Monday, 20 May 2019

UK's Eurovision entry Michael Rice claims Brexit made him lose

The former X Factor hopeful, 21, claimed even Gary Barlow or Elton John would not have been able to take the crown in Tel Aviv, Israel on Saturday due to political bias.

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These European elections pose a greater challenge to the Brussels establishment than Brexit

All eyes in Europe are on this week’s elections to the European Parliament, surprisingly (and shockingly) enough still also including the UK – where the Brexit Party now finds itself at 35% in the polls, followed not by Labour (15%) or the Conservatives (9%), but the Liberal Democrats at 16%. But while you Brits may well see the European elections as a vote on whether or not Brexit was the right decision – with the MEPs elected not present in Brussels for very long, we presume – for other Europeans, the elections present more of a vote on the future of the European Union itself.

Dubbed by the media as the “battle for Europe” – a slight overdramatisation – the elections will nonetheless provide a sign of where the EU will head in future years. Will it pursue the path of “ever closer union” or revert back to less integration? Or will it continue to follow the path it has in recent years (and decades): the one of a little more integration, but not too much; the one of compromise, which often ends up in half-baked solutions that maybe would have been better not pursued in the first place (like the euro, for example)?

While many might hope for clarity, it is highly unlikely that the election results will show any clear winner, as the European Parliament is set to see a drastic fragmentation. The “Grand Coalition” between the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D) – both of which are staunchly pro-EU and have ruled EU politics together for decades – will most likely lose its majority. Politico predicts that the EPP will lose 48 seats and the S&D 49 seats, meaning that the projected haul of 315 seats shared by these two mainstream establishment groups would leave them well short of a majority in the 751-seat parliament.

They will thus need help in order both to stay in power and also to decide who will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission, whether that be Manfred Weber from the EPP or Frans Timmermans from the S&D (or someone else entirely). This help might come from the Greens (with a projected 54 seats) or Emmanuel Macron, whose En Marche will most likely team up with Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE (expected to come in at 104 seats) and could be the kingmaker in any attempt to achieve a majority.

The biggest question, of course, is how well the variety of parties – both savoury and unsavoury – on the right of the political spectrum will do. Over 250 seats could go to parties and movements sceptical of the EU in its current form (although the number will decrease when the UK leaves), which would be a major jump for the so-called “right-wing populists”. Whether those 250 MEPs could come together in a single group – which would be the biggest in the parliament – remains to be seen although, frankly, it is very doubtful. In their currently fragmented form, it is unlikely they will wield much power or say over decision-making processes.

It is clear, however, that a strong showing from these parties will cement “populist” forces as an established part of European politics. With a group of heads of state in the Council around Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orb├ín, they will, I predict, play a major role in the years to come. So how will the establishment parties respond to these new and emboldened adversaries? Will they nonetheless continue to argue for more EU and thus alienate even more Europeans? Or will they be ready to change and to reform the European Union to build a more decentralised, democratic, and free Europe?

The Brexit vote of 2016 should have sparked such a change. Instead, europhiles doubled down on their ideas. Will they now use the second chance they will be afforded by a strong showing of eurosceptics later this week to have a rethink? It will be fascinating to see how they react in the coming weeks and months.

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Farage REFUSES to support Johnson’s PM bid if he backs May's deal - 'It's a REAL problem'

NIGEL FARAGE refuses to support Boris Johnson as a future Conservative leader if he backs Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

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ANDREW PIERCE: Will Theresa May's successor heed a poll showing the anger among Tory members? 

David Davis and Liam Fox, two senior Brexiteers, and Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay support the group which campaigns for small government, lower taxes, and radical thinking in the delivery of public services.

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‘I believe I can win’ - May pledges ‘new and improved’ Brexit deal ahead of MPs' vote 

THERESA MAY will today ramp up efforts to get her beleaguered Brexit deal through Parliament amid demands from Ministers that no deal preparations are accelerated. The Prime Minister will begin discussions on a new package of measures to be included in the forthcoming Withdrawal Agreement Bill aimed at securing cross-party support.

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There are many varieties of Brexit on offer: here’s what I propose

I’ve never had any doubts about Brexit. It’s an economic liberation, stopping the drain of jobs, money and demand to the EU, breaking out of its declining protectionist bloc into a growing world, and stopping our slow decline into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Germany.

Others see things differently. The result is that there’s a wide choice of Brexits on offer. Remainers want a Brexitless Brexit. The Liberals want a Bollocks-Brexit with European federalism, the euro, and unrestricted continued immigration thrown in. Conservatives want a Tory Brexit with free trade, deregulation and tax-cutting. Caroline Lucas, who’s dropped the usual greeneries to defend the EU as the source of everything good and Green, sees Brexit as a globally-warmed hell. Labour wants a blancmange Brexit with a People’s Vote to make sure we don’t get it. Parliament wants a liquorice allsorts Brexit. Finally, on present form, we’ll end up with a never happening Brexit.

Take your pick. Personally, I prefer a Mitchell Brexit. This offers everything we need to do anyway, with or without Brexit. Brexit needs a big spending boost like Barack Obama’s Recovery Act to repair the damage to manufacturing, the infrastructure, health and education done by austerity. This will boost us through the initial problems. We’ll also need an industrial policy to develop the new and sustain the old, government support and investment on a Chinese scale, a strong regional policy, and competitive exchange rate to tax imports and boost exports as every competitor has done.

That’s the only Brexit which will work, and poor Theresa could use it to break out of her impasse. My party would find it difficult to refuse such a Labour Brexit. Tories wouldn’t like it, but they love power more than their prejudices, and they owe it to the country to repair the damage done by their austerity. The SNP is schizophrenic, part-Labour, part-Tory – so at least half of them will accept it, particularly if a lot of barbers for Scotland are thrown in. Similarly the DUP. As for the Liberals, Greens and Chuckers, they can continue their naive dreams in opposition. Where they belong.

Problem solved. A nation which Remainers want to drift back to Remain will be happier to get the leadership it voted for. The public prefer going somewhere to being humiliated by clever dicks in the EU. It would cost a lot more than Theresa May’s cheap jack sell-out, but Britain needs a huge Keynesian boost anyway just to remain viable.

The economics make sense. A nation with its own currency can spend until the productive resources of people, machines, factories and services are fully stretched, without inflationary problems. The pound would come down, but should anyway to reverse our huge trade deficit. The EU won’t like it, but at least it will set them free to tackle their own problems rather than picking on us.

So why not go for it? It’s so much better than mouldering on for more years of misery and argument while the disastrous consequences of austerity cripple the country. Britain deserves better than an incompetent elite and a broken political system prolonging this long running farce.

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Vote for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party this week before Boris Johnson zips into No10

A FRIEND of mine was so disgusted by Theresa May’s broken Brexit promises he ripped up his voting card for Thursday’s EU elections.

Big mistake. This was his chance — and it is yours — to take a free swipe at the wreckers who sabotaged his 2016 Brexit vote and the democratic mandate of 17.4million like-minded Leavers.

Boris Johnson is the clear favourite to zip in as the new Tory leader
Boris Johnson is the clear favourite to zip in as the new Tory leader

If we are going to blow £160million of hard-earned taxpayers’ cash on a useless election, we might as well use it to send a serious message to our useless MPs.

This week’s poll could deliver the loudest wake-up call since The Sun’s famous “Up Yours Delors” front page.

We urged readers to face east at noon on November 1, 1990, and “bawl at Gaul”. In a pincer movement, we invaded Brussels with an armoured car full of Page Three girls and put paid to the UK joining the disastrous euro.

This week, the 52 per cent who voted Leave can do the same and tell out-of-step Remainers to stop messing around and deliver Brexit.

Labour’s smarmy “Sir” Keir Starmer wants a second referendum.


So let’s give him one, by using this EU poll as a REAL in-out vote, not a sly stitch-up designed to turn 2016 on its head. The European Parliament is by any measure a scandalous waste of time and public money, a TWO BILLION euro gravy train with no power, no voice and zero accountability.

Eurosceptic Britain has always treated its five-year election cycle with the contempt it deserves, with barely one in three bothering to vote at all.

This time it will be worth £160million if the great British public uses it to show our contempt for our own blinkered and arrogant Parliament.

That rules out a vote for crooked Labour, cheating Lib Dems, the Green Party, the SNP or that CHuk-UP lot.

We need to take the trouble, turn up at the polling station and put our cross on Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

There is a risk, of course.

They will vote Farage solely to deliver a kick in the pants to their own party, and to Theresa May in particular

Countless thousands of true-blue Tories plan to make this a one-off. They will vote Farage solely to deliver a kick in the pants to their own party, and to Theresa May in particular.

They intend to return to the Tory fold under a new leader — with Boris Johnson favourite by a mile — and a clear and unequivocal promise to leave the EU.

All this places a huge burden on BoJo’s shoulders.

He is both the Tory Party’s greatest hope — and their greatest danger.

The ex-Foreign Secretary is deeply distrusted by fellow Tory MPs. They would choose almost any rival candidate, except for one thing — fear of losing their seats.

A general election at some point in the next 12 months is probably unavoidable. Boris is a uniquely feelgood politician. He is a proven winner who lights up a room and brings a smile to people’s faces — although his warmest fans live on tenterhooks, worrying about his next zip-wire escapade, wardrobe misadventure or bedroom folly.


Twice Mayor of Labour-leaning London, he has the capacity and charm to sweep the country, beat Farage and destroy Jeremy Corbyn’s deeply unpleasant Momentum Party.

He’s a genuinely good bloke with enough Brexit credentials to make disgruntled voters forgive the Tories and give them a second chance.

But he needs to offer more than Brexit.

He must hit the ground running with a raft of eye-catching measures — including an instant NHS cash injection to honour his red bus referendum promise.

The UK’s constipated tax structure needs reform — and an end to George Osborne’s disastrous stamp duty which has crippled the housing market and cost the Treasury money.

The world is theoretically BoJo’s oyster. He is a man of immense talents — and enormous flaws.

He could turn out, as he has often fondly suggested, as a second Winston Churchill.

Or he could blow up on the starting grid or crash in flames at the first hairpin bend.

It's time to put our cross on Nigel Farage's Brexit Party at the polling station
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It’s time to put our cross on Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party at the polling station[/caption]

Boris Johnson lights up a room and brings a smile to peoples faces
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Boris Johnson lights up a room and brings a smile to people’s faces[/caption]

True-blue Tories want to deliver a kick to Theresa May
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True-blue Tories want to deliver a kick to Theresa May[/caption]

There needs to be an end to George Osbournes disastrous stamp duty
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There needs to be an end to George Osborne’s disastrous stamp duty[/caption]

Ladies' man Bob Hawke

AUSSIE ex-PM Bob Hawke, who has died at 89, would be disgusted by his Labor Party’s defeat in Saturday’s general election.

“Hawkie”, who won four terms, was a legendary drinker, cricketer . . . and ladies’ man.

In the 1970s he ran Australia’s trade unions and Labor Party and it was my sensitive task as a Canberra reporter to give him an early-morning hotel call for a quote on the big stories.

I would apologise for interrupting the audible bedside snuffles and giggles, but as Gentleman Bob used to say: “No worries. Business before pleasure.”


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