My bold po­lit­i­cal pre­dic­tions for 2019

Rutherglen Reformer - - Robert Brown -

A happy and healthy new year to ev­ery­one. A time for some bold pre­dic­tions for 2019!

Firstly, that the coun­cil will re­think plans to cut back on res­i­den­tial home places for the el­derly and will make bet­ter use of day cen­tres like the Harry Heaney cen­tre in Spit­tal.

Sec­ond, that the coun­cil bud­get, with the SNP Gov­ern­ment cut­ting the share of the Scot­tish bud­get go­ing to coun­cils, will con­tinue to salami slice the num­ber of teach­ers and school sup­port staff.

Local schools will con­tinue to strug­gle, while Nicola Stur­geon in­sists that ed­u­ca­tion is her top pri­or­ity.

The banks will con­tinue to be­have badly as the Bank of Scot­land branch in Burn­side closes.

Where do small shops and busi­nesses bank their tak­ings now? What about help­ing chil­dren to gain the habit of sav­ing reg­u­larly?

Why don’t the ma­jor banks pro­vide a joint branch where peo­ple can pay in money and ac­cess bank­ing fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a free cash­line fa­cil­ity?

At na­tional level, I pre­dict that the Prime Min­is­ter will get more sup­port in the par­lia­men­tary vote than many peo­ple think, but that her Brexit deal will be re­jected de­ci­sively.

And I will stick my neck out and say we will have a ref­er­en­dum on the Brexit terms in the late Spring when the Bri­tish peo­ple will vote to stay in the EU af­ter all by a de­ci­sive ma­jor­ity.

This will lead to the long over­due de­par­ture of Theresa May, Jeremy Cor­byn and many of their top col­leagues.

They have let the coun­try down so badly and are woe­fully un­fit for the job.

The Lib­eral Democrats – hav­ing been proved so sadly right on the dis­as­ters of Brexit – will have a resur­gence as Brexit col­lapses in par­lia­men­tary chaos.

In­deed, a re­cent opin­ion poll in­di­cated that the Lib­eral Democrats would over­take Labour in a gen­eral elec­tion if Jeremy Cor­byn con­tin­ues to sup­port Brexit.

The de­feat of Brexit will also stop any fur­ther in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, ful­fill­ing Alex Salmond’s pledge that the 2014 ref­er­en­dum was a ‘once in a gen­er­a­tion’ thing.

Af­ter such a graphic demon­stra­tion of the costs and dis­rup­tion of com­ing out of the Euro­pean Union, who would sen­si­bly sup­port the even more com­pli­cated process of rip­ping Scot­land out of her his­toric place in the United King­dom?

De­par­ture end of 2019 Robert Brown pre­dicts both Theresa May and Jeremy Cor­byn will leave their roles by the

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