Best Blogs Series – Opinion – Brexit: A Very British Revolution – Fraser Nelson – WSJ


On the first anniversary of the Brexit referendum, it’s timely to revisit some of our most popular blogs of 2016. It’s obvious that the Brexit decision was based on false evidence, sponsored by a narrow cabal – now a soft Brexit looks most likely but smart people know that ‘No Brexit is infinitely preferable to a Soft Brexit’. Once again, why are MPs not earning their pay and defending the public interest? Finally, which UK political leader might be more interested in domestic revolution than Brexit?

Dr Alf's Blog

Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator publishes an excellent article in the WSJ. He argued that the U.K.’s vote for a “Brexit” from the EU began as a cry for liberty and ended as a rebuke to the establishment.

Source: Brexit: A Very British Revolution – WSJ

As I reflected on this article, a couple of themes emerged.

Firstly, the Brexit vote was largely supported by less well educated working class people in England outside London. These are the same people who have suffered from austerity. This large group of people at the instigation of puppeteers, like Farage, have completely ignored the prevailing evidence from experts – believing that ‘they would say that wouldn’t they to protect their interests’.

The second theme is that older voters disagreed with their children and grand children and voted for Brexit. This is the group that want to stop the foreigners and put the…

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  1. With Mrs May’s negotiating tactics and those of David Davis the EU will simply stonewall and take neither of them seriously so that while May remains as lame duck and” squatter in residence”nothing will be agreed.

    Dr Alf and I may disagree about BREXIT but as things stand it may never happen anyway because of a catalogue of ineptitude and snail like decision making.

    The Conservative Party have made a series of catastrophic errors the first of which was to call the Referendum in the 1st place,the second of which was to allow May into office and the 3rd was to do nothing about systems building/housing crisis,productivity,exports and fat cat pay.

    Without exports and greater productivity we cannot grow and cannot increase wages and without dealing with fat cat pay and executive non performance we cannot get sullen and overweight British workers to improve productivity.

    All these things along with the NHS and the bloated nature of the public sector needed to be dealt with starting straightaway so that if and when we left the EU we could prosper outside it.
    Preparing for talks is not sufficient you prepare the country and people plus its institutions for the rigours of paying your way in a harsh and unforgiving world.

    What we got from May was soundbites ,non performance and an election which no-one wanted called at at the wrong time.

    If it was to be called it should have been in the summer holidays when students were on their gap years,travelling and not in a position to vote easily.

    The 1922 Committee has made an error by allowing May to trick them into allowing her to remain in office and they compound that error by letting her stay now.

    The day she asked them to let her stay as long as they wanted her was the day that the removal vans should have been called and her replacement summonsed and given a clear instruction to turn things around within the shortest possible timeframe.

    As the summer progresses into autumn I predict May and Davis will make no headway but will instead make concession after concession whilst pretending that they are driving a hard bargain.

    The test to be applied is not what the horse ate or how well its tail has been brushed but whether it “wins races”. If it wins it can have an air conditioned horsebox,can listen to Mozart as it swims and is worth millions but if not it is the long walk by the vet at dawn,the sharp sound of a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver being discharged at point blank range and a new future in B and Q as a range of Araldite wood glue.

    With failed politicians like May and indeed bosses of major firms and Mid Caps,local authority Chief Executives,NHS managers,Head Teachers and public sector service directors we need to be much less forgiving of their excuses for non performance and hold them to account.

    May should be made an example of and as a harbinger of a much tougher regime for all the others who collectively have been failing the taxpayer for years.

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