Thursday, 23 May 2019

Why Brexiteers should vote for the Brexit Party today

On the evening of 29th March, I co-hosted an event on a boat on the River Thames on behalf of The Freedom Association. It was supposed to be a celebration. Just before 11pm, we had planned to lower the EU flag, and at 11pm on the dot, we planned to raise the Union Flag.

But that wasn’t to be. Instead, our evening of celebration turned into a protest event. We heard from many wonderful speakers: MEPs, an MP, and from BrexitCentral’s own Jonathan Isaby. I thought that I would be feeling down as the evening ended, but I wasn’t. I was feeling upbeat because there was a group of around 80 people packed aboard the boat determined to fight for democracy.

The next morning, as I was walking by the river near Tower Bridge, I decided I would put my name forward as a potential candidate for the Brexit Party.

There is something bigger than Brexit, and that is democracy. Democracy trumps everything. My vote has the same value as yours. We may choose to exercise it for the same candidate in an election, or for the same proposition in a referendum, or we may disagree. But the one thing that unites all democrats is that the candidate or proposition which garners the largest amount of votes, wins. Those who have lost, respect the decision made by the majority. That’s how it works – or at least how it should work.

I am sure you remember the pamphlet which went through every letterbox in the nation before the 2016 referendum, published by the Government and paid for by you, which predicted economic Armageddon if we had the audacity to vote the “wrong way” and put a cross in the box next to Leave. In that horrendous piece of Government propaganda, we were told that the result of the referendum would be honoured.

What has happened since should strike terror into the heart of every democrat. Theresa May has always regarded Brexit as a damage limitation exercise, rather than the fantastic opportunity it is. Her former joint chief of staff, Nick Timothy, has admitted that. She has never believed in Brexit. A majority of the Cabinet are opposed to Brexit, as are a majority of MPs and peers. Despite promises made in manifestos by both the Conservatives and Labour to remove the UK from the Single Market and Customs Union, both parties are determined to deliver a bitter tasting fudge – a half-in, half-out, Brexit In Name Only hell from which we cannot unilaterally extricate ourselves.

Just a few days ago, I spoke to a lady in Grimsby who told me that she was 68 years old and had voted in every election since the age of 18 – an impressive 50 years of never missing an election. But this time she told me that she wasn’t going to vote because of the way Leave voters had been betrayed. After a short conversation, I did persuade her to vote for the Brexit Party, but if I was asked to come up with three words that sum up what Leave voters think, betrayal would be one of them. The other two are democracy and treachery.

The Labour Party and the Conservative Party are not going to deliver Brexit. Other parties like the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, Change UK (or whatever they are called by the time this article is published), Plaid Cymru, and the SNP are actively trying to subvert the democratic wishes of 17.4 million people. There is only one party which is standing up for Brexit and has a serious chance of making a real difference, and that is the Brexit Party. If you are a democrat, we are the only party you can vote for.

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Brexit’s been betrayed by the snarling duds of May — so go out and vote for Nigel Farage’s party

OH no, she’s back! Hauling her bloody useless Brexit deal back into the House of Commons again.

A deal which does not deliver Brexit. A deal which is probably worse than staying in the benighted European Union.

Let’s make today’s poll the second referendum Remainers have been bleating about by voting for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party

I guess it’s all an attempt to prove Albert Einstein’s most famous quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

If Albert’s right — and he was usually right, in fairness — then Prime Minister Theresa May is so doolally she should be in leather restraints waiting for a spot of ECT. How many times has she tried to sell us this deal? Five? And how many times has everybody made it completely clear that they would rather gnaw off their own legs than vote for it?

In fairness, she has been stitched up by Magic Grandpa, Jeremy Corbyn.

She held talks with Labour to put through a deal which would be acceptable to them.

But she is so dense she didn’t understand that there is absolutely no deal which would be acceptable to Corbyn. He just wants to let her hang in the wind. Frankly, May is so inept she could be stitched up by Joey Essex, or Benny from Crossroads.

As someone once said, she is the kind of negotiator who leaves DFS with a full-price sofa.

So what the hell happens now? First thing is, we all troop off to the polling station today to vote for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. Farage’s lot will win the Euro elections by a mile, because he’s standing on one policy — get us out, now, fully and properly.

Truth is, if this was a first-past-the-post election, rather than proportional representation, Farage would take almost every seat. There’s your second referendum, you Remainers!


But after that — what? Theresa May — mercifully — goes. But what do we have to replace her with? The ­Conservatives will elect a new leader.

Boris Johnson wants the job (natch), but I have my doubts that he’ll get it. And even if he does, by some ­miracle, how will he persuade the Remainers in his own party to back a Brexit plan which is far, far tougher than the one May has given us?

Surely we’ll still be in a stalemate?

It is the Tory Remainers who, ­primarily, have stopped us from ­leaving the EU.

And they will still be there, ready to block a no-deal exit, demanding we fall in line with Brussels over a whole host of issues.

I suppose we could have a General Election.

But the Brexit Party would not do half as well, because it would not be able to campaign on the single issue which has brought all of its supporters — like me — together.

I wouldn’t vote for a party which promised Thatcherite economics and nor would many on the Left who voted Leave.

In short, whatever the outcome, we will still be left up to our necks in poo, unable to turn this way or that.

And we will not leave the European Union in a meaningful sense, as the majority of us wanted. We will have been betrayed.

Betrayed partly through design and partly through the utter hopelessness of our Government.

Udder calf-wits

THE latest internet craze to capture the attention of people with the IQ of a carefully tended shrubbery is the KuhKuss Challenge.

Aimed at German-speaking morons, it asks participants to kiss cows “with or without tongues” in order to raise money for charity.

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The latest craze to capture the attention of people with the IQ of a carefully tended shrubbery is the KuhKuss Challenge[/caption]

German-speaking morons kiss cows ‘with or without tongues’ to raise money for charity

The Austrian government has already warned its citizens against this malarkey, suggesting that the cows might become “aggressive”.

Well indeed – as might you, if you were a cow, and some crop- headed loon in lederhosen called Wolfgang tried to shove his tongue down your throat while smelling quite strongly of your late grandfather.

Previous internet crazes which marginally raised the average IQ of the world were planking, where you lie still on somewhere dangerous such as railway lines or the top of a tower block, and Punch4Punch where you get someone to punch you as hard as they can.

Left falls apart over LGBTQ school row

ARE you enjoying the brilliant spat between some Muslim parents and the LGBTQ campaigners in Birmingham? I certainly am. It’s where the liberal Left’s entire ideology falls apart.

Leftie schoolteachers in the city want infant-aged kids to learn about gay relationships.

Labour MP Jess Phillips wades in on the row between Muslim parents and the Brimingham school teaching LGBTQ issues to six-year-olds

The protesters, mainly Muslim mums and dads, think that’s vile.

The Left can’t bear to be nasty to any Muslims, because that could be seen as Islamophobia.

But at the same time they want to push their progressive agenda down the throats of six-year-olds.

For the record, I’m utterly with the protesters on this one.

Leave the poor bloody kids alone until they are in their teens. Just teach them to read and write.

EU sunk British steel

BRITISH Steel is to close down with the loss of ­thousands of jobs.

Many of them are in my area – Teesside – which has already lost almost all of its steel industry.

One of the main problems for our steel industry has been the European Union
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It’s certainly true that British Steel’s owners, Greybull, have treated the workforce appallingly.

And I agree with Jeremy Corbyn – and the Tory Mayor of the Tees Valley, Ben ­Houchen – that the ­company should be nationalised.

But one of the main problems for our steel industry has been the European Union.

It was EU rules which stopped us from bailing out the Redcar blast ­furnaces. And it’s EU rules which are limiting what the ­Government can do now.

And it was EU carbon emission ­targets that financially crippled the company in the first place.

Any wonder, then, that Teesside voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU?

Brexit in the bagging area

THEY’RE thinking of putting a tax on self-service tills in supermarkets. To raise money to “heal the divide” in the country after Brexit.

I’ll tell you what would heal the divide – if we actually LEFT.

Luckily, though, I won’t cop this new tax because I won’t use self-service tills. I hate the way they speak to me – as if I were a drooling retard.

And they’re pointless, too, because some woman always has to come over and authorise me buying a few bottles of wine or some Nurofen.


FEMINIST campaigners are moaning about the cute female voices used by AI devices such as Amazon’s Alexa.

These reinforce stereotypes of subservient women, they argue.

Amazon’s Alexa has become the latest feminist frontier

OK, sure.

But I will bet any money that if these ­voices were instead male, they would also be complaining.

“Reinforces the idea of male control. It’s sexist, they should have women’s voices.”

Send Farage to Eurovision

WAS that the worst Eurovision Song ­Contest in living memory? The songs were uniformly awful. Either ­stupid, pompous ballads – such as the Dutch winner and that caterwauling Russkie. Or mindless Europap singalongs with fatuous lyrics.

Then there was the Icelandic contribution – a band of screeching right-on halfwits.

My daughter watched them and said: “Oh dear. Someone hasn’t eaten their Weetabix this morning.” We came last, as per usual, because everyone hates us.

Good – I don’t like them much either, the foreigners.

Maybe we should save ourselves the time and money and not bother entering next year.

Or for our entry just have Nigel Farage backed by an Army brass band singing Land Of Hope And Glory while sticking two fingers up to the world.

Backsides the size of the moon

THE new body shape for the ­summer is apparently something called “slim-thick”. As modelled by that Kardashian woman and Kylie Jenner.
At first I thought this was good for me. I’m slim-thick. I’ve got slim arms and legs and a fat gut. But sadly that’s not what they mean.

When did it become fashionable for women to have backsides the size of the moon?
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They mean a slim waist and a fat ar*e. When did it become fashionable for women to have backsides the size of the moon?

Stunned by the judge

I HOPE Colin Watson is enjoying his holiday in Tenerife. Col was found guilty at a court in Cardiff of multiple drugs and weapons charges.

He had a stun gun, cocaine, ecstasy and a baton, for example.

But he’d booked a holiday in the Canary Islands. And judge Jeremy Jenkins decided to let him have his break before sentencing, saying: “I am trusting you. Don’t let me down.”

Brilliant, huh? And I bet Col is out there now, on a sun lounger. And someone offers him a bit of sniff and he says: “Nah. I’d love to. Don’t get me wrong. But I don’t want to let Judge Jenkins down, look you. Now pass the stun gun, I’m off into town.”



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Andrea Leadsom RESIGNS: Brexit nightmare for May as Cabinet member QUITS

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Why Brexiteers should vote Conservative today

It has been a long campaign. I began pounding pavements for the local elections back in January, the pace picked up in late March and reached a peak in the final week of April and first week of May. After those disappointing results (albeit with some bright glimmers of success), there was a short lull before the European Election campaign got under way.

I’m not going to pretend that this has been easy. Having doors slammed in your face and being sworn at in the street is not pleasant. But the campaign has been instructive. Those folks willing to talk to a chap wearing a blue rosette have been pretty consistent in what they have been telling me. Clearly this election is all about Brexit. We politicians may want to talk about policing, trade policies, wildlife conservation, transport or any of a dozen other issues – but nobody else does.

Those voters who still want to stay in the EU and so ignore the referendum result – and they are a dwindling (if noisy) tribe – tell me that they are voting Green or Lib Dem, and some are going Labour. Meanwhile, many of those who want to leave the EU, or respect the referendum result, or just get on with their lives, are voting for the Brexit Party.

This is all perfectly understandable. But, I think, flawed. There are still reasons to vote Conservative and I would urge you, dear reader, to do so.

First, I must say that me keeping my job as an MEP is not one of them. I wanted to be made redundant on 29th March and did everything that I could to make that happen. Nor will I ask you to vote Conservative to support the current Withdrawal Agreement. It is a bad deal and, as I have said many times since I first read it, a no-deal Brexit would be preferable – though not as good as a workable fair trade deal.

No. I am going to ask you to Vote Conservative to save both Brexit and the principles for which the Conservative Party has always stood.

The brutal fact remains that the Conservative Party, with DUP support, forms the Government. And only the Government can deliver Brexit. Of course, the MPs who promised to implement the referendum result should do so, and their refusal is a national disgrace. But those recalcitrant Remainers are refusing to listen to the public – and they should be punished at the next general election.

And that is the point. The more damage done to the Conservative Party now, the less chance there is of the Conservatives winning the next general election. Some of you may hope that the Brexit Party will do so. But even if they are destined for greatness, it is most likely to take two or three general elections to get Nigel Farage into No.10. And, of course, we have no idea what their domestic policies might turn out to be: Free market? State control? High debt? High taxes? We don’t know.

The Conservative Party will shortly have a new leader. As a Conservative Party member, I will do everything that I can to ensure that the new leader is firmly committed to a clean Brexit and will deliver one in October. And since a general election is likely – the extremist Remainers will most likely engineer that – we will have to get that new Conservative leader back into No.10.

If we don’t, the most likely outcome is a Corbyn minority government propped up by the arch-Remainer SNP and Lib Dems. Will that coalition of horror deliver Brexit? Of course not.

I’m not pretending that everything in the Conservative garden is rosy. It isn’t. But the Conservative Party is still the best bet to deliver Brexit. Vote Conservative!

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Theresa May sparks Brexiteer fury by killing off Cabinet debate on No Deal despite calls for preparation

THERESA May incensed Brexit-backing Ministers by killing off a Cabinet debate on No Deal despite calls for a “step change” in preparation, The Sun can reveal.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay made an impassioned plea for the Government to increase contingency planning – arguing that a cliff-edge exit on October 31 would be “far worse” for business than March 29.

Theresa May sparked Brexiteers’ fury by killing off a Cabinet debate on a No Deal Brexit

He warned warehousing shortages would be acute in the run up to Christmas.

But the PM stunned Brexiteers in Tuesday’s Cabinet by cutting him and postponing a vote on No Deal work until after the Whitsun break.

The PM went on to stun Eurosceptics yesterday by arguing a No Deal Brexit could threaten the future of the Union – and leave Britain more vulnerable to terrorists.

Critics said she sounded like Philip Hammond – who enraged Brexiteers on Tuesday by saying no preparation in the world would be enough for Britain to cope with No Deal.

Speaking to the Commons, Mrs May agreed with ally Richard Graham who said there were enormous dangers about Nigel Farage’s “superficially seductive” line about leaving on WTO terms.

She said he was “absolutely right” not least “in the point he makes about the dangers of a No Deal Brexit for the future of the United Kingdom.”

The PM later added: “The security relationship [with the EU27] is fundamental to us being able to keep ourselves safe.

“If we were to leave with no deal, those security relationships would not be open to us.”

Stephen Barclay urged Theresa May to increase contingency planning
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Why Brexiteers should vote Labour today

There may, unfortunately, be a lot of Labour voters who will be tempted not to vote for the party today. Some will have been discouraged by Labour leaning as far as it has towards Remain – or disillusioned because the party has not committed itself to the second referendum strongly supported by many party members. Others will be disillusioned that Parliament – dominated by our two main parties – has failed in any form to deliver on Brexit. European elections have always attracted relatively low voting levels, and this may be reflected once more by too many Labour-leaning voters staying at home.

Both as a long-time Leave supporter and as a strongly committed Labour Party member, I understand all these frustrations. There are, however, important reasons for keeping the Labour vote up, and here is what I think they are:

It is not the European Elections but the next General Election which counts. The elections today will provide an important guide to where public opinion is, but they will not provide a vehicle for any real change. For this to happen, we need to have a general election and a change of government. We are not going to help ourselves to achieve this goal if we allow our vote in the European Elections to fragment and our capacity to deliver a good election result to wither. We need to keep ourselves in good shape as a fighting force so that when the real test comes, we are in the best possible position to win.

Labour has been in an impossibly difficult position recently. To help us keep our eye on the big picture and the next general election, we need to cut the Labour leadership some slack and to realise how impossibly difficult the Labour position in Parliament has been recently. As Jeremy Corbyn evidently realises, although maybe 90% of Labour MPs are for Remain and perhaps 80% of party members are too, anything up to half of those who have voted Labour in general and local elections recently are in the Leave camp. This has made it extremely difficult for Labour to come out with clear electorally realistic policies. Those who favour a second referendum, in the hope that the result of the first one will be reversed, may be in a majority among party members but if they get their way on changing party policy to this end, they run the risk of losing Labour swathes of marginal seats in Wales, the Midlands and the North of England. And they may not get the result they want even if a second referendum is held in these uncertain times, with the country as divided as it evidently is. Party members need to consolidate round our core values and to look ahead, not to allow themselves to be discouraged and disillusioned by short-term difficulties and divisions.

The Brexit Party is not the answer. The grievously mishandled way in which the Conservatives have handled the Brexit negotiations since 2016 has meant that a vast amount of political attention has gone on this one single issue at the expense of everything else. A key consequence has been to encourage people to support the Brexit Party and other parties intent on attracting protest votes to give both Labour and Tories, as the two major parties in Parliament, a kick in the teeth for failing to achieve any reasonable Brexit outcome. Labour Party members, however, need to realise that protest parties may be good at providing the electorate with ways of releasing frustration, but they are generally very poor at generating sustainable, coherent and effective long-term policy positions.

The Brexit Party, in particular, may do spectacularly well today – as UKIP did in 2014 – but this did not turn out to be a precursor for a good result in the general elections in either 2015 or 2017. This is why the electoral reaction to an incompetent Conservative Government in 2022 – if this is when the next general election takes place – is likely to be a reversion back to an environment where Labour, with a full suite of carefully thought through policies, can and should win.

So my message to those who have supported Labour over the years is not to lose faith now. The party needs you more in difficult times than when the going is easy. We need to keep Labour’s vote up today to provide us with the strongest platform we can muster for the next general election, which cannot be too far away. We need to keep the Labour flag flying at this critical juncture, and not to allow temporary difficulties and distractions to stand in our way.

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* This article was originally published here

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Who is Andrea Leadsom, why did she resign from the Cabinet and what are her views on Brexit?

THE Leader of the House of Commons dramatically quit over Theresa May’s Brexit plan.

Andrea Leadsom, a staunch Brexiteer, said it was with a “heavy heart” she was standing down from the Cabinet.

Leadsom quit the day before the EU Parliament election
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Who is Andrea Leadsom?

The Conservative MP for South Northhamptonshire, 56, was born Andrea Jacqueline Salmon in Aylesbury on May 13, 1963.

She studied Political Science at Warwick university before starting a career in finance as a debt trader for Barclays de Zoete Wedd.

Andrea Leadsom became a deputy director of Barclays  in 1993.

After working as a director of her brother-in-law’s hedge fund company De Putron Fund Management she became Head of Corporate Governance and a senior investment officer at Invesco Perpetual between 1999 and 2009.

She started her political career as a councillor on South Oxfordshire District Council where she served between 2003 and 2007.

Leadsom was then selected as the Tory candidate for the newly created seat of South Northamptonshire, winning in 2010 with a majority of over 20,000.

On entering the House she was elected as a member of the Treasury Select Committee and became the Economic Secretary to the Treasury in April 2014.

She was re-elected to the Northamptonshire seat in 2015 and she moved from the Treasury to the Environment and became the Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

In the Conservative leadership election in 2016 she stood against May after David Cameron had resigned in the wake of the EU referendum result.

She withdrew from the race though after she gave an interview in which she suggested being a mother made her a better candidate.

Leadsom took up the office of Secretary for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in July 2016 and became the Commons Leader in June 2017.

Why did she resign from the Cabinet?

Leadsom resigned from Theresa May’s Cabinet over the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan, the day before the country goes to vote in the European Parliament elections.

She said it was with a “heavy heart” that she could no longer support the government’s approach after May’s latest gambit to pass her withdrawal agreement deal backfired among both Tory and Labour MPs.

In her resignation letter she wrote:  “I cannot fulfil my duty as Leader of the House tomorrow, to announce a Bill with new elements that I fundamentally oppose.”

And she added, in a call for Mrs May to stand down: “I do now urge you to make the right decisions in the interests of the country, this Government and our party.”

She went on: “I do not believe that we will be a truly sovereign United Kingdom through the deal that is now proposed.

“I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the referendum result.

Leadsom wrote to the PM this evening
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“I have always maintained that a second referendum would be dangerously divisive, and I do not support the Government willingly facilitating such a concession.

“It would also risk undermining our Union which is something I passionately want to see strengthened.

“There has been such a breakdown of government processes that recent Brexit-related legislative proposals have not been properly scrutinised or approved by Cabinet members.

“The tolerance to those in Cabinet who have advocated policies contrary to the Government’s position has led to a complete breakdown of collective responsibility.

“It is therefore with great regret and with a heavy heart that I resign from the government.”

Leadsom had a successful career in finance before moving to politics

What are her views on Brexit?

Initially Leadsom had been in favour of the EU, stating at the Hansard’s Society’s annual parliamentary affairs lecture: “I think it would be a disaster for our economy and it would lead to a decade of economic and political uncertainty at a time when the tectonic plates of global success are moving.”

But by 2016 she had changed her mind and campaigned heavily for Leave in the run up to the country’s referendum vote on staying in the union.

She appeared in a TV debate on the EU referendum, standing alongside Boris Johnson and Gisela Stuart.

She is a member of the so-called “pizza club,” a group of Eurosceptic cabinet ministers.

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