In response to Michael St George: The Cradle of Anti-Democracy,
Paul Weston wrote:
What we are up against:
A Remain Prime Minister.
A Remain Speaker.
A Remain Cabinet.
A Remain Parliament.
A Remain House of Lords.
A Remain Civil Service.
A Remain BBC.
A Remain Teaching Union (combined).
A Remain Judiciary.
A Remain Bank of England.
A Remain Academia.
So, we will remain. Unless we mobilise and march on Whitehall with pitchforks.
Or perhaps some people think a stiff letter to the Times will suffice?
It is as simple as this: Unless we rise up, democracy will be taken away from us. Nothing more and nothing less.
John Birch wrote:
Written by an anonymous civil servant in today’s Telegraph:
Should MPs vote again on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, it would be anything but delivering on the Brexit vote from two years ago. How would I know? Because I work within the heart of government.
As a civil servant I can tell you large parts of the Whitehall machine are systematically working against leaving the EU.
I have met thousands of civil servants in the past few years: I can only recall five who voted for Brexit.
At first, I thought they were perhaps just staying quiet given the political climate, but my worst fear was confirmed during the high-profile remainer Gina Miller’s successful court case to make sure Parliament has a say on the Brexit outcome. When it was announced she had won her case, I witnessed large teams within the Foreign Office break out into cheers and applause. Seriously.
A quick scroll though the social media accounts of my colleagues and you will find images of them proudly waving ‘Remain’ placards, campaigning for a ‘People’s Vote’, boasting ‘Jez we can’ and of course the usual apocalyptic messages of doom since the Brexit vote. The double-standards are astonishing. If I so much as followed the activities of Nigel Farage, I have no doubt that I would be called in for questioning. I recall one conversation with a senior member of staff at the Foreign Office who told me she was ashamed when Boris Johnson was appointed Foreign Secretary as he is so ‘typically British’.
This department is particularly notorious for its anti-Brexit bias. My experience tells me that there is a genuine hatred of those who voted for Brexit. I recall my first day in the Civil Service as a graduate, being invited to a meeting of senior members of staff who spent the good part of two hours in agreement that the public made a ‘stupid’ decision in the EU referendum.
On June 24 2016 the mood within the civil service was like someone had died.
Unfortunately, this bias doesn’t end with snide insults and childish quips. It goes to the root of their day-to-day work and has truly negative impacts on the way we conduct the important tasks ahead of us. I have in fact come across senior staff working on our post-Brexit relationships who openly talk down the prospect of a UK-US FTA and encourage anti-Trump hysteria. Many of them even joined the protests against the President’s visit last year. During his visit it was common to hear jokes about Trump’s assassination from the very people meant to be working with our closest ally. The only thing worse than being pro-Brexit in the Civil Service is being pro-Trump.
This attitude isn’t confined to their own circles, these views are even being expressed in the presence of foreign ambassadors. In one case during a meeting with a High Commissioner of a close ally, one Civil Servant branded the High Commissioner a ‘Tory w****r’ in the presence of several foreign diplomats.
Fortunately the High Commissioner didn’t hear this highly inappropriate comment, but the remark still remained unchallenged from civil service bosses.
But it doesn’t stop there. There is a strong presence of Anglophobia, combined with cultural Marxism, that runs through the civil service. It has meant that many Civil Servants, including myself, have been actively discouraged from co-operating with Think Tanks which are seen as being ‘too right wing’ despite sharing our goal of promoting free trade. This attitude also prevails in our work with our closest allies, particularly in the Commonwealth, where we are afraid to be seen as overly keen to work with countries that are run by ‘rich white men’.
Contrary to popular belief, Civil Servants often shape the views of Ministers. This makes the prevalent leftist culture within the Civil Service all the more concerning. These ardent remainer and left wing civil servants are the ones who provide the briefings, select the invites and choose the priorities for Ministers. How did we get to this point? The Civil Service is one of the biggest graduate employers, whilst universities have allowed a leftist culture of political correctness to flourish in recent decades.
Brexit is the greatest opportunity this country has faced in years, yet our Government machine is currently working from within to frustrate it. This must not go on. In the next phase of the Brexit negotiations it is vital our Civil Service ceases to allow the massive remain voting bias that has so far helped scupper our post-Brexit future.