God gave us two ears and one mouth for us to listen twice much as we talk. Politicians seem to have half an ear and four mouths. Before elections, all candidates and parties travel around and seem to be listening, as long as the TV cameras are there.
October. Finishing Post Hallowe`en day. “I got a horse to beat the field”. The filly` Johnson`s Deal`, out of `May`s Withdrawal` and `Barnier`s Last Offer`, takes the first fence with a comfortable lead in spite of a vigorous use of Red Jerry`s whip but then falls at the `Die in the ditch` Unionist water jump over the Irish Sea.
An interesting read, as Sir Roger Gale MP corresponds with Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, regarding how British national's pensions, benefits, healthcare and general rights will be affected by Brexit and beyond.
With 1.75% N-ull, 45.5 A-bstention, 2.55 B-lank, and 3.0 O-thers (nanoparties, with no chance for a MP) NABO won with 52.8% of votes in Portugal!
In the Algarve, 1.78% N, 54.17% A, 2.84% B, 6.3% O; a total of 65,1% of voters in the Algarve said NO to the electoral system.
September. Conference season. Liberals in Bournemouth, Labour in Brighton, Tories in Manchester and the Government in the dock. The `Operation Yellowhammer` papers predict traffic chaos and post-Brexit shortages when finally prized out of The Gover`s hands. “We will secure a deal by October seventeenth”. Or will we?
Anne Hernandez and Richard Hill, together with 5 other representatives from Facebook Group Brexpats In Spain, travelled up to the British Embassy in Madrid last Thursday, September 19th to meet with Stephen Barclay, the Secretary Of State For Exiting The EU.
Whilst this meeting applies to expats living in Spain, the information is relevant in many ways to all British Citizens in EU27.
Recess but no respite. Deal or no deal? Brexit is all-pervasive. Those who demonstrated monumental disloyalty to Mrs. May now demand loyalty themselves. There is half- hearted shuttle diplomacy between London, Berlin, Paris and Dublin in the run up to the G7 summit in Biarritz. The Number Ten spin machine holds out hope of a deal while different noises emanate from Europe.
- Gale's Westminster View – July 2019
- UK AND PORTUGAL SIGN BILATERAL AGREEMENT TO PROTECT CITIZENS’ VOTING RIGHTS AFTER EU EXIT
- The net, teachers and the Algarve
- Terrorism - in the Algarve soon?
- Robbed by Brussels - €6,600-a-year
- Brexit: a loo paper crisis, and other issues of course
- Britain is leaving, English is staying
- Portugal welcomes Brits - with or without a Brexit deal