“Tolerance” and “Diversity” – it’s time the liberal left looked in the mirror.

Introduction

For years now we have been witnessing a creeping intrusion into one of the most cherished features of Britain’s democratic heritage – free speech. That’s because there’s a group of influential people who are clearly trying to destroy it.

They never tire of preaching to us about “tolerance”, “diversity” and “human rights”. Yet when their own views of the world are challenged or repudiated, they react aggressively and show nothing but…er…intolerance towards divergent opinions. Who are “they”?

“They” are the new liberal establishment. A set of privileged, arrogant and increasingly neurotic people of left wing persuasion, who chiefly inhabit the worlds of politics, the media and the public sector, but whose pernicious influence has spread like a virus into areas such as the tech and entertainment sectors too.

Their disrespect, bordering on contempt, towards anyone who dares to take issue with their views has been shockingly exposed since the Brexit referendum. Those who voted against remaining in the EU are routinely dismissed as ignorant, xenophobic morons who didn’t know what they were voting for. And elsewhere in Europe where voters have returned Eurosceptic politicians who dare to reject EU policies, their electoral success is dismissed as mere “populism”.

The liberal establishment views the governments of Austria, Italy and Poland as a bunch of vulgar nationalists who have wickedly exploited public hysteria about immigration to pursue “authoritarian” and “islamophobic” policies.

Then there’s Hungary.

Hungary refuses to be bullied

Hungary, like the rest of Central Europe, suffered more than 40 wasted years imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain. As with Poland and other Warsaw Pact states, Hungary endured decades of the economic failure and political oppression that invariably go hand in hand with authoritarian socialism (Corbyn supporters please take note).

Hungarians have seen what has happened to Western European societies in the era of mass, uncontrolled immigration. They have seen “multi-culturalism” in action. They have also seen how political correctness stifles free debate and disengages people from expressing themselves freely and honestly. As a result, and much to the chagrin of the liberal establishment, Hungarians keep votng for politicians who have no truck with such nonsense.

For example, when Hungary’s borders were threatened by a mass influx of economic migrants, instead of allowing an army of human rights lawyers to descend on them, and instead of showering them with free housing, benefits and legal aid, Hungary promptly erected miles of razor wire fencing aimed at keeping them out.

In doing so, Victor Orbán and his government have become the bogeymen for “liberals” across Europe.

The Maitlis interview

So it was naturally with great interest that we tuned in to watch an interview between BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis and Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s straight-talking Foreign Minister.

And what mesmerising television it was. Here was something we don’t see very often in Britain – a politician who answers questions honestly and directly and who refuses to hide behind platitudes and politically correct soundbites.

The result was to completely show up Maitlis as a biased, fully paid-up member of the new liberal establishment. She duly berated her guest about Hungary’s alleged failure to embrace so-called “tolerance” and “diversity”. But in doing so, it was very clear that she had no tolerance for any views
that diverged from her own.

It was as though she was thrown off balance by Mr Szijjártó‘s frankness. Challenged as to whether he supported some of the more colourful comments made by Victor Orbán about immigration, a British politician would have side-stepped such a question. But not Mr Szijjártó. He agreed with his Prime Minister.

Nor did he flinch from explaining that Hungary did not believe that multi-culturalism was in itself a good thing. But he respected the right of others to disagree.

Maitlis, however, showed no respect for a diversity of opinion that differed from her own. Her whole “interview” comprised a series of leading questions, hostile statements and interruptions. Her distaste for Hungary’s policies were not disguised.

This was not journalism; it was largely crude invective. Maitlis will no doubt win plaudits from among like-minded friends at her next dinner party, but for TV audiences looking to Maitlis for some objective commentary, her distasteful treatment of Mr Szijjártó has left her a much diminished figure.

It has also highlighted again the utter hypocrisy of the liberal left. Isn’t it time they looked in the mirror?

Anti-Brexitism is damaging the country

Introduction

Given the shameless way in which the government and civil service went about trying to stack the referendum campaign in favour of “remain”, it was perhaps too much to expect that those same politicians and civil servants would embrace the decision made by the British people to leave the EU – against their advice.

Sure enough, since June 2016, we have seen endless examples of how politicians and their officials have paid lip service to the historic referendum result, whilst trying to water down the decision they are supposed to implement. The capitulation to the EU’s two stage negotiating strategy – despite a staged approach being contrary to Article 50 of the EU Treaty – is one example. The clinging on to EU membership in all but name during a so-called “transition period” instead of leaving properly in March 2019 is another. Needless concessions on so-called “citizens rights”, money and the Irish border have weakened the UK negotiating position.

Meanwhile, an unholy coalition of sacked former ministers, Europhile journalists, crackpots, House of Lords cronies and pressure groups have been relentlessly pushing a negative view of Brexit and have agitated for the referendum result to be overturned. Their fake news and attempts to paint a picture of an unfolding Brexit disaster have been largely discredited by the continuing good economic performance of the UK. Indeed, in the face of economic facts which run so counter to the hysterical scaremongering of project fear, the antics of these misfits would be a source of amusement if it were not for the fact that what they are doing is so damaging the UK.

Anti-Brexitism

This is because their insidious “anti-Brexitism” is being exploited by the EU itself as part of its strategy to try and prevent Brexit from happening, or failing that, to emasculate the UK and keep it mired in subservience to Brussels even after we are supposed to have left.

Voice of Reason has observed before how these remoaner opponents of Brexit have become willing accomplices of the EU’s anti-UK policies – they are the EU’s “useful idiots”. The EU’s latest wheeze to use its useful idiots centres upon the customs union – in effect a protectionist block which the UK must escape from in order to properly leave the EU.

Customs union

The strategy of the EU appears to be as follows. On the diplomatic front they are using the synthetic issue of the Irish border and their puppet government in Dublin to place obstacles in the way of the May government. Meanwhile, the EU’s “useful idiots” in the House of Lords etc do their dirty work for them on the home front by watering down Brexit.

The harder these people make it for the Government to navigate to the exit door, the worse off we will eventually be. The tragedy is that it is increasingly obvious the UK is going to be fine economically after Brexit and that the only threat to that state of affairs is if we falter in achieving a true Brexit. In other words everything will be fine if only the Remoaners don’t screw everything up.

The more they undermine the Prime Minister and the government, the more power they give to our enemies in the EU. By contrast, if the necessary legislation is allowed to pass through Parliament unhindered and Britain presents a united, confident face to Europe, the stronger we will be in our negotiations and the better the eventual outcome will be.

Two years on from the referendum, there is no place for damaging anti-Brexitism in the UK. It is a threat to our country and must be defeated.

Vote Leave funding row shows Remoaners’ utter desperation

Introduction

The increasing hysteria being whipped up in MSM by anti-Brexit forces over the last week about supposed irregularities in Vote Leave’s campaign funding is instructive. It demonstrates an increasingly obsessive search by Remoaner journalists and their political allies for a “silver bullet” that they believe will magically stop Brexit and overturn the historic decision made by the UK electorate in June 2016. But it also shows the Remoaners’ increasing desperation.

Despite Court challenges, endless attacks on the motivation and character of Leave voters, the faux outrage over the £350m slogan on a bus and the antics of Remoaner MPs and peers to impede Brexit legislation in Parliament, nothing has so far worked. Brexit negotiations may not have been handled well (to put it mildly), but there is still a prospect of the UK finally doing what the people voted for and leaving the EU at the end of 2020.

So the latest Remoaner wheeze is to allege that Vote Leave spent more money than the £7m it was allowed to during the referendum. That, say the Remoaners, shows that the whole Referendum result was a cheat. The implication is that the referendum result lacks legitimacy or perhaps that it should be re-run.

What utter, total nonsense.

Electoral Commission figures shatter Remoaner arguments

In their shock at how the British people have rejected their view of the EU, the obsessive, blinkered “remaniacs” appear increasingly to have lost all sense of reality. The idea that because a few hundred thousand pounds extra may have been indirectly spent by the Leave campaign, the whole referendum result should be voided is ludicrous.

According to the Electoral Commission a total of just over £27m was spent on campaigning in the Referendum. (Although this of course ignores the general pro-Remain stance of the Government and the huge sums of taxpayers money spent by David Cameron’s administration on supporting the Remain campaign).

But crucially, of that £27m, the majority – over £16m was spent by Remain. By contrast, the Leave campaign spent under £12m. So even if (which is far from clear) extra money was diverted to BeLeave or to another Leave group, the fact is that the Leave side’s expenditure was millions of pounds less than its Remain rivals.

The following table produced by the Electoral Commission shows the official breakdown:

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As has been said, these totals ignore the £9m of public money spent on the Government’s infamous Remain propaganda leaflet. Also, they take no account of the huge publicity given to the pro-Remain cause on a daily basis by David Cameron and other senior political figures, plus further state-sponsored propaganda such as the Treasury’s now totally discredited Project Fear document of 23 May 2016.

In other words, the real figure spent on promoting Remain was well in excess of the official £16m and probably more like double that sum.

By contrast, the figures for Leave campaign spending were as follows:

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Thus, there was already a huge gap between what was spent by Leave compared to Remain – even without the Government expenditure.

In the circumstances, the idea that somehow Vote Leave “cheated”, let alone that any money spent over and above the official total would have made any difference to the result, is plainly absurd.

Can the Remaniacs not see how risible their argument is? Evidently not.

Biased journalism

Indeed, one of the features of Brexit is the way in which a number of journalists and media figures, whose job is report impartially on events, have evidently allowed their own personal prejudices and opinions about Brexit to infect their work. The obsessive pursuit of the so-called Vote Leave funding scandal by remoaner journalists such as Carole Cadwalladr is a classic example. Nothing is allowed to get in the way of their narrative about Brexit – not even facts that are staring them in the face.

On Sunday’s Andrew Marr show, Tom Watson MP, the self-appointed “WitchFinder General” of the recent – discredited – campaign to smear senior conservative figures as child abusers was busy calling for the police to be brought in. (Anything to distract attention from the latest Corbyn anti-semitism row).

That the odious and shameless Watson should be jumping on this bandwagon tells you all you need to know about it. It’s also impossible not to be suspicious about the credence given to the “whistleblowers” at the centre of the row.

Watson should be careful what he wishes for. We already know – because David Cameron’s former adviser Craig Oliver admitted it – that the Remain camps co-operated with eachother. The suspicion that they didn’t exactly follow the spending rules remains.

Desperate Remoaners

Ultimately, this pathetic campaign against Leave may fascinate the likes of the Observer, the Guardian and their fellow Remoaners. But like the 17.4m of us who voted Leave, most people in Britain will surely see it for what it is – a sign of the utter desperation of anti-Brexit forces.

May’s desperation for a “deal” is putting Brexit at risk

Introduction

Theresa May is back in Brussels battling with EU leaders in an effort to put the Brexit negotiations back on track. But whose track is that?

The problem right from the start of these talks has been a twofold one.

First, there is the apparent lack of reality on the UK side about what the EU wants out of the Brexit process. Secondly, there is the political weakness of the Prime Minister, whose divided cabinet is riddled with Remainers and whose government can barely command a majority in the House of Commons.

All of this has led to Mrs May staking everything on being able to trumpet that she’s “done a deal” with the EU – no matter how much she may end up giving away in the process. Moreover this obsession with doing a deal is to look at Brexit through the wrong end of the telescope.

The important thing is that proper Brexit is delivered – not the appearance of Brexit.

Concessions

In recent weeks, we have seen evidence of increasing desperation on the part of Mrs May and her government. In Florence, May offered concessions on the EU budget by promising to pay an extra two years’ worth of EU budget contributions up to the end of the EU’s current long term funding cycle at the end of 2020. This was despite there being no legal obligation on the UK to do so. It also came in the face of the continuing obstructionism, intransigence and bullying that have become the hallmarks of EU negotiating tactics.

Today, we learn of an open letter being sent by Mrs May to EU nationals in the UK.

All of this smacks very much of a Prime Minister who feels she must keep making the first move, to keep the prospect of a deal in play – no matter how unreasonable and intransigent the EU has been.

What is so frustrating is that none of this is necessary. The UK’s position is far stronger than the Remainers and the EU would have us all believe. We can leave with no deal and start enjoying the immediate benefits of Brexit – free and back in control. As Roger Bootle and many others have argued, we have nothing to fear from such an outcome. The screams and scaremongering from Remainers about the perils of “no deal” is simply a repeat of Project Fear – and about as convincing.

EU still wants to punish Britain

When she triggered Article 50, the PM was warned by none other than the former Greek finance minister that allowing the EU to dictate the terms of the Article 50 negotiations would be a recipe for disaster. Yet she agreed to the EU’s demand that initial discussions be limited to just three issues – the Brexit bill, NI border and EU citizens’ rights. Only if sufficient “progress” was made on those issues, so the EU insisted, could talks move on to the far more important subject of trade.

In the event, this has all worked out exactly as the EU intended. The pressure has built on the UK to offer concessions on these matters because – correctly – EU leaders have assessed that May is weak and desperate to reach a deal. We can expect them to keep turning the screw now they think they have May where they want her.

The point is of course that the EU has no interest at all in giving a favourable deal to Britain. On the contrary, they want to put our head on a proverbial pole and make an example of us so as to deter any other Member States from following suit. If Britain is shown to have suffered by leaving the EU, the hope in Brussels is that they will still be able to use fear to keep the other countries in line. By contrast, if Britain were to thrive after it has left, the writing would be on the wall. Populist politicians in other EU states would soon be campaigning for their own countries to come out. The dream of “ever closer union” would be in tatters.

So when Theresa May keeps talking up the idea of a “special partnership” and David Davis talks about how “constructive” his talks with Mr Barnier have been, the reality is that they are pursuing something that is never going to be voluntarily on offer.

The EU will never – voluntarily – offer terms that are anything but lousy for Britain. Only if it is forced to make a pragmatic compromise will there be a semblance of a deal that we can and should accept.

EU objectives

No doubt some in Brussels harbour hopes that the more difficult they make things, the more chance there is that the government could fall and the UK will end up giving up on Brexit altogether. But if that doesn’t happen, the EU has two very obvious objectives.

First it wants to screw as much money out of the UK as it can in order that it can go on spending and won’t have to ask other states to make up for the huge gap in funding that would otherwise be left behind by a departing Britain.

Secondly, the EU will do what it can to tie the UK’s hands, post-Brexit. The aim of this will be to stop the UK reaping the full benefits of its new found freedom. Brussels will want to stop the UK undercutting the EU on taxes and regulation or doing deals with other countries – the very things that make Brexit – economically speaking – worth doing. Talk of a “transition period” epitomises this.

The way things are going, the UK is simply going to end up being dragged along by its nose and kept in permanent orbit around the EU. As Boris Johnson has rightly pointed out before he was shouted down by the Remainers – that would be the worst of all possible worlds.

So the key question is how do we force the EU into a position from where it has no choice but to offer us a reasonable deal, but one that still delivers on the essentials of Brexit?

Time to make a stand

Theresa May and her government (which is full of Remainers), too often gives the appearance of being scared of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement. The desire to cling on in a transition period illustrates this.

What she needs to do is make clear to Brussels that the UK has gone as far as it can in relation to the three pre-conditions of NI, citizens rights and the “Brexit bill”. We cannot and will not agree to pay anything to the EU after we have left, except possibly as part of an overall deal. Agreeing payments now, as the EU is demanding, is impossible.

The message should be that if the EU still insists on our making such a commitment before it will talk about the future, we will have no choice but to withdraw from further talks and work on the assumption that we leave without a deal in March 2019. Full and serious preparations need to be made and publicised to prepare the country for “no deal”. This cannot be a bluff. It must be real.

Pressure on EU

If the UK adopts that stance, then the EU will be faced with an unpalatable situation.

First, as of March 2019, it will no longer be receiving any money from Britain. So it will have to immediately revise its financial budgeting for the remainder of the current financial framework period up to the end of 2020. That will be painful and difficult because no other states will want to pay more than they already do. The UK’s offer to pay another two years’ worth of contributions will suddenly look very attractive indeed.

Secondly, for EU exporters, the nightmare prospect is that the UK will free up trade with other countries and the tariff-free access EU exporters have enjoyed in the huge UK market will disappear. EU producers will face stiffer competition from US, Australian, Japanese and other goods without the tariff advantage they have previously enjoyed. The main European economies of Germany, France, Italy and Spain all run trade surpluses with the UK. They stand to lose much.

And this is the EU’s catch 22. It wants to punish Britain. But if it does, it will inevitably hurt the economies of its own member states in the process. Sure, Britain will suffer too, but the pain will also be felt in Europe. That will do nothing for the EU’s popularity as jobs are lost and livelihoods destroyed – all to keep the EU’s vanity project on track and to spite Britain.

Wiser heads are likely to prevail when faced with the unattractive consequences of a punishment approach to Britain. But they won’t be heard as long as the UK keeps giving in to bullying and making concessions.

Don’t do it May

May is under pressure from Remainers who have foolishly whipped themselves up in a frenzy about the supposed perils of a no deal exit. It is as though she sees a deal with the EU as almost an end in itself, her political salvation perhaps, rather than a means to an end. The danger is that if she keeps giving away more and more concessions, she and her Remain colleagues, together with the Remainer civil service, will end up tethering Britain to the EU in the worst possible way.

The Brexiteers were correct to demand that Mrs May walk away from talks.

The fear is that her desperation to “to a deal” could ruin Brexit. It must not be allowed to happen.

Norgrove censures Boris. But who will hold HM Treasury to account for their disgraceful antics before the Referendum?

Introduction

On 15 September 2017, the Telegraph published a bold article by Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary in which he set out his vision of a positive future for Brexit Britain. This sent shockwaves through Westminster and prompted an immediate Remoaner backlash as anti-Brexit forces reacted in desperation to denigrate Johnson and spoil his positive, uplifting message.

That much was to be expected.

But the astonishing lengths to which the Remoaner establishment have gone to try and blunt Boris’s views has surprised even this cynical observer.

First, the BBC rushed out a rebuttal article penned by a hack under the unintentionally hilarious name Liz “Corbin”. In it, she castigated Johnson over his reference to the £350m a week for the NHS as being misleading. The real figure was only £252m she bleated.

Again, no surprise there. The BBC has long ago abandoned any pretence of impartiality when it comes to Brexit.

Official watchdog

The more extraordinary intervention was to come in the shape of Sir David Norgrove, Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority.

Sir David took the unprecedented step of publishing a letter he had written to the Foreign Secretary criticising him for using references to the now infamous £350m figure that had formed one of the slogans used by the Leave campaign during the referendum. The Remoaner MSM and politicians were quick to seize on Sir David’s intervention. However, it soon backfired on them as Boris and others hit back.

In his response to Sir David, Boris was unrepentant. He accused Sir David of wilfully distorting what he had said. Others promptly came out in support of Johnson. Even Michael Gove, the man who memorably ended Boris’s tory leadership challenge, sprung to his erstwhile friend’s defence.

Norgrove’s hypocrisy and poor judgment

Norgrove was clearly guilty of poor judgment in jumping in to criticise Johnson without properly reading the article in question. But more questionable still is his total silence on one of the greatest falsehoods ever committed by a UK government in living memory.

On 16 May 2016, just over a month before the referendum, HM Treasury published the results of a so-called analysis of the impact of Britain voting to leave the EU.

This paper sought to paint a terrifying picture of what Brexit Britain would look like. It was deliberately designed to scare the electorate against voting to leave. No doubt it succeeded in doing so for a great many people.

But what was said in that paper has proven to be completely untrue, so much so that one is entitled to question whether those compiling it could ever have seriously believed what they were saying.

Treasury falsehoods

In the document, the Treasury stated that following a leave vote, the UK would be plunged into a recession. In the most “optimistic” scenario, the prediction was that two years after a Leave vote, GDP would be 3.6% lower than following a vote to remain.

The second more “profound shock” scenario stated that GDP would be 6% lower following a Leave vote.

Meanwhile, the paper concluded that in scenario 1, unemployment would have increased by 500000 and in scenario 2 it would have gone up by a horrendous 800000!

The reality is so far removed from this “analysis” that it is impossible to see how the “experts” who came up with the figures could have done so.

Far from falling by between 3.6% – 6%, based on the 5 quarters since the referendum, GDP is likely to have increased by at least 3% in the two years following the vote. There has been no recession.

Far from unemployment rising by 500000-800000 according to official statistics, since the referendum it has fallen to the lowest levels on record. Meanwhile, the numbers of people employed in the UK have risen by more than a staggering 350,000 compared to before the referendum.

What is Norgrove doing about this?

While Norgrove and other Remoaners dance on a pinhead and ceaselessly bleat about the £350m a week slogan, the staggering scale of the falsehoods perpetrated by the Treasury in advance of the referendum go unpunished. Why?

Enquiry needed

It is high time that those who put together and published that disgraceful propaganda document were held to account. A public enquiry into why such biased and one-sided misinformation was circulated by the Cameron government is needed. The dangers of allowing governments to pressure supposedly impartial public servants into towing a partisan line were graphically demonstrated prior to the Iraq War – with calamitous results. The EU referendum has provided another example.

So, Sir David, if not your department, who will speak up for the millions of voters misled by taxpayer funded Treasury propaganda during the referendum? We deserve an answer.

EU’s Brexit insanity

Introduction

As David Davis embarks upon another Brexit negotiating round with his opposite number in Brussels, let’s take a rain check.

The EU 27 export over £300 billion of goods to the UK each year.  They do so tariff free and make a healthy trade surplus in doing so.  Huge numbers of jobs within the EU and the livelihoods of millions of families depend on that trading relationship.  You might think, therefore, that the No.1 priority for the EU27 in their Brexit negotiations with the UK would be in securing that crucial economic relationship.  Wouldn’t you?

Well, you’d be wrong.

It is abundantly clear that the EU elite and their ridiculous “negotiator” Mr Barnier have no interest protecting those jobs and livelihoods.  Their sole priority is to protect the edifice they are building, namely the authoritarian,  centralised European superstate they call “the Union”.  They believe that in order to protect their cherished dream of an “ever closer union” of European states, they must be seen to punish anyone who steps out of line.  The Greeks briefly rebelled against “the Union” but inevitably were crushed.  Their gigantic economic mess left them too weak to resist.

But the UK, for all its problems, is a different beast.  A majority of its voters had the guts to resist an unprecedented campaign of fear during the UK’s 2016 referendum.  Despite large numbers of people no doubt being cowed and scared into voting Remain, astonishingly a majority still voted to leave the EU.

Despite various attempts since last June to derail the referendum decision, the UK remains on track to leave in March 2019.  Meantime, the biggest threat to a successful Brexit outcome continues to be from within.  Divisions within the government as to how to approach Brexit and the treacherous manoeuvrings of the opposition threaten to weaken our negotiating stance at the very moment when we need them to be strong.

It is time to put the remoaners in their place.

Upside down negotiations

The EU is terrified of the impact of losing the UK’s enormous budget contributions – believed to be net figure of around £10 billion a year.  It has continued to press – absurdly – for the UK to pay a golden goodbye in the form of a “Brexit bill”.  There is no legal liability for such a payment to be made and no justification for it.  But by trying to strong arm the UK and refusing to talk about trade, they are hoping to bully the British people (or rather the politicians representing them) into easing the EU’s budgetary headache after we’ve gone.  Their gambit is to refuse to talk about their own £300 billion trading relationship with the UK until we surrender on the “Brexit bill”.  They no doubt derive encouragement from the “useful idiots” (i.e. the remoaners) in the UK establishment tweeting their support.

Article 50(2) of the EU Treaty, very sensibly envisages that when a member state leaves the EU, the parties need to resolve not only exit terms but also at the same time how they will trade with each other going forward.

The EU is wilfully departing from that obligation.  It refuses to discuss both aspects of Brexit

Its conduct is reprehensible.  It is also irresponsible.

How much longer are elected politicians in EU countries going to sit back and allow Barnier and his cronies to behave in this fashion?  It is insanity.

Wake up call

If no deal is reached with the EU concerning future trade, then from the end of March 2019, the parties will fall back on WTO rules.  Tariffs will be imposed on the £300 billion of goods sold by the EU to the UK (and vice versa).  But with the pound having fallen so far in value and with a big deficit on trade with the EU, this can only hurt EU exporters harder than it will hit the UK.

The grown ups in the EU, elected politicians there and business leaders need to wake up and fast.  If they do not, then they will find their dole queues lengthening and their export markets shrinking.    The UK may not emerge unscathed.  But – politicians permitting – we at least will have the freedom to take measures to protect ourselves.   We can lower taxes and cut regulation to make the UK even more attractive for overseas investment and job creation.  We can open up markets through free trade relationships with other countries.    By contrast, the EU is sluggish and cumbersome.  It cannot do anything quickly or flexibly.

If Brexit proves to be a success, it is the beginning of the end for the EU.

Torn apart by the migrant crisis and soon to be squabbling over who will make up the budget shortfall caused by the UK’s exit, it is unlikely that Britain will be the last country to leave.

Stay firm Mr Davis.  This is a defining moment for the country.

 

Remoaners are the EU’s “useful idiots”

Introduction

In politics, a “useful idiot” (or “useful fool”) is a person perceived as a propagandist for a cause, the goals of which they are not fully aware of, and who is used cynically by the leaders of that cause.  It’s a term coined during the Russian revolution in 1917 which is making a comeback in Brexit Britain.

In the run up to the UK’s referendum on EU membership, barely a day went by without a relentless barrage of increasingly hysterical “Project fear” propaganda from the pro-EU side,  warning us of instant economic disaster if we dared to vote Leave.

Since 23 June 2016, virtually none of those predictions have proved to be correct.  Apart from the fall in sterling (which has its upsides too), supporters of the Project Fear mantra have largely been discredited.  The instant doom they promised us has not happened.  So they’ve been forced to change tactics.

Now, we are told, Brexit is going to be a disaster.  This Project Fear Mark 2 has been in action for months now.  Every piece of pro-EU news is trumpeted as proof of how silly we’ve been to think of leaving.  Meanwhile, every possible effort is made to denigrate the UK government and the country and to convince us all that resistance to staying in the EU is futile.

Something has happened to those “Remainers” who supported staying in the EU before the referendum.  Many of them have morphed into what we now call “Remoaners”.

These Remoaners display common characteristics.

They pour vitriol on those who voted to leave and dismiss all of us as dimwits and racists who fell for a slogan on a bus.  Yes really.  They want to set aside the referendum result and would happily ignore the clear majority vote to leave.

They lost the biggest democratic vote the UK has ever had.  But they refuse to accept it.

“Useful idiots”

In the process, however,  they do nothing but divide and undermine the country.

To the EU’s Brexit negotiators they have become what Lenin used to describe as “useful idiots”.  By suggesting that we might yet change our minds on Brexit and reverse the decision, they simply encourage Brussels to believe that being aggressive and unhelpful to Britain will yield results.

The ridiculous demand made of the UK to pay a so-called “Brexit bill” for which there is no legal case whatsoeveris part and parcel of that, as are dire warnings of lories queuing for miles to the channel ports while customs paperwork is completed.  Given that most of the goods travelling across the channel are actually goods coming from the rest of the EU to Britain, such threats are insane.  Yet such is the detachment of the pampered bureaucrats who run the EU, that they simply don’t understand – nor appear to care -what damage they will do to the lives of ordinary people whose jobs and livelihoods depend on smooth trade with Britain.

But never mind –  the Remoaners are right behind them.

Cracking up?

After years of the UK economy outperforming most of the EU,  few months of data have been cited as proof by the Remoaners that it’s all going pear-shaped for Britain.  A bank that employs thousands in the UK opens a representative office in Germany for a handful of staff and suddenly the Remoaners scream that all our jobs are going abroad.  You know the drill:  British agriculture will die without foreign fruit pickers; the NHS will collapse without migrants.  And so on.

It’s nonsense.

Yet astonishingly, so determined are these new Project Fear merchants that the UK should suffer after Brexit that they would rather scupper any chance of a UK trade deal with our single most important trading partner – the US – rather than see us succeed.    Yes, so desperate have the Remoaners become, that even hapless chlorinated chickens have been drafted into the forefront of Project Fear’s arguments.  Never mind the millions of poisoned Dutch eggs brimming with illegal insecticides that the EU allowed to be imported into the UK.   They don’t matter.

Personally,  I think the Remoaners are cracking up.