The satire in how far we have come…

This, in the video below, is what the Brexiters originally told us. All of it has turned out to be lies:

And yet this (below) is what Thatcher – rightly – said in the Tory Conference in Blackpool of 1971:

It is true that she later got frustrated with the EU – but few haven’t with near neighbours.

Yet Johnson’s idea of going full on hostile and tearing up international agreements was never a good scheme.

And certainly not when you get so much food from your near neighbours.

I’m no admirer of Thatcher, but you have to say there was a consistency and resolution about her that would, in our current circumstances, be rather consoling.

Both she and Johnson may have been or even now are, pariahs in Europe, but in only the first could either compatriots or neighbours see a coherent point of view.

So our current Tory government, now so seemingly worried by ‘Left Wing Satire’ could perhaps prove its worth by actually making a no deal Brexit they seem to have been converted to, an absolutely huge success.

When you’re afraid of laughter the actual truth is the real way for ‘Left Wing Satire’ to really dry up.


  1. Andrew -

    It is good to be reminded of what politicians say one week (““If you have symptoms of coronavirus ** or if you have any doubt ** get a coronavirus test …. Anybody who needs a test can get a test” [emphasis added]) and then say a few weeks later (“If you don’t have symptoms, unless you’ve been asked specifically by a clinician or a local authority to go and get a test, you’re not eligible for a test.”).

    I had hoped that the government would jump at the chance to join the EEA after the vote passed to leave the EU. It seemed the least bad option to me, and it would have been a relatively smooth transition, although not an entirely happy place to end up compared to full EU membership. Norwegians complain about the “fax democracy”, where the EU sends them rules which they have to implement with little to no Norwegian input into what they say.

    But the Norwegians do still have control of their fish. (The common fisheries policy was rushed through in 1970, just before the UK and Ireland joined the EEC.)

    Cameron might have been able to get EEA membership through, but there would have been complaints that it was not a proper Brexit. Quite deliberately the intended destination was never properly articulated by the Leave campaign (better to promise all things to all Leave-leaning people) and attitudes seemed to harden considerably during the change of Conservative leadership, and May never really stood a chance of satisfying anyone.

    At some point in the next decade or two, we might remember why we joined the EEC in the first place.

    1. Peter May -

      Thanks – a fair summary…

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