Category Archives: #Brexit

More rubbish from Doc North

I’m not allowed access to Richard North’s EUReferendum blog in order to refute his arguments and am therefore forced to do so on this blog. North is not a person to tolerate alternate views and would do well to remember this stance when advocating free speech and honesty…

It’s the final paragraphs of his latest post about the EU blame game that really highlight the arrant one sided nonsense that this so called intellectual proclaims as the one true word. Let’s disect it one piece at a time :

“When it comes to the blame game, therefore, one must look at this in the round, where it is reasonable to assume that a properly informed public, aware of the consequences of a “no deal”, would not tolerate a government which allowed it to happen” says North. This clearly is absolutely refutable. The majority of the 52% knew damn well when they voted on the referendum that they weren’t likely to get a deal from the EU, an organisation that is more interested in punishment beatings than reasoned negotiation; that cares more about keeping it’s populations under the control of an anti-democratic elite than in looking after their economic and cultural wellbeing.

Given this reasoning, it is extremely likely that a no-deal would result in many applauding the government for not handing over £49billion in return for BRINO and the continued dominance of the EU Court, a free movement agreement and a custome ‘arrangement’ – indeed, Brexit in name only. There are many – as has been seen recently – who would rise up in anger over a deal such as the Chequers proposals.

Where newspapers … downplay the consequences, they too must share some of the blame if the outcome goes in the direction of “no deal”. The media must be more accountable for its actions and less tolerant of false witnesses in its ranks.” Pretty rich considering that North uses said media to spout his own twisted view of the truth whilst denying a voice to people who dare to disagree. Presumably he regards anyone he disagrees with as a ‘false witness’?

There are no circumstances where the WTO option could be anything other than disastrous. We have got to the stage where, in a mature debate, any claim to the contrary, and in particular assertions that there is “nothing to fear”, is demonstrably false. Those who have not explored the issues have no business pronouncing on them.” Well, I have explored the issues in depth – and I have a degree in economics so I think I understand the issues pretty well. We deal with many other countries under WTO rules and thee is no reason why we could not lump the EU into that system at the drop of a hat. The systems are already there; we simply apply them to one more country or, in this case, block of countries. Indeed those who understand the trade balance between us and the EU will know that we stand to make substantial gains from the duties levied. Yet another Brexit bonus, in fact.

But now we get to the crux of Doc North’s nonsense. Quoting his equally intolerant son, he says “Pete would have it that those who say we can rely on WTO rules as a basis for our post-Brexit trade relations are professional liars. I find it hard to disagree.

Well I disagree although, of course, I’m not allowed to say so to either North as they’ve both banned me from their sites. Pete went as far as to call me a prat and tell me to fuck off. Hardly reasoned debate is it?

As far as I am concerned, if we are going to start calling people professional liars then we really need to look at the Remain camp. I’ve lost count of which phase of Project Fear we are currently in, but just off the top of my head there was no emergency budget after Referendum Day, no collapse of the housing market, no World War Three or any other plague of locusts that the Remainers told us would be the disastrous consequences of voting to Leave.

And, just for the record, I’ve not banned either of the Norths from commenting on this post. I welcome the opportunity to refute their assertions. However, as they regard anyone who questions them as some sort of intellectual pigmy, I doubt I’ll get the chance…


Referendum anyone?

So this morning we were greeted with the news that former Education Secretary, Justine Greening, thinks we need another referendum on Brexit presumably because we’re all thick as pig shit and weren’t intelligent enough to understand the issues.

So what question does she think we should be asked to decide upon? Something to do with the final deal perhaps? Well, that would be reasonable if not agreeable, but she wants a three way referendum. Would you like to :

(a) Accept the deal agreed by Theresa May at Chequers?
(b) Leave the EU on WTO terms?
(c) Forget the whole thing and remain in the EU?

Well, that’s a crock of horse shit isn’t it, Justine? You can’t have a three way question in a referendum, but if you’re going to , then you need to be really, really sneaky and give us two leave options and one remain. It splits the vote. Let’s assume that 30% answer (a) 30% answer (b) and 40% answer (c) – so (c) is the winner!!! Well, bollocks to that…

The above delivers a 60% majority for leaving but it wouldn’t count on a first past the post basis which is precisely why she is suggesting it.

Now I might accept an argument for do you want (a) or (b) because there is at least a flimsy case for that. I say flimsy because you can’t vote on a deal which hasn’t been struck and, frankly, all the noises coming out of the EU suggest it won’t be struck. What I’m not prepared to accept is that we need to vote again on whether to remain or leave. We had that vote in 2016 and decided to leave.

Furthermore, we will be leaving the EU on 29th March 2019 under article 50. There is no provision in the treaties to reverse the invocation of that article. This means we can’t cancel the process. We’d have to apply to rejoin. As a result we would most likely lose our veto over the Shengen Zone and would be obliged to dump the pound and adopt the Euro.

Now we’ve had lots of Project Fear about the economic consequences of leaving the EU – all of which have proven inaccurate – but can you imagine the economic consequences for the UK if we were forced to join the Euro???

Nigel Farage put it quite well this morning on GMTV when he was given the opportunity to say anything at all by the interviewers and Chukka Ummana. It’s time for May to go and for a PM to be elected who has the conviction to the Leave cause to follow through. The justification for this is exactly the justification that David Davies gave when he resigned. He was unable to accept responsibility for implementing a policy which he felt unable to wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support.

May is a remainer. She shouldn’t be the PM driving Brexit for precisely that reason. And as for Justine Greening, perhaps she should be reminded that although she holds a marginal seat in Putney where the vote was heavily remain, her home town of Rotherham voted 68% to leave. Opportunistic politician ignoring her roots, or an MP defying the manifesto on which she was elected to reflect a remain vote? Remember, the manifesto came after the referendum and that is what she was elected on.

My advise is simple: “Shut the fuck up Justine because you clearly don’t understand what we voted for!”

And the final word to Nigel Farage : “The silent majority in this country is starting to get very angry!

Trump in the UK

I’ve avoided writing on this subject until now. So what prompted the change of heart? Well, the hypocrisy of the Left in this country…

Emily Thornberry, our illustrious Shadow Foreign Secretary, just tweeted “How dare you insult our country? You’re here as our guest. Did your mother teach you nothing?” in response to Trump speaking his mind on the Brexit deal at the NATO conference. Well, that’s a bit rich isn’t it Emily?

The Labour Party has campaigned to downgrade Trump’s visit from a State Visit to a working visit. They got their way. How dare you insult the elected leader of our greatest and nearest ally, Lady Nugee? Did your mother teach you nothing?

Then there’s Sadiq Khan. Trump and Khan don’t like each other. Khan’s doing a terrible job and Trump just out and says so. Well, you might think that’s rude, until you see what Khan has said about Trump. In January, when Trump was due to open the new US Embassy in London, Khan said that Londoners “have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here.” He added “what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

What is not excusable is when Khan authorises the dreaded Trump baby blimp. Can he not understand that this is seen as a joke by Trump and as pathetic and childish by the majority of Brits? He needs to grow up, spend more time getting crime in the capital under control and less time throwing his toys out of the pram.

It is a sad state of affairs when the Russians and the North Koreans give Trump a better welcome than the United Kingdom. It says a lot about the state of this country today.

We are capitulating to the EU over Brexit – and while we’re talking about the EU, why were they represented at the NATO summit? The EU is not a country – yet. It contributes nothing to the NATO budget, so why were they attending?

Trump says May has failed to tackle Brexit. We’ve met them three quarters of the way there and still they stonewall us. Trump would have told them to fuck off. He’d be right.

Frankly I’m ashamed of the disrespect we are showing to the POTUS. Honour the office even if you don’t like the man. Frankly we need a strong leader like Trump not a weak useless pushover like May.

At this point in time, I’d rather be the 51st state of America then the 28th state of Europe. At least they have a leader and made our PM welcome when she went to Washington. We could learn a lot from Donald Trump – not least of all about how to conduct a negotiation from a position of strength.

Welcome to the UK, Mr. President…

Oh Children! Please!

Well, it’s been an interesting week in Parliament – and it’s only Wednesday!..

First we have a cobbled together fudge to get the Withdrawal Bill through a series of votes, then we had a very silly man from Bracknell resigning his ministerial post over Brexit, and then this afternoon a mass walkout by the SNP.

The very silly man in question is Dr Phillip Lee. He resigned over Brexit because “If, in the future, I am to look my children in the eye and honestly say that I did my best for them I cannot, in all good conscience, support how our country’s exit from the EU looks set to be delivered.”

As a result his constituency party is considering deselecting him because Bracknell voted overwhelmingly to Leave in the 2016 referendum. It’s never a good idea to go against your electorate (Soubry take note) especially if you decide to resign over an issue and fail to follow protocol by informing your constituency party first.

So this afternoon, SNP leader in the House Ian Blackford refused to sit down when ordered to by John Bercow having asked for the Commons to sit in private. This was in protest at a lack of debate on what he said was a “power grab” in the EU Withdrawal Bill. Bercow threw him out of the house. It’s not often I agree with John Bercow, but he was quite correct on this occasion.

It seems the SNP is getting hot under the collar about powers currently devolved to Brussels being repatriated to Westminster. Now quite how Scotland being dictated to by Brussels, where they have no practical say in the matter, as opposed to being dictated to by Westminster where they have a substantial party presence makes things worse I really have no idea. Nor, I suspect, do the SNP.

Still, look on the bright side. As the entire SNP followed their leader out of the House in protest, this afternoon’s continuing debate on Brexit should go much more quickly and smoothly…

Brexit Carmaggedon

Another day, another Brexit scare. It seems that a ‘group of MPs’ – Remainers perhaps? – have produced a study that says hundreds of jobs will be lost in the UK car industry if we leave the single market and customs union.

Let’s examine the possible scenarios in depth, shall we?

(1) We leave with no deal and WTO tariffs come into effect. Because of the drop in the sterling exchange rate we’ve already seen, foreign imported cars are more expensive. Similarly, exported UK cars are cheaper to buy abroad. The tariffs apply equally in both directions.

(2) All car imports and exports stop happening altogether. Really? No, but let’s assume so. As a result UK buyers are stuck with UK produced cars.

In either of these scenarios, UK car production increases, so naturally there will be job losses in the UK motor industry won’t there? Well, obviously not…

Can anyone take this seriously? Is there anyone out there who seriously thinks that VW/Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Renault, Citroen, Dacia, Skoda and all the other Euro car manufacturers are going to tolerate the Brussels bureaucracy killing access to one of their biggest markets?

Of course not. It’s just another Brexit scare to frighten stupid people like you and me…