March 2, 2017

Blair and Major are yesterday’s men

Blair and Major are yesterday’s men

Near constant bemoaning of the referendum result, calls for the British people to ‘rise up’, and branding the vote an ‘historic mistake’. Blair, Major and Osborne are yesterday’s men, says Rory Broomfield. 

First there was Tony Blair, then there was Sir John Major. These former Prime Ministers, along with others, cannot seem to grasp the decision made on June 23rd 2016 and, in their efforts to denigrate the decision made and the policy set up as a result, they have exposed the mistakes of the past that helped lead to the referendum result.

The main three reasons to vote Leave, according to an Ashcroft survey published the day after the vote, were a desire for “decisions about the UK should be taken in the UK”, a view that “voting leave offered the best chance for the UK to regain control over immigration and its own borders” and that “remaining [in the EU] meant little or no choice about how the EU expanded its membership or powers”. All these reasons were created by the policies of the past – policies that these politicians supported.

For Tony Blair to ask the British people to “rise up” against Brexit means, in effect, a desire to rise up to support his failed policies. For Sir John to describe the result of the vote as “an historic mistake”, is a call for the British people to change their minds and endorse his policies that gave away so much control – democratic and otherwise – to Brussels.

Instead, with their backing of Maastricht, open door immigration with the EU and / or endorsement of the Lisbon Treaty – not to mention the ERM and the Euro – the policies they previously championed mean that they are on the wrong side of history.

But what about George Osborne? The day after Sir John branded leavers as delusional, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer gave a speech to the British Chambers of Commerce where he argued that our “withdrawing from the single market will be the single biggest act of protectionism in the history of the United Kingdom”. As pointed out Shanker Sigham, Osborne is perpetuating Brexit myths as there is a big difference between being a member of and having access to it.

Unfortunately, though, like Sir John and others, Osborne is also rehashing the debates we had during the referendum. Indeed, in the referendum he even made it clear that a vote to Leave was a vote to quit the Single Market. Well, the majority of voters stated their preference – and it now looks like we’ll be leaving the EU’s Single Market.

And by leaving the EU Single Market, the Government’s policy is forward looking. Instead of being consigned to the idea that we must remain members of a harmonising regional regulatory unit – which is essentially what the EU’s Single Market is – leaving gives the UK the freedom to adopt an ultra-competitive global approach to business whilst taking control over its legal and democratic processes which have, over the past 40 plus years, been given away to the EU.

As I mentioned in my previous article last week, Brexit gives us the opportunities to lead the world in economic, political and personal freedom.

In Brexit, we have the opportunity to embrace the future and confine failed thinking to the past. Let’s ignore yesterday’s men.


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Rory Broomfield
Rory Broomfield is Director of The Freedom Association and the Better Off Out campaign. He is an authority on the EU and has written a number of books including his latest, co-authored with Iain Murray, Cutting the Gordian Knot: A Roadmap for British Exit from the European Union. He has previously worked in the City of London and in Westminster for a number of Members of Parliament, including the current Prime Minister, Theresa May; the current Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady; and Sir Richard Shepherd.
  • Shadow Warrior

    Hammond is continuity Brown. He is a hand-wringing lefty looking for clever wheezes to raise more tax in ways that people don’t immediately notice.

  • captainslugwash

    I predict the Budget will attempt to show the Left how caring the Tories are, and it will be funded by screwing over the working man.
    If Corp Tax comes down, I bet Divi tax will be going up.
    I would love to be wrong.

  • skynine

    We really need to look at tax credits, in particular in work tax credits that encourage people to work part time to preserve the benefits. 45% of women work part time and I would hazard a guess that tax credits are the main cause. This leads to low pay, low skill work in supermarkets and the retail sector including coffee shops. The government needs to get back to the employer paying people to do a job for economic reasons rather than to get onto the tax credit ladder. Like all government benefits it distorts the market and diverts government expenditure into non productive areas.
    The refrain that the government has cut expenditure is not true, it increases every year as more and more goes into welfare.

  • MrVeryAngry

    fat chance

  • MrSauce

    So, when wouldn’t we want a ‘budget for growth’?

  • Rob

    I note that the UK Government has just slapped on a 25% tax charge for anyone moving abroad and wishing to move out their private pension from the UK.

  • SonofBoudica

    The Remoaners will do their utmost to sabotage the Government’s negotiating position. They do not want a successful outcome; they want a failure. They want to be able to scream “Told you so!” from the rooftops.

  • EnglandLaments

    Thank goodness for Andrew Neil, the one media hack who scares the pants off the established politicians. He was spot on with Heidi Allen!

  • joshuafalken

    I had a very long, hard, studied and considered look at the hope, care and aspirations of all Europeans, before I voted to get the UK out of the toxic grasp of Brussels.

    The European Union and it’s charge of “ever closer union” has borrowed and spent its way to oblivion, whilst enslaving the working and middle classes in debt.

    The central control mantra of the unaccountable Brussels ruling elite, delivered through a mixture of socialism, globalism and corporatism is entirely responsible for the populist revolt by the millions of “Just About Managings” across Europe.

    We must remember the ultimate goal of socialists, globalists and corporatists is control, not prosperity. see—-not-prosperity.

    Social equality and economic growth always fail under central control and fighting against the Brussels doctrine on behalf of all Europeans is why I voted for Brexit.

    Britain has a long history of helping Europeans depose tyrants and Brussels is just the latest incarnation.

    Britain is the most racially advanced and accepting society on the planet. We welcome those in need and those that can help us with open arms and a smile; that will not change.

    We are also one of the most innovative, talented and open societies in the world, which why everyone wants to live here. However, we cannot fit everyone in, so we have to have clear, balanced and fair immigration policy which is where the arguments start between the monetarists and humanists will never be reconciled.

    I thought long and hard before coming to the conclusion that leaving the EU was in the best interest of all Europeans, as Brussels is toxic and cannot be reformed from within.

    Also, I find it insulting that people who voted Remain have insufficient faith in British ingenuity, compassion and skill to get a good deal for us and see the Europe that we love get a better deal from Brussels and the reform that European people deserve. and

    The politics of left verses right are dead because neither have delivered the promised economic growth and social mobility for anyone, but themselves. The populists are not selfish per-se, they just want to take back control of their own destiny that left/right politicians have freely given away and/or exploited for their own ends. In my constituency, the local residents group are taking over the councils as politicians ignore voters, so Westminster should beware of the well-organised, local resident independents at the next election. This is a peoples revolution which should be shouted from the rooftops, but liberals remained deafened by the socialist, globalist and corporatist “vested interests” that have spectacularly failed us and are obediently crying foul and fake.

    There will be an initial unpalatable inflationary cost to fighting globalism and rolling back central control that few appear to have factored in, but dismantling failed left/right vested interests should eventually free libertarian socially-conservative capitalism from the shackles of TBTF corporatism to feed economic growth and social mobility.

  • agdpa

    The EU usually makes the wrong decision – on immigration, on freedom of movement, on the euro, on the Ukraine, etc. etc. Little hope it will get Brexit right.

  • brownowl

    Eh? Reference please!

  • Neil2

    Sod caring. Screw the spongers and breeders. Kill HS2. Stop all “green” subsidies. Slash “foreign aid” and walk away from the EUSSR with immediate effect.

  • Rob
  • John C

    What a confused article. It conflates surveillance by the security services with poor defences against fraud.

  • John C

    Err, it’s the UK that’s leaving the EU, not vice versa.

  • John C

    Me, now. ‘Growth’ is a manic obsession.

  • La Face Nord

    Mr Redwood – are you aware of the Biased BBC website? It’s been exposing their agenda for a long time, but I imagine you’ve been well aware of the BBC’s agenda for quite some time…

  • Contact Rvtech

    The post is great

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