Economist Andrew Lilico deserves recognition.
This Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Chairman of the IEA/Sunday Times Monetary Policy Committee, as chief economist of Policy Exchange from 2009-10, produced what the BBC has described as the “essential theory” behind the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government’s initial deficit reduction strategy.
Not only that, he also takes credit for being the lead economist of the UK’s official Leave campaign that led to Brexit.
The association with the two atrocities against the UK’s population mentioned above – austerity and Brexit – should be enough to mark this man out as a vile individual, but the tweet reproduced immediately below should leave no doubt in anybody’s mind:
It's impossible to avoid the thought that that 4-6% margin that the murder of Jo Cox cost the Leave vote in 2016 has had a profound impact on politics. (Leave was 10% ahead & rising, before her horrific murder.) One of the most influential assassinations in British history.
— Andrew Lilico (@andrew_lilico) December 13, 2018
This person’s only interest in the politically-motivated murder of a fellow human being, it seems clear, lies in the effect of that murder on his campaign for the UK to leave the European Union; he’s more concerned about the loss of votes than the loss of a life.
He makes no mention of the fact that the killing was carried out because his campaign, and those that supported it, whipped up far-right nationalists to a point at which one of them believed murder was acceptable.
His only interest is in the number of votes the Leave campaign may have lost as a result of it – as if it makes a difference. Leave won anyway and UK politicians have been planning the country’s departure from the EU, which is set to take place at the end of March 2019.
And he’s lying about the Leave campaign having a 10 per cent poll lead, too.
Complete bullshit. Only one poll ever suggested Leave had a 10-point lead. Leave was marginally ahead before the murder; for a coupe of days Remain got a boost, then opinion reverted to where it had been. This kind of lie has to be challenged.
— Stewart Lewis (@StewartLewis2) December 14, 2018
So his claim that it is “impossible” to avoid thinking about this murder in terms of its effect on the vote is nonsense.
And his tweet is an offence against decency.
Fortunately, there are people left in the UK who have the backbone to stand up to this disgrace, and I am glad to report that they have made their rejection of this man and his vile ideas clear:
This is a despicable and baseless. Is this why you got into politics? Show some humanity and apologise.
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) December 14, 2018
He also claims to be an adult human. No evidence of that either. Three opportunities to do the right thing: don’t think it; don’t write it; don’t press ‘tweet’. Failed three times. Cynically foul-minded.
— Lambchop ✊🏼❤️ Black Lives Matter #StayHome (@CurlyClareToo) December 14, 2018
it's also a very easily verifiable lie, check polls from around the time + leave's campaign managers article in the Spectator.
— Laszlo Sragner (@xLaszlo) December 14, 2018
If you had added a warning to people who may be minded to take similar action should there be a 2nd referendum, I could understand a bit more but you seem more upset for the alleged loss of possible votes rather than the loss of a human life. I’m sure your mum would be very proud
— shane simpson (@homers1mpson) December 13, 2018
Wow. Arguably the most insensitive & utterly disgraceful tweet I have ever seen. Now we play politics with the murder of a young mother & MP? The thought behind this, & the actual wording of this tweet is sickening. You, Andrew should be terribly ashamed of yourself.
— Ola Soyoye (@Olasupreme) December 14, 2018
Wow. This is unspeakable. I thought I couldn't be shocked anymore at the depth our political conversation has sunk to. This marks a new low in the race to the bottom. What happened to ethics? Or basic human decency? Fills me with despair
— Snow (@Lookinupatstars) December 14, 2018
It astonishes me that people with such vile opinions feel free to make them a matter of public record.
In better times, such vicious outpourings would have been career-ending.
— Von Karajan #FBPE #Rejoin (@Hubertelski) December 14, 2018
And they should be now.
But this Lilico person remains an influential economist and the UK remains on the course to which he and his like have set it; he is in control, it seems.
How do you feel about that?
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