Op-Ed: It is Monday February 15, 2016, and UK PM David Cameron is trawling around Europe again trying to get agreement on changes to Britain’s European Union membership, or is it EU reform - full stop, but he is attempting to do it all on his own terms.
Nigel Farage has accused Cameron of playing 'chicken' Monday as the PM dodged a meeting with the Ukip leader. The report is in the Express which is a Ukip supporting publication; if you do not believe that check out this BBC report from April 2015 days ahead of the last UK General Election "Express owner Richard Desmond gives UKIP £1m."
That does not mean we do not agree that Cameron plays 'chicken' and all too often.
Also ahead of GE2015 Cameron did the chicken run to escape televised leader's debates and for him at that time it seemed to pay off; he was after all elected to run a majority Tory government albeit with only a 12 seat majority.
While Cameron is flitting around Europe grabbing headlines relating to Britain's EU membership his government has been quietly pushing through damaging changes at home. Last week the imposition of new junior doctor's working contracts was timed to fit in with an upcoming parliamentary recess and hide negative policies.
Take these "Five pieces of bad news the Tories tried to bury" from Mike Sivier at Vox Political.
They are Boundary changes, Public health cuts, Court closures, Universal credit roll-out speeded up and Short money and all of us will be affected by at least one of the measures but probably more.
The Conservative party is in disarray over Europe and the upcoming EU referendum and David Cameron is hoping the Labour party will help him out. Old Labour die-hards or is that Blairites have published an "Open letter from five Labour heavyweights who have changed their minds on Europe" but who does that letter help?
There is nothing wrong with them having changed their minds on Europe along the years but why did they need to post this letter?
The Labour party decided last year that it would support the UK staying in the EU but posting such letters ahead of an agreement is simply damning to new party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
This could and should have waited until after Cameron gets an EU deal agreed or rejected. Until he does there will be no referendum.
Cameron could pull a fast one and let the nation decide on half-ass policies but that depends how much he really want the UK to stay a member of the European Union.
Renegotiation terms could be finalised at an EU meeting this week or they may fall flat.
The mainstream media are waiting-in-the-wings to attack the Labour party one more time and especially the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn.
But as we said at the start of this report the Tories are in disarray. They are not a unified political party when it comes to Brexit or Bremain.
The big five Labour so-called heavyweights or should that be middle of the roaders should have waited until after any deal is agreed or not and let the Tories show their disunity for the entire world to see.
Why instead did former Labour leader Neil Kinnock, Margaret Beckett, David Blunkett, Jack Straw and Hilary Benn, who is a current member of the Labour shadow cabinet feel the need to post this open letter in yesterday's Sunday Mirror.
Hilary Benn is probably the only MP who has much credibility in the eyes of current Labour voters and it is fading fast. His speech at the end of the parliamentary debate on bombing Syria was applauded by some as inspirational but assessed by others as a fairly meaningless rant.
Yes even politics is in the eye of the beholder.
People need to remember however that just because Benn's father was a great Labour campaigner and left-winger Hilary may not be.
As Cameron turns the spotlight on Europe freedoms at home are being sacrificed and any remaining social security safety nets available for the poor and vulnerable of the UK removed.
With that in mind do you really care about Cameron's sometime referendum, on vague EU reforms?
Monday his government has furthered the police state of Israel and the UK by this attack on democratic freedoms in the UK; Israel boycott ban: Shunning Israeli goods to become criminal offence for public bodies and student unions.
You can of course operate your own boycott of goods and services from wherever you like, or at least you can at time of writing. Israel changed the barcodes on some of its goods following a BDS campaign but check online for latest codes.
This writer managed to ditch some mints that hail from Israel; it may not be much but as Tesco used to advertise 'every little helps'.
Check out the BDS movement here