They told their readers that it was the EU which had more to lose than the UK. They heaped abuse on Guy Verhofstadt, Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier. More recently, they heaped yet more abuse on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar over the Irish border issue. They enthusiastically voiced support for London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson when he said Brussels could “go whistle”.
Reality - she's caving in ...
Most importantly, the right-leaning and anti-EU part of our free and fearless press told their readers that we would stand firm, and it was the EU who would have to move in our direction. We were the world’s sixth largest economy, we were important, and, dammit, we were British. And as a new day has dawned, those readers are slowly realising that their chosen morning reading has been feeding them a complete pack of lies.
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While the Murdoch Sun continues to sneer at the Taoiseach this morning, the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker know that they have sold their readers a pup, and that their stance on Ireland has been shown to be so misleading as to be worthless. The stream of headlines confirming the cave-in to Brussels - and their omission by the more gung-ho papers - shows who was giving their readers the right story.
The FT puts it plainly: “Britain bows to EU on divorce bill in search of Brexit breakthrough”. The Guardian continues in the same vein, with “UK faces £50bn divorce bill after bowing to EU demands”. Even the Murdoch Times now comes clean, telling readers “Britain to pay EU bills for decades”, a reminder of our continuing obligations in respect of pensions, and in particular, budget commitments already made by the UK.
It’s that simple. And the shrugging off of questions by pro-Leave ministers like Chris Grayling and Liam Fox shows that the cabinet have been forced into an act of humiliating capitulation - so humiliating that all they can do is shrug and smile, saying they’d rather talk about something, anything else. That the £50bn figure is accurate has effectively been confirmed by the BBC: “No 10 has played down reports the final figure could be up to 55bn euros (£49bn)”. The only resistance has come from those outside the loop.
The slippery and now disgraced Priti Patel has wowed her constituency of diehard Leave fans by proclaiming that the EU should be told to “Sod off”, thus confirming that her departure from Government was long overdue, and thoroughly merited.
And out there somewhere between Barking and Upminster, Nigel “Thirsty” Farage has told anyone who will listen “I have always argued that no deal is better than a bad deal. Make no mistake about it - €55bn to Leave the EU is a very, very bad deal”. And, in part, he is quite right, because part of that deal will be to pay the pensions of sponging pissheads like him for years to come - after they used the European Parliament as little more than a place to spend the afternoon sleeping off their expense account lunches.
Remember, Leave fans, who brought you the right story, and who lied to you about Brexit. Then ask yourselves the obvious question: if they lied to you after the referendum, what about all those promises they made before it to get you to vote to leave?
The British people are slowly coming to realise they’ve been taken for mugs. Today’s press cop-out will only mean bigger falls in circulation as voters register their disgust.