Reality belies the lies !

“Public sector net borrowing (excluding public sector banks) decreased by £13.6 billion to £49.3 billion in the current financial year-to-date (April 2016 to January 2017), compared with the same period in the previous financial year; this is the lowest year-to-date borrowing since the financial year-to-date ending January 2008,” says  the latest report from the Office of National Statistics.

Good news. Hard news. News recording what has happened as opposed to what might happen.

As we all know, anything might happen. It’s what does happen that matters.

The truth – not spin from those who want to wish away the Brexit Referendum result last June.

UK government borrowing is down, and the best figures since the financial crisis of 2008.

Cause for celebration. Especially as most of the current financial year has passed since the June 23rd 2016 Referendum vote.

The economy has not collapsed. Leading companies have continued to invest in the UK. The £ went down for a bit, but against the Euro has been at around 1.17 again in recent days.



But a persistent and co-ordinated attempt to undermine the democratic vote of the people continues. And it has continued both sides of the Channel.

Last week we had the campaign launch by Blast-from-the-past Blair with  his I-know-better-than-the-poor-misguided-deluded-Leave voters [please don’t include me, Mr Blair – I knew precisely what I was voting for Constitutionally, politically, economically, legally, socially in fact every -ly].

I just didn’t have much opportunity to influence the agenda till last year.

Of course Blair’s campaign and Lord Mandy’s weekend comments were timed for the start of this week’s debate in the House of Lords.

At times one has wondered whether the BBC have got the message that the Referendum campaign is over.

But there are signs of sanity.

They called in Professor John Curtice last week, well known polling expert and President of the British Polling Council.  He was asked to comment on specific claims made by Tony Blair in his speech. On all 3 counts, he contradicted Blair’s assertions !

  1. Curtice said polling evidence suggested that while people did feel lacking in knowledge back in February 2016,  that had dramatically changed by eve of poll
  2. people did vote on the issue, as evidenced by the fact that so many voted contrary to the line espoused by the Party they normally supported
  3. people did know the effect of what they were voting on, and only 40% felt that the economy was the most important matter in the vote

He also pointed out that 90% of voters of both camps now felt that the UK would be better off with Brexit …

But the propaganda this side of the Channel knows no bounds. The Franco German Arte TV channel resembles a propaganda organ for the EU project. The EU is Europe and is such a given that to question that  is to question sanity itself – only the deluded or extremists do that !

However, the French equivalent of the UK’s ITN last night rivalled Arte  for sheer audacity in ensuring that no contrary reality would upset the French media portrayal of Brexit as a disaster primarily for Britain

[This is in a Euro currency country with record unemployment at over 3.4 million – population equivalent to UK; with uncontrolled public debt which one presidential candidate wants to rein in as a matter of national urgency; with massive crime and illegal immigration problems in the big city suburbs].

It is a given in the French media that Brexit is a disaster for the UK, and a disaster which the UK is wilfully inflicting on Europe and on French industry. I do not remember hearing  any French media reports on the benefits of Brexit.

It is a given that the British are perverse and deluded. I kid you not …

Last night’s report on the main 8pm evening news bulletin on TF1 was pure propaganda. I can only assume that the reporter saw what he expected or wanted to see because the entire piece presented the unwarranted fears of EU citizens in London, identifying Theresa May as the culprit !

No mention about the Government’s White paper on Brexit or Mrs May’s speech a week or two before that in both of which she made clear – yet again – the need to secure the position of expats – the 3.7 million EU in UK and the 1.2 million Brits in the EU. She had attempted to do that, but it was rejected by EU leaders !

No mention at all. Probably because the Brits are nasty whatever they do, and need to be nice to EU nationals;  while EU government heads are nice whatever they do, even if they fail to sort issues around the lives of nearly 5 million people living in another EU country.

The reporter interviewed a Polish lady resident in London for 11 years – yes that is eleven years – and reported her unallayed fears. All fear, no hope. She had even been reproached recently in the street for speaking Polish to her child.

She was offended to be told she should speak English. How dare any one say that to her – she feels like she is not wanted in the UK any more.

Well if a French person said that to me for the same reasons, I would agree with them ! Especially as I have lived here for a similar period of time as the Polish lady has lived in UK.

But what no-one in the report appeared to realize, and therefore to point out, is that the entire case of a lady 11 years resident in UK is beyond question. She cannot be turned out or deprived of residency rights.

Once a person is resident 5 years in another country, they automatically have the right to remain.

But that is only one reason why I and the Polish lady need not fear.

NO government subscribing to the values espoused by democracies and subscribing to the European Convention on Human Rights [the province incidentally of the 47 member Council of Europe of which all 28 EU countries are members] will disrupt or put at risk the lives of nearly 5 million Europeans.

It ain’t gonna happen

  • for legal reasons
  • for political reasons
  • for economic reasons
  • for social reasons
  • for moral reasons

But facts, evidence and reason are not strong points with propagandists. They would rather allow people to live in fear, doubt and worry than give the lie to the propaganda of their cause by reassuring people as to the facts.

Ray Catlin

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