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isimba Posted on 15/03/2019 01:19
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Politicians take leave of their senses


The entire political class have taken leave of their senses. Both during the referendum campaign and since the result was announced, their behaviour has bordered on the clinically insane.

Of course, you should never underestimate their uncanny ability to make everything about them. But the unedifying orgy of self-indulgence we have seen over the past week has plumbed new depths of cynicism and opportunism . . .

No, not this past week. The paragraphs above are taken from my column on July 1, 2016, a few days after the result was declared. I warned you back then that the fix was already in, that embittered Remainers would do everything in their power to stop Brexit, either by holding a second referendum or forcing a General Election.

Getting on for three years later, and a few days before we were due to escape, that’s exactly where we are right now. As the Tory leadership candidates jockeyed for position to succeed Call Me Dave, I also said that Theresa May, a Remainer who spent the referendum campaign hiding behind the sofa, shouldn’t be allowed within a mile of No 10.

Then again, what do I know?

It gives me no pleasure to have been proved horribly right. By now, I had hoped we would be free of the shackles of the EU, forging a brilliant future as a freebooting, independent nation once more.

Fat chance of that happening any time soon. If ever.

Believe me, this is a column I didn’t want to have to write. Like you, I’m thoroughly sick of the whole Brexit circus, which is what the political class have been banking on all along.

The heart sinks whenever someone asks: ‘What’s going to happen over Brexit, Rich?’

I can only reply: ‘Ask me one on sport.’

As I wrote some time ago, I’ve run out of invective. The bile mine is exhausted. Fury has given way to resignation and despair. We can only watch this slow-motion car crash unfold with impotent frustration.

I’d always believed there would probably be some kind of 11th-hour form of words stitched up. It wouldn’t be ideal, but we’d have to swallow some watered down, marshmallow soft form of Brexit, which would allow us to leave with a modicum of dignity.

Sadly, Mrs May’s dismal, defeatist ‘deal’ doesn’t even reach that threshold. Nor will it, no matter how many times she brings it back to the Commons.

But I suppose it was always on the cards that the Remain headbangers were never going to rest until they’d halted Brexit altogether.

As of now, it looks as if they’ve won. They’re certainly well ahead on away goals. Ruling out No Deal effectively means No Brexit.

Be in no doubt that what we are witnessing is a coup against the people. There may not be tanks on the streets, but it’s a coup all the same. A few hundred MPs have decided to defy the will of the 17,410,742 British citizens who voted to leave the EU. It was the largest number of people to have voted for anything in our proud history.

But the majority of ‘Hon members’ have been determined to overturn the referendum result, despite repeatedly promising to ‘respect’ it. The electorate is being treated with undisguised contempt. If they get away with it — which they probably will — Britain will have ceased to be a proper democracy.

Any chance of securing a dignified exit from the EU was scuppered on Wednesday night, when MPs voted to take No Deal off the table.

What’s the point of entering any kind of negotiation when your opponents know there’s no chance of you walking away without a deal, no matter how derisory?

About the same as agreeing to pay a £39 billion bill up front, I guess, without knowing what you’re going to get in return. If you’re not prepared to walk away empty-handed, you’re going to get taken to the cleaners.

Curiously, one of the proposers of the No Deal motion was Labour MP Jack Dromey, a former trades union official and husband of Harriet Harman.

Jack used to be a national officer with the TGWU, now Unite. Somehow I can’t ever imagine him going into talks with an employer, on his hands and knees, promising that he’d take whatever pathetic pay rise they decided to offer and guaranteeing there was no danger that his members would go on strike. He’d have been lynched as a class traitor.

So why does he think that’s an appropriate way to approach negotiations with the EU?

Still, when it comes to Brexit, the usual rules don’t seem to apply. For the past almost three years we’ve been living in a Looking Glass World where, like Lewis Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty, words mean whatever the politicians say they mean.

Promises to respect the referendum result turn out not to be worth the manifestos they are written on.

‘No Deal is better than a bad deal,’ was just another meaningless, insincere pledge.

‘Brexit means Brexit.’ Don’t make me laugh. ‘We will leave on March 29, 2019.’ In your dreams.

On Monday night, we were asked to believe that May had secured a famous victory in Strasbourg. Anyone who watched her humiliated, hollowed-out husk sitting alongside a bombastic Jean-Claude Drunker at their press conference would have had no problem working out that she had achieved absolutely nothing of significance.

In the interests of gallantry, it is almost de rigueur to acknowledge that the Prime Minister has worked hard, done her best in difficult circumstances.

But, as I wrote in July 2016, she was never up to the job. Nor was her heart in it. She capitulated to the EU’s demands from the off, drove Leave campaigners from her Cabinet, and relied on unelected civil servants resolutely opposed to Brexit to construct her ‘deal’.

Worst of all, she deceived the British public, for which she deserves never to be forgiven. She’s entitled to humiliate herself, but she’s not entitled to humiliate her country.

May is by no means the only culprit, though. The 17.4 million Leave voters have been comprehensively betrayed by an unholy, cross-party alliance of MPs, big business, the judiciary and most of the media.

You can trace this week’s events back to the court case brought by that strange woman Gina Miller. Remember her?

Mrs Miller, married to a multi-millionaire hedge fund manager, and bankrolled by wealthy Remainers, many of whom lived abroad, managed to persuade the Supreme Court to give Parliament — not the Prime Minister — the power to determine when, and if, Brexit might happen.

It was, you might say, the ultimate backstop. Since then, MPs have gleefully seized even more control of the process, finally allowing them to stop Brexit in its tracks this week.

Meanwhile, Tony Blair, a former Prime Minister, has been encouraging EU leaders to stand firm against Britain.

‘Traitor’ is a highly-charged word, but how else to describe an ex-PM conspiring with foreign powers to thwart the will of his own people? Maybe Blair still hankers to be President of Europe some day.

Ultimately, however, this is about much more than just Brexit. It’s about how we are governed and whether we live in a functioning democracy. Right now, we don’t.

Why bother with a second referendum or, even, a General Election? We’ve had both in the past three years and the politicians have simply ignored promises they made at the time.

The referendum gave a clear instruction to Leave. At the election, 85 per cent of people voted for parties who promised to respect the referendum result.

Yet the overwhelming majority of MPs no longer feel it necessary to honour their manifesto commitments. Once inside the Westminster bubble, they think they can behave as they like, and to blazes with the people who pay their wages.

This isn’t representative government, it’s revolution. Parliament has rebelled against the people.

And for what? They’ve taken back control so they can sub-contract it out to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

Whatever happens now, our democracy is broken. Like Humpty Dumpty, it’s going to be a hell of a job to put it back together again.

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bnet Posted on 15/03/2019 07:42
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about sums it all up !
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hidewalkamillionmiles Posted on 15/03/2019 07:52
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Over 17 million people voted around 300 clowns are determined that their votes overrule the many
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neverbemastered Posted on 15/03/2019 07:55
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Bout says it all, would change clinically to criminality insane
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Surffers Posted on 15/03/2019 07:55
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Do the politicians represent the voters or themselves it seems the people are little more than serfs to the robber barons in Parliament.
Best post on Brexit so far,the truth is out there the scum in Parliament have betrayed the people yet again.
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clactonfox Posted on 15/03/2019 07:59
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It will be interesting to see if Nigel Farage can get either Hungary or Italy to reject an extension to article 50?
It seems he has been expecting the outcome we have now for some months therefore preparing accordingly, I do believe there will be opposition to an extension maybe from Spain also.
So how will that pan out when faced with crashing out with a no deal brexit of which we now have no control other than to revoke article 50 or accept TM’s appalling deal.
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henry56 Posted on 15/03/2019 08:05
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So the oaf Farage is now lobbying a foreign power to frutrate the will of our sovereign Parliament in order secure an outcome which will tgreaten the liveliehoods and security of UK citizens .Interesting . This is ehsy taking back control and resoring Parliamentary sovereignty means to the treacherous weasel
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brizzlfox Posted on 15/03/2019 08:12
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Only the whole process hasn't been sabotaged by a group of "embittered remainers". If you think that, then you simply haven't been paying attention.

In fact, if it wasn't for a group of "leavers" who (now) seem to favour a harder, 'no-deal' brexit, we would be set to leave on the 29th.

The problem isn't embittered remainers, the problem is that no one can decide which form of Brexit is best for the country AND the existence of an Irish 'back stop' that we cannot guarantee can be legally, unilaterally withdrawn - which threatens the unity of the UK.

This is the problem with trying to boil down a complex issue (i.e. the UK's membership of the European Union) into a simple 'leave'/'remain' referendum question. If we had been presented with a group of options, I would actually have voted for one of the leave options...

It doesn't help that the most vocal of the Leave campaign keep changing their minds (forever moving toward a harder brexit). Even the head honcho (Nigel Farage) has moved from favouring a Norway-type solution, to a Canada plus, and now, finally, a no-deal WTO Brexit - and all that SINCE the referendum result was announced...in these circumstances what chance does any PM have to find a deal that satisfies all the 'leavers' never mind the supposedly 'embittered' remainers?
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Drew-Peacock Posted on 15/03/2019 08:46
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Henry, can you support any of your claims with any facts.

People voted out, not subject to any soft, hard, negotiated or otherwise agreement. We voted out.

This doesn't threaten the unity of the UK, the loopy Scots and Irish have been doing that for the last 100 years
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outfoxed Posted on 15/03/2019 08:47
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But wasn't one of the reasons people voted to leave to hand power back to our MP's?

The vast majority of MP's are in it for themselves, look at the likes of Boris Johnson and Rees-Mogg.
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Surffers Posted on 15/03/2019 09:25
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The majority voted to leave nothing more nothing less , the remainers are bitter and twisted scum who are destroying democracy.
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sixthswan Posted on 15/03/2019 09:33
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It is the hard Brexiteers who are at fault. We would be leaving at the end of March with a deal, had it not been for them.

The Remainers are obviously within their right to challenge Brexit. It should be expected from them.

But those who wanted Brexit and have caused it to falter are laughable incompetents.

Brexit is just an "Eton Mess". Caused by an Etonian, falling out with fellow Etonian's, sponsored by Etonian's and failed by Etonian's.

They will play the snowflake tactic of being victims; but they are the cause. An overly confident, opportunist, cartoon version of the English ruling class.

In different times, they would have been colonial governors smacking inferior locals around the head.

But in modern times, they are messing with our heads. Telling lies. Creating enemies and demonising them.

The "Bullingdon Club" used to confine their vandalism to restaurants and bars. Now this has been extended to Britain's relationship with it's main trading partner and our reputation around the world.

The elite have failed...
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hackneyfox Posted on 15/03/2019 09:48
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Scum???
Do you not see why people don't bother to debate with you?
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Surffers Posted on 15/03/2019 10:02
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17.7 million people put their faith in democracy and the scum have taken over.
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sixthswan Posted on 15/03/2019 10:19
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Suffers you are completely thick. There is no hope for you.
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Surffers Posted on 15/03/2019 10:33
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You are dog poop stuck under my feet, left wing clown.
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Drew-Peacock Posted on 15/03/2019 12:48
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Sixthswan, do you think that your inverted class snobbery might be clouding your views?
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sixthswan Posted on 15/03/2019 13:26
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What is my "inverted class snobbery"? I'm a working class bloke. Mum and dad from council estates. Explain?

Also I'm not left-wing.
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brizzlfox Posted on 15/03/2019 16:59
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Brexit isn't a left-right issue in any case. Most hard-left thinkers favour leaving the EU - albeit for different reasons...
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LeicesterRino Posted on 15/03/2019 17:18
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Maybe it’s your reference to Eton that gives that impression
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Brauny Posted on 15/03/2019 17:22
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Sixthswan you say that remainers are entitled to challenge Brexit, yet if your talking about MP's then the majority of them stood on their parties manifesto pledge of respecting the referendum result.
If those MP's don't support their own parties election pledges, then they should have resigned. How many people would of given them their vote if they knew they were going to betray what the people were being promised ?
I expect many will have a long memory and that a lot of those MP's will be looking for a new career when the next election comes around.
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