Monday, 6 June 2016

BBC Parliament Channel's 1975 referendum coverage is a warning to make sure you Vote Leave on the 23rd June

I lived through this period. Thank goodness I was out of the Civil Service by then! It was good to listen to Peter Shore and Wedgie Benn's prophetic utterances which have pretty well all come true. The In or Remain tactics were the same then as now fear, fear and more fear. The standard of oratory was much better then than now. The Inners won because they succeeded in making the debate an economic one hence captive to dadgy statistics rather than what it should have been about governance and sovereignty. Let us not make the same mistake this time. Farage is quite right to say that other things like quality of life matter more than GDP.

The big difference now is immigration. British people know they are being invaded and their wayof life is disappearing in an Islamic and Mid European swamp. Vote Leave must ignore the economic red herrings and keep hammering immigration.

We must not let the Remain side frame it as a contentious economic debate. We must make it about freedom, democracy and the rule of the Common Law of England.

As Simon Heffer put it in the Telgraph this weekend,

The migration question that can’t be answered

I give the link below to read for yourself. As allways Heffer is worth reading.


I quote below a selection from this piece.

Because we cannot stop EU nationals with criminal records entering Britain unless a warrant is out for their arrest, we must let in robbers, rapists, drug dealers and burglars, even though we have more than enough of our own.



Mrs Merkel – who unwisely intervened in our politics last Thursday in advising a Remain vote – uses her superior power to make up immigration rules on the hoof. She decided to admit a million Middle Eastern refugees to Germany. Once they have qualified for citizenship, they will be able to go anywhere they like in the Union, including here. My heart bleeds for displaced Syrians, who deserve whatever help we can give, but Frau Merkel did not consult her partners first. Even within what Mr Gove correctly called “the sneering elites” of the EU, some are more elite than others.

I love references to Animal Farm, a novel that tells us more about politics nd economics than 364 economists laid end to end.



Net migration into the country was 333,000 last year, meaning our population rises by a million every three years. Children who often speak no English overwhelm schools; the health and social services struggle to cope with the numbers already here; the housing crisis worsens; and, in the London area especially, there is crushing pressure on an inadequate infrastructure. Above all, because we cannot stop EU nationals with criminal records entering Britain unless a warrant is out for their arrest, we must let in robbers, rapists, drug dealers and burglars, despite having enough of our own.
Its a great read.

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