Rupe’s downmarket troops at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun have churned out some questionable stuff on the EU, and especially when cheerleading for a vote to leave, but the paper’s talking up of the post-result world has taken not just the biscuit, but the whole packet. Taking pride of place in the pantheon of misinformation has been today’s editorial, a genuine example of the blind being led by the, er, blind.
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Readers have been regaled by the headline “THE SUN SAYS Post Brexit Britain just keeps getting better as we get another dose of economic cheer” before being informed that “Bank of England interest rates have bounced back with a massive rise”. Wait, what? There has been a change in the Bank of England base rate? Strangely, no-one seems to have told the, er, Bank of England, who say the interest rate is as before.
But do go on. “YET another dose of economic cheer arrives to silence the dismal chuntering of routed Remainers … How chipper they were when manufacturing had a post-referendum wobble in July and the Bank of England’s europhile boss hastily cut interest rates with a smug ‘told you so’ look”. Yes, interest rates were cut to just 0.25%, and they have remained at that level. The BoE website confirms this.
And there was yet more: “Britain is not out of the woods. Perhaps not yet even in the woods. But we have so far shown typical good sense … Voters laughed off David Cameron’s scares, as powerful in turning waverers towards Leave as Boris Johnson’s oratory … One voice was still pathetically protesting against the tide of history yesterday … Tony Blair, in French, claimed Britain might U-turn at a second referendum … He once had a winning understanding of voters. Hard to imagine now”.
Moreover, right now Sterling is trading at $1.33 and €1.19 - both well below the level in June, just before the referendum result was announced. So very little cheer for all those expats who are paid in Sterling, or anyone venturing outside the UK for holidays or business. All that the Sun has shown is that their hacks are so keen to do Creepy Uncle Rupe’s bidding, they can’t be bothered to do the most elementary of fact checks.
Interest rates and exchange rates are not the same thing. What a bunch of clowns.