We just posted a very long article about the threat to democracy and our individual freedoms from disproportionate and misguided anti-terrorist measures, so here's a short one to make up ...
We have been delighted to hear so many political commentators agreeing with our own assessment of the value of UKIP and its success in the recent local elections. Just to recap, we all see the need for mainstream politicians to receive a wake-up call and a reminder that they are not, after all, all-powerful in the face of the ballot-box. It doesn't really matter what UKIP's policies are – let's face it, what political party ever carries out its election promises? What matters is something to put the frighteners up Cameron, Milliband and the political élite, and UKIP seems to have done that rather nicely, thank you.
We listened the other day to Theresa May being interviewed on the radio. Yes, she said, in the light of UKIP's success it might be a good idea to move the referendum on continued EU membership a little further up the agenda. Bloody good of her, considering that her own party promised us this referendum over and over again and still haven't delivered.
But it all depends, she insisted, on Cameron negotiating a “new deal” for the UK with Europe. She said there was no point holding a referendum on whether to accept the New Deal if the New Deal hadn't been negotiated yet.
It makes you wonder, doesn't it, whether there's actually any point to Theresa May? Another Margaret Thatcher she is not.
And what colossal arrogance! Well, all right, possibly colossal stupidity, but we'll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume knew what she was saying. It's patently obvious that the b*stards really don't want us to have any say on Europe, because they know they're not going to like the result.
So they're not going to let us vote on it. They might let us vote on whether to accept a New Deal, but that's not the point and she knows it. We don't want to vote whether to accept a New Deal. We want to vote on the Old Deal, and we will vote to kick it out of touch because it's not what we signed up for and it's not what we want.
By the way, can we just lay to rest one other rather dishonest and disingenuous argument that the pro-EU lobby frequently toss around? It is nonsense to say that if we leave the EU we'll lose all those exports. The businessmen who buy our exports are not politicians, they're just that – hard-headed businessmen. They don't look around saying “Now, we need to buy some stainless steel or something, so who's a member of the EU who will sell us some?” What they look for is anyone who can supply the right product at the right price, regardless of their political alignment.
And we are still the seventh largest manufacturing nation in the world, and Sheffield produces more steel now than at any time in its history.
So Theresa, May you take that little nugget of information and shove it up Herman Van Rumpy's bottom. Then climb up after it, because we want no part of you or him. We want out.
Oh, by the way. Total annual cost of the NHS, roughly £100 billion. Total annual cost of the EU, about £120 billion. And we all know who we'll turn to when our haemorrhoids start acting up.
We rest our case.
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