Boris peddles the Brexit lies AGAIN

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In today’s Daily Telegraph Boris Johnson sets out his ’10-point plan for a successful Brexit’. Many commentators are seeing this as a renewed bid for Theresa May’s job. I that’s the case it will good news for the LibDems – replacing a lame duck with a plonker.

His first point is to spend the £350M we send each week to the EU on the NHS. During the Referendum this claim was comprehensively debunked but it appears that everyone knows this apart from our Foreign Secretary. If the first of his 10-point plan is a lie it doesn’t bode well for the rest.

£350M a week for NHSPoint 2 is that we won’t pay for access to the EU markets. Well, again as everyone else seems to know, we don’t have to pay for access to the EU markets. BUT, if we want tariff-free access to the EU – which is vital for our motor manufacturing and component industry – we will have to pay as Norway does.

Point 3 is we won’t slam the door on migrants. Well under the EU rules we were able to restrict migrants from within the EU and had total control of non-EU migrants. And under Theresa May we failed to do either so no change there.

Another of his points in the ‘plan’ is “Brexit will be a success. This country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and it will succeed mightily”. So one part of his plan for a successful Brexit is for Brexit to be a success.

For a supposedly intelligent man Boris is a bit of a plonker.


The Brexit lies

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The Washington Post has written an interesting piece about the Brexit lies coming home to roost.

It is a rare opportunity. Seldom does the voting public have the chance to watch their elected politicians confront very specific false promises in real time. Usually campaign promises are either too vague to be contrasted with reality (“Make America Great Again”) or too long term. By the time that “guaranteed growth” either arrives or doesn’t, the person who said it would happen is long out of office.
But in Britain right now, something different is unfolding. During the referendum last year, politicians advocating their country’s departure from the European Union gave some specific assurances. Some derived from ignorance; as it turned out, few of them really understood how the E.U. works. Others were lies, which they knew to be lies at the time.
Because they didn’t expect to win that campaign, they didn’t expect either their ignorance or their dishonesty to be revealed. But then they won — and now it’s happening.

The most egregious lie was about money. During the campaign, leading Brexiteers drove around the country in large red buses, emblazoned with a slogan: “We send the EU 350 million pounds a week, let’s fund our NHS [National Health Service] instead.” This was a very influential argument, as the Brexit campaign managers have admitted. It was also an invented number — Britain does not send the E.U. 350 million pounds a week, as fact-checkers showed over and over. Some of those on the winning side admitted as much after the campaign.

But now, instead of receiving “350 million pounds a week,” negotiators are trapped in an argument about how much money Britain owes Europe — for budgetary promises not kept, for agreements signed and not honored. More ominously, the British government is just now realizing that leaving the European single market, which is far more than an ordinary free-trade zone, will cost it in other ways, too. Jointly designed European agencies and arrangements may now have to be re-created, at vast expense, from scratch: pharmaceutical and nuclear regulators, for example. It is possible that a vast new customs service, complete with parking lots at the border, computer systems and customs agents, will be needed to cope with new tariff regimes once Britain is outside the European customs union. In the long term, Britain will have more bureaucracy, and less money to spend on the NHS.
The second falsehood, frequently repeated during the campaign, was that leaving the single market would be fast, simple and easy. Liam Fox, now Britain’s top trade negotiator, said a new trade deal with Europe would be “the easiest in human history.” David Davis, now the minister in charge of the whole process, declared that “we can do deals . . . and we can do them quickly.” With breathtaking insouciance and eye-watering obliviousness, others implied that all sorts of trading arrangements with countries all over the world could be ready in a matter of months.

In practice, more than a year has passed since the referendum and nearly six months have passed since Britain invoked Article 50, the “exiting the E.U.” procedure. During that time, almost no progress has been made. The British government itself is divided about its own position, which makes it difficult to talk to Brussels. This Last week, Davis told the House of Commons — to howls of derisory laughter — that “nobody pretended [Brexit] would be easy.” It’s as if he has actually forgotten that he himself repeatedly pretended exactly that.

What happens next is unclear. We know that the Brexiteers’ promises were hollow. Their assessments were wrong. Whatever remaining credibility this government still has should have vanished. Still, elections are complicated things, party loyalties are strong and there are other issues in play. During the referendum campaign, voters weren’t bothered by facts. During the recent snap elections, they seemed uneasier about the ruling party and refused to give it an absolute majority. Will the Brexiteers now be further punished at the ballot box? We’ll see.

The answer matters, because a parallel moment is about to arrive in the United States. As a candidate, Donald Trump also made some very specific electoral promises, including, for example, the construction of a wall along the Mexican border, to be paid for with Mexican money. It didn’t matter how many Mexican politicians denied that this would happen; Trump kept repeating the promise. Now the budget battles are looming and, unsurprisingly, Mexico seems no more likely to pay for a border wall than Brexit is to free up 350 million pounds a week for Britain. Will Trump’s voters punish him for failing to do what he said he would do? We’ll see about that too.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this article is that an American newspaper published it. Most of the British newspapers are still peddling the lies.

I told you so

toyotaAll the stuff that the Brexiters have been saying about the great future is starting to go wrong and it’s 18 months until we leave the EU.

Yesterday Toyota announced that it might shift production out of the UK if it doesn’t have tariff-free access to the EU narket. In March they announced that they intended to invest £240M in the Burnaston plant near Derby but the Tories have reneged on their assurances for tariff-free access. Toyota employs 3000 staff in their two UK plants. The future will look bleak for the component manufacturers too as they will need tariff-free access too.

Davis warns of ‘chaos’

EuropeDavid Davis is warning MPs not to vote against the Brexit Bill because it will lead to a ‘ chaotic’ Brexit. Erm, the fact that we have no plan, no idea and have three nincompoops (David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox in case you didn’t know) leading the headlong rush over the cliff means it is going to be chaotic.

Everyone with half a brain know that we are going to get a worse deal than we already have. The car manufacturers need us to be in the customs union because they can’t afford the delays and tariffs. Rather than admit this, ideology is going to drive this country to destruction.

Wards 14 & 15 – What the CCG isn’t telling you – Bedale

Bedale to Auckland ParkToday the CCG are in Bedale for the consultation.

Bedale residents’ journeys are going to increase from a 30 minute bus journey to a 2 hour 54 minute marathon to visit relatives in Auckland Park and a  17 mile round trip to The Friarage by car becomes a 60 mile round trip to Auckland Park.

Many of the potential patients to be transferred to Auckland Park will be elderly and moving them away from their home area is difficult for them and their relatives.

Wards 14 & 15 – What the CCG isn’t telling you – Hawes

Hawes to Auckland ParkThe CCG were in Hawes yesterday. The proposed closure of Wards 14 and 15 and the moving of mental health services to Darlington and Auckland Park will have a dramatic impact on Hawes residents.

What was already a 2hour 43 minute journey to the Friarage by bus will become a 3 hour 13 minute journey and what was already a 70 mile round trip by car will become an over 100 mile round trip.

For elderly or vulnerable people this is going to be a major disruption.

Does Liam Fox live on a different planet?

Nissan QashqaiDoes Liam Fox believe that accusing the EU of blackmail is a good negotiating ploy?

The Tories seem more concerned about good headlines in the right wing press to keep the backbenchers onside than being serious about negotiating Brexit. Meanwhile, to the rest of the world we look foolish.

Theresa wants to piggyback onto the future EU-Japan trade deal but the Japanese are concentrating their efforts on the deal with the 500 million people in the EU. They also want tariff-free access to the EU for their UK factories (something that Liam Fox thinks is unimportant). Without that jobs will go in Sunderland, Derby, Swindon and Eaglescliffe.

Wards 14 & 15 – What the CCG doesn’t tell you – Catterick Garrison

The CCG consultation moves to Catterick Garrison Library today.

Catterick GarrisonAt first glance, closing Wards 14 & 15 and moving the provision to West Park in Darlington isn’t going to be much of an issue – after all Darlington is about the same distance as Northallerton.

The NHS Choices website shows that the bus (and train) journey is 1 hour 15 minutes to The Friarage whereas it takes 1 hour 20 minutes to West Park.

However, if you have a relative with dementia they will be transferred to Auckland Park. The recommended journey from Catterick Garrison takes 2 hours 38 minutes with a wait of over an hour at Darlington station.

Wards 14 & 15 – what the CCG doesn’t tell you – Northallerton

Northallerton to Bishop AucklandThe CCG consultation team are in Northallerton today.

At present 23% of the service users come from Northallerton so closing the wards will impact almost 1 in 4 of the most local patients and their relatives.

The NHS Choices recommended journey to visit a relative in Auckland Park will involve a 1 hour 15 minute journey. If a relative wants to visit for both the afternoon and evening sessions there wouldn’t be time to return home so they would need to wait an hour and half in Bishop Auckland – not so bad in fine weather but not great in winter.

Wards 14 & 15 – what the CCG don’t tell you – Richmond

Richmond to Auckland Park

The CCG consultation moves to Richmond Library today.

At first glance, closing Wards 14 & 15 and moving the provision to West Park in Darlington isn’t going to be much of an issue – after all Darlington is about the same distance as Northallerton.

The NHS Choices website shows that the bus journey is 48 minutes to The Friarage whereas it takes 1 hour 23 minutes to West Park (because of a 25 minute wait for the connection to West Park).

However, if you have a relative with dementia they will be transferred to Auckland Park. The recommended journey from Richmond takes 2 hours 11 minutes with a wait of over an hour at Darlington station.

It’s also interesting to read the patient reviews for West Park Hospital on the NHS Choices website.

It’s difficult to find reviews for The Friarage Wards 14 & 15 because they don’t appear on The Friarage pages but here is the only one on the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley page.

“The unit was comfortable, cheerful and well designed. The staff were all exceptionally professional and also very kind and caring. The care she received was outstanding.”

So much for the ward being ‘not fit for purpose’.