Friday, 21 October 2016

Blithely, Profoundly

Lord Hill blithely told the Today programme what everyone who was anyone already knew, and what the rest of us could have worked out.

Namely that no one who matters in the institutions of the EU expects Britain ever to go through with withdrawal.

But that programme was very hostile to Tom Watson when he came on to discuss Labour's deprivation of all Far Right challengers of their deposits in the industrial North on the same night as it held its share of the vote deep in the leafy South.

Instead, he was harangued about the child abuse inquiry, as if its failures were somehow his fault.

But he had been a hero to the newspapers and websites that now castigate him, right up until attention turned to the Thatcher Government.

Suddenly, then, it all became "McCarthyite" and "a witch hunt".

Watson, though, need not take it too much to heart, and he is most unlikely to do so.

Just as Theresa May cared profoundly about Hillsborough, so she also cares profoundly about child abuse. 

And her Party Conference speech made it perfectly clear that she was no friend whatever of the legacy of Margaret Thatcher.


  1. Lord Hill tells the Today programme why Europe is prepared to sacrifice jobs dependent on trade with us if we leave: ""People here, I think, forget that for the Europeans the project, it’s an emotional project, it’s a political project and actually it’s quite a romantic project."

    Those of us who have read Richard North and Christopher Booker's peerless work The Great Deception know all about the "romantic" ideals of a borderless single political federation to end nationalism, that gave birth to the EU.

    If free trade was the EU's purpose, why does it have its own Parliament, Constitution, Charter, Supreme Court, legal system and (soon) it's own Army?

    Those are the institutions of a nation state.

    As Ed West memorably put it "the EU is a nation state for people who don't like nation states."

    1. Nigel Farage used to say (perhaps he still would, if anyone on this side of the Atlantic were still listening) that greater poverty would be a price worth paying for withdrawal from the EU. Like an Irish Nationalist, rather than like a Scottish Nationalist.

      But the main point still stands. No one who matters in the institutions of the EU expects Britain ever to go through with withdrawal.

      Meanwhile, UKIP takes fewer votes than Larry Sanders in rural Oxfordshire, and it faces eviction from its London headquarters for not paying the rent.