European Brit

A passionate supporter of the European Union, a polyglot Brit looks at life post Brexit vote.


Michael Gove

Decision To Leave Was Based on Lies

Boris Johnson And Gisela Stuart Aboard The Leave Campaign Bus
STAFFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Boris Johnson MP, Labour MP Gisela Stuart and UKIP MP Douglas Carswell address the people of Stafford in Market Square during the Vote Leave, Brexit Battle Bus tour on May 17, 20016 in Stafford.           (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Leave Campaign spearheaded by Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage repeatedly said:

  1. They would save the £350 million we spend weekly on contributions to the EU budget on spend it on the NHS.    (actually it is £161 million as they were frequently told)
  2. They would cut immigration.
  3. They wanted to take back control of our country.

Yet the very day after the EU Referendum they admitted that they were not going to spend £350 million a week on the NHS, they could not control immigration and they had absolutely no plan how they would take back control.  On the contrary, it seemed we were losing control as we plunged into financial turmoil.

These lies on which many, many people decided to vote Leave, the decision to take the UK out of the EU was based in totally false promises.

Gove Boris cartoon

Great political cartoon by Morten Morland on 27 June 2016.


Do We Want a PM Who Ignores Experts?

When Michael Gove, the pro-Brexit Justice Secretary, was told by Faisal Islam of Sky News that “the leaders of the US, India, China, Australia, every single one of our allies, the Bank of England, the IFS, IMF, the CBI, five former Nato secretary generals and the Chief Executive of the NHS” were all against Britain’s exit, the response was remarkable.

“I think the people of this country have had enough of experts”.

Faisal Islam was understandably dumbfounded by such a stupid statement from a very intelligent man.

Michael Gove is jointly culpable for Brexit, for the sharp decline in the value of the Pound, the dramatic losses in our investments and pension funds and the fall in our credit rating.  Now while some of these short term responses may be corrected in the short term, that does not help businesses today with higher cost for importing of materials and services, nor holiday makers who  will have 8€ or 11 € less per £.

It was widely expected that Boris Johnson would be the clear favourite to stand as PM and Michael Gove would be his running mate but Gove’s wife, Sarah Vine, “accidentally” leaked an email, destined for him, to a member of the public advising him to be absolutely sure that Boris promised him a top job before lending his support.  The next day, Gove, despite all his previous assurances since 2012 that he would not and could not stand as PM, went back on his word and stood for election.  Boris responded by not standing.

Michael Gove is not to be trusted.  There is an expression, which is surprisingly from Gavin Esler in “A Scrupulous Man” and not Shakespeare, so often the author of our favourite expressions:

“He who wields the knife rarely inherits the crown”.

Michael Gove is one of the Gang of Three (Farage-Johnson-Gove) who duped the public with falsehoods regarding the information on which millions of people based their Remain/Leave vote.  Although they thought the public would vote Remain, they are responsible for the constitutional mess that the country finds itself in and the knock-on effect to our European partners and indeed, the worldwide economy.  Although there are suggestions that a Brexiteer should lead the country in negotiations post triggering Article 50, there is no way that Gove should be rewarded with the glittering prize.  He deceived the country and our memories will not be short.

Furthermore, with the reforms Michael Gove made as Education Secretary, he is widely hated by teachers and parents of children who will sit GCSE from 2017 onwards – including my son.  If the Tories choose Gove as their leader, they are unlikely to win in a General Election.  By all means Tories, choose the man with the bloody dagger.

PS Does anyone else think he sounds like Michael McIntyre?


The Ugly Rise of Race Crime Since Brexit

I heard a Leave voter on LBC today saying she voted that way because she believed the message that £350 million would be paid back into the NHS and there would be more money for education and more jobs. She now knows this was a blatant lie and feels disgraced at voting the way she did. She fully supports a multi-cultural society, indeed her daughter is dating a black guy.

Making this vote about immigration was a Fascist ticket and I too believe that the vast majority are more tolerant and inclusive. Yet there have been over 400 cases of race crime since the result, up from the usual 60-80 per week.  The rise of UKIP has been ugly. Unfortunately, my 15 year old son tells me what some of his classmates believe so they must be fed this filth by their chav parents with two council estates within the catchment area. The teachers have a hard job teaching tolerance and inclusion within a very small window of time on a crowded timetable.

Michael Gove, as Education Secretary, removed GCSE Psychology and Sociology because apparently teaching teenagers about people and society is not as important as STEM subjects. Yes, STEM subjects are important but we do not all need to know the details to live successfully in society as adults.  Teaching comparative religions and morals in Ethics & Philosophy has also been sidelined in my son’s school and history is optional post 14. For me these should be core subjects, vital to engendering tolerance and multi-cultural co-habitation.  When you decide that learning about prisms of light, non-ferrous metals and vectors is more important that understanding what other people think and believe, it is no surprise that 58% voted to Leave in Portsmouth and 62% in Havant.

All the tabloid newspapers supported Leave.  They are easy to read with lots of photos and cost 20p-80p.  Compare these to the intelligent press with reasoned discussions for £1-£2.40.  The tabloids feed the sort of language which incites xenophobia and racism:

Daily Express racist headlines

Daily Express: “Migrants make mugs of us all”, “We must stop the migrant invasion”, “Britain must ban migrants” – Disgraceful.

No wonder we have heard stories this week of Polish children in school being told to go home, children who were born here!

What is happening to our country?  I am not sure that I recognise it any more.





The Roller Coaster Week One Post Brexit

Since we woke up to the dreadful news that somehow Britain had voted to Leave the EU, life has not been the same and I wonder whether it ever will be.  I still feel dazed, in shock and so, so upset.  I am literally heartbroken.

Last Friday, the PM who had called this referendum, David Cameron, resigned.  I was angry with him at the time for walking out, abandoning us to the mess his decision had caused.  Since then I have watched him, the statesman that he is, doing his best to lead Parliament and find the best solution for the country he loves.  I know that inside he too is broken.

This was never meant to happen.  Cameron wanted to appease the Eurosceptic right-wingers in his party but somehow the scripts were mixed up.  We should have shown the arrogant Nigel Farage that whilst he has his supporters, this country is not his to overrun with his racist and rude opinions.  Farage on his own was not a votes winner.  He needed support to spearhead the campaign.  In that he found Boris Johnson, the Etonian boy groomed to be a future PM, just waiting in the wings after his eight years as Mayor of London.  Now Boris is clever and he realised that fellow Etonian Cameron would not have the support of the masses.  He saw this as his chance to walk triumphantly into No.10.  Boris does not really want us to leave the EU, he was pro-Europe in earlier speeches, indeed in one he even said how he could not wait for the “great moment” when the two halves of the Roman Empire “are at  last reunited in an expanded European Union” in a documentary he made for the BBC.

Yet tonight, Boris Johnson is in disgrace, licking his wounds and confirmed as not standing in the Tory party leadership contest.  For the first time in a week I laughed, really laughed.  The main who lied and change his support as part of his plan to win the top job has been exposed as a career politician who even put his country  to ransom for his ambitions.  This is one holy Eton Mess.

I tweeted that we should take him to the Tower of London, via Traitors Gate and hang him.

I have always liked Boris, who doesn’t with his incredible charisma?  But this man will go down in history as the man who caused a constitutional crisis, lost billions of our wealth and plunged the UK and indeed the world into uncertainty.  Confidence is falling and we could fall into recession.

George Osbourne, our Chancellor, was on target to achieve his goal of wiping out our budget deficit.  All his work will have been wiped out by this most contemptuous of men, Boris Johnson.  Osbourne too was expected to stand in the leadership but decided that he was not the man to bring unity.

Boris’s side-kick in the Leave campaign, Michael Gove, who was supposed to back him in the hope of one of the top jobs, possibly Chancellor, has stabbed him in the back , declared Boris unfit to lead and offered himself into the leadership battle.  This is the man who said in 2012, that he could not and would not stand for PM.

Then there is Jeremy Corbyn, the nice Marxist who calls himself the Labour Leader.  172 to 40 of his MPs declared no confidence in him after nearly all of his Shadow Cabinet resigned and yet he sits there stubbornly, saying he has the mandate of his party members.  That may be the case but in Parliament his job is to provide effective leadership of the Opposition and that he is failing to do.  In fact today Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, said that the SNP should now take on the mantle of the Opposition as they are clearly united.

Amidst all this, Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has spoken of his heartbreak but said we must seek a future for the UK within the EU.  He has made UK’s membership of the EU the top policy for the party manifesto and is building strength in the party for the autumn General Election which many believe will come.  Since Friday morning, 12,000 new members have joined the party no doubt seeking for a way to remain in the EU and looking to Tim to find a way.  He says if we must leave, then we need to find a new model and he believes the Norwegian one to be the best although it will cost us more to achieve the same as we already have.  That is what the Remain campaign kept saying when people talked of Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and other one foot in models without full membership.

It has been a long week but I think tonight I might sleep more soundly knowing that Boris has had his just reward.

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