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Brexit will ruin the Garden of England; Brits respond in typical style

Farage’s legacy: it may not look like much now, but when it’s finished, this huge segment of the Garden of England will be a lorry park for 1,700 vehicles – the Farage Garage. The Jacob Rees-Bogs haven’t been installed yet.

This has been cracking me up since I first heard of it this morning (October 16) and I’m only sorry I had to wait until now to write an article about it.

It seems the practical upshot of Brexit is that Kent – also known as the Garden of England – is being bulldozed, in order to turn it into an enormous lorry park.

This is all being carried out by a political organisation that describes itself by the misnomer of “Conservatives”. What are they conserving, exactly?

British people, knowing that this is a result of the nation leaving the European Union, have dubbed the first such lorry park – set to hold 1,700 vehicles – the ‘Farage Garage.

Apparently the on-site toilets have been designated the ‘Jacob Rees-Bogs’.

Twitter has been gridlocked with it. See for yourself:

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Brexiters: take this Brexit Party MEP’s word for it and vote AGAINST Boris Johnson and his Tory Brexit deal

Brexit: When describing his deal, Boris Johnson couldn’t help but wear this smile, known as ‘duper’s delight’ – it means he didn’t mean a word of what he was saying. Now a Brexit Party MEP has said the UK would be better-off remaining in the EU than going through with it.

Boris Johnson’s Tory Brexit deal is so bad, at least one member of the party named after Brexit would rather remain in the EU than go through with it.

That tells me everything I need to know about it – but I’m a Remainer.

It does seem to me that those of you who are dead set on quitting the European Union might want to take note of these comments, though:

A Brexit Party MEP has said that the UK is better staying in the European Union, rather than leaving under Boris Johnson’s deal.

Appearing on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Saturday show, Ben Habib, the Brexit Party MEP for London came out with a quite frankly startling attack on the prime minister.

“What we need to do is to get the prime minister to pivot away from the withdrawal agreement which I think is subjugation of the UK.

“I see the withdrawal agreement as much worse than remain, quite frankly.”

Did a Brexit Party member just say the remaining in the EU was better than leaving?

“I do think it’s better. It’s much better because if you think about it under Boris Johnson’s deal we’re going to leave Northern Ireland bereft.”

Source: Brexit news: Brexit Party MEP says that remaining in EU would be better than leaving under Boris Johnson’s deal | indy100

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Nigel Farage admits he was offered a peerage 48 hours before Brexit U-turn

Nigel Farage: You know the saying – everything before the ‘but’ is meaningless.

This is revealing:

Nigel Farage claimed he was offered a peerage 48 hours before blinking first in his Brexit stand off with Boris Johnson.

The Brexit Party chief was forced to scrap plans to stand candidates in hundreds of seats amid mounting warnings he risked scuppering EU withdrawal.

He claimed he was offered a peerage on Friday night – just two days before his screeching U-turn boosted the Prime Minister.

Mr Farage says it had no effect on his decision:

But he denied the Christmas bauble was behind his decision – and vowed to snub the offer.

But is he protesting too much?

Source: General election: Nigel Farage admits he was offered a peerage 48 hours before Brexit U-turn – Mirror Online

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‘Leave alliance’ in 317 constituencies as Brexit Party announces it won’t challenge Tories

Nigel Farage: You know the saying – everything before the ‘but’ is meaningless.

Nigel Farage has announced that the Brexit Party is allying itself with the Conservatives in a bid to ensure the Labour Party cannot form a government.

His party will not challenge the Conservatives in the 317 constituencies where the Tories won seats in the 2017 election.

Mr Farage said this was to prevent a second referendum taking place – signalling that he fears the British public has changed its collective mind and would vote to remain in the EU after all, given the chance.

This is obviously an attempt to attack democracy. Why should voters not have a chance to change their minds – or confirm the 2016 decision?

And many will suggest that this puts more pressure on Labour – but this is ridiculous.

Labour’s challenge remains the same – to persuade the public that its policies are better for the UK than those of the Conservatives.

And there can be no argument against this.

On Brexit alone, the Tories have had more than three and a half years to “get Brexit done”, as their slogan states – and they have completely messed it up.

Their leader, Boris Johnson, is implicated in a series of scandals – over racism, Russian interference in UK democracy, support for Jennifer Arcuri, and probably other things that This Writer can’t remember off the top of my head. He is a national embarrassment.

Their economic policies will plunge the UK back into economic crisis because they haven’t done their sums properly.

Their health policies have put huge amounts of care into the hands of private companies, meaning people have to pay for many treatments now – and their availability has become a postcode lottery. In the future, we can all look forward to the possibility of bankruptcy if we need serious procedures under the American-style system the Conservatives are trying to bring in by stealth.

And their benefit system has plunged millions into poverty and despair, with thousands upon thousands of deaths related to their cuts.

And the Brexit Party has indicated its support for these wreckers.

This is not a boost for the Conservatives. It is an argument to vote against them.

And it is a huge encouragement for people to vote Labour instead.

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Weekend Vox Pop: which party has made the stupidest mistake of the election so far, and what was it?

What do you think? I want to hear from you!

Which UK political party has made the biggest fool of itself in the 2019 general election campaign so far?

Was it the Conservative Party? Labour? The Liberal Democrats? Plaid Cymru? The SNP? The Greens? The DUP? Sinn Fein, even?

And what was their error?

Already you have a huge number of cringeworthy gaffes from which to choose.

Please respond using the comment column and I’ll publish some results over the weekend.

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These young ladies of Brexit need to be seen to be believed

I promise this is not a send-up and these people are for real.

Watch the video embedded in Kerry-Anne Mendoza’s tweet. You won’t need to go very far into it to get the gist:

Alice and Beatrice Grant (for those are their names) have been getting roasted online ever since this went out.

They are genuine Farage fangirls who, let’s be honest, don’t seem to understand much of what they’re on about.

This Mail article gives a little more background:

“The two young women are in fact sisters Alice and Beatrice Grant, aged 17 and 15, privately educated granddaughters of the late industrialist and former Governor of the Bank of Scotland Sir Alistair Grant.”

Oh right, so a background like that should give them a qualification in … Capitalism, not Socialism. I’d have thought so, anyway.

“The girls argue that what Britain needs is a swift No-Deal exit from the EU. In their eyes, Nigel Farage is a hero for standing up for Britain and fighting for British independence from the ‘corrupt EU’. And while they are still too young to vote, they have little time for those who doubt they are the genuine article.”

The piece goes on to say the girls like to spend their spare time looking for vintage clothes in charity shops. Personally, I see them more as looking in shops like “I Saw You Coming” from Harry and Paul. On the subject of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, here’s one Twitter user’s response to Alice and Beatrice:

Here’s a comment on their style of autocue-reading (if it was even that sophisticated).

Obviously, as Brexiteers, they’re fans of UKIP’s new leader, Dick Braine, too:

https://twitter.com/Kit_Zongo/status/1161569658543194112

It would be beneath This Writer to suggest that the only reason these girls have been put forward as faces of Brexit is the fact that they’re easy on the eye.

But we can all agree – can’t we? – that it wasn’t for their intelligence.

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What he thinks they want to hear: Farage attacks Royals in speech to far-right Aussies

What a drip: He might be a big hit with foreign Conservatives, but this is how British people see Nigel Farage.

This is typical populist behaviour. Nigel Farage told Australian Conservatives what he thought they wanted to hear.

So he praised up the Queen, but then attacked other Royals for social justice and environmental campaigns because he knew that this would be popular with his audience.

Did he mean what he said? Who cares?

The only thing that matters to Mr Farage will be the effect his words had on his audience – that they leave their conference believing what he has told them about the UK, and that he is their ally.

He’s drumming up support from rich foreigners.

Nigel Farage has derided the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their “irrelevant” social justice and environmental campaigns while abusing Prince Charles and describing the late Queen Mother as an “overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker”, in an incendiary speech to an Australian rightwing political conference.

Farage’s speech to Sydney’s Conservative Political Action Conference – from which media were barred – ranged across his views on Brexit, media bias and the United Nations, but he reserved his fiercest condemnation for members of the royal family, including princes Charles and Harry, and the Queen Mother.

Source: Nigel Farage attacks Harry and Meghan, jokes about ‘overweight’ Queen Mother | Politics | The Guardian

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Latest leaflets show LABOUR as the best choice in B&R by-election

What a pleasure to have something good to say about one of the by-election leaflets pouring through my letterbox!

It comes from Labour candidate Tom Davies; it’s down-to-Earth, makes no promises it can’t keep, and it addresses issues that are affecting us all – now.

He rejects ‘no deal’ Brexit and backs a final say referendum, in which he will be campaigning in support of remaining in the EU.

He supports Welsh Labour’s commitment to achieve a carbon-neutral public sector by 2030, and a shift away from fossil fuels across Wales – to combat the climate crisis.

He supports the Labour Assembly Government’s policies to provide 100,000 all-age apprenticeships, 20,000 more affordable homes and the best childcare for working parents in the whole of the UK.

And he says a Labour government in Westminster would end austerity, invest in public services, introduce a Real Living Wage (in other words it would be enough to ensure no working person would have to claim benefits), and a cap on energy prices. He doesn’t say he would bring this in immediately, because we don’t have a Labour government now – but adding him to Labour’s ranks would make it more likely in the future.

Compare this with the leaflet from UKIP’s Liz Phillips. If elected, she would be that party’s sole MP in Westminster, yet she claims she would:

  • End the TV licence
  • Control immigration
  • Make Brexit happen
  • Save the countryside and
  • Scrap the Welsh Assembly

That’s quite a tall order for 1/650th of the MPs in Parliament. How’s she going to get everyone else to go along with that wish-list?

Oh, and she’d oppose windfarms, too. Apparently she doesn’t feel quite as sure she’ll get support on that one.

Most risible of all is the letter from Nigel Farage of the Brexit Party.

If his candidate – Des Parkinson – is elected, he would be the Brexit Party’s sole MP in Westminster – so he’s in the same position as Ms Phillips.

The letter states that if elected, this solitary MP would “refuse to pay the £39 billion ransom” – Mr Farage’s word. My understanding is that this is money the UK committed to pay into the EU before the 2016 referendum – “… scrap the multi-billion pound HS2 vanity project. And… cut the bloated, wasteful Foreign Aid budget”. How, exactly, does he intend to get at least 326 other MPs on board for that? This letter doesn’t say.

“Then we’ll take £200 billion and invest it in transport and digital infrastructure projects around Britain… That’s more than twice as much as they spent rebuilding post-war Europe.” And once inflation is taken into account, how much is it then? And there’s still no information on how Mr Parkinson intends to sway all of Parliament to his massive Brexiteering will.

“It will be areas such as Wales that will reap the benefits.” This is the bribe. Mr Farage wants you to think his party would get money spent here – and directly after the election on Thursday. Impossible.

The rest of the letter is an attack – not on the so-called “bookies’ favourite”, Jane Dodds of the Liberal Democrats, or even on former incumbent Chris Davies of the Conservatives – but on the Labour Party which is currently considered to be behind in public opinion (despite the clear worthiness of Tom Davies’ position and policies).

How bizarre. Does Mr Farage think stealing Labour’s votes will leap-frog his candidate beyond Mr Davies or Ms Dodds?

Well… it’s possible, I suppose.

Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds has built her campaign on stealing votes from other parties. Her local policy platform is non-existent – she might as well have come out and said, “I won’t do a single damned thing for the people of Brecon and Radnorshire.” But she thinks she can win tactical votes from Labour supporters by claiming to be the only candidate who can beat Chris Davies, and from Remain supporters by claiming to represent the only party that supports staying in the European Union.

Mr Davies has been relatively quiet – unless his leafletters have simply been avoiding Vox Political Towers. His attitude is that he belongs to the party that is currently in government, so if you want Brexit, you should vote for him, despite the fact that he has been convicted of falsifying his Parliamentary expenses. He seems to be relying on the rump of 7,000+ voters who’ll put their tick in the Tory box, no matter what.

Mr Parkinson may take some of the right-wing vote from Mr Davies, and is certainly likely to take pro-Brexit voters away from the Tory. He may also take pro-Brexit voters away from Ms Dodds. But Ms Phillips is likely to do the same – and who knows what harm UKIP and the Brexit Party will do each other?

And then there’s Tom Davies. He has made it clear that he supports remaining in the EU, and is in a party that has far more chance of ensuring that happens – if another vote takes place – than the Liberal Democrats will ever have. A remain-supporting vote for Jane Dodds is a useless protest, nothing more. But will his offer lure Remain supporters away from her? Or has she fooled too many Labour supporters into wasting their vote on her? Remember: her canvassers have been telling voters that Labour doesn’t even have a candidate in this by-election – a flat-out lie.

So these are the choices for voters in Brecon and Radnorshire on Thursday (August 1):

Two candidates who’ll be able to do nothing if elected; a convict; a liar; and Labour.

I’ll be voting Labour – because democracy is about choosing the right representative, not about trying to work out who’s most likely to beat whoever you think is the bad guy.

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Brexit Party tour bus towed after it was found wedged in a lay-by

Wedged: The Brexit bus in the lay-by. According to the arrow on the side, the direction of Brexit is straight into a hedge.

How ironic for the party that says it has the muscle to leave the European Union; it can’t even manage its way out of a lay-by outside Brecon and Radnorshire.

The Brexit Party has been using the distinctive blue-and-white open-topped bus to ferry its candidate in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, Des Parkinson, around the constituency.

But the tour came to a thudding halt yesterday when the bus was found, abandoned and wedged sideways in a lay-by at Nantddu, outside the constituency on the road between Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil.

BBC Wales weather presenter Sue Charles discovered the abandoned bus on her way through the Brecon Beacons last night (July 27):

She contacted the police, who had been informed already. This morning, she followed up on it – and Twitter started having fun:

https://twitter.com/Arboritae/status/1155439383748718593

I’ve contacted Des Parkinson to ask what happened. If he responds, I’ll report it here.

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What’s this about the Brexit Party being anti-Semitic, Brecon and Radnorshire voters?

If it wasn’t bad enough that the Brexit Party’s candidate in Brecon and Radnorshire has been making promises he can’t keep (he’s not the only one doing that!) – it seems his party is now facing an anti-Semitism crisis.

The allegation arises from legal action initiated by Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice against campaigner Femi Oluwole for tweeting “How have we allowed the Brexit Party to be seen as a tolerant party when its Chairman, Richard Tice, founded an overtly anti-Jewish organisation?” with a screenshot of a Leave.EU tweet showing Tony Blair as a marionette, his strings being worked by George Soros. See for yourself:

Can’t see the problem? It’s because the original image was cut off. Here:

Claims that George Soros, a Hungarian-American Jewish businessman, is influencing political figures in another country (like the UK) tie in with the anti-Semitic trope of the “international Jewish conspiracy”.

Mr Tice’s claim – as I understand it – is that he left Leave.EU in 2016, just after the referendum – and there has been plenty of time for that organisation to have changed direction in a way that does not represent his own views since then.

So how does he explain this?

And this?

It occurs to me that this is another SLAPP lawsuit – Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation. These are abuses of UK defamation law by very rich people against much less-rich journalists in order to stop discussion of matters of public interest. Another example is Rachel Riley’s lawsuit against me.

And, you know, when you have someone extremely rich taking someone poor to court in order to stop discussion of an issue, you have to wonder why. Don’t you?

None of this necessarily means that the Brexit Party itself is anti-Semitic – but it is enough to raise concerns. After all, Mr Tice is the chairman. And look at Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party – despite the fact that none of the allegations of anti-Semitism against him were accurate, people are still demanding that we believe Labour is institutionally anti-Semitic.

Meanwhile, here in Brecon and Radnorshire, Brexit Party candidate Des Parkinson is doing the exact opposite of his party chairman. Instead of trying to convince us he hasn’t done something he may have done, he’s trying to convince is he will do something that he can’t.

So he’s telling us that if elected he’ll campaign to:

  • Deliver Brexit – which he’ll never manage as his party’s sole MP.
  • Reverse the 9.5 per cent council tax rise in the constituency – which is a county council matter and nothing to do with MPs.
  • Maintain long-term subsidies for farmers and cut paperwork – again, something he can’t achieve as the single representative of his party in Parliament.
  • Expand local NHS services with Minor Injury Units at local hospitals – but Powys Teaching Health Board is about to get a £1.5 million cash injection so perhaps those hospitals that don’t have such facilities are about to get them (my local hospital has one now).
  • Invest more in local schools – again, a county council matter.
  • Increase funding for Dyfed-Powys Police – impossible because he will be unable to affect police budgets or the police precept.
  • Stop the expansion of windfarms – this is a devolved matter, handled by the Welsh Assembly and council planners.
  • Stop the BBC’s plan to make people over 75 years pay the TV licence fee – but this is a Conservative government plan that the BBC is being ordered to implement – and he won’t be able to stop it on his own.

In other words, Mr Parkinson can’t do any of the things he is promising.

And now there’s a hint of possible anti-Semitism about his party.

People will vote for him because they’ll see the word “Brexit” and think it will happen if they put him in Parliament (it won’t – at least, not the way he’d do it).

I’m just hoping he’ll take enough votes away from Chris “expenses fiddler” Davies, the Tory candidate who’s also campaigning on a pro-Brexit ticket, to scupper them both.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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