Brenda from Bristol with Crumble from Compton

Brenda from Bristol has a few words to say on behalf of all of us

Tonight, fifty or more Labour Members of Parliament will be staring into the bottom of their glasses contemplating P45's thudding onto their door mats in fifty one days time with love and best wishes from the Great British Public, (although it is regrettable to see that someone of Alan Johnson's calibre is standing down). Many of them will see it as a merciful release from the hell that is public life under their inept comedy act of a leader, Jeremy Corbyn. With all leave cancelled for political journalists the rest of us will be subjected to a daily battering from the media, led by that ghastly Kuensberg woman on the BBC. Thankfully, British elections are relatively short and sharp affairs and with the better weather, I am sure we'll muddle through as usual.

Theresa May has made what is probably the right decision in the best interests of the country, standing as she does at an extraordinary confluence of political events. If she gets the result she is aiming for it will strengthen our negotiating stance with Europe and indeed, will probably be welcomed by most of Europe who are if anything more keen to get the ball rolling to end the uncertainty for themselves inside the union. For her personally, she has launched a thundering broadside at her critics which is a bit cruel given the disarray her opponents are in but politically, is very astute.

Enquiring minds might though, be wondering if there are any other reasons which might explain why she has pulled the trigger now?

Of course there are.

I have been thinking for some time that Tony Blair is up to something. It was always unlikely that his ego would allow him to stand idly by and allow the Corbyn faction to completely purge the Labour Party and its machinery of all Blairites and everything they stand for. I also think whatever his plans are, they probably involve the repatriation of the exiled David Milliband from New York. That being the case it makes sense for Theresa May to announce an election before New Labour, or Old New Labour or whatever they'll call themselves have chance to launch and gain party and electoral traction. Clearly, inevitable electoral evisceration on the 8th June will trigger a Labour split or reverse takeover by the moderates but that, in whatever form, if successful still leaves them staring down the barrel of a new five year Tory term rather than the three that was left on the clock until this morning.

Second, my personal view of stock markets is that there is a high probability of a significant market event in the August - November time frame. I expect weakness in April to continue but rather than the 'sell in May and go away and don't come back 'till St Ledger Day,' mantra, I think we'll have a pretty strong summer rally. That will be the concluding move in what is a very mature bull market. The fall out from this market event will be significant, marking as it will not just the conclusion of the rally from the 2009 low but the end of much longer market cycles. I'll cover this in more detail another time but suffice to say, better to be Prime Minister with four years still on the clock, rather than eighteen months, when a bad thing happens economically.

Third, the summer Mediterranean Migration season has kicked off with large inflatables carrying hundreds of migrants leaving Turkey and Libya every day. This season is predicted to be a big one. If Turkey continues down the route it has chosen then a breakdown in relations with the EU could see the collapse of the agreement between the EU and Turkey to manage the flow of migrants. Pictures on our television news will not harm the Conservative campaign and will no doubt influence the imminent French elections and those in Germany later this year.

I'll be keeping a keen eye open for entertainment from Jezza and LibDem fall guy Tim Fallon who would look over-promoted running a minor branch of McDonalds. In fact, if he had four pens in his top pocket and a bunch of keys hanging off his belt he would be that man. The best fun though will be found watching the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson. That woman is a feisty ball of fire and would make a great soldier...... except once she was.

Doe-Like Delusion v Barbaric Cadence

In the days of a never-to-be-seen-again twenty-eight inch waist, when soldiering in the jungle, movement was difficult and precision navigation challenging. Often, we would resort to what we called gross error navigation. That is, we would aim for a recognisable feature such as a river or unusually shaped contours three or four clicks distant. When we hit them, we would then figure out where we were in relation to our exact target. Unfortunately, jungles tend to have lots of rivers and are very hilly. Nonetheless, it was a method by which we convinced ourselves that we knew what we were doing.

Doe-Like Delusion

Doe-Like Delusion

I am reminded of those days when looking at Trump’s actions. He is making decisions and while the execution has so far been poor, largely because of an absence of planning and the right staff not yet being in place, he is heading in the direction that he made clear he would do from the outset of his campaign and is doing so on the basis that they will figure out the bumps in the road along the way. The only surprise has been the speed at which he has moved but again, he is doing exactly what he said he would do.

The manufactured hysteria that has greeted his executive orders, on both sides of the Atlantic, strike me as being shallow and delusional. On the US side this president hasn’t said anything that has not been said before by previous incumbents and he is executing policies on which he was elected. The development which raises some concern though was the statement issued by Obama in which he declared he now supports all the protests against Trump. That definitely isn’t good and potentially could legitimise in the eyes of some a different level of protest. On this side of the Atlantic the protests and petitions have little resonance with the majority of citizens, the majority of whom would like to see exactly the same restrictions and deep vetting placed on immigrants from countries that offer a threat to our safety and well-being. The same is true of mainland Europe.

The press have been very cute in their reporting of the migrant issue. Led by the BBC, who like to drive the narrative rather than report it, we don’t hear much about violent incidents against the person perpetrated by individuals who live to an ignorant and barbaric cadence better suited to medieval times. If in any doubt, refer to the family of the poor Swedish woman who was gang raped by three men who live streamed their bestial act on Facebook.

An ordinary bloke called Big Joe speaks for the average Joe while wandering through a demo in LA

From a purely British perspective the Transatlantic Relationship is not just important; it is critical to our survival. Today, we have just 19 surface ships in the Fleet and less than 82,000 soldiers with which to defend ourselves. Anyone who thinks that is sufficient to stop a determined enemy for longer than a few days has detached themselves from reality. As a point of orientation, at the height of the Troubles in Ulster over 21,000 soldiers were deployed. In Op Granby, (the first Gulf War), 45,000 soldiers and 11 surface ships were deployed, (not including mine counter-measures ships). We couldn’t do that now. How ironic is it that without the United States, the nuclear trigger point for the UK is lower than it would otherwise be because the ‘last resort defence’ jumps up the queue should our survival be at stake. Something the protesting Snowflakes may wish to ponder.

The other irony is that when the tofu munching liberals get their own way and it turns to rat shit they disappear and are not to be found. It is then mostly left to the sons and daughters of those who are diametrically opposed to their views who have to go and fix things. That is mostly how we ended up with 456 dead in Afghanistan.

The madness of the whole thing is of course that on average, some seven children and teenagers are killed by guns every day in the United States. In fact, more people are killed by toddlers with handguns than are killed by terrorists in the US but then that is another discussion which even Trump is unlikely to have the courage to lead.