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Offline Mr. Minnow

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Re: UK Politics / Current Affairs
« Reply #120 on: September 18, 2017, 03:50:50 AM »
Boris Johnson seems to be talking himself out of his job...

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/17/boris-johnson-slapped-down-statistics-chief-fresh-350m-brexit-claim

Who cares what the head of the UK Statistics Authority says? We don't need those "experts" with their unpatriotic ideas about things like facts and knowing stuff.

I see Gove is supporting Johnson's article while John Redwood has said there should be no transition period. Meanwhile, No. 10 is showing strong and stable leadership by refusing to take sides in the dispute over the 350million figure. It's permanent full moon time in the Tory party.   

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Re: UK Politics / Current Affairs
« Reply #121 on: September 19, 2017, 11:25:20 AM »
Gonna  happen ??

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« Reply #122 on: September 28, 2017, 03:11:46 PM »
Do you think there's something of a turning of the tide regarding Brexit now people can see what an omnishambles it is?

Just bumping this as my answer at the time was "just watch any edition of Question Time from a part of the country that voted for Brexit." Tonight was a perfect example. It was from Wolverhampton, a very strongly pro-Brexit area. The delusion in the audience was something to behold. All the old favourites were there:

"The EU is being so bitter, we should just say we're off now and go to WTO rules." Yeah, sod the ruinous economic consequences, that'll show 'em!

"We didn't vote for a transition period, it wasn't on the ballot paper". Well nor was leaving the single market, but the audience member who claimed that we voted to leave the single market was given a predictably warm reception.

"We voted to leave by an overwhelming margin". Yes, in Brexitland, 52-48 is an overwhelming margin. Of course, Farage did say that if the result was 52-48 for remain then that would constitute unfinished business and he'd be campaigning for a second referendum, but never mind.

"We'll be fine because of all those new trade deals we'll be able to sign" (a variant of the timeless classic "countries will be queuing up to sign free trade deals with us"). At this point it fell to Peter Hitchens, a man so right wing he views the Tories as essentially a bunch of socialists (yes, really) to point out that while other countries may indeed want to sell us their products, getting them to buy ours may be rather more difficult, especially when we now manufacture so little.

Most of the audience were applauding this delusional twaddle, so it would seem that there's not much sign of Brexit voters having second thoughts yet. When Peter f***ing Hitchens looks like the most reasonable Brexiteer in the room it's a sure sign of trouble ahead, especially when it becomes clear to these voters that the Brexiteers' vision of sunlit uplands powered by unicorns shitting fairy dust over the economy isn't actually going to happen. 

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Re: UK Politics / Current Affairs
« Reply #123 on: September 30, 2017, 02:40:23 PM »
No doubt it was only his boundless modesty which explains our esteemed foreign secretary keeping quiet about another stunning diplomatic triumph:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/30/boris-johnson-caught-on-camera-reciting-kipling-in-myanmar-temple

This is clearly a man whose sage counsel on Brexit should be heeded.

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