Friday, 29 May 2015

Farage, UKIP's Sepp Blatter

There is a striking similarity between Farage's frequent re-elections as leader of UKIP and Blatter's frequent relection's as FIFA president. Both dominate their respective organisations by controlling their payroll vote. In Blatter's case its the executive committees of a host of small poor football asssociations and in Farage's case a group of talentless MEPs totally dependent on Farage's patronage to get on the EU gravy train. Each MEP  comes with their group of hangers on who want to get on the gravy train themselves. That amounts to a payroll vote of around 200 that control sufficient local branches plus dominate the speaking schedule at all UKIP events.

The talented members of UKIP who can speak well are never seen by the membership so when the vote for the leader comes round no one has really seen the other candidates. Sure they may get to speak at a hustings attended by around 200 members in total out of the UKIP membership of 20000 plus.

UKIP is a joke Farage cult. Guy Verhofstadt,  a Belgian MEP and frequent butt of Farage's infantile rants in the European parliament summed it up beautifully. Farage submits a resignation as leader which he himself rejects and then sits in on the subsequent discusiion to ask himself to come back as leader. Not even Sepp Blatter has done that! Blatter has however read the Farage book of excuses when asked about embarassing underlyings. This is a big organisation and I cannot be expected to know everything that goes on.

We don't have an FBI but I live in hope that the UK authorities will one day investigate UKIP but it won't be done to FBI standards.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

The EU is our biggest market lie

At best a half truth or half lie depending on the view you take.

The latest figures below from HMRC over the last two years tell the truth



Each month we import goods worth around 6 billion sterling than we export. Over a year that comes to £72 billion. That means we are exporting millions of high skilled jobs to the EU, jobs that are our children's birthright and which we should be training them to do. Worse these jobs are being stripped out of the manufacturing areas of the UK, the North and the Midlands the poorest parts of our country. The service sector which runs a smaller difficult to estimate surplus is of course concentrated in London and the South East. So being in the EU shows Gideon's Northern powerhouse as pure pie in the sky.

The breakdown by country of our trade deficit is instructive


PartnerMarch 2015
Comparison (Feb 2015)
Exports: £2.8bn

Imports: £5.6bn


  19.5%

  10.1%
Exports: £1.3bn

Imports: £2.7bn


 -17.1%

  22.0%
Exports: £1.6bn

Imports: £2.1bn


   9.5%

  -2.3%
Exports: £1.4bn

Imports: £1.0bn


    5.2%

  13.8%
Exports: £1.0bn

Imports: £1.9bn


  20.7%

  11.4%



No wonder the Eurocrats want the UK to stay in. As well as paying the bills we also provide jobs for Johnny EU Foreigner.

Time to nail the big market lie. Yes it is a big market but it benefits Johnny Foreigner not us. Thats why when we leave Merkel, Hollande etc will be beating a path to No 10 to sign trade deals with us!


PS latest figures published by Sky's Ed Conway shows how our exports to the EU are collapsing and those to the rest of the world growing. Game set and match to the get out campaign.

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http://news.sky.com/story/1492108/why-should-uk-stay-hitched-to-shrinking-eu





Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Stuart Wheeler says Farage cannot be any where near the Out referendum campaign

Click here to read Stuart Wheeler agreeing with every thing I and numerous others have said about Farage's limited electoral appeal:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9533982/nigel-farage-cannot-lead-the-out-campaign/

This was obvious since the first day I met Farage some 8 years ago. He is toxic to any referendum campaign seeking over 50% of the vote. Wheeler is a realist pointing out he was forced out of IGIndex, the spread betting company he founded since when the company has gone from strength to strength. The same  won't hold or UKIP as Farage has got rid of all his strong UKIP successors but this does not matter as UKIP has gone as far as it can. Its the refendum now that maaters and that needs more better people than UKIP has. Thats the parallel with IGIndex.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

We must nail the EU trade lies every time they are trotted out.

I can remember Mrs Williams in 1972  peddling the umpteen million UK jobs will be lost if we don't join the common market lie. The same factually unsupported figures have been trotted out regularly ever since. Tellingly they were used during the we must join the Euro campaign in the 1990s. We did not join and guess what happened? The UK prospered as we have over thousands of years from our trade with Europe going back 5000 years to Skarra Brae in Neolithic times. Trade is a result of human nature. We want somehing Johnny Foreigner has and he wants something we have hence we trade with each other.

The EU does not facilitate trade it hinders it! This brake on our prosperity is getting steadily worse.  Two stories in today's press illustrate the huge drag the EU is on our economy. Matt Lynn in an excellent piece in today's business DT makes this point on the huge disadvantage we are under by not being able to sign our own trade deals with the grrowing economies of the Pacific rim, the old Commonwealth and of course the USA. Only the EU can do that and their interests are protecting the German car industry and French agriculture. We have given away our Skarra Brae birthright to the French and Germans.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/11629275/Australia-can-have-free-trade-with-the-US-so-why-cant-we.html

The piece is headlined, "Australia can have free trade with the US, so why can't we?

Good question.The answer is because we are in the EU. The Europhiles will say the EU is currently negotiating a trade deal with the US which will benefit all members equally. The truth is as in Animal Farm some members, France & Germany are more equal than others like the UK. These EU US negotiations have benn going on interminably and are bogged down in French & German perotectionism. That is why the Eurozone is stagnant whilst the rest of the world forges ahead. It has protectionism as its core belief. Our political and business elite for their own selfish ends have yoked us to this increasingly moribund grouping with no or flacid economic growth..

The atandard policy presciption of the EU to its members like Ireland who show some initiave is to mire them down with a so called levelling the playing field. This is what Hollande & Merkel are now cooking up with their 'initiative' to equalise corporation tax across the EU ie lets turn Ireland and the UK into another socialist quagmire like France.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11630468/France-and-Germany-behind-plans-for-common-EU-corporation-tax.html

Well why not? They have already crippled the City of London with their EU wide financial transaction tax. Not so much a level playing field but a bottomless swamp.

Cameron is a deatist. He believes in the EU. He is beaten begore he starts and us along with him.

O tempor, O mores as Cicero said.







Sunday, 24 May 2015

Excellent point from Richard North

"As we point out elsewhere, those who are serious about winning this referendum are having to fight on three fronts. We have to deal with the underhanded lies of the pro-EU camp and also the brain-capsizing ineptitude of the Ukip. But there is also the selfish, self-absorbed right-wing think tank "aristocracy" who are neither use nor ornament."

I know a few of the latter group mainly arrogant economists with no idea how ordinary people live. 

Cameron's talent is to choose good advisors and listen to them

Steve Hilton, Cameron's former guru has just has a book entitled More Human published. Hilton is an interestinh guy and was just too much for the Mandarins to take. He has an eclectic mix of views ranging from Green to anti-EU. He also had a temper which diod not go down well with the Civil Service.

His most interesting quote is to brilliantly describe the European Commission and European Parliament as, " a vast stinking cesspit of corporate corruption gussed up in the garb of idealistic internationalism". I could not have put it better myself confirmed by the procession of corporate fat cats we have bleating non stop now about what a the disaster it will be if we leave the EU . What they mean is how bad it would be for their bonus but who speaks for Joe Public for whom exit from the EU would be a huge benefit.

Lynton Crosby was of course a great pick by Dave but he was also smart enough to take the Wizard of Oz's advice to the extent of demoting his pal Gove from Education Secretary  to Chief whip. If you pick good people you have to back them even if your pals have to go.

Cam's latest pick is the dishy and clever Camilla Cavendish to head up the No 10 policy unit. She was a contemporary of Daves at BNC, on the same course PPE where she also got a first. Not all the best guys get a first, BoJo didn't but he did classics.

 


She was a top class journo for the Times and has strong Green credentials

In 2008 Cavendish won the Paul Foot award for campaigning journalism for her investigation into the practices of family courts dealing with child protection issues. She is a former trustee of Policy Exchange and a board member of the Care Quality Commission.

In another recent column, she concluded that Cameron should follow his instincts and look outside his party’s comfort zone for policy ideas: “Left to himself, Cameron’s instincts tend to be ecumenical. I would love to see him adopt Labour’s policies on non-doms and Lib Dem proposals to extend the upper bands of council tax.”

Another excellent choice by Cameron. Picking good people is Cameron's greates talent. Nobody ever accused Farage of that. Sycos only for Nigel.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Time to start the out campaign

We do not have much time left before Cameron comes back waving his sordid bit of paper saying peace in our time, I have renegotiated! It will of course all be a total sham but in the meantime the stay in lot are mobilising their FUD, Fear Uncerainty Doubt campaign.

Politicians love the EU it gives them power without really ever having to face the electorate and huge sums of money for MEPs to employ their Spads plus huge office staff for the bureaucrats and a well paid traing ground for the Cleggs, Huhnes, Kinnocks x 3 of this world. The only fly in the ointment right now is these pesky Greeks are not playing ball. Well they did invent democracy something the EU is tryng very hard to uninvent.

Another group that love the EU is a large chunk of UK big business. The EU provides them with unlimited cheap low skilled labour to boost their profits and bonuses. Who cares where these people and their wives and children live get educated get their health care its not on our companies P/L. As in Tom Leher's Wener von Braun song, "The rockets go up whoosh. Who cares where they come down? Its not my department."

So I was glad today to read Richard North's excellent blog,,

http://www.eureferendum.com/

Compulsory reading for those of us who want to get our country back. One gem a propos the stonking billion plus fines announced today on banks for rigging the Forex market. One of the biggest offfenders is Barclays deputy chairman one Mike Rake. Who is currently speaking non stop for the CBI to keep us in? That's right Mr Sir Rake. But as Richard points out to Rake we plebs are just the no ones he refers to, there to be ripped off by his dodgy Forex traders to increase their bonus and also of course Rake's at the same time.

The day before Richard wrote a brilliant piece on the CBI's misdirection tactics written as a Sun editorial. Its also on my link above but it's so good I quote extensively from it below.

 "This is the Sun editorial I would like to see:


There are no benefits which we gain by virtue of UK membership of the EU that are not open to us through other means. Thus, the game played by the CBI is classic misdirection. The fat cats want to keep us focused on the wrong issues, fighting battles of their choosing so we can be defeated in detail.

In fact, this coming referendum is our chance to correct a historical error, where the British nation joined in a dangerous experiment in political integration in the mistaken belief that it would solve our problems at home and abroad. 

With the passage of time, the magnitude of that error has become more and more apparent. And if final stages of integration – already on the drawing board - are allowed to unfold with Britain still a member of the EU, we will be trapped in a nightmare from which there is no escape. 

It is vital, therefore, that we ignore CBI propaganda about "benefits". We must not engage on their choice of battlefield. The "benefits" they speak of are ours to enjoy in or out of the EU. And we are better off out. We need to focus on the real issues - our issues, not theirs. People need to know that the fate of their nation is at stake. We should not allow ourselves to be distracted by the self-serving corporate √©lites. 

All the  fat cats are interested in is their "bottom line". They think they can keep more cash by sticking close to Brussels, with not the slightest concern for the welfare of the British people and their needs. 

While they offshore their profits to the shadiest tax havens they can find, they weep crocodile tears about the dangers of leaving the EU. All they are actually doing is looking after their own interests. They will tell any number of lies to get their way, which is precisely what they are doing now. 

They need to be told that how we the people choose to be governed is no business of theirs. No matter how big and important they think they are, no "fat cat" has any more votes than any other individual. It is what the people think that matters. Democracy, not corporate greed, is what matters. 

We must define the issues in this referendum campaign – not the "fat cats" who are trying to distort to debate in order to line their pockets with our cash. They live happily with dictators and want a "rip-off Britain", knowing that pickings are easiest when democracy is weak. Our democracy must come before fat-cat pay-cheques and pension pots.

The fat cats need to mind their own business, and keep their grubby mitts out of our politics."

This is no new thing. Read Trollope on the battle the Liberal government had in the 1870s over Irish Tenant farmers rights and you will realise its the same thing. Landowners coercing their workers into voting to benefit their company  profits not themselves. Multi-nationals have replaced Tory landowners but its the same swindle perpretated on the plebs.

Even Alex Salmond on Newsnight rubbished the CBI line that the UK could not do well outside the EU. We would do very well.

We must guard against the same thing happening in the Out campaign. We do not want it taken over by the self appointed great and good no matter how much money they have. We need to connect with the great mass of the populus not the intellectual elite.

Farage is now irrelevant and is a laughing stock in the European  Parliament following his resigning unresigning saga. Worse UKIP is now seen there as the Farage cult it is..