I don’t usually like to indulge in prophetic utterances, and I’m not sure I would describe this as such an attempt – more an informed hunch – but I believe that the 17,410,742 people who just expressed their opinion in a democratic vote to leave the European Union are about to find themselves involved in what can only be described as the mother of all stitch ups. Brexit just isn’t going to happen!!!
What makes me so sure? Well there are many small pieces in the puzzle that lead me to this conclusion. Firstly, as David Keighley pointed out here, since the need for impartiality no longer exists (at least in their eyes), the BBC has reverted back to type, painting a picture of those who voted Leave as being either racist, stupid or too old to know what they were doing. Or a combination of all three.
Then we have the media demonisation campaign. Brendan O’Neill at Spiked Online has done a magnificent job of ripping apart the tidal wave of propaganda that has been spewed at the nation since the vote. Here’s how he put it:
“Even worse, politicos talk up the dangers of social conflict. They claim there’s been a huge rise in racism in the five days since the referendum. They are in essence scooping together relatively normal and unfortunate instances of low-level prejudice, and cynically systematising them, packaging them up as a post-referendum pogrom. It is a see-through effort to construct a moral panic.”
Then there is the shocking display of contempt that many Members of Parliament so clearly have for the results of a vote which they, with I believe one exception, sanctioned. We had the likes of David Lammy, apparently not understanding the point of last week’s referendum, calling for another one. Then there was the jeering aimed at Douglas Carswell, Ukip’s only Member of Parliament, as he spoke during Prime Minister’s Questions. They don’t have to agree with him, but they ought at least to recognise that the principle cause he supports – leaving the European Union – received the backing of 17,410,742 people, many of whom are presumably their own constituents.
Then we have the sad case of the thousands upon thousands of young people for whom the world has just apparently caved in (dealt with admirably here by Jane Kelly). The sight of some of the most privileged young people ever to walk this earth foaming with rage at the “old people” who have apparently “stolen their future” is frankly nauseous, and also gives a glimpse of a rather nasty tyranny in the making. Yet it is their views that are getting the airing, their views that are apparently worth much more than those who voted the other way, and so the country of Great Britain, once ruled by a Parliamentary system, now finds itself renamed Grief Britain, ruled by the system of emotional spasm and the tyranny of those who shriek the loudest.
All this is undoubtedly leading us towards a great softening up. I don’t pretend to know what that will look like, but it almost certainly won’t reflect the answer given by over 17 million people to the question that was put to them on 23rd June.
But all these pieces pale into insignificance when placed next to the big piece of the puzzle. Very little of the discussion so far in the aftermath of the vote has mentioned the United States. Yet the stakes are simply too high for the US Government – caught in the grip of an ideological fixation to exert hegemony over the world – to let us leave without a concerted attempt to prevent it.
And so right on cue, on Monday Mr Kerry came to town. Mr John Kerry, Secretary of State for Managing Regime Change in Countries That Don’t Comply With Washington’s Hegemonic Ambitions, that is. What was the top foreign diplomat of a country that doesn’t belong to the EU doing in Downing Street? Why, managing regime change, of course, although this time one with a big difference, as I’ll come to in a moment.
But first let me walk readers back a couple of years to give you the sense of what his visit was all about. If you have swallowed the Western narrative on the Ukrainian crisis, it really is time for you to disavow yourself of it once and for all. That narrative basically says that the Ukrainian people, desperate to throw off the yoke of Russia’s stranglehold and turn West (via the EU and NATO), rose up and exercised their democratic will by deposing the corrupt government. And the West supported their democratic choice.
Just about the only thing about this narrative is the bit about the corrupt government. Other than that, it is almost entirely false. It conveniently misses the fact the corrupt President was democratically elected. It conveniently misses the fact that millions of people in that country are ethnically, culturally and linguistically Russian, and did not want their government to be overthrown, or for the country to reorient towards the West at the expense of the East. It conveniently ignores the fact that Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs was taped speaking to the US Ambassador, Geoffrey Pyatt, two weeks before the overthrow of the Government, plotting who would make up the post-coup Government.
It conveniently ignores the fact that once peaceful protests were taken over by real, hard-core neo-Nazis. It conveniently ignores the fact that sniper fire in the last day or so before the toppling of the Government came from Hotel Ukraina, which was at that time in the hands of Maidan activists, under the control of Andriy Parubiy, founder of the far-right Social National Party of Ukraine, and currently Speaker in the Verkhovna Rada. It conveniently ignores the fact that Mr Yanukovych agreed on 21st February 2014 to early elections and to bring in members of the opposition into his Government, and that this was guaranteed by the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland. It conveniently ignores the fact that when this peaceful deal was put to the Maidan crowds, the neo-Nazi Right Sector rejected it immediately and gave Mr Yanukovyh until 10 am on February 22nd to flee or be killed.
In short the whole Western narrative is complete hogwash. This was a violent coup, carried out by the far right, sponsored by the United States, and egged on by the expansionist EU (I recommend Richard Sakwa’s excellent work, Frontline Ukraine for anyone who wants to read more on this).
But what has this to do with Mr Kerry’s visit to Downing Street earlier this week? Much every way. Whenever a coup or a colour revolution is in the making, you will almost always find high level US “diplomats” mingling with the rebels. Ambassador Robert Ford was at the forefront of supporting rebels in their attempts to overthrow the Government of Syria in 2011, paving the way for the dreadful civil war and consequent migrant crisis that has since taken place. In Ukraine, in the months before the fall of Viktor Yanukovych, a series of high level foreign dignitaries went and – in a blatant violation of a sovereign state – addressed the crowds, assuring them of their support, and egging them on. John McCain was there, fraternising with the far right leader Oleh Tyahnybok. So too was Mrs Nuland, who famously went around patronisingly passing out little cookies to the crowds.
And so to Mr Kerry. The sight of America’s top diplomat rushing to London at the height of these uncertainties ought to fill those of us who voted Leave (and those who didn’t if they understand the significance) with a sense of foreboding. And if it doesn’t, then listen to what he said while he was here:
“Asked if the Brexit decision could be ‘walked back’ and if so how, Kerry said: ‘I think there are a number of ways. I don’t, as Secretary of State, want to throw them out today. I think that would be a mistake. But there are a number of ways.”
Indeed. No doubt there a number of ways, and no doubt the Government that Mr Kerry represents, being well versed in the techniques of colour revolution and manipulation, can advise on that.
But here’s the curious thing. During and after the Ukrainian crisis, Mr Kerry, his boss, his colleagues and the entire corporate media spoke in gushing terms about the democratic values and democratic rights of the Ukrainian people. All that despite the fact that it was the democratic Government that was toppled in a putsch by a violent, far-right mob.
Curiously, Brexit doesn’t seem to have brought forth the same gushing praise from these people for the wonders of people exercising their democratic rights. Instead, the talk is about “walking back” the result. Should this happen, and the democratic result be overturned by technique, obfuscation, delaying tactics, propaganda and sheer manipulation, then this time we will have ourselves another coup. Only this time it will be a coup on behalf of the regime against the people.
I hate to say it, but be prepared for the mother of all stitch-ups. Better trust in God and keep your powder dry.