The greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the British people


Blackleaf
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MPs were issued an instruction by the British people. Given the Byzantine complexity of the Brexit process, it would be foolish to pretend it was a simple one. But it was clear. They were told to withdraw the UK from the European Union.

They refused. Granted 1,000 days to reach consensus on an exit strategy, they had neither the competence nor the courage nor the foresight nor the sense of national duty to construct one.

A process driven by public resentment at a political class addicted to telling voters to shut up and sit down because their politicians know best, is ending with the squalid spectacle of the referendum result being torn up by politicians who absolutely know they know best.

Fine. MPs have made their choice. But now they must live with it. They must be free to conduct their affairs safe from physical threats and intimidation. But there will be no escape from the political backlash set to engulf them...

DAN HODGES: The greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the British people


By Dan Hodges For The Mail On Sunday
24 March 2019
The Mail On Sunday

Brexit is dead,’ the Minister told me. ‘Some rebels might start to come round, but it’s too late. On Monday the House of Commons will take control of the process and then it’s over.’

A Downing Street aide agreed. ‘We’ve managed to hold them off for as long as we can. But we only stopped the Commons by two votes last time, and that was because Paul Flynn’s seat was vacant and Fiona Onasanya [the Labour MP jailed for lying about a speeding offence] was with her parole officer. It’s done now.’

Brexit was supposed to be a moment of national catharsis. Instead, it is about to go down as the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the British people.


The plan first contrived in secret by Dominic Grieve (pictured yesterday at a rally organised by the People's Vote campaign) and Speaker John Bercow in his ornate apartments will finally come to fruition. MPs will take back control


Everything they were promised before, during and after the 2016 referendum was a lie. They were told they would cast a single vote and it would be honoured.

They were told if they voted to leave, untold riches would flow into the NHS and other public services.

They were told the EU would be resistant, but then capitulate at the thought of John Bull turning his back on imports of prosecco and BMWs.

And as MPs begged again for their votes in the 2017 Election, they were told once more that their decision to leave would be respected and enacted.

Tomorrow, each and every one of those promises will turn to dust on the floor of the Commons chamber.

The plan first contrived in secret by Dominic Grieve and Speaker John Bercow in his ornate apartments will finally come to fruition. MPs will take back control.


Which brings us to the architect – or rather curator – of this whole catastrophe. Like others, I have written countless words about the Prime Minister’s strength and resilience. But Brexit has finally broken her

And the process of erasing Brexit from history, and replacing it with a customs union, or a single market, or a new common market will commence.

Not that the MPs themselves want it framed this way. When Theresa May accused them last week of pitting themselves against the public, they reacted with fury. The Prime Minister was undermining the very foundation of parliamentary democracy, they warned.

Others claimed their personal safety was being put at risk. ‘I’m going back to my constituency this weekend and I’m worried,’ one Tory backbencher admitted. ‘I think something is going to happen.’

Such fears are tragically not without foundation. But another fundamental principle of our democracy is that our elected representatives are held up to scrutiny and criticism. And while she might have expressed herself clumsily, Theresa May was right.

MPs were issued an instruction by the British people. Given the Byzantine complexity of the Brexit process, it would be foolish to pretend it was a simple one. But it was clear. They were told to withdraw the UK from the European Union.

They refused. Granted 1,000 days to reach consensus on an exit strategy, they had neither the competence nor the courage nor the foresight nor the sense of national duty to construct one.


Brexit was supposed to be a moment of national catharsis. Instead, it is about to go down as the greatest fraud ever perpetrated upon the British people. Everything they were promised before, during and after the 2016 referendum was a lie. They were told they would cast a single vote and it would be honoured


A process driven by public resentment at a political class addicted to telling voters to shut up and sit down because their politicians know best, is ending with the squalid spectacle of the referendum result being torn up by politicians who absolutely know they know best.

Fine. MPs have made their choice. But now they must live with it. They must be free to conduct their affairs safe from physical threats and intimidation. But there will be no escape from the political backlash set to engulf them.

Remain MPs are confident they will be insulated from it. Secure in constituencies that represent the 48 per cent, they believe they have found sanctuary. They have not. The impending implosion of public trust – one that will make the expenses scandal look like a model of good governance – will consume everything and everyone.

It will be they, rather than the Brexiteers, who become custodians of the ravaged post-Brexit landscape. And, most significantly of all, they will have proven the Brexiteers right.

The great conspiracy narrative – ‘even if you vote to Leave, they will never let you’ – will have been embedded for all time.

But at least the Remainers can claim success. Their political strategy has worked. Which cannot be said for the diehards of the ERG.

If it was not for the little corporals of Brexit, we would be leaving the EU in five days’ time. All they needed to do was swallow a bit of pride, bide some time, and victory was theirs.

But they couldn’t help themselves. Hubris, vanity, self-importance and ideological intransigence have claimed them.

They could not have played a more destructive role in the Brexit denouement had they been personally trained by Peter Mandelson, Andrew Adonis and Gina Miller, and despatched to do their bidding. In the end, the self-styled champions of Brexit turned out to be the Manchurian Remainers.

Which brings us to the architect – or rather curator – of this whole catastrophe. Like others, I have written countless words about the Prime Minister’s strength and resilience. But Brexit has finally broken her.


Brexit is dead,’ the Minister told me. ‘Some rebels might start to come round, but it’s too late. On Monday the House of Commons will take control of the process and then it’s over' [File photo]

Watching her railing against the self-indulgence of MPs, I was reminded of that moment Kevin Keegan began raging at how he ‘would luv it!’ if Newcastle United beat Manchester United to the Premier League title. The passion and commitment were there. But psychologically and emotionally she was spent.

Theresa May’s premiership is over. But there is one last service she can render her nation.

Tomorrow, when she addresses Parliament, she must name a date for her departure. She must then lay to rest the fantasy she intends to lead Britain out of the EU without a deal. And she must then present the Commons with the truth. It is now either her deal or the end of Brexit. It might not be enough. It probably won’t be enough. But there is a final, faint hope it could bring MPs to their senses.
And even if it does not, it will allow her to regain the self-respect her parliamentary colleagues are so intent on squandering.

Tomorrow, MPs will begin dismantling Brexit. When the vote is announced confirming they have taken control of the parliamentary process and timetable, they will cheer and wave their order papers and slap one another on the back.

Those cheers will then reverberate. They will reach the pubs and the housing estates and the shop-floors of the nation. And they will reach the ears of people who recall what their MPs promised them in 2016, and set that against what they actually delivered.

People who will never forget. And people who never forgive.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnis...sh-people.html
 
Hoid
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Let the People vote
 
Blackleaf
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Tony Parsons on the death of democracy in Britain and The Who clashing with a Sky News reporter who claimed the band might be hampered by Brexit...

TONY PARSONS MPs are set to betray the biggest vote ever… how the hell can there not be some kind of backlash?

This was the week when politicians needed to put aside their petty grievances, in the national interest

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By Tony Parsons, Sun Columnist
24th March 2019
The Sun on Sunday

WHEN future historians look back at how the British establishment finally betrayed the people over Brexit, a special scorn will be reserved for the leader of the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn is famously happy to cuddle up to the terrorists of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Provisional IRA, but this week he drew the line at talking to a South London MP who recently quit the Labour Party.

When future historians look back at how the British establishment finally betrayed the people over Brexit, a special scorn will be reserved for the leader of the Labour Party

Corbyn has proudly laid wreaths for dead terrorists and gladly licked the boots of men of violence but he refused to breathe the same air as Labour defector Chuka Umunna of the recently formed Independent Group.

On Wednesday night the Prime Minister held a meeting with opposition leaders in a final desperate bid to find some cross-party consensus about a way forward for our divided and humiliated country. This was the week when politicians needed to put aside their petty grievances, in the national interest.

This was last orders in the last-chance saloon. Because everything feels like it is on the line now.

Corbyn has proudly laid wreaths for dead terrorists but he refused to breathe the same air as Labour defector Chuka Umunna in the pursuit of a Brexit 'solution'

Not simply Brexit but faith in our democracy, belief in our elected representatives and a sense that our votes are worth a damn.

It was the right time for the leaders to check their egos at the door and work together for the sake of the country we love.

But pathetic old Corbyn flounced out in a giddy fit, refusing to be in the same room as Umunna, an elected MP who — not so long ago — was widely considered to be a future Labour leader.

At this moment of national crisis, when true statesmanship is desperately needed, Corbyn looked like he was in a geriatric remake of Mean Girls. Mean Old Gits, perhaps.

And this is the leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition. What chance do we have if this is the calibre of the non-entities who lead us?

This should have been the last column I write for you before we leave the European Union on Friday, March 29, 2019.

But as I write these words, all the talk on the TV is of “revoking Article 50” — meaning Brexit may never happen at all, as the largest mandate in British history is ultimately over-ruled.

Four million signatures or so for a petition to revoke Article 50? Wow — that’s only 13-plus million fewer than the Leave vote

This would be a catastrophic break between the political elite and our people. It would be a coup by the establishment — meaning the House of Commons, House of Lords, civil service, the BBC and big business — against the people.

In my blood and bones, it feels like it is going to happen. They are really going to abort Brexit.

Because May’s deal will never get through Parliament and Parliament will never allow No Deal.

So after all these years of agony, after all this wasted time, energy and money, MPs will press the reset button to cancel Brexit and maintain the status quo.

With her speech at Downing Street on Wednesday night, Theresa May is accused of dangerously whipping up anger against MPs.

Instead of doing as they were instructed, our sneering rulers have for years smeared the 17.4million who voted Leave as thick, racist bigots — xenophobic Little Englanders who will soon shuffle off this mortal coil

But do the self-regarding simpletons sitting in the Commons really believe our people need to be taught how to loathe a pro-Brussels parliament that brazenly refuses to enact the will of the people?

They asked us if we wanted to leave the European Union.

We gave them their answer in the largest vote for anything in British history.

And instead of doing as they were instructed, our sneering rulers have for years smeared the 17.4million who voted Leave as thick, racist bigots — xenophobic Little Englanders who will soon shuffle off this mortal coil.

Four million signatures or so for a petition to revoke Article 50?

Wow — that’s only 13-plus million fewer than the Leave vote.

Please believe this — nothing that Theresa May can say will add to the current sense of betrayal in our country.

Nobody wants to see the national debate become even more toxic.

Nobody wants to hear death threats or see violence.

But MPs are contriving to overrule the greatest vote for anything in British history.

How the hell can there not be some kind of backlash?

Do MPs know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the real world beyond their privileged West-minster bubble? Calling all MPs — please do not blame Theresa May for the British people holding you in total contempt. Blame the great British referendum robbery.

Blame yourselves, you useless bastards.

You can’t beat Em

THE highlight of the greatest TV show of all time is the performance of Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen – Stormborn, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi and so on.

Daenerys is a great role, of course – what hot young actress wouldn’t look good walking unharmed through fire, freeing slaves and burning cruel masters?

For anyone recovering from life-threatening illness, Emilia Clarke is an inspiration

But Clarke’s triumph is that she has made you believe in Daenerys’ transition from child bride married into the Dothraki horde to serious candidate for the Iron Throne.

Game Of Thrones owes a lot to Emilia Clarke.

And what a shock to learn Emilia survived two brain aneurysms while shooting the show and almost lost her life.

Clarke suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage, a bleeding into the space around the brain that kills nearly half the people who get it.

Emotional Emilia Clarke is 'overwhelmed' by fan support after revealing she suffered two brain aneurysms

Now she is fully recovered and has started a charity called SameYou for people recovering from brain injuries and strokes.

For anyone recovering from life-threatening illness, Emilia is an inspiration.

Even when she is not sitting on her dragon.

EU have to be joking



TWO great British icons returned this week.

Big Ben is back and looking better than it has for a hundred years.

The Who were back to announce a summer tour, with Roger Daltrey clashing with a Sky reporter over Brexit

After a four-year restoration, the hands and numerals of the most famous clock on the planet have been restored to their original colour – Prussian blue, inlaid with gold.

The Who, another national treasure, were back to announce a summer tour, with Roger Daltrey losing his rag with a Sky reporter who thought that the greatest rock and roll band in the world might be hampered by Brexit.

“As if we didn’t tour Europe before the f***ing EU!” growled Daltrey.

Long after the EU collapses like every other stinking expansionist empire in history, Pete Townshend will still be slashing out the chords to Pinball Wizard.

And Big Ben will still chime.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/opinio...-tony-parsons/
 
Hoid
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if you cared about the people you would let them vote.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid View Post

if you cared about the people you would let them vote.

After what they did last time, probably better they don't.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

After what they did last time, probably better they don't.

Oh yeah. Because, as you know, we'd vote to Leave again. And then what?
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Oh yeah. Because, as you know, we'd vote to Leave again. And then what?

Based on history - you still wouldn't leave.
 
TalkingTogheter
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That in the British cooperation favored to remain with the EU.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Oh yeah. Because, as you know, we'd vote to Leave again. And then what?

With any luck, a no-deal Brexit.
 
Blackleaf
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Perpetually angry news reporter Jonathan Pie on David Cameron, Theresa May, Brexit and a second referendum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFxZ-rPPYd8
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Perpetually angry

Looked in a mirror lately?

Can't say I'd blame you if you avoid them.
 
Cannuck
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Poor Blackie. It’s not we told him....
 

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