• Troubles, like buses come in threes…….


    Above, the number 40 bus outside the now demolished Nelson Inn, 210-212 Armley Road, Leeds. The photograph was taken in 1978.

    In the early days (the 1970s) of my working career, I commuted to work on the bus. I like others who used, or still do use this method of transport will wearily be familiar with the truism that is the title of today’s article.

    Things have changed an awful lot since the 1970s and the days of “The Sweeney” TV crime series. I was a stone (sorry, 6.35kg, Derek) lighter and was able to sprint very quickly to the bus stop to avoid missing it! We all do fade as leaves on the tree….. Those were the days of the “Cold War”: The Royal Navy actually had an aircraft carrier that carried – wait for it; fixed wing aircraft! And amazingly, they were capable of supersonic flight! They were also the days of long hair (for men), flared trousers and platform shoes (yes, for men!) – which explains, Dear Reader, the image choice of the number 40 bus and not a period one of Moi!
    Today, the excellent Doctor Richard North again delivers an authoritative, well researched piece on the UK’s continuing Brexit travails.
    GOTO: http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=86628
    Likewise, the writer and columnist Robert Hardman has written a most excellent and hard hitting piece in today’s Daily Mail about the crisis in Spain, the completely inadequate response of the EU to this crisis and the impact on it’s future.
    GOTO: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4957304/Brussels-terrified-Catalonia-s-bid-breakaway.html
    It is however “bus number three”, a report by the Associated Press (AP) writers, Laurie Kellman and Jonathan Lemire on a statement by President Donald Trump that might be the most momentous and far reaching.
    GOTO: https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5566344-with-elaboration-trump-talks-calm-storm.html
    There is a well known saying that “history repeats itself”. As the Brexit process proceeds against the backdrop of other international events, not least those mentioned above, one cannot help looking back to the fateful summer of 1914. It is hard to believe with the retrospect of over a century of hindsight that the Asquith government regarded the crossing of German troops of the Belgian frontier on Sunday 2nd August that year as a huge “Get out of Gaol Free” card!

    This was because Government of Ireland Act 1914; 4 & 5 Geo. 5 c. 90 – which received the Royal assent on 18th September 1914 but was postponed by Suspensory Act 1914 and repealed 23rd December 1920 – had caused the Asquith government to look into the abyss of civil war on the island of Ireland.
    We might be looking at:
    One: A nuclear war in East Asia.
    Two: A second Spanish civil war.
    Three: A “hard Brexit”.

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