Brexit

Understanding snowflake rage

The rage of the snowflakes has been incredible since Brexit and Trump.

We’ve seen it here too, but what drives these fools?

Brendan O’Neill?explains:

Has there ever been a tantrum as tinny and irritating as the one thrown by the chattering classes in response to Brexit and Donald Trump? It?s the mother of all meltdowns. The huff heard round the world. A hissy fit of historic proportions.

Children who don?t get their way normally foot-stomp and wail ?I hate you? for three or four minutes before collapsing into a knackered heap. The liberal elite has been at it for nine months, ever since Brexit last June pricked the sealed, self-satisfied bubble they live in and reminded them that ? brace yourself ? there are people out there who think differently. ? Read more »

Is it an anti-establishment movement or a return to values of democracy and patriotism?

The leaders of Europe’s main anti-establishment parties appearing together in public for the first time, on January 21 in Koblenz, Germany. (Image source: Marine Le Pen/Twitter)

Some say that President Trump has fired up an anti-establishment movement in Europe but I think he is simply part of a Western swing back to democratic and patriotic values. Democracy is about the will of the people, not the elites and the people in America and Europe have had enough of multi-culturalism, political correctness and mass migration.The popularity of so-called anti-establishment political leaders like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Pauline Hanson and Geert Wilders is proof of that.

“There is a genuine feeling that Trump taking over the White House is part of a bigger, global movement. Our critics, looking at Trump’s candidacy and his speech yesterday, would call it the rise of populism. I would say it’s simply a return to nation state democracy and proper values…. This is a genuine political revolution.”

-Nigel Farage, former head of Britain’s UKIP party, who led the effort for the United Kingdom to leave the EU.
“This disruption is fruitful. The taboos of the last few years are now fully on the agenda: illegal immigration, Islam, the nonsense of open borders, the dysfunctional EU, the free movement of people, jobs, law and order. Trump’s predecessors did not want to talk about it, but the majority of voters did. This is democracy.”

-Roger K?ppel, editor-in-chief of Die Weltwoche, Switzerland.

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Betty Windsor comes good

She may be as old as time itself, but she clearly has full command of her faculties.

It has been revealed that the?Queen backed Brexit.

The Queen said that Britain should “just get on with” leaving the European Union at a private lunch before the referendum, the BBC has claimed.

Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political Editor, revealed that one of her sources told her the Queen suggested that leaving the EU would not be a “problem”.

However she said that she was unable to stand the story up and The Sun newspaper later published it?in March under the headline “Queen backs Brexit”. ? Read more »

Regrexit is a myth.

Brendan O’Neill writes at the Spectator:

It?s rare that an opinion poll brings a tear to my eye. But this week one did. It was the CNN/ComRes poll published on Monday. It found that 47 per cent of British adults would vote Leave if the EU referendum was held today, and 45 per cent would vote Remain (eight per cent said they didn?t know how they?d vote).

This means, as the CNN headline put it, that ?Six months on, Brits stand by EU referendum decision?. Leavers haven?t budged. Regrexit is a myth. Even after months of being branded as idiots, libelled as racists, and charged with bringing about a hike in hate crime and possibly the end of decent politics as we knew it, Leavers remain devoted to their choice, convinced of their cause. Such steadfastness in the face of months of intense verbal persecution is moving, and inspiring.

The reason the poll made me feel a little emotional is because I know how hard it can be to be a Leaver. A schoolteacher friend of mine tells her co-workers she voted Remain ? she didn?t ? because the Guardian-reading staffroom is crazily anti-Leave and she doesn?t want to be thought of as ?Ukippy? (she?s about as un-Ukippy as it?s possible to be). My brother, a Leaver, was at a well-to-do social gathering at which leaving the EU was being gabbed about as the biggest calamity to befall Britain since the war, so he told everyone he didn?t vote. I get emails from shy Leavers. One told me he fled social media because his social set were forever tweeting about Leavers being ?ignorant, uneducated racists?.

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Was Beefy running short of hookers and coke?

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Ian Botham has had a massive rant at politicians, especially Tony Blair, over their wish to go against the Brexit referendum result:

The ex-England captain attacked europhile politicians such as Tony Blair and Sir John Major after both former prime ministers this week suggested Britain?s exit from the EU could be halted.

In a furious blast on Twitter, Sir Ian wrote: ?When are these people going to accept and get on with the fact that we had a referendum….and the country voted “LEAVE” ?!! Move on..!!?

The sporting star, dubbed ?Beefy?, teamed up with the Vote Leave campaign before the June 23 referendum, as he expressed fears Britain was ?losing identity? and would be ?swallowed up? by an EU superstate. ? Read more »

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Hope yet for TPP says Charles Finny

Charles Finny knows a thing or two about trade.

His NBR column explains why the Labour party shouldn’t be praising Donald Trump for the death of the TPP just yet.

Since the outcome of the US presidential election became clear, there have been many people commenting on the implications of the result for trade policy.?The views expressed are largely gloomy.

Some go so far as to suggest that globalisation is at an end and that the era of trade liberalisation died with it. Others suggest the US has created a leadership vacuum that China will fill. Yet more are suggesting a different approach to the way New Zealand negotiates free-trade agreements.

These people may well be proved correct but my advice to everyone is to take a cold shower and be more patient. It is too early to reach any firm judgments on what a Trump Administration is going to mean for trade policy.

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Choosing MMP was our Brexit, and a NZ Trump is not likely, says Brent Edwards

It is not often I agree with someone from Red Radio, but Brent Edwards has got this one right:

The unexpected victory of Donald Trump in last week’s United States presidential election has been compared to Brexit – the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Some commentators are suggesting this political “revolution” in the US and the UK is a signal of change to come in other Western countries, including New Zealand.

Should this country worry about or look forward to a Trump-like figure emerging here to turn politics on its head? Probably not.

Aspects of Mr Trump’s approach have been and are already here, although not in the blatantly misogynist and racist guise that has so upset so many in the US and around the world. But elements of his approach are not unusual in this country.

New Zealand has had its Brexit moment as well. Mr Trump’s success and Brexit could both be said to represent segments of the UK and US electorates saying “a pox on both your houses” to the two major parties. That happened here in 1993 when a majority voted for MMP.

MMP has allowed the opportunity to give voice to the disenchanted – those who President-elect Trump referred to as the “forgotten men and women” of the US.

Many of those responded to Mr Trump’s railings against immigration and globalisation.

They responded to his message that most of their woes, including unemployment or stagnant incomes, were the result of rampant immigration and free trade exporting American jobs to overseas markets.

Sound familiar?

Last week on RNZ’s Morning Report, the New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, reminded listeners he and his party had been raising worries about immigration and free trade for the past 20 years.

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Who got Britain into the European Union in the first place?

Britain joins the European Economic Community, a precursor to the European Union.On Jan. 22, U.K. Prime Minister Edward Heath signs the documents joining ...

Britain joins the European Economic Community, a precursor to the European Union.On Jan. 22, U.K. Prime Minister Edward Heath signs the documents.

Three British?High Court judges are currently preventing Brexit. They have said that the elected government and will of the people via a referendum is not enough to make the decision to leave. They have stated that Brexit cannot be triggered without a Parliamentary vote. Given these restrictions we have to ask who or what exactly got Britain into the EU in the first place? Was it via a parliamentary vote or did a government or referendum result in Britain joining the European Union?

Many constitutional experts believe that Britain isn’t actually a member of the European Union since our apparent entry was in violation of British law and was, therefore invalid.

In enacting the European Communities Bill through an ordinary vote in the House of Commons, Ted Heath’s Government breached the constitutional convention which requires a prior consultation of the people (either by a general election or a referendum) on any measure involving constitutional change. The general election or referendum must take place before any related parliamentary debate.

…Just weeks before the 1970 general election which made him Prime Minister, Edward Heath declared that it would be wrong if any Government contemplating membership of the European Community were to take this step without `the full hearted consent of Parliament and people’.

However, when it came to it Heath didn’t have a referendum because opinion polls at the time (1972) showed that the British people were hugely opposed (by a margin of two to one) against joining the Common Market. Instead, Heath merely signed the documents that took us into what became the European Union on the basis that Parliament alone had passed the European Communities Bill of 1972.

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L is for Lego L is for Liberal

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Lego has stopped advertising with the newspaper the Daily Mail because of a campaign demanding that companies ?’Stop Funding Hate’

Hate in their world view is synonymous with any newspaper that has a conservative bias. One of the headlines from the Daily Mail being used to justify the Hate label is this one.

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The Daily Mail front page prompted widespread outrage (Daily Mail)

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Brexit will lead to Scexit

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Nicola Sturgeon has insisted Brexit means the only question is how Scotland becomes independent and not when.

The SNP First Minister said her party had to answer the questions behind its 2014 referendum defeat.

But in her keynote address to the party conference in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon insisted independence remained the answer to Scotland’s problems and that she was now more confident than ever before it would happen. Read more »

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