What “Boris delivered.”

It was quite an experience for an “Ex-Pat” in Germany, when Britain voted to leave the EU. Many of us here, perhaps a large majority, never believed it would happen. Judging by the turnout to vote, many “Remainers” didn’t either. Of course, because we have lived here longer than 15 years, we didn’t have the vote, and that was a shame, because we live in Europe and experience what advantages the European Union brings, and yes, also the problems that arise when 27 sovereign nations join a political union to advance economic growth in those countries.

I think the reason I was surprised was because I saw how much the EU reinvested in the UK, which was a bigger alignment than the Tories ever did. You only have to look at the arguments for Remain that the Conservatives made before the referendum to see that Britain would lose more than it would gain, despite promises on buses. The Express quotes Ms. Truss tweeting in February 2016, “I support Remain as I believe it is in the UK’s economic interest and means we can focus on important economic and social reforms at home.” Just days before the Brexit vote, Ms. Truss tweeted, “Leave can’t name a single country we’d get a better trade deal with if we left the EU.”[i]

That was the impression many of us had, and Chris Grey wrote a book entitled, “Brexit Unfolded: How no one got what they wanted (and why they were never going to)” in which he laid out the illusions that were being spread about in the attempt to convince the public that it was in their interest to vote against staying in the EU. In fact, Brexit was about big finance and the threat of the EU to weed out the tax-dodgers, who were making billions tax-free. Britain had become a hive of financial services, which are the economic services provided by the finance industry, which encompasses a broad range of businesses that manage money, including credit unions, banks, credit-card companies, insurance companies, accountancy companies, consumer-finance companies, stock brokerages, investment funds, individual asset managers, and some government-sponsored enterprises.[ii]

These were the people who feared the consequences of the EU’s attempt to tax the wealthy. It is apparent from the outcome of Brexit, and the statements consequently made by politicians, that benefits would be long awaited – according to Jacob Rees-Mogg in 2018, it could take 50 years to reap the benefits of Brexit ‘We won’t know the full economic consequences for a very long time,’ he is quoted as saying in the Huffington Post.[iii] It wasn’t about benefits, but avoiding the dangers of taxation on financial services.

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s List Of Brexit Benefits Includes A Discount On Fish Fingers. The journalist interviewing the minister replied: “Is that the best you can do?”[iv] But he also says that “The government won’t assess whether Brexit is a success,” and dismissed a report saying quitting the EU has harmed Britain’s economy as “the regurgitation of Project Fear”.[v] This is literally a George Orwell style “Ministry of Truth” type of answer. All we need now takes is a Ministry of Truth, which concerns itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts. A Ministry of Peace, which concerns itself with war. A Ministry of Love, which maintains law and order. And a Ministry of Plenty, which would be responsible for economic affairs.

The Guardian, in particular Jonathan Freedland, wrote 7.7.2022 “Dishonesty has been the one constant in [Boris] Johnson’s career – in the end the deceit proved too much to bear.”[vi] The fact that this was too much even for his allies, who by then had lined up to excuse him and lie for him, obscures the fact that the Tories are still making statements that dodge the truth, which may only come out when they are no longer able to cover it up. It is disturbing to see how people are still convinced that Johnson is a victim and not that he brought himself down, as he has always done throughout his career. He has a knack for impromptu off-the-cuff speeches that usually mask his lack of direction on the issues, can be humorous and witty, but is that what we are looking for in a leader? The 21 seasoned and respected Tory politicians who were ousted in September 2019, when they opposed him are desperately needed if the conservative party is ever to regain the respect it had.

[i] https://twitter.com/cards_london/status/1472633822495846404

[ii] Asmundson, Irena (28 March 2012). “Financial Services: Getting the Goods”. Finance and Development. IMF. Retrieved 8 September 2015.

[iii] https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jacob-rees-mogg-economy-brexit_uk_5b54e3b5e4b0de86f48e3566

[iv] https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jacob-rees-mogg-on-brexit-benefits-fish-fingers_uk_62b59b68e4b06169caa567e6

[v] https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/rees-mogg-government-brexit-assessment_uk_62b338a5e4b04a61736499c5

[vi] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jul/07/toxic-spell-broken-boris-johnson-trips-over-own-lies

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