Daily Debrief March 27th


“Man in White” arrested

A man believed to be the notorious “man in white” from the Zaventum photos, Faycal Chefou, has been arrested in Brussels.

Patraeus argues for Remain…

General Patraeus, former senior US General, argues that in security terms Britain is better off in the EU. There is now a clear divide on security. Those who understand what a mess the EU is in (“Like a much larger version of Belgium” – Charles Moore) are clear we are better off out. Those who still think the EU remains a viable project take the opposite view.

Patraeus argues “we are better working alongside our allies”. But of course we shall continue to do so ager Brexit. Meantime Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom argues the opposite case.

 …. As does Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt, who should know better, argues that Brexit is a risk to the NHS, as “doctors and nurses would leave”. I suspect they may leave anyway, Jeremy, but it won’t be because of Brexit. Hunt makes the facile assumption that after Brexit, there will be “budget cuts, falling standards and an exodus of staff”. He doesn’t explain why – it  appears to be simply typical Remainian prejudice and rhetoric. Absolute nonsense. We would certainly offer visas to the health staff we need. Matthew Elliott from Vote Leave counters that Brexit could free up additional funding for the NHS. And the only uncertainty over visas and work permits is that created by people like Jeremy Hunt.

“Brexit business list backfires”

The Sunday Times seeks to debunk yesterday’s list of 250 business names. One, David Ross of Carphone Warehouse, said he didn’t know he was on the list. A second, John Caudwell of Phones4U, said he supported Brexit but hadn’t explicitly agreed to go on the list. More a wrinkle than a backfire, guys.

“Your taxes used to find terrorists”

The Mail reports that large parts of the UK’s £12Billion foreign aid budget ends up funding people with terrorist convictions, and supporting jobs that don’t exist, sometimes in places that can’t be found.

“Belgium simply can’t cope”

The Sunday Telegraph quotes an unnamed but “senior” Belgian counter-terrorism official rather plaintively admitting that his country “simply could not cope” with the current level of threat. No surprise there, then.


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6 Responses to Daily Debrief March 27th

  1. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Yep…the e-Petition on there is cracking along at about 50 or more signatures per minute:


    Not that anything will happen….much personal offence will abound because its been mentioned or has an implied threat. And the money is borrowed anyway. They simply laugh at us!

  2. Shieldsman says:

    I find what Andrea Leadsom, the Energy Minister, says rather confusing, along with Energy Secretary Amber Rudd do they have any real idea of the technicalities and costs of getting electricity to their own homes 24/7.
    The fresh start movement came about a few years ago, and was backed by William Hague who now backs the in campaign. He spends most of his time trying to heal the rift Conservative party
    created by Cameron.

    I would guess that general David Petraeus knows as little as June Sarpong about our EU membership.

    Today I came across The British Management Data Foundation (BMDF) was formed in 1979. It is an independent body concerned with matters affecting the performance and the global competitiveness of its member companies to whom it gives independent advice, information and data. I will have to see what their perspective on the EU is.

  3. Shieldsman says:

    I had this piece on John Redwoods site yesterday:
    Who are these people running the BSE campaign?
    Richard Reed, Karren Brady, Stuart Rose, Roland Rudd, Brendan Barber, Caroline Lucas and June Sarpong
    Do they inspire the public with any confidence that they really know anything about the EU. Cameron said it is not working and that is still the case.
    The Spectator printed – Their data is dodgy, they disregard the facts and their leaders are lazy.
    Remain campaigners Stuart Rose and Will Straw were hauled in front of the Treasury Select Committee today. The Britain Stronger In chairman received quite the lashing from committee chair Andrew Tyrie, who accused Rose of “intellectual dishonesty” and a “scandalous misuse of data”, in reference to BSE’s discredited claim that EU membership is worth £3,000 to every household in this country.
    West Ham United vice chairman Karren Brady has written to professional teams warning that “cutting ourselves off from Europe would have devastating consequences” for both the economy and the competitiveness of British football. She said two-thirds of players from EU countries playing in England might not meet the criteria enabling them to get a work visa and could therefore be forced to leave.
    These people are both ignorant and naive, they are unaware of the United Kingdoms excellent relationship with Europe prior to the creation of the bureaucratic EUSSR.

    They have no idea where the EU is heading, perhaps its that other world that David Cameron thinks he has divorced himself from, the nineteen eurozone members maybe. The wild ride to political Union.
    Plans are going before the European Parliament to advance integration within the Lisbon Treaty and using QMV
    2014/2249(INI) Committee on Constitutional Affairs – on improving the functioning of the European Union building on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty.
    How our terms of membership will change if we stay in. Read it.

    Someone read 2014/2249(INI) and said they found it truly scary for the UK. Even if Rose and company had the intellect to read and understand the future in the EU, they would bury it in a hurry.

  4. Maureen Gannon says:

    As I see it the biggest threat to the NHS is Jeremy Hunt, and TTIP why isn’t more of that talked about . Like the compulsory academisation of our schools it will lead to the privitisation of schools and NHS started by daddy bLiar completed by son of bLiar.

  5. As to article 50.
    I personally think that the future is actually going to be this:

    Referendum will be very close indeed and therefore inconclusive. Things will meander on the same as they always have. Ministers will commute for news of forthcoming Directives to Brussels where they will mingle with friends and colleagues in a way they no longer can in London. The civil servants of the EU and other nationalities will be joined at the hip and in parliament the Conservatives will meander on, nodding through Statutory Instruments. Mr Cameron, like his subservient and culled stock of ministers, will also commute to Europe mixing with the people whom he sees as friends and colleagues. Mr Osborne will assume that he is the next PM. Like Mr Blair they will all continue to see the country that elected them as foreign, beneath them and “difficult”.

    Any thought of using the parliament to introduce unilateral legislation is therefore out of the question.

    Gradually it will slowly become apparent that the EU is run by the eurozone. Other “nationalities” or “States of the Union” will be treated more and more as “pre-Euro”. Things in Europe will continue to get worse and worse as the numpties in the Commission continue on their ruinous path.

    Eventually there will be a massive crisis of some kind or other. Heaven knows, the continent is bursting for a crisis! (Club Med bankrupt – Ukraine/Russia blows up/terrorist attacks/Golden Dawn, AfD, Marie le Pen win an election outright).

    What happens then could be chaos leading to a Stalinist dictatorship. The left wingers who set up the union unconsciously modelled it on the USSR which spawned China and North Korea and all the other Communist states. The dictatorship needn’t be leftish, though. It could well be based on very angry, racist, right wingers. Britain could be sucked into the maelstrom. Of course terrorism is a big force pushing politicians towards dictatorship: safety first!

    Or the future for our country could be a sensible decision by the UK to join EFTA and remain in the EEA. Negotiations could continue during this period. In that way, I think Dr North is probably right. Article 50? Optional, I should have thought. EFTA will probably be as far as the government (remember it loves the Eurostar-Brussels clubbing) will be prepared to go. As the Continent does what is does best – dictatorship and the smack of firm government – we will be on the outside looking in and providing some resistance perhaps. By the way, I understand (the EU works in secret remember) that Norway is usually in on the Brussels clubbing scene too just as much as any Euro members.

    The point I am trying to make is that we are joined by geography to Europe. Our rulers – of whatever colour rosette – love being part of the European Club (they love that word too). They are not going to risk leaving. Therefore getting us into any sort of independence is going to prove difficult if not impossible.

  6. Excellent thank you Roger.
    I wonder if yourself or anyone who posts on here can tell me what’s happened in Switzerland?
    I think it was 2 years ago that they voted in referendum to stop free movement of people.
    The EU got on its high horse and said all or nothing. The Swiss government has no choice but to comply within 2 years as I understand it.
    The articles of which the EU said all or nothing and the Swiss wanted delete one, form the framework of the EEA agreement if I’m not mistaken.
    Roger you sent us all those Norway pamphlets and one of them gave the conditions under which Norway is part of the EEA. One of those conditions was indeed the free movement of people and goods.
    Now my question is this. Have the Swiss quietly binned the referendum result or are they negotiating with the EU to get rid of that clause?
    The answer could be quite illuminating if they are in negotiation or have quotas agreed.

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