Nasty party government

Bloomberg has a piece headed ‘The Colossal Price of Theresa May’s Immigration Obsession‘.

It suggests:

[The]control of British borders is probably the most indelible of May’s red lines in the Brexit negotiations. Even though she voted remain, she was always the fiercest champion of the Conservative Party’s promise to cut yearly net migration to the “tens of thousands” during her previous incarnation as home secretary. Ivan Rogers, the former U.K. ambassador to the EU, said last week: “The entire EU knows that where we have now reached derives from her putting the ending of free movement of people well above all other objectives.”…

Brits increasingly think that Britain should prioritize staying in the single market over ending freedom of movement, according to the pollsters Opinium. That fits with other surveys which put worries about the economy and public services above immigration….

We now know some of the consequences as this photograph so clearly demonstrates.

May coined the term the nasty party – and the expression is clearly even more justified under her leadership.

At least Sadiq Khan’s New Year fireworks display organised the London Eye to resemble the EU flag with the theme of ‘London is open’.

And it must have had an effect because Conservative MP and Brexit-supporter Andrew Bridgen accused Mr Khan of a “betrayal of democracy”.

He may be an MP but his democracy is not the democracy I understand or recognise.

But his opinion does, remarkably, seem to sum up the predominant and rather tyrannical, government view.


  1. Graham -

    When I hear the words “betrayal of democracy” I reach for my…..keyboard. There are now so many cogent reasons as to why the Brexit campaign and vote was an affront to democracy – Fintan O’Toole dissects the corpse in “Heroic Failure”.

    But let’s just look at the figures. Even ignoring those disallowed from voting on their future, 37% of those on the Electoral Register voted to Leave, around 34% voted to Remain and the rest didn’t vote. But those figures miss those not on the electoral register who are entitled to be registered and could therefore have voted. In 2015 the Electoral Commission estimated that the Register was around 85% complete.

    So of those who did not vote to Leave, 34% of those on the Register voted Remain, almost 28% didn’t vote at all and therefore didn’t vote to Leave and there is a substantial number who didn’t vote to Leave because they weren’t registered.

    I don’t recognise this as democracy either.

  2. Peter May -

    Agreed. Added to which the 16 year olds are now 18 and voters yet are being denied participation in the EU greater opportunities.
    I always reckon that even going abroad to pick grapes or work on a campsite for a season can often be life enhancing and sometimes life changing.
    Leaving makes that at the very least more difficult.
    With our youth having such a difficult future I think we have made that future even less appealing…

  3. Neil Robertson -

    One of the other comments about the London fireworks was even more incendiary (ha ha). Ex-Conservative MEP Roger Helmer suggested that it would be like putting up the Argentinian flag during the Falklands conflict!

    For a start the comparison is ludicrous, but additionally why can’t people in the UK let past conflicts go – we have more reasons than most countries to hope that everyone adopts this forgiving position.

    Differences over policies with politicians are inevitable and annoying but when so many of our elected politicians are stupid and ignorant it really does make one despair.

    1. Ivan Horrocks -

      ‘why can’t people in the UK let past conflicts go’ Presumably for reasons not a million miles away from the BBC feeling justified in airing ‘Dad’s Army’ at peak time as the the Brexit farce evolves. No doubt many of those who voted leave huddle around their TV sets to watch this twaddle as inspiration for how good old Blighty will pull together once we’re free of the EU.

  4. Peter May -

    Agreed entirely – especially with the last two paragraphs. Cannot understand how these people get elected. Have to hope with Brexit and austerity forcing youthful engagement, that the won’t be in future…

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