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All political parties enter the conference season with trepidation. Those riding high in the polls are desperate to

(left to right) John McDonnell, Diane Abbott, and Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn

ensure they don’t do or say anything silly, and those at a low ebb eye the opportunity to rally the troops.

And so the Labour Party headed to Brighton – well to be honest – Momentum headed to Brighton, determined to control proceedings in that classic Marxist/Trotskyist fashion. Resolved to crush or hush anyone in the party that was guilty of wrong-think! And my word have they done just that!

Moderate Labour MPs – many of them household names – were banned from the conference floor. Only approved delegates (Momentum speak for those who have been vetted by the hard left faction) were allowed to speak.

Momentum thugs patrolled the floors and fringe corridors with overt malice. Intimidation prevailed everywhere creating an atmosphere I have never before witnessed outside the soviet bloc! The media were pushed around and treated like Trump supporters at an Antifa coffee morning! It was truly horrible and I never want to be in that position again.

BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssburg at the Labour party conference centre, Brighton, with her BBC assigned bodyguard (left)after abuse was directed at her online.

Even journalists who have been loyal to the Labour cause over the years were ripe for intimidation, but the biggest shock was when the BBCs Laura Kuenssberg appeared with a hired bodyguard of some considerable height. Corbyn’s storm troopers denied all accusations of intimidation and blamed the BBC for smearing the cult that is Corbyn-mania!

This article has been limited to a few hundred words so it not possible to list all that was so very, very wrong here in Brighton. Labour’s Jewish groups were made to feel afraid for their safety, moderate female MPs were in a state of shock at the levels of misogyny openly displayed by their own male colleagues. The most important subject of our time “Brexit” was reduced to a “behind the scenes” platitudinous masquerade without minutes or press briefing.

At breakfast this morning, I sat with a well-connected Tory journalist – he was the happiest I’d ever seen him. “What are you so cheerful about?” I asked, and with an unconcealed smugness he replied, “I’ve counted half a dozen moderates who have converted to the cult, the scribblers for the Tory conference next week in Manchester are going to make sure the foul-stinking mud of this week sticks to every Labour moderate from A to f**king Z!”

Hard-core remainers spend the vast majority of their time spouting vitriolic abuse at those who chose to leave the EU! Social Media is full of it. Friends unfollowing friends on Facebook, followers blocking followers on Twitter – the divide has become quite nasty, scary even!

No one could have predicted the post Brexit polarisation of Britain. Even diehard politicos have been disturbed by the resulting tribalism following the referendum of 23rd June 2016!

Since that remarkable day, those who voted to remain in the European Union have been found out! From AC Grayling to Gary Linaker, George Osborne to Harriet Harman – Not only have they been unable to name one of the several presidents of the EU, or identify a European Union directive that benefits the UK, but not one of their doomsday predictions has ever come close to being true. The wretched remoaners either cling to the slogan on the red bus, or insist the apocalypse hasn’t happened yet because Britain hasn’t left! Despite the fact all the Armageddon prophecies were supposed to happen the very day after the referendum!

The latest trend adopted by the Europhiles is soft Brexit, in other words, remaining in the EU hoping for a deal that will never be offered, in the vague hope that after a decade or so of procrastination, the British public will just forget about it all and we’ll just stay in by default!

But the horrifying thing is, this could easily happen. The article 50 negotiations are expected to take 2 years before a settlement with the EU is reached. That, my dear readers, is never going to happen!  Brussels has never concluded trade negotiations with another friendly country in 10 years, let alone 2! It must also be emphasised that the EU doesn’t look on the UK as a friendly country. Brussels is determined to punish the UK to deter any other member from contemplating the very idea of leaving the bloc. No former member can be seen to strike a better deal than the remaining member states.

After over 50 years, the European Union has never struck a bilateral trade deal with a major world economy. There are too many vested interests on agricultural policies for France and Spain, whilst German industrial car manufacturing giants won’t allow Japan, China or India a shred of their lucrative markets. Prominent leave voters are only too well aware of this as the Twitter thread below illustrates.

 

Take the BBC article above for example, highlighted by Twitter user @Alichat66 – and commented on by @SirTrevSkint – both I should add, are British expats living in Europe. Despite the misleading headline, not only has a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan not been agreed, but after five years of stalemate between the two – principally because France, Germany and Italy have vetoed several articles, but the EU was happy to kick any further negotiations into the long grass.

Now comes the shocker! After Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential race, announcing to the world “America First” in essence, following a more inward looking, protectionist trade policy, and shunning the EU by walking away from the anti-American TTIP agreement, Brussels panicked. Britain was leaving the EU and so was the US! Suddenly Brussels needed to show the people of Europe that it was making successful trade deals with the world’s greatest economies. But, as Sir Trev Skint points out, after five years of procrastination and inflexibility towards Japan, suddenly they have become the EUs “new best buddy”!

A further 15 years are required to see through the trade “transition” – Brussels speak for chaotic EU infighting and member state self-serving protectionism! If their past record is anything to go by, the European Union will have excelled themselves to ink a trade deal with Japan within 20 years.

The UK will certainly not achieve anything like a bilateral trade deal with Brussels in 2 years. Better to go straight to the World Trade Organisation now and walk away from these unachievable on-going irreconcilable deliberations.

The United Kingdom can then freely sign bilateral free trade agreements with the US, China, Far East, the Commonwealth, South America and a hundred other dynamic world economies, allowing the diminishing EU member states to either implode, disintegrate or, as is most likely, come begging to us for a no-strings-attached free trade deal.

If you think 2015 was a tough year for the Labour Party,  just imagine being a Lib/Dem!

It’s worth reminding ourselves that this once great British institution went from being a party of government in 2010, to suffering a virtual wipe-out

Once relevant!

Once relevant!

five years later. With 57 seats in the coalition government and several respected heavyweights in their ranks, the Lib/Dems had enviable influence between 2010 and 2015. Influence today’s Labour Party can only dream about.

Now reduced to just eight seats and saddled with a leader who lacks gravitas or any kind of public profile, it is a party in permanent decline.

Starved of publicity, mainly due to the overwhelming media interest in Labour’s public imploding and lacking its big beasts, most of whom were expunged at the 2015 general election, the Lib/Dems seem to be heading in the same direction as one of those popular, but now out of date 1960s

sitcoms.

Yes, they could try a revival, but they’re never the same as the original.