Media projects undercurrent of unease at Britain’s joyous moment

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Not surprisingly the tone is not entirely one of joy within the main media today.  The totalitarian tiptoe has had a heavy brick dropped upon it, and the Satanic cult that controls the world has seen a little of its control infrastructure eaten away by the revival of the democratic will of a once proud nation.

I became aware of the evils of the EU about twenty five years ago, when trying to build a new factory for my growing business.  The regulatory hurdles placed in my way were appalling, and my health nearly gave way, juggling bank loans with fire regulations, building regulations and other bureaucratic impossibilities.  I wrote to our MP John Biffen (Pictured) explaining how the situation was beyond intolerable, and he in turn wrote to the Home Secretary Kenneth Baker.  Kenneth Baker replied that the kind of obstructive behaviour I was experiencing especially from the Fire Service, equipped with a whole raft of new powers after the Maastricht Treaty, was quite exceptional, and that in most cases, the new rules were working.  I found an ally from a Construction magazine, in which the editor pointed out that, in almost all new developments, it was impossible to get a clear layout agreed before construction, as Building Regulations and the Fire Authority worked separately with developers and would not work together.  As a result it was almost always necessary to move staircases around after buildings had been built.  It was total nonsense.

(John Biffen was a Powellite eurosceptic who could work with all sides in the House.  He was a family friend, and a great MP, who inspired faith in British democracy.  He realised late in life that the ‘system’ was not as honourable as he had once believed it to be.)

The net result from the campaign I started running to enable us to build our building, was that the previous practices were changed.  In future the Building Regulations Authority would have to get the Fire Plan direct from the Fire Authority, and so developers would only need to deal with the BRA in future, and not with the Fire Authority.  Having an excellent MP like John Biffen no doubt helped, but the experience showed me two things – one was the noxious and uncaring nature of the European treaties, and the other how good the Parliamentary system could be.  John Biffen retired and was replaced by Owen Paterson, who was also a good and active constituency MP, and we tried tackling various nonsensical EU regulatory initiatives over the years, such as the attempt to rid Europe and Britain of hallmarking.  We succeeded in stopping this, by running a highly active campaign across the UK jewellery industry, but the moment we succeeded was when we stopped the programme in Brussels, and the British political system was not able to do anything.  Cherie Blair tried to say she liked hallmarking, but our government was powerless.  Letters to Ministers on other subjects would be returned with statements that we have to obey our commitments under EU treaties, and whatever we wanted changing, could no longer be looked at.

Such experiences led on to me joining UKIP in 1999, and writing most of their leaflets and designing their posters in 2001, as requested by Nigel Farage. I still remember the phone call when he told me to press on with all this very well.  All at my own expense, it cost me about £50,000, which was pretty much all my spare cash.  But it was great fun, and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.  After the 2001 election, in which I stood for UKIP in Shrewsbury and got a national top ten percent result, I fell out with the local hierarchy in the region and went back to the Conservatives when IDS became leader.  I ran a campaign in Kensington & Chelsea to stop Michael Portillo from attacking IDS in the media.  Portillo was threatened with deselection and went quiet.  That was the last time Portillo tried for the leadership.  Had Portillo succeeded in unseating IDS, he would almost certainly have allied with Blair, who regarded Portillo as a key ally (see Alastair Campbell’s Diaries for details), and Blair would have gone for the Euro.is

I tried hard to stop Cameron from winning the Conservative Party leadership, and briefly worked for Liam Fox’s campaign (Liam Fox in picture), preparing to manage media, and travel around with him during the membership battle. He never won the Parliamentary Round (due to chicanery from Cameron who told some of his MPs to vote for Davis to head off Fox), so I was laid off!   After that, my health finally gave way and I went to live abroad for six years in the Philippines, got married and had two sons, returning to the UK in 2012.  For me it is a great day that the referendum has finally been held, and that OUT has won.  The world needs to be rebuilt from here, from scratch.  That will take leadership, and the leader to be chosen could be either Boris Johnson or Liam Fox.  I still slightly prefer the latter, but Boris has great qualities, which he seems to be at last deploying in the right way, after years toadying to Cameron.  Liam Fox might suit the new politics better, coming from a working class background.  Britain is divided between the north/south – rich and poor, and Fox would be a less divisive figure.

Thank God Cameron’s on his way.  He’s been worse than Blair, and been been merely more of the same, but with even less interest in what the people think or say, more wars and more mayhem across the world, Britain obeying the orders to go to war of a disastrous American President.  Before affording support to any potential future leader, I would like confirmation as to what their views are on certain subjects, seeking war with Russia, for example.  Fracking another one.    Another key election on which the future of the once free world is hanging is the Trump’Clinton.  Not only do we need to establish independence from the EU, but also for NATO and the USA’s endless war-making.  There is a long way to go.  Winning the referendum is just the first tiny step, and thank God, it’s been taken.

This is a BBC extract from today.

‘No less united’

Reaching out to those who voted for the UK to remain, particularly young people who are thought to have backed staying in, he said the UK would still have a strong voice in global affairs as an economic powerhouse and a compassionate and open-minded nation.

“To those who may be anxious, whether at home or abroad, this does not mean that the United Kingdom will be in any way less united, nor indeed does it mean that it will be any less European… that this decision involves pulling up a drawbridge or some sort of isolationism – I think the opposite is true. We cannot turn our backs on Europe. We are part of Europe.”

While the EU was a “noble ideal for its time” it “was no longer right for this country”, he said.

“We can find our voice in the world again, a voice that is commensurate with the fifth-biggest economy on Earth,” he said. “I believe we now have a glorious opportunity: we can pass our laws and set our taxes entirely according to the needs of the UK economy.”

Earlier, as he left his home on Friday Mr Johnson was mobbed by reporters and booed by some members of the public in a sign of how fractious the campaign became.

Media captionAn angry crowd booed Boris Johnson as he left his north London home

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said she understood Mr Johnson was unlikely to say anything about the leadership before Monday at the earliest.

Mr Johnson is currently not a member of the government although he has been attending meetings of David Cameron’s political cabinet since the 2015 general election, at which he was re-elected to Parliament as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

Laura Kuenssberg said the party’s 1922 committee would set the rules and timetable for the contest.

When Mr Cameron was elected in 2005, a ballot of MPs took place to select the top two candidates, who then went into a run-off election in which all Conservative Party members had a vote.

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One Response to “Media projects undercurrent of unease at Britain’s joyous moment”

  1. Mark says:

    Appreciate you disclosing this. Thanks. Quite a testimony against an EU. And yes, the media has been utterly stoopidly bias. Even now/still… Don’t they get the backlash it displays?

    From your ‘Day One of the Official Campaign – Brexit’ piece wanted to like-ish Boris, not believe he’s so unacceptably duplicitous – to the point it’s ‘all’ an elaborate act? Want to believe, there’s some, buck the world order at the top? Listened to those who said, he changed like the wind and got ‘in on this’ and anyway… UK, England, what have you – “won’t be allowed out”. Still thought, maybe, let’s see? Generally been growing in a somewhat disconnected hope (against the odds). But what about the immediately, “won’t be evoking article 15”? Not five minutes in/supposedly getting ‘out’ and Boris ostensibly offers, no-road to ongoing potential delays? With enough rough waters ahead, jeopardizing potential benefits of untangling? At least looking to complete, in as reasonable but prompt time-scale. Nope. It’s hope in more independence – onto the never, never? Am I wrong to think this? Or perhaps, this ‘not-so-quick out’ tactic, aims to deflect whatever might soon crash and bang and – Leave’s fault? Yet, no ‘couple of years to do it’, will cause one nasty hangover for half of UK’s pop. Corbyn is already talking otherwise and looks to capitalise on the stagnation. What next?

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