Friday, August 11, 2017

Google fires employee for speaking out

Guest post by Derek Coulter
(posted with the author's permission, the title was added by me, S.B.)

James Damore is the author of the now-famous internal critique of Google's oppressive leftist culture for which he was summarily dismissed. This, despite his thoroughly impressive resume and education. The eternal war against wrongdoers, loudmouths, and idiots can often overshadow the fact that our society is (still) mostly populated by good, upstanding, well-meaning people. Some are especially impressive in terms of achievement, as in the case of Mr Damore. In the minds of cultural Marxists, however, such glaring inequity simply cannot be.
The obviousness that we are all different, each with our own unique advantages and disadvantages, worse pointing it out, and worse still pointing out the idiocy in denying it, is what piqued the wrath and scorn of the legion of brainwashed malcontents that infest places like Silicon Valley and companies like Google. To them, he committed a thought crime: He spoke his mind on diversity, the tactics used to further it, and the pathological egalitarianism at its core. These, as it so happens, are among their most treasured ideologies.
The tech industry, by the nature of the work, is stacked with left-brain, analytical thinkers. Certainly, society desperately needs such people, and we have benefitted greatly from their contributions. As individuals, they do very well in academics, as information sponges and in linear problem-solving. Intelligence to this type of individual is measured by how much and how well they acquire, retain, and execute provided information (e.g., from academia, media). The other side of the coin, however, is that questions as to the veracity of said information seldom occur or have little priority. This type of mind exhibits a blindness for big-picture considerations, and often fails to grasp the broad consequences of its decisions and actions. Not surprisingly, these individuals also tend to be highly susceptible to indoctrination. These are our Ph.D's, our so-called experts. It's no surprise that Google and other tech companies are majority leftist, where most of its employees readily buy into the idealistic, googly-eyed (pun intended!) notions they were taught to buy into, no matter how bereft of supporting reason, evidence, good sense, and wisdom.
The tech industry certainly comes up with interesting and impressive gizmos and stuff. Their wares are products of pure intellect, but I question the wisdom of elevating its people to positions of social and cultural influence. A healthy society cannot have as its thought-leaders those who are pathologically unaware of and cut off from the higher facets of life and of being. The character of thought bound by the physical and the formative (intellectual) is entirety analytical, linear, and morose. As complete beings, as conscious monads, we are more than this, but sadly most people at this time in history are not even aware of the higher aspects of the self, the creative and the archetypal. These higher aspects yield an almost forgotten treasure, synthesis in thought. This entirely different character of thought yields a breadth of awareness in the individual--knowing without learning. We need doers as the engine of society, but seers must sit in driver seat.
Diversity of thought, diversity of perspective: These make for a strong social order, at any scale. This is the essence of the free market of ideas, which has the lovely property of tending to act as a thought optimality engine. Emphasis on ethnic or gender diversity, on the other hand, displaces the mental for the physical, and misunderstands that one of these facets of being is the dog while the other is the tail. This is not to mention that a potentially happy consequence of a culture favouring a diversity of thought also finds that it guarantees a (real) diversity of people.
We actually need a 'left' in a politically healthy society, as a counterbalance against a supposed 'right'. This may be a false political paradigm, but its true basis is in the concept of the divine feminine and the divine masculine, which are aspects of being found in everything and in every one of us. However, today's leftists, judging from most of their positions, are engaged in nothing less than a war on reality. It has to be reformed from the inside out. But at present, the left finds itself in a dreamland of its own making.

Derek Coulter



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Societal destruction using radicalized minorities - Marcuse legacy

Ever wondered why does the Left whack the unsuspecting middle classes with the salvos of politically correct intolerance? Why did radical Left o focus on black Americans, working hard to radicalize them even after all the legislation has been equalized? Ever wondered why the Radical Left and the academics are now focusing hard at radicalizing LGBT community setting them up against a generally tolerant mainstream society, creating artificial conflicts where there has been none and escalating various issues and pressing new demands? Ever wondered who and why exactly unleashed a flood of bogus refugees upon Western Europe, accusing everybody who spoke against to be "racist"? Why are "Antifa" actions so frequently violent? Why have so many of the university campuses became riddled with SJW radicals, becoming intolerant against a free debate? It has all been written below and planned since early 1960-ties. It is called a "Repressive Tolerance" theory by Herbert Marcuse. Since he recognized the fact that by 1960-ties Marxism has failed because the tolerant Western societies have largely satisfied the needs and aspirations of the working classes reducing their desire to change anything in the society. Furthermore, the radical left was no longer very successful in organizing the radical groups around various ideas because the society was already so tolerant of multiple ideas and allowed expression of so many ways of life and thoughts that there was no real need to be radical about anything. One can just do, say or worship almost anything, within the law.

Marcuse came up with the idea that in order to change (read - destroy) the existing order in the society, one has to attack the source of the "problem" (from his point of view) - the tolerance itself. He came up with the idea that in order to radicalize a minority and make them rally around a single cause, one has to dispense with any idea of tolerance to diverging views within that community, then keep pressing demands upon the mainstream society accusing them of intolerance, then escalating demands up to a point when the society begins firing back reverting from the tolerance into self-preservation mode, giving more opportunities to accusing the mainstream society of oppression. Eventually those accusations may turn out to be true, and a minority may have to pay a high price, however the main goal of the leftist radicals is not helping any minorities' causes - these are just their tools, but rather of destroying or destabilizing the society.


Last but not least. I believe that the Left, the Statism, Collectivism and all social manipulators will sooner or later fail here because Humans are wonderfully unpredictably disorganized, irreverend and noncompliant!

Heretic

Other Links and References:


(watch from minute 33-37)


"A CRITIQUE OF PURE TOLERANCE", ROBERT PAUL WOLFF, BARRINGTON MOORE, JR., HERBERT MARCUSE, 1970


Dr. Ben Carson on Hillary Clinton's Saul Alinsky Letters: ‘We've Had These Kinds of Warnings Before'

"I'd Organize Hell" - Saul Alinsky TV interview 1966

TOLERANCJA REPRESYWNA HERBERTA MARCUSE [by Krzysztof Karoń, in Polish]

Po czym rozpoznać marksizm? Krzysztof Karoń [in Polish, "How to recognize Marxism"]
Note: above video essay is fascinating. The author is putting a thesis that marxists and socialists lost out because most of the working class people choose good work ethics and organic work leading to organic economic growth benefiting an entire society, over their proposed revolutionary path. To counter that trend, the Left decided to undercut and denigrate the organic growth and good work ethics by undermining the entire professional education system in the West. There is a lot more, very insightful presentation and well worth watching.

Grzegorz Kolodziej - Fragment dzisiejszej odpowiedzi... [Facebook, the main post is in Polish, the comments are in English]

Friday, July 14, 2017

Trump cuts gov red tape - we also need to abolish approval systems in the electronics industry!

There is a glimmer of hope!

Wiki 

June 09, 2017 Remarks by President Trump on Regulatory Relief, Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.

We are here today to focus on solving one of the biggest obstacles to creating this new and desperately needed infrastructure, and that is the painfully slow, costly, and time-consuming process of getting permits and approvals to build. And I also knew that from the private sector. It is a long, slow, unnecessarily burdensome process.

My administration is committed to ending these terrible delays once and for all. The excruciating wait time for permitting has inflicted enormous financial pain to cities and states all throughout our nation and has blocked many important projects from ever getting off the ground. Many, many projects are long gone because they couldn’t get permits and there was no reason for it.

We’ve already taken historic steps to speed up the approvals, including the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline -- which was very quickly approved. They were sitting there for a long time saying, well, that project is dead. Then I came into office and, all of the sudden, a miracle. And I guarantee you, the consultants went over to the heads of the company and told them what a great job they did. They asked for a lot of money, most likely. But we got it approved. And we got it approved fast.

I’m also very proud to say that the Dakota Access Pipeline is now officially open for business. It was dead 120 days ago, and now it officially just opened for business. Very proud of that. Hi, Bill.

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We have structurally deficient bridges, clogged roads, crumbling dams and locks. Our rivers are in trouble. Our railways are aging. And chronic traffic that slows commerce and diminishes our citizens' quality of life. Other than that, we’re doing very well.

Instead of rebuilding our country, Washington has spent decades building a dense thicket of rules, regulations and red tape. It took only four years to build the Golden Gate Bridge and five years to build the Hoover Dam and less than one year to build the Empire State Building. People don’t believe that. It took less than one year. But today, it can take 10 years and far more than that just to get the approvals and permits needed to build a major infrastructure project.

These charts beside me are actually a simplified version of our highway permitting process. It includes 16 different approvals involving 10 different federal agencies being governed by 26 different statutes.

As one example -- and this happened just 30 minutes ago -- I was sitting with a great group of people responsible for their state’s economic development and roadways. All of you are in the room now. And one gentleman from Maryland was talking about an 18-mile road. And he brought with him some of the approvals that they’ve gotten and paid for. They spent $29 million for an environmental report, weighing 70 pounds and costing $24,000 per page.

And I said, do me a favor. I’m going to make a speech in a little while. Do you mind if I take that and show it? So I’m going to show it. So they spent millions and millions of dollars. When I said, how long has this short roadway been talked about, the gentleman said, well, if you say 20 years, you’re safe.

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But these binders on the stage could be replaced by just a few simple pages, and it would be just as good. It was actually be much better. Because these binders also make you do unnecessary things that cost billions and billions of dollars and they actually make it worse.

As another example, the 23 -- if you look at it, in Ohio, the Ohio River Bridge -- $2.3 billion. The project amassed a 150,000-page administrative record -- 150,000 pages is a five-story-tall building. Think of it. If you put the paper together, it’s a five-story building.

How can a country prosper under this kind of nonsense? And I know it. I know it so well, being in the private sector. But you know, in the private sector you move, and you wheel, and you deal, and you hope, and you pray. And maybe it goes a little faster, but it’s a horrible thing in the private sector also. And we’re talking about reducing that for the private sector likewise.

Why should we continue to accept what is so clearly unacceptable? Oftentimes, the consultants -- that are making a fortune because you can’t doing anything without hiring them, paying them a tremendous amount of money, having them write up this nonsense -- you can’t get approvals. And they’re in, in the case of New York, Albany -- they go to Albany, the state capital or, here, they go to Washington for federal. And they want to make it really tough because that way, you have to hire them. It's a terrible thing. It's a group of people -- probably nobody has ever heard anybody talk about it because -- I know it because I'm a business guy, I understand that. They work really hard to make it difficult. And some are believers, but most aren't. Most want to make a lot of money. So they make a very, very simple roadway or whatever you want to be building a very complicated subject, and they make it very much more expensive and they make it worse. It's not as good as it would have been.
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No longer can we allow these rules and regulations to tie down our economy, chain up our prosperity, and sap our great American spirit. That is why we will lift these restrictions and unleash the full potential of the United States of America.

To all our state and local leaders, I appreciate you being here today. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Bill. I want you to know that help is finally -- after many, many decades -- on its way. We are giving control back to the cities and the states. You know best how to plan your communities, analyze your projects, and protect your local environment.

We will get rid of the redundancy and duplication that wastes your time and your money. Our goal is to give you one point of contact to deliver one decision -- yes or no -- for the entire federal government, and to deliver that decision quickly, whether it's a road, whether it's a highway, a bridge, a dam.

To do this, we are setting up a new council to help project managers navigate the bureaucratic maze. This council will also improve transparency by creating a new online dashboard allowing everyone to easily track major projects through every stage of the approval process. This council will make sure that every federal agency that is consistently delaying projects by missing deadlines will face tough, new penalties. I know it won't happen with these two. We don't have to worry about them. We will hold the bureaucracy accountable.

We are also creating a new office in the Council of Environmental Quality to root out inefficiency, clarify lines of authority, and streamline federal and state and local procedures so that communities can modernize their aging infrastructure without fear of outdated federal rules getting in their way.

This massive permit reform -- and that's what it is; it's a permit reform -- doesn’t sound glamorous. They won't write stories about it. They won't even talk about it. But it's so important. But it's only the first step in renewing America’s roads, rails, runways and rivers.


I wrote on the approval topics before, in this post:

Excessive industrial regulatory approvals - economic weapon of mass-destruction!

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News update (26/07/2017): Foxconn announces $10 billion investment in Wisconsin and up to 13,000 jobs


Thursday, June 29, 2017

150th Anniversary of Canada!


Commonwealth of Canada  (not the current flag)

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF CANADA!

A lot has been achieved, a lot more to accomplish:

- Reduce taxes and make the rules, rates and tax brackets equal for all entities, corporate and individuals.

- Dismantle the privileges and monopolies of the medical professional bodies, insurance providers, cellphone companies and legal professionals.

- Reform the legal system towards more liberal. Abolish indeterminate detention and anti-terrorist legislation.

- Replace wind and solar power with nuclear power.

- Pull out of Paris Climate Accord.

- Reduce wages in the Public Sector by 30% distributing funds to poor and homeless.

- Reform education system by removing it out of state control, allowing local township to fund both private and public schools through vouchers, and allow determining the school programs to emphasize employable trades, craftsmanship and science, while reducing exposure to literature and arts.  Emphasize diversity over conformity.

- Delegalise public expression of all religious symbols and doctrines except on old buildings  and sites of historical value.

- Delegalise all secret societies.

Heretic



Monday, June 26, 2017

Slow motion disintegration of US Democrats and their fake news producing media

Strangely, Trump turns out to have been right!
(well at least in his "fake news" claim)

Train wreck (Wiki)
Fake news by Democrats.

Investigation into creation of fake Russian news by the Democratic Party of the US during election. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, now under congressional investigation for possibly obstructing the Hillary Clinton email probe, and other interesting bits:

Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators, By Paul Sperry June 24, 2017

Quotes:

A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.

The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.

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Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is also investigating whether the FBI has wrongly relied on the anti-Trump dossier and its author, Christopher Steele — the old spy who was hired by Fusion GPS to build a Russia file on Trump — to aid its ongoing espionage investigation into the Trump campaign and its possible ties to Moscow.

The FBI received a copy of the Democrat-funded dossier in August, during the heat of the campaign, and is said to have contracted in October to pay Steele $50,000 to help corroborate the dirt on Trump — a relationship that “raises substantial questions about the independence” of the bureau in investigating Trump, warned Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Senate investigators are demanding to see records of communications between Fusion GPS and the FBI and the Justice Department, including any contacts with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, now under congressional investigation for possibly obstructing the Hillary Clinton email probe, and deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, who is under investigation by the Senate and the Justice inspector general for failing to recuse himself despite financial and political connections to the Clinton campaign through his Democratic activist wife. Senate investigators have singled out McCabe as the FBI official who negotiated with Steele.

Like Fusion GPS, the FBI has failed to cooperate with congressional investigators seeking documents.

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Steele contracted with Fusion GPS to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia starting in June 2016, whereupon he outlandishly claimed that Hillary campaign hackers were “paid by both Trump’s team and the Kremlin” and that the operation was run out of Putin’s office. He also fed Fusion GPS and its Hillary-allied clients incredulous gossip about Trump hating the Obamas so much that he hired hookers to urinate on a bed they slept in at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton, and that Russian intelligence recorded the pee party in case they needed to blackmail Trump.

Never mind that none of the rumors was backed by evidence or even credible sourcing (don’t bother trying to confirm his bed-wetting yarn, Steele advised, as “all direct witnesses have been silenced”). Steele reinforced his paying customers’ worst fears about Trump, and they rewarded him for it with a whopping $250,000 in payments.

But it’s now clear his “intelligence reports,” which together run more than 35 pages long, were for the most part worthless. And the clients who paid Fusion GPS (which claims to go “beyond standard due diligence”) for them got taken to the cleaners.

Steele’s most sensational allegations remain unconfirmed. For instance, his claim that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen held a “clandestine meeting” on the alleged hacking scheme in Prague with “Kremlin officials” in August 2016 unraveled when Cohen denied ever visiting Prague, his passport showed no stamps showing he left or entered the US at the time, witnesses accounted for his presence here, and Czech authorities found no evidence Cohen went to Prague.


Fake news by CNN

CNN Retraction de-facto admitting to having manufactured (some) fake news during Clinton-Trump election campaign!

CNN Is Imposing Strict New Rules On Its Russia Coverage. The decision came after the network deleted and retracted a story on Friday.
Originally posted on June 25, 2017, Updated on June 25, 2017, by Jon Passantino

Quotes:

CNN is imposing strict new publishing restrictions for online articles involving Russia after the network deleted a story and then issued a retraction late Friday, according to an internal email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The email went out at 11:21 a.m. on Saturday from Rich Barbieri, the CNNMoney executive editor, saying "No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason [Farkas]," a CNN vice president.

The deleted and retracted story claimed Senate investigators were looking into a Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Trump’s transition team.

The now-deleted story was published Thursday and cited a single, unnamed source who claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into a "$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump's transition team four days before Trump's inauguration."

A source close to the network, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter, told BuzzFeed News earlier that the story was a "massive, massive f...up and people will be disciplined." The person said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker and the head of the company's human resources department are "directly involved" in an internal investigation examining how the story was handled.


More fake news by CNN and "how to do it" video tutorial:

Fake protest staged by CNN film crew at London Bridge terrorist attack scene, June 4, 2017

and the CNN response to the above video - admitting it actually happened!

CNN Responds To Claims They Staged A Muslim Anti-Terror Protest, by Amber Athey, 06/05/2017


More Democratic (un)doings:

- Attorneys investigating DNC (Democratic National Convention) fraud lawsuit - dead, and other irregularities.

More Attorneys Found Dead In Wasserman Schultz Florida District!

Quote:

Three high profile attorneys have been found dead in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Florida district in the last two weeks, prompting the plaintiff in the massive DNC fraud lawsuit being held in Florida to request protection from the court for the plaintiffs, their witnesses and their families.

DNC lawsuit now includes claim that someone in Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office used voice changer
by Daniel Chaitin | Jun 3, 2017, 10:37 AM





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Zbig Brzezinski - a political monster or a hero?


 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin engages U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski in a game of chess at Camp David  (Wiki)

Zbigniew Brzezinski's recent death sparked a lot of diametrically opposing commentaries. In Poland he is praised as a hero for being the first after Winston Churchill to have guts to stand up to the Soviets. In the West, many of the liberal commentators view him as a globalist as a manipulator who engineered and later encouraged the modern day plague of Islamic Fundamentalism.

What were Brzezinski's political views?

Quote

Financial Times
Zbigniew Brzezinski, US national security adviser, 1928-2017
(Note: Financial Times' links do not work - search the article title instead)



Right-hand man to President Carter from Iran hostage crisis to Salt Two arms treaty
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Brzezinski, who has died at the age of 89, was far from his predecessor’s doppelganger, but his record in office can stand fair comparison. On his watch, under President Jimmy Carter, the US normalised relations with China, severing ties with Taiwan in the process, signed the Salt Two arms treaty with the Soviet Union, brought Egypt and Israel together in the Camp David accords and concluded the Panama Canal treaty, ceding control to Panama. In each decision he was an influential player.
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On the downside, the US was caught flatfooted by the Khomeini revolution in Iran, allowing the deposed Shah refuge in the US, which eventually led to the Iran hostage crisis, a factor in Mr Carter’s election defeat in 1980. Brzezinski was also instrumental in arming the Afghan mujahideen after the Soviet invasion of 1979, a policy that came back to haunt the US two decades later (to prove his point, flamboyantly, he was photographed in the Khyber Pass pointing a rifle across the border).

In another departure, hardly surprising given his own background and his president’s natural inclinations, Brzezinski placed human rights far higher up the policy agenda than had previously been the case. That constituted a significant departure from standard US policy, which tended to tolerate, as in General Pinochet’s Chile, human rights abuses in return for fealty to the US.

After leaving office, he became, not unlike Dr Kissinger, a prolific commentator and author on foreign policy, but without ever quite achieving his predecessor’s level of access. He broke with the Democratic Party and endorsed President George H W Bush in 1988 and was critical of Bill Clinton’s long reluctance to intervene in the Balkans in the 1990s. But he was a fierce critic of the younger President Bush’s war in Iraq and fulsome in his praise of Barack Obama, even though he was never admitted into his policy circle.

An engaging conversationalist and avid tennis player, he is survived by his wife, the sculptor Emilie Benes, two sons and a daughter, Mika, the TV news host, who announced his death on Friday.



Another interesting article, Brzezinski's view on Trump.

Towards a Security Web by Zbigniew Brzezinski

Brzezinski: America’s Global Influence Depends On Cooperation With China (12/23/2016)

The danger I see is provoking antagonism in this foremost relationship of American foreign policy without any significant strategic accomplishment. It is not in our interest to antagonize Beijing. It is much better for American interests to have the Chinese work closely with us, thereby forcing the Russians to follow suit if they don’t want to be left out in the cold. That constellation gives the U.S. the unique ability to reach out across the world with collective political influence.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Brexit - more than the British bargained for

I favor the loosely tied confederate model of governance that the European Union has become.  It is modeled on past attempts at confederate states, examples of which are pre-Christian township of central Europe such as Lusitan, Prussian and Swiss Confederation (the only one surviving at present), Great Tartaria of Central Asia and Siberia, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and last but not least - the United States of America.    More often then not, adoption of the confederation model resulted in more civil rights because attempts by the local authorities to skew the system their way, could be challenged by the people using federal legislation. One interesting example was Ireland joining the EU which gradually washed away the autocratic rule of De Valera's theocrats resulting in more individual freedom.   Britain seems to be going the other way around, from a balance of power tied between the EU and the local government, towards giving all the power to the later.  That was probably the original intention behind the UKIP backers behind the scene as suggested by former prime minister Tony Blair in his recent "Open Britain" speech.     I am guessing, but that is the only reason that makes a sense  (actually there may be another non-exclusive reason that also makes a sense, see this post) .  Sure - British establishments wants more power and they will now be able to get it.  I guess they can hardly wait!.    The article I linked below describes some of the details of the process.  We can probably safely assume that it is just the beginning of the slippage towards authocracy in Britain, since once their elites taste the rule by decree it may be hard to revert to democracy.



The following article is the main reason I decided to post my today's rant:



What are Henry VIII powers? How Theresa May will use 'infamous' clauses to rewrite EU law


By Alice Foster (published Thu, Mar 30, 2017


Quote:



HENRY VIII powers will allow civil servants and ministers to change EU law without much parliamentary scrutiny before Brexit Day.


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Prof Barnard, a senior fellow at the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, said it was a paradox because Brexit supporters voted to restore parliamentary sovereignty.

"People who voted to leave the EU thought they were taking back powers back to Parliament, to Westminster," she said during a briefing at King’s College London.

"What they didn’t think they would be doing is taking powers back to the executive - to the civil service, to the Government - over which there will be very little parliamentary scrutiny."

The huge volume of corrections needed to EU law mean that it would be impossible for each change to be done by Acts of Parliaments.

To solve the problem, the Great Repeal Bill White Paper published today said that the bill will "create powers to make secondary legislation".

It said: "The Great Repeal Bill will provide a power to correct the statute book, where necessary, to rectify problems occurring as a consequence of leaving the EU. "


Update 30-April-2017 - "May lives in parallel reality" article

Brexit negotiations began with a blazing row yesterday as Brussels flatly rejected Theresa May’s negotiating position and accused the British prime minister of living in a “parallel reality”.

The other 27 EU member states took just four minutes to agree a hardline stance on Brexit at a summit meeting in Brussels before Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, and Michel Barnier, the chief European Union Brexit negotiator, rounded on the British prime minister.

They told EU leaders that May had used a meeting with them on Wednesday night to demand that a “detailed outline” of a future free trade deal be in place before the UK agrees to pay any money to Brussels as part of the Brexit divorce deal. An EU diplomat said: “This was a rather incredible demand. It seemed as if it came from a parallel reality.”

Juncker warned yesterday that that approach would lead to an “early crash”, with Britain leaving the EU without a deal.

In an eight-page document outlining their position, the other 27 countries said the EU would “prepare itself to be able to handle the situation if the negotiations were to fail”. The guidelines also include offering Northern Ireland automatic EU membership should it join the Irish republic - a move seen as provocative in London - and giving Spain a veto over Gibraltar’s future relationship with the bloc.

Juncker and Barnier told leaders that the Wednesday dinner at May’s country retreat, known as Chequers, had also revealed huge differences over plans to recognise the rights of British citizens and EU nationals in each other’s countries.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said a “serious offer” was needed on migrant rights from the UK before trade talks could begin.

An EU diplomat told The Sunday Times: “The UK’s position is miles apart, both on their financial obligations and on the EU citizens’ rights. The UK government simply wants to create a new category of ‘former EU citizens’ in their migration law, but our position is that we must go much further than that.”

The British prime minister’s stance that trade must come first was met with incredulity by EU officials, who said her chief EU sherpa, Oliver Robbins, had already agreed that the methodology for agreeing the Brexit bill would be ironed out first - along with the rights of EU citizens in Britain and the issue of the Irish border.

“She took a firm position against something we thought we had agreed,” a diplomatic source said. “It was completely unreal.” The source said the prime minister’s views on the financial settlement “border on the delusional”.

Over dinner, Juncker slapped down May by pulling out a copy of the EU-Canada trade deal, a 2,000-page document that took nearly a decade to negotiate, and recommended that the prime minister study its complexity.

Juncker’s aides said he then called Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, and complained that May appeared unaware of issues communicated to her staff. According to one of Juncker’s aides, he told Merkel: “It went very badly. She is in a different galaxy. Based on the meeting, no deal is much more likely than finding agreement.”

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Update 3/06/2017




(watch all or from 13:30)