This was something of a ‘Mission: Impossible’ for Yr Obdt Srvt.
The Brexit Party is threatening to stand a candidate in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election. The Liberal Democrats are already using it as a bogeyman with which to threaten genuinely left-wing voters into supporting them rather than Labour, and the Tories are considering an alliance with it while fielding lame-duck shamed expenses-cheat Chris Davies as their own candidate.
But what are the Brexit Party’s policies?
Nobody knows for sure because it has never published a manifesto. Check out the organisation’s official website if you don’t believe me.
Instead, I tracked down a few leaflets from the Peterborough by-election. They didn’t help.
These documents seem to follow a set pattern, with a banner headline saying that the organisation is “Changing politics for good” or exhorting voters to help them do the same.
There’s an editorial by Nigel Farage, stating: “In June 2016, 17.4m voted to leave the EU – the biggest democratic mandate in British history. After 25 years of campaigning for Brexit, I believed we had won. Yet almost three years later, the government and MPs have betrayed Brexit.
“However you voted in 2016, we all care about democracy and dislike seeing our great nation humiliated. This battle is no longer just about the EU. We must fight back against our failing MPs who have defied 17.4m of us. Their two-party system cannot cope with Brexit. Politics is broken. Enough is enough.
“We need to change politics for good. Let’s put the principles of Trust, Honesty and Integrity at the heart of our democracy. This is about more than Brexit. It’s about what kind of country we are.”
Aggressive flannel, too, when you consider the claims that we are “seeing our great nation humiliated”, and must “fight” “this battle”. What battle?
If it’s a war of words Mr Farage wants, then he needs to put these into policies – otherwise we’ll draw our own conclusions from other things he has said.
Things like: “We need to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare.” Led By Donkeys, the campaigners who put politicians’ comments on huge street posters and then post them on Twitter, has publicised this well-known comment:
So the Brexit Party is opposed to the National Health Service, it seems.
Mr Farage also opposes motherhood, to judge from this comment: “The European Parliament, in their foolishness, have voted for increased maternity pay,” and this one: “It isn’t too difficult to breastfeed a baby in a way that’s not openly ostentatious… perhaps sit in a corner.”
So it seems the Brexit Party is opposed to, well, women.
Here are the Led By Donkeys posters:
Given this wealth of publicly-known information, it would have been prudent to provide us with some policy information on the leaflet. Instead, we got quotes from Mr Farage’s cronies.
“I do deals for a living. Taking ‘no deal’ off the table is bonkers,” is the quote from Ben Habib, property developer and Brexit Party MEP for London since last month.
Does that appear reasonable? It seems, though, that he also said this: “In a No Deal Brexit] the property market in the UK would slow down dramatically… we’d be looking to pick off weakness in the market and get some interesting deals,” and this: “The pound would fall in value… our [company] income streams would go up in value. So we’re quids in on that front.”
From a property developer, it seems he may have a personal stake in a ‘no deal’ Brexit that overrides his interest in the public good – wouldn’t you agree?
Poster campaigners Led by Donkeys would:
So it seems the Brexit Party supports economic change – that makes its members rich. Everyone else can go to the dogs, apparently.
Therefore, if you are a rich industrialist, it might – might – be worth voting for the Brexit Party. There aren’t many of those in Brecon and Radnorshire, I fear!
On the other hand, if you are female, or rely on the National Health Service for your medical needs, you should avoid the Brexit Party like the Plague. I have a feeling there may be significantly more such people in Brecon and Radnorshire.
That’s the available evidence. Now find a Brexit Party supporter and see what happens when you show it to them.
(For more revelations from Brexit Party members, visit this website.
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