Thursday, 14 July 2016

Brexit may be our finest hour

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Brexit may well be our finest hour.

VERY very good news late last night. Boris is Foreign Secretary, a very good choice. He'll communicate a positive and charming face of Brexit Britain. Both Americans and Europeans will love him. Passionate Eurosceptic and libertarian David Davis is back in office after 19 years, and in charge of Brexit and Osborne is out. David Cameron surprisingly defeated Davis to become Conservative leader in 2005.  

But what about Michael Gove, whom even Ken Clarke admitted on  tape was the ablest minister in the last government? Readers know Gove  is my hero. Without him Brexit may well not have happened.

Osborne's Project Fear deceits were appalling (Peter Oborne says he devised them with help from his friend Peter Mandelson) and now doing the country huge damage. He is completely exploded. And he forced Mark Carney into taking part in Project Fear too - Carney too must slip away soon

The new cabinet reminds me of Hartley Shawcross's famous much misquoted statement. He didn't say 'We are the masters now' but 'We are the masters at the moment and shall be for some considerable time.' I do hope that is true of Brexiters and think it is. Away from Europe, I fear Mrs May's taste for meddling and social engineering. Even more sexual equality laws, etc, etc? Let's have a low tax, low regulation economy instead.

Harold Macmillan said, 'Mr. Attlee's cabinet had three Etonians, mine has six. Everything's twice as good under the Conservatives.' I hope Boris will not be the only Etonian in the new cabinet. They have style, a sense of public duty and are not in politics for social climbing reasons. On the contrary, they are slumming.

This is Margaret Thatcher's revenge from the grave. it's Enoch Powell's long delayed posthumous victory too.

13 comments:

  1. Your reaction to the referendum result reminded me of Iris Murdoch's to the '45 election: "Oh wonderful people of Britain! After all the ballyhoo and eyewash, they've had the guts to vote against Winston!"
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  2. like ”Munich Agreement in 1938” ...

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    1. Touche! We shall see in twenty years'. Munich in any case was the right decision. We had no Spitfires in 1938, for one thing.

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    2. Munich was a monumental stupid decision, for Czechoslovakia clear! Doubled Hitler's army with Skoda tanks!

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  3. I think the Brexiters are finding it something of a hollow crown. People are not finding Boris charming they are finding him low on facts high on fizz. Davies is at sea for the very reason he has remained on the back benches for so long he has a major's view of the world and its details don't fit in with his ' facts'. Gove got the knives in front and back that he deserved, not least for his entirely fabricated Queen backs Brexit story, he was always nothing more than a bad journalist run like a puppet by a domineering wife. May is the more worrisome, I think she has as much spine as Mrs Thatcher, perhaps more with none of the moral compass.However I think her play of putting the ball in the brexit court to carry it out is criminally genius. The people have spoken, but to disagree with the venerable professor, I don't think it was love of democracy it was love of contraryness and disaffection at an ever growing social rift that carried the vote he remains part of the intellectual elite that will never truly inderstand the poor and disenfranchised and must therefore imbue more subtle or noble reasons for their actions. Sometimes a pig knocks over a table and feasts on fallen fruit simply because it is a pig and clumsy, not because it wants to reach what is laid upon it.
    I think that his whole concept of democracy is flawed. Professional politicians, magnates, guilds and corporations have been making the big decisions since the enlightenment ( often ignoring experts too ) and the common folk have either been herded, cagoled or hoodwinked into going along with them, as was the case with Brexit.

    For myself and my remain supporting friends we are currently enjoying sitting back and watching the circus.

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    1. He's not enjoying it really. He is very, very angry with the British electors. They have let him down badly.

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    2. I am not angry I am perplexed, however you are wrong, I enjoyed the downfall of Gove immensely and the gulping of the Brexit trio in their ever shrinking circle of political friends outside of the Euroseptic ( yes that's a pun not a spelling mistake) wing of the Tories. I will enjoy the eventual humbling of all of them ,though not as much as remaining a member of the EU

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    3. I have finally decided that Donald Trump won't do and Hillary is the lesser evil, but I do love these words from his latest speech.

      "Our great civilization, here in America and across the civilized world has come upon a moment of reckoning. We’ve seen it in the United Kingdom, where they voted to liberate themselves from global government and global trade deal, and global immigration deals that have destroyed their sovereignty and have destroyed many of those nations. But, the central base of world political power is right here in America, and it is our corrupt political establishment that is the greatest power behind the efforts at radical globalization and the disenfranchisement of working people. Their financial resources are virtually unlimited, their political resources are unlimited, their media resources are unmatched, and most importantly, the depths of their immorality is absolutely unlimited."

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    4. Oh as Rochester might have said, there is a limit to immorality, you get bored with it after a while and try to do some good just for the change

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    5. It is Hillary who has been trudging on in tasteless vice, as if she sinned for exercise. She and the Clinton Foundation

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    6. Internet rumours say she is also implicated in what the Victorians called 'vice of an unspeakable nature' but this is probably a false rumour and anyway Americans no longer seem to care about their leaders' sex lives.

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    7. The internet rumours also loudly ring with Trumps participation in the gang rape of a fellow male student when he was at Military Academy, that might be quite a starburst if it surfaced in the main stream, but generally people are less interested in the sex than the grotesqueness of both candidates. I think you take the pip trying to paint Clinton as blacker than Trump though

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