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the EU is clearly stating an extreme position to show members who may be considering leaving the EU or a Referendum to restore democracy in their countries that they will be dealt with harshly by the EU. Also it is worthy of note that any half way competent bureaucrat entering a negotiation will lay out a very hard position initially to give them negotiating room.

It is alslo worth being minded that the likes of Germany & France can ill afford to lose these United Kingdoms as an export market and for all their sabre rattling it seems likely they would not be so stupid as to force Britain into a position where we felt we could not afford to remain as their market, just so that they will ensure they don’t loose face!

Britain’s Brexit denial

Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May stands with European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker at the front door of 10 Downing Street on April 26, 2017 in London | Carl Court/Getty Images

How did the May-Juncker dinner go? ‘Badly. Really badly.’

EU leaders expressed mounting alarm Friday that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and her team are in a dangerous state of denial about the consequences of leaving the bloc.

The worry over Britain’s unrealistic expectations was a main topic of discussion at background briefings all across Brussels’ European Quarter on the eve of an extraordinary European Council summit on Brexit.

 

Saturday’s summit is the first official gathering of the 27 EU leaders without Britain since May sent a letter formally triggering the Article 50 withdrawal process in late March.

Diplomats said the concerns were tied directly to a dinner that May hosted in London Wednesday night with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, and other senior officials.

Participants in the dinner were extraordinarily tight-lipped about it afterward, but an EU diplomat said Juncker called Chancellor Angela Merkel at 7:30 a.m. the day after the dinner. And in a speech to the German parliament on Thursday, Merkel sent a pointed wake-up call, saying the U.K. “cannot and will not have the same rights” as EU members and that Britain should have “no illusions.”

May, responding to Merkel’s comments, said that the 27 “were lining up to oppose” the U.K., and she noted, “We’ve seen that actually there will be times when these negotiations are going to get tough.”

One senior EU official said there was some relief that even hard-line Brexiteers were no longer suggesting that leaving the EU without a formal withdrawal agreement might be a good idea. Officials on both sides generally agree that would lead to chaos.

But EU officials, who in recent months have worked hard to build uncharacteristic unity among the 27 on Brexit, suggested it was not clear the U.K. had come to grips with the fact that EU businesses, particularly in the financial sector, were likely to suffer as a result of Brexit or that Britain has substantial financial obligations to the EU budget that must be fulfilled.

Those obligations are not a “Brexit bill” or an “exit fee,” one senior EU official said, but simply reflect joint budget commitments that the U.K. agreed as a full-fledged EU member.

“That issue will not go away,” the official said. “We’re telling them it will be a problem.”

One EU diplomat, asked how things went at the dinner in London, said: “Badly. Really badly.” The diplomat added: “That’s what I think we have … a possible scenario of great difficulty.”

Pressed on different views of the U.K.’s financial obligations, the diplomat said: “I’m not going to tell you their number, because you are going to laugh.”

The diplomat’s overall verdict on the Brits? “They are in a different galaxy.”

Another EU diplomat briefed on the dinner said that it was tense, in part because May voiced her opposition to the EU’s insistence on strictly phased negotiations, in which there must be “substantial progress” on settling the terms of withdrawal before turning to the framework of a future relationship.

The U.K. wants the future relationship, anchored by a robust free trade agreement, on the table from the start.

“It didn’t go well,” the diplomat said. “She does not accept the two-phased sequencing. She wants both.”

The diplomat said that May and Juncker each seemed to dig in. “She toughened her tone,” the diplomat said. “So Juncker toughened his.”

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we endlessly watch footage of seemingly hopeless, hapless immigrants in unseaworthy boats often jumping into the sea before swarming up netting to safety and safe passage to the EU – either Italy or Greece or various small islands. We see overcrowded rubber dingies and rusting hulks at the start of the news  only to be shown Naval and other specialist ships with their deks invisible under the latest load of passengers to be ferried into EUrope.

It seems fairly clear to me that what started out as apparently a humanitarian mission has turned into a well orchestrated ferry service, surely if this farce is to continue, with organised migrant agents providing passage on vessels neither fueled nor viable for a 200 mile journey across the Med which can prove sqully and tempramental with waves well able to swamp many of the travel agents’ boats – it seems these travel agents provide a platform designed to sit just off the coast and await the the ever attentive ferries provided by the EU, Governments and the NGOs who are cashing in on this lucrative market.

Morally just what is the difference between the North African travel agents, who the media and politicians choose to brand as people traffickers and the ferry crews that carry the passengers to their desired destination?

Having murdered Gaddaffi and destroyed the stability that was in Libya during his term in power SEE: CLICK HERE also HERE even Barack Obama said “Libya was the worste mistake of my Presidency” CLICK HERE the EU would seem utterly incapable of managing the inflow of migrants, I guess we just add that to the ever growing list of EU failures as it permits waves of immigrants in to dilute the national feelings of the unfortunates it is pretyending it can force into a one size fits all surrender of values, cultures, languages and national self respect!

This makes some sense of the BBC apparent censorship of their film ‘The March’ which was shown on TV only once back in 1990, as the BBC is in part funded by the EU it seems all too likely that this prophetiv movie, which at almost 2 hours was, with Juliet Stevenson, one of the most costly 2 hours of TV of its day, did not fit their extreme left wing bias nor their pro EU stance’s remit relative to PC propaganda and highlighted the problems and probabilities of mass migration from Africa some 20 years before its time SEE: CLICK HERE & HERE

When does a rescue mission turn into a ferry service?
KATIE HOPKINS reveals how the well-meaning groups trying to stop migrants from drowning may be risking the very lives they are trying to save

Something very strange is happening in the Mediterranean this spring, as the migration season gets into gear and we brace ourselves for another summer of migrants being plucked from sinking rust-buckets or being washed up dead on Italian and Greek shores.

All is not as it seems.

Right under the noses of the Italian authorities and the EU border agency, Frontex, a charitable ‘ferry service’ has been launched, with shiny new boats and sympathetic staff allegedly colluding with the people smugglers controlling the migrant trade.

A ferry service from Libya to Italy — direct — provided by private NGO ‘rescue boats’ which have about as much to do with rescue as I have with diplomacy.

Earlier this month, Nigerian asylum seeker Yakubu Yahya, 17 (centre), was pictured onboard of the Golfo Azurro vessel one day after being rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGOEarlier this month, Nigerian asylum seeker Yakubu Yahya, 17 (centre), was pictured onboard of the Golfo Azurro vessel one day after being rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO

A dinghy overcrowded by African migrants was spotted drifting off the Libyan coast as the Spanish rescue vessel Astral, operated by the NGO Proactiva, sailed in the background in August 2016

The Italian Parliament is aware of this apparent collusion. At a hearing in March its President Laura Ravetto raised a question about the ‘excessive collaboration’ between NGOs and migrant smugglers.

She said the allegation of apparent collusion had been raised in two internal reports by Frontex. One of the reports said immigrants leaving North Africa had been given information in advance the route to follow to be picked up by a NGO boats.

The other report said there was a recorded case of criminal gangs taking migrants directly to an NGO boat.

The impact of this ‘ferry service’ is alarming. The Italian coastguard estimated the number of migrants arriving in Europe just over the weekend was 8,000 – many of whom were passengers on — sorry, rescued by — these boats run by NGOs.

8,000 migrants last weekend is in addition to the 33,000 who have made it across so far in 2017, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

A well connected source close to the EU’s anti-trafficking Operation Sophia spoke exclusively to MailOnline to confirm that migrants are being put out to sea in the knowledge that private NGO ships will ‘recover’ them and bring them to Italy.

The former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro departed from the port of Malta to conduct search and rescue operations for migrants off the Libyan coastThe former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro departed from the port of Malta to conduct search and rescue operations for migrants off the Libyan coast
This graphic shows the 275-nautical-mile route from Italy to the search and rescue area used by NGO vessels This graphic shows the 275-nautical-mile route from Italy to the search and rescue area used by NGO vessels 

Unsurprisingly these NGO ‘ferries’ are on the increase. There are now dozens of them. A veritable Armada of small and not-so-small ships waiting to bring in the migrants leaving North Africa.

‘It’s difficult to keep track of them and really know what is going on,’ said the source.

‘NGO boats hang around just outside Libyan waters and sometimes even go into Libyan waters.

‘It used to be that a migrant would contact the Italian Coast Guard via satellite phone. But now they are contacting the NGOs directly, often in advance, advising them there is a boat in distress.

‘The NGOs seem to know the specific area where migrant ships will be stranded. So there has to be contact between the smugglers and the NGOs.

Right under the noses of the Italian authorities and the EU border agency, Frontex, a charitable 'ferry service' has been launched, writes Katie Hopkins (pictured) 
Right under the noses of the Italian authorities and the EU border agency, Frontex, a charitable ‘ferry service’ has been launched, writes Katie Hopkins (pictured) 

The team at gefira.org, who investigate geopolitical events for investors, claim to have proof that this is happening.

Here is just one of their investigations;

On the evening of 12 October 2016 at 21:15, 113 migrants were ‘rescued’ 8.5 nautical miles off the coast of Libya by four NGO ships: the Phoenix, the Astral, the Luventa and the Golfo Azzurro.

Earlier that same day, following contact from a a migrant boat operator, the Italian coastguard informed the Golfo Azzurro about the coming ‘rescue’ operation.

They directed the Golfo to a location within Libyan territorial waters. A Dutch journalist on board has confirmed communication with the ship, adding: ‘We were told to go to a location and to prepare for guests.’

Just before their arrival an Italian tug boat, the Megrez, stationed on the Libyan coast, sailed six miles into open sea in the direction of the rescue point and then returned to port without stopping. 

The whole trip is recorded by Satellite AIS (Automatic Identification System). 

Forty minutes after the Megrez turned around, the Phoenix spotted a boat with migrants.

The safe port of Zarish in Tunisia is just 60 nautical miles from the ‘rescue’ area. Instead, the NGO ferries took the migrants 275 nautical miles to Italy.  

We contacted the NGO responsible for the Golfo Azzurro. They do not recognise this interpretation of events.

They say they have reviewed their own data and can only conclude the allegations are simply untrue.

Sub-saharan migrants rested on the deck of the Golfo Azzurro rescue ship after being saved by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms in February this year
Sub-saharan migrants rested on the deck of the Golfo Azzurro rescue ship after being saved by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms in February this year
On the evening of October 12 last year, 113 migrants were 'rescued' 8.5 nautical miles off the coast of Libya
On the evening of October 12 last year, 113 migrants were ‘rescued’ 8.5 nautical miles off the coast of Libya

‘There are two flaws we identify: The call at 8am was for a different case. Often, we got more than one call per day. In fact, the Italian coastguard did not call us at all that morning. We heard radio chatter, meaning that we were listening to other rescue cases happening in the area.

‘Seventeen people drowned that day, including a three-year-old child. We see it as our duty to help people in need and to rescue lives. It is not up to us to provide answers to systems that don’t function effectively. We are there to save lives.

‘We would strongly advise you to contact the Italian coastguard and ask for their records from that day, which will show you that the allegations are untrue.’

MailOnline contacted the Italian Coastguard for their views but have yet to receive a response.

But clear facts remain. The number of rescue boats is proliferating. And they are collecting migrants from Libyan waters without a prior distress call or rescue location being given.

An Italian prosecutor, Carmelo Zuccaro, launched an investigation into the funding and operation of the charity ships in March, saying, ‘We need to investigate the evolution of this phenomenon of these ships and how they deal with such high operational costs without having a return in terms of economic profit.’

The former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro, chartered by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, was seen leaving the port of Malta in December 2016 
The former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro, chartered by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, was seen leaving the port of Malta in December 2016 

Four NGO ships - the Phoenix, the Astral, the Luventa and the Golfo Azzurro - all helped with the 'rescue' on October 12

Estimated operating costs for each vessel are upwards of £10,000 a day, allegedly provided by donations alone.

The funding certainly makes for interesting reading. Investigations by the US human rights investigator and lawyer William Craddick claim that several of those chartering rescue boats are linked to the financial patronage of those who support mass migration and free movement.

The NGOs running the rescue boats are outraged by the insinuation they are in fact a ferry service.

MSF refutes any connection between the human traffickers and their boats, saying their boats stayed in international waters most of the time. ‘Entering Libyan territorial waters is highly exceptional. There were three occasions in 2016 when MSF – with the explicit authorisation of the relevant Libyan authorities – assisted in rescues 11.5 nautical miles from the coast.’

Is it just me? Or does 11.5 nautical miles off shore sound like this is a Libyan not an Italian or European issue?

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station which runs the Phoenix ship, said: ‘The beginning of MOAS’ search and rescue missions in the summer period corresponds to the improvement of weather conditions, as does the increase in the number of crossings. 

‘This explains the increase in the number of rescue operations conducted by MOAS and other search and rescue actors in the same period, and does not constitute any evidence of a so-called “pull factor”.’ 

Frontex disagree. They say as the number of rescue boats rises, so do the deaths at sea.

We have all seen the pictures of those who are lost along the way. Mainly women and children. Disposable humans.

Migrants were escorted by police after disembarking from the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix earlier this month

Dimitris Avramopoulos says up to 80% of migrants arriving in Italy have no right to asylum Matteo Renzi warned that Italy would not survive another year of mass immigration like 2016
Dimitris Avramopoulos (left) says up to 80% of migrants arriving in Italy have no right to asylum. Last year, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (right) warned that Italy would not survive another year of mass immigration like 2016

To the human traffickers these bodies are simply natural wastage, human collateral in the massive business of importing people at high volume.

At best the presence of the NGO boats so aggressively close to the North African coasts mean the smugglers and their cargoes know the journeys are likely to be much less dangerous and significantly shorter before they are picked up at sea.

More time to return to port and pick up a new load ready for their new life in Europe.

At worst they have become an active – if well-intentioned – part of the refugee smuggling industry. Just another link in the travel industry that takes people all the way from Syria and Sub-Sahara Africa to the refugee camps of Calais, and beyond.

Refugees and migrants rested on the Golfo Azurro after being rescued off the Libyan coast in February 2017 Refugees and migrants rested on the Golfo Azurro after being rescued off the Libyan coast in February 2017 

Italian prosecutor, Carmelo Zuccaro (picuted), launched an investigation into the funding and operation of the charity ships in March

They may mean well. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions and I believe these so-called rescuers are complicit in the deaths of refugees who might otherwise have lived.

Our MailOnline source at Operation Sophia shares my view. He says: ‘There have been unintended consequences from the NGOs actions.

‘Because the people smugglers know that the migrants will be picked they are put in boats in terrible conditions. They used to have enough fuel to make the journey across the sea but now they just have enough to get into international waters.

‘The migrants are packed on the boats in huge numbers. People are beaten and even forced on to the boats at gun point when they refuse to get on them because they are in such a bad state.

‘The NGOs used to say that the reason that people were dying was that there were not even rescue vessels. But now there are more vessels but more people are dying.’

Clearly something is going horribly wrong.

And we should be under no illusion about the type of passenger arriving into Italy. Do not have your head turned by the pictures of a woman or drowned, discarded child.

Tunisian national Anis Amri (pictured) drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin 

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU commissioner charged with improving the effectiveness of the border agency Frontex, says up to 80% of migrants arriving in Italy have no right to asylum, many are economic refugees from as far away as Bangladesh.

Many have been radicalised in the prisons and camps in Africa where they are ‘hired’ either illegally or off the books.

Research from the British think tank Quilliam shows that, while some refugees have to pay $560 towards the Mediterranean passage costs, ISIS offers potential recruits up to $1,000 to join the organisation if they make the crossing. Humanitarian? Not very.

Clearly there are global powers at play.

But at a national level, this is not a game. The recent explosion of illegal refugees into southern Italy is catastrophic.

Last October Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned that Italy would not survive another year of mass immigration like 2016.

‘We have six months. Either we block the influx by 2017 or Italy will not handle another year like the past year,’ he announced on national television.

Today, the six months Renzi warned about will be up.

Italy will not survive this. I do not believe Europe will, either — certainly not as the countries they have been for centuries.

The monster that drove a truck into the Christmas market in Berlin arrived into the EU via boat to Italy. My fear is that these NGO ‘ferry services’ will ensure many more monsters to come.

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Hi,

as an opponent of Britain’s EU membership since about 1960, long before either Britain joined the EEC or Common Market or whatever aesopian name they have given the scam the self styled so called elite were engineering. back in the 1960s I called myself a EUroRealist, I never had any doubts of the fact that it was a dangerous and foolish concept.

Bismark and others may well have amalgamated the Tribes of the various states of Germany and the Victorians may well have worked to build a union of nations with the Commonwealth, but the EU has no meaningfull similarity – it is as dishonest to pretend it is as to pretend it is in some way similar to the USA.

Lets look at just how different the situation is:
Amalgamating the tribes to form the modern Germany was to take the natural course of amalgamating various nation states, based on Tutonic tribal backgrounds in common and though beset with different dialects they shared a common language, though to be fair Germany today still bears the scars and rivalries that existed between the various tribes, but largely Bismark welded them into one grouping.

France had done likewise but rather less conspicuously once they had had a full on Civil War and murdered numerous of the rivals preventing amalgamation in the late 1700s! Even though they had almost a century start on Germany there is still great rivalry as we all note with the clear rivalry and fractures between such as the Bretons and the Normans, the Carmargui and the Pyrenean region, the Basques and the Marselleise, the Loiree and Alsace and the almost universal hatred of the Parisian French – the true French with a couple of neighbours who drew their origins from the Germanic Franks.

To understand the problems look at the even longer history of allegiances presented by the Welsh, The English & the Scots there are still rivalries between the Mercians and the houses of York and Lancashire, consider the battles of our own civil war some 150 years before France.

Then of course the disimilarity dishonestly presented that a United States of EUrope is somehow similar to the creation of the United States of America where in fact there is absolutely zero similarity! To believe one could force together in stealth and dishonesty such disperate people as those of EUrope, North South East & West + Iberia, Scandinavia and Britain we have different lives, different backgrounds and a very different history we also have almost nothing in common whether culturally or in international links let alone dozens of different languages – just which idiot thought forcing together such disperate peoples with a view to ever closer political and economic union without it being a recipe for disaster!

America was an entirely different situation as people slowly arrived – mostly from Scandinavia, Britain, Continental EUrope and Ibertia, they filled this largely empty land driving out, crushing and killing the indigenous tribes who were almost without exception nomadic hunter gatherers without static homes or a clear understanding of the largely aggressive invasion. Let us not forget that it was only in the 1860s that America had its civil war a war that is largely passed off as nothing more than a disagreement over slavery, yet consider the fact that more Americans were killed in that war than in every other war America has participated in put together!

In fact there were around 1.5Million casualties with 620,000 killed in the line of duty which based on present population would be around 6Million deaths!

If it takes that many deaths and a further equivalent of 9Million to forge a Uniopn in a relatively empty land one has to ask oneself what kind of idiots and what was their motivation that they would take so obvious a risk of trying to force such different peoples together.

Little wonder that the self styled self appointed devotees of the concept like Edward Heath, Rippon and their like were only able to entrap Britain by misrepresentation and lies, orchestrating with cronise and by breakfast meetings with the media to set the scene on a daily basis – for details of the scam you will find the documentation at CLICK HERE and HERE

One need only consider the self serving duplicity of those currently seeking to ignore and overturn the very largest British vote in history, in the pretence that the people are too stupid to know their own mind, one even notes these scoundrels claiming the ignoprant and elderly voted for BreXit as they wheel out their own crew of geriatric failures and hasbeens like Blair, Hesseltine, Clarke, Kinnock and their ilk and the misguided and purely arrogant like the Chelsea Plumber and his puppet/protege Ms. Miller and the inappropriate interference of the Judges in the EU styled Supreme Court!

Theresa  May would seem most astutely to have realised that without unifying the people though she would be able to drive through BreXit she would find that those seeking to prop up flagging or failing ambitions such as Nicola Sturgeon and the implausible Tim Farron, who without this strife would slip into history and soon be forgotten such that they will willingly exploit the minority whilst in hubris seeking to deny our National democracy.

It is for this reason, whereby without silencing the self serving, Britain’s ability to negotiate from the natural position of strength would be endemically undermined, just as when the Bonnie Prince Charles was seeking to secure his future in the Court of Versaille with the likes of Nicola Sturgeon betraying the electorate to gain personal power at the expense of the negotiations and eventually the peoples of Scotland – therefore Theresa May has called an election in the belief that her rivals the enemies of BreXit and democracy will be routed and her negotiating position strengthened.

I believe and most certainly hope that Theresa May’s gamble is not sabotaged by accident or folly on the part of her team as to hear Tim Farron claiming to be the only solution is reassuring as to some extent he is right, or would be if he was of any credible ability or competence. That the scoundrels seeking to betray the majority and the principles of democracy where the majority holds a numerical majority far greater than that which has empowered many a British Government over the years!

We can but hope that sense prevails and Theresa May can unite the country behind the majority and the BreXit choice, thereby strenthening her hand in negotiation to obtain the very best deal for Britain in repatriating sovereignty, restoring borders, re-instating British justice, re-uniting our peoples and re-invigorating our industrial base.

Brexit is about to become unstoppable: Theresa May is killing off Remain for good

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Remain is dead. This new election will see the final death rattles of a corpse that has been twitching on the slab since last June. Around the country there are voters anxious to know whether their democratic right, and the decision they made last year to leave the EU, might be stolen from them by politics as usual.

There were fears that Brexit could be overturned in a shady backroom deal, or through the applications of sneaky lawyers. Voters ignored in countless elections could have been forgiven for wondering if the forces of bureaucracy would find a way to stop Britain freeing itself from the EU. Theresa May has ensured that this will not happen, and that the result will be honoured. This general election is the closest Remainers will ever get to a second referendum on 8 June, and they are going to be bitterly disappointed by the outcome.

The general election is a master stroke from a Prime Minister who is adopting a tone not of overconfidence but quiet resilience. The Conservatives look set to demolish Labour, giving the Prime Minister the freedom she needs to deliver Brexit. A vastly increased majority strengthens the PM’s hand, removes the threat of re-election at the crunch point of EU negotiations, and binds the deal for Brexiteers concerned that at some point in the next two years Remainers might just get their act together. As someone who voted Remain, it has been remarkable to see how poorly Remainers have organised themselves following the election. In the face of the inevitable, it is time for everyone to make peace with Brexit.

 

Jeremy Corbyn has taken the Labour Party for a reckless joyride that has shredded the tires and has the Left teetering on the brink of outright civil war at the beginning of the campaign. By mid-June, whoever is left in the party’s burnt-out husk will need to reassemble an opposition. By running now, May is cashing in on that situation, taking the easy gamble that by the time the election is over, much of Labour’s talent will have been shown the door. The diminished Labour rump won’t be in any position to stop Brexit on the Conservative Party’s terms, and will lack the energy and the focus to effectively call for a second referendum. For years to come, voters will remember the anti-aspiration policies that Labour runs with at this general election.

Meanwhile, though tarnished by tuition fees, coalition with the Conservatives, and a predeliction for bizarre scandals, the Liberal Democrats may gain some traction over Brexit in the coming weeks. But it can be nowhere near enough to put a dent in Brexiteers’ ambitions. Tim Farron’s charge of the lightweight brigade is hampered by political baggage, the prospect of Tony Blair coming out to back them, and Farron’s own problematic, coy answers to questions about his religious views.

So the illiberal Democrats won’t stop Brexit, however much they talk themselves up. They may steal a few dozen seats at most, but they won’t – as Vince Cable has admitted – become the power broker that they were in 2010. If this is their moment to shine, they will be a sparkler next to the Conservative firework display.

 

Many are already complaining that Theresa May is being light on detail, but she isn’t going to be pressed to reveal her Brexit negotiation hand by any politicians who are both competent and desire her to fail. The Labour party doesn’t have a plan, a budget, or a team to fight this general election.

Suicidally, they’ve started framing this as a fight between Corbyn and May. The Left can’t completely work out whether they’re in favour of this election, or if they preferred to criticise Theresa May for being “unelected.” The Liberal Democrats will enjoy gains too modest to change the national course.

A man holds a banner during a demonstration against Britain's decision to leave the European Union, in central London, Britain July 2, 2016
A man holds a banner during a demonstration against Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, in central London, Britain July 2, 2016 Credit: PAUL HACKETT 

Remainers who clung to the prospect of a change in the political winds haven’t built a ship to catch the breeze. Theresa May has surprised them while they were still hugging their tissue boxes, painting their faces blue and parading outside Downing Street. Retweeting AC Grayling isn’t going to stop Brexit. The next general election won’t be until the other side of our departure, and Theresa May’s Conservative Party will dominate the Commons.  

By calling a general election now, May isn’t just responding to events, but creating them. In this case, she’s sent a tsunami that will drown the hopes of Remainers on June 8.  

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here is a Guest Post by Dr. Richard North regarding Theresa May’s announcement that she intended to ask Parliament at Westminster to vote in favour of a General Election on the 08-Jun-2017.

Brexit: buying time

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Within minutes of Mrs May’s announcement of her intention to seek a general election on 8 June, people I’d never heard of were calling on voters to use the election to reverse the result of the referendum.


Yet Mrs May herself had already declared that she wanted contestants to put forward their plans for Brexit, making this about how we leave rather than whether – the debate we should have had before the referendum.

To be fair to Lib-Dem leader, Tim Farron, he sees the election in that light, arguing: “If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance”.

With Corbyn, though, one is never quite sure what he’s thinking. Even then, in his official response to Mrs May’s announcement, he spoke of securing a “Brexit for everyone”, which hardly suggests that he’s going to be pitching for the remain vote.

On the face of it, therefore, it doesn’t look as if the re-run idea is going to fly – purely on the basis that none of the main opposition parties are offering this as their position. Possibly the SNP might go with it, but who cares what the whining Sturgeon wants anyway?

As to conducting an open debate on how we leave, it is unlikely that the media could follow the arguments if they were properly made, and we have yet to see a politician who has a grasp of the issues sufficient to offer a coherent plan. Certainly, we’re not going to be offered one by Mrs May this side of an election.

In her terms, the Government “has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe”, which amounts to “a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a United Kingdom that is free to chart its own way in the world”.

In what can only become the battle of the mantras, she has it that, “we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world”.

The thing is that this is not so much a plan as a series of loosely-drafted aspirations – not only lacking in ambition but also short on realism. Amongst other things, the obsession with making our own laws is as wearying as it is irrelevant.

That brings us to the real reason for this election. Mrs May is telling us that she cannot pursue her plan because of the opposition of other political parties. “At this moment of enormous national significance”, she says, “there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not”.

Maybe that’s a credible argument, but somehow it doesn’t pass the smell test. There has to be something more. The Guardian’s Patrick Wintour would have us believe that a Brexit mandate, delivering a large Conservative Commons majority, would sweep away the last hope that that the UK’s “aberrant” referendum decision last June could be reversed.

Among parts of the EU leadership and the European public, Wintour writes, there remains a lingering belief that the British people can be helped to change their mind. Even though article 50 has been triggered, many EU lawyers believe a legal route is available for Britain to revoke Brexit, probably through a Commons vote in the winter of 2018.

In Wintour’s mind, therefore, Mrs May is going to all this trouble and effort just to convince the “colleagues” that Brexit means Brexit, thereby forcing them to concentrate on the task at hand – crafting a workable exit package for the UK.

Yet, there is actually nothing in the official response from the European Council that would encourage such a belief. If anything, the “colleagues” are remarkably focused and have set out their stall with some clarity.

What is perhaps more convincing is the scenario buried in Mrs May’s own address yesterday, when she reminded us that, “If we do not hold a general election now their political game-playing will continue, and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election”.

To give this more focus, we need to edit it slightly, so that it reads that, if we don’t have a general election now, the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election.

And it is at that point that Mrs May will have to make some real concessions, not least on the financial issues. Then to paraphrase Mr Juncker’ s 2007 comment: “We all know what to do, we just don’ t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it”, Mrs May – with her feet held to the fire by the “colleagues” – will know exactly what she will need to do. But she will also know that it will substantially reduce her chances of winning the 2020 election.

Mrs May thus needs a general election now, to get it out of the way and clear the way for her to make unpalatable decisions immediately prior to an election. On the need for that election, she says, “I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion”, in which context we have to ask what it is that has changed so very recently.

And there is the clue. Mood music emanating from Brussels and London indicates that it has finally dawned on all parties that the negotiations are not going to be concluded in two years – or at all if the Government follows the line ordained by the “Ultras”.

By having an election now, Mrs May buys herself two more years before she has to face a post-Brexit electorate. And this is time in which she can craft a more stable deal without the prospect of sudden electoral death.

On the back of a successful election, one can then expect to see the newly victorious Prime Minister go to Brussels and immediately ask for more time – rather than wait for the deadline. Although she has said she will not do this, we are dealing here with someone who said we would stay in the Single Market and we would not have a snap election. The lady is most definitely for turning. 

Then, having already realised she is between the rock of a “no deal” and the hard place of an unattainable free trade deal, she can devote her attention to crafting a “not the EEA” agreement that covers all the same bases but qualifies as something new and different.

Cleverly, in my view, Mrs May has exploited what she calls a “one-off chance” – a window when France and Germany are preoccupied with their elections and the European Union has yet to agree its negotiating position.

And if my analysis is anywhere near correct, we could be looking at a new realism pervading No 10, where they have miraculously bought time for an attainable solution. But we can kiss goodbye to Brexit on 29 March 2019.

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Booker: Brexit, global warming and group think

Sunday 9 April 2017

Conscious of the torrent of ill-natured criticisms of his stance, Booker goes on the offensive in this week’s column with a study on “groupthink”.

The debate on Brexit, he suggests, has much in common with political correctness, the obsession with “gender identity”, the belief in man-made global warming, both sides in last year’s US presidential election.

His view is based on the insights of Irving Janis, a professor of psychology at Yale back in the Seventies, about whom Booker wrote three years ago, under the heading: “Sinister groupthink powers the modern world”, and about which I have also written.

Janis can help us to understand so many phenomena in our present world – which amounts to a unique contribution to science. It was he who provided the first disciplined analysis of how the more extreme forms of group think work.

A group of people get caught up in a belief system which in some way doesn’t accord with the real world. Ceasing to think for themselves, they are so convinced they are intellectually and morally right that they cannot accept any evidence contradicting their “narrative”. They therefore become intolerant of anyone who dares to disagree with them.

Booker has recently been writing a paper on how this helps us to understand the need to insist that there is a “consensus” on man-made climate change. Those who accept it are not just eager to clutch at any scare story or dubious evidence that seems to confirm their narrative.

But what is so special about the phenomenon is their need to demonise those who question their grasp on reality as being just “deniers”, “anti-science” or people who could only argue publicly for such ridiculous views because they are being paid by the “fossil fuel lobby”.

Janis’s analysis helps to explain why the BBC has such a self-righteously one-sided “party line” in its coverage of so many issues, making sure that those who disagree with it are either kept off the airwaves or only allowed on with the intention of making them look ridiculous.

This certainly explains the intolerance in every form of political correctness, such as that which is now so poisoning life in many universities, and why the “anti-imperialists” and “anti-racists” get so hot under the collar about statues of Cecil Rhodes or the fact that Bristol’s most famous concert hall is named after a man called Colston who made his money from the slave trade back in the 17th century.

Long one of the more conspicuous examples of groupthink was the “consensus” that Britain should be grateful for being part of the EU. Anyone who questioned this was scorned as “anti-European”, a “little Englander”, a “xenophobe”. This was seen at its most blatant in the campaign, so actively promoted by the BBC, for Britain to join the euro.

Today, says Booker, all that has gone into reverse. When it comes to group think, this is still evident among some of those who wept in disbelief when last year’s referendum result was announced, but they are now drowned out by the exultant group think of the ultra-Brexiteers.

These are the people who remain blithely unconcerned by all the boring and complicated details of what would have been required for us to extricate ourselves from the EU in a sensible, satisfactory fashion, to fall back on vacuous wishful thinking.

There was a time when one could smile at the more light-headed Eurosceptics who, a year or two back, were telling us that we could ignore Article 50 (“just a trap”), and that all we had to do was “repeal the European Communities Act”, and we could just “walk away”. Some of us used to call them “the magic wand merchants”.

But today it looks as though these wavers of magic wands have taken over the asylum, still prattling away about those wonderful “free trade deals”; that “we can just rely on WTO rules”; that “a bad deal would be worse than no deal”; and that “to stay in the single market would be the same as remaining in the EU”.

Vitriolic about anyone who disagrees, they remain oblivious to the stark reality roaring down on us as the negotiations approach, with the other side insisting that no talks can begin until we agree to pay for all the future financial commitments we have signed up to as members, and that we cannot begin negotiating trade deals with the outside world until we have formally left the EU.

They seem blissfully unaware of all the complex technicalities involved in any arrangement whereby, as a “third country”, we could continue to trade with the single market which still takes 45 percent of our exports and supplies 30 percent of the food in supermarkets.

Most terrifying, Booker concludes, is that these same victims of group think may be about to represent us at the negotiating table. As he has said before, those on the other side will be staring at what we are asking for in disbelief.

That, though, is not going to stop these people. That is the essence of group think – so firm a grip does it have on those afflicted by it that many of them will go to their graves before they change their minds.

We can see this in the continued torrent of abuse on the Booker comments this week, demonstrating another classic characteristic of group think – a total lack of self-awareness. There are no arguments or facts which cannot be ignored or distorted, while any amount of invention and selectivity can be brought to bear to support the preferred thesis.

Yet, the tragedy is, as David Aaronovitch wrote recently in The Times, these right-wing zealots are not only poisoning the well of the Brexit debate, they are compromising the very issue they hold so dear.

But it gets worse. It seems that the people who we call “Ultras” don’t care whether they are right or wrong. They have their own agendas which they would see in place irrespective of the consequences. They are doing the equivalent of sawing off the branch they are sitting on, something so very obvious that the EU’s negotiators can’t help but be influenced.

Whatever Mrs May says up front is being constantly undermined by her “Ultras”. What confidence can the “Europeans” have that she will keep her word, when so many of her own side are saying the opposite.

Group think has a terrible cost, and it looks as if we are going to find out how much.

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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain having only 8%, if united, say. The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy; yet it is willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States to impose democracy on them!

The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, when we leave the EU and by then being a part of the Eropean Economic Area all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU vassal regions and can trade and negotiate independently on a global stage.
One huge benefit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly in our own interest and that of our partners around the world in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and term imposed by unelected EU bureacrats.
The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, which with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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A tribute to Helen Szamuely

I was sadened to hear that Helen Szamuely died on Wednesday 05-Apr-2017

Helen Szamuely was born 25-Jun-1950 and was not even into her three score years and ten.
She was born in Moscow, the daughter of a Russian intellectual who opposed the style of the Communist Regime and located when Helen was 14, to London.
Helen was educated in Hungary then briefly in Ghana and later in the UK she obtained her first degree at Leeds University where she studied History and Russian gaining a First before reading for her D.Phil at the University of Oxford.

Having survived breast cancer in 2005, although she had been unwell and her blog was interupted in December 2016 by her ill health, many of us were unaware that her ongoing heart condition was not only inoperable but as life threatening as it transpired to be on Wednesday 05-Apr-2017!

Dr. Helen Szamuely Headed the Research of the Bruges Group, one of the leading EUroSceptic think tanks, more formaly she was a researcher in the House of Lords.

I first came into contact with Helen Szamuely as the co founder, with Dr. Richard North, of the excellent blog EUReferendum.com, Richard I have known for many years. They worked together for several years before she chose to blog independently on her own site ‘Your Freedom and Ours‘ (how long the blog will remain on the internet I have no idea, but it is well worth reading).

Helen was a founder member of the Anti Fedralist League and involved in the founding of Ukip, Helen’s credentials as a EUroSceptic were unimpeachable.

Helen has broadcast regularly, particularly on the BBC Russian Service, was an editor of the Conservative History Journal Helen was also published in a wide number of magazines, journals and various media including the Social Affairs Forum, the Salisbury Review, Standpoint, the New Culture Forum and others.

I had the priviledge of speaking with Helen Szamuely a few times, usually to seek clarification of her intent in various articles or to seek guidance regarding my own EuroRealism – though I would not claim to have known her in any real sense, nor did I ever meet her face to face, therefore I will leave the details of this EUlogy to two individuals whose work I respect who had long term associations with her:

From Richard North’s EUReferendum.com

Richard North, 06/04/2017

The last time I wrote a post with this title, my co-editor and co-founder of EUReferendum.com had just gone into hospital for treatment for cancer.

That was in February 2005, nearly twelve years ago, and I’m glad to say that this indomitable lady threw off this disease and survived. Sadly though, I learned yesterday that an entirely different condition had laid Helen low and during the night she had passed away peacefully in her sleep.

I’ve known Helen more than 20 years and it is fair to say that I’ve never known anyone like her. And that said, I’ve spent the best part of yesterday failing to write an obituary which comes anywhere near describing this amazing woman.

It would be hard in any case for me to improve on Pete’s piece, crafted with his usual passion and skill.

But there is someone who can do better, and that’s Helen herself who in her own words during a rare public speaking appearance in 2007, defined her strategy and philosophy for getting us out of the EU.

Let that stand as her epitaph, her own words, her own aspirations. You will never see anything like it again.

And ALSO the EUlogy by Peter North:

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Helen Szamuely

I woke up to the unhappy news that writer, historian and long time family friend Helen Szamuely has died. Helen was a massively influential part of the early eurosceptic movement long before Ukip became a household name. One of the original Brexiteers. She was a hugely respected thinker on the right and a well known voice in conservative circles.

That though does not even begin to define her. She was so much more. She was many things to many people and her list of accomplishments is rich and varied. Just Google her. Helen was considered a towering intellect by just about everybody who ever met her. She suffered no fools. If she gave you the time of day you took it as a compliment. To this day I have yet to meet a more difficult and contrarian woman. I doubt I ever will. There were none more merciless when slapping down stupidity – and it was a joy to watch – except for those times when you were on the receiving end of it – which in my case was pretty often. Helen was very much a no-nonsense person and at times very difficult to like, but all the same I enjoyed spending time with her. She was great company and I loved her wicked sense of humour. She was hugely influential in my formative years and her blogging on NGO and UN corruption shaped my worldview as it stands today. I considered her a necessary corrective since she was one who never hesitated to challenge me when I got things wrong. It is through Helen that I have a comprehensive knowledge of London. I would meet her for afternoons out on weekends to go browsing the bookshops and cafes. I can only consider myself even halfway cultured thanks to my introduction to the many museums and art galleries. Helen was also a great friend to my father and at one time co-editor of Eureferendum. For the most part she was hugely supportive and a very useful contact to have. She knew absolutely everybody in the eurosceptic world. Helen was a private person who didn’t share very much of her past – not with me anyways. I always wanted to know more but considered it impolite to ask. She was all business. She lived by a code of her own and always to her own timetable. There are few more independent in mind and spirit. She had little time for social climbers or Toryboys and she had no patience whatsoever. I liked that about her. There was no pretentiousness at all. She refined deliberate rudeness to an art form (I learned from the best). I have known her just get up in meetings and walk out without any explanation at all. It never stopped being funny. One of God’s own prototypes. I fell out with Helen a few times. It’s been a year since I last spoke to her. Sometimes her discourteous assaults were a little rich even for my blood. I never stopped respecting her though and I do miss her. At every significant crossroads in my life she has been there. For all that Helen could be lofty she was never dismissive and despite her protestations to the contrary she did care. She did at least listen to you even if she thought you were being stupid. A lot of people in this life are dismissive because they think they are intellectually superior. Helen, though, she just was intellectually superior. It was unarguable. She could have built herself a second home with all the books she owned and I’m pretty sure she’d read all of them. There are plenty more things one could say about Helen but I’m sure others will say them better than I can. She had as many friends online as in real life. Her blogs have millions of hits and she has influenced thousands of people. It has been a privilege to know her. People like that change the world – and Helen very much did.

I take the liberty of ending with my condolences to her family and her friends who know far better than I just howmuch we owe Dr. Helen Szamuely.

 

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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain having only 8%, if united, say. The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy; yet it is willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States to impose democracy on them!

The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, when we leave the EU and by then being a part of the Eropean Economic Area all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU vassal regions and can trade and negotiate independently on a global stage.
One huge benefit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly in our own interest and that of our partners around the world in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and term imposed by unelected EU bureacrats.
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the bottom line is that there was an overwhellming British vote for the UK to Leave_The_EU

I am personally relieved that the British peoples voted for BreXit by such a majority – the majority was akin to the vote to remai9n in the EU all those years ago when the Government so clearly lied to the electorate, well this time despite the Government lies the people chose to Leave-The-EU

In times of National danger when the people seek victory against overwhellming odds perforce we choose strange allies – consider the allies thes United Kingdoms had in World War I & II, so9me were natural allies but some were very alien, some even sided with Britain in liberating Europe, on both occassions for their own ends, consider the deal Britain struck with Russia then and the cost to Britain in the loss of India which was a condition of their allegiance.

That Nikki Sinclaire used much of her own money to mount the petition which delivered the debate in The House of Commons that resulted in the Conservative Government including the promise of a Referendum in their manifesto is conveniently overlooked.

Just as it would seem that the criminal collusion of John Ison with Nigel Farage to try to sabotage the chances of a Referendum and fabricate evidence against Nikki Sinclaire is overlooked!

I find Arron Banks an odious and untrustworth individual with a long list of failures behind him but on this occassion I am glad he was able to access money whether Dark Money, Russian Money or even if it was Columbian Drug Money laundered through Panama matters little to me as we won!

Sometimes unpleasant people do good things!

Arron Banks: ‘Brexit was a war. We won. There’s no turning back now’

Now out of Ukip – the party he bankrolled – Arron Banks is creating a political movement of his own. We met the ‘bad boy of Brexit’ just before article 50 was triggered – and found his ambitions go far beyond leaving Europe
Arron Banks in the boardroom at his office in Bristol last month.
Arron Banks in the boardroom at his office in Bristol last month. Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer

It is five days before article 50 is triggered, and I’m sitting in the sunshine outside a pub in Islington with the man who bankrolled Brexit. If victory lies with anyone this weekend, it maybe lies with Arron Banks.

Though Nigel Farage is the face of Brexit, Arron Banks is the man who made it possible. He bought Brexit. Or at least paid for it. Until 2014 he was an unknown Bristol businessman. Now he’s the biggest political donor in British political history. The most powerful. He put more money into funding the Leave campaign than anyone else – more than £7m. He donated his office space, his computer equipment, his senior staff. He’s the co-founder of Leave.EU, the so-called “provisional wing” of the Leave campaign, spearheaded by his close confidante Nigel Farage, and he’s now contemplating his next move: taking an axe to the rest of the parliamentary system.

He only began pouring his money into politics in earnest in 2014 with a splashy donation to Ukip but he’s now out of the party and in the throes of creating a new “movement”. In his sights: the seats of more than 100 Remain MPs. Although, he’s not partisan – he’s aiming to dislodge all “bad MPs”. (“Bad MPs” being, as far as I can make out, anyone from Oxford PPE-ists to people he’s had a spat with on Twitter.) He tells me he’s working with Steve Hilton, David Cameron’s former head of strategy, to come up with “a points system that grades them on their awfulness”, and from that he’ll formulate “a target list of the most hated people”.

It will be that defining phenomenon of our age: a grassroots movement funded and built by a multimillionaire. And, potentially, the next political earthquake. Taking us out of Europe was only step one of the big disruption, it turns out. Next up: the party political system, and the destruction of the traditional boundaries between left and right.

And if that sounds like a stretch, well, we’ve been here before. Banks has the money, the drive and, as we’ve latterly come to realise, the connections. He and his business partner, Andy Wigmore, together with Nigel Farage and Raheem Kassam, the editor of Breitbart London, are the self-styled “bad boys of Brexit”. They’re key partners in a transatlantic alliance, the depth and extent of which is only now, slowly, coming into the light. An alliance that has been cultivated for years by Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist.

The sun is shining. Douglas Carswell, Ukip’s only MP and Banks’s mortal enemy, had just resigned from the party. Banks intends to stand against him – and beat him; he plays to win – in the next general election. He has just been on the phone with Farage, who he says is cockahoop. Everything is going exactly to plan.

“The needle on public opinion has shifted so far now. And trying to shift it back is as hard as it was for us to shift it the other way. There’s people protesting, all the rest of it. But the fact is, they’re not going to shift public opinion. It has shifted. It is what it is. It’s permanent.”

It’s hard to argue with this theory of permanent revolution. And part of it – a big part, he enjoys telling me – was playing and beating the media at its own game. “As businessmen, we sat down with a clean sheet of paper and said, ‘How do we beat these people?’ And then we figured out how the mainstream media works – how they operate – and we turned it back on them.

“We worked out how to take their outrage, how to take their pain – in your case – and feed it back into the system. You know we spent £12-14m on the campaign? And we calculated what our column inches and TV coverage was worth. It was over £150m .”

All of which makes me wonder: what exactly is the game he’s playing here, now? A month ago I interviewed Andy Wigmore, Leave.EU’s director of communications, and as a result of what he revealed to me, the Electoral Commission is now investigating whether Leave.EU should have declared the donation of services by a company largely owned by Robert Mercer, the billionaire who bankrolled Trump, and who works closely with Steve Bannon.

Banks’s autobiography, The Bad Boys of Brexit, was written for him in the Jeremy Clarkson style, and the whole aesthetic is Top Gear. A lot of people portray Farage, Banks and Wigmore as the three stooges: Clarkson, James May and “the Hamster” (Richard Hammond), the jolly chumps who more or less accidentally took the country out of Europe. But that’s not my view. They’re smart, and in triangulation with Bannon there has been a huge amount of strategy – and crucially an understanding of technology – behind everything they’ve done. This just feels like the next stage. Ukip was the host body, and now they’re pupating.

Andy Wigmore celebrates with Arron Banks in Westminster on 24 June 2016, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU.
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Andy Wigmore celebrates with Arron Banks in Westminster on 24 June 2016, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU. Photograph: Ben Cawthra/Rex/Shutterstock

“Whatevs,” says Banks when I bring up the Electoral Commission. “I don’t give a monkey’s what the Electoral Commission says.”

To be clear, the Electoral Commission rules aren’t guidelines for the tombola at the village fete. He’s talking about UK electoral law. Electoral law that Damian Tambini, director of the media policy project at the LSE, says isn’t fit for purpose. Tambini met with the regulators and other parties and they’ve joined forces this week to call for a parliamentary commission to urgently review it.

Modern online campaigning has fundamentally changed everything, Tambini tells me. “And the existing framework is utterly weak and helpless.” The cost of building databases, money poured into third-party campaigns, offshore spending – these were either largely or totally unregulated. There is no longer any way, with current legislation, of guaranteeing a free and fair election.

Or as Banks puts it: “We were just cleverer than the regulators and the politicians. Of course we were.”

He didn’t break the law, he says. He “pushed the boundary of everything, right to the edge. It was war.” And later: “You’re looking for a smoking gun but there’s a smoking gun on every table! And no one cares. No one cares!”

Banks is a gambler: both calculated and reckless. It’s his choice to do the interview in the pub. His to get stuck into the wine. He likes the thrill of this, the game. And he likes winning more. His main business is insurance, and calculating the odds then beating them is what he does. Brexit: a £7m gamble that was… what? An investment? And if so, into what?

A brave new Brexit world, obviously, but there’s also this new movement he’s airing for the first time. He has policy ideas that are either radical or nuts, possibly both (selling off all government property to create a sovereign wealth fund to bankroll new housing). He’s suggesting things that are genuinely innovative in the turgid world of UK politics: looking to young people; taxing old, wealthy people.

But there’s some other agenda in play, too. And moments into my first question, about Trump, he has segued. “We had no Russian money into Brexit,” he says. “I’ve had two very nice lunches with the Russian ambassador, where Andy and I got completely pissed. And that’s it. Why wouldn’t you? Why wouldn’t I go and have lunch with him? We’d met diplomats and all sorts of different people. Not a single penny of Russian money has been put into Brexit.”

Which would be a perfectly reasonable answer, if he had been asked if Russia had put money into Brexit. But he hadn’t. He asked and answered his own question. I know about his six-hour lunches at the Russian embassy, not least because he makes a point of writing about one of them in The Bad Boys of Brexit. It’s Trump’s links to Russia, I’m asking about, not his, but he brings it immediately around to himself. Or to be more accurate, he makes an equivalency between them. “Come on!” he says when I ask him what he makes of the accusations against Trump. “I’ve got a Russian wife. I got an early taste of it about six years ago when the Daily Mail put her on the front page and called her a Russian spy.”

He’s referring to an incident in 2010 before anyone knew who he was, when his wife, Katya Banks – formerly Ekaterina Paderina – came up in conjunction with a court case involving a suspected Russian spy. “She was on the front page as a Russian spy! I was killing myself. It was very funny.”

What happened was this: a 64-year-old MP for Portsmouth, Mike Hancock, who was on the Commons defence select committee, instigated a four-year affair with another Ekaterina, the striking 24-year-old Ekaterina Zatuliveter, whom he met in St Petersburg and later made his researcher. MI5 believed she was working for Russian intelligence and applied to the Home Office to deport on the grounds of national security. She appealed and her case was brought before the Special Immigration Appeal Commission.

Some of the evidence was held behind closed doors but the judgment is full and detailed, and utterly compelling reading. She had previously had an affair with a senior Nato official and a Dutch diplomat. And MI5 disclosed that they had warned Hancock that he may be being targeted by foreign agents – he had had a string of Russian and eastern European girlfriends.

The judge, Mr Justice Mitting, heard all the evidence, including excerpts from Zatuliveter’s diary, which she had stated in her original evidence that she didn’t have (she produced it on the first day of the trial, saying she had forgotten about it) and ruled in her favour, concluding that she was an “immature” young woman with an understandable crush on an older man. In summary, he wrote: “We cannot exclude the possibility that we have been gulled – but, if we have been, it has been by a supremely competent and rigorously trained operative.”

Banks’s wife, Katya, comes into the story because, according to follow-up reports in several newspapers, she also had links to Hancock before she met and married Banks. Her first husband – in a marriage of just three months– was a retired merchant seaman, Eric Butler. The Home Office suspected it was a marriage of convenience and tried to deport her, at which point she wrote to her local MP, Hancock, for help. Butler told reporters that he had discovered them looking “very cosy” in the conservatory.

I ask Banks: “Did you know about that bit of history before the story came out?”

“I knew that she had been in, lived in Portsmouth and I knew… yeah, I knew broadly the kind of, you know, thing.”

What do you mean?

“Well, broadly the fact that she had written to her local MP and various other things.”

That her ex-husband had said he’d found her and Hancock together?

“Well, you know, that’s the evil of an ex-husband or wife, isn’t it? They’re hardly on your side. As far as I can see, it’s just a pack of Daily Mail lies.”

Are you saying that she hadn’t met Mike Hancock, then?

“The only thing that’s true in the Daily Mail story is that she fluently speaks six languages and she has the profile that would fit a Russian spy. But that’s about it.”

To date, Arron Banks’s strategy with the press has been this: if he doesn’t like what they say, he instructs his lawyers at Mishcon de Reya and threatens to sue. He threatened to sue Matthew Elliott – the director of the official Vote Leave campaign – for calling Leave.EU racist. He threatened to sue a thinktank, American Bridge, which featured him in an article entitled “The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses”. He threatened to sue the Guardian for publishing his business dealings as described in the Panama Papers. He threatened to sue a newspaper that described him as having business interests in Belize. And he threatened to sue a commentator on CNN for making certain statements about him on air.

“They called me a Russian actor! And I’ve got no feelings one way or another other than having a Russian wife. I felt that was just wrong. They said that Brexit was funded by the Russians. That’s a bit rich.”

It’s not rich to ask the question though, is it?

“If you lied and said Russians funded Brexit, I would be pretty annoyed.”

But what if I say, “Arron, the question is are you a Russian actor?”

“I wouldn’t care in the least. They said I was a Russian actor and that Russian money had funded Brexit, and it was wrong. There has to be a point where you draw the line in the sand.”

“I’m not going to say that,” I tell him. “Because it’s impossible to know what the sources of your wealth are. That’s the whole issue.”

“That’s wrong as well because I made a fortune in the insurance industry. I’m taxed in northern Bristol. My money is made in the UK.”

Some of it is. And the rest? Who knows. That’s my beef, not so much with him but our electoral finance rules. He’s free to donate, even though nobody knows quite where the £7m he put into the Leave campaign came from, or the millions he put into Ukip: his financial arrangements include a complex structure of companies based in secretive low-tax jurisdictions. Even Leave.EU was set up by an offshore company. It’s the offshoot of STM Fidecs, which the Observer reported was incorporated in Gibraltar.

In Britain he has his insurance companies, various security and intelligence companies, a new data company. He’s a director of nearly 40 different companies using slightly different variations of his name. He has installed employees as directors of other companies. And then there’s a whole offshore empire. A bank he co-owns on the Isle of Man. A slew of things in Gibraltar. The “defunct shell companies”, as he describes them, in the British Virgin Islands. And diamond mines in South Africa – he owns a whole supply chain of diamonds, from mines to shops.

How many companies do you actually own? He shrugs. “I’ve no idea.”

This is how offshore can work: a web of deliberate secrecy. A web that is now being brought into politics. Not just directly via the money that Banks is pouring in, but indirectly too. The digital marketing of the Vote Leave campaign was offshored too: funnelled through a tiny company on the west coast of Canada.

In America, the restrictions on political funding were dismantled in a 2010 case, bankrolled by Robert Mercer, which an organisation called Citizens United took to the supreme court, opening up the way to Super Pacs – “political action committees” – which have become unlimited donation vehicles. The sums in Britain are tiny in comparison, but you don’t even need to create a system of Pacs: there’s no way of knowing how much money was poured into the Leave campaign before the “regulated period” (the weeks before the campaign when spending is monitored and capped). Banks is setting up a movement not a party, at least initially. Parties are subject to some political financing rules. Movements aren’t.

Why are your companies based in low-tax jurisdictions with no disclosure requirements, I ask Banks.

“Why should I pay more tax?” he answers.

Going up… Gerry Gunster, Arron Banks, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Andy Wigmore and Raheem Kassam at Trump Tower in New York, in November 2016, just before Trump’s election victory.
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Going up… Gerry Gunster, Arron Banks, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Andy Wigmore and Raheem Kassam at Trump Tower in New York, in November 2016, three days after Trump’s election victory. Photograph: Wigmore/Finn/Splash News

Because you’re a citizen of this country? And it pays for schools and hospitals. “I’m an internationalist, OK? If I own diamond mines in South Africa, why would I register a company in the UK?”

It’s one thing to be an internationalist if you’re only a private individual. But he’s not. He’s the man who bankrolled Brexit. But what does it matter? He’s already told me the mainstream media is worthless. That the BBC lies. “What you write is completely valueless because it’s sitting under another bunch of papers almost straightaway.”

More precisely, who needs to sue in the age of #fakenews, anyway? Later he gives me a lift to the station, and Andy Wigmore – they call each other Wiggy and Banksy – is on speakerphone. Wigmore has family links to Belize, and he was that country’s trade envoy to the UK until January, when the foreign office stripped him of his diplomatic status because of his political activity. And Banks lost his status too: he was Belize’s special envoy to Wales. It’s all a terrific joke. “But what?” I say. “You’re telling me you have a diplomatic passport?”

“Yes,” he says. “We both do.” Proud British citizens both.

Then Wiggy pipes up: “Did you know Paul Manafort [Trump’s ex-campaign manager] is accused of laundering Russian money through Belize?”

Are Banksy and Wiggy trolling me? Using me – a feature writer on a remoaner newspaper – to get this stuff out into the sunlight? But all hopelessly mixed up together? Banks has chucked it all at me: his diplomatic passports and diamond mines, Russians spies, offshore tax havens, circumvention of electoral law. All those individual facts are true, but together it feels like one big confected mess? #Fakenews? Is that what’s going on here? That’s what it feels like.

There is weirdness threaded through this story in all sorts of ways. Talking to Banks, my grasp on normal feels slippery. It’s like the weirdness of reading a Trump tweet. The weirdness of playing what feels like a high-level game of chess with Banks, but in the British style – with banter and jokes. Banks has a good sense of humour. One of the first things he tells me is how much he enjoys it when Marina Hyde, the Guardian’s peerless columnist, rips the piss out of him. I bait him relentlessly and I can tell he’s enjoying that, too.

But the weirdness still cuts through. There’s the moment when I challenge Banks to a toast in my pidgin Russian. “You really don’t speak Russian, do you?” he says after I accidentally throw in some Czech. “Maybe I’m fluent,” he says, although he refuses to say a single word.

The lifebuoy I find myself grasping hold of is a piece in last Sunday’s New York Times by Masha Gessen, the biographer of Putin, who now lives in the US. One should resist “trafficking in exaggeration and unsubstantiated allegations,” she writes. It’s pointless looking for a conspiracy, she says. The unimaginable has already happened. “The unimaginable, happening out in the open day after day, not only continues to dull our defences but also creates a need to see a conspiracy big enough, a secret terrible enough to explain how this can be happening to our own country.”

And here too. Out in the open is the fact that Arron Banks is pro-Putin. “I tell you what I’m pro,” he tells me. “I’m pro Putin being actually for his country. It’s not possible to run that entire country as a pure democracy. It’s not possible. The whole history of Russia is that there has to be someone strong in control or it breaks up.”

Out in the open is that he’s just said that democracy isn’t necessarily the answer. Out in the open is that Nigel Farage has voted multiple times in alignment with Russian interests in the European parliament. Out in the open is that Banks defends Putin’s invasion of both Crimea and eastern Ukraine. “It’s 85% ethnic Russian,” he says.

You don’t need to look at the inputs. Just look at the outputs. There’s no need to go looking for a conspiracy. What’s right here, in plain sight, is troubling enough. Andrew Foxall, the director of the Russian Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society, tells me that is the point he is always making. “Join the dots that are in full view. There’s a tendency right now to see Russian agency in everything, given the heightened awareness. To think Russia must be in play.

“There are commonalities that are there anyway. It just so happens Russia overlaps with the alt-right, as they call it in the US, and the far right in Europe, and Ukip in Britain. Farage has been part of a pan-European, pro-Russian network in the European parliament. And Russia helps to facilitate and amplify those discourses.

“The Russian state uses different tactics in different countries, and sometimes it doesn’t need to do much at all. Farage was one of the first Ukip politicians to embrace RT [Russia’s state broadcaster, formerly Russia Today, which has a channel in the UK] in 2007-2008.”

It was one thing for people to be pro-Russia before 2014, Foxall says, but post Crimea, the MH17 missile that brought down the plane in Ukraine, the war crimes in Aleppo, “the Kremlin’s tactics are clear. And to be a willing participant in that is… profoundly disturbing.”

Out in the open is Russia’s strategy of stoking and encouraging far-right movements in Europe. Ben Nimmo, a defence analyst with the Atlantic Council, points out that the Russian military doctrine published in 2014 lays out the characteristics of modern warfare as the combined use of military and non-military means: “Economic, diplomatic and informational. And the use of protest potential of the local population.” Nimmo studies disinformation and says that the far right and Russia are linked together in a single network.

“So after the Berlin attack, Paul Joseph Watson [a British far-right activist with a huge following on social media] was one of the first who jumped in with a slew of tweets blaming Islam. And that was picking up an RT news report. There’s this huge confluence between Russia and the far right. It’s the opposition to western liberalism that unites them. From the Kremlin’s point of view it’s because they hate democracy and transparency, but it also entails hating gay marriage and wanting to ban the Qur’an and being pro-Christianity and whites.”

Also out in the open, framed by a golden door, is the closeness of the transatlantic alliance. Farage, Wigmore and Banks may sound and behave like Clarkson, May and the Hamster but, ideologically, they’re the shadow players of Trump, Bannon and Mercer.

It was data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica that led me to understanding Robert Mercer’s role in all this; in the great disruption of the political landscape on two continents; his strategic and coordinated attack on the mainstream media and its replacement with an alternative online network. But it’s Steve Bannon who forged these links across the Atlantic.

Bannon was the one who set out in 2012 to find European versions of the tea party movement and he has cultivated a close relationship with Farage and Ukip ever since. With Robert Mercer’s billions, he’s supported them first via Breitbart and latterly during the referendum campaign. He directed Mercer’s Cambridge Analytica to lend its assistance too. On the day article 50 was triggered this week, Nigel Farage raised his pint glass to toast “Well done Bannon,” he said. “Well done, Breitbart. You helped with this hugely.”

Out in the open is this, Banks’s statement to me: “What you’re talking about is the degree to which the Russians actually – let’s say they influenced the Brexit vote. Say I’m pro-Putin. Nigel said he’s not anti-Putin, if that’s the right word. But all we’ve said is that there are elements of what Russians do that we don’t disagree with. We don’t agree with everything they’re doing, like murdering journalists in the street.”

I interrupt him. You’re saying, on the record, that you don’t agree with murdering journalists on the street?

“I’ll only say it once,” he says.

We both laugh. Though possibly only one of us has a slightly high-pitched edge to our voice.

Dismiss, distract, dismay. This, Nimmo tells me, is the classic Russian disinformation strategy. You launder information like you launder money. You pass it through a set of different bodies. You send it from one shell company/mouthpiece to another. You confuse its origins. You chuck in a distraction. You create outrage.

Nigel Farage and then Ukip party chairman Steve Crowther with their new donor, Arron Banks, in Bristol, 2014.
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Nigel Farage and then Ukip party chairman Steve Crowther with their new donor, Arron Banks, in Bristol, 2014. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

And in this context, I wonder if that’s me. Have I been groomed as the vector? The agent of disinformation. The vessel through which their scrambled, encrypted, confusing message is passing. Maybe this is simply a description of all journalists in all interview situations. It’s just usually some celeb trying to flog their memoir.

What is Banks flogging? Andrew Breitbart, the founder and informing spirit of Breitbart, believed politics is downstream from culture. First change the culture, then the politics will follow. Take the existing culture and subtly distort it. Banks has launched a new politics site, Westmonster, and in his sights is the Westminster elite and the metropolitan elite. He levels this at me. I point out: “You’re the privately educated multimillionaire who’s sitting here drinking white wine in Islington.”

The shame, I think, is that he could have been a leftie. There is a strong streak of social justice that runs through him. Or social something. Chippiness is part of it. But that’s no bad thing. But he’s not a leftie. And in the US, the permanent revolution is well under way. Steve Bannon is masterminding a silent coup: the institutions of government are being systematically dismantled. The relation of citizens to the state is being re-engineered. Trump, the businessman, is redefining them as consumers. Last week the US senate approved the right of telecoms companies to sell their customers’ browsing history – a huge step forward in renegotiating the relationship between individuals and their rights from that of democratic participants to end users. This is government as platform monopoly. Government as modelled on Google and Facebook. And what’s coming is platform democracy, where the company/government retains the right to change the user agreement at any time. And it’s data – the intimate information of you, your personal life, your history, your relationships, your dreams and desires, your thoughts – that’s the source of their power, legitimacy, capital. Harvested, captured, sold, fed into the panopticon: total surveillance, total control, total power.

I’ve started to think that Brexit isn’t our Trump moment. That’s what’s coming next – 2016 will be nothing next to the general election of 2020, our year of reckoning.

Before I meet Banks, I watch him talking on stage at a trade show called “Master Investor”. I learned of it because I had liked Leave.EU’s Facebook page and I’m now in their million-strong database. This isn’t just a million people, to be clear. It’s the entire social networks of a million people. I had received an email inviting me to the event, hosted by Banks’s great friend, Jim Mellon.

Mellon is another businessman who donated to Leave.EU. He made millions in the early 90s in Russia in uranium mining, investing $100,000 in a company that was worth $2.5bn two years later. He doesn’t live in Britain though. The man who introduced Banks to Farage, who brought the Brexit team together, wasn’t actually eligible to vote in the referendum. He lives in Ibiza and the Isle of Man. Article 50 as brought to you by true patriots, foreign donors, multimillionaires, Belizean passport holders and tax exiles.

I ask Banks about the email I got, advertising the event. The insurance offers he’s sending to Leave.EU subscribers. The use of his political database for commercial purposes

“Jim Mellon is my friend,” he says. “Why shouldn’t I? It’s my data.”

Well, no, it’s not. It’s my data. Your data. It’s what’s at the heart of all this. Steve Bannon knows this, and Robert Mercer knows this, and Arron Banks knows this. His day job, one of them – insurance – is all about data. “We know everything about everyone,” he says. “We buy everything.”

The battle for data is where the next general election will be fought. Politics is war, says Steve Bannon. And Banks is already out of the trenches.

Politics is war. Politics is business. Business is politics. There are no walls between them any more. Silos, as they call it in the tech world. There are no silos. It’s all one, now – enmeshed, intertwined, inseparable.

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Then of course there is:
Arron (sometimes Aron) Fraser Andrew BANKS – something of a roundup to 28-Feb-2017 CLICK HERE

I trust this catalogue of information and comment about the questionable behaviour of Arron Banks helps you to draw your own conclusions!

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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain having only 8%, if united, say. The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy; yet it is willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States to impose democracy on them!

The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, when we leave the EU and by then being a part of the Eropean Economic Area all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU vassal regions and can trade and negotiate independently on a global stage.
One huge benefit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly in our own interest and that of our partners around the world in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and term imposed by unelected EU bureacrats.
The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, which with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
How we go about the process of disentangling our future well being from the EU is laid out in extensive, well researched and immensly tedious detail see >FleXcit< or for a brief video summary CLICK HERE
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