Britain needs LEADERS not idiots to sort out this Brexit deal


Blackleaf
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How Britain is proving the old adage that we are possibly led by idiots...

STEVE HILTON Britain needs LEADERS not idiots to sort out this Brexit deal and the fooling around must stop


There is no such thing as a 'soft Brexit' and 'fulfilling the vote' now requires preparing for a clean break and counteracting the inevitable short-term disruption, writes Steve Hilton


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By Steve Hilton, Former Director of Strategy for David Cameron
29th November 2018
The Sun

I HAVE a sticker on my laptop which was given to me by the founder of The Federalist, a Washington DC-based conservative website.

It says: “Consider the possibility we are led by idiots.”


This is what Theresa May, Amber Rudd and Philip Hammond would look like if there were dressed according to their current performances

When you look at the shambles Brexit has become, as far as Britain is concerned it’s not a possibility but a downright certainty.

Let’s review the idiocy.

It began with David Cameron stomping off in the biggest and most ruinous huff in history, leaving a sleep-deprived and shell-shocked Tory party scrambling to find a new leader overnight.

Then Boris Johnson and Michael Gove threw away a golden opportunity as potential PM and deputy to achieve the vision of a positive, outward-looking, go-getting, post-Brexit Britain.


David Cameron and Boris Johnson also played a role in the long Brexit 'idiocy' of the last two years

Over a bizarre few days they stabbed each other in the back, shot themselves in the foot and indulged in whatever other self- (and nation-) harming metaphor you can think of.

Their antics landed us with hapless and hopeless Theresa May, so desperate to prove she could deliver Brexit despite opposing it that she rushed into announcing the end-point without the faintest idea how to get there.

More misguided Remainer pandering came from then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd, with her ludicrous plan to force businesses to list their foreign workers.

This offensive announcement alienated Remain voters who might have given Brexit a chance and helped set in stone the horrible divisiveness of the past two years.

Theresa May took over as British prime minister after David Cameron resigned after the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016

As Foreign Secretary, Boris made one gaffe after another, starting with the most heinous: Sticking to his silly remark about having your cake and eating it — guaranteed to wind up the EU bigwigs and make them even more determined to give Britain a rotten deal.

On and on the idiocy has gone — from Philip Hammond trying to prove his discredited Project Fear predictions were right all along by being the most anti-business.

Conservative Chancellor anyone can remember, to Matt Hancock’s hysterical claims about people dying from a lack of medicines if we leave the EU without a deal. He is the Health Secretary, for God’s sake. Why doesn’t he get the medicines, instead of issuing stupid threats?

At least Michael Gove’s pitiful descent into Project Fear ignominy, with his own Hancockian warning about running out of drinking water, turns out to be fake news — or so I’m told.

And where has all this left us?

Britain's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove

With a Brexit “deal” that is not really a deal and doesn’t actually deliver Brexit. The transition period leaves Britain subject to most EU rules, and there is no agreement on what comes next — just an agenda for more negotiations.

How dare Mrs May say last Sunday, “The British people don’t want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit. They want a good deal that fulfils the vote”?

Her plan guarantees years more “arguing about Brexit” and obviously doesn’t fulfil the vote. I know politicians spin everything but this is in a different league. It’s not spin, Prime Minister — what you are saying is a bare-faced lie, and you know it.

It is also disgraceful that the civil service is helping push out this lying propaganda at taxpayers’ expense with its Cabinet Office “Project Vote” operation.

Chancellor Philip Hammond begged businesses to back Theresa May's Brexit deal

But we shouldn’t be surprised. The senior civil service has catastrophically mishandled Brexit all along, finally exposing as self-serving fiction the idea that it is the professional, reliable guardian of the national interest, there to save the nation from the half-baked schemes of here today, gone tomorrow politicians.

Yes indeed: “Consider the possibility we are led by idiots.”

But now what, you might say. It’s easy to criticise — what would you do?

Well, I’ve said it before (first in October 2016): Pursuing a “deal” with the EU is a waste of time. Of course you can’t stay in the single market but regain control of immigration. Of course you can’t stop paying membership fees but still set the rules. And as President Trump noted, of course you can’t strike new trade deals unless you fully leave.

Amber Rudd is back in the cabinet as Department of Work and Pensions Secretary

There is no such thing as a “soft Brexit”. There is Brexit, without adjectives — or staying in the EU in some form. “Fulfilling the vote” now requires two things: Preparing for a clean break and counteracting the inevitable short-term disruption.

Disgracefully, and cynically, the Government refused to prepare for a clean break over the past two years, so now we are behind. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do it — it just means an all-out effort must be made, and if necessary the exit date pushed back.

However solid the preparations, though, there is bound to be economic turbulence. But here too, we can be proactive. The Government could almost instantly make Britain the world’s top destination for business and investment.

Slash corporation tax and regulations. Roll out the red carpet for entrepreneurs, scientists, investors. Commit to building the world’s most modern infrastructure and best-trained workforce.

Boris quit as Foreign Secretary on July 9 in a killer blow to Theresa May's government

Business hates uncertainty more than anything. That is why Theresa May’s deal is a disaster — it prolongs uncertainty.

A clean break and a radical pro-enterprise agenda would end uncertainty and counteract the short-term shock of departure.

Once we have left, and shown how dynamic post-Brexit Britain can be, we will have much more leverage to negotiate a trade deal with the EU.

Objectors will say: This is fantasy — there is no majority in Parliament for a clean break. But there is no majority for anything else either, and in any case, with a clean-break scenario the EU Withdrawal Act does not require a vote that binds the Government.

Former PM David Cameron was the architect of the Brexit referendum but resigned after the country voted Leave

But perhaps the biggest question is: Who can make this happen?

My idea of bringing back Cameron went down like a lead balloon. After the Rees-Mogg rebellion flopped, we are stuck with Mrs May — even if she loses on December 11. No one can see a way out.

There is only one answer. Pro-Brexit MPs, inside and outside Cabinet, must develop a spine, step up and unite to offer a positive alternative. Unite to get rid of Theresa

May, then make the case with passion and conviction for a clean break and a radical pro-enterprise programme.

Right now, Britain needs leaders. Not idiots.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/785348...ilton-opinion/
 
Danbones
Free Thinker
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Yeah, a JFK would be good right about now.

are there any left?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

Yeah, a JFK would be good right about now.

are there any left?

We need Thatcher. Even in her current state she'd get a better Brexit deal - one that honours the democratic decision of the British people by extricating us fully from the EU - than the abominable one that Mother Theresa somehow formulated.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

We need Thatcher. Even in her current state she'd get a better Brexit deal - one that honours the democratic decision of the British people by extricating us fully from the EU - than the abominable one that Mother Theresa somehow formulated.

Ever notice how all the people calling for "leaders" never quite manage to find the balls to step up?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Ever notice how all the people calling for "leaders" never quite manage to find the balls to step up?

Surely all of us want leaders.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Surely all of us want leaders.

If by "all of us" you mean the Brits, I agree. I have never seen a people so uncomfortable when they don't have a boot to lick.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

If by "all of us" you mean the Brits, I agree. I have never seen a people so uncomfortable when they don't have a boot to lick.

I think you've got some sort of personality disordee, bro.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

I think you've got some sort of personality disordee, bro.

Well, considering you're an imbecile, I ain't real worried, "bro."
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Well, considering you're an imbecile, I ain't real worried, "bro."

See what I mean, bro? BPD is my reckoning. Have you ever thought about seeing a shrink?
 
Dixie Cup
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The Brits aren't the only ones who have idiots for leaders....there are "a couple" that I can think of and one that resides here!


JMHO
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie Cup View Post

The Brits aren't the only ones who have idiots for leaders....there are "a couple" that I can think of and one that resides here!
JMHO

I tend to follow this philosophy on "leaders:"

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”

--Theodore Roosevelt
 
Blackleaf
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Macron is an idiot. So is Merkel. And Varadkar is just a complete wanker.

And then look at those people running the EU Empire: Drunker Juncker often struggles just to stand up in work. And people wonder why millions of people around the EU want to follow the lucky British through the exit door.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D8gIe6c3VM8