“Oh Tony! I love it when you talk dirty…!”
Unsurprisingly, yesterday’s speech on Brexit by the discredited ex-pM Tony Blair has been met with vociferous condemnation – except from other seriously deluded people like Nicola Sturgeon and Tim Farron of course…
So, let’s look at the main points he was making in an attempt to resurrect his political corpse :
(1) ‘We didn’t understand what we were voting for‘ – Well I don’t know about you, but I knew exactly what I was voting for, and that’s taking this country out from under the jackboot of the Fourth Reich and all that is entailed in that!
(2) ‘I can honestly say that during all my time as PM there was no major domestic law that I wanted to pass which Europe told me I couldn’t‘ was Blair argument about the ECJ. He claimed that no-one could possibly use the ECJ as an argument for leaving the EU. Trouble is, Mr Blair, that you’re deliberately misrepresenting the facts. The ECJ might have never stopped you enacting one of your laws, but they sure as hell prevented us from not implementing one of theirs.
(3) Migration is not, according to Blair, a major issue. Well he would say that wouldn’t he? He’s the guy that failed to implement interim measures to prevent a flood of immigrants from eastern Europe. He’s the guy that went out of his way to flood the country with immigrants so they would all vote Labour. We don’t want to ban immigration, we just want it controlled by the UK instead of Brussels!
(4) ‘The two great achievements of British diplomacy of the last decades in Europe – namely the single market and European enlargement – are now apparently the two things we most regret and want to rid ourselves of.’ Well, he got that one spot on. These are exactly why many of us voted to leave. We don’t mind the single market and you don’t have to be in it to trade with it. China and America aren’t in the single market but it doesn’t stop them selling into it. And we definitely don’t want to be a region of Federal Europe.
(5) Scotland will go their own way – Well, to be honest, if the whole of the UK had had a say, Scotland would already be on it’s own way. Scotland voted to remain in the EU AND the UK. Give Sturgeon her second referendum. Polls in Scotland now reveal that less people support independence that last time round so go on. I dare you!
(6) ‘[Brexit] will not mean more money for the NHS but less‘ – absolute bollocks! We’ll be billions better off without the EU so how the hell does he work this one out? And let’s bear in mind that it was Blair who gave away the rebate that Thatcher fought so hard to get…
(7) ‘Negotiation should include the possibility of Britain staying in a reformed Europe‘ – Get real Mr Blair. The EU is NOT going to reform. You know that perfectly well and so do we.
(8) Brexiteers ‘will say leaving is inevitable. It isn’t.’ Er, yes it is Tony because once Article 50 is triggered, we on our way. There is no mechanism for cancelling it.
(9) Remainers should ‘rise up‘ against the government. Well, I thought we had laws against incitement to riot in this country and calls to overthrow the elected government were treason last time I looked, so Blair needs to watch his words carefully. We know Heath lied when he took us in and it seems to me that Blair’s interpretation of the facts is somewhat debatable?
Interestingly, the latest ICM polls reveal that there is a clear majority of 68 per cent of voters wanting ministers to get on with implementing the EU referendum result. Significantly, more Remain voters agree than disagree, at 42 per cent compared with 33 per cent.
A separate survey showed 74 per cent of the public view Mr Blair unfavourably, compared with just 14 per cent who like him. Remain supporters are also heavily against him. This would seem to indicate that Mr Blair’s scantily concealed launch of a new political party with him as it’s head brooks little popular support, but then that never did stop Teflon Tony.
There was a great comment from Caroline Lucas – a person with who I cannot recall a single solitary occasion of agreeing with until now. She said ‘To be perfectly frank it would be better if Blair butted out and left this debate to people who haven’t betrayed the trust of British people‘ Quite so!
But my final word on this goes to Norman Tebbitt, who simply said ‘Tony Blair should go back to doing what he does best – making money and crawling up the backsides of foreign governments.’ I think that sums it up nicely, Norman…