AS the dust finally begins to settle after the country’s momentous decision to leave the European Union it is now becoming clearer that the changes have not yet gone far enough.
The Prime Minister did the honourable thing in announcing his resignation but, like so much of what he has touched, it was a botched job. He should have demitted office immediately – and taken his apology for a Chancellor of the Exchequer with him.
Just as Leave means leave, resignation means resignation. Instead what we now have is the Prime Minister putting party before country. It is an absolute disgrace and affront to our democratic decision that rather than begin the process of acting upon the will of the people by assembling a team to begin the negotiations with the European Union we have to endure the sorry spectacle of a three-month Conservative Party election process.
When Her Majesty received David Cameron she quite properly could have thanked him for his resignation but then invited another member of the cabinet to form a government and if that were not possible the Speaker could instigate a general election. As head of state our monarch had the authority to do this but we now live in soft times when such straightforward constitutional procedures are ignored in favour of keeping political parties happy.
The Prime Minister gambled with the country’s future, putting party management and expediency first. He believed the public would not dare to take its first chance to rebel after 40 years of being duped and deceived by successive governments about the expansion of power in Brussels. He was wrong and he should no longer be in office.
Likewise the Chancellor consistently subverted the independence of the Treasury to produce distorted and misleading figures to scare the public. He led the charge of economic scaremongering and continues to threaten us even now. He appears more interested in talking us into recession so he can claim to have been right than seeking to deliver the Brexit bonus that is now possible.
George Osborne is not fit for office and should have resigned too, being replaced by a new Chancellor that could start to introduce changes immediately. Voters could then rejoice at seeing VAT removed from household energy bills, tampons and other taxes enforced by the EU. It would be a small start but it would be a just and quick reward for the bravery of the public in choosing to Leave.
Young people lost generation game
There was no exit poll at the referendum so there are no accurate figures available – but there have been surveys and they appear fairly consistent.
What we do know is that only 36 per cent of 18-25s voted, meaning 64 per cent didn’t! Meanwhile in my age group, the 55-64s the turnout was 81 per cent and in the 64s and over it was an amazing 83 per cent. No-one should be blaming older people for exercising their right to vote, and no-one, unlike some really stupid people, should be calling on old people to die. How disgraceful, shocking and sad.
If young people cared that much – in a process where every vote literally counts – then they would have turned out to vote and could have changed the result.
Economy forecasts a bit hit and myth
There is a lot of myth-making about that Brexit vote and its consequences and the falsehoods have to be slayed.
Currency speculator George Soros (pictured) predicted that sterling would crash 20 per cent but after its initial fall – caused by speculators like him – it bounced back and ended up higher than it was on the day before the vote. Likewise the FTSE 100 closed on a week high and is climbing again, outperforming every other stock market in the world except that of Canada and New Zealand. There has been the expected turbulence but the only risk to the economy is if we talk it into recession by killing business confidence.
Labour leaves a political vacuum
The Prime Minister has announced his resignation, the Chancellor’s reputation is shot to pieces – and it is all of their own doing. They called the referendum. They negotiated the unconvincing “deal”. They dictated the timing, the rules and the franchise. They spent huge amounts of taxpayers’ money, they loaded the dice and choreographed international figures to sweet talk us – or bully us into submission. And they still lost.
With a government majority of only 12 any self-respecting opposition would have immediately submitted a motion of no confidence and tried to force a general election so we could hold the failed culprits to account.
But what does the Parliamentary Labour Party do? It tries to unseat its own leader, Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) in a series of pre-planned resignations.
Is it any wonder Wigan, Sunderland, Middlesborugh, Birmingham and many more Labour heartlands voted Leave?
With the party so disconnected with its natural base and lacking in focus about what to do, the political vacuum must be filled by someone. If they don’t get their act together quickly and concede support for Brexit then expect the party to be replaced by UKIP, with a northerner replacing Nigel Farage as its leader.
The propensity for politicians to make fools of themselves on Twitter knows no bounds. SNP MP Angus MacNeil had a go at UKIP MEP David Coburn, asking “Really, is this the stupidist guy in Scotland?” Pity Angus can’t spell stupidest correctly.