Finally I understand everything: why Brexit is proving so impossible to negotiate; why Leave voters are more determined than ever to get the hardest Brexit possible, preferably No Deal; why Theresa May keeps caving to Brussels; why the political class is so out of touch with the electorate; why this can only get uglier…
Actually, I knew the answer to all this before. And so did you.
It’s really very simple: the European Union is a totalitarian superstate run by sharp-suited, hatchet-faced technocrats who have no interest whatsoever in freedom, fairness, justice, probity, logic, first principles, or economic reality. Their project is — and always has been — an end in itself: a conspiracy against the people by the liberal elite to subsume them, whether they like it or not, into a vast, anti-democratic, politically correct, socialistic, borderless supranational bureaucracy with its own government, military, currency, tax regime, rules system.
And third because I’ve just watched the first episode of the BBC’s documentary Inside Europe.
Did you see it?
It was extraordinary. This viewer caught perfectly my reaction – and, I suspect, your reaction too.
Yes, obviously I’m joking about the second.
Though I’ve never had much time for David Cameron — at least not since our dope-smoking days at uni — I sat through this documentary feeling almost sorry for him.
Off he went, several times, to Europe with his begging bowl. “Give me something, anything to offer voters so that all us Remainers don’t lose this Referendum,” he pleaded.
And what was the EU’s response?
It went something like this:
“Tell you what, Dave. Since we’re feeling very very generous and we greatly respect you and your country — and we promise this has got nothing to do with the £350 million you pay us every week for sod all in return — here is what we’ll do. You know that bowl of soup with the hunk of stale bread we give you every day in your cell? Well instead of pissing in it every day, we’ll only do it on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Can’t say fairer than that, can we? That’s the whole of Tuesday we’re offering without a trace of urine in your soup. When the Czechs and the Latvians and the Poles get to hear of this deal they’ll kick up a massive stink. But don’t worry, we’ll square it with them. Because we care.”
Poor Dave, of course, had been hoping for a bit more substantial than that. Instead, he came up from his 2016 whistlestop tour of all the EU member states, with a set of concessions so pitiful it made Neville Chamberlain’s piece of paper from Adolf Hitler look like the deal of the century.
The only gift the EU was prepared to offer Dave was a giant, ribboned freebie for Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Rees-Mogg to to make one of his more withering statements to the House of Commons:
“My Right Honourable friend has a fortnight, I think, in which to salvage his reputation as a negotiator.”
Dave looked like a schmuck.
But what did he expect? The message that came across from the various EU bosses and heads of state interviewed on the documentary could not have been clearer or more unanimous. It boiled down to: we don’t do negotiations.
Former French President François Hollande summed it up well. Dave entertained him at Chequers — the Prime Minister’s private country residence — which is full of historical relics which used to belong to Napoleon (gifted by a former Prime Minister, the Duke of Wellington). But despite the schmoozing and the nostalgia trip to the brief period when France counted for something, Hollande could offer nothing in return.
As he explained on the documentary:
“Any concessions made to the UK on freedom of movement in the EU would be equally requested by other member states. I said to him honestly, if he got a special deal for the UK… then other countries under populist pressure would try to organise their own referendums.”
Note that characteristic contempt of the Euro elite for the ordinary people — “populist pressure”.
But what Hollande is saying here, at least from the EU’s perspective, is absolutely logical and makes perfect sense.
Compared to some of the members of the Euro elite interviewed, Hollande was positively charming.
The reptilian lush Jean Claude Juncker, sounded like a slightly less reasonable Don Corleone when he described some pettifogging concession he had made to Cameron.
“I said ‘This is the price to pay. I didn’t like the price. But my feeling was that we had to agree.”
To put it another way, even when offering Cameron next to zilch — just the right, for seven years, not to have to pay welfare for EU immigrants; exemption from ever-closer union; a promise not to destroy the City of London (which probably wasn’t in the EU’s power anyway) — the EU’s technocratic elite insisted on playing the hardest of hard ball, keeping Cameron waiting and making him beg.
Angela Merkel, for example, kept Cameron and his negotiating team waiting 26 hours before leading a delegation straight to his room with barely a second’s notice. “Is David here?” she asked. Then grudgingly gave him a tiny bowl of watered down gruel which no way was Dave going to be able to sell to a British public ravening for roast beef and all the trimmings.
We’ve beaten these bastards before — many, many times more than they have beaten us. We can beat them again.
This is an independence war we are fighting for the future of our country. In such circumstances, almost any amount of inconvenience, even suffering, is worth it for the end prize of victory — and freedom.
David Cameron pocketed £800,000 within a year of quitting as Prime Minister
The ex-Prime Minister has been accused of ‘cashing in’ while the country hurtles towards a no deal Brexit
A no-deal Brexit will not trouble David Cameron who pocketed almost £800,000 within a year of quitting as Prime Minister.
The ex-Tory leader has filed the first set of accounts for the firm through which he channels his earnings.They reveal that as of last April, the Office of David Cameron Limited had £627,227 in cash and £119,395 in ‘other investments’.
Labour MP and Best for Britain champion Virendra Sharma MP said: “David Cameron has some brass neck. He is cashing in giving speech after speech all over the world about the total and utter car crash he has created.
“He is being paid for failure.
“We are hurtling towards a disaster but at least someone will be okay.”
Since leaving office, David Cameron has registered nine separate paid and voluntary jobs with Parliament’s “revolving door” watchdog, Acoba.
They include unpaid work as the Presidency of the Alzheimer’s Society and Chairmanship of National Citizen Service Patrons.(Image: PA)
But more lucrative positions include Vice-Chairmanship of the UK-China fund and representing payment services company First Data Corporation as a “brand ambassador.”
He also secured an £800,000 contract to write his memoirs, and had a £25,000 designer ‘shed’ installed at his Cotswolds family home to write it in.
He was due to publish the book last autumn, but has delayed their publication until next September, reportedly so his views on Brexit do not impact on Theresa May ’s negotiations.He has also joined the public speaking gravy train by registering with the Washington Speakers’ Bureau – where high profile names can earn command tens of thousands of pounds for speeches.
It was claimed last year that Mr Cameron charged £120,000 for a single hour-long speech on Brexit to Blackstone Properties, a US real estate firm.