Daily Debrief May 10th

Boris: We’d be mad to stay

Boris Johnson is making the weather in the Brexit debate today, under the banner headline “I’m fighting for Freedom”.  He’s upping the rhetoric, insisting that “We’d be mad to stay”, and adding that David Cameron is “corroding public trust” over immigration figures.  The Express runs “Boris: It’s mad to stay in the EU” as its lead story, and reports him saying “We’re on the brink of a great escape” and must vote to leave next month.

Boris also points the finger of blame at the EU for the situation in Ukraine (as UKIP has argued for some time). And Boris is immediately smeared (as UKIP has been) as “a friend of Putin”. The i leads with the story.  No guys.  We’re not friends of Putin.  We’re just pointing out that if you poke a bear with a stick, it may well get annoyed.  Responding to the Prime Minister’s paranoid claims yesterday, Boris adds the (fairly obvious) point that Brexit will not spark World War Three.

Boris’s Five Questions: In a move reminiscent of Gordon Brown’s famous “five tests” on the €uro, Boris poses Five Questions for David Cameron and the Remain Campaign.

  1. How can you possibly control EU immigration into this country?
  1. The Living Wage is an excellent policy, but how will you stop it being a big pull factor for uncontrolled EU migration, given that it is far higher than minimum wages in other EU countries?
  1. How will you prevent the European Court from interfering further in immigration, asylum, human rights, and all kinds of matters which have nothing to do with the so-called Single Market?
  1. Why did you give up the UK veto on further moves towards a fiscal and political union?
  1. How can you stop us from being dragged in, and from being made to pay?


The Sun: “Cam’s in her Hans”

In an engagingly punning headline (and with a picture of Merkel pulling Cameron’s puppet strings), the Sun reports IDS’s remarkable claim that Merkel in effect controlled Cameron’s “renegotiation” process, and that he followed her instructions. IDS says “They (the Germans) had a de factoveto over everything…..We put ourselves in a compliant position to another country that doesn’t have our best interests at heart”.

Business opinion tip-toes towards Brexit

A new British Chambers of Commerce opinion poll with 2,200 respondents shows a marked shift towards Brexit amongst their members. There is still a majority for Remain, but the lead for Remain has been cut sharply, from 30% to 17% — and this despite the aggressive scare-mongering from the Remain camp.  Given that “business support” is a key argument of the Remainians, this is heartening news – let’s hope the trend continues.

Former NATO Chiefs warn Brexit “will give succour to our enemies”

The Telegraph carries a letter from five former NATO Chiefs warning that Brexit would encourage enemies of the West.  Just coincidental, of course, that this comes the day after the Prime Minister’s paranoid claim that Brexit will lead to war. The credibility of these former NATO leaders is somewhat compromised when we check the names: Lord Carrington, a Tory loyalist; Javier Solana, who served as Spanish foreign minister after the fall of General Franco; Lord George Robertson, a defence secretary in Tony Blair’s government; Jaap De Hoop Scheffer, previously a Dutch foreign minister; and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Danish prime minister who was NATO Secretary-General until 2014.  In other words, a roll-call of committed Europhiles.

Prime Ministerial Paranoia

I wrote yesterday about the Prime Minister’s extraordinary claim that Brexit could lead to war, suggesting it almost amounted to self-parody.  Julian Lewis MP, of the Defence Select Committee, has penned a considered rebuttal which is well worth reading. He makes the critical point that our security depends on NATO, including the USA, because only the US military has the scale to deter aggression against other NATO states.  Given low levels of defence spending in Europe (a whole other issue), there is no hope of the EU alone deterring the encroachment of Russia.

To the extent that EU military plans are designed to side-line NATO, EU membership actually and directly damages our security (as do the EU’s open borders).  Cameron risks undermining his remaining credibility with such paranoid propositions.

Osborne: Brexit will cost thousands of jobs in the City

Project fear in full swing: The FT reports George Osborne’s claim that Brexit would cost thousands of jobs in the City of London.  The parallel with similar claims made fifteen years ago about the consequences of not joining the €uro is almost too obvious for comment.  Wrong then, wrong now.  Outside a dysfunctional EU, the UK will rapidly come to be seen as a safe haven.

“Mental Health at risk if we leave Human Rights Convention”

In a story billed as “exclusive”, the Indy reports that a top psychiatrist has warned that mental health care in the UK will be put back years if Theresa May takes the UK out of the European Convention on Human Rights. Yes – and there’ll be plagues of locusts, and the skies will rain blood.

CBI: “Cloud Cuckoo land to believe UK could have an EU FTA”

Carolyn Fairburn, DG of the CBI, has virtually accused Michael Gove of lying when he says he expects that the UK will have a timely Free Trade Agreement with the EU after Brexit.  “In a world of growing protectionism and economic uncertainty, it is cloud cuckoo land to believe that the UK could easily walk into free trade agreement with the EU after Brexit”.

Check the trade statistics, Lady.  In value terms we import about double the cars from the continent that we export to them.  You think that Audi and BMW and Mercedes will be prepared to tear up their business plans while the EU Commission prevaricates?  The hell they will.  Get real.  Your predecessor Digby Jones has said that after Brexit, we’d have a free trade deal in 24 hours.  That may be pushing it, Carolyn, but I think you’re the one in cloud cuckoo land.  Get some backbone.  Have a little confidence in your country.

Greek debt – no agreement yesterday

I wrote yesterday about the looming Greek debt situation.  Yesterday at a meeting in Brussels, Finance Ministers discussed the issue, but ended without agreement.  Further talks will follow. But they insisted that there would be no direct debt relief – which means the Greek problem cannot be solved.  Both immigration and Greek debt look set to explode – maybe sometime around mid-June.

“Millions of pounds of British aid money reaching Jihadists in Syria”

It’s claimed that millions of pounds of British aid money may have reached Jihadists in Syria.  A total of £510 million has gone to Syria since 2011. DfID admits that “funds risk being diverted”, but insists that it is less than 1%.  That would be £5 million.  So that’s alright, then.  But if you spray money around with a hose-pipe, you can’t be too surprised if some ends up in the wrong place.













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13 Responses to Daily Debrief May 10th

  1. Shieldsman says:

    Boris Johnson Slams Pro-EU Colleagues In Brexit Campaign Speech

    The BBC will not report on the speech of course, just like it is actively and desperately hiding the disturbing news of social unrest and economic collapse beginning to destroy the EU project.
    So little actual news about the events in the EU, a cynic might think there was a state sponsored news blackout in effect designed to keep the British people in the dark about the terrible reality of the EU project.
    The BBC, half the news half the time and only when that news serves and supports the BBCs own ideological narrative and political agenda. The BBC makes up the news, edits out the bits that may contradict the narrative they wish to promote, deliberately withholds news reports that don’t serve the political narrative they are peddling.
    The BBC, lying conniving biased propagandists.

    And so it turned out.
    Yesterday was a sad day for democracy in the UK. We had Dictator Cameron aided and abetted by the biased broadcasting corporation at his scaremongering worst.

    The BBC reported – Peace in Europe could be at risk if Britain votes to leave the European Union, David Cameron has warned.

    He warned the peace and stability Europe has enjoyed in recent years could not be guaranteed, saying leaving risked “the clock being turned back to an age of competing nationalism in Europe”.

    Now I was not aware, like the rest of the Public that Cameron planned to leave NATO and join the European Army. Christopher Soames will be most disappointed.

    The BBC failed to report fully on Boris Johnson’s speech.

  2. Bernard Hough says:

    We import cars from Germany & France and other EU countries.
    Would it not be better for our financies if we were forced to buy only cars manufactured in the UK?
    We could build our own power stations, railways,wind turbines etc,
    Also there may be a few redundancies in the EU parliament without the millions of pounds per day that we pay to Brussels!
    By the way, if we left and Scotland wanted to stay, how much per day would Scotland have to pay? Have the Scottish tax payers been informed?
    As for war with Europe if we leave, I think there is more chance of a war within Europe in the years to come, involving us if we stay in, when Islam becomes dominant, and the various islamic factions ie Sunni etc fight for supremacy, also when the friendly, true muslims become overpowered by the I.S. types and Europe becomes an Islamic State.
    With, I would presume, nuclear weapons.

  3. davidbuckingham says:

    Julian Lewis’ article points out democracies don’t make war on each other – dictatorships do.
    Roger Bootle in the Trouble with Europe discusses the Russian ambition for a Eurasian Customs Union which is what provoked the Ukraine crisis. Putting the two together – imagine the two massive anti-democratic mercantilist power blocks facing off – how scary is that?

    The war graves in northern Europe are of people fighting for freedom and democracy, rather than appeasing for peace at any price which is the EU credo. One enormous fascist regime to stop a lot of small squabbling fascist regimes. EU accepting Platonic dictatorship as essential to Order preventing Chaos – much the same rationale of Mao, Stalin et al.

    Important too that Churchill talked of a United States of mainland Europe, sponsored and supported by Britain, the Commonwealth, USA and (sic) hopefully Russia. Nicholas Soames obviously doesn’t think the distinction is important.

    The EU needs to dissolve into a democratic EFTA of sovereign nations to prevent that dictatorial monolithic bloc mentality that set up the first world war.

  4. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Don’t think many of the EU states could mount/finance a war could they? I suppose they might if Germany flogged them arms on borrowed money (German Euros). Kinda like they did to Greece. So knock Germany out immediate and suddenly spare parts are where?

    No..its Washington that wants the war(s) and with Russia primarily. We have the M.East wars now and more to come there and in Africa.

    Mental health cases? Plenty all about us, plus whats running NATO. I’d add Brussels, but we know that already.

    Just need a Trump like Train! Someone to knock all this cr*p down or at least very seriously threaten it.

  5. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Steel for Tanks – Alert
    100 British ‘supertanks’ to be built with Swedish steel… in Spain


    “The Ajax (tank) is meant to be the stalwart of Britain’s new rapid reaction strike brigades as the army seeks to reorganize to face the perceived Russian threat”.

    That Russian threat again. Just watch their WW2 Victory parade.,,,be worried I’d say. But don’t wind them up…FFS!

  6. Ex-expat Colin says:

    And the British Museum is used for what? Not necessarily museum stuff…. clearly:


    Supposed to be rules..to protect tax payers?

  7. davidbuckingham says:

    One sane US once-presidential contender John Bolton’s take on EU’s treatment of its “provinces”. He expresses the nub of Brussel’s undemocratic, top-down authoritarianism.

    Great clear and detached view to counter the rest of the American establishment…… Boris and co urgently need to invoke John Bolton to get his message over here.

  8. mike5262015 says:

    Do we have any Lawyers present, because the more I learn about Cameron’s renegotiations, the closer he gets to being guilty of Treason, by way of taking instruction from a foreign power, and against the standing of this Nation ? A lie teller ought to have his account paid off !

  9. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Roger Daltrey gets it right: (perhaps harshly right…but right anyway)

    “Who Are You? Roger Daltrey Calls EU Leaders ‘Bunch Of F***ing Useless W***ers”


    Almost a damp rag moment?

    Businessman…..Fish Farmer

  10. Jane Davies says:

    Can someone please explain, that if the EU parliament keeps the peace in Europe, why if the UK leaves WW3 could break out? The EU parliament will still be there, plus Turkey is about to join and any other lame duck country that applies to join regardless of it’s economic suitability.
    As for the claim “Millions of pounds of British aid money reaching Jihadists in Syria” if this is true then this must be causing British taxpayers to spit tacks, this is their money that they worked hard for. All the billions sent overseas whilst British citizens suffer cuts to essential services under the guise of mythical austerity measures, and the government just shrug their shoulders? What arrogance and total disregard to the workers of Great Britain, have these politicians no principles and no shame? Stupid question I know…….

  11. colin kay says:

    Re Rodger and The Who, “we won`t get fooled again”,unfortunately there are a lot that will.Noticed that the breakfast news on bbc had a look at the morning papers,eneryone except the Express which off course reported front page on the Boris Jonhson speech

  12. Shieldsman says:

    Just a thought – the pamphlet David Cameron authorised to be sent to every home in the land opened with ‘The UK has secured a special status in a reformed EU’.
    Now if legal opinion was that you cannot reform the Lisbon Treaty without a treaty change and we know no treaty change took place (there were no Treaty changes as noted in BRIEFING PAPER Number 7524, 8 March 2016.) then Cameron authorised a false statement to be published.

    Cameron and the Tory high command used £9.3 million of the taxpayers money to finance its publication.

    We have a Prime Minister who does not have full Cabinet or that of the Conservative MP’s and Party support for his desire to remain in the EU.

    A strange state of affairs – is he running a dictatorship?

    • Jane Davies says:

      Good point Shieldsman, he has misused taxpayers money to proclaim something that isn’t true….is there not a peoples ombudsman or something similar to investigate this and if found guilty make him pay this back out of party funds?

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