As I predicted on these pages in December, the main parties are splitting, but the only thing the splitters can agree is opposition to Brexit, which makes hypocritical their claims to democraticness, centrism, and moderation
This is not a deal for Brexit, but a further indefinite extension of EU membership, says Bruce Newsome. To deliver the Brexit vision the British people voted for the country first needs a new government, one that isn’t led by Remainers.
The parliamentary Conservative Party is putting loyalty to a blatantly inadequate leader over its electoral prospects. History suggests that this choice will lead to political oblivion for at least a decade.
Comment Central’s Brexit Editor, Bruce Newsome, reviews “Clean Brexit: Why Leaving the EU Still Makes Sense” authored by Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons, published by Biteback, paperback, 382 pp. £10.99, ISBN 9781785904035
Bruce Newsome argues that both the EU and the May administration are failing to disclose the true extent of our ongoing defence integration with the European Union. This failure of disclosure triggers a failure of accountability.
Bruce Newsome believes Jeremy Corbyn’s rise offers many lessons, including to small ‘c’ conservatives who can study his rise and recognise the opportunity to consolidate their position by offering Trump style populism without Trump's contradictions.
BBC History primes its audience to view every tragedy as a case of discrimination or social injustice. We need to turn-off BBC History, stop paying our license fee and start reading history rather than viewing it, says Bruce Newsome.
To help remedy political disillusionment the Conservative Party needs a new leader. It should learn from the Labour Party – whose party members elect their leader, and who is consequently more in touch with what the people want than what the elite claim they want, Bruce Newsome argues.
Bruce Newsome assesses Norman Johnsen’s case for EU member states returning to a close alliance of independent nation-states, while Britain gives up its neo-Popperian ideals of “globalization”, “political correctness”, and “multiculturalism” for its traditional “values”.
Book Review: Saving Britain: How we must change to prosper in Europe, authored by Will Hutton and Andrew Adonis, published by Abacus, June 2018. 256 pages. ISBN: 9781408711224. UK £8.99
Hutton and Adonis’ creation is nothing but a polemic of pre-Brexit Blairite thinking masquerading as a set of solutions to the new Brexit age, argues Bruce Newsome.
Bruce Newsome finds that despite its comedic pretence, Boris Startling’s ‘The Bluffer’s Guide to Brexit’ offers more pertinent information and fair analysis than most of the pseudo-academic polemics who pretend to know more than everybody else.
George Soros is the wealthiest, most influential member of an influential but dishonest and delusional elite that claims expertise in international relations but chooses to ignore evidence and theory, argues Bruce Newsome.
The remain campaign's self-acclaimed status as the bastion of hope in a polarised world fending off a tide of bigotry, hatred and a generation of introspection is delusional. Instead, they themselves are a dystopian vision hallmarked by elitism and condescension. They are the movement they claim to be against, says Bruce Newsome.
Despite seeing the crippling effect the ‘Dementia Tax’ had on her electoral prospects at the last election, Theresa May continues to generate yet more punitive, vote-losing proposals on social policy, says Bruce Newsome.
The UK remaining in the customs union and delivering the UK’s departure from the European Union are mutually exclusive. Bruce Newsome argues Theresa May’s proposals only underscore her inability to understand voters’ wants.
Amber Rudd has taken the fall for the Prime Minister's previous incompetence at the Home Office, says Bruce Newsome. He believes that the fundamental shortcomings undermining the stewardship of government will not improve so long as Theresa May is Prime Minister.
If the Government is serious in its promise to tackle mass immigration then it needs a leader with the intellectual clarity and moral courage to cut through the decades-long political consensus and chart the route to meaningful change, says Bruce Newsome.
Bruce Newsome argues that in place of their current narrative of a ‘blameless EU versus stupid voters’, the Remain campaign would be more effective championing the virtues of the UK within a reformed European Union.
Bruce Newsome points out the irony that the most steadfast opposition to the shortcomings of the Brexit transition deal is among Remain supporters, meanwhile Tory Brexit cheerleaders appear blindsided by its real implications.
The inertia surrounding the Government’s handling of Brexit, matched with its double-dealing, mean the best course of action now is to commit to an effective separation in March 2019 without a transitional period. Once outside, we will be better placed to dictate the terms of our future relationship, argues Bruce Newsome.
Theresa May’s lumbering premiership has abandoned Conservatism replacing it instead by four main behaviours that now define her leadership: copying the opposition; procrastination; stylistic but not substantive unity; and weak, contradictory, unreliable leadership, argues Bruce Newsome.
Theresa May’s Brexit speech on Friday is impractically contradictory and under-specified, says Bruce Newsome. It forms part of the broader malaise surrounding her leadership: one characterised by indecision, ambiguity and incompetence.
The Guardian’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. It castigates Brexit supporters, claiming they are stupid, ignorant and ill-informed, all the while pedalling the most feeble, unsubstantiated twaddle for why Britain should remain in the European Union, says Bruce Newsome.
Bruce Newsome argues Britain’s prime minister (Theresa May) is repeating the self-destructive dishonesty of her predecessor (David Cameron) in claiming a new “special” security relationship with the EU.
The EU’s hyperbole about hard borders is nothing more than a negotiating strategy. The ambiguity caused by the Government's dithering is allowing opponents of Brexit to fill the vacuum with myths about hard borders, says Bruce Newsome.
The British Government's capitulation to the French over the Calais border belies an unwillingness to choose the path favoured by the British public - to actually reduce immigration, writes Bruce Newsome
Another week gone - the 84th week since the Brexit vote, the 102nd week (that’s nearly two years) since David Cameron (remember him?) scheduled the referendum, yet Brexit prompts more uncertainty, doublespeak, defamation, lies, and violence, says Bruce Newsome.
The May administration has come to be characterised by reaction, contradiction, incompetence and the unknown. Rather than fanning the flames of uncertainty she needs to offer guidance and leadership. If not, the best route ahead is to withdraw from the EU immediately, then negotiate from a position of sovereignty, says Bruce Newsome.
By failing to exalt the virtues of Brexit, the Government is inadvertently helping to perpetuate the myth that the Brexit movement is anti-European, and in so doing undermining its negotiating position, says Bruce Newsome.
Theresa May’s Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit at all, argues Bruce Oliver Newsome. It sees us continue to sacrifice our national sovereignty, continue to pour money into the EU's coffers, all the while increasing our economic uncertainty and stability.
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