Class Politics vs Identity Politics. Labour’s disastrous performance in the general election seems light years away.
So does the once apparently accepted analysis of the reasons for the colossal Tory victory. The ostensible and rarely challenged argument within the labour movement at the time went something like this: Labour lost its traditional working-class support within its “heartlands” because it failed to support Brexit. Now, with the election of a new Labour leader, even this once-accepted contention has been jettisoned.
While it is undeniably true that Brexit played a part in Labour’s defeat in 2019, this is only part of the picture. The deeper underlying reason, stated simply, is that Labour has deserted working-class voters because over the last 30 plus years it has abandoned any notion of class politics. Labour has been losing votes in its so-called heartlands for many years. Michel Barnier has learned that the British can play post-Brexit hardball. Fear v reality: have Remain predictions come true in the two years since the Brexit vote?
Theresa May and the EU hope to dupe the voters with their next Brexit fudge. A good day for democracy! How stupid do they think we are? Just stop it, will you?
Stop insulting our intelligence. Stop telling lies. Stop pretending you ‘respect the result of the referendum’. No, you don’t. Admit that you will do anything, absolutely anything, to prevent Britain leaving the EU. Brexit doom mongers are looking ahead, but they may be wrong again. Jean-Claude Juncker's leaks are the dirty games of a rattled European Commission. The £50bn 'Brexit Bill' is merely the futile gambit of a deluded elite which is swiftly losing control. Sir Ivan Rogers led David Cameron to European doom. Why would Theresa May listen to him on Brexit? Brexit gloom and the EU's in turmoil, but we've some aces up our sleeves Remainers and Eurocrats will never bully the British people into giving up on Brexit. My confidence in Boris Johnson evaporated after the vote for Brexit. WATCH: 'Can YOU name the presidents of the EU?' Andrea Leadsom savages 'undemocratic' EU.
The Tory MP passionately outlined the many faults of the 28-country bloc and asked whether anyone at Wembley Arena could even name the five EU presidents.
The cabinet member for energy said: “The truth is, 60 per cent of our rules and regulations comes from the European Union. “As city minister and now as energy minister, all day long I’m told ‘you can’t do that, you can’t do this because of the EU’. “The truth is, there are five presidents of the EU. Now can anyone name them? And did anyone vote for them? How much legislation comes from Europe? In a television debate on Europe in March 2014 between the UK Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage, and the Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, the amount of UK legislation that originates in Europe was raised.
Nick Clegg said that only 7% of UK legislation was based on EU law, citing as his source the House of Commons Library research paper on this subject (RP 10/62, “How much legislation comes from Europe?” , 13 October 2010). In the second of the two Farage-Clegg debates in April, Mr Clegg explained that the 7% figure was for UK primary legislation implementing EU law and that 14% of UK Statutory Instruments (SIs) were derived from EU law. Nigel Farage, on the other hand, said the overall total was 75%. Who is right? In short, neither of them is right and the actual figure is probably somewhere between the two. Analysis – UK in a changing Europe. Police: Yes, there ARE No-Go Zones in Sweden.
The Spectator, the nation’s foremost political magazine, can you help vote on EU. The Spectator is the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language — having been established in 1828.
An intellectual powerhouse of conservative opinion, it is hugely respected on both the Right and Left. This is its editorial ahead of Thursday’s vote... The Spectator has a long record of being isolated, but right. Will Vote Leave's blunders lose us the day? Mapped: Where in the UK receives most EU funding and how does this compare with the rest of Europe? DOMINIC LAWSON: Trying to terrify the elderly about their pensions. David Cameron (pictured) has 'chosen to terrify pensioners across the entire United Kingdom' A couple of Scottish National Party MPs, with whom I was sharing a glass or three at Westminster a few weeks ago, told me why they thought their 2014 campaign for independence had faltered at the last.
‘Pensions,’ they said. When I asked them to expand, they argued that in the campaign’s last days, when the matter seemed in the balance, their opponents, backed by the British Government, began telling Scots on the doorstep that their accumulated state pension would be in doubt if they voted for independence. I’ve no idea if this threat really did swing many older Scots to vote against leaving the UK. But these MPs were in no doubt that this terrified a lot of their constituents — even though the then British Pensions Minister Steve Webb had pointed out months earlier that there was no question of Scots losing their pensions: ‘Citizenship is irrelevant.
But wait a moment. UK voters back Norway-style Brexit, poll reveals. Sir James Dyson: 'So if we leave the EU no one will trade with us? Cobblers...' Life in the EU is hardly going to get better. Would we vote to join? Brexit Tory supporter Bill Cash explains why we should vote OUT in the EU Referendum. For more than three decades, SIR BILL CASH, a senior Tory MP has warned — with magnificent indefatigability — of the dangers of the European Project.
For his pains, he has too often been belittled as a deluded Eurosceptic. But in the past two decades, much of what he has warned about has come all too true. Read this extract from his new book and see if you agree with him . . . EU single market integration 'stalls' as countries fail to ditch red tape and remove trade barriers says OECD. Heavy cost of UK’s access to the single market in Europe We will still trade freely with the EU if we vote Leave Britain's defiant judges fight back against Europe's imperial court. France shuns Europe as Brexit revolt spreads It's not just the Brits: Euroscepticism on the rise all across Europe, major survey shows George Osborne slammed by DOMINIC LAWSON during his campaign trail.
With every day we get closer to the EU referendum vote on June 23, the Remain campaign becomes more panicky.
And the more it panics, the more preposterous become its attempts to scare the public into rejecting the option of voting ‘Leave’. So, yesterday George Osborne warned that ‘leaving the EU would add between £70 and £105 a month to the cost of a mortgage for the average first-time home-buyer’. In fact, the Chancellor doesn’t have the slightest idea what will happen to mortgage rates, and he is intelligent enough to know that he doesn’t. For what it’s worth, Osborne’s figures are based on the idea that uncertainty in the foreign exchange markets in the wake of a vote for Brexit would put downward pressure on sterling, which would have inflationary effects, which would in turn require interest rates to increase. It's not nice being called a racist for raising concerns about immigration. Leave camp must accept that Norway model is the only safe way to exit EU. Why is Europe so fed up? The question now confronting Europe – and the voters in Britain’s own referendum – is whether all these stresses now being placed on the European Union will force a genuine re-ordering along more “common sense” lines or, sooner or later, lead to the collapse of the project altogether.
The traditional third option favoured by the EU in recent years – muddling through and "kicking the can"– is looking increasingly difficult to sustain. There are those, like Charles Grant, the director of the pro-EU Centre for European Reform, who look at the Europe Union today and find that – despite all its undoubted problems - the most remarkable thing is that “everywhere, it appears that the centre appears to be holding”. EU referendum: Concern over immigration delivers a 'significant' poll boost to the Leave campaign as voters react to claims over UK border control. HSBC chief Michael Geoghegan states case for Brexit. Michael Geoghegan laid out seven reasons why he believed the UK was better off outside the EU A former HSBC boss last night set out the economic case for Brexit – saying it would allow Britain to ‘take back control’ of the City of London.
Michael Geoghegan, group chief executive of the bank between 2006 and 2010, laid out seven reasons why he believed the UK was better off outside the EU. He said leaving the European Union would enable Britain to regain power over taxation, ditch costly Brussels red tape and shelter the Square Mile from the fallout of a future eurozone crisis. Such moves would ‘make the City a more competitive, prosperous global financial centre’, he said. And he warned that the proposed EU ‘financial transaction tax’ on banks could have an impact on Britain even if – as George Osborne has promised – we do not take part in it.
White Britons could be in the minority by 2060's claims Oxford professor DAVID COLEMAN. Britain is poised at two historic turning points — and they go together. Very much depends on the outcome. Rapid population growth, driven by the highest immigration in our history, is destabilising and transforming its population, its environment and its ethnic make-up into something quite new. At the same time, the UK faces a choice about leaving the EU or remaining in it. Some welcome the growth of the population and the increased diversity that it brings. For those who do not, leaving the EU offers a possibility of moderating at least some of that growth, keeping the UK in something like its present size and shape.
George Osborne's claim that retirees would lose out from Brexit slammed by experts. George Osborne is under pressure after pensioners were told they face losing 'dramatic' sums of money if Britain votes to stay in the EU Pensioners were last night told they face losing ‘dramatic’ sums of money if Britain votes to stay in the European Union. The warning flies in the face of George Osborne’s claim that Brexit would cost every pensioner up to £32,000 – and asserts that the real threat to retirement incomes is a vote to Remain. Experts highlighted a Brussels directive which requires insurers to increase their cash reserves to guard against the risk of insolvency. Even though it has only been partially implemented in Britain, it has already driven down the rates on annuities, which millions of workers have to buy to turn their private or company pension pots into an income for life.
Experts say that if Britain stays in the EU, it is likely to be extended to cover final salary company schemes. Brexit on the doorsteps. On Saturday I had my first chance to canvass door to door just on Brexit, with the local elections and the Police Commissioner elections behind us. It was very different to canvassing in support of individual candidates for office. Brexit would make ISIS happy and the eight other myths that David Cameron's peddling. Incendiary remarks: David Cameron claimed the leader of ISIS 'might be happy' if Britain voted to leave Brussels David Cameron yesterday claimed the leader of the murderous Islamic State terror group is a cheerleader for Brexit. George Osborne may live to regret treating his former friends with such arrogant contempt. A vote for Remain is a vote for mass immigration from Turkey. Barack Obama, our fair-weather friend, is wrong about the EU. JAMES SLACK analyses George Osborne's 200-page dossier against Brexit.
By James Slack for the Daily Mail Published: 00:25 GMT, 19 April 2016 | Updated: 06:57 GMT, 19 April 2016 In its 200-page report yesterday, the Treasury claimed leaving the EU would cost households an average of £4,300 a year. Here, Political Editor JAMES SLACK sets out the Government’s case – and the response of eurosceptics who say the dossier is absurd. George Osborne, second left, pictured at his speech in Bristol alongside fellow Cabinet members Liz Truss, left, Amber Rudd, second right, and Stephen Crabb Mr Osborne, centre with Ms Truss, left, and Ms Rudd, right, said leaving the EU would cost British households £4,300 per year. Daniel Hannan exposes reason why charities are desperate to keep Britain in the EU. On Saturday, Euro MP Daniel Hannan asked you to sack him and so help abolish the fat-cat perks enjoyed by Eurocrats and Brussels politicians. Daniel Hannan exposes reason why charities are desperate to keep Britain in the EU.
UK taxpayers face £50bn bill after EU judges overrule our tax laws. The EU has revealed its true nature: a federalist monster that will not stop until nations are abolished. PETER OBORNE writes that there is a chilling witch hunt against free speech. Plain-talking and principled: John Longworth (pictured) spoke his mind on Europe Generally, there are two types of spokesman for the business world. Most prominent are those with slippery tongues – and, sadly, major British companies have more than their fair share of these. They typically represent plutocratic directors, are overpaid and have their eye on the next opportunity for themselves – normally a political career or a peerage.
I knew from the moment I first came across John Longworth that he did not belong to this category. David Cameron's aide berated anti-EU business chief John Longworth by telephone. A senior aide to David Cameron gave a telephone dressing-down to the business chief who dared to speak out in favour of Brexit. Daniel Korski, who is paid £93,000 a year, rang John Longworth just hours before the British Chambers of Commerce sensationally suspended him from his post as director general. David Cameron's shadowy hitman and the phone call that ended John Longworth's career. As John Longworth rose to make his speech to the annual conference of the British Chambers of Commerce last Thursday, there was an unusually high level of interest in Downing Street in what he had to say.
Traditionally, the director-general’s speech is an underwhelming affair about the impact on small and medium-sized businesses of red tape, rates, skill shortages and such like. Anti-EU business chief John Longworth knifed by Downing Street gives interview. I fought for Britain and I know how the EU weakens our defences. So what about the Balkan conflicts of 1991-2013? 1991-1995: The Croatian War of Independence was mainly resolved thanks to the Nato-manned United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR). 1992-1995: The Bosnian War was resolved by Dayton Accords giving NATO authority for action. 1997: Unrest in Albania was resolved by Nato. 1998-1999: The first Kosovo War was resolved by Nato. 2001: Insurgency in the Republic of Macedonia was resolved by Nato. 2004: Further unrest in Kosovo was resolved by UN/Nato. 2008: Yet more unrest in Kosovo was resolved by Nato. 2011-2013: North Kosovo Crisis was resolved by Nato, Conversely when people of EU member states, or of future member states, or of neighbouring nations needed help the EU failed.
There is a pattern here. I fought for Britain and I know how the EU weakens our defences. EU Facts: how much does Britain pay to the EU budget? Last year, that rebate reduced our contribution to £12.9 billion. Mervyn King: the eurozone is doomed. Euro-twaddle or Tolstoy? You choose your poisson... DOMINIC LAWSON: Operation Fear? It's more like Operation Pull The Other One Chancellor: Over the past few days, Mr Osborne has adopted his most saturnine manner in an attempt to terrify the British people With his pale skin and dark hair, and looking slimmer than ever, were he an actor Chancellor George Osborne might have been typecast as Count Dracula in those 1970s Hammer Horror films. Over the past few days, Mr Osborne has adopted his most saturnine manner in an attempt to terrify the British people: to be precise, he is attempting to terrify us about the alleged horrors we will endure if, on June 23, we vote to leave the European Union. This, for example lies behind his warning via the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, that ‘global economic turmoil’ means he ‘may need to undertake further reductions’ in government spending.
A battle of wills: the Prime Minister and Iain Duncan Smith tell the Telegraph why they are so opposed. He vowed to defy a Downing Street ban intended to stop him and other Eurosceptic ministers seeing official government figures on the impact of EU membership. Nine deceptions in our history with the EU. Did auditors sign off on the EU budget? Did the EU misspend enough money to build 10 new hospitals? UK contributions to EU leap by £3.1bn over the next 5 years. War hero felt pressured by No.10 into signing pro Europe letter. I'm French, but I've lost my patience with the EU. I'll be voting Leave. The EU is like the Titanic, and we need to jump off before it sinks. EU elites wrongly believe they have perfected government, so we should leave.
Spare ALEX BRUMMER a sermon from this overpaid, self-serving pro-EU coterie. David Cameron's EU campaign backed by businessman raking in £94m in handouts. David Cameron Brexit Cabinet rebels banned from accessing government material to support campaign to leave EU under David Cameron's strict new gagging rules. Even fellow MEPs were banned from eurocrat's secret evidence to Lords. David Cameron appears to be mimicking Labour’s Harold Wilson. Campaign group Grassroots Out aims to target voters who want to leave EU.
Campaign group Grassroots Out aims to target voters who want to leave EU. The EU worth £3,000 to each British family? Writes DOMINIC LAWSON. The shadowy lobbyists waging a propaganda war to keep Britain in EU.