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Saturday 13 February 2021

Gobby Brexiteer Can’t Face Reality

Andrew Pierce is useful to the Daily Mail not just as a pundit - which is fortunate, as he’s not much use in that role - but also as a defence against accusations of homophobia levelled at his colleagues. At such times, he can be wheeled out to protest that he, “speaking as a gay man”, is proof that the Mail is not homophobic. Even when it is.

Andrew Pierce

More recently, Pierce has found himself useful to his paper in another regard: the Mail is rabidly anti-EU, and by happy coincidence, so is he. He can therefore be relied upon to be supportive of the editorial line, and excuse the customary welter of abuse handed out to any politician who does not speak English as a first language.

The flip side of that is Pierce’s unerring ability to talk up anything that might be seen as a positive effect of Brexit. So it was that he told his adoring followers in October 2017 “Dutch firm TMF is to move its HQ from Amsterdam to London after £1bn float on Stock Exchange. Another boost for Brexit”. Sadly, it was not a boost for Brexit.

One Tweeter who had done a few minutes’ research on TMF put him right. "That's incorrect. They are floating on the London Stock Exchange to raise money to pay off debt. The HQ remains in Amsterdam”. Still, give it a few months and another opportunity for Pierce to be economical with the actualité would present itself.

And so it came to pass: in 2018, the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog told thatThe Netherlands’ attempts to rival the UK have not been going well … despite the froth of the Brexit negotiations, Starbucks has become the latte-ist company to pick London over its continental rivals”. Pierce was ecstatic. “Delighted [Starbucks] closing their Amsterdam office to open bigger London office. does that mean they'll stop avoiding paying their British taxes”. But then the bad news arrived.

Amsterdam has taken over from London as Europe’s largest share trading centre, with an average daily trading volume of €9.2 billion in January, versus €8.6 billion in London. And those numbers could get worse for the UK if there is no deal on financial services between the UK and the EU. So it was that Pierce had to explain the bad news live on air yesterday, as a caller to his LBC show pointed out a little reality to him.

One of those who was listening has relayed the reaction of The Great Man. “Share-trading moving to Amsterdam from London ‘is just a technicality’, Andrew Pierce tells a caller claiming no deal for services could be a problem. He says it 4 times”. That’s right up there with the dismembered Monty Python knight saying “tis just a scratch”. Pierce is in denial.

Andrew Pierce is another example of Brexit cheerleaders talking up the UK’s departure from the EU, only to encounter difficulty with the subsequent reality - loss of business, loss of jobs, loss of national status, and loss of credibility. So he pretends it’s not happening.

Except it is happening. Sadly, it’s not yet affecting Andrew Pierce. But give it time, eh?

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Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter one whit if Pierce is gay, straight, erratic, wobbly, wet or dry.

If he's any of the above or anything else he'll always be a lying poison dwarf.

iMatt said...

Pierce is the type of Brexiter who lost a £20 note on the street yesterday. Yet thinks finding a £2 coin in his jacket pocket today more than compensates for the loss.

Anonymous said...

We are winning, suck it up losers !

Anonymous said...

Brexiteers remind me of Saddam Hussein who claimed to have won the first Gulf War, despite defeat.

Do they have the same mentality as that of the late Iraqi leader?

Does losing mean winning?

Steve Woods said...

Pierce is no doubt one of those who believes fervently the world would be a better place if run by journalists.

Isn't there one of those - or one who claims to be one - currently in Number Ten?

If I recall correctly, he's not doing all that well, which is all one needs to know about giving hacks responsibility.