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YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Wednesday 10th July 2019

YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Wednesday 10th July 2019



Two Brexit Betrayal ‘themes’ caught my eyes today. One is about the Civil Service, the other is about Labour. Yesterday we also had the much vaunted ‘mano-a-mano’ TV debate between Hunt and Johnson. I didn’t watch it – after all, I have no vote so why waste time – but this headline for a review said it all: “It felt like seeing the Head Boy debate the class clown …” It’s not paywalled so you can read it if you like.

The whole BoJo-Hunt campaign has been like a red rag to the MSM bulls, the reporters and writers of opinion pieces. No, the whole country is not feverishly betting on the outcome, and yes, most of us know what to expect from Boris, Hunt not being such a well-known personality.

Even though the NHS is never out of our headlines, with the increasing waiting lists now being blamed on the greedy consultants who simply do not want to pay 95% taxes on extra income, it’s strange that none of the Hunt supporters in the MSM mention that their preferred Remain candidate was appointed to the Foreign Office only a year ago but was responsible for the NHS in all the preceding years. In case you forgot: Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary in 2018 because of Chequers and Ms May’s ‘leave in name only’ WA. How time flies …

Now then – let’s look at Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. He has now committed Labour to a 2nd Referendum, but the rest is confusion. Here’s a report that is not paywalled. More important are two comments, one by Austin Mitchell MP, a Leaver, who writes in the DM:

“My party is so busy trying to shed its working-class supporters and become a metropolitan team of amateur Liberal Democrats that it’s no longer recognisable. […] Today, it has become a mob of cosmopolitan meritocrats who love the European Union more than those at the bottom of society’s top-heavy heap. Jean-Claude Juncker’s federalism now means more to Labour than socialism. Nothing demonstrates this better than its clamour for a second referendum. As made clear in Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement yesterday that he will support a referendum on a Conservative deal and back Remain, Labour seems intent on prioritising the champagne-drinking population of chi-chi Islington above those it should be helping. That our once-great trade unions cheered him on makes Labour’s betrayal of working-class Leave voters all the more depressing.” (source)

Just so! Nigel Farage, Leader of the Brexit Party, comes to the same conclusion as Mr Mitchell. He writes in the Express:

“Corbyn has not only demanded that the new Tory prime minister must hold a second referendum on any deal or no-deal Brexit. He has also signed Labour up in advance to campaign for Remain. […] Corbyn has shamelessly abandoned his principles and given in to the political pygmies of Labour’s Remainer front bench. They have broken every promise that they made to millions of Labour voters – most notably, the 2017 Labour manifesto commitment to ‘respect the referendum result’. While they celebrate at their north London supper parties tonight, the party that claims to represent Leave-voting working-class areas like the North of England and South Wales will be met with more anger than they can possibly understand. Labour has effectively announced that it cares more about the opinion of the new metropolitan middle classes than about its traditional base of support.” (link)

This ought to dispel any doubt about the state of our establishment party system where rosette colour used to trump all. In a coming GE we’ll see ‘Remain’, represented by the Yellow of the Libdems, with splashes of Red, Blue and Green, and there will be ‘Leave’, with the turquoise of TBP to the fore, with splashes of Red, Blue, some Yellow and even some Green added. 

The metropolitan establishment, the bubble dwellers inside the M25, Westminster and the MSM, have missed the train. It’s not about BoJo-Hunt, it’s not about the HoC peacocks and their desperate games trying to finagle something to stop Brexit. It’s about Leave or Remain, and thanks to the betrayal of their voters, LabCon are now in dire straits indeed. 

And now: my favourite Brexit Betrayal subject – the Whitehall Mandarins! RemainCentral, a.k.a. The Times has this wonderful headline: “Wave of Brexit mandarins leave” (link, paywalled). Ah, I thought to myself – they are giving up! Before I started a little happy dance though I kept reading and two things became obvious.

The first one was that in good old MSM manner to exaggerate, The Times has now elevated all civil servants to ‘Mandarins’. No Sir, it’s only the top lot to which that label applies, the rest are ordinary working bods like ourselves.

Next, it turns out that this ‘Leave en masse’ is not precisely due to Brexit. That report is a nice study in MSM manipulation by putting relevant information right at the end of the article while starting of with the scary numbers – see for yourselves:

“The number of senior officials leaving the Brexit department has risen by more than 70 per cent in a year. More than 100 of the most senior civil servants in the Department for Exiting the European Union (Dexeu) left in the 2018-19 financial year, government figures released to the Commons show. The departures of 115 officials of grade seven and above, including 15 staff of the most senior grades, represent a rise of 72 per cent on the 2017-18 financial year, during which 67 left.” (link, paywalled)

Having been suitably shocked by those numbers – a rise of 72%, goodness me! – it turns out that’s only 115 civil servants altogether. We’re not told if they left Whitehall forever or went to other departments. That wouldn’t make a good story. The explanation from a current Government minister is relegated right to the bottom:

“Answering the parliamentary question from Mr Blomfield that yielded the figures, Kwasi Kwarteng, a junior Brexit minister, said that Dexeu was set up by Mrs May in July 2016 as a “time-limited department . . . The increase in numbers of leavers . . . is mainly due to planned leavers moving to other government departments following the end of their pre-set loan agreement or job rotation, or have left the civil service following the end of their two-year fixed-term appointment”. Dexeu undertook “succession planning” to maintain “high standards of delivery”, Mr Kwarteng added. A departmental source said that headcount in Dexeu had more than doubled between 2016 and 2018, affecting the number of staff leaving.” (link, paywalled)

That, you might agree, puts a somewhat different light on the story about the leaving Mandarins. While I am extremely relaxed about the fate of Olly Robbins and Sir Mark Sedwill whose name is now bandied about as replacement for the unspeakable current Ambassador to the USA, there is one other paragraph in this report which deserves our attention:

“Paul Blomfield, the shadow Brexit minister, told The Times: “It’s not so much ‘yes, minister’ as ‘I quit, minister.’ Essential legislation has not passed, customs and security arrangements are not in place and the negotiations are in paralysis. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt should drop the ridiculous rhetoric and put forward a credible plan.”(link, paywalled)

There’s the obligatory wail of “we’re not prepared for a No Deal, we’re all going to die crashing over that cliff”, but this is actually dissing the various reports by anonymous civil servants that they have been preparing for that No Deal Brexit.

It is however true that ‘essential legislation has not passed’. The MP for North Wiltshire, Mr James Gray, gives the reason for that in an article in ConHome where he puts the blame firmly on the now two-year-long session of this Parliament. It’s worth reading, and his conclusion is especially important given the attempts of the Grieves to stop the next PM from proroguing Parliament:

“Prorogation is not some kind of devilish plot to allow Brexit through (or scupper it.) It is an essential part of the Parliamentary drum-beat, without which we who are sent to Westminster to carry out our important job of scrutinising legislation simply cannot do it, not least because there isn’t any.”

The Remainers in their pigheadedness have not only kicked off the now inevitable change in our political landscape, they have and still are busy undermining and destroying our Parliamentary customs and conventions.

That is why we need a GE – not just to save Brexit but to save our democracy and indeed our Parliament.




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YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Thursday 4th July 2019

YOUR DAILY BREXIT BETRAYAL – Thursday 4th July 2019



I can’t help but note that across our MSM a certain tiredness has set in as far as politics in general and Brexit in particular are concerned. The BoJo-Hunt campaigns have become more of a circus driven by the MSM with breathless ‘he said – he said’ reports and opinion pieces, leaving readers cold. Both contestants are still acting as if they are running for a new job – President of the UK – trying to convince the whole country to vote for them rather than just the 150,000 or so Tory Party members.

Regarding Brexit, they both are stamping their feet, telling everybody that they will get us out, definitely, by the 31st of October. They have now stopped asking each other how they plan to do it. Mr Farage, who knows a thing or two about the EU, who warned:

“I just don’t think that either of the contenders to be Prime Minister has got the guts to face down the House of Commons and do this.The only way we leave, in my view, at the end of October is if we first have a general election, and change the men and women sitting in Westminster.” (link)

We’ve seen the fierce Remain Resistance in the HoC, where cross-party ‘coalitions’ of Remainers, with the help of the Speaker – who is still clinging on – are trying to keep us in. Their opposition to a No Deal Brexit has become a veritable phobia.

So firstly, let’s look at the replacement EU Leadership candidates. As expected, MSM researchers have dug through their files and come up with finds. The headline in the DM is indicative: ‘Meet the new EU presidents who make Donald Tusk & Co look like saints: One has a criminal conviction and the other is mired in controversy’ .

That report is not paywalled, so you can enjoy reading it as it’s a good background for an extraordinary opinion piece in RemainCentral, The Times (paywalled), where the authors declare that this was an exercise in horse trading – as we’ve pointed out already – but then say that this ‘may work to the advantage of Britain’. This can only be explained by taking into account that they view the whole thing through rose-tinted Remain glasses. Here’s what they say about Madame Lagarde:

“Ms Lagarde has no experience as a central banker. That is not necessarily a drawback. The ECB was late in recognising the severity of the eurozone debt crisis and in countering deflationary pressures in Europe with monetary easing. It has constantly done too little, too late. It is good news for the European economy if its most powerful policymaker is someone other than an orthodox central banker such as Jens Weidmann, the head of the Bundesbank.” (link, paywalled)

God forbid that a competent, ‘orthodox central banker’ becomes head of the ECB and thus responsible not just for the eurozone but the world economy at a time when warning lights are going on all over the world!

After all, should The Times and the Remainers manage to keep us in, the mess the Eurozone is in has to be be irrelevant. even though we’ll be forced to join it! On the other important nominations, The Times writes:

“Yet for all the domestic controversy, and her own belief in European federalism and defence co-operation, Ms von der Leyen is potentially a pragmatic nomination. Ms von der Leyen, whose style is as an administrator rather than an ideologue, is likely to be a more acceptable figure to Britain than Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, who was at one time mooted for the post. Moreover the nomination of Ms von der Leyen […] will probably secure the departure of Martin Selmayr, a civil servant who has proved a divisive and obstructive figure in Britain’s negotiations.” (link, paywalled)

The Times of course omits to mention that Ms von der Leyen is not only fiercely against Brexit but is also fiercely for building that European Army which we’ve been told by Remainers like Nick Clegg, as he then was, doesn’t exist.

What will happen next is that the newly convened EUParl will have to vote on Ms vdL’s nomination. That vote will take place on July 15th. She must achieve an absolute majority, that’s 374 votes of the 746 MEPs. If she doesn’t, she cannot stand again unless the EU Council nominates her a second time.

I’m certain that there’s already an outbreak of arm-twisting and worse in the various EU member states, from the PMs, down to the different party leaders. So let’s assume this scion of EU ‘nobility’, Ms vdL, gets in. Then what?

“With the appointment of the EU’s top posts, here is a firm message for a new prime minister and it is that Europe will not blink because of no-deal Brexit threats made in the Tory leadership race. […] European leaders have been listening and, far from quaking in their shoes, are prepared for a no-deal Brexit, a scenario that both Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel [the Belgian Tusk replacement] will handle as the top two EU officials in Brussels.” (link, paywalled)

The timetable, should all play out as Macron and Merkel hope and should Ms vdL get elected, then looks like this:

“Ms Von der Leyen is due to take the commission’s helm at midnight on October 31, the moment Brexit is due to happen unless, as many believe in Brussels, there is a further delay. If it is no-deal, she and Martin Selmayr, the hardline German official who heads the commission civil service, will be in charge. Their first task will be to minimise economic damage for European economies while telling Britain that any talks will only begin on the same terms as the current withdrawal treaty. Mr Michel will begin chairing councils of EU leaders in December, a moment that could be vital in how a no deal Brexit unfolds or if a new prime minister has problems ratifying an amended withdrawal agreement.” (link, paywalled)

The Times, like all Remainers, of course omits to mention that, if the new PM does nothing, we’re out at 11pm on Halloween anyway. So ‘negotiations’ will have to take place before that date, as BoJo-Hunt have indicated.

It remains to be seen if Mr Selmayr will be involved – his fate is by no means secure, but it’s nice to catch out the Times in contradicting itself in regard to Mr Selmayr (see above).  For some funny, inexplicable reason, many other EU members are against a EU Leadership top-heavy with Germans …!

In the following paragraphs we can discern why our Remainers are so scared of a No Deal Brexit:

“Both Ms Von der Leyen and Mr Michel are staunch defenders of the withdrawal treaty […] with a huge interest in preserving integrity of the single market. Both have told industry in their respective countries […] to be prepared for Britain leaving without a deal. In a jibe clearly aimed at Mr Johnson, Ms Von der Leyen, the incoming European Commission president, has told German bosses that Brexit, especially without a deal, will reveal the “burst bubble of hollow promises . . . inflated by populists”. Mr Michel […] sees no deal as a reset for talks, one that will leave the EU holding the best hand of cards. “When you push that Brexit button, there are consequences, there is a bill to pay,” he has warned.”  (link, paywalled)

There you have it: it’s fear, plain fear. Our Remainers firmly believe that we ‘Little Englanders’ cannot stand against the might of the EU, especially not when talks inevitably start after we have left with that ‘No Deal’.

Our Remainers believe everything the EU says and believe nothing our own competent civil servants say about our preparedness. If I were Sir Mark Sedwill I’d be a bit cross with the Remainers!

So – is a GE before the 31st of October the only way out for both Remainers and Leavers, given this new EU set-up? Well, perhaps – but then again, the latest YouGov poll for the Times has the Tories and TBP on top, with 24% and 23%, while Corbyn’s Labour lingers in fourth place with 18%, the LibDems having overtaken them with 20% (link). These are not good numbers for any LibLabCon leader to even think about a GE. 

We’ll have to see how events play out on Monday 15th July. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer, forget the breathless yapping of the MSM, but never forget to




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