Yesterday saw Boris Johnson speaking at a Leave campaign event in Manchester. As always, he was ready with the memorable phrase, comparing the Remain Campaign to the notorious remarks of jeweller Gerald Ratner, which wiped half a billion from the value of his company. Like Ratner (says Boris) the Remain Campaign has a dodgy product which they don’t really believe in themselves (as evident in Jeremy Corbyn’s EU speech), and of which they are secretly ashamed. Yet they still try to pass it off on the unsuspecting public.
Never short of hard-hitting similes, Boris also likened voting Remain to “being locked in a mini-cab with a dodgy sat-nav and a driver who speaks no English”. The Mirror describes Boris as “a joke that has ceased to be funny”. Personally I find him hilarious – and also rather effective.
Michael Gove in Nottingham: Michael Gove spoke at a rally in Nottingham, saying Britain would be “stronger, safer and more prosperous” outside the EU.
George Osborne’s broken record: Osborne repeated his warning that Brexit could cause market volatility (a small price to pay for freedom and democracy) and could also lead to a lower Pound (exporters will be grateful) and possibly higher interest rates (savers will be glad of that). Yes George. Brexit could also lead to lower prices, cheaper energy, faster growth, more jobs. And freedom and self-determination.
“Brexit pressure mounts on Cameron”
The FT headlines “Brexit pressure mounts on Cameron”, reporting that Ken Clarke, that old stalwart of the pro-Brussels movement, said “Cameron will not last 30 seconds after an OUT vote”. For once I’m inclined to agree with Ken. Meantime Tory Eurosceptics like Bernard Jenkin were issuing dire warnings of the consequences for the Conservative Party if Britain votes to remain in the EU.
The Express nails its colours to the mast
Under a massive headline “STICK IT TO THE EU”, theExpress offers a free window poster for Brexit. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/661551/Eu-referendum-sticker-Vote-Leave-Nigel-Farage-Brexit No doubt where they stand, then.
The Blair Rich Project
After the Panama Papers, the innuendo about Cameron’s off-shore bonds, and the farce of Corbyn’s failure to tell HMRC about his three pensions, The Times now takes aim at Tony Blair, devoting its whole front page to “The Blair Rich Project”. If Cameron has recently been choking over his Weetabix, this could well have our Tony phoning his lawyers over the Œufs Bénédict.
Greeks shop for guns as migrant concerns rise
The Telegraph reports that Greeks are buying hunting rifles amid concerns over unrest among the many thousands of migrants building up in the country. Let’s hope this is not a sign of things to come.
Isn’t there a balance, in not being taken-in but wanting to find hope, where hope is due? I can’t think Brexit is an elaborate ‘all on the same side’. And Boris etc, all play-along for show. It’s hard to reconcile, because of what the top lot, must know about the bigger picture but consciences exist and maybe, this is their ‘do something’ in the face of ‘the cabal’. Somehow, we have enough freedom to overturn. They could have threatened all opposition to exit, not that I suppose it matters that much but looking at the stay-camp, appears this is, the behind the scenes much preferred.
Economics beyond help, we should view what’s better, (not sure ‘best’ is the right word), once the crashing begins. Brexit, I’d say. For what it might be worth. A landslide to achieve. Would then be used/excused as the reason. If nothing more prominent said cause. And hasty switch-abouts, if this was the case, to get us back ‘in’ the E.U. (depending on how ‘out’ we really are?).
Underlying, is the symbolic ‘no’ towards more one-world ordering and the E.U.’s heritage in this. Taking back responsibility, and more than ever, people talking politics. Referendum a gate-way.
Perhaps we… ok ‘me’, should see as this as opportunity to go to any/if there are, related Referendum meetings, find like-minded more/awake and encourage tap-ing, talking… whatever it takes.
Hope with legs on.