2018 Mar 03 - Snow and Brexit

It's snow joking matter, the UK's been so cold that pickpockets have been keeping their hands in their pockets and the counter-terrorism police have considered extending their remit to combat both ISIS as well as just regular Ice.

It's been a while since the UK last had a winter, nearly a year in fact and as usual their's the shots of slow moving motorways, roving reporters wandering deserted small town high streets and my favourite, the shot of hundreds of children sledging and hanging out at the park. It's never explained why the school run was was impassible, leading to the closure of schools, yet the road down to the nearest big snowy hill was apparently clear. In the mean time however, lots of trains have been cancelled although Southern Rail customers have been told that trains will run the usual timetable, by which I mean that you may as well roll a dice if you want to know whether your train will be there. And Scotland was forced to issue a red weather warning which is obviously worse than an orange weather warning but it's still probably preferable to a yellow ice warning.

The snow has also given the news agencies something to talk about other than Brexit. There were a series of speeches this week with very little in the way of new information and it's telling that most people were less interested in Jeremy Corbyn's opinion on the customs union than they were in a few inches of snow landing in his North Islington constituency. Northern Ireland remains a point of contention with the EU attempting to force a situation where a no-deal outcome would involve North Ireland somehow retaining all EU rules and oversight, effectively coming under the sovereignty of Brussels rather than London. A policy presumably borrowed from Nicola Sturgeon. Theresa May decided to borrow an idea too, suggesting "5 tests" purposely designed to fail - an idea borrowed from Gordon Brown and the Euro debate. That's where we are, British leadership relying on borrowed ideas from one of the worst prime ministers in the past half a century.
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