming home. It’s coming.
Sovereignty’s coming home.

Everyone seems to know the score. They’ve seen it all before.
They just know. They’re so sure.

That England’s gonna throw it away; gonna blow it away,
But I know they can play, ’cause I remember

Three lines on a whip; Commons mace still gleaming;
Thirty years of EU, never stopped us leaving.

All the Labour People

Ah, look at all the Labour people
Ah, look at all the Labour people

Jeremy Corbyn picks up the cards at the poll where an election has been
Lives in a dream
Waits in his office, wearing the suit that he keeps on a hook by the door
Who is it for?

All the Labour people
Where do they all come from?
All the Labour people
Where do they all belong?

Hilary Benn is writing the words of a speech that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working, honing his quotes in the night when there’s nobody there
See how he cares

All the Labour people
Where do they all come from?
All the Labour people
Where do they all belong?

Ah, look at all the Labour people
Ah, look at all the Labour people

Jeremy Corbyn died in the polls and was buried along with his name
Nobody came
Hilary Benn must leave the front bench with his mandate deprived
No one is saved

All the Labour people
Where do they all come from?
All the Labour people
Where do they all belong?

Don’t Blame Refugees for Home-Grown Terrorism

Here’s a list of Islamist terror attacks in Europe between 7 Jul 2005 and 13 Nov 2015. Note the origin and/or nationality of the attackers. Demonising refugees will do nothing to prevent this kind of home-grown terrorist attack.

13 Nov 2015 French/Belgian Islamist terrorists attack Paris, France

14 Feb 2015 Danish Islamist terrorist attacks Copenhagen, Denmark

7 Jan 2015 French Islamist terrorists attack Paris, France

24 May 2014 French Islamist terrorist attacks Brussels, Belgium

18 Jul 2012 Australian and Canadian Islamist terrorists attack Burgas, Bulgaria

15 & 19 Mar 2012 French Islamist terrorist attacks Montauban & Toulouse, France

2 Mar 2011 German Islamist terrorist attacks Frankfurt, Germany

11 Dec 2010 Swedish Islamist terrorist attacks Stockholm, Sweden

7 July 2005 British Islamist terrorists attack London, England