Brexiters Boris Johnson and Michael Gove - very entertaining on the campaign trail, but you'd be a fool to let them run your country for you [Image: Reuters/Neil Hall].

Brexiters Boris Johnson and Michael Gove – very entertaining on the campaign trail, but you’d be a fool to let them run your country for you [Image: Reuters/Neil Hall].


It’s easy to promise miracles when you don’t have any responsibility to see them happen.

‘Leave’ campaigners are relying on the gullibility of the UK’s public to propel them into power – but they have no idea how they will achieve the promises they have made.

And, in This writer’s opinion, they have no intention of keeping any of their promises in any case.

A victory for Brexiteers seems likely to see a change of government – with Boris [Johnson] taking the helm as prime minister, and other campaigners such as Michael Gove, Iain Duncan Smith and Priti Patel rewarded with senior positions.

A government-in-waiting is normally expected to set out a detailed manifesto. Leave campaigners have not done so – allowing them to promise all things to all people.

Such populism is a massive risk – of poor execution, disillusionment among voters when promises aren’t kept, and an economic turmoil which the relatively inexperienced crew at Downing Street would be at a loss to handle.

Their numbers don’t add up. The idea that we’d reclaim £350 million a week from Brussels after we leave is a fiction, described by the Institute for Fiscal Studies as “clearly absurd”. The independent body also estimates the economic shock of Brexit would lead to a fiscal shortfall of between £20 billion and £40 billion in 2020, which would imply tax rises, spending cuts or a rising deficit.

Source: InFacts Are we about to elect a government without a manifesto? – InFacts

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