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Hence it should come as no surprise that Peter Mandelson has advised the European Union to treat the Brexit negotiations as an opportunity to punish the British. Last month Lord Mandelson told Die Zeit: “Forget Great Britain, and look after your own interests.” This is the former EU Commissioner who likes to boast: “I was a Remainer, not because of my pension rights but because I am a patriot — a patriot, not a nationalist.” In his eagerness to see his compatriots forced to rue the day they voted to turn their backs on Brussels, he speaks for a minority of unabashed Remainers who are still bitter about last year’s referendum. The vast majority who voted Remain, whether out of conviction or because they were alarmed by “project fear”, have accepted that Britain is leaving the EU. A few — Remain’s Remainder — are working round the clock to reverse the result.

Like the Jacobites of the 18th century, they prefer to give their allegiance, not to the British Crown, but to the king across the water — or rather, to the presidents of the EU (of whom there are too many to list here). Many of these latter-day Jacobites are intellectuals, but they are still in denial about what they claim “the far Right” have done to the UK. They refuse to think Brexit will actually happen, despite all evidence to the contrary, because it is “too difficult”. Not all our European neighbours agree with the ultra-Remainers’ pessimism. Matthias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer, thinks Brexit will make the UK “highly attractive” to investors: “In three to five years from now, my bet would be that England will be better-off than continental Europe.”

In 1940 many thought Hitler could never be defeated. Some crossed the line between pessimism and treason: the Duke of Windsor tried to persuade Americans not to enter the war on Britain’s side. Yet such diehards were few. Just as in May 1940 the vast majority of those who had supported appeasement (including Chamberlain himself) and those who had opposed it united behind Churchill in order to win the war, so today Mrs May has an opportunity to unite the nation in order to keep the peace. For all its fiendish complexity and booby traps (Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar are cases in point), Brexit is not only possible but an urgent necessity. We have only to compare the present task with more daunting challenges in the past, to which the British and their leaders have always risen. However we may have voted last year, however we may vote next month, the outcome cannot now be ducked. After June 8, a reunited nation can move on from Brexit and address the threats with which President Trump is grappling. In Churchill’s words, “The life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands."
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amcdonald
November 16th, 2017
3:11 PM
The Labour Party gives us good reasons to vote Labour. And now so does the Tory Party. The Tories can`t even rehouse the survivors of Grenfell Towers. The Nasty Party is now the Evil Party (as in Hannah Arendt`s `the banality of evil`). The Tories think building council houses is a Bolshevik plot. So Thatcher sold them. May has the same anti-Russian paranoia. The `pussy riot` campaign in Messminster against the sexists and misogynists in all parties is the only sign of life in the place. The Bolsheviks were also the first feminists. And Brexit is now a Bolshevik plot. 17.4 million Bolshevik Brexiteers in the UK? The American rich are also big philanthropists. The Brit rich are the most anal,stingy and poncy in civilisation. Is the current ruling class doomed ? For the first time in history a female, feminist leader of the Labour Party is now possible. This is also what Brexit now means.It`s bongo (or Bono) to claim Ringo is wrongo for being pro-Brexit . No one should ever vote Tory again. The Remainers lost but they can still vote Labour and get what`s needed for a civilised society.

amcdonald
May 10th, 2017
1:05 PM
Nobody in politics or the mainstream media can even mention enantiodromia (easily googled) or the quantum physics of this general election and it`s 21st century scientific materialism. Theresa May called the election but the 17.4 million Vote Leavers caused it. The Remainers would still have Cameron as PM ,austerity economics and more cuts and no election on June 8. Since the glorious,chaotic dawn of the Brexiteers magnificent victory 12 months ago (all our own work and no thanks to May or Corbyn at the time as they both voted Remain ) the world has been shocked . A quantum feminism (easily googled) now exists. It won`t be in anyone`s manifesto. Labour`s bullet points could turn silver. And global. The USA Democrats fatal mistake was in negating their Bernie Sanders. A landslide victory for Labour is entirely possible now. All credit to Theresa May for being the best Tory PM but my vote is going to Labour.

Graham Richards
May 5th, 2017
7:05 AM
Your headline is as deceptive as any MSM publication. Half a dozen words about PM May then it's time to denigrate President Trump. You are a disapppointment. He's not perfect but certainly 1000% better than The Muslim in Chief, Obama. In 100 days he achieved more than Obama &Bush did in their 16 years of destructive policies. The GOP will be in power for the next 20 years so suck it up mate!

amcdonald
April 27th, 2017
12:04 PM
Labour`s message of creating a million new homes could also see them winning. Churchill lost the election after WW2. When the Queen dies so will the monarchy. Julie Burchill is right again. It took Brexit to make Labour get specific on the future of the NHS and Housing. Brexit continues to be marvellous for both main parties but Labour lacks any appreciation of it.

amcdonald
April 26th, 2017
8:04 PM
Theresa May`s stroke of genius is enhanced by Angela Merkel`s masterstroke in taking Ivanka Trump seriously. The pics of the summit are remarkable (Sun,BBC etc ) and Ivanka is clearly articulate and expressive. If Theresa May has no intention of grants not loans for student nurses it could see Labour winning.

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