Brexit is not a central problem facing Britain: end the self-pity or become marginalised.

mesnip With every day that passes, the scare tactics and wild predictions scattered on stony ground by the Remain camp have failed to germinate. The 48% need to  put a stop to the infantile wrenting of clothes, wake up to what 23 days have done for everyone in Britain, and face the much bigger obstacles and opportunities that lie before us. To do otherwise will simply result in them becoming a laughing stock….something the squabbling Left can ill afford.

Following his appointment, new Chancellor Philip Hammond moved at the speed of light to say that “in the changed circumstances”, Britons should not expect the UK’s deficit targets to be met any time soon. Aside from the idiotic decision of one ratings agency to downgrade the UK’s borrowing score by half a notch, the market circumstances haven’t changed at all….and neither this nor the recent drops in the value of Sterling have affected our SBR costs in the short term.

The economic outlook has changed in but one way: the clown in charge of policy in that area has been summarily fired. But yet again, there is an attempt in play to blame every problem on Brexit. In the days following the result, angry media upset at having failed to drive the queue into the showers came up with ridiculous stats such as the losses on RBS and Lloyds shares “as a result of Brexit”, and drops in the Pound’s value “as a result of Brexit” – as if such things were set in stone from here onwards…..and should be blamed on the voters rather than the neurotic pinheads who deal on the various stock and Forex markets.

Bloomberg all this week has repeated four to five times a day that this or that movement is “in the light of Brexit”, CNBC at one point talked of “the waning influence of the London City in the aftermath of Brexit”, Spain (of all places) referred to Britain as “now a confirmedly racist country”, and the market movements in gold and oil both before and after Brexit were casually attributed to Brexit by many of those involved. Not the awful US non-farm payroll data, not the awful Chinese export statistics, not the disastrous state of the Italian banks, and not the now rapidly approaching demise of Deutsche Bank.

No.It’s all down to nasty scumbigot fascist old Baby boomers who dumped on the young from a great height, and snatched their future from the jaws of victory.

In the FT, Nick Clegg said he was “angry that my children’s future has been put at risk by a needless referendum. Angry at the years of wilful misrepresentation of the EU by vested interests in the press. Angry at the betrayal that Brexit voters will feel when they realise — too late — that a land of milk and honey outside the EU does not exist.” Every word of it is uninformed supposition or deliberate misrepresentation: but the FT is a rabid Eunatic newspaper, so Cleggover was given his say.

There have been so many hypocritical and ideological somersaults during the last 23 days, it’s been damn near impossible to keep up. That one-time champion of direct democracy The Labour Party quietly put away all its Fabian principles to campaign hard for a rerun, and then quickly turned to a second attempt to overturn the public voice by using his “failure to persuade the electorate” on the EU question as the long-sought excuse to install their own candidate (the laughably Peace Campesque Angela Eagle) in place of Jeremy Corbyn.

Some chums just arrived here in Southern France and brought a recent edition of Private Eye with them. I had already seen Ian Hislop’s bullying and somewhat amoral stance on the issue on British TV two weeks ago, but I confess to having been both horrified and disappointed to see an anti-Brexit rant from cover to cover in the 8th-21st July issue.

Private Eye’s legendary determination to dump on all sides in any political dispute has been legendary for over half a century….but not on this occasion: Hislop imposed his will on the content with all the even-handedness of Paul Dacre at his worst. It was, genuinely, like reading The Guardian – surely the greatest (and most richly deserved) insult the magazine could ever suffer. One-Eye, Jaundiced Eye, Evil Eye….maybe all of these should be lined up in whatever masthead revamp lies ahead.

The one genuine cockup as a result of the Leave victory lies where I would always expect to find it: in the gilded corridors of Whitehall. It now transpires that Sir Humphrey did not put in place a single element of any plan whatsoever for what to do in the event of such an outcome. Osborne left office as he arrived: armed (at the Saturday news conference) with an enormous lie about “we had long planned for what to do if Brexit became a reality”.

I keep waiting for some Remaindeer herd hack somewhere to break ranks on the reality of what’s happened – and is still happening – but obviously the fear of lions out there is universal. So the lowly 7,000 readers a day Slog will now try in its own little way to redress the balance.

Let’s first of all look at the changed political landscape. It is – no exaggeration whatsoever – the sort of thing that would’ve been a liberal-Left wet dream just three weeks ago.

Cameron, Osborne, Gove, Crabb, Whittingdale, and Morgan have all gone. Camerlot is no more.

Boris Johnson finds himself Foreign Secretary….but with David Davis as Minister for Brexit, his power will be kept severely in check. Theresa May herself has come out openly for a ‘Brexit-lite’ solution to our EU relationship (using the Danish model) – and, by making the Article 50 trigger dependent on Scottish agreement, has predictably slowed down the process of doing that.

What’s not to like for the whingeing woeful?

Now the econo-fiscal situation. The Bank of England didn’t bring in a rate cut, the Pound is back to £1.20 to the euro….and as the Italian and Deutsche mires spread during the next month or so, I will not be surprised to see it back at 1.30 or close to that by the end of August. There is not going to be an emergency budget. Seven separate and large global importers beyond Europe have been quick to say they are enthusiastic at the thought of trade with us minus the import barriers. The new trade figures are better than expected. Everything is just the same – ie, dire – as it was.

NATO has confirmed the importance of Britain as an ally. German fear of a potentially disastrous car output effect in the event of British truculence has (as I predicted) mellowed the tone of those with a functioning brain in Berlin. The markets have welcomed the May Government, and the FTSE is now officially a Bull Market – incomprehensibly a Bull market, but then you all know my view of contemporary bourse movements.

Across the EU, the Brexit decision is being seen  – everywhere except by the media in France, Spain and Germany – as a corrective (and much welcomed) poke in the eye for controlling Federalism. All that has been achieved in just over three weeks.

How many of the Left Remain camp can now – in all honesty – stand up and say that we would’ve have achieved that change of tone and heart on the Continent with a vote to stay? The answer of course is none of them would admit it, but then such is their hallmark: it is not in the bile-spitters’ nature to be honest with themselves, or accept reality…or indeed a mistaken view of outcomes. As Solzhenytsin was wont to say, “They never make mistakes”.

By contrast, I am very happy to admit that some things have become more depressing….but they were always going to do that because of (a) the systemic spinal atrophy that is the country’s voting and corruption status, and (b) the Left’s inability to engage with other groups in order to challenge the rampant Right.

May’s victory was achieved by sidestepping a popular vote that would’ve, at the very least, made Andrea Leadsom a Big Player. Murdoch has been back to his old levels of interference throughout. It is highly unlikely that Damien Green will have any sympathy for destitute female pensioners. Proportional representation and the removal  of money from politics are a distant gleam in the eye of we The Disenfranchised. May is a confirmed surveillance State enthusiast and NATO supporter. And the chances of an Opposition in any kind of shape to stay the new witch’s broom in 2020 have gone from slim to dim.

No doubt The Eagle and her knitting circle will find reasons why a multiply split and ethically bereft Labour Party is also down to Brexit. The only thing I can do in countering that sort of blindness (although it won’t) is to ask whether the election of either an Eagle or Corbyn Government in 2020 would emerge as unscathed as the Brexit decision has.

For myself, I don’t care what the external Forces of Darkness think about anything my countrymen decide to do or not do. The problem is, both major Parties do. And therein lies the real British tragedy.

Connected from a recent Slog edition: The beastly barbarian bollocks of Brexit

52 thoughts on “Brexit is not a central problem facing Britain: end the self-pity or become marginalised.

  1. I”m not sure I agree with your analysis at the end Mr Ward about 2020.

    If Mrs May really believes in Brexit-Lite, then there will be an opportunity for UKIP unparalleled. They will campaign on a ‘Brexit-means-Brexit’ slogan saying: ‘Did you vote for continued Freedom of Movement? Did you vote for EU regulation without any way to control it?’ Etc etc etc.

    I can see a 2020 Parliament with Labour at under 150 seats, UKIP at over 100 and I’m not quite sure what will happen to the Conservatives. It all depends on whether they have knifed Mrs May in 2019 or not, I guess……

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  2. Mr Ward

    How do you feel about Andrea Leadsom being quoted in the papers thus: ‘I wouldn’t hire a male nanny because they might be a paedophile’??

    Do you consider that statement to be as vile and disgusting as a man saying: ‘the place for a woman is in the kitchen…’? I consider it to be ten times worse, myself…….


    You need to end your teenage love affair with Mrs Leadsom and view her with the eye of a skeptical observer. Warts and all…..

    I don’t want a UK Leader who assumes until proven otherwise that all men are paedophiles, unless she also assumes that all women are something equally as vile until proven otherwise.

    Until she confirms such non-sexual-bias, she should be facing court proceedings for sexism incompatible with serving in public office………


  3. You really ought to come over to the UK, especially the North and witness the aftermath there is an atmosphere of disbelief, 1/4 of the population have caused mayhem, nobody has actually got a clue what is going on, its like we are at war with a thought.
    You may see it as a victory for (who) but we now have an even more undemocratic state, I personally would have taken up arms to protect the status quo from pontificating idiots like you, there is no self pity, there is anger that a bunch of uneducated thugs and a few like yourself with what motive? you didn’t give a shit you live in France FFS? Nothing you write from now on will be regarded as anything but the rantings of an insane burnout.


  4. Here we have a lot more DESTRUCTIVE CRITICISM of what didn’t happen or what happened that was wrong etc.
    Not once do we read interesting and thoughtful possibilities that are of a constructive nature.
    Why? Because John Ward is an evil little man with a big grudge in life, together with an ego fit for a good looking successful individual with a CV to boat about. This man only ever scribbled adverts for chocolate biscuits, and now he thinks he is important.

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  5. Tell us how to do it right. That’s my challenge today.
    No, you don’t know. You just write for fun at everyone elses expense.
    You know absolutely NOTHING worth reading.


  6. Talking of Brexit blowback, it didn’t take them long to dump on Erdogan for starting to talk to Vlad. A major terror attack and an attempt coup since his grovelling letter to Moscow.

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  7. I think the real trouble is only just beginning to brew, there are many very unhappy with the crowning of Queen May, we may well see a GE well before 2020 as, rtj1211 so rightly points out, ‘an opportunity for UKIP unparalleled’, there must be some big beasts in the Tory party that can see the writing on the wall, and don’t like what it purports.
    Now Farage has gone, and there is an opening for another leader, should a credible one appear, both the left and the right might just as well usher UKIP onto centre stage.
    What the MSM failed to mention when they reported that many who had voted leave wished they hadn’t, there were many more, who voted remain, that when after they learnt of the formation of a European army, wished they had voted leave, the irony is, and perhaps one reason another vote isn’t going to be held is, the leavers just might increase their marjority..

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  8. Never ceases to amaze me at the number of people who spend their days trolling around newspapers, and blogs, making derogatory comments about someones work. Of course they are all totally incapable themselves of penning any sort of article on any sort of subject, due to the right and left sides of their brains constantly at odds with each other. There is such a thing as having constructive criticism, which is fair enough, but idiots of course get taken over by their rantings and absolutely cannot stop,so have to be downright rude and insulting as well, I wonder why? Sense of power ? or total lack of self control? Methinks the latter.

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  9. When Steven Woolfe gets elected as next leader of Ukip,as he surely will, all parties better watch their backs he is the ideal candidate in every way.


  10. John. Private Eye. ” Lazy Eye” ??

    Personally though I am a strict Leaver I do not think there is a cat in hells chance of full Brexit or possibly even Brexit Lite. Although I ve no tme for him Ming Campbell issued a studio bet on R4 that we would not be out of the EU by 2019.
    lNobody Leavers included , took the bet.


  11. Angela, whomsoever you may be. Might I politely suggest that you shove your arrogant, petulant, spiteful and thoroughly unpleasant head up your unpleasant arse?

    When YOU can write to the same calibre as John, please, let me know.

    When YOU have the courage to speak your thoughts, whatever those thoughts might be, popular or not, please, let me know.

    When YOU have the following that John does, the respect that he has from many for so very many of his articles, please, let me know.

    When YOU have the determination to do all in your power to stand up against evil, to shout out against Pyschopaths and Utter Bastards, as John does, on an almost daily basis, please, let me know.

    IF, however, you are merely Just Another Internet Troll, angry at reading something which you don’t like, then please, let me know.

    You may also like to know, that FAR from being ‘evil’, John is, in fact, the exact opposite and is, at present, doing ALL that he can to help the 1950s women get back their pensions.

    His articles are often hard-hitting and he takes NO PRISONERS when writing about the kinds of folks who are fecking up this once beautiful world, because he damn well CARES about the world, where it’s going and how we can get it to go in the best and kindest direction for everyone.

    You might not AGREE with ALL that he says..but that doesn’t give you the right to respond as you have done.

    Were it NOT for John Ward, I’d not be alive today, for it was John who was the first in a chain of beautiful people who saved my life around 18 months ago, and as I’ve come to know John personally, I can assure you that he is a very, very kind and caring man, and one who is also honest and honourable, with the greatest sense of humour ever….

    He is also a profoundly gifted writer…and perhaps that’s where your spite and jealousy come from?

    Know this though, you do NOT belittle John Ward with your ignorant words, only yourself.

    Do have a nice day.

    Thank you

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  12. @Cornish

    I have only to google your name and I find that you are another outspoken blogger concerned only with yourself.
    How dare you insult me in public while you expose everything save your stained knickers on the internet. I am entitled to and stand by my comments about John Ward whos scribblings, like yours, are not worth a jot.
    Have a nice day yourself you whingeing old COW!


  13. @alsmyth

    By all means discount what I write on the grounds of my not living in the UK at present, but please recognise that it is precisely that you are immersed in the febrile atmosphere created by both sides in the debate over the EU that your ability to think rationally about the issues may be severely compromised. I agree entirely that the UK is not a functioning democracy. The ridiculous FPTP system and the lack of any meaningful discourse in the national press on any serious level and the domination of all major media outlets by either plutocrats or deep state operatives prevents the basis of any rational decision making by most of the electorate. The information required to make a rational choice on policy is simply not available without considerable effort. To contend that the UK is now somehow more undemocratic as the result of a popular vote that went against your emotional wishes is laughable. Do you really think the readers of The Slog will have somehow forgotten the past thirty years of Turdoch dominated ‘amygala’ politics and Neoliberal fantasy economics that have dismantled the prospects of so many of the UK population?

    On the other hand, perhaps if you step back slightly and are prepared to supress the emotion and open your rational mind to other ideas, this video interview with the economist Mark Blyth might inform you as to why many are in favour of Brexit. I do not consider him to be either an uneducated thug, or a ‘pontificating idiot’. Enjoy :-)


    If you are prepared to take up arms, might I suggest myriad other causes other than the protection of the status quo. I suspect such a statement betrays your true motives in this debate.

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  14. Mr Ward you talk about self pity and remorse after BREXIT..
    It has to be said that you were only able to give reasons to leave. Any thoughts about consequences never entered your head. We do not need you latest comment on the result. You got what you advocated. You should step back and offer thoughts on how to deal with your success. Do you have thoughts like that?Perhaps you are a victim of your own success. We would like to read some constructive dialogue, not just a lot of contrived literal destruction of the country that we love, but the country that you hate so much.


  15. Dear Joe Temple

    Loose use of the pronoun ‘we’ there. And no, I don’t hate Britain. I do, however, have a low opinion of its many citizens who do.


  16. Angela/Tammy

    I don’t like boating about much, but thanks anyway for the compliments: much appreciated. x

    PS Goodbye


  17. I get a kick out of the destruction of banning any person who does not like my boating.
    That makes me a self admitted smug old crusty c*nt. LOL
    Have another gin ha ha .

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  18. “In the FT, Nick Clegg said he was “angry that my children’s future has been put at risk by a needless referendum.”
    In 2008 Clegg wrote in the Guardian that it would be *cowardly* to block an EU referendum, by not allowing the under 50’s their say on the EU.
    I’m bemused as to why anyone takes anything Clegg says seriously. If anyone is a classic case of Dunning-Kruger Syndrome it is for sure, this bumbling this F-wit Clegg.
    “When Steven Woolfe gets elected as next leader of Ukip,as he surely will, all parties better watch their backs he is the ideal candidate in every way.”
    I agree totally.
    I’ve met Steven Woolfe, and I helped out with his 2015 GE leafleting and campaigning efforts in Stockport. He’s very soft spoken,.. no wild arm waving,.. and knows the facts and puts them across in TV interviews. He’s a local Manchester lad,.. understands the views of the ‘left behind’ who have been abandoned by Labour. And his parentage is a curious mix of Irish, Jewish, and Caribbean, so no one is going to play the racist card with him.?
    Come 2020, a new (re-branded?), Ukip, will let loose the dogs of war on any Northern constituency which is not nailed down. I genuinely believe that Ukip, will take the mantle of the Labour Party within two parliamentary election cycles.


  19. Agree with me or you will be banned.
    I am a little man who cannot argue my corner with proven fact.
    My scribbles are for amusement only and can go up or down , but mostly down.

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  20. Buffoon? Oh, the clown whose wife allegedly had a *pecker-dillo”, in daylight, on the pavement of a central London street, apparently a knee-trembling event. Or the one that got roasted in a recent TV interview? Or someone who did a cunning stunt on a wire? Beats me who it could be. Mind you, whoever this buffoon is, let us hope that our new Officer Commanding Brexit , Davis, keeps the buffoon on his best behaviour….. or no more hair dye.


  21. Gore Blimey! (strewth, not that geezer banging on about blood again!) The reason that I enjoy John’s blog is because he has a mastery of the English language, in all modes. It is a pleasure to be able to float ideas, theories, comments amongst a civilised crew, who can and do disagree….. with a modicum of manners. Full marks John, for dumping those who offend.

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  22. I know why I read The Slog .I find it informative , find the many and diverse views expressed interesting and at times engaging from many of it’s commentators. Don’t always agree but that’s healthy.So I enjoy it . What I don’t quite get is that some obviously don’t enjoy the experience so why waste precious life and time participating in something that is so obnoxious.

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  23. I missed understanding the Macmillan night of the long knifes in 57 ( being only 7 at the time) , but I have lived to see and understand this night of the long knifes 16. The Tories have played a blinder , they have their long term aim of getting out of the EU , they have a united party at last, Cameron has stepped aside as he said he would before 2020 , giving the new people a chance to bed in , they have sold off the remaining state assets and functions at huge profit to their mates, they have seen off P.R. last time, they have gerrymandered the boundaries beautifully to make labours chances much harder, factor in the Labour party falling apart before our very eye’s , the Lib Dems have been reduced to an invisible rump under Farron, they have a female PM who will remind them of matron at school , which they love, they must feel all their Christmases have come at once, they have managed to snatch victory from the jaws of their own incompetence.
    Have to say they have done well, as the Labour party still have not fully imploded yet, they still have the fun of Corby getting re-elected by the membership and the MP’s still in the huff and doing everything they can to hinder Corby, classic stuff but a bad day for democracy.


  24. John
    Angela made very disparaging comments about you which quite frankly got my back up. I then stated’There is such a thing as having constructive criticism, which is fair enough, but idiots of course get taken over by their rantings and absolutely cannot stop,so have to be downright rude and insulting as well, I wonder why? Sense of power ? or total lack of self control? Methinks the latter.’
    Angela then sent an absolutely disgusting tirade against Lizzie Cornish who had posted a lovely piece supporting your good self.
    I then replied I was correct!

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  25. To the trolls if you must at least let me sell you your IP address! yours expanding business corporation!


  26. Personally, I roared with laughter from cover to tear-sodden cover of this fortnight’s Private Eye. It was obvious the were to a man metro liberal remainders, but the pique at having lost was as palpable as it was hilarious.


  27. Well call me a wet behind the ears optimist, but I think we will see a Brexit in some shape or form and possibly sooner rather than later. There is no negotiating advantage as far as i can see in invoking Article 50 just yet. Maybe May is the least worst PM just now, but I think her team (and more importantly advisers) could do the job. Rather her than the Cameroons. Once all the emotional BS has died down (when, please….) we can get on with a new relationship with the EU and the rest of the world – Scotland?I think the ducks are getting lined up. At least I hope so. But delicate international diplomacy will not feature in twitter, which will fool some of the teenage journos. My guess is we go for Brexit Lite followed some years later by a full withdrawal as the house of cards collapses in on itself. I’m suspending disbelief just for now. Possibly a rash move, but I think in the end sane heads will prevail and Project Fear will be shown to have come close to treason – can i still use that word???


  28. John,
    You must be getting something right to attract such venomous trolls!

    I entirely agree that there will be no meaningful Brexit. But the EU will collapse in the near term, probably violently.


  29. Before the referendum my lawn mower worked properly. After the referendum, following brexit, it doesn’t work anymore. I blame brexit :0)


  30. Hello John.

    I’m a long time reader but first time poster. Pay no attention to the nasties. Keep up the good work. I just wish I could write just one column as well as you seem to turn them out effortlessly.

    While, like you, I no longer live in the UK (USA, NC) I too favoured Brexit. My wife and I still have a lot of family there and virtually all of them voted Leave.


  31. I think May played a rather clever “long game” with Sturgeon. The latter was encouraged and and is now saying that she has a veto on when Article 50 is triggered. I am of the belief that there is no particular hurry about doing so, not least because the EU seems quite capable of imploding before it might be necessary for that to happen, Italian and German banking crises relating thereto. The more Ms Sturgeon drags this invocation out, the more she irritates the very organisation [sic] she pretends she wants to remain a part of/join. The more rope and more time for the actualité to emerge in terms of economics, the less likelihood of the Scottish electorate to vote for their own Christmas Turkey. If you listen to her responses today (to Andrew Marr), it is clearer by the day, that she has no idea how to “square the circle” of “protecting Scotland’s interests” by remaining part of the EU when it is still part of UK. (Or joining the EU post Indy2Ref with a deficit 11% of GDP, which is even beyond the stretched rules allowed to France and Spain…and others?). The fishwife’s posturing will come to nought.


  32. On re-reading John’s excellent trend of thinking concerning the concerning lunacy that has apparently gripped what has hitherto passed as the minds of some who purport to have wanted to stay in the leunatic asylum, and going into the comments, as you do, I find that I am marked down – literally and metaphorically – as having “liked” the egregious views of one “Angela”.
    I did open the Leave a Reply box to make a comment, but didn’t post it. I must somehow have tapped inadvertently the Like area of her first comment. I swear on my dead hamster’s grave that I did not like Angela’s comments, would not have chosen to give succour to her, and in an ideal world would ask the big computer in the sky to rescind the said marked “Like”.
    But I don’t believe in big computers in the sky, So I throw myself on John’s mercy.


  33. Since my doppelganger is being brought up again, I just want to mention that the other Angela isn’t me. I’ve been a longtime reader of JW’s excellent blog and commented for the first time only recently regarding the very odd Jo Cox affair.

    Glad to see they finally sent her off a month after death, a private family affair as expected, no comments on news articles permitted, no announcement in the classifieds, no dignitaries in attendance etc etc. All very normal and above board.


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