“…But when Blair does speak, we can be certain he won’t mention one key fact: Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq led by the U.S. and U.K., he was forcefully and repeatedly warned by Britain’s intelligence services that it would lead to exactly this type of terrorist attack — and he concealed these warnings from the British people, instead claiming the war would reduce the risk of terrorism…
A ghost of the past was the real winner of the French presidential election. Emmanuel Macron won only because a majority felt they had to vote against the ghost of “fascism” allegedly embodied by his opponent, Marine Le Pen. Whether out of panic or out of the need to feel respectable, the French voted two to one in favor of a man whose program most of them either ignored or disliked. Now they are stuck with him for five years.
If people had voted on the issues, the majority would never have elected a man representing the trans-Atlantic elite totally committed to “globalization”, using whatever is left of the power of national governments to weaken them still further, turning over decision-making to “the markets” – that is, to international capital, managed by the major banks and financial institutions, notably those located in the United States, such as Goldman-Sachs.
As you can imagine at Labour Leave HQ to say we are frustrated with the lack of unambiguous commitment to departing the EU from the current leadership of our party would be an understatement. This is without mentioning the rather ludicrous statements from some MPs such as Chuka Umunna, Heidi Alexander, Chris Bryant and oh Owen Smith (remember him?) who seem apparently oblivious that formally leaving the EU but retaining membership of the Single Market and Customs Union is quite patently the worst of both worlds.
There’s a three-pronged Cabinet attack on Brexit in the papers this morning. Theresa May and David Davis have given punchy interviews to two of the Sunday papers: Theresa May tells the Sunday Telegraph that Brussels must pay its own Brexit bill of billions of pounds for Britain’s share of the European Investment Bank and other joint projects, while Brexit Secretary David Davis uses a Sunday Times interview to warn the other 27 EU member states that they must moderate their demands for cash or face the UK walking away from the negotiating table altogether. Meanwhile, one of the Cabinet’s most pro-European voices, Damian Green, urges fellow former Remain voters to support Theresa May in this morning’s Observer.
Ed – The EU’s spending program: delusional, idiotic, wasteful and for 20 years and counting not fully accounted for, will have to be cut when the UK leaves. The penny, or cent, has dropped in the German Chancellery. Bully boy statements from the EU, French and German political classes are showing the EU’s true dictatorial nature. Other EU states are watching ‘the treatment’ and drawing their own concusions about the methods soon to be used on them.
The SNP has abandoned ‘True Independence’ and Sturgeon is forcing Scotland to choose between a more powerful Scotland inside a Federal UK, or a less powerful one inside the EU and most likely the Eurozone.
Quite a busy 24 hours on the Brexit front! Firstly, I wanted to draw your attention to a story which seemed to get no coverage yesterday from otherwise distracted broadcast media: it is the ruling from the European Court of Justice relating to the EU’s trade deal with Singapore, which concluded that in many key areas – not least financial services – any trade deal does not need to be ratified by every national and regional parliament in every member state. While such ratification will still be required in some areas such as dispute resolution, the core of a trade agreement – goods, services and public procurement – will not be subject to national consultation. Overall this is “likely to help the British government” – not my words, but those of The Guardian, no less.