THE DONKEY IN 'LA LA LAND' - The brexit conundrum REDUX
Why Boris must play his cards very close to his chest
(1) Donald Tusk @eucopresident recently tweeted " The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found, those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support restablishing a border. Even if they do not admit it"
(2) Subsequently M. BARNIER was reported as stating that ' no change will be considered to the "Withdrawal Agreement''
(2.1) Barnier was followed by TUSK ( again by tweet) and MACRON ( verbally with Johnson) who both stated that consideration would be given by the EU to backstop strictures within the UK "Withdrawal Agreement" if a "viable alternative" to backstop conditionality were to be submitted by Boris Johnson
(3) HOWEVER, neither Barnier nor, Tusk, nor Macron, nor Merkell have suggested quite what such a "viable alternative" would ' look like' nor how it might work
(4) Thus, Boris Johnson has been enticed into playing a game of " pin the tail on the donkey" worse yet the donkey lives a life of constant movement in "La La Land". Anything at all that Boris proposed could be thrown out without any rational explanation
 in such circumstances the problem of the 'backstop' would not have gone away- for Barnier Tusk,Macron, Merkell et al would have merely avoided the problem
 the only solution to the backstop problem? is for both sides to commit to a common conviction that the problem CAN be solved and to jointly thrash out a "viable alternative" between them, in a solution that works for all
There is no time left for bluffing or sending smoke signals - this needs to happen NOW
POST SCRIPT (Arie de Geus)
" By the sea of opportunity on the beach of potential lie the bones of countless thousands who on reaching that place waited"