She had not; in fact, she had behaved like the “bloody difficult woman” she claimed to be when she became prime minister in 2016. Perhaps this was an indication that she intended to lead by example in future relations with the EU?
Perhaps not. Because in his speech to a half-empty Conservative Party Conference, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made it perfectly clear that, again in the words of Mrs May, “Nothing has changed.”
"If you turn the EU club into a prison, the desire to get out won't diminish it will grow" – Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt addresses EU leaders during party conference speechhttps://t.co/38WiYKjgPY #CPC18 pic.twitter.com/Fa9qitmk8V
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 30, 2018
Hang on! It isn’t the European Union that is insisting on driving an artificial border down the middle of the Irish Sea, or a hard land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic – British citizens did that (although not those from Northern Ireland; they understood what Brexit would mean, even though politicians like Mr Hunt don’t seem qualified to say the same).
And the EU isn’t trying to turn membership into a prison sentence, either – again, it is Tory politicians like Mr Hunt who are making that claim, most likely because they think it will earn them support from a jingoistic public.
He compared the EU to the Soviet Union and invoked the Dunkirk spirit in what This Writer can only imagine was an attempt to ignite some form of sympathy in the crowd.
But this kind of sabre-rattling is foolhardy in the extreme. The Dunkirk spirit? What, is Jeremy Hunt proposing that we wage war against the EU in order to sort out our own border? If so, then his comparison with the Soviet Union, a country whose military might always eclipsed our own, suggests the UK would lose.
It seems Mr Hunt is a highly confused individual. And it has been noticed:
Theresa May: ‘We have always treated the EU with respect’
Jeremy Hunt: ‘The EU is like a prison’
I wish the Tories would start addressing the concerns of our nation, instead of trying to appease the ERG. This kind of provocative BS is pathetic, unhelpful and dangerous. https://t.co/P47H7YqZ1A
— Damon Evans (@damocrat) September 30, 2018
— Sasha Clarkson #EUnionist #NHS❤️ #GTTO (@SashaClarkson) September 30, 2018
Caught Jeremy Hunt's speech to the #cpc18.
He is so darned PLAUSIBLE and the audience in the half empty room is so darned GULLIBLE.
He does a great line in jingoism.
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) September 30, 2018
As Mr Hunt was delivering his pathetic speech, it was announced that the cost of Brexit has now reached £500 million per week – £150m more than the £350m per week that Brexiteers promised could be diverted to UK causes like the NHS in their lying EU referendum campaign.
That is the recorded effect on the UK’s economy, when considered in comparison with the economies of similar nations.
The conclusion is obvious:
Our public purse is £26bn per year smaller because of Brexit, we haven't even left yet.
We could have given a £3,000 per person pay rise to the 20% lowest paid people in our country, for the rest of their lives.
— LabourAgainstBrexit #FBPE (@Labour4EU) September 30, 2018
But Jeremy Hunt and his leaderene would rather rant about the Dunkirk spirit.
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