Yesterday, as the turmoil following the referendum on Britain’s EU membership intensified, there was no sign of London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, widely expected to throw his IOU in the ring when the Tory leadership contest begins in earnest. That, we now know, was because he was devoting his energies to his latest Telegraph column and its attendant generation of £5,000 in “chicken feed”.
A total Muppet. And Elmo from Sesame Street
Thus the priorities of the ocean-going liar and con artist, one half of the fraudulent double act with Micheal “Oiky” Gove, these being the modern-day Men Who Would Be King. And that column is most revealing, effectively forming Bozza’s pitch for the future relationship between Britain and the EU. The summary of his vision can be put directly: it is one that delivers precisely none of the promises made by the Leave campaign.
It is also peppered with more blatant lies, such as “It is said that those who voted Leave were mainly driven by anxieties about immigration. I do not believe that is so”. Perhaps Sir would care to explain the Vote Leave leaflet that suggested the EU meant Syria and Iraq, as well as claiming Turkey was “joining the EU”? Perhaps he could also explain “the pound remains higher than it was in 2013 and 2014”? It’s been marked down again overnight.
Bozza is away with the fairies when he muses “We had one Scotland referendum in 2014, and I do not detect any real appetite to have another one soon”. Did he miss the presence of Nicola Sturgeon all over the airwaves yesterday, suggesting exactly that? And then, my friends, to borrow the Bozza vernacular, comes the main pitch.
“I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be. There will still be intense and intensifying European cooperation and partnership in a huge number of fields: the arts, the sciences, the universities, and on improving the environment. EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU”. And there’s more.
“British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down … there will continue to be free trade, and access to the single market”. Right. That means accepting free movement of people. There will therefore be no constraint on migration from the EU. He lied about that.
It gets worse: what Bozza has described is membership of the European Economic Area (EEA). That means an arrangement not dissimilar to Norway, which pays into the EU budget at a rate per head of population higher than that of the UK. That means we would not get any money back to spend on the NHS, or indeed anything else. And it gets worse still: as this would be a new arrangement, the rebate first secured by Margaret Thatcher would not apply. We would end up paying more to the EU than we do now.
So his pitch is built on lies. And so is his rationale: “The only change - and it will not come in any great rush - is that the UK will extricate itself from the EU’s extraordinary and opaque system of legislation”. Not if we want access to the single market, we won’t.
And the lies just keep on coming: “the Government will be able to take back democratic control of immigration policy, with a balanced and humane points-based system to suit the needs of business and industry”. Not for citizens of EU member states it won’t - because the rules of the Single Market do not permit it.
Can he keep on lying? He certainly can: “Yes, there will be a substantial sum of money which we will no longer send to Brussels, but which could be used on priorities such as the NHS”. Single Market access means paying into the EU budget, and we won’t get a rebate, so there will be no sum of money to be used on anything else.
Plus there is a little routine misinformation: “we will be able to do free trade deals with the growth economies of the world in a way that is currently forbidden”. That will mean hiring experienced trade negotiators and lawyers - the EU currently does this sort of thing for us, that’s what we pay our contributions for - so we will end up shelling out even more money.
On top of that, the package of measures David Cameron agreed with other EU leaders in the run-up to the referendum has already fallen, and will not be enacted. Now the chief architect of his downfall has effectively admitted that there will be no change to EU immigration, we will end up paying more to the EU, and on top of that, we won’t have a say in how the EU works, or indeed, the direction in which it develops.
That means Turkey could join some time in the distant future and we would not be able to stop it. I said last week that Bozza was an ocean going liar: in his Telegraph column today, he has confirmed it in spades. Hello British people! You’ve been had.
If we are in the EEA, and make payments... will we get any of that back in funding and grants as we do at the moment?
Or will it mean we pay in to allow the city of london to still trade in the EU and allow "services" (which requires being part of the EEA and not a bog-standard trade deal) into the EU, but get none of the area grants back, none of the CAP grants to farmers, none of the regeneration grants back?
So if we can't actually impose restrictions on movement (because we have to be in the EEA to keep the banks here, and provide services to the EU)...
if we still have to pay for access to the EEA (because banks again, a huge part of our GDP)...
if we no longer get a rebate (so we end up paying more)...
if we still have to apply all the rules and regulations (because to keep selling to the EU we have to follow all the boring "CE" stuff), even if they are no longer "laws" as such...
if we lose grants, but still have to follow the rules about fishing to be part of the EEA...
Well, if thats the case then a huge number of brexshitters are in for one very rude awakening when nothing changes except we end up paying more for less from the EU.
Obviously we could always not be part of the EEA, but then we lose our banking industry and our services industry which together make up a huge part of our GDP and government tax take (even if they do avoid/evade huge amounts where possible) which would probably mean an increase in VAT by about 3-8% points and large increases in income tax at the bottom (with increase in allowances at the top so it doesn't hit the high paid) and probably increases on "low vat" areas such as electricty and gas and large increases in petrol duty.
Its a wonderful sight to behold brexshitters get told that holidays will be more expensive, that travel insurance costs will shoot up, that roaming charges will no longer be capped if we are outside of the EU, that pensions increases will no longer have to be honoured for EU resident pensioners, and, and, and... Well they were told not to listen the experts and only listen to the Daily Hate Male, S*n, and Torygraph.
I would laugh, but I will be just as screwed because of fecking brexshitters.
Johnson is merely a symptom of the corruption of civilised life by the so-called "globalists," "entrepreneurs" and "risk takers."
In British public life he's a convenient but temporary front man, just as Thatcher was a front woman. Neither of them ever had a constructive idea in their disgusting lives. He's done his primary job now: to get revenge on Cameron. Just as Blair's job was to destabilise the Labour Party and underpin more US-led invasions and mass murders.
I doubt if even neocons would be collectively moronic enough to place such a dangerous buffoon in Downing Street. If they do, it will herald the next step down to a neofascist future, something that would become obvious to even the most benighted inhabitant of the M25 ghetto. But you wouldn't bet against it because this country has been taking gradual steps down that road since 1979. The ratchet has been tightened ever since.
But there is no surprise in this for me. The tories are what they have always been and always will be. They are an anathema to decent society. Anybody who votes for them deserves what they get: a broken society and politics of the sewer.
Nor should there be any misunderstanding of the crucial part played by New Labour in this horror. They are just as culpable as the tories. It is THEY, led by Blair, who have managed to temporarily sabotage the Labour Party and its founding principles. You need only view that utterly corrupt, cowardly mouthpiece Benn and his speech that had the Commons behaving as though it was the Reichstag under Hitler - if you think this far fetched, watch the grainy old black and white footage. Then compare it to a recording of Benn making his completely unprincipled pitch for the leadership on the backs of mass murder in the Arab Peninsula. That's New Labour and its apologists in essence. Every bit as rotten as the tories.
This country now faces disintegration, with a very real risk of becoming a racist island people riddled with xenophobic paranoia. In that respect we resemble the horror that is the "United" States of America.
These are dreadfully dangerous times. Because of it, the oligarch criminals and crooks who run Western countries now threaten to ease the pressure by a war with Russia and China, both of whom have demonstrated independence - precisely the same tactics deployed during the Cold War against the old alliance of non-aligned states. They will leave nobody alone while there are resources to be looted.
By comparison to all of this Johnson is a mere bagatelle of stupidity, a clown of no substance, a tenth rate public school spiv who has nothing but contempt for democracy. If this country is crazy enough to put him in place as prime minister it will tell you all you need to know of future horrors.
A useful link to the opinion of a principled man:
If only we had more like him......
"Bozza is away with the fairies when he muses “We had one Scotland referendum in 2014, and I do not detect any real appetite to have another one soon""
We've just had one. England and Wales voted to break up the UK.
In addition to his ridiculous fantasies in the Telegraph, Johnson (I think it is incumbent upon us all to not play along with his chummy 'Bozza' act) couldn't be arsed to turn up in Parliament today...
Boris talks ****.
However, I'm not convinced we're leaving yet. There's a long way to go in this fiasco.
The Indy ref voted in favour not to do that.
Sturgeon has a big worry at present.
UKIP need to take full advantage of this situation.
Could Johnson actually be the perfect fall guy for Gove I wonder?
The perfect guy to lead the campaign for leave and then the perfect can carrier in the aftermath. Didn't Gove have plenty of luches with Murdoch long before Johnson entered the Murdoch frame.
And it now "seems" as if Murdoch is backtracking on Johnson and promoting Gove as being a good leader?
Surprised he isn't trying to court UKIP......
If UKIP had any sense they'd tell Murdy and Staines where to go.
Sadly, too many hang on to Staines and it doesn't help politicians in a professional sense.
He'll do it to them one day.
There is yet to be a deal brokered on the future relationship with the EU. Any speculation on how that will take shape is just that: speculation. Scaremongering of this scale will certainly not help Britain securing the right deal which should be mutually beneficial to both parties.
Good spot rob. Now see KRM "unfortunately" has to ditch Boris, because of his "baggage", and back Gove. Plotters don't exist entirely on the left side of the political spectrum.
You might say Boris was a useful opportunistic gullible "tool" for the leave camp to garner support and fairly easy to dump afterwards. Boris having no principled reason to be on either side was suckered in.
Well, you might say that I couldn't possibly comment. Oh! I have.............
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