Category Archives: General Election

MPs Need Cromwell Therapy

” ye have become intolerably odious to the whole nation … ye have sat too long here for any good ye are doing … in the name of God, go! ” (Oliver Cromwell, April 1653)

Members of the Westminster bubble (and the EU supporting establishment) have completely disconnected with the electorate. Here’s the reality:

Member of Parliament is a person who has been elected by the people in a particular area to represent them in a country’s parliament. (Collins Dictionary)

A once in a generation decision. The referendum on Thursday, 23rd June [2016] is your chance to decide if we should remain in or leave the European Union. This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide. ( Statement in the leaflet issued by the Conservative government in advance of the EU referendum )

“The country voted to Leave the EU with the largest democratic mandate in the history of our great nation. MPs must answer that call, trust in the people as they were trusted and reject the Chequers proposal. I urge MPs of all parties to accept that Britain will leave the EU on 29th March 2019, without a new deal with the EU, and start trading globally on WTO terms. Leaving on those terms means we have a new deal for the people of Britain; we will have control of our laws, our borders, our fishing waters, our taxes and our regulations. The sooner Britain truly leaves the EU, the sooner Parliament can devote its efforts and attention to the challenges our country faces at home, challenges which we can solve together when Parliament is once again sovereign, when we are outside of EU control and free to prosper.” (Simon Elliott, Investment Professional)

A line in the film Peterloo, about people protesting for democratic reform two centuries ago, “What is the use of a Parliament if it does not listen to the people?”

Unless MPs urgently start listening to and respecting the views of the people, extremism will become the vote winner.

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BREXIT – THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE

“The will of the people shall be the authority of government” Article 21, The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948

On the 23rd June 2016 a clear majority of the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a parliament authorised national referendum. That democratic vote determined the will of the people – to leave the EU and return control of the United Kingdom and its borders to a democratically elected Westminster government.

One year on, during which various vested interests attempted to derail the will of the people, we have triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and the exit negotiations have commenced. At every turn, the Remain supporting media, especially the TV tax financed BBC (in direct breach of its charter),  has aggressively pursued a negative agenda using every available opportunity to decry the elected government’s Brexit policy and team.

In the midst of all this negativity, we are at risk of losing focus on the plain facts and it’s worth reminding ourselves on a regular basis of the reality of the situation:

  • We are returning democratic control of the UK to its elected government – the will of the people.
  • A free trade agreement between the EU and the UK would be very beneficial to both sides; but more so to the EU – ask any German car manufacturer.
  • The financial benefits to the UK of leaving the EU are huge and the global opportunities waiting to be grasped by the UK will have a major positive impact on our GDP and living standards.

The current blitz of anti-patriotic sniping by the “liberal elite” should be overridden by the loud message that leaving the EU represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put the UK back where it should be; a leading nation in a fast developing world. A definite vote winner for an exciting future.

LABOUR/SNP WIN – THE WHOLE OF THE UK LOSES

“If you put a Labour/SNP government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand”   UK version of Milton Friedman’s famous observation.

“History reminds us over and over again, there is no new way to go broke. It is always too much debt. My conclusion is we are either slow learners or have long term memory issues”   Vern Gowdie

There is no doubt that Ed Miliband will team up with Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in order to regain control of the UK and complete the disastrous job he started with Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. A quick comparison of Labour and SNP policies clearly shows how a SNP dominated labour government would work.

ECONOMIC POLICY

Labour – no additional borrowing or new spending.  SNP – increase spending.  Lab/SNP Government – increased spending, increased borrowing, inevitable financial crisis.

IMMIGRATION

Labour – more border control staff.  SNP – support immigration that benefits Scotland.   Lab/SNP Government – increased immigration and increased social and infrastructure problems.

TAXATION

Labour – increase income tax and tax on high value properties plus encourage financially independent foreign nationals to leave the UK with increased “non-dom” taxation.   SNP – ditto. Lab/SNP Government – higher taxation, increased unemployment, exodus of high value contributors to the nation’s finances.

DEFENCE

Labour – a “minimum, credible, independent nuclear deterrent”.  SNP – oppose a renewal of the nuclear deterrent and require a larger proportion of defence procurement to be spent in Scotland. Lab/SNP Government – zero action on upgrading or maintaining the UK’s defences in an increasingly hostile world.

THE CONSTITUTION

Labour – a “Home Rule Bill for Scotland”.  SNP – Independence for Scotland.  Lab/SNP Government – break up of the UK.

Greece like Britain is a beautiful country. However, pursuing policies akin to those advocated by Labour/SNP has left Greece in ruins. A Labour/SNP government will bring  financial ruin to this country and will be a vote winner for the end of the United Kingdom.

LABOUR’S ONE NATION – IT’S HOLLANDE’S FRANCE

“Every election is a sort of advance sale of stolen goods” H.L.Mencken

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” Winston Churchill

Labour’s key economic thinking, as advocated by Messrs. Miliband and Balls bears a striking resemblance to the policies of France’s socialist president, Francois Hollande. The president came to power in 2012 with a programme for more regulation, increased public spending, punitive taxation and a worrying disregard of the growing budget deficit.

These policies are now widely blamed for France’s woeful growth performance, the rapid worsening of public finances, unemployment rising above 10 per cent and a serious increase in social and racial tension. “This president’s policies have been terrible for French growth” (Robin Riverton, adviser to Aeroports de Paris) and Hollande’s approval rating has sunk to 13 per cent, the lowest for any president in more than five decades.

Labour’s high public spending, high borrowing and high taxation plans coupled with the unquestioning adoption of increased regulation (from Brussels and Westminster) are virtually identical to President Hollande’s. And the consequences will be the same. The successful recovery of the UK economy will stop in its tracks, unemployment will grow rapidly, public finances will deteriorate, foreign investment will halt, talented entrepreneurs will emigrate (as happened in France) and no doubt the future economic and social agenda of the UK will then be determined by the EU and the International Monetary Fund.

Adopting the catastrophic policies inflicted on France by President Hollande and now advocated by Ed Miliband is definitely not a vote winner for common sense.

LABOUR AND THE ECONOMY – IT’S A WORRY

“We used to think you could spend your way out of recession and increase employment by boosting government spending. I can tell you that option no longer exists. And so far as it ever did exist, it only worked on each occasion by injecting a bigger dose of inflation into the economy, followed by a higher level of unemployment as the next step.”  Jim Callaghan – Labour Prime Minister 1976-1979

Yes, these are the words of a Labour Prime Minister but the party and a large section of the media don’t seem to rate Jim Callaghan’s words of wisdom. In fact if the recent track record of the Labour Party is taken as a benchmark, it doesn’t bode well for a future Miliband/Balls government’s impact on the British economy, living standards and mandatory austerity.

1964-1970 Harold Wilson’s Labour government – Sterling collapses, International Monetary Fund called in – pre-election promises jettisoned and emergency austerity measures inflicted on the electorate.

1974-1979 Wilson then Jim Callaghan’s Labour government – Treasury predicts black hole in public finances, International Monetary Fund called in – pre-election promises jettisoned and emergency austerity measures inflicted on the electorate.

1997-2010 Blair and Brown Labour government – after announcing “no more boom and bust”, the government went on to cripple the country’s finances and to create a record breaking budget deficit (comment from the departing Treasury Secretary after Labour lost the election – “I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left”), followed by, you guessed it, more austerity measures.

On recent form, it looks like a general election win by labour would be a vote winner for austerity.

DANIEL HANNAN – The Voice of Common Sense

“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself…”  H.L.Mencken

Through all the fog of mainstream media bias and anti free choice/low tax propaganda, there is an outstanding beacon for common sense. It’s Daniel Hannan MEP. When commenting via blogs, public appearances, journalism and in his role as a Member of the European Parliament, he consistently articulates the views of the UK’s silent majority.

Recent postings, articles and speeches have covered a diverse range of live topics including the adverse impact of higher taxation on the cost of living, the demise of the Lib Dems, devolution and inevitably, a brilliant focus on European Union issues. His completely logical shopping list for David Cameron’s renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with the EU is compulsive reading for anyone wanting a better future for this country.

For open-minded people seeking a common sense uplift during these days of depressing opinion polls indicating that Miliband’s wrecking crew are soon to regain power, go to        Daniel Hannan – the voice of a vote winner.