David Parkin on a European double, a taste of Italy and playing a Trump card

IT’S been a funny old week.

Last week’s blog was sent out just as we all were digesting the shock EU referendum result.

And the vote was quickly followed by England’s defenestration from Euro 2016 by Iceland.

For the UK to reject Europe via the ballot box and then for the England football team to self-destruct on the football field in a European tournament in the space of four days just felt a bit profligate to me.

I was once made to write 200 lines by an English teacher when I didn’t produce a homework essay twice in a row.

He made me write: “To err is human, but to do it twice is unacceptable.”

He knew what he was doing, writing the word unacceptable 200 times is murder.

I was reminded of those lines after the events of the last week.

The smug, triumphalism of Nigel Farage aside, not many people appear to have wildly celebrated the referendum result.

They perhaps expected the long haul we face in the coming weeks, months and years to exit the European Union.

The last seven days illustrate that.

Financial markets first went into meltdown followed by our two main political parties.

The population, or a large chunk of them, took to social media to either celebrate the referendum result or bemoan it.

Some posts I read couldn’t have been more downbeat than if the four horsemen of the apocalypse had just come riding over the horizon followed by a plague of locusts.

Whatever way you voted (and I voted Remain) we now have to accept a result that almost half the voting population of this country didn’t want.

But more than half did and because we live in a democracy it has to stand.

There may be a bumpy ride ahead, but this country has overcome bigger crises in the past and we will again.

My main reasons for voting Remain were not because I believe the EU is a perfect place to be.

I felt a decision to leave the EU would present this country with economic uncertainty which it could do without, that our security and position globally is better when we are part of Europe and also that we don’t have the right to close our doors to immigration, particularly when many of those seeking sanctuary are from countries like Libya, Syria and Iraq, which have been ravaged by foreign intervention, some of which the UK has been involved in.

But Leave won the referendum and we now must accept that. I’ll forgive people 24 hours of bleating on social media, but they now need to accept democracy and get on with it.

The idea of having another referendum is bizarre. It smacks of kids playing football and not ending the game until one particular team scores.

I actually believe that if we’d have re-run the vote yesterday, in hindsight many would have voted differently and the result would have been the other way.

But that shouldn’t happen.

Once we finally have a new prime minister and a government (and hopefully an effective opposition), then years of negotiations lie ahead with Europe.

It won’t be easy politically or economically and I’m sure there will be plenty of twists and turns. I sense that Great Britain’s future will not lie completely outside Europe, some kind of negotiated trade membership could be a possible compromise.

Until then we should all buckle down and get on with things.

Let the politicians squabble, scrap and offer inertia.

The rest of us have got too much to do.


LAST week’s blog didn’t mention politics and instead recounted my argument with a golf buggy and so prompted this comment from public relations professional Ruth Badley: “Given this morning’s news, this seems a bit well – flippant? Maybe that’s what we need! Thought you would have something more to say though… Maybe next time.”

Flippant? Moi? Actually am I allowed to use a French word, now we’ve rejected Europe?

If Ruth want’s intelligent analysis here then I fear she’s looking in the wrong place.


THE only saving grace of having to endure England’s pathetic sporting capitulation to Iceland was watching the match in the excellent Gianni’s restaurant in Harrogate.

Guided by gastronmer general Rodney Dalton, of law firm Lupton Fawcett, we joined restauranteur Gianni Bernardi and his Italian colleagues to watch Italy’s impressive triumph over Spain before having to watch England.

However Gianni sweetened that particular pill by providing a fantastic five course feast of Italian delights.

If Wales go out tonight then I’ll be throwing my support behind Italy.

I might anyway because Gianni has promised us another night at the restaurant if Italy make the semi-finals.


IF Jeremy Corbyn had shown the same determination during the Referendum campaign that he is currently displaying in his efforts to cling on as leader of the Labour Party then perhaps the result might have been different and he wouldn’t be in the mess he is.

A staggering 80% of his MPs have said that they have no confidence in his ability to lead the party.

The no confidence vote came after dozens of members of his shadow cabinet resigned following the sacking of Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn.

Did you see the TV footage of Corbyn sitting around a table with the replacements he appointed to the Shadow Cabinet?

It looked like a whist drive at a drop-in centre.


LAST night’s Institute of Directors Director of the Year Awards for Yorkshire and the North East were held at Leeds Civic Hall and featured after dinner entertainment by singer Beverly Savarin.

I hadn’t heard of her but she sang a wide repertoire of numbers, from opera to pop.

Apparently she has topped the charts with one of Madonna’s producers, Jellybean Benitez and ‘Never Felt This Way’ remained in the US Billboard Charts for 14 weeks.

She has also attained platinum selling status with rapper Eve on ‘Gotta Man’.

Now she lives in Sheffield.

Yes, I asked the same question.

And also Beverly “is the Donald Trump Association’s preferred entertainer”.

That’s probably not something I’d choose to keep on my CV.

Have a great weekend.

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