"the bitter ramblings of a vengeful man".

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"the bitter ramblings of a vengeful man".
« on: June 10, 2016, 08:47:10 PM »

It used to be said that a debater should be pleased if his or her opponents resort to name-calling, because it is a sign that they have no arguments left.

This was the essence of the Inners' tactics in last night's ITV debate: a flurry of ad hominem attacks, targeted at Boris Johnson, with the aim of reducing the question in voters' minds to one of trust: do you trust the mass of assembled 'experts' and luvvies, or the former Mayor of London? As Paul Goodman has written today, this was "not the odd popgun attack fired off at his cheeky persona, but a nuclear-charged barrage on his record, personal integrity and standing".

Thankfully, Boris, ably abetted by Gisela Stuart MP and Andrea Leadsom MP, rose above it, and reduced the opposition to carping from the sidelines as the 'Leave' side set out their arguments in a clear and coherent manner.

I trust the British people to see through lies and personal smears to the key question facing this country: do you want your laws to be made here, by people you elect and whom you can kick out at general elections, or do you wish to be told what to do by unknown, self-appointed technocrats in a different country?

Two more MPs last night came down on the side of national self-determination: John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, and the 'Beast of Bolsover', Dennis Skinner. Evidently, they don't believe that Brexit would lead to the 'bonfire of workers' rights' that we are supposed to believe a democratically elected government, freed from the smothering embrace of Brussels, and accountable to the people, would build. Though they clearly differ with Boris Johnson on many issues, they can see that this issue surpasses domestic party politics.

Unfortunately, the Downing Street machine seems blind to this. Of the several puppets who have been wheeled out to attack Boris Johnson this week, arguably the most bilious was Sir John Major - who, of the four underwhelming, inadequate leaders this country has had since Lady Thatcher was knifed in 1990, is arguably the most wanton of them all.

Not content with betraying Lady T. in her hour of need, he proceeded to sign away our previously carefully guarded national sovereignty and proud history as an independent, democratic nation state at Maastricht in 1992, before presiding over the most sleaze-ridden, sordid government in modern British history.

Such behaviour reached its apotheosis with the ERM crisis. As part of the preparation for the single currency, EU members entered into a fixed 'Exchange Rate Mechanism'. Because of his Eurofantasy, Mr. Major was determined, even when British interest rates were rocketing and unemployment was soaring, to keep us in the project at any cost, and claimed that leaving would be "a betrayal of our future". When we were eventually forced out, in a national humiliation known as 'Black Wednesday', the consequences were so egregious that we experienced 15 years of solid growth.

This past makes his scurrilous claims about Leave campaigners, whom he called "dishonest", "deceitful", and "squalid", all the more hypocritical. To quote Jacob Rees-Mogg, these are "the bitter ramblings of a vengeful man". After all, is it more 'squalid' to campaign for national independence or to have an extra-marital affair with a fellow minister, Edwina Currie?

Such personal attacks are unbecoming of the office of Prime Minister. Yet, like David Cameron, Mr. Major is becoming increasingly desperate as he sees the politicians' paradise of Brussels slip ever closer to the trapdoor.

These people do not have the British public's interest at heart. Where they're not purely thinking of themselves and their first-class, all-expenses-paid retirement plans, they are blinded by the arrogance and contempt for what they call the 'populism' - and what most of us call 'democracy' - of the Leave cause.

In my experience, the more people hear the arguments, the more likely they are to believe in our vision of a prosperous, free, independent United Kingdom. We have 13 days to keep withstanding the bile of the government machine.

Let's keep calm and make the case for Brexit.


Simon Richards

Chief Executive

The Freedom Association

Follow us on Twitter Personal swipes and name-calling show the Remainers have no arguments left

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Friday, 10 June 2016

Read our four articles of the week as journalists express their dismay with Downing Street's orchestrated personal attacks on Boris Johnson.


•Look out[,] Boris Johnson - Downing Street's assassins are out to get you - Fraser Nelson, The Telegraph
•Senior Labour MP breaks cover and calls for working-class Brits to vote Brexit - Craig Woodhouse, The Sun
•Economic arguments about Brexit have succumbed to group-think - Roger Bootle, The Telegraph
•Wishy-washy Wollaston backs 'Remain' - L. Miguel Parrado, Better Off Out

Sir John Major was one of those wheeled out to attack Boris Johnson this week

"...the free movement of people...has created two kinds of people in this country - the people who gain from this and the people who lose out. If you live in London and you want a cheap nanny and a gardener and a cheaper plumber you can get really nice, really good people cheaper than you could before and you can go to a different restaurant every night and eat a different kind of food.

"In the North of England, in the Midlands, in South Wales, people do not get those benefits. They get the problems."

- John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw
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Re: "the bitter ramblings of a vengeful man".
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016, 10:28:09 AM »
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