#EUref: Why defeating #Brexit is so important

Enoch Powell: His 'rivers of blood' speech did not come true, but his successors - like Nigel Farage - would have you believe it did.

Enoch Powell: His ‘rivers of blood’ speech did not come true, but his successors – like Nigel Farage – would have you believe it did. And nobody seems to want to correct them.

Strong words from Simon Wren-Lewis, professor of Macroeconomics at Oxford (so he knows what he’s writing about).

So strong that I have included most of them here. Please visit his site for the rest, and for links to his source material. All the boldings are mine.

First we were accused of ‘Project Fear’, because we pointed out that making it more difficult to trade with countries next to you would hurt the economy. Now we are accused of acting like scientists working for the Nazis.

The waves of economists, businessmen, scientists, university leaders, doctors, historians and more shouting loud that Brexit would be harmful has been incredibly impressive. It reflects the fact that this is not a debate with decent arguments on both sides, but a pretty open and shut case. But I think it reflects as well the nature of the pro-Brexit campaign.

Not just that Leave have lied openly and repeatedly. Not just that they have used lies to provoke fear (Turkey). It is that they are trying to deflect the blame for failing to adequately fund public services on to migrants who are just looking for a better life.

And it is working.

More people feel they have personally benefited from migration than otherwise, but most people also ‘know’ that migration has been bad for the NHS. Such incorrect beliefs appear immune to expert opinion because large parts of the media shut that opinion out, and ideologues deride experts.

Today those politicians talking about a breaking point in front of pictures of refugees are given large amounts of air time by the broadcast media. Those pretending we are about to be swamped by Turkish migrants are cheered on by nearly all of the tabloid press. Populist politicians are about to lead once proud centre right parties on both sides of the Atlantic. And one brave Yorkshire politician that argued against all this was shot dead in the street.

We cannot continue to let this pass. It will not stop with Brexit. When Brexit fails to improve our public services or our economy there will be other scapegoats. Maybe migrants already here, or nasty foreigners who failed to give the beneficial trade deals the Leave campaign pretend we will get. In the US right now it is already happening, and this Brexit campaign shows that the UK has no inbuilt immunity to it. This is how it goes, as it has gone in the past.

We cannot let this pass.

Source: mainly macro: Why defeating Brexit is so important


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8 thoughts on “#EUref: Why defeating #Brexit is so important

  1. Brian

    “How amazingly fortunate for governments, that the people do not think”

    Adolf Hitler circa1938.

  2. joanna

    In Hull people I have spoken to today are all voting leave. I am getting really scared Mike, do you remember when, in one of your posts I said I am jinxed, I fear I may be!!!

      1. joanna

        How did so many german people become so gullible at the beginning of WW2, it seems time doesn’t separate us afterall!

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        And it seems the British (UK citizens in fact, but the ‘Leave’ camp doesn’t acknowledge that), of all people, haven’t learned the lessons of history.

      3. Brian

        They are no more gullible than they have ever been. They are however conditioned to vote on their prejudices. Hate is this governments weapon, and one that has been picked up for other causes. Tories have this to answer for as they planted the seeds of hate to further their causes.

  3. joanna

    Mike I know you are devastated, so am I and many others. But you have been an important ally to all of us for the last 6+ years please don’t let this stop you! I am not going to let it stop me doing what I need to do to help others, I am starting with education. you have helped me so much, because of you I have achievable ambitions.

    We all appreciate you and what you do, most of all we still Need you very much!!!

    love to you and Mrs Mike!!!

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