There is so much wrong with the effusion of Brexiteer propaganda that is James Forsyth in The Times today it’s hard to know where to start. The best place is to point out the fundamental lie about what the European Union is. The underlying premise is that the EU is some sort of dastardly sovereign entity bent on doing down us noble Brits. But this is nonsense. The negotiations are with senior civil servants accountable to the European Parliament whose sole obligation is to act on behalf of the 27 member States.
If M. Barnier and co. were in some way acting wrongly or irresponsibly don’t you think one of the countries of the Union would say so? None has. If anything the warnings from France and Germany and the rest have been to stick to their guns and make no inappropriate concessions to Britain. This is of course underpinned by those European countries which though not in the EU do have trade deals with the 27 – Switzerland and Norway for example.
The arrogant and ignorant approach of Lord Frost, his preposterous obsession with Sovereignty and his loyalty to the bumbling fool in Downing Street show him to be the third-rate apparatchik he is. I asked a former top civil servant , knight of the realm and friend of mine, about Frost. “Doubt he’d have passed the entrance exam” he said.
To do the wrong thing, for the wrong reasons, at the wrong time, with the wrong people is what we now do as a matter of course. Inadequate politicians who have a clueless disregard for the national interest. A sycophantic governing party in Parliament who collectively spout jingoistic claptrap and are no more than lobby fodder. A compliant media who like Mr Forsyth do their masters bidding. There are no checks and balances and restraints, just faux-patriotism and bombast. And so we have A bumbling fool, a third-rate apparatchik and a rapid decline to irrelevance