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
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.
  • dennis mcdonald

    One day it will dawn on the Tory Party that the Licence Fee is not only the most regressive tax in the system but it is funding the anti democratic progressive liberal elite to spill their bile.If the Tory manifesto was to say that the tax would be phased out over the next 5 years it would cement what looks like a landslide victory,I am not holding my breathe.

  • Phil Copson

    Could the major and all-important difference here be that the famines in Ireland and India WEREN’T DELIBERATELY CAUSED by the British Government, whereas the famines in The Ukraine, Communist China WERE DELIBERATE GENOCIDE ? You are so keen to express your self-important hatred of your own country – (because you’re too spiteful and cowardly to defend your way of life) – that you have actually lost your reason. Just grow up before it’s too late….

  • jingouk

    BBC Online today with a headline promoting the view that Labour is going to solve the housing market by building 100,000 houses. A headline on Tim Farron and a plug – favourable story – for the Lib-Dems.

    Question: No mention of the Tories, Conservatives at all? Why not?

  • Blowmedown

    History repeating itself?

  • Blowmedown

    The BBC stated many years ago that they were going to drive the news rather than report it. In addition the BBC is the propaganda machine for the left and the illiberal, so called, elite. We, the license fee payers, are the ones that have to pay the political levy that keeps them in business. If you still believe the BBC are a neutral, balanced, fact following institution, you are deluded. There have been a number of petitions against the license fee in the last few years’, but your Government have failed to take action. You are in Government and have the power to do something about it. Act.

  • John Smith

    dont pay the bbc tax

    if we get to 20%

    itll collapse

  • DWWolds

    There was an article in Der Spiegel a week or two go on the “military forces” in Germany. If the chaos described there has even a grain of truth in it “the burgeoning EU military structure” isn’t going to get very far.

  • Gabriel Martindale

    This is not a good article.

    1) Much of the agenda of both the Trump administration and the alt-right can be accurately summed up as Leftism. On the other hand all of the agenda of the Freedom Caucus can accurately be described as Leftism. “Muh constitution” is Leftism, “muh bill of rights” is Leftism, “muh rule of law” is Leftism. What’s worse is it’s a particularly anachronistic, pathetic form of leftism that doesn’t even appeal to the masses. But even when this was not true it was still Leftism.Just read the Federalist Papers: clanging non-sequitors and obvious falsehoods on page after page – and they were the conservatives!

    2) The Trumpian-Alt Right strategy of appealing to rural and/or uneducated Whites by pointing out (or in Trump’s case vaguely hinting) that they are about to become a minority in a country full of black and Mexican helots ruled by a WASP-Jew-Asian elite that positively desires their harm is leftism. Duh. All politics in democracy is Leftism because democracy just is Leftism.

    3) There is more diversity of thought within two randomly selected alt right blogs than the entirety of mainstream democratic politics. All intelligent political thought happens within the alt-right. More accurately, it happens within a small corner of the alt-right, that which can resist falling at the last hurdle for some antiquated form of leftism. Even they, though, are doing no worse than muh constitution Leftists, and at least they know some elementary HBD.

  • Nockian

    The Cleveland police have been discovered using RIPA to snoop on journalists and critics.

  • Badger

    I hope the Royal Navy properly protects its carriers. I’d hate to see HMS Prince of Wales sail half way round the world and get sunk on arrival.

  • NickG

    The trouble is that us Brits are negotiating with 27 EU nations collectively – or rather the unelected representatives of 27 nations. And they don’t have much of a track record of negotiating trade deals at all and certainly not in short order. Tiny Singapore – the size of the island of Angelsea with a population of 5.5 million has far more free trade deals than does the EU.

    I suspect the 2 years will run out before any deal will be done and the EU will seek to extend the negotiations. We must not fall into this trap.

    We need to use everything at our disposal, including security and intelligence sharing.

    It is also imperative that we limit military co-operation to the mechanisms within and structures of NATO and resist Military/ MOD and FCO moves for us to engage with the burgeoning EU military structures which are sucking in military resources and expensively duplicating much of NATO’s command structures. Indeed the FCO needs to be put in a cage and kept well away from policy making and strategising.

  • Tad Stone

    John Redwood absolutely correct AGAIN. We have nothing to fear.

  • Snoffle Gronch

    Excellent article.

    Not just unnecessary, wrong headed immigration of course. See also the Tories making common cause with the insane Harman on the unscientific, socially destructive, economically counterproductive feminist agenda.

  • Snoffle Gronch

    Amusing then that the failed Irish Republic has little choice but to seek readmission to the United Kingdom, or face more economic ruin.

  • Mary Barnes

    Malcolm Marchesi You are an offensive troll, who is about to be schooled. Every source I read says 1 million died in the potato famine. Just read some books.
    Why was their no famine in England, to the same extent.
    Plus if communists rightly get blamed for the deaths in their famines the British Empire should be blamed for their famine deaths.
    Plus 80 million were killed in famines in India in the British Empire.
    You LOSE

    Plus we need the EU. hopefully Scotland, Wales and Cornwall will vote for independence. The UK is too nationalistic and right wing.

  • Christopher Horne

    Hear hear. Yesterdays men are never very attractive. Like the elderly gents who stroll around your local cricket or rugby club muttering that things were much better in their day…

  • Time to deal with the House of Lords

  • Ian Walker

    “the single biggest act of protectionism in the history of the UK” is a bit of a stretch

    Joining the EEC and the CAP would probably be top of that list, George

  • Odo Saunders

    Both Major and Blair left this country in a far weaker position when they left office. They have had their day and now should retire to a small bungalow by the seaside where they can slowly rot away. R.I.P. John and Tony!

  • gelert


  • Malcolm Marchesi

    Without even beginning to examine the details of what could happen when we leave the EU , one only has to look at the deep seated problems in the EU to decide that we will be better off out . Take employment ………..or rather unemployment which is such a stark feature of life for so many young people . Where are all the jobs they need going to come from ? What about the debt burden which many of the member states will never be able to repay ? What about the dreadful inefficiency and low level corruption in Brussels which the Commission won’t even acknowledge let alone seek to end ?
    The best that the Europhiles from any country can say is that they accept that reform is necessary but notwithstanding the problems , we are better off in than out . They cannot be serious…………….but they are serious . They really do think that the average voter is stupid ! They have sat there too long for any good that they may do , in the name of God GO !! ( with apologies )

  • MrVeryAngry


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