The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above
I find myself now agreeing with a Tory politician following agreeing with a former Labour one on the same issue – Brexit.
This time John Major is in effect attacking the nutters in his party, UKIP and indeed Labour who seem to think all will be rosy in the Brexit garden. He is right to say that the impression being given by Brexiters, that all will be great, is utter rubbish and that everything is likely to be very far from wonderful.
But as I took in the thoughtful comments of John Major I was also watching the BBC evening regional news programme who, for reasons best know to themselves, had taken a caravan to Blackpool to hear the views of their Brexit lovers. And what did we hear but that ridiculous and utterly untrue story about bananas! Give me strength and give the BBC some idea about how to conduct a meaningful regional news item!
The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above
Well this is a sobering article indeed but frankly it’s not so far away from what I have been thinking.
No Government can survive for ever a sustained attack on the living standards of its people and that’s what the Tories are creating and indeed deepening.
Brexit, especially a Hard Brexit would be a hugely challenging agenda if we were at the top of a the economic cycle, with low debt (personal and public/national), good public services and wages at a decent level. Trouble is we have have none of these advantages so Brexit, with its huge costs to the public purse and our personal finances, should not even be being contemplated by all but the seriously deluded for a very long time indeed – or never in my book.
Why you can see Downing Street saying ‘we must deliver Brexit come what may; its the will of the people’. Well no its not actually as those that voted for it, or at least the vast majority of them, had no idea what damage it would cause to the UK and their own livelihoods.
The bottom line is that even if we ignore the huge black hole of Brexit we are in a horrible economic place with little chance of an improvement without a good following wind. The economic collapse of 2007 exposed very serious fault lines in the UK yet years of austerity have not really scratched the surface.
To me the obvious reaction a to all this is scrap Brexit, scrap renewal of Trident, accept that taxes have to rise particularly for high earners and hope for an economic miracle. If all that happens then we may just about get our noses above the water line.
And we thought that Greece and Ireland were in deep economic trouble!
With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.
Well I never thought I would say that about Tony Blair who to many of us is in the same naughty corner as Nick Clegg for lack of credibility. BUT both of them are right about Brexit whatever I may feel about Blair’s Iraq War and Clegg’s Tuition Fees U-turn – and I feel a great deal about those issues.
Brexit is utter madness and it will more than likely destroy our economy, standards of living and many other things. That’s fine to Brexiters but it is not fine by me. They can opt for poverty, low living standards etc. if they want but those of us who don’t want to step off that cliff edge with them need to keep up the fight against Brexit.
In many ways Blair is saying what many Remainers have been saying for a long time now, indeed he seems to hold very similar views to Tim Farron the Lib Dem Leader who has been at the forefront of the campaign to oppose Brexit.
Blair was always too right wing for my taste (although that goes for most Labour politicians) but those of us who want to save the UK from the mad Hard Brexit plan of UKIP/Tory/Labour have to put our distrust of each other to one side. The battle to save the UK from the catastrophic consequences of Brexit is far more important than the chips we may carry around on our shoulders from previous fights.
And no I have not gone over to the dark side and yes Blair is still in my view a person who should be facing the consequences of his ill-considered war in Iraq.
But yes we are into the fight of our lives and if we don’t wake up it will give us a beating that many of those who voted for Brexit never even thought of whilst they were being lied to by an utterly irresponsible press and that cabal of appalling MP’s who led the Leave campaign.
So hey Tony Blair is right, get over it; we should be chucking verbal bricks at at the UKIP/Tory/Labour politicians who have gotten us into this mess not him. We can deal with him when this crisis is over.
The Guardian covers the ICM survey result on its web site – see link above
I wonder how the 35% who support a hard Brexit (leaving the EU at any cost) break down into party political allegiances? Assuming that virtually all UKIP’ers would support a hard Brexit (just as virtually all Lib Dem supporters would oppose a hard Brexit, or any Brexit at for that matter) and also many Tories then maybe this makes dear Jeremy’s position look even more bizarre, should that be possible!
The Brexit at any cost folk probably don’t mind our economy being screwed but the rest of us certainly do. If the unlikely partnership of Tories, UKIP and Labour really does lead us over the edge of the cliff the consequences look like they are going to be (and rightly so) on the heads of those political leaders who have voted for a hard Brexit.
The sound of chickens coming home to roost can even now be heard in the La La land of Westminster.
The Guardian has the story on its web site – See link above
Now if you are already concerned about the state of our economy this will confirm why your blood pressure is high. If you have not considered this before you had better sit down with a stiff drink before reading!