Weekly Roundup – Friday 29 September
This edition of Leave.EU’s weekly newsletter comes to you from the UKIP party conference in Torquay where rank outsider Henry Bolton has been elected leader. On the morning of the conference, the former Army officer sat at 10/1 with the bookies before making a late surge to third favourite behind Anne-Marie Waters in first and Peter Whittle in second place. Whittle eventually finished fifth with just 10.6% of the vote. Bolton and Waters each winning 29.9% and 21.3% of the vote share respectively.
“At last, we have at the front line of British politics a man who has already served his country, not a miserable career politician”, rejoiced Arron Banks.
Speaking to party members on the conference floor shortly before the announcement your humble correspondent sensed more than a whiff of popular support for Bolton, belying bookmakers’ speculation over the preceding months. As one patriot at the conference put it: “do you think most members give a stuff about the buzz over Twitter?”
In the conference hall, a surge of relief could be felt as it was revealed the divisive Waters had not won. Several members told Leave.EU her selection would mean the immediate collapse of the party, the only one applying pressure on the conflict-ridden Conservatives for a sovereign Brexit.
A brief bio of Bolton: Henry David Bolton OBE is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost authorities on international security. Following a distinguished career in the British Army and Thames Valley Police, Captain Bolton was awarded an OBE in 2013 “for services to international security and stabilisation”.
Having seen the global elite at close quarters during two and a half years as a strategic planner for the EU’s much-maligned Common Security and Defence Policy, and before then as head of the Army’s UN office, Bolton switched from the Lib Dems to UKIP in 2014, stating his admiration for a party that said what it thought.
In 2016, Bolton came in second place in the contest for Kent Police Commissioner. He lives in Folkestone with his wife Tatiana and their three children.
From the grassroots to the decaying Establishment. According to the Times, the European Union has eked further concessions out of the Conservative leadership.
The EU is now anticipating “concrete proposals” in the form of supplementary divorce dividends after the Prime Minister had already pledged £20bn at last week’s speech in Florence. ECJ judges will also continue to preside over British law until 2021 at the earliest.
Well versed in lubricating the elitist machine, Brussels’ brokers have given their blessing for the Tories to remain schtum over this latest setback until after next week’s party conference. How generous. Heaven forbid the party conference act as a platform for members, enraged by their leader’s successive surrenders, to express objection.
The conference should be acting as a necessary check on the ascendant Remainer instincts in the Tory cabinet. Following the Florence rollover – prior to which, Theresa May allegedly took dictation from the EU – we dread to think what she’ll give away once the annual party gathering is in the rear-view mirror.
When 17.4m Brits voted to leave the EU last June, we made it clear that we wanted the government to break ties with the European Union and take charge of the huge opportunities that independence brings: control of our money, control of our laws, control of our trade, and control of our borders.
Another day goes by, another knife plunges into the prospect of a clean, orderly and quick Brexit. Yesterday, EU insiders laughed off the prospect of trade talks with the EU kicking off anytime soon. Today, Jean-Claude Juncker said it would be a “miracle” if discussions towards a new commercial relationship began as early as October.
The main purpose of May’s gift-laden intervention in Florence was to hurry things up, but whatever angle you look at it, the farce looks set to drag on and on. David Davis failed to crack Michel Barnier yet again this week as talks resumed. It seems that the current government has no interest in delivering what we voted for.
But while the Government continues to pursue its own agenda at the expense of the British public, ordinary citizens are waking up to the cosy establishment stitch-up being perpetrated by media and government elites. BBC Today programme presenter Nick Robinson – formerly the Beeb’s political editor – has warned against the rise of alternative news sources like Westmonster, complaining that they have eroded trust in the traditional press.
Robinson claims these sites are waging a “guerrilla war” on the BBC but, given the evidence of consistent BBC editorial bias unearthed by News-Watch, an erosion of trust in the BBC’s self-appointed gatekeepers of truth can only be a good thing.
Meanwhile in France, Emmanuel Macron raised a rallying call for a “sovereign, united, democratic” EU, floating the idea that the UK’s 73 European Parliament seats could be turned into a “transnational list” – blurring the lines between member states within the notionally democratic body of the EU, thereby asserting the supremacy of a united Europe. He also wants greater integration on defence and migration, as well as pan-European taxation for financial transactions.
The speech was applauded by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who stunned the UK weeks ago with his own warped vision of the future of the EU. Fortunately for the peoples of Europe, Angela Merkel’s newfound reliance on the German FDP, which opposes further Eurozone integration, could put the brakes on Macron’s more radical ideas around deeper Eurozone integration.
Amid political uncertainty on the continent and the growing desperation of pro-EU fanatics like Macron and Juncker, let’s hope against hope that our impotent government sees sense soon and makes a clean break from this crumbling bloc.