“Tory War turns nasty”
So reads the headline in today’s Telegraph. It appears that the Nasty Party is savaging itself. The story is of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt subjected to “blue-on-blue” attacks, while the Prime Minister is said to be “unable to look Eurosceptic ministers in the eye”.
Jeremy Hunt’s wild assertions that “standards would fall, spending would be cut, there would be an exodus of medical staff” seem to be unrelated to health issues as such. Link. He assumes, wrongly, that Brexit might have a negative impact on the economy, and infers from that that there would be a negative impact on the NHS. He could make the same point about any other spending department. Welfare, pensions, education, defence. Take your pick.
Several papers accuse the Prime Minister of being “unable to look Eurosceptic ministers in the eye”, and ignoring them when he encounters them in the corridors of Westminster. Childish and mildly psychotic behaviour. I have a theory, for what it’s worth. Cameron knows that with his handling of the Referendum he’s put his job, and his legacy, at great risk. But I suspect that as the “renegotiation” and the referendum debate have evolved, he’s starting to realise that he’s made the wrong call. So eye-contact from ministers who made the right call is not merely a reproach. It’s an unwelcome reminder if the hole he’s dug for himself, and the terrors lurking there.
More evidence that the breakdown of order and democratic accountability in the EU is leaving a space for exploitation by far-right elements. Up to a thousand skin-heads reportedly hi-jacked a Brussels peace March, making Nazi salutes. As Brussels progressively degrades democratic accountability in the EU, there are some unpleasant forces waiting to occupy the vacuum.
Thank you Donald. He is insisting that the EU, including the UK, is no longer safe for Americans — and given the rather paranoid attitude of many Americans to security issues, I guess that will be a knock to the tourism figures. Of course in a sense he’s right. The dangers are evident. But it’s by no means clear to me that the risks to an American in Paris (say) are any greater than the risks to a Brit in the USA. Terrorist attacks, the Twin Towers, random gun crime. Risk is a two-way street, Mr. Trump.
Stephen Crabb, newly appointed Work & Pensions Secretary, has a French wife. And he says because women are practical, and his wife fears higher food prices, we should vote to remain. Powerful logic indeed. But the facts suggest that Brexit will reduce food prices. And energy prices. So let’s have the facts, Stephen, not your wife’s idle speculation.
Anna Soubry, the left-wing Tory MP, writing in the Telegraph , warns that we can’t afford the risks of Brexit. But she has little to say about the risks of staying in an EU hell-bent on full political union, and over-run by migrants. Remember that this is the woman who told us on BBC Any Questions that Brexit would mean our exports to the EU going down to “almost absolutely zero”. Difficult to see why anyone so wholly out-of-touch with reality would get a Telegraph column in the first place.