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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!”

BREXIT: Why No Deal Is Better Than An Acceptable Deal!

Imagine bringing together 27 of the world’s top religious leaders in a room and telling them they have 2 years to agree on a single religious text that will be unambiguously followed by their believers! Many of the world’s largest religions don’t even have a definitive leader, due to historical factions and chasms that haven’t healed for centuries. The odds of getting any kind of agreement in 24 months will be long, very long, in fact it would be impossible to get them together in a room in the first instance, simply because they would never allow themselves to be put in a position where they will have to renounce their faith, rendering their entire history irrelevant and their power dissolved. Furthermore, who could possibly be the head of this new totalitarian mythology?

Now imagine you are representing Britain’s interests in the on-going Brexit negotiations. The chief negotiator for the EU – Michel Barnier has not only been given his instructions by each of the 27 member states, but also must consider the factions within those states, such as the Walloons, Catalonians, and Sicilians etc. All of whom are demanding he protect their lucrative agriculture, fishing and manufacturing rights. Barnier has said publicly he has “very little scope for flexibility” – even before the talks began.

Getting Nowhere

Put simply, he has none at all. He cannot give any concessions to the UK negotiators – his brief is to ensure the UK does not get any kind of deal that looks to the remaining and vexed member states even slightly considerate, for fear of starting an avalanche of withdrawals from the bloc.

Since June 23rd 2016, there has been nothing substantial talked about by Brussels. When Theresa May became Prime Minister she immediately attempted to put the rights of expat Europeans on the table, only to be told by Merkel and Hollande to wait until the talks begin. Yet when the talks commenced, there was instantly disagreement about the format the negotiations would take. To speed things up David Davies – ill-advisedly – agreed to the EUs schedule of negotiations – which has lead to the current impasse where talks on trade and residency rights can only begin after the Brexit divorce bill is agreed.

So where did the idea of a financial penalty come from? There is nothing in any EU treaty, not even article 50, which remotely implies an exit fee!

Did the EU just conjure it out of thin air? Yes it did and to understand why, we must go back to the shock result of the referendum. Leading up to that historic vote, a “Brexit fee”, or divorce bill was invented by Eurocrats and Project fear – or remoaners as they are now known. Prominent remainers like; George Osborne, Nick Clegg, Branson and panicking supporters of globalism seized on the idea to further their cause and frighten British voters into choosing to stay in the EU. In itself, this imaginary financial penalty was never going to be a referendum winner, but added to the Project Fear armoury of 3 million job losses, punishment budgets and Obama’s threat that Britain would be sent to the back of the queue in UK-US trade deal negations, it did strengthen the remain campaign and undoubtedly influenced some voters to change their minds and vote to stay in the EU.

The second purpose of the mythical divorce bill was to cause delays in what should be easily agreed leaving terms. There is no reason why Britain should not be given a free trade deal with the EU. Chile, Jersey, Egypt, Palestine, South Africa and Turkey along with over 20 other countries around the world have a free trade deal (FTA) with the EU and don’t have to accept open borders in return. Brussels could easily agree a bilateral FTA with the UK today. The UK has offered it already. All our exporters have complied with EU export regulations for more than 40 years, so there is no red tape required. There is no obstacle to be overcome on either side unless; we are simply being made an example of, to discourage other less enthusiastic members of the EU to never offer a referendum to their people.

So, what would be a good deal for the UK? Put simply, a FTA on goods and services with no strings attached regarding free movement of people (open borders) – No jurisdiction in law or sovereignty from the EU over the UK. Continued sharing of intelligence and no fees or payments or subscriptions from either party.

But here we are, discussing a bill that cannot be quantified or justified because it is illegitimate. Proof – if it were needed – that the EU is delaying and sabotaging all efforts for an agreement by putting businesses, people’s lives and jobs in jeopardy while they cast around for an alternative way of winning. Each and every day wasted on these negotiations provides Brussels and the Remain camp with an opportunity to kick a decision further into the long grass in the vain hope the people of Britain will change their minds through weariness and cede power back to federalism and the cosh of unelected bureaucrats in the capsizing EU.

The solution? Simple! Walk away without a deal. Offer the EU a FTA and immediately sign bilateral FTAs with the rest of the world. Under World Trade Organisation rules, no country can impose tariffs or regulations on another if they are not agreed and reciprocated. The EU would have no alternative than to replicate our terms bilaterally. We would pay no divorce settlement and benefit from cheaper goods and services from around the world from day one.

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.

Perhaps the more accurate headline should read; Fat-Cat business vs. Bloated public sector?

Depending on which side of the political divide you come from, you will get a different answer! Why should that be the case I hear you ask! Well put simply, or dare I say, crudely, the leftists have always favoured state-owned monoliths, over-manning and heavily unionised workforces. After all, if you’ve detested capitalists for the entire history of your party, you’re not going to be comfortable taking hefty donations from fat- cat industrialists who make their profits off the backs of the working class when you can be more virtuous by taking largesse from fat-cat unions who make their profits …. well. !!…. off the backs of the working class actually!! Yes I know, it doesn’t make sense, but that’s just the way it is!

There was a single exception to Labour’s socialist mind-set; Tony Blair! He was “extremely relaxed taking money from the filthy rich!” (His words, not mine!)

With a foot in both camps, he couldn’t fail. Business and industry fell for the snake-oil salesman; Teflon Tony charmed their wallets open and still managed to keep the die-hard unions’ on-side. Of course, it could not last forever, and it didn’t!

That’s why we now have Jeremy Corbyn! The Labour movement were just as deceived as the capitalist bosses, but the hard-left felt the shame hardest. They realised Blair was the most extreme example of greed they had ever witnessed, he would think nothing of forcing your children up a chimney, putting grandparents in the workhouse, privatising the NHS and introducing tuition fees!!

Our NHS – Not really!

How the hard left must loath themselves for allowing themselves to be so gullible and used!

So with the above in mind, it’s hardly surprising that fat-cat private business and industry have scurried back to the Tory party and the bloated public sector has got behind the big-state Marxist Corbyn!

There is now a clear divide between private and public sector!

Perhaps now is a good time to look at the recent history of the conflict.

Whilst there has always been a public sector in our long and proud history, it was mostly confined to our military and civil service, particularly during the growth, and even the demise of our empire. The real change came during the Second World War with the Beveridge report of 1942.

Prior to the Beveridge report, the Liberal party from as far back as the 1830s had pressed for social and working conditions reform in efforts to relieve the burden and improve life expectancy of the poor. All very creditable stuff and slow progress was made. The old age pension and many housing and working conditions acts were forced through parliament, often voted down by the Tories! Not entirely unexpected as during those times they were the landlords and employers who were most likely to take a hit in their profits in all this – turkeys don’t vote for Christmas do they?

This changed everything

But then came the two world wars and through the necessity of national security of means of production and transportation, nationalisation of the railways, mines, utilities and communication, to name but a few, was instigated. It’s worth noting that the United States never nationalised any of these industries yet still managed to win the second world war through industrial might and go on to become a world superpower in military and production terms. However that is a discussion for another day!

In post war Britain, austerity prevailed, whilst the US boomed with the American dream, an abundance of food and luxury goods!

In 1945 Labour won their third general election and enthusiastically adopted the recommendations of the Beveridge report, in effect, the beginning of the welfare state as we know it today. The National Health Service was the most significant, and, as we now know, the most controversial.

Throughout the 1950’s, 60s and seventies, nationalisation and the welfare state – “The Public Sector” – eclipsed the “Private Sector” by swallowing up shipbuilding, car manufacturing and steel production; it was a socialist’s wet dream come true! The unions flexed their muscles and bullied successive governments with unrealistic pay demands, holidays and pension deals. If they couldn’t get what they wanted, they would bring the country to its knees by way of strikes and withdrawal of utilities, in the knowledge that if prolonged, private enterprise would fold and mass unemployment would follow, with the public pointing the finger of blame at the incumbent government! It was a ghastly time to live through.

 

With the major industries in public ownership – the private sector was far smaller and stupendously heavily taxed – the successful and wealthy were a target for high taxation, some of our greatest entrepreneurs were paying over 90% of their earnings to the exchequer. Many fled to the colonies; such as the US, Australia and Canada! The Rolling Stones and Tim Berners-Lee (British inventor of the internet) were just two of what became known as “the brain drain”. The nationalised industries never turned a profit, in fact they consumed eye watering subsidies, the Taxpayers were made to foot the bill. Interest rates and inflation were well into double figures and Britain became known throughout the world as “the sick man of Europe”. In the late seventies the international monetary fund (IMF) were called in by Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his chancellor Dennis Healy. Austerity, cuts and pay restraints were inflicted on Britain, in fact they were so severe that Labour Chancellor Dennis Healey cut more in 1 year 78/79 than George Osborne managed to achieve between 2010 to 2015! Just let that sink in!!

Throughout the extensive, uncontrolled growth period of the 1970s, the public sector became infested with socialists who could not see themselves working for private businesses and corporate enterprise! Teachers, nurses, civil servants, the fire service, police and local authorities became the natural home for those idealists who chose to consume profits instead of making them. They simply had no respect or understanding of the private sector, in fact they deliberately did not wish to. It was distasteful and repugnant to them. Public Sector employees had never really experienced a pay and pensions advantage over their Private Sector rivals. In fact, for many years they had been the poor relation, public service was seen as a privilege, a duty by many in those innocent times of need. Income parity was their initial goal and through the powerful union movement during those years of state ownership and intervention of the 1970s Public Sector pay and conditions became the overriding aim of the union barons. It was also during those times that recruitment in that sector began to expand exponentially.

From the early 1980s – under Margaret Thatcher’s stewardship, this direction of travel in the United Kingdom was significantly halted. As soon as the powerful miner’s union was despatched, the whole of the Public Sector became ripe for culling. Margaret Thatcher knew the power of the Public Sector was not because of the size of the trade unions, quite the reverse, the power of the trade unions was because of the size of the public sector! She took an axe to those nationalised utilities and loss making monoliths by selling them off to private investors, either for profit or, more controversially, asset stripping. Her motive was clear, reduce the Public Sector payroll and you starve the union beast of its funding. Yes, it was idealistic, but it was also a logical way to inject cash into the economy and reduce the subsidy burden on the hard pressed taxpayers.

Beating the Miners Union

With deregulation of the city of London’s stock market, Britain became a wealthy, aspirational place to live, many other countries around the world created their own “Big Bang”. Margaret had enacted the capitalist dream and turned it into reality.  The right to buy further turbocharged the consumer market at home, but more importantly created a whole new army of Blue collar, home owning Tory voters.

Anti-union legislation was passed by strong Conservative government after government, benefiting from large majorities and the weak Labour leadership of Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock were powerless to intervene. It was during Margaret Thatcher’s second term of office that Corbyn was elected to Parliament. He was an open sore during Kinnock, Blair and Gordon Brown’s leadership of the Labour Party.

In 1997, Blair and Brown began to expand the public sector. Quangos, Local Authorities and the NHS were just some of the areas stuffed with left leaning acolytes – jobs for the boys – Universities and the media swelled their coffers and ranks with glee, it was the Public Sector and Labour’s equivalent of the “Big Bang” – funded by PFI, stupendously profligate borrowing, uncontrolled consumer growth, deregulation of banking and of course, selling off the gold!

The Public Sector headcount spiralled with health and safety officers, diversity officers, risk assessment managers, community liaison personnel and dozens of non-job box tickers! To hell with potholes and bin collections, those jobs were for the working classes and the Labour party had moved on from those awful, black and white days of class struggles, Blairism was now focussing on the immigrants, in-work benefit subsidies and the Public Sector middle classes for their core vote! They even had the Richard Bransons and Alan Sugars aboard, though they’d prefer to forget the Philip Greens and Fred the Shred (RBS), despite bestowing knighthoods on them.

By 2007 Blair was exposed as a Red Tory – his greed, warmongering and lack of conviction for social justice became his defining legacy – Nevertheless, he’d probably have won a 4th term in 2010 had he been unchallenged. But Gordon Brown had galvanised what remained of the hard left and besides, during their now infamous lunch at the trendy Granita eatery, he had promised Gordon he’d resign during his third term as Prime Minister, all was set for a new wave of Socialism using the now gargantuan Public Sector as their core 30% vote share, plus immigrants (as a result of the Blair years, there were now an extra 3 million of them) all bolstered by a new class of private sector workers who depended on in-work benefits to top up their low wages (low-skilled immigrants had actually forced wages down).

By now the Public Sector had not only surpassed the Private Sector on pay deals, but they had secured index linked

The Gap Widens

pensions, early retirement,  jobs for life and no expense was spared on their working environments! They even enjoyed more holidays, sick leave and maternity benefits. It was a socialist’s utopia and it was still growing. Under Labour, state teachers became gods, local authority employees’ demigods and the NHS a religion!

When the financial crisis struck, Britain was spending 250 billion pounds a year more than it received in revenue, even today that annual deficit is 50 billion pounds, despite 7 years of so-called Tory austerity! Gordon Brown lost the election in 2010, and the newly elected Tory/LibDem coalition government attempted (unsuccessfully) to reign in the profligacy and steer the country towards living within its means. Their only fulfilled pledge was to reduce the public sector headcount by half a million whilst compensating those job losses with one million new private sector positions. This they have achieved, and a little more besides. Local authority funding has reduced in real terms by 40%. Defence and education spending has also seen a squeeze. But unfortunately, health, welfare and overseas aid provision have not been reigned in. There are billions to be shaved of these budgets in efficiency savings whilst improving user’s experiences. But the political will is nowhere to be found, what’s more, the government has failed to increase its majority at the last election, there is no prevailing mood of confidence to address these funding black holes.

At present, the 6 year Public Sector pay freeze is under attack from all sides. As terrorist attacks and the Grenfell tower tragedy thrust our emergency services, NHS and local authorities under the spotlight, a cynical, far left Labour party, led by Marxists Corbyn and McDonnell are politically determined to capitalise on these events, unashamedly grandstanding on the bodies of the victims, supported by their left wing mainstream media colleagues at the BBC, Sky news and Channel 4. Galvanising the gullible public into a blind frenzy, demanding unrealistic Public Sector pay increases despite the fact that the private sector is still lagging behind them in all aspects of pay, pensions, holiday entitlement and working conditions.

So in answer to the title of this article, NO! How can it be fair to boost Public Sector pay when the private sector, which was far more effected by the financial crisis than the Public Sector has still not achieved the parity it deserves.

The primary duty of all governments is to protect the nation and its people. What it protects us from is rather vague. I pose the question; what constitutes a threat to our wellbeing, our national security, our culture and our very lives?

Clearly the government decides this. Therefore they can pick and choose whatever they decide to be responsible for. It goes without saying therefore, that, should they fail to protect us – and let’s face it, there is no more clear example than Monday’s tragic terror attack in Manchester – then the government and it’s liberal agencies try to shame anyone who doesn’t accept their “carry on regardless” directive by accusing those who demand action against the perpetrators as right wing extremists and racists! And yes, that even includes, traumatised parents.

From chief constables to the BBC, metro mayors and celebrity luvvies, we receive lecture after sickening lecture, warning us to refrain from any thoughts of disgust, fear or anger. We must go about our state sponsored lives and keep our mouths shut! Furthermore, we must fawn over our politically correct police and NHS operatives, who have taken time off from arresting people for posting offensive tweets, or striking for more pay and less working hours!

God forbid if any self respecting journalists or worthless pleb should ask the government why these tragedies occur. Or worse, demand to know why every terrorist attack is carried out by radical muslims who appear on national security danger lists around the civilised the world! juncker-hollande-merkel

Throughout my years of covering such inhumane acts of terrorism and depravity, never have I felt so impotent and devoid of creative nuances! I cannot summon a single elegant or cutting phrase to elevate this commentary! I’m simply worn down by the complacency and ineffectiveness of modern liberal governments, outsourcing their responsibilities to what I can only describe as media apologists and celebrity virtue signallers.

I have consequently concluded that due to years of enforced multiculturalism, diversity or uncontrolled third world immigration, lack of planning for infrastructure and expansion of public services, which causes as much anger and depravity for immigrants and the indigenous population in equal measure, we must firmly lay the blame for every future atrocious act of terror-related, depraved mass murder – whichever side of the political or religious spectrum it comes from – at the feet of our elected and unelected politicians and the European governments they form.

 

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.

2015 Was Labour’s Annus Horribilis – 2016 Will Be Corbyn’s!

LONDON: Since the General Election of 2015, the Labour Party suffered the worst 8 months of its long and varied history. Most notably; losing Scotland to the SNP and then control of the party to the extreme left. Even in the previous dark days of the early eighties – when militant tendency attempted such a coup – things were never as bad as they are now.

The Labour party have no one else to blame but themselves. It became their Annus Horribilis!

Then, early in the New Year Jeremy Corby was forced into a reshuffle after being humiliated by three senior MPs. Hilary Benn was targeted for the axe, yet survived the long, protracted negotiations by promising to toe the party line. He has lost face in all this and will now be seen as more interested in saving his career than being true to his political beliefs.

 

But worse was to come, as Pat McFadden and Michael Dugher fell victim to Corbyn’s wrath. Simply stating the truth in the Labour party will get you terminated. Several more resignations followed, one on live TV as Stephen Doughty announced to Andrew Neil during the Daily Politics show.

Prime Minister’s Question time was only an hour away when Corbyn heard the devastating news, which explained his dreadful performance and lacklustre delivery.

Whilst tightening his grip over the Shadow front bench, the Labour leader has alienated the rest of the party with his cack-handed degradation of two of the party’s most respected and capable politicians. McFadden and Dugher are likely to build a following of excluded moderate MPs looking to exact revenge and even topple the Corbyn dictatorship. During the coming months another of Corbyn’s detractors; Simon Danczuk will be the focus of much media attention. Having disgraced himself by sending lewd texts to a 17 year old job applicant, he has been suspended from the party whip, much to the joy of Corbyn’s devotees. This is the first test of the new hard left regime that sees an opportunity to recall Danczuk and replace him with their preferred candidate, sending a chill throughout the moderate stream in then party.

With the Labour supporting press building against him, and his detractors briefing anyone who’ll listen, 2016 cannot be anything else but the Labour leaders very own, man-made Annus Horribilis!