BREXIT IN NAME ONLY | DEATH THROES OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY


Today I wrote again to my Conservative Member of Parliament, Mr Douglas Ross MP. Here is an open copy of the letter.


Dear Douglas

You may wish to know that the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association wrote to me in April inviting me to renew my membership of the Party. At the time I wasn’t sure whether to pay up.

This weekend we’ve learned the outcomes of the meeting of the Cabinet at Chequers on Friday. The result was disappointing for those 17.4 million of us who voted for the government to take the UK out of the EU. The government has decided that, in fact, the UK leaving the European Union will almost certainly be Brexit In Name Only, or BRINO as it’s known. It’s my understanding that the UK will:

Remain bound by common market rules for certain goods and, astonishingly, agricultural products.

Be tied into some form of customs union.

Be compliant with a framework for the free movement of people.

Tug its forelock to the European Court of Justice.

Parliament will, supposedly, be able to override arrangements in these areas. However, how far in practice would UK regulations be permitted to diverge from the EU’s? The Conservative government is paying lip-service to taking back control whilst setting out to lock us in to the EU’s rulebooks.

Ironically, as Sir Nick Clegg said, ‘Brexiteers would be right to reject the PM’s plan. Dual EU/UK tariffs would create vast amounts of red tape. Smugglers would boom. Parliament would be humiliated. MPs would rubber-stamp goods and agricultural rules from Brussels. The right to refuse would never be used as the costs would be too high’.

So, we shall not truly be controlling our trade, our borders and our laws. The government’s negotiating stance is an exercise in smoke and mirrors. The Telegraph editorial today is headlined, ‘This was the weekend that the Brexit dream died’. It grieves me to have to agree with that view.

Prime Minister May and the Conservative government have made a spectacular mess of working to extricate the UK from the EU: deceitful (like the EU itself); lacking in vision; absent of negotiating skills; conciliatory; fundamentally and ideologically opposed to Brexit. This latter characteristic is hardly surprising since the Prime Minister and 20-odd members of the Cabinet all wanted, and clearly still want the UK to remain tethered to the European Union.

The UK has always been a half-in, half-out, reluctant and recalcitrant member of the EU, but at least we had a voice in Brussels. In future, the UK will be a half-in, half-out associate member of the EU, whilst mute in Brussels; the beneficiary of the worst of all worlds. It is a quite astonishing strategy for recovering the sovereignty, freedom and democracy of our country. It is not the work of British political conservatives, that’s for sure.

Mrs May and her pro-EU colleagues have spat in the face of democracy and treated the biggest vote for anything in British politics with barely-concealed contempt. That Mrs May ran her strategy past the Chancellor of Germany before her own Cabinet ministers says it all for me.

Notwithstanding, I have today renewed my membership of the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association for the single reason that I’d like my voice to be heard on the matter of the UK leaving the EU. However, if the Conservative government’s blueprint for the UK’s future after 29 March 2019 is ever likely to become reality – and I fear that’s a high likelihood – I shall campaign vigorously for any politician or party prepared to deliver Brexit. If there is no such politician on my voting paper, I shall spoil my ballot paper, or vote Labour on the grounds of fomenting creative destruction of the travesty that is the Conservative Party today. I have copied this letter to others and wish you well in your continuing duties as my Member of Parliament; duties which, on current Conservative Party form, will terminate at the next General Election and quite likely not be required ever again.

Yours sincerely

Moraymint

POSTSCRIPT

I didn’t include these subsequent thoughts in my letter to Mr Ross. It strikes me that on previous form, Monsieur Barnier and his EU negotiating team could well reject Mrs May’s proposals for the UK’s future relationship with the European Union. Monsieur Barnier will consider the UK to be cherry-picking its relationship with the EU. This wouldn’t do, of course, for fear of opening the door to other countries cherry-picking their own relationships with the EU. ‘Mais non! Ce n’est pas possible’, he’ll say.

The other thought that occurs to me is one that I’ve held for quite some time now: that the European Union, like the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) before it, is inevitably doomed anyway. The EU is doomed on three related counts: the unsustainable economic illiteracy of the euro currency; the policy of unfettered migration into the European continent and across the borders of the nations of the continent; and the consequence of the first two counts, namely an uprising of the peoples of the European Union in response to increasingly severe economic decline, political authoritarianism and national, cultural and social breakdown.

That our political class, the British Establishment, big business, the BBC and much of the mainstream Fourth Estate still believe that the UK’s future lies within the European Union, and that the European Union will itself somehow flourish beggars belief. It’s probably the most spectacular example of groupthink in modern, if not all history.

Good riddance to the Conservative Party if this is the best they can do for the causes of sovereignty, freedom and democracy.

POST-POSTSCRIPT

I should point out that, unashamedly, I’m riding two political horses at the moment. I’m a fully paid-up member of UKIP as well as being a member of the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association. It would be mad not to hedge one’s political bets at this stage. The problem for me living in Scotland at the time of a General Election was, and probably will be in future, the lack of a UKIP presence on the ballot paper. After all, and strangely, the (punch your fist in the air and cry) ‘Freedom!’ loving Scots would prefer to be governed by the unelected, unaccountable Jean-Claude Juncker than to be governed by politicians whom they could chuck out of office if they didn’t like the cut of their jib. For the Scots to prefer governance by the European Commission is baffling to me.


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42 comments

  1. My MP is Bob Blackman (Harrow East) who is a Leaver. In fact I have an email from him in response to one of mine where he says he supports a hard Brexit.

    Sadly I have had to send him the following email:

    “Dear Bob

    Thank you for representing me so ably at Westminster and for responding to correspondence honestly and promptly.

    If my vote at future elections was “for the person” I would have no hesitation in continuing to vote for you. However, as you know, whilst you represent a political party I will be voting “for the party”, not the man.

    I generally support Conservative policies, especially economic ones, and abhor Labour but the U-turn on Brexit policy (Brexit does not mean Brexit any more) has persuaded me that the party now shows contempt for true democracy: the democracy of the referendum.

    I must therefore, very reluctantly, advise that unless there is a significant move in Conservative policy towards a clean break from the EU, I will not be able to vote for you again. I feel betrayed.

    Of course, should you decide to represent another party committed to complete withdrawal from the EU or reversion to the arrangements we originally voted for some 40 years ago, then I would be delighted and you would be assured of my future votes.

    Many thanks for your support, especially in trying to achieve a hard Brexit and fighting for Equitable Life policyholders.”

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Excellent, chip – good job …

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  2. reallyoldbill · · Reply

    I have been giving the present situation a good deal of thought in the last couple of days, as I am sure you, your other readers and millions of Britons who respect democracy and understand both its value and its fragility regardless of their position on Brexit have as well. I have come firmly to the conclusion that our current system of government is broken, possibly beyond repair. You simply cannot have a system in which the elected parliament is so hopelessly out of kilter with the wishes and views of its electorate, able to overturn the largest democratic mandate ever given for anything in our nation’s history (and incidentally the manifesto promises on which the bulk of its members were elected just one year ago) and showing every sign of being determined to do just that. Or at least you can provided you are prepared to give up any pretence that you are operating as a democracy, in which case you have to be willing to accept that such a confession gives rise to enormous risks of physical public resistance to the new reality up to and including violent disorder.

    If the establishment can choose to rewrite the rules on how we operate as a society then so can those outside the political classes; most totalitarian systems are eventually broken from within by those no longer willing to suffer the loss of personal freedom and decision-making that those living in true democracies take for granted. How this dangerous situation arose is I suppose a matter for individual speculation, but my suggestion would be the breaking of the link between local party associations and the freedom to select local candidates in favour of a centrally approved list of candidates considered acceptable to the party machine at head office. This has, over a few short years, created a core of, for want of a better phrase, party clones who may make promises to their local constituencies at selection meetings but in fact only truly represent the views of the party leadership. Whatever that may be it is not representative democracy of the kind we were led to believe we enjoyed. Many MPs are, in effect, being selected under false flags which is why we see so many Remainers sitting for Leave constituencies and ignoring completely the wishes of those who elected them. It is all well and good parroting the line that they are not delegates, which is strictly true, but if they are at complete odds with their voters on such important constitutional issues as Brexit (which at its heart is a question of who governs us, from where and how) then they cannot claim to be “representatives” of any kind either. Once you add to that the existence of an unelected upper chamber, the members of which have the job for life, cannot be removed by anyone and are multiplying at an alarming rate in spite of which they still woefully fail to reflect the political complexion of the country even remotely, then it is clear that individual voters are powerless to influence the political direction of the country. That must be unacceptable in a supposed first world country of the 21st Century.

    Brexit has thrown into sharp focus the utter failings of our unwritten constitution to keep pace with the demands of the modern world, universal suffrage and the natural and justified expectations of an educated and ambitious population. Having power to shape our own destinies is not a theoretical privilege but the inviolable human right of every adult in the country. We hear much pompous talk by politicians about the sovereignty of parliament, but it does not own it; it holds it in trust to exercise on behalf of the people to whom it rightfully belongs and must seek to have that trusteeship extended at least every 5 years, at which point the people may choose to reappoint that parliament or elect a new one to whom the trusteeship of sovereignty will pass. It therefore follows that if parliament asks the true owners of that sovereignty to make a decision on a constitutional choice, such as Brexit, and receives a clear answer, it has no moral, legal or constitutional right to do other than implement that decision, whatever the individual thoughts of MPs may be. Should they try, as present members are blatantly calling for their fellow MPs to do, then they are surely exceeding their powers and must be challenged. Although this has never been tested before a court because the question of referenda are still a novelty within our constitutional arrangements, it is a fact that there have been several in recent years and parliament has respected the result of each one in full so precedent has been set and should be followed. When that is coupled with the inescapable logic outlined above regarding the ownership of sovereignty I cannot see how, unless the Supreme Court itself wishes to lose all respect and credibility, a whole other constitutional minefield, a legal challenge along those lines in the event that Brexit is undermined could fail. I wonder whether our self-interested political class would be willing to take the risk that such an outcome would severely clip their wings?

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Yes, like you Bill, I’ve been mulling almost constantly lately the state we’re in. Your comment above is insightful.

      I’ve not yet given up the ghost on our political institutions, but I’m not far behind you in my own thinking. Despite my post above, I do wonder if the Brexit process has in fact barely begun. We’re 2 years down the line and the Tory government has created a staggering, monumental mess of it. But the point is that on 29 Mar 19 it is an inescapable fact that the UK will no longer be a member of the EU. Full-stop.

      If by then we are still in this limbo, this mess, then so be it. Reality will smack into our economy and our society like a steam train at full pelt. At that point, I do believe that cometh the hour would cometh the man – and I think it would be a man. At the risk of overcooking the WW2 analogy and the emergence of Churchill into power, I think the situation next March could be similar if the Tories specifically and the politicos generally don’t get their act together. Right now, that’s not looking like a credible prospect.

      So what? So, I think we could end up with this running dog’s breakfast for weeks or months. Either the Tories will get it, get a revised negotiating stance which truly reflects the expectations of Leave voters and secure a future for the UK beyond the EU as a genuine sovereign democracy; or, they’ll keep cocking it up until it’s too late.

      The other nuclear option is that we find ourselves facing another General Election. If that happened, the Tories would be completely and utterly wiped out and we’d find ourselves being governed by unreconstructed Marxists. So, then we’d be out of the EU (on 29 March 2019, by law) and facing an economic and social crisis on steroids.

      At that point, we may find that a brand new libertarian party would have all the conditions required for such a party to emerge and grow within our political landscape. Or is that wishful thinking?

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      1. reallyoldbill · · Reply

        I admire your optimism, MM. I agree that short of a constitutional outrage by parliament in reversing the referendum result we will “leave” next March. The real question is though by how much? If May’s scheme is accepted by both parliament and the EU we will, in effect, still be members but with (hopefully) slightly less bills but considerably less influence. We would be something like associate members, an idea that was once proposed but quietly dropped following a very unfavourable reaction. What we were promised was full sovereignty and there is still no reason, vested interests protests or not, no reason why that still couldn’t happen. Leave without a deal of any kind, and point out that as nothing has been agreed any “fall back plan” for N.I. border resolution is redundant; after all “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.” I personally think Olly Robins in particular pushed that fall back plan in what he thought was a clever way of tying UK hands to foil a true Brexit. The EU probably couldn’t believe its luck. It needs ditching.

        I hope your optimism proves well founded but despite my natural “glass half-full” attitude to life I have my doubts. One thing I am sure of: this isn’t going away now whatever the establishment may think. If there is no Brexit, or a half-hearted one, there will be an enormous number of very angry people. The poll tax riots led to a change of government policy and the eventual downfall of a prime minister. I don’t advocate such a thing, but given the much more momentous subject we are dealing with here, and the much larger numbers of very angry and disillusioned people, it would be a very brave man who ruled such a reaction out. I really find, even after all the deceptions that have been employed on the question of our European membership to get us to where we are, that our political class continue to amaze me with their lack of understanding of their own countrymen and history.

        As a matter of coincidence, I have just received an e-mail from the Conservative chairman, Brandon Lewis, trying to sell this outrageous betrayal and asking for my support. The reply that I have just sent will hopefully enliven conversation at CCHQ! I know others have done likewise but wonder whether even the realisation of imminent meltdown in party support will cause any re-thinking about the wisdom of May as leader? The fact that Brexiteers in the parliamentary party are trying to claim that it is this or no Brexit at all does not bode well.

        Regards. Time for a beer.

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  3. David Bishop · · Reply

    Moraymint
    Thank you as ever for your clear and cogent analysis. For what it’s worth, here is my letter on the subject just emailed to my MP.
    Kind regards,
    David Bishop

    Dear Mrs Villiers

    Leaving the EU – or not?

    I write following the resignations of Mr Davis, Mr Baker and Mr Johnson. (I gather that Ms Braverman was reported, incorrectly, to have also resigned.)

    My concern is that the wrong people have resigned. It should be Mrs May.

    Given the main task at hand, leaving the EU, it was extraordinary that the Conservative Party made Mrs May prime minister following Mr Cameron’s resignation. And since then things have gone from bad to worse. Mrs May forfeited whatever tenuous right she had to remain as Prime Minister some time ago, a position brought into stark relief by the farrago at Chequers at the weekend. Mrs May has either malignly steered or ineptly drifted (or an incompetent mishmash of the two) ever further from the original mandate conferred by the referendum: to take Britain out of the EU. Following the resignations, the cabinet now has an even more absurdly-skewed imbalance in favour of ‘remainers’. To coin a phrase, “You couldn’t make it up!”

    We now know that Mrs May’s oft-spouted ‘Brexit means Brexit’ was a meaningless soundbite calculated to deceive. She voted to remain, and her vision of Brexit is Remain by any other name.

    She has betrayed the 17.4 million people who voted Leave in the referendum. To compound that, she has also betrayed the 80% of the electorate who at the last General Election voted for parties committed to carrying out Brexit as advertised. It is utterly extraordinary that it is a so-called Conservative PM who has so undermined democracy by betraying the single largest vote for anything in our long history.

    This is a constitutional outrage, and if Mrs May gets away with it, Britain will be a democracy in name only. It is now crystal clear that the vested interests of the-powers-that-be, big business, the Civil Service, the NGOs, the UN, Brussels and all the apparatchiks of the ‘international order’, count for more than the views of voters expressed at the ballot box. This is hubristic, dangerous ground.

    What was left of Mrs May’s authority has now been shredded. I read with astonishment of the confiscation of ministers’ mobile phones at Chequers, and the petty and vindictive threat to send ‘rebels’ away in taxis. This is the behaviour of a particularly ineffectual school prefect, who having no personal authority has to resort to positional (official) authority – and we know that the latter is no authority at all. Further, her determination to carry on regardless is not a sign of strength, as the sycophants would have us believe, but of an underlying incompetence she is unaware of; in this she is a classic example of the Dunning-Kruger syndrome.

    That will suffice for now, except to let you know that unless/until the process of leaving the EU is put back on track by a re-constituted cabinet with a new prime minister with a real commitment to leaving, I will not vote Conservative again. Your own majority at the last election narrowed alarmingly at the last general election, and replicated across the country the effect on Conservative fortunes could be severe, to put it mildly. I will never vote for Labour, but in my wide reading it is clear that many will, along the lines that the Conservative Party is so utterly off track, in this and a wide range of matters, that it needs to crash and burn.

    I appreciate your responses by letter, but would prefer email, which I hope would also save admin and postage costs.

    Yours sincerely
    David Bishop

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Superb letter, David. Good job!

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  4. When my annual subscription to UKIP became due I didn’t bother to renew because at that time, after the departure of Mr Farage, it had descended into The Not Terribly Good Club. It was, in short, chaotic.
    I am renewing now because we need UKIP more than ever.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Good, and agreed.

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  5. flyer · · Reply

    I’ve lived in some rough countries in my time, thoroughly corrupt governments that create untold suffering through their contempt for their people.

    What I find so utterly depressing now is that although I’ve always suspected this, since Chequers on Friday, I now know beyond any doubt that our own governments are no better.

    What a very depressing feeling to witness the true vile nature of those we supposedly elect to represent us, exposed in all of their evil, dishonest, deceitful and treacherous glory.

    What an awful and depressing truth to behold.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Yes, slowly, steadily over the past half-generation, perhaps for a generation, the British political has slithered inexorably into the sewers. It’s depressing.

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  6. reallyoldbill · · Reply

    I wrote along similar lines to my Conservative MP via Email on Friday when it was rumoured that the Chequers proposals would be a betrayal of a real Brexit. What has actually emerged on paper is worse. To coin Rees-Mogg’s famous phrase it would reduce the once-proud UK to vassal status. I am actually seething with white hot anger, something I have never before experienced over anything political. It is not just because this is a blatant attempt to deny the Brexit that we were promised, and for which many of us have patiently waited for so long, but because it demonstrates in undeniable clarity that democracy no longer exists in the country for which my father fought and which I have served. I think that May and her advisers may have seriously under-estimated the strength of that anger and how widespread it now is; that will only grow as more concessions are demanded by the EU and the scale of this deception becomes more and more obvious. If you haven’t read it already I recommend the legal opinion of the implications of this proposal by Martin Howe QC, an expert on European law, published on the Lawyers for Britain web-site. It makes for very sober reading indeed.

    There have been a number of conspiracy theories bouncing around on the internet for months, but in general I tend to favour ineptitude over malice where government failings occur. I am, however, with the benefit of hindsight and being able to see the various stages leading to where we now are with Brexit, struggling not to conclude that this was a deliberate scheme by May and her advisers to deceive the British people and deny them what they clearly voted for in both the referendum and the subsequent general election; her manifesto could not have been clearer – we would leave the Single market, the Customs Union and the jurisdiction of the ECJ. She has erased every one of those red lines and is now simply using semantics to cover the lie. I care not what things are called but what they do and she is proposing that we remain enslaved to every one.

    We all know that politicians are “economical with the truth”, but I cannot recall in my adult life a PM who so comprehensively and deliberately lied during an election campaign. It is now obvious that she never intended to deliver on one of her promises about Brexit beyond leaving the EU (a sterile and pointless exercise unless the other aspects were adhered to as well) and merely sought power for its own sake. That has to be punished. Her intentions are all the clearer when we consider that she deliberately surrounded herself with close (and unelected) advisers in number 10 who were actively undermining the department of state which she created specifically to negotiate Brexit. That was a piece of political theatre designed to draw attention away from the real work being done in secret in her office. I am surprised that it took David Davis so long to resign, but I am glad that he has now done so and taken his junior ministers with him. May is looking very exposed and with luck the rest of the Brexit supporting ministers will grow some spines and do the same later today. Their careers are of no concern when compared to the national interest which is the preservation of democratic accountability as much as Brexit itself. Every right-thinking MP, of whatever party or view on Brexit, must examine their conscience and vote down this disgraceful betrayal of democracy or the system under which we are presently governed will be worth nothing. To see the likes of Gove on TV defending this scheme after all his pronouncements on the subject was stomach-churning.

    I will never, after a lifetime of doing so, vote Conservative again unless May is swiftly despached to the political margins and replaced by a PM who will behave with honour and respect the manifesto commitments upon which the government was elected. I will take great pride in being one small cog in the wheel that will crush the life out of the Conservative Party that would no longer deserve to exist. The only hope left now is that we leave the EU with no deal at all. Someone did once say that “no deal is better than a bad deal”. It is a shame they didn’t ever mean it.

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    1. The problem is you are still willing to vote Tory & because of this they will continue to con you. It was clear that only one party could & would deliver Brexit & that’s UKIP, however we let you down with Nigel stepping down before Brexit was delivered & two useless follow on leaders

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      1. moraymint · · Reply

        I think, John, it’s important to acknowledge that neither Bill nor I are saying that we’re willing to vote Tory. On the contrary, if I was asked to vote tomorrow I would absolutely not vote Tory; nor would Bill by the sound of it.

        As for Mr Farage dropping UKIP after the EU Referendum result, I think he – like many of us, including me – may have thought that the government (of any persuasion) would execute the decision of the people. More fool Mr Farage and 17.4 million of the rest of us on that count.

        Gerard Batten came over well last night on LBC; good job!

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      2. reallyoldbill · · Reply

        Perhaps you should re-read what I wrote more closely. I have always been a pragmatic voter and cast it for the party which most closely represents my world view but at the same time is most realistically likely to be able to form a government rather than one with which I might agree but has little or no chance of being elected. Under our FPTP system that was, I am afraid, UKIP’s position at the last election. Denying that is simply denying reality at present. I have for years voted UKIP in European elections because that was the only means I had of registering my protest at unwanted EU membership.

        However, with all that said, this blatant betrayal by May of not just the Leave majority in the country, but also her own manifesto promises, has altered that political reality. I, as I said, will never vote Tory again because it no longer represents not just my political views but has reduced democracy to a meaningless phrase, just like the Brexit it is now offering. For democracy to mean anything a vote has to count; for a vote to count a manifesto promise has to be honoured or elections become mere lotteries in which we have no idea what an elected party will actually do. This is such a basic political truth that it shouldn’t even need saying. The sheer dishonesty now being displayed in trying to present a lie as a truth cannot be allowed to go unpunished. I don’t know how UKIP will fare over the coming months and years, but its behaviour over the last 2 years has been shambolic. If it really does shape up and presents itself as a credible alternative rather than a disorganised protest movement I may consider voting for it in a general election. There may be new kid on the block by the time of the next election formed perhaps from the ashes of the Conservative Party. Who knows? The only certainty is that I will never vote for the present Conservative Party again because if they stand behind May after this disgraceful betrayal then they are all as culpable as her.

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        1. moraymint · · Reply

          Excellent …

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    2. moraymint · · Reply

      Good comment Bill and I share your seething anger, to be honest. Like you I’m mostly angry at the politicians’ actions designed brazenly to undermine, nay ignore altogether the democratic process and outcome that was the EU Referendum. It is quite astonishing the extent to which our political class now clearly lives in its own alter-universe. This of itself bodes ill indeed for our society in the coming years if our politicians don’t wise up. After all, if our politicians can play fast-and-loose with democracy, than why on earth should ordinary people obey the law? Since democracy and peaceful, consensual change are of no interest to the political class, why should the rest of us be bothered with it?

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  7. There’s a major fault in the system which nobody seems willing to address.

    When ministers retire, they can earn upwards of £100,000 per speech – think about it, per speech! – on a “speaking circuit” financed by corporates, mainly in the financial sector. Then there are “consultancies” on offer, too, from the same sources.

    This gravy-train retirement scheme is financed by organisations which, overwhelmingly, oppose “Brexit”.

    Do such considerations affect policy? As the Americans say, “go figure”……..

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Yes, the system does stink doesn’t it Tim. I’ve been shocked at the extent to which the deep state resistance to executing Brexit has been so effective …

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  8. Donna · · Reply

    Dear Mr Moraymint …..

    Our problem is that Parliament is stuffed with MPs who are Remainers and whose loyalty is to their Party Leader, not their Constituents. We must break that but UKIP can’t do it: they’ve shot themselves in both feet over the past couple of years and their more recent policy platform has alienated a lot of people whose votes we need.

    We must have 600 CREDIBLE people who can stand as non-party affiliated “Independents for Brexit.” The Brexit vote was the majority in over 400 Constituencies. If we can break party allegiance and get people to vote on the issue of Brexit alone, we could get a sizeable number of Independent, Brexit-supporting MPs.

    I’ve emailed the Leave Means Leave campaign but I have no idea if it will get through or even be read. You probably have far better contacts than me ….. can you please try to get the idea off the ground? If we can get ourselves organised well in advance of the next GE, we may stand a chance.

    What we DO know is that the Conservative Party will NEVER deliver Brexit; neither will Labour and the LibDems would take us back in. We must break the LibLabCON.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Thanks Donna and I’ve seen others elsewhere calling for a greater preponderance of independent parliamentary candidates to stand at the next General Election. I’ll track that theme and take a view on whether to pursue the idea more vigorously.

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    2. I’m afraid I agree that UKIP’s image is too tarnished for it to rise again phoenix-style.

      A new Independent Democracy party is needed but I don’t think that Boris, Jacob, DD etc have the balls to abandon the Tory ship and set it up.

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  9. Donna · · Reply

    I have made my thoughts clear to my Conservative MP, Oliver Letwin and responded to a survey by West Dorset Conservatives making clear my disgust. I have now resigned from the Conservative Party. I will not be a party to the betrayal this appalling Government is carrying out.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      I’m sensing from the news generally today that the Parliamentary Conservative Party is in serious trouble and so too, presumably, is the Conservative Party at large. I don’t think the people in Westminster realise the strength of feeling in the country about how shockingly badly the Tories specifically and the political class generally are handling this …

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  10. I fear that Barnier will accept it simply because I think it has already been pre approved by the real leader of the EU Mrs. Merkel. It seems to me that May is trying to kick the can down the road until the next election, but I think she is going to be in for a rude awakening if she thinks people will vote for her party in droves.
    I was deeply disappointed by the numbers of people who abandonded UKIP at the last election as if Brexit was a done deal. I happen to live in the constituency where Farage ran against Mackinley. When they put up another candidate at the last election I still voted UKIP because I suspected May was going to pull a stunt like this.
    I hope there are enough Tories with backbone to get shot of her, but I don’t see it. Even Gove seems to have drunk the Kool Aid. However UKIP do at least have a credible leader and I am hopeful that there will be a resurgence once people realise the level of treachery that the Conservative have shown themselves capable of.

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  11. Stuart Tyson · · Reply

    You make a more articulate critique of this week’s Chequers result than perhaps I am able to do.
    I agree with almost every word, other than the likelihood of Barnier’s rejection. My suspicion is that Barnier and the other EU Commissars will take this capitulation and gold plate it – to provide a continuing humiliation for those in Britain of a Brexit persuasion. The wet Remainers will get all they hoped for and should the EU survive a whole lot more than they bargained for.
    I emigrated 20 years ago but have continued to regard myself as British, was extremely pleased at the Brexit result in 2016, but have watched with disbelief the events unfolding as they have over the last couple of weeks.
    I have to say, I am at this point no longer proud to call myself British.

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  12. Clive W · · Reply

    I agree that Barnier will reject Olly Robbins proposal simply becuase he can clearly see just how weak the PM is.

    Barnier will now extract even more concessions from the UK safe in the knowledge that May and the UK Parliament are 110% sure to concede.

    In the absence of a genuine BREXIT political party UKIP now needs to get its act together and BREXIT voters must stop giving the LibLabCon ‘one last chance’ as the mainstream politicos in the UK will never give us the BREXIT we voted for.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      History will record that the reason this episode has been such a disaster was because the British people voted for the UK to leave the European Union, but those charged with executing that process all desperately wanted the UK to be a member of the EU. It was never going to work from the get-go.

      I agree that for as long as we’re governed and represented by people whose ideology is at odds with the majority of the voting public on this matter, then we’re stuffed. And we shall edge closer and closer to civil disobedience and civil unrest.

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  13. davebr · · Reply

    Democracy died in the UK the day Conservative party HQ dictated over membership selection.Most MPs toe the party line and ignore the wishes of their constituents.
    What surprises me the most are the gullible who switched back from UKIP to Conservative at the elections.
    Well, the damage is done and all I can pray for now is that the EU disintegrates by other means.
    It will happen, but the harm it inflicts in the meantime is likely to be irretrievable.

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  14. John Woodocck · · Reply

    As usual the British people will grumble a lot and take the hit from this treacherous gov’t. Maybe even be spooked enough by a compliant media Corbyn fear campaign to vote them back in. But pressure is building on many fronts. Surely direct action someday will be triggered by worsening circumstances e.g. rising interest rates & falling wages tipping borrrowers into insolvency.
    Further, Albania (mean income $350/month and 58% muslim) could gain full EU status with free movement by 2020! No job prospects for your children now? Things can only get worse.

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  15. I agree with every word. I feel totally betrayed by this excuse for a government, but Labour would be far worse for this country. Please see my own blog post today entitled Lack of Aspiration. Comments would be very welcome.

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  16. Richard Ross · · Reply

    A good letter. How did Mr Ross vote in 2016? I agree that the EU is unsustainable and that’s what keeps hope alive. Sadly I think citizens in Europe will have to go through considerable pain before national governments start to represent them instead of their own interests. I wouldn’t go as far as voting Labour though. Would they have done any differently? I think not. And the consequences of having a Socialist government on top of BRINO will be even more disastrous.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      I understand your sentiment about not voting Labour, Richard. However, I’m getting ever closer to the point of concluding that unless and until this country experiences a period of abject economic, political and social trauma (almost inevitable under a Corbyn-led Labour government), then a libertarian political party will never emerge in the UK. We shall be doomed instead to decades of agonising economic and social decline along with increasing authoritarianism and everything bad that always goes with it.

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      1. MM, that party’s UKIP but the sheeple keep allowing themselves to be hoodwinked & because of FPTP vote negatively for what they perceive as the least worst option.

        The 17.4m Leave voters need to look in the mirror & ask themselves some questions

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      2. Sorry MM.

        I just can’t face another Labour government – especially this far left one.

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        1. moraymint · · Reply

          It’s a dilemma, for sure …

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  17. That you have rejoined the Tories explains why the Tories (& for that matter LibLab) are sticking two fingers up at the 17.4m people who voted for Leave. First past the post guarantees that LabCon will always be in power. Until voters realise that they are part of the problem by continuing to either join LibLabCon or voting for them the main parties will continue to treat them with contempt.

    After the referendum UKIP set out six tests to show Brexit had been delivered:
    1. Control of our fishing grounds
    2. Make our laws
    3. Control our borders
    4. No exit fees beyond what is owed to the leaving date
    5. We leave totally in March 2019
    6. We make our own trade deals

    The Tories will not deliver on any of the above, although they will have the audacity to claim so.

    This weekend democracy died in the U.K. however the sheeple will continue to vote for these charlatans.

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      Thanks John. In response to your comment I added this Post-Postcript to the main blog post above: ‘I should point out that, unashamedly, I’m riding two political horses at the moment. I’m a fully paid-up member of UKIP as well as being a member of the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association. It would be mad not to hedge one’s political bets at this stage. The problem for me living in Scotland at the time of a General Election was, and probably will be in future, the lack of a UKIP presence on the ballot paper.’ Fear not, John, I remain actively interested in UKIP and, given the chance, would vote UKIP if there was a General Election tomorrow.
      My thinking in paying a subscription to the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association was that I want my MP, Douglas Ross, at least to feel obliged to hear my views. However, if the Tories continue as they are then the chances of me maintaining my membership of the Party diminish by the day.
      All the best to you, by the way.

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      1. Thanks MM. Let’s get real though, the Tories took us into the EU (EEC) in 1973 & supported membership in the referendum of 1975 (& 2016).

        The Tory Leavers have done what UKIP always knew they would do & that’s put party before country. They’re willing to shaft Leavers because deep down, apart from a handful of them the Tory hierarchy & MPs are two faced liers.

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  18. Susan Playfair · · Reply

    grand post. I@ve commented as Joy.

    hope all else good there?

    xx

    ________________________________

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    1. moraymint · · Reply

      All well thank you and thank goodness!

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  19. Joy · · Reply

    my argument for leaving the EU was that it was doomed anyway and all we were doing was getting in the first lifeboat. I see nothing in my travels to change my mind on it. As it stands, the EU will pull itself apart – Merkel’s migration being the iceberg with which the SS EU has inevitably collided.

    What we need to do is avoid going down with the sinking ship. I hope Barnier does reject it but fear he will accept it in principle then grind down any high points in detailed backroom dealings.

    Its not looking good but we can only hope and struggle on. Did anyone else notice, btw, the comment recently from Macron that “if the French were given the choice they would probably vote to leave too. That’s why we’re not giving them the choice”. Says it all really. The EUSSR is more real with every passing month.

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