FORGET IT WAS BLAIR. LET’S CONCENTRATE ON THE QUESTIONS RATHER THAN THE PERSONALITY

boris2

There can be little doubt that if you wanted a cause to succeed in Britain, one of the very last people you’d chose to be the cheerleader for it would be Tony Blair. (But then no one chose him; he just did it.) He undoubtedly has some fans left, although I think most of them form the hard-right-wing of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Outside of that, I suppose George W Bush likes him, I’m sure that Jim Murphy is still a fan and Mystic Meg look alike,  John McTernan, is bound to be lurking somewhere in his slipstream, making prophecies from hell.

But with something as important as Brexit, it might have been comforting if those arguing against Blair had a little more to dish out than personal insults (not that I’m averse to anyone handing Mr Blair his backside on a plate).

Here then, are some questions that another Blair fanboy, Alistair Campbell, has come up with and had published in the European. I lift the text from their website (see link), unaltered and without their permission or Mr Campbell’s. (OK, I’m no fan of Alistair either, but this is good stuff. Credit where it is due.) The illustrations are mine.

So, without further ado, questions to those who are leading the cheers for Brexit: 

1. Do you accept that many people who voted Leave did so without knowing the full terms of Brexit?

2. Do you accept that it is open to the people to change their minds if they decide Brexit will in fact harm their own and the country’s interests?

3. Do you accept that there is no monopoly on patriotism and that there might be a patriotic case for wishing to reverse the referendum decision, if enough people feel it will be damaging to the UK?

4. Do you agree the government approach can now Be defined as “Brexit at any cost”?

5. Do you accept that people are entitled to be concerned at the scale of that cost, economically and politically?

brexit-bill-eu

6. Do you accept that the financial cost of withdrawal, the UK having to pay for previous EU obligations but not benefit from future opportunities, could be as high as £60bn?

7. Do you agree with the Prime Minister’s and the Chancellor’s former views that maintaining our partnership with the biggest political union and largest commercial market on our doorstep fulfills rather than diminishes our national interest?

8. Is there not something surreal about the Prime Minister and Chancellor now claiming hard Brexit is a huge boon for the country when during the campaign they said the opposite, in Hammond’s case with real conviction?

9. Do you accept that politics, not economics or the genuine national interest, is now driving the Hard Brexit chosen by May?

10. Are you seriously saying the PM’s vision of Britain as a “great open trading nation” is best served by leaving the largest free trading bloc in the world? Might her vision of Britain as a bridge between Europe and the US be more realistic if we remained part of the EU?

11. In what way will her call for a fairer capitalism be met by moving to a low tax, light regulation economy?

12. Do you accept that if the right-wing ideologues pushing a hard Brexit so Britain becomes a low tax, low regulation, offshore hub have their way, we will need huge tax and welfare changes? Were they voted for in the referendum?

abrexit

13. Will this approach in fact lead to less not more public money for the NHS?

Less not more protection for workers?

14. Is it not the case that the UK government could make these changes now, but wouldn’t because they know they do not have public support for them?

15. Is there any chance at all that Brexit will lead to £350m a week more for the NHS

16. Please define the “big argument” that Tony Blair argues is missing from this pursuit of hard Brexit, and how it will benefit Britain economically.

17. Do you agree that of the many arguments put forward for Leave in the referendum, only immigration and the ECJ (European Court of Justice) are still really being pursued?

18. Do you accept that the Leave campaign deliberately conflated the ECJ and the ECHR (European Court of Human Rights)?

19. Can you confirm that that ECHR is not and never has been a EU body?

20. Can you name any laws the UK has not been able to pass because of the ECJ?

21. Can you confirm that of net immigration into the UK in 2016, over half was from outside the EU?

brexmay

22. Do you accept that as May wants to keep those EU immigrants who come with a confirmed job offer, and students, this leaves around 80,000 who come looking for work without a job?

23. Do you agree that of these 80,000, roughly a third comes to London, mostly working in the food processing and hospitality sectors; and that the practical impact of Brexit on our “control” of immigration is on analysis less than 12% of the immigration total?

24. Do you agree that most of the immigrants we are talking about in this 12% work hard and pay their taxes?

25. Do you think the biggest constitutional, political, economic and social change of our lifetime is merited by such numbers as set out in questions 22 to 24?

26. Do you accept that the immigration most people worry about – that of people determined to challenge our security and way of life, in the name of a perverted view of Islam – is not affected by Brexit?

27. Do you agree that the post Article 50 negotiations are going to be as complex as any we have experienced, covering a vast number of areas?

brexitp

28. Do you accept, as a matter of fact, that the single market covers around half of our trade in goods and services?

29. Do you accept that leaving the Customs Union may adversely impact on trade with other countries like Turkey?

30. Can you confirm that we will need to negotiate the replacement of over 50 Preferential Trade Agreements we have via our membership of the EU?

31. Do you accept that EU-related trade is actually two thirds of the UK total?

32. Do you accept scientific research and culture are both going to suffer as a result of Brexit, and indeed already are?

33. Are you content to have the WTO as a fall back strategy should we fail to reach a satisfactory deal within two years?

34. Do you accept this too has enormous complexity attached to it; that we would need to negotiate the removal not just of tariff barriers; but the prevention of non-tariff barriers which today are often the biggest impediments to trade?

35) Do you agree that the fall in the value of sterling against the euro and the dollar as a result of Brexit is an indication that the international financial markets believe we are going to be poorer?

36. Do you accept that therefore the price of imported goods is up and so will be inflation?

brexit-ja

37. Do you agree that the single market and enlargement were huge foreign policy successes for the UK?

38. Do you agree that the single market has brought billions of pounds of wealth, hundreds of thousands of jobs, and major investment opportunities for the UK?

39. Do you agree that enlargement has enhanced EU and NATO security?

40. Do you accept that in the early 21st century, most countries are seeking to forge rather than break regional and economic alliances?

41. Do you agree we can do more on issues like the environment with others than alone?

42. Do you agree that the route taken on and since June 23 has helped revive the argument about Scotland leaving the UK?

43. Do you accept that the failure to address the question of how to maintain EU freedom of movement without a hard border between Ireland and the UK is destabilising the peace process?

44. Do you accept the government is obsessed with Brexit, and has no choIie but to be so?

border

45. Do you accept that the scale of government focus on Brexit is having a detrimental impact on their ability to deal with other issues, such as the NHS, education, the new economy, crime, prisons – and, er, immigration policy?

46. Do you accept there is a cartel of right wing newspapers skewing the debate in the broadcast media, and whose support for May is contingent on her pursuing a hard Brexit policy?

47. Do you agree that had the business survey mentioned by Blair said the opposite – namely huge confidence in Brexit – it would have led the news because the cartel would have splashed on it, not ignored it?

48. Do you accept Brexit has divided the country across its nations, regions and generations, contrary to May’s claim to have 65million people behind her?

brexit-mundel

**********

Advertisements

24 thoughts on “FORGET IT WAS BLAIR. LET’S CONCENTRATE ON THE QUESTIONS RATHER THAN THE PERSONALITY”

  1. I sense that you are angry about being lied to.

    Frankly, I am too.

    Can I just avoid a 48 point questionnaire? It just leads me into a vale of despond.

    We may be free of this – stuff – pretty soon. At least I hope so.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. So Blair the LIAR resurfaced recently from under some obscure rock somewhere. I have just one itsy bitsy teeny weeny little question. Why has he surfaced now … where was he when the actual referendum was going hell for leather beating nine bells of shite out of each other?

    Oops!

    Scrub that wee query.

    Apparently he was in the Middle East doing his U.N. Middle East Peace Envoy thingy. (that’ll be £150,000 for you to listen to me telling you how I saved planet Earth)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Well, he needs the money. He’s employing Jim Murphy…although why, I have no idea.

      I was wondering, though, why Jim Naughtie told anyone who was listening that an independent Scotland would have to join the €. Not have to commit to joining the €, but join it.

      He must know that that is a lie.

      Is this the BBC’s campaign to keep mrs May in charge beginning?

      Like

  3. Good questions, I’m pretty sure most of them were brought up at some point during the referendum campaign, and probably not answered. Plenty of chickens coming home roost.
    No politician, no member of the establishment will be affected by Brexit, just us, whether you voted leave or remain, jobless or worker, carer or being cared for, what a mess.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh yes, and big time we will be affected.

      Two years to go and medical staff are leaving the country, hate crime is up, inflation is on its way, jobs are disappearing, and we have May, Johnson, Fox, Werrity and Davis to look after us…

      Sheeeeeesh

      Like

    1. Nor, it would seem, do readers of the other tabloids: Telegraph, Star, Mail or Diana.

      Hate hate hate.

      Day after day of headlines blaming foreigners for everything from the falling standard of health care to overcrowded schools. “You can’t get an appointment with the doctor for all these foreigners”; “You can’t get your kids into school because of foreigners”.

      Never mind the funding cuts; never mind the growing elderly population. Never mind that most EU immigrants are working, paying tax, paying NI and paying council tax. For heaven’s sake never mind the facts. Just let’s blame the foreigners. Sorry, but that reminds me of Hitler.

      We know that it worked. In England, in particular, hate crime soared. Jo Cox and a Polish lad were murdered for heaven’s sake. Countless assaults made on people who didn’t even come from the EU.

      Well, hell mend them. There will soon be jobs for all the unemployed.

      I’m not sure just how much fruit 66-year-olds will be able to pick. So look forward to expensive strawberries. And when they go to the hospital with the inevitable sore back, I hope they won;t mind waiting for 8 hours because all the EU doctors and nurses have gone home.

      Of course, this will not affect the proprietors of any of the aforementioned newspapers because they all live abroad.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Right guys, less of the ageism. This 66 year old would relish the challenge but would not wish to reveal where the strawberries would be stored. Let us say it would be where the sun doesn’t shine, even for the ‘great and the good’. Cream would be extra.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. LOL We don’t mean to be ageist, but I just don;t think the average 66 year old would want to spend every day on his hands and knees picking strawberries.

          Mind you, it might be worth it if…erm… 😉

          Liked by 1 person

    2. Yes and they were also told by Gove and co not to listen to experts because they were always wrong. This gave every knuckle dragger in UK even more ammunition to be … er a knuckle dragger.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I know. I try to be positive but when it all comes down to it I don’t have enough faith in the bulk of the Scottish electorate to see the big picture and make the leap to independence.

        I so so want to be proved wrong but I hear so many excuses from folk I meet who believe everything the media throws at them and when it comes down to it are just too feart. How do you change that, they’re closed off.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. I really don’t know, Dave.

          I surely wish I did.

          There must be something wrong with us. Things get worse and worse and worse and we just put up with it.

          Madness.

          And it will get a LOT worse with May, Fox, David and Johnson running things.

          Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s