Our free and fearless press is today trying to move on to other news, to gloss over the shortcomings already apparent, but for those still inhabiting the real world, it is becoming increasingly clear that the much-vaunted Brexit deal hailed as a triumph for alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is nothing of the sort.
Yesterday, in the UK at least, the sycophancy was off the scale. The Daily Mail
led the orgy of crawling, proclaiming “GET READY FOR BLAST OFF, BRITAIN! UK gears up for business boom with Brexit deal done … PM urges all MPs to back him as it’s right thing to do … THE Economy will bounce back in 2021 helped by the post-Brexit trade deal, experts said last night
”. This was claimed to be “unrivalled news
Which, not for the first time with the inmates of the Northcliffe House bunker, it was not. Nor was the equally sycophantic outpouring from the Murdoch Times
, which told readers of “A new special relationship … Gove claims Brexit deal is fresh start for Britain after years of ‘ugly politics’”. Ugly politics, much of which has seen Michael “Oiky
” Gove intimately involved. And no-one should take one word he utters on trust.
Not to be outdone in this crawling contest, the Daily Brexit
, still called the Express
, told its dwindling audience “Victory in Brexit trade deal will help UK emerge as leading economic powerhouse … BORIS HERALDS OUR NEW ‘GOLDEN AGE’
”. But then came a bursting of the balloon, as the European Commission revealed just what the UK really won.
And the scorecard made for grim reading: the return of border checks, the return of roaming charges, no more frictionless trade, no full participation in the “Open Skies
” policy, and worst of all, no automatic recognition of professional qualifications by the EU, topped with an end to financial services passporting. Which will screw over the City of London.
As to the claims that the UK had averted the possibility of retaliatory tariff applications by the EU, Richard Murphy had bad news. “I am most amused to read some of the detail of the Brexit agreement. In particular in the level playing field section I do note that the UK won out against ‘retaliatory arrangements’ on divergence. There are ‘rebalancing measures’ instead, which read very much like tariffs to me
”. And there is more.
While UK-based media has spun for its supper, that outside the country is under no such obligation, and especially not the New York Times
, which noted the loss of financial services passporting, commenting “That loss is especially painful for Britain, which ran a surplus of £18 billion, or $24 billion, on trade in financial and other services with the European Union in 2019, but a deficit of £97 billion, or $129 billion, on trade in goods
Do go on. “‘The result of the deal is that the European Union retains all of its current advantages in trading, particularly with goods, and the UK loses all of its current advantages in the trade for services,’ says Tom Kibasi, the former director of the Institute for Public Policy research, a research institute. ‘The outcome of this trade negotiation is precisely what happens with most trade deals: the larger party gets what it wants and the smaller party rolls over’
”. The smaller party being the UK.
Already, fishermen’s leaders are talking of betrayal, of Bozo caving in to the EU. There will be more in the same vein. The mixture of spin and downright lying peddled by the press - typified by the Mail claiming that
Michel Barnier had been “Sidelined
” and Bozo had negotiated directly with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen - is about to be exposed as a sham, as is the alleged skill of the UK ’s negotiators.
David Frost, presented as a brilliant negotiator by the Mail
, was mismatched and outclassed. The “EU climbdown
” was no such thing. The UK has been rolled over and the rest of the world is laughing at our delusion and ignorance.
The press is happy. But its bosses won’t be losing their jobs. I’ll just leave that one there
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