If EU membership were as onerous as the Brexiteers suggest, the UK would have left decades ago. Instead it has remained a member for nearly 47 years (albeit in a comatose state for the last three). In the decade before the 2016 referendum, fewer than 10% of UK voters cited Europe as the most important issue. Indeed, as late as December 2015, a mere 1% did. Only after the Leave vote did its salience spike (47% now name it as the most important issue). In other words, contrary to David Cameron’s claims, it was the politicians who led the public rather than the public who led the politicians.
( George Eaton, 16.10.2019 )
Caution in handling generally accepted opinions that claim to explain whole trends of history is especially important for the historian of modern times, because the last century has produced an abundance of ideologies that pretend to be keys to history but are actually nothing but desperate efforts to escape responsibility.
This uncaring Conservative Government allow the big online companies to pay very little tax and employ people on a “you-only-come-to-work-if-we-need-you” basis with no holiday or sick pay, and then sit back and do nothing as our high street stores and shops continue to close down. And this deluded Government consider this to be progress and a good economy.
( Rose Winfold )
In February, 2019, the European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama and four U.S.A. territories to a blacklist of nations it considers a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering. Several countries, including the UK and the USA, criticised the move because of worries about their economic relations with the listed nations.
Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries. It is as though mankind had divided itself between those who believe in human omnipotence (who think that everything is possible if one knows how to organise masses for it) and those for whom powerlessness has become the major experience of their lives.
One of the advantages of EU membership is that we get to negotiate wider and deeper trade deals from a position of strength. If we leave, the boot will be on the other foot – and that will put Britain at a serious disadvantage.
Do businesses want the benefits and security of continued access to the Single Market, or the instability and uncertainty of a lost decade? However you feel about Europe, whether you’re an enthusiastic federalist or an ardent advocate of leaving, that is the question you have to answer on 23 June. And from where I’m standing, there’s only one answer – a vote to remain.
( Sajid Javid, 14.05.2016 )
In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism. Instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.
Just like Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and IMF head Christine Lagarde, I still believe that Britain is better off in. And that’s all because of the Single Market. It’s a great invention, one that even Lady Thatcher campaigned enthusiastically to create. The world’s largest economic bloc, it gives every business in Britain access to 500 million customers with no barriers, no tariffs and no local legislation to worry about. It’s no surprise that nearly half of our exports go to other EU nations, exports that are linked to three million jobs here in the UK.
And as an EU member we also have preferential access to more than 50 other international markets from Mexico to Montenegro, helping us to export £50 billion of goods and services to them every year. Even companies that are neither exporters nor part of the export supply chain, your local corner shop, for example, benefit from the economic growth that kind of access brings.
( Sajid Javid, 14.05.2016 )
Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.
BBC : “Do you still want to replace the NHS with a private insurance basis?”
Nigel Farage: “I never did. I would like.. I would like to take the burden off the NHS. If I was encouraged to opt out of the system to relieve the burden of the NHS I would do so gleefully.”
( May 2019 )
What Farage said: “I think we’re going to have to think about healthcare very, very differently. I think we are going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare. Frankly, I would feel more comfortable that my money would return value if I was able to do that through the market place of an insurance company than just us trustingly giving £100billion a year to central government and expecting them to organise the healthcare service from cradle to grave for us.”
( September 2012 )
BBC : “You now say that a second referendum, or another referendum would be in your phrase, ‘the ultimate betrayal.’ How can it be the ultimate betrayal when you yourself have advocated it?”
Nigel Farage: “Oh dear, oh dear. Now look, I’ve said we have to prefer ourselves on the leave side mentally for the fact there could be another referendum. If there is we have to fight it and win it.”
( May 2019 )
What Farage said: “The Cleggs, the Blairs, the Adonis’s will never ever give up. They will go on whinging and wining and moaning all the way through this process. So maybe, just maybe, I’m reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum.”
( January 2018 )
“In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.”
( May 2016 )
BBC : “Nigel Farage, in 2016 why did you not advocate no deal Brexit?”
Nigel Farage: “Oh no, no, no. In the referendum itself I was the one that coined the phrase, ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’… I was using it every day for the last two weeks of that campaign.”
BBC : So far we haven’t been able to find evidence that – as he claims – Nigel Farage coined the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” and used it in the referendum campaign.
( May 2019 )
Nigel Farage: “No deal but continuing under WTO rules would be better and cheaper for this country than where we currently are.”
( June 2016 )
BBC : “When it comes to something like a closer relationship, as Norway has, you’re talking about betrayal. During the referendum you used to laud that, you used to present it as a wonderful opportunity.”
Nigel Farage: “No, no no… I said Norway is doing better than we are. However, as I said on this programme, we can do much better than that. We could have gone for a free trade deal, we didn’t. We’re now three years on, we have to deliver the democratic will of the people of this country and the only way we can do that is by leaving on WTO terms.”
( May 2019 )
Nigel Farage: “It would be ghastly if this country was like Norway. Can you imagine it? Rich, free, catching your own fish, and with a seat at the World Trade Organisation!”
( May 2016 )
Nigel Farage supports the legalisation of all drugs, supports Britons to have a handgun and opposes the ‘green obsession’. Born in 1964, throughout his youth, Nigel was an active supporter of the Conservative Party, though he did support the Green Party in 1989.
( Andrew M, How Rich?, December 2016 )