Apparently the Brexit Talks are now in "the tunnel stage" which I understand means "serious" and "intense" prior to announcement of some sort of deal. Maybe, maybe not. Who knows these days......days of some sort of "power struggle" at the "top" AKA 10 Downing Street. Maybe Larry the cat is to replaced with a dog?
My own thoughts are that for all intents and purposes the so called Transition Stage will be extended indefinitely beyond 31/01/21. Multiple things will be left largely in limbo, still to be "ironed out", possible re-negotiated, to be "sorted" as and when various circumstances unfold. Obviously, such will not be acknowledged. A "Deal" of some sort will be heralded, with the Tory Press rejoicing in the "achievement" of Mr Johnson, the Deal a triumph for his "no nonsense" and "tough" line.
Nigel Farage, once their darling, will remain virtually silenced. Lets face it, please don't mention BRINO otherwise we will be back where we stated, with the Tories losing votes to UKIP.
The shoddy thing about Brexit at this moment is that with less than two months left before the absolute cut off point of 31 December 2020 (not 31 January 2021), progress is still painfully slow, or completely stalled while a power game is raging in Number 10.
On the plus side, it was wonderful to see Dominic Cummings leaving number 10 tonight carrying a cardboard box, presumably filled with everything he's taken down from the walls of whatever cupboard he locked himself away in to dream up whatever.
Lee Cain was first in line for an elevated level of the Communications Warlord role he's been engaged in with The BBC, Sky News and anybody else who dares to ask Boris difficult questions he doesn't have time for and wouldn't answer even if he had the answers...... which he invariably doesn't.
Cain was a shoo-in for the role until First Mistress Carrie Symonds got involved and (presumably) told Boris he'd be sleeping in the shed if he didn't sort it out so she could get some bloody kip.
The Tory backbench rebellion was growing apace, lurching dangerously close to a vote of no confidence in Boris which worried the 1922 Committee so much they called Rishi Sunak in for a "little chat" (for which, read "Job Interview" ) during the week should Boris suddenly find HIMSELF purged. The Tories are ruthless.
And so Lee Cain didn't get his job which created a power vacuum which Dominic Cummings has clearly lost in his attempt to insert another Leave.UK member into and has made his position untenable. Untenable as in: "Boris won't save me this time because he's facing the chop himself and if there is one job he'll do anything to protect more than mine, it's his."
And so Dom has jumped before he's pushed, well, more like thrown overboard with a concrete block around his ankles into a river full of crocodiles and piranhas.
The thing about this is that it's got nothing to do with Brexit or Coronavirus or running the economy or the country...... it's a power game. Nothing more, nothing less.
Fiddling while Rome burns doesn't begin to cover it.
While our country is in crisis on multiple levels, over many events, the entire attention of government in this country has been solely engaged with an internal power struggle.
This isn't government, it's negligence at a level that should bring the government down, but it won't.
The lunatics really have taken over the asylum.