Daily Debrief March 17th

Angel of the North recruited for Brexit

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Vote Leave recently set up a rather creative stunt, projecting their message onto the Angel of the North

Anger as Osborne recruits the OBR for the Remain Campaign

The Mail and the Telegraph report the anger of Brexit supporters in the House of Commons after George Osborne claimed, while presenting his budget, that the opinion of the OBR (Office of Budget Responsibility) was that Brexit would damage the economy. The whole point of the OBR is that it presents unbiased advice, on which both sides of the debate may rely. That purpose is undermined by Osborne’s approach.

In fact the OBR had leaned over backwards to present a neutral position. The Telegraph even headlines “Brexit may be positive, says OBR, despite Chancellor’s warning”.

The Obama endorsement

The resentment against President Obama’s plan to come to the UK and to speak in favour of Remain continues to cause lively debate. And rightly so. The Americans would not take kindly to foreigners tampering with their constitutional arrangements, and suggesting that the USA subject itself to supranational institutions, and yet that is exactly what Obama proposes to do in Britain.

Apparently he proposes to exploit “the feel-good factor” of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday – and Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary – to “reinforce his plea”. I should have thought that two such quintessentially British institutions as the Monarch and the Bard would have the reverse effect – but we shall see. Come to think of it, Shakespeare himself has given us his answer: “England ……. is now bound in with shame, With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds: That England, that was wont to conquer others, Hath made a shameful conquest of itself”.

Hostility to the EU from Black and ethnic minority voters

The Times reports high levels of hostility to the EU, and a propensity to support Brexit, among ethnic minority voters. Race equality activists say they are surprised at the extent of anger about the EU driven by resentment over large-scale migration from Eastern Europe and support for neo-Nazi groups on the continent.

British Asians see Eastern Europeans, with no connections with the UK, coming freely, while they themselves have difficulty getting a short-term visa for a relative to attend a family wedding.

Yet another European Council on migrants

Today and tomorrow, heads of government will meet in Brussels to try to finalise the bizarre deal with Turkey, under which Turkey gets some major benefits (€6 billion, visa-free Schengen access (is Schengen still there?), and fast-track EU accession, in exchange for a migrant swap which doesn’t reduce numbers in Greece, and which probably will prove impossible to implement. There have already been serious objections from the UN, on Human Rights grounds, and also from human rights NGOs.

I suspect it will be difficult to reach a credible agreed settlement. But the parameters from which they are starting are so bizarre and counterproductive that failure might be a relief.

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14 Responses to Daily Debrief March 17th

  1. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Energy Bill (Lords) in the Public Bill Committee, 14 March 2016..or the EU lets others act differently?
    “John Redwood (Con) (Wokingham): I rise to support the Government and to urge the rejection of amendments that would delay getting rid of the subsidies for wind power.”

    http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2016/03/17/my-contribution-to-the-energy-bill-lords-in-the-public-bill-committee-14-march-2016

    Hows coal mining going in Greece,…very well I reckon and won’t change anytime soon.

  2. Shieldsman says:

    Having watched your video yesterday Roger, I came across Marine LePen’s speech to the Oxford Union. I thought she was very impressive. I foresaw problems with the generally left wing student body and their tendency to shout xenophobic at any one from the right.

    Well, he sorted them out, speaking at times with passion for her countrymen. I will watch it again

  3. Alan Wheatley says:

    Re Migrants

    Everything, so far, has been directed at treating the symptom. Nothing has been done to solve the cause.

    The longer life in ones own country remains unpalatable, especially when there is no hope for things to get better, the more such citizens will seek a better life in a different country. The more that is done to accommodate such people in countries that offer the better life the more they will want to come. This is not viable for the future of humanity, at least not for humanity wanting to lead a developed, enlightened, “western” lifestyle.

    The cause has always been with us. The difference now is the smart phone, which has enabled those in poor circumstance to see just how much better life can be elsewhere. The UN needs to come up with a smart solution.

  4. davidbuckingham says:

    Roger looking forward hugely to seeing you spell it out to them on Question Time this evening.

  5. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Looney EU VAT Alert

    http://order-order.com/2016/03/17/tory-fury-at-budgets-eu-stealth-vat/#disqus_thread

    Do we up our VAT or do the loony’s come down? To stop using sugar you up the tax on it… same as you stop insulating homes….

    • Jane Davies says:

      So the ludicrous and laughable reducing of the efficiency of kettles and vacuum cleaners etc to save energy is countered by increasing the tax on products that are produced to save energy, right?
      Errmm where is the logic in that….am I missing something REALLY important here or are the idiots in EU ‘parliament’ finally fessing up that they are aliens from a galaxy far far away.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        There’s many more of them now: (Veg Dead Head Disease)

      • catweazle666 says:

        “am I missing something REALLY important here”

        Oh yes you certainly are! Cameron is going to go cap in hand to Junckner to beg to be permitted to reduce the VAT on feminine hygiene accessories. Yes, the supposed leader of the World’s fifth largest economy and fourth most powerful military machine has to get permission to change the VAT on tampons.

        How important is that!

      • Jane Davies says:

        I have no intelligent comment to make…..I just despair that this is how my once great country is ‘run’ and find myself shaking my head YET AGAIN….. please people….you have the vote…get my country out of this shambling bumbling corrupt and inept organisation before it’s too late and it is lost forever.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        Jane..this came as a comment on WUWT yesterday..Energy costs/games. Does it ring true?

        “According to a Toronto newspaper the Liberal government was originally (before July, 2010) paying some three thousand small solar electricity suppliers (10 kw – under the MicroFIT program) 80¢ per kwh, but lowered it after that date to JUST 58.8¢ per kwh. Ontario’s electricity prices have increased 70% over the last 10 years, and are scheduled (according to the government) to increase another 40% over the next 5 years. Approximately 56% of the rate increases, according to two successive Auditor Generals, is because of “Green” energy – wind and solar. Ontario used to have the least expensive electricity rates in Canada; now it has the most expensive. The province has lost around 300,000 manufacturing jobs over the last 10 years with higher electricity prices cited as the primary reason. Longtime Ontario residents including Kellogg, Heinz and Caterpillar have either left the province or have drastically downsized their operations. The much touted “Green” jobs (50,000 by one estimate) “surprisingly” never materialized. Meanwhile hundreds of families have been experiencing the ill health effects of wind turbines placed too near (550m) their homes, despite a recent study recommending at least a 2.5 km buffer.”

      • Jane Davies says:

        Oh yes it does ring true unfortunately. Our new PM has boarded the climate wagon train, our last PM was not into this climate scam which was the only subject I agreed with him about. We have here in BC a carbon tax and this province’s gas (petrol) prices are among the highest in the country which impacts on everything we buy especially here on Vancouver Island because most things we buy have to come over by ferry or plane. Food prices have soared and the utility bills are growing at an alarming rate. It would seem that we are following the EU model in some respects when it comes to the climate scam but at least our new PM respects seniors having reversed the former Tory governments plan to raise retirement age….he has just put it back to 65. His first budget is due any day now.

  6. Adrian says:

    Re: Obama’s visit
    I really do hope that the Queen will take the opportunity to tell Mr Obama to “Git orf!”

  7. Nigel Farage was completely right on the coming of the Romanians and Bulgarians.
    I really hope he is totally wrong on the coming influx of Turks/Syrians/Afghans/Nigerians/and anyone else who feels like living in the UK.

  8. Anyoldiron says:

    It is about time the people asked those in our House of Commons “why did they want to put themselves forward to go into the House of Commons if they did not want to Govern this Country according to its very own Common Law Constitution that so very many gave THEIR lives for in that 1939-1945 WAR? What is the point in the people voting and paying them when they want foreigners to Govern us when even THEY have to obey the Treaties that between themselves have ratified-WITHOUT EVER ALLOWING THE PEOPLE A “SAY” before they ratified them?

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