Paul T Horgan: Clueless Remainers use sabotage as a weapon of last resort

The EU referendum was a curious affair. Traditionally, politics, at least in England, is split between capitalism and socialism. It is highly partisan. So membership of the EU, which is a technocratic decision, fell outside this split.

It is also difficult to politicise. This explains why Labour and their fellow travellers are having so much difficulty in framing a proper Brexit policy. There is no ideological anchorpoint of the kind Labour needs. The failure of Jeremy Corbyn to campaign properly for Remain reflects this. His only ideological comfort zones were in workers' rights and environmental law, plus being mean to Israel and nice to Venezuela. His big idea was continued membership to drive reform with a socialist agenda.

Newsflash: the EU is incapable of reform. It has no proper mechanisms to drive reform. David Cameron discovered this when he came back from the EU empty-handed at the beginning of 2016. The EU is like the late and unlamented USSR in this regard, and for the same reasons. It is impossible for any popular vote to ever change policy. This is by design. The whole EU project was devised to take decision-making out of the hands of ordinary people, who could not be trusted, and to relocate it to the desks of a technocratic elite. An argument for this could be that self-governance for individual European countries had been a continental disaster, even with the provision of popular voting.

Of course, there is only one European country that this did not apply to, and this country is now leaving the EU. It is Britain that has had to restore order in a fractious Europe on numerous occasions over the centuries, not the other way round.

Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum that had been delayed for two decades to the point that a whole new political party had to be formed to demand that it be held. Ukip, whatever its future, holds the distinction of being the only party, other than the ‘Big Two’, to have won a national election in the last century, and would have gone on to greater things had David Cameron not bowed to public opinion and the consequent danger to his party's future.

2016 was the last possible time that the referendum could be held, lest the two-party system in England suffer a permanent fracture. One of the reasons why Ed Miliband lost catastrophically in 2015 was that he stated he knew better than the British people about calling a referendum. Now that this issue has been decided, politics is swinging back to a kind of normality after twenty years of needless disruption.

However, there are still forces that wish to reverse the outcome of the referendum. The Remainers are fighting a rearguard action. This is complicated by the fact that they are not backed by any kind of belief system or ideology. It is highly likely that they have been beneficiaries of EU funding in some manner or other. Numerous media organisations and other groups have our taxes back in the form of EU cash to promote this federalist agenda.

The absence of an ideology also means that the Remainers do not actually stand 'for' anything concrete apart from this fantasy of a utopian federalism. In the 2016 campaign, the Remain side were against Brexit, and er, that's it. It is no wonder their campaign was short on ideas and personalities, and depended on the BBC's decade-long advocacy as a surrogate for their own. All Remainers promised was 'more of the same'. The whole reason why Ukip has been successful in the past was because most voters did not want the status quo on this one issue.

And this intellectual black hole still goes on. The Remain side still have no new ideas. They just want to carry on with the old ideas that have been rejected by a majority of voters.

The Brexit camp is full of new ideas about how Britain, free from the economic shackles of the EU, can make its way in the world. All the Remain camp do is to attack these while offering nothing new themselves. While they pretend that their activities are about holding the government to account in a democracy, it is actually about frustrating the government, and therefore denying the outcome of a democratic vote.

This could also explain why a mooted pro-Remain centre party is unlikely. Such a party needs ideas and policies. Since its only idea would be to remain in the EU and its only policy would be to do whatever Brussels says, it stands no real chance in the polls. So the only political activity remaining to the Remainers is sabotage.

And this is what they are doing, while stifling proper understanding of the objective reality of the Brexit process, which will take at least a decade. It took this country 11 years from new membership to agreeing an acceptable deal. There is no reason to assume extrication will not take a similar amount of time. However, this will be falsely portrayed by the Remainers and their media lackeys as failure. It is not. It has to be remembered that the EU is no longer our friend, if it ever was. It will be driving the hardest deal it can to prevent further defections from its otherwise one-way federalist project. The Remainers are on the side of this country's economic adversaries.

No one is holding the Remainers to account. No one has asked exactly what they stand for, apart from reversing a democratic vote. This has to be due to the largely pro-Remain broadcast media that is still in denial about the vote. It is some kind of miracle that Brexit prevailed against the incessant blast of pro-EU propaganda that the British people had to endure over the last decade or so.

EU failures, like the near-collapse of the Mediterranean and Irish economies under the weight of the German-controlled euro, its incompetent response to the collapse of Yugoslavia, its hamfisted reaction to the refugee influx from North Africa and the Middle East, and its ignorance of the risk of cross-border Islamist terrorism, all demonstrate that 'ever closer union' is a recipe for chaos, and British voters saw this.  The Remainers have no response to these charges, but they are never challenged.

The EU's institutions and function seem modelled on Imperial Germany, with a toothless legislative body and an unconstrained executive made up of appointed cronies. Its only saving grace is it has no deranged Kaiser at the top. Instead Europe has a tax-fiddling old soak who is rude to this country and its leaders. Remainers are never asked about this appalling man.

Unlike other EU countries, we do not repeatedly vote until the 'right' result is achieved. The kind of people that are advocating a second vote or blocking the Brexit process are those poisoned by European politics who do not have the national interest at heart. This fifth column of ideas-free metropolitan elites should be under greater scrutiny, and especially about exactly from where their money ultimately originates.

(Image: David Holt)

Paul T Horgan

  • Uusikaupunki

    “However, there are still forces that wish to reverse the outcome of the referendum. The remainers are fighting a rearguard action. This is complicated by the fact that they are not backed by any kind of belief system or ideology. It is highly likely that they have been beneficiaries of EU funding in some manner or other”.

    In the case of the BBC it is not highly likely, it is a proven fact. Millions of Euros have been given for quite a few years, and at least £300,000 after Brexit.

  • Colkitto03

    You are right that it is a miracle that Brexit prevailed against the incessant blast of pro-EU propaganda. What is says to me is two things. Firstly the Mainstream TV channels simply not not have the influence they think they have. Secondly British people have more faith in their country than their politicians do.
    I was thinking yesterday about how the BBC ran with a Jo Cox story as a lead on the six o’clock news for 5 whole days after she died. They ruthlessly tried to exploit her death to move opinion on the referendum.
    But the British people saw her death for what it was. The actions of one deranged man. And only that.

    • Reborn

      The sanctification of Jo Cox & the attendant industry has been sickening.
      Her killer was a deranged constituent, not a member of a terrorist gang,
      and he should have been cared for by the social services in the constituency
      which she was elected to represent – when she was in the UK & not
      do gooding abroad.
      Funny how few people remember Airy Neeve, murdered on site at Parliament
      by Corbyn’s favourite terrorists, the IRA.

      • It’sallgonepear-shaped.

        Re:Cox. It was not subtlety done either, just this presumption of sainthood defiled by ‘non-believers’. I wonder if the fact she was a woman played a part in it, would a man have been so lauded?

        I would wish her no harm, but Cox and her beliefs are contrary to mine in almost every instance; she, and people like her, are what’s wrong with this country, she is my enemy because they seek to impose, to deride and vilify those who resist or are uncomfortable with their Marxist social agenda and neo-liberalism. Cox, I am quite sure, would be amongst the first to engage in finger pointing at the first sign of dissent from ‘non-believers’.

        • Mike Fowle

          True. I was on line when it happened and it was breaking news and actually shocking, but I deeply resent the notion that I shared her values or views. I didn’t and don’t.

        • DespiteBrexit

          Indeed. Only the day before she was out on a boat on the Thames with her family, mocking fisherman concerned at what the EU was doing to their livelihoods. So much for a saint concerned about the ordinary man.
          And her husband is no saint either.

          • Reborn

            I know about her husband’s activities, which makes his post mortem posturing rather distasteful.
            However I did not know that Ms Cox was part of that shameful
            waterborne rabble mocking our fishermen & their families.
            This makes her not just foolish (“whenever there was trouble anywhere
            on Earth Jo was on the next plane out”), but a contemptible snob.
            A true Corbynite.
            Her murder must give great relief to the Corbynistas.
            If he were to suffer an attack, he too would acquire sainthood,
            which brings me back to where we started.
            Who benefitted from Cox’s murder, the Far Left or the Far Right ?

      • Colkitto03

        Yes indeed, I have always why we heard so very little about Thomas Mair? Hardly any detail about him or his actions leading up to the murder.

        • Lagopus scotica

          And he was denied the right to speak in court. Very suspicious. Somehow reminds me of the shenanigans around the death of Dr David Kelly.

          • Colkitto03

            Absolutely, It was all very odd indeed, All reporting of that trial seemed to be kept to the absolute minimum. Even to this day no-one is clear as to his motive. There was a narrative to be maintained and that was all that mattered to the MSM

          • Reborn

            Why should the results of an autopsy on a suicide be kept
            secret for 100 years ?

        • It’sallgonepear-shaped.

          Search Peter Hitchens’ blog for ‘The Mail on Sunday’, he always does the digging for us and what he reveals is always illuminating.

        • Ravenscar

          Nothing about that case sits right and simple minds can easily be set to tick.

        • Reborn

          There has been a deafening silence about Mair’s “far right”
          politics.
          The unpleasant but non violent BNP is a thing of the past
          The EDL represents the values of the constantly abused proles,
          constantly threatened by violent muslims – the most Far Right group
          on Earth.
          Apart from islam there are no far right groups legally present in the
          UK.
          Since Mair was clearly denied the care he needed, conspiracy theorists
          might suggest that though his views were far right, he was primed by
          far left elements.

    • It’sallgonepear-shaped.

      I think it may be simpler than that: Brexit, for many a member of the ‘silent (and ignored) majority’ left them, certainly me, with a feeling that a vote, for once, actually meant something, that it achieved a ‘pure’ result which a vote for a party – you vote for ‘x’ policies, you must also endure policies ‘y’ which you don’t agree with – cannot do. We felt we’d been heard and the resulting ‘good feeling’ felt by all ‘out’ voters upon hearing the result bordered on the euphoric.

      • Colkitto03

        Really good point

    • The people are quite a bit smarter than the rulers give them credit for. It shows, and its effects are not done, I suspect the BBC (like our media) for one, is soon going to have a whole new outlook, especially on making a living. The biggest thing holding Britain back, from where I sit, at least, is the HMG is more afraid of losing their place than of the people, someday they will realize their mistake. As will many elements in the USG.

      • Great Briton

        Well said, the BBC is completely out of step with the telly tax payers. It’s days are numbered

      • Colkitto03

        I think you are spot on. We have a program here call ‘Sunday morning live’ on the BBC in which current affairs are debated by guests. It is historically very liberal and PC.This week they covered Pakistani rape gangs and the Gender ‘pay gap’ and flexible working for women.
        This week both subjects were covered with more balance than I would have thought imaginable, for the BBC, even 18 months ago. The Beeb are getting the message slowly.
        My 23 year old son (more right wing than me) gets animated that the world is not waking up to the menace of SJWs and cultural Marxism.
        That is the impatience of youth. I tell him the dial is moving, the Overton window has shifted, it just takes time.

        • It is, I think shifting quite rapidly, both there and here. Here Google has got itself in quite deep over the last few weeks due to SJW issues, not excluding the ones you know. And yes, I tend to listen to BBC Norfolk radio a good deal, and it’s getting some better as well. I haven’t seen a shift like this since Reagan/Thatcher, and then to the last to get the memo were the media and government. Tell your son to be of good cheer, and to keep the faith – good eventually does win out, but first we have to have our winter of discontent. 🙂

  • Partridge

    Excellent article which is spot on, except for only one thing I would disagree with: the assertion that the Brexit process will take at least a decade. It could, but it doesn’t have to. As I believe Nigel Farage has said, we could leave tomorrow with a clean break and no agreement. Certainly for some people it would be a shock to the system, rather like taking a dive into cold water (and I’ve done that a few times with no ill-effects), but there would be immediate financial health benefits, enabling the Government to support the economy, subsidise those adversely affected, fund farmers, fishing, and the NHS, all with money to spare. Go for it.

    • It’sallgonepear-shaped.

      I agree. Things are often much simpler to solve than ‘nay sayers’ would have one believe – remember the disaster we were supposed to face if we left the ERM? Brexit negotiators must be alert to and fight attempts to leaving get bogged down in the minutae.

      If we just said ‘goodbye’ tomorrow, I, for one, would be prepared to ride out any ensuing storm just for the sheer pleasure of saying ‘get stuffed’ to the corrupt, self-serving oligarchy that is the E.U./Brussels.

  • Owen_Morgan

    I wish Tony Blair, David Cameron, Osborne and Mandelson would just realise that they are not elected now and have no more say in the matter than any other voter. The biggest vote in our country’s history went against them. They lost. We won. They have no right to imagine that they can overturn the verdict of the people.

    • It’sallgonepear-shaped.

      You think they have no say? That all ties with Labour – new ‘Socialist’ Labour have been severed? That Cameron does not privately fume and rage at the ‘disloyalty’ shown his (in his mind) brilliant premiership, the tenets of which he constantly had to explain, barely suppressing his frustration, to the thick electorate? I doubt that very much; I feel the hands of all four on the spoon stirring in the pot.

      • Owen_Morgan

        You are so incoherent that I can’t begin to work out what the heck you are trying to say.

        • It’sallgonepear-shaped

          Incoherent? Plain enough to one other, at least.

          My point is, they might no longer be elected, but they have more say than just any ‘other voter’ as they wield power behind the scenes – you don’t realise that? As for they have no right to imagine they can overturn the will of the people, that is naive, they believe they have every right because they are firm in the conviction ‘we’ made a mistake voting ‘out’. The last sentence is a metaphor.

          • Owen_Morgan

            Learn how to punctuate and then post. I can’t be bothered doing the whole Bletchley Park thing on your posts.

      • Reborn

        Apart from those wretches, we should face the fact that the
        EU is a long established conspiracy & the hands stirring the pot
        include American & mega rich entities with few obvious European
        connections.

  • UKCitizen

    “It is some kind of miracle that Brexit prevailed against the incessant blast of pro-EU propaganda that the British people had to endure over the last decade or so.”
    Exactly, and we still got 52%. How much greater would that have been with even neutral media coverage.

    • DespiteBrexit

      I think the current ~70% wanting the UK to get on with it is a reasonable measure.

    • Reborn

      I’m old enough to have voted Out in the first referendum.
      Every newspaper but the Daily Express & the non newspaper Daily Worker harried us
      to vote remain.
      If you think the BBC is bigoted today, you should have heard it in the 1970s
      People who were worried about our future independence were branded Colonel Blimps
      at best, National Front at worst. The National Union of Farmers etc were at one with
      the BBC.
      I got to think the Common Market wasn’t so bad in the 1990s & thought half a dozen
      prosperous & geographically close countries could closely co operate & lose little
      independence
      Then Major came along & abused MPs who actually valued our national independence.
      The last straw in our destruction as a state, and becoming a region, was obviously
      the vile Blair government & my fears of the 1970s were totally vindicated.

  • UKCitizen

    People don’t seem to realise that since inception we have basically allowed foreign powers to bribe us and undermine our institutions with our own money.
    It is like paying a so called friend to woo the girl you are after and wondering why he ends up with her rather than you!

    • Colkitto03

      Great analogy!

  • sayajp

    Remainers really are the thick ones, some are ‘intelligent’ people but with a fixed mindset, they cannot work out that the EU has utterly failed and that Britain can be the Singapore of Europe: independent and MASSIVELY RICH!