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EU intervention in the General Election: May the force of May ever seize the day

Theresa May has thrown down the gauntlet to confront the latest meddling EU intervention. She also threw down the vambrace, breastplate, pauldrons and helmet, and she had every right to. When the European Union’s top brass troll her on Twitter, mocking the Conservative Party’s election slogan (during the General Election campaign), leaking outrageous accounts of prime-ministerial discussions over dinner, accusing her of being ignorant or delusional (for that is what “living in another galaxy” means), it’s time to fight back. O, you can tweet piously about her reckless posturing, or of sacrificing the long-term national interest for short-term partisan advantage. But that would be to misunderstand the nature of the bully: Jean-Claude Juncker, Guy Verhofstadt, Michel Barnier and Angela Merkel have an agenda, and they want to win. That means Theresa May has to lose. “Let us make Brexit a success,” she urges, fraternally. “Brexit cannot be a success,” replies Juncker, despotically.

Anyone who thinks this Euro-dogmatism ought to be met with Earl Grey and a slice of Bakewell really is living another galaxy. Theresa May is being mocked and scorned all over Europe’s media, and that makes her look weak and foolish during the General Election campaign. When the Chancellor of Germany accuses the British Prime Minister (indeed, all Brexiteers) of being delusional, it is time to show a bit of strong and stable leadership:

You see, if “Brexit cannot be a success”, the people of the United Kingdom must be made to suffer for their foolish decision to leave the European Union, which, as the Bishops keep telling us (pace +Shrewsbury), is God’s kingdom on earth. Non-believers must be cast into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Theresa May must be humiliated on the world stage, along with all her clownish lieutenants – Boris Johnson, David Davis, Liam Fox (and not forgetting Michael Gove). These arrant twits dared to challenge the divine right of ever closer union, and they duped the people with lies and sophistry into believing the illusion. And so they must pay for their heresy – with flames of shame, if necessary.

These are just the opening salvos; the polarised negotiating positions of each faction. But in politics you don’t meet the din of power and patronising pressure with a polite nod and a limp handshake. The EU27 reportedly want the UK (that’s us, the taxpayers) to fork out a €100billion ‘exit fee’. That’s the immediate material cost of Brexit. There must then be an economic cost, a cultural cost and a spiritual cost. Brexit cannot be a success.

Enter Britannia May: she is England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If she allows the bullies to win, she not only loses her own head, but risks the entire Union fracturing and fragmenting along the lines of ancient enmity. Brexit must be a success. There is no room even to contemplate that it cannot be, or the electorate will ensure that she will not be for very much longer. Thus Juncker must be countered, and slapped down robustly. That’s all you can do to an unaccountable, immovable Brussels bureaucrat.

But this is all a bit heavy. Time for another song:

Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Juncker,
If you think Theresa’s frit?
She’s strong and stable, just watch her seize the day.
You’re just a bully, junked up on beaujolais…

  • Maalaistollo

    ‘I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.’

    • rapscallion

      ” or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm”

      That’s the killer line isn’t it?

      and its echoed in the 1689 Bill of Rights

      ” And I do declare that no foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate hath or ought to have any jurisdiction, power, superiority, pre-eminence or authority, ecclesiastical or spiritual, within this realm. So help me God”

      . . so Juncker (or is it Junker?), and all the other EU princelings can shove their demands where the sun doesn’t shine.

      • chefofsinners

        Glasgow? Don’t you think the city has suffered enough?

        • rapscallion

          Well quite!

  • bluedog

    Not since the heady days of the Obama Intervention have we seen such a ham-fisted attempt to manipulate British public opinion, Your Grace. What is so remarkable about the Juncker Intervention is that it marks the end of the post-war rapprochement with Germany. Of course, Juncker is not a German, but like his father who served in the Wehrmacht, it seems that Juncker’s loyalty lies with Berlin. Once again we see the Germans reverting to an ancient stereotype; bombastic, domineering, threatening, traits that we somehow believed had disappeared from their make-up forever. Alas it seems that the Bad German was merely biding her time, waiting for the moment to strike. It was Churchill who observed that the Germans are either at your feet or at your throat. Now they are lunging at Mrs May’s throat. One sympathises with Theresa May, who will no doubt find herself face to face with Frau Merkel again at some point, sooner rather than later. It won’t be a pleasant experience, but the latest outbreak of German frightfulness will ensure that the nation is united behind her.

    • David Harkness

      BD you are right, Johnny foreigner does not understand the Anglo Saxon mentality – threatening is always counter productive, I am sure that the cretinous Obama intervention was worth a point or two to the Leave campaign. The ill considered outbursts of Juncker et al will have the opposite effect to that which they desire – it will increase the nation’s support for May and harden attitudes towards the EU. Juncker et al are really not very bright.

      The Teuton and Gaul are martial races, they can only think in terms of win or lose. The Anglo Saxon is a trader by nature and naturally seeks an accommodation where both parties win. The EU are looking for a loser, and to date I don’t think they have found one in our Prime Minister.

      • rapscallion

        Whilst I agree with your first paragraph, I’m not sure I can agree with the second. If you were to compare them against us, you would find that we are more warlike. There are only 22 countries in the entire world that we either haven’t invaded or been at war with. Moreover, all indigenous european peoples are largely of the caucasian race. You’d be hard pushed to tell the clear physical difference between a German, a Pole and a Frenchie.

        • David Harkness

          Rapscallion, You are right, we are quite promiscuous when it comes to military intervention, but:

          Would think me too partisan if I said that on the whole most of those actions were self defence, in justifiable defence of a third party or mere police actions in Africa and Asia. There are of course exceptions, the Opium wars and GW2 etc, but these are small beer compared to the bloodlettings initiated by Napoleon ‘I can spend 30,000 men a month’ Bonaparte, the Kaiser and Adolph.

          Maybe from a genetic point of view there is little difference, but I have sat in international strategy meetings where the participants showed exactly the characteristics I referred to above. Ones outlook is a result of nurture more than nature, and I do hold that the French and Germans think in terms of winners and losers, whereas we don’t..

          • rapscallion

            Quite so, but one way or another we’ve been in an awful lot of scraps. We did not do a Napoleon or Adolf though. As for the meetings where the participants may have shown that nature, I would suggest that it is a cultural phenomenon rather than any “racial” one. It’s perfectly OK to blow one’s trumpet in the USA, but you wouldn’t do it here. In fact I don’t think any Brit would own up to having the trumpet in the first place!

  • len

    The EU must show itself strong because at heart it is weak and corrupt.So the EU blusters and claims to ‘hold all the cards’ but its all bluff.

  • She should make it clear that if there are any more public remarks or leaks like those made recently by various EU officials, she will immediately abandon all further talks and put in hand the necessary steps to leave without an agreement at the earliest possible date.

    • David

      Amen !
      Confront bullies with decisive, firm action !

    • Royinsouthwest

      On the contrary, May should let them carry on as before so that the British public will understand the mentality of the EU leaders and will know that it is a good thing to leave.

      Napoleon once said that you should never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake!

      • I’m surprised that those on the continent haven’t learnt that Britain doesn’t take kindly to being pushed around by foreigners. All they are doing is showing their real selves which will make the people here more determined to leave.

  • Richard B

    As with last year’s referendum, EU-crats have enabled all sensible citizens to see their true motives. In doing so they hand Mrs May a general election win on a silver platter. Maybe the living Lord God has made them declare the malice in their hearts for many who hear Him (not bishops) know His mind and desires on the matter.

  • dannybhoy

    “Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Juncker,
    If you think Theresa’s frit?
    She’s strong and stable, just watch her seize the day.
    You’re just a bully, junked up on beaujolais…”

    Oh my goodness, you’ve turned into a ‘little Englander!”
    Who’da thunk it?
    Personally I believe this country of ours is a great country, whose achievements far outweigh our failings. I long to see us reverse the trend from poaching and relying on foreign professional talent to run major parts of our economy and infrastructure.
    We have an abundance of talent, but we need to be weaned off the idea that the world owes us a living, The Welfare State was not the apex of our cultural achievements.
    It wasn’t.
    It fooled us into believing that individuals have no responsibility for their choices and that the State would justify and protect them from the consequences.

  • So much fuss over nothing. Britannia and her party are on course to win the election with an increased Commons majority (which will be very handy should the police call round) and then the main business of government will continue—pledging to reduce immigration while welcoming record numbers of immigrants and pretending to be Christian while making Britain Muslim.

    • Thomas Moon

      I rather fear that you are right. The prevailing view here seems to be that Mrs May is some sort of Boadicea figure who will stick up for Britain’s interests and not concede an inch or a penny to the evil forces of the EU. Whilst I admire the optimism of those who express these views, and would love to be proved wrong, I think we’re going to end up paying a fortune to the EU for the privilege of ‘Brexit-Lite’ with little more control over our borders or laws than we have now. This will, of course, be spun as a great deal for Britain. Then Mrs May can get on with the business of not controlling non-EU immigration and continuing to remove our hard-won liberties in the interests of ‘security’.

      • @ Thomas Moon—Well said. It’s depressing to see the public taken in, yet again, by the Conservatives’ fake patriotism and especially depressing to see Christians voting Conservative, with all the implications that has for Muslim immigration and, ultimately, the very survival of Christianity in Britain.

  • David

    Here we see that ugly, bombastic, utterly unreasonable face of the vast socialist and globalist bureaucracy that is the EU, led by an aggressive Germany and a political dogma obsessed France. It is an unpleasant pairing, for they openly scorn our democracy, its leaders and its processes.
    I am, in one sense, delighted that at last the beast reveals itself, so that even the most naive Remainers can see what it is that they have been duped into supporting all those long years of our national humiliation, prior to the brexit referendum result.
    Because I am a true conservative, socially and fiscally, I cannot vote for the liberal minded Conservative Party; but nevertheless I wish Mrs May well in these elections and subsequently, as we break free of the clutches of these nasty, petty, hateful bullies. The nation will not be cowed or silenced, and we will do whatever we need to do to reassert the sovereignty of our united Kingdom.
    God bless the Queen !

  • Hi

    The stuff about no to trade deal or out future relationship with the EU , till we’ve given northern Ireland to the Republic,Gibraltar to Spain,the clearly arbitrary and Versailles like settlement figure of €100 billions ,plus that determination to give Britain a punishment beating is illegal under article 50:

    ” A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union.”

    So the superfluous, worthless, megalomaniac, self elected, self serving, sore losers, Brussels- Berlin dictatorship thinks it is entitled to a € 100 bln “divorce” settlement , British sovereign territory and to generally try to punish Britain as an example to other heretical nations ? Yeah sure, the UK will pay up in three installments ; Not today, not tomorrow and NEVER !

    • Sarky

      They don’t like it up ’em!!!

    • bluedog

      They need the money to prop up the Eurozone and the ECB.

    • Merchantman

      The enemy is indeed at the gate. But lets be clear who the enemy is. Its the ghost of those dark forces who have threatened and sought to destroy the uniqueness, ingenuity and self determination of us offshore islanders down the ages.
      If they can co-opt the 5th column of Blair, Gina Miller or Clegg and the other Die Hards for ‘Gross Europa’ they will.
      It seems they have learned nothing from history, probably because its too uncomfortable for them to turn the pages and stare into the next failed attempt at subjugating us.
      They certainly ‘wont like it up em’ and Merkel especially wont like our bill plus interest which we generously forgot to post after their last bout of group malice.

    • David

      That’s the spirit Hannah !

    • Coniston

      If the EU presents us with a massive bill for leaving we should present them with a bill for exactly double that amount. Then we can have a round table conference and split the difference.

      • Maalaistollo

        Don’t forget that not a penny should go in their direction until they produce audited accounts for the last 12 years.

        • Coniston

          I understand that the EU’s own Accounts Committee has not signed off their books for the last 19 years, due to inadequate record keeping and evidence of fraud. If true, the EU Commission should all be in jail.

      • Hi

        For a brief period I thought that paying something was reasonable as a good will gesture, maybe half of the initial €30 billion, now it’s been increased to €100 billion…. What changed my mind was the constant upping of the amount being demanded and it’s become clear this is just an arbitrary figure and the EU instructing us that only when this and other matters were agreed were they prepared to discuss a trade deal . This goes against the spirit and letter of article 50 clause2 (see above).

        • David Harkness

          H, I read something the other day saying that in the last 40 years our contributions to the eu have been 200bn. If that is right they look to be wanting us to pay for 10 years membership as a leaving gift. No doubt in my mind that they have just pulled the number out of thin air. Hey might as well told us to pay 537.2bn, that would have been equally credible

          • Dreadnaught

            We should talk about the divorce settlement when the EU accounts have been written off by the auditors; what is it now something like 12 if not 20 years in arrears.

    • IanCad

      You go Girl !

      • Hi

        I think what’s riled me is that they’ve clearly got no intention of negotiating in good will or faith and just the opposite . I get that in business circles sometimes and some people think they can just get away with it. I absolutely so hate that attitude . It’s like having black mamba vemon thrown at you.

    • Sybaseguru

      But say no agreement is reached. We can then sue them in the European Court for failing to meet the requirements of article 50 to “conclude an arrangement “. We can ask for consequential damages – ie loss of trading arrangements. The onus is on the EU to conclude the arrangement in 2 years.

      • Hi

        It’s tempting ,but ….

        The problem I’d have with the European Court is that this would be acknowledging politically at least , that it is superior and sovereign to any court in Britain ( foreign judges interfering in British sovereignty was a key rationale for Brexit) and in addition Britain has lost three quarters of cases at the ECJ

        • Sybaseguru

          I agree with your sentiments about the ECJ, but it seems like heads we win, tails they loose. The result doesn’t really matter as we’ll be out and not under their jurisdiction anyway. We’d just be underlining their irrelevance.

  • Sarky

    Who do you think you are kidding Mrs Merkel,
    If you think we fear the hun?
    We are the ones who are going to light the way,
    June the 23rd is europes independence day!

  • I’m from Barcelona

    It’s as if the EU bureaucracy wants to help the PM obliterate the Labour Party. Threatening the UK unites those of any political stamp (barring of course the Snazis) into a resistance, i.e. the Tories. Hopefully Mrs. May will learn from the GE results that she dare not frustrate the will of the people of the UK and, if all else fails, adopt WTO rules forthwith and hell mend the EU.

  • carl jacobs

    Back before Gulf War I, the Pentagon deliberately chose to show live Press conferences because it expected the press to behave badly and thus demonstrate the need for throttling journalists during the war. It’s always a wise strategy to find a way to let your enemy serve your interests.

    I wonder if May made a similar calculation when calling for this election. She may have anticipated (and counted upon) this very kind of reaction. After all the EU is fighting a multi-front war at the moment. The EU also has to keep an eye on elections in France and especially Italy. This Eurocrat bluster can only rebound to her electoral benefit. If she sought to offer herself as a convenient surrogate for EU manipulation of continental elections, she was wise indeed.

    • Maalaistollo

      With a bit of luck, the EU might now decide to invade Russia.

      • carl jacobs

        That didn’t work out so well for the last two attempts at European Union.

  • CliveM

    Personally I think we need to show more understanding and charity towards Mr Junker. The man has a serious drink problem and we need to better appreciate how it affects behaviour, personality (perhaps sober he isn’t a poisonous little shit) and the ability to cope under stress. For advanced alcoholics the addictive part of self has been characterised as a “two-year-old child” and we will all have heard of the ‘terrible two’s’.

    I fear however that some may have given European Leaders too much credit. Our politicians seemed to have expected some sort of rational response. But I think it almost impossible to underestimate the boneheaded, bovine stubbornness and stupidity of this elite. The project is everything. They have already sacrificed whole generations in Spain, Italy, France and Greece to this cause. Their fear was that one of them would grow a backbone, reject this and rebel. The UK, they believe have given them an opportunity.

    What they intend to do is use us as an example to others; “ Reject the ‘project’ and you will be crushed”. They will risk any damage to their economies, rather than let the ‘project’ fail. The citizens of Europe don’t matter, the ‘project’ is all.

    We can’t afford to be nice. It may not involve weapons, but we are at war. They want us buried or begging too return. We must stop talking about our soon to be former partners as friends, they aren’t.

    • carl jacobs

      The Project can’t succeed without Fiscal Union – which the Eurocrats may desire but could not presently get through a single EU parliament. This is a race between EU integration and EU disintegration. Will economic crisis force “more Europe” or reversion to European form? That is the tiger that Brussels must ride. It must seek to recreate the Hapsburg Empire and pretend it is the United States. Otherwise it suffers the fate of the Hapsburg Empire.

      • CliveM

        Yes agreed and they hope this task will be made easier by making an example of the U.K.

        • Hi Clive

          Actually , I think it goes further. They are actually plotting, behind-the-scenes , to help or encourage the dismemberment the UK, thinking Scotland and Northern Ireland will leave to join Europe. That would be the ultimate and final example and punishment.

          • Manfarang

            That’s right. United Ireland

          • Hi

            Sounds cool: a United and peaceful Kingdom of Ireland as part of an “Albion Federation”.

          • Manfarang

            There won’t be any kingdom. The clue is in the word Republic (of Ireland).

    • David

      I totally agree !
      The vicar’s daughter foolishly attempted from the off, to play this game according to their rules. This also encouraged our internal fifth column to make trouble.
      Like Farage said, we should have adopted a far more robust and decisive approach, exiting from the treaty, and their wretched construct, by rightfully using Royal Perogative powers, which is how we were tricked into joining.
      The whole article 50 process is set up to be a trap to the leavers, allowing the centralists to dictate terms. May must start playing hard ball. Perhaps now she will realise that the best thing is to just walk away.

    • David

      What we need to show to Mr Junker is not understanding and charity, but on the contrary a steely resolve to regain our sovereignty and win through whatever problems the undemocratic and obsessive EU officialdom hurls at us.

  • IrishNeanderthal
    • Royinsouthwest

      The article in the Guardian by the former Greek finance minister is a good one. It makes you wonder why the Guardian published it. However the comments on the article are very revealing. Many display the characteristic Guardian reader attitudes of sneering condescension to those who have the temerity to disagree with them, and a readiness to betray this country.

    • Sybaseguru

      Just reading YV’s new book “Adults in the Room”. Suggest every Remainer should read it and be enlightened about how the EU really works to keep the Elite happy at the expense of everyone else. (Guess who now holds the debt that 3 french banks had which amounted to 6 times the French annual tax income. Yep, that’s right the EU citizens)

  • Oliver Redux

    Ah, once more the smell of gun smoke and sound of drums compels a return to the Colours. The Lord Protector must shake off his repose and summon his regiments to the fight against the old foes.

    The Unholy Roman Empire’s absolutists wish to subdue the ever rebellious province of Britannia by any means at hand. Punishment if they are successful will be severe – economic and political crucifixions, the suspension of Common Law and the passing of a sovereign people into servitude.

    The Brussels High Command, acting at the behest of the Empress in Berlin, can call upon a force composed of most of Europe’s provinces, and a strong and determined Native Fifth Column determined to open the gates to its forces. They await only a Papal Bull and the invitation of the native Church’s leadership to provide a spiritual authorisation (not that they believe in it but it looks better for it).

    But we have prevailed before, many times, and by The Grace of Our Lord and in the service of her Most Gracious Majesty HRH Elizabeth, we shall again. And this tie we shall succeed where Magnus Maximus and Constanitine V failed.

    • I’m from Barcelona

      I wonder if we can come up with, say, 95 demands by 31 October? ‘twould seem a fitting date to nail them to a door in Brussels.

      • Oliver Redux

        I suspect delivery in a cruise missile (sans warhead) to Berlaymont would be more effective.

        Are you going to be my new Valet Sir?

        • I’m from Barcelona

          Under-qualified for such a prestigious appointment Lord Protector. *tugs forelock*

          • Oliver Redux

            I’m sure you would measure up eventually Sir.

      • David

        ’tis the anniversary year for such demands, but the list must be backed up by cold steel !

        • I’m from Barcelona

          Indeed David; 500 years in the blink of an eye. Cold steel in preference to our hard cash anytime.

      • IrishNeanderthal

        Interesting thing about that date. A few years ago, the German government decided that the people were getting too many national holidays, so they removed Reformation Day from the calendar. So the people started celebrating Halloween instead.

        One country that still (when I last looked) celebrates Reformation Day is the largely Catholic Slovenia, because as a result of the Reformation the Bible was translated into Slovenian which helped to establish the language.

      • chefofsinners

        The 95 Theresas.

        • I’m from Barcelona

          Splendid!

    • David

      Indeed Sir, we shall not be beaten, ever !
      God save the Queen !

      • IanCad

        In that case David, the first order of battle will be to neutralize the H&SE. A treasonous and debilitating quango hell-bent on emasculating the manhood of our land; and thus, assuring our easy conquest by any first-rate enemy.

        • David

          Totally agree Ian.
          The first ranging arrow, of an arrow storm to darken the sky, will be from my trusty bow !

  • Pubcrawler

    “Some chicken! Some neck!”

  • Dolphinfish

    What rot. This is Frances Urquhart wrapping herself in the old Butcher’s Apron and rallying the English mob. And nobody can rally the English mob the way the “natural party of Government” can. Talk about Pavlov’s dogs. You poke a finger in Johnny Foreigner’s eye then complain when Johnny takes it personally. Honestly, I’m thinking of patenting pith helmets, because they’re plainly back in fashion.

    • Royinsouthwest

      The EU has been poking Britain in the eye for a long time. Why do you think we voted to leave?

      • Little Black Censored

        Who was that person?

    • carl jacobs

      This is Frances Urquhart wrapping herself in the old Butcher’s Apron and rallying the English mob.

      Hrmmm. Is someone still unhappy about the outcome of the Scottish Referendum in 2014? Just a guess, of course.

    • len

      Its the EU thats taking the pith.

    • Manfarang

      Shola-style pith helmets are still being sold in Indian, Pakistani, and Nepali polo-equipment stores, though they are seldom used in actual polo matches.

      • Royinsouthwest

        They must come in useful at fancy dress parties.

    • Inspector General

      Damn you, sir!

      When it happens, and we are completely out, if will eclipse the Relief of Mafeking.

      We’ll have ourselves a public holiday, what!

      Theresa May will be the new Baden-Powell…

  • Europe will seek to punish Britain to discourage other member states from following her example and withdrawing.

    • Royinsouthwest

      The prime minister at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar, William Pit the Younger, speaking after the victory said:

      England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example.

      Of course he should have said Great Britain, not England, but the sentiment is correct. Continental politicians, and the Fifth Column in Britain, who want to merge European countries into a superstate, albeit by peaceful means, are afraid that history will repeat itself.

  • Sybaseguru

    EU needs our money otherwise who is going to foot the bill. Greece is 300Bn in debt to EU as French and German Banks offloaded their liabilities onto the EU population and Mrs Merkel needs to find someone to cough up. Its going to be a game of musical chairs with last man in holding the debt.

    • len

      How long will the Germans want to pay to keep all those bankrupt Countries afloat.?.
      Thats without the problem of terrorists being given free access to Europe through open borders.

  • chefofsinners

    For the third time in a century, the British people find themselves forced to choose to fight for Queen, country and freedom, or to appease and acquiesce to German tyranny.
    Only traitors and cowards will be voting Labour, Lib Dem or SNP on 8th June.

    • Manfarang

      Remember 1690. Good King Billy.

      • Oliver Redux

        Indeed, with fondness.

        • I’m from Barcelona

          As William said to James immediately after the Boyne…”Don’t worry Jimmy, in a couple of years time it’ll all be forgotten”.

          • Oliver Redux

            LOL.

      • chefofsinners

        Brilliant tennis player, wasn’t she? Who could forget?

        • Pubcrawler

          Contrary to rumour, she is not my girl.

          • chefofsinners

            Michael, she’s not like other girls.

        • Manfarang

          The King with the white steed.

    • Sybaseguru

      Some years ago, in my debauched days, on the ferry to IoM TT races was drinking with Liverpudlian and two Germans (in their immaculate leathers, unlike us Brits). German: “Ah Football is your national sport and we beat you twice at it”. Liverpudlian: “Don’t worry mate, we’ve beaten you twice at your national sport”. Let the game commence.

  • Inspector General

    I say, Cranmer! You certainly have the measure of it.

    Just goes to show these continental types really don’t understand the British character at all, what!

    Do you know, they still can’t understand how we managed to turn Dunkirk into a virtual victory and fought on, single-handedly in 1940 to eventually triumph, even after all these years since.

    Britain expects her Prime Minister to do her duty. And she will, we know she will…

    Perhaps one day, the Marvellous Mrs May will be ranked next to Churchill as symbols of British resolve and tenacity! Nay, there is no perhaps about it. We know she WILL.

    Hurrah Madam! Hurrah to you!

    {Concludes with rousing chorus of Land of Hope and Glory}

    • IanCad

      I’m not as confident about PM May as you are Inspector. I most sincerely hope you are right, but the enemy within – and they are legion – presents our greatest danger. They must be attacked on every front – or rear, by all good men who wish for the Queen to enjoy her own again.

      • Inspector General

        Ian. One is reminded of the advice “treat your woman well, or she will make life hell for you”

    • Paul Greenwood

      UK did not fight on “single-handedly”…….it had India and the Empire and US support and after 1941 it had the USSR doing the fighting……by the time British troops landed in Italy the Red Army was fighting at Smolensk and had recaptured 50% Soviet territory captured by Germans……….by 1944 Normandy landings Red Army “Operation Bagration” was outside Warsaw and had destroyed Army Group Centre.

      80% German casualties were on Eastern Front.

      Dunkirk was a disaster and only because Lord Gort took action after Belgium deceitfully surrendered without informing him leaving his flank fully exposed was anything saved

  • jsampson45

    Are we aiming to negotiate a settlement or to fight a war? Juncker and May – God help us!

    • Inspector General

      We’re standing up to the career EU Gauleiters and Reichsleiters, don’t you know. Someone has to do it…

    • IrishNeanderthal

      Shortly after the invasion of Poland in 1939, Josef Goebbels produced this propaganda poster http://grial4.usal.es/MIH/propagandaSecondWW/resources/index.jpg with an angry wounded man in a scence of devastation accusing Neville Chamberlain with the words:

      Anglio! Twoje dzieło! (England! this is your doing!)

      Such a barefaced lie.

      Now if I remember, Britain was one of the countries most in favour of the accession of Poland and other Eastern European countries to the EU. Now I read this:

      President of EU council Donald Tusk accused of patronising Theresa May after warning her of being ’emotional’ over Brexit

      (Never mind the article, it’s the headline.) I find that Donald Tusk has shown worse than ingratitude in his dealings with us, but worse, everything he does seems to be pointing towards disaster.

      Now as I walk about town, I encounter Poles who may well be genuinely worried about their future. It is with genuine feeling that I imagine we may be looking forward to a future of Europe in ruin on both sides of the Channel, and pointing towards that man and saying

      Tusku! Twoje dzieło!

      • Inspector General

        Poles need to get back to Poland to make their country viable. It’s ghastly that the young are deserting the place. The UK is NOT a sanctuary for Poles who want to give up…

        • Paul Greenwood

          5% population Poland lives in UK. UK is for Poles like Dubai for Pakistanis

      • Paul Greenwood

        Goebbels was not wrong however. Chamberlain’s policy was irrational and Colonel Beck lied to him to gain the March 1939 Guarantee. Without an agreement with Stalin no British Guarantee had any meaning and France had reneged on its treaty with Czech just as it did with Poland. Do check on FDR’s ambassador to Paris Bullitt who was pressing Warsaw to oppose Germany and pledging US support and FDR threats to Chamberlain to cut off US supplies.

        Just read this to see how dependent UK was on imports from USSR, Germany, Czechoslovakia, USA……..

        http://www.bgs.ac.uk/downloads/start.cfm?id=2296

        The UK was manipulated into war in 1939 by FDR who had an Ambassador in London close to Chamberlain and one in Paris working Paris and Warsaw against him to start a war the US would later join once UK exhausted. Forrestal Diaries and documents captured in Warsaw 1939 and published as “White Book” show this

    • Mary Ann

      Well May says it is going to be really bad for us and our children if she doesn’t get a good deal, so she better get on with negotiating a good deal.

  • Politically__Incorrect

    Is it a ghoul? Is it a gargoyle? Is it the victim of a bizarre dental experiment? No. It’s Guy Verholfstadt, the EU’s answer to Austin Powers; International Man of Misery.

  • Hi

    The big tragedy or irony is that the liberal left actually support the EU project….. the leftist decries Tory austerity and food banks here , but fully supports being in a system which …well has IMPOSED far worse austerity on

    Ireland
    Greece
    Portugal
    Cyprus

    Forced Italy’s democratically elected government to resign and forced Spain into a bailout of their banks.

    And why? To get those countries to bail out FOOLISH Northern European banks and their governments to the extent they’ll never repay . In any other region the left would call this neo colonial economic imperialism . There’s a thing called Target 2 ,which will eventually show up this charade and bite Germany and the rest big time.

    Actually just go to Greece and speak to the people there and weep into the cappuccino….

    [Greeks are cool anyway with their plate smashing, family orientation , national church and whirlwind passions. During the Nazi occupation Greeks and their orthodox church tried to protect Greek Jews from the Nazis invaders, from Archbishop Damaskinos downward, Righteous Among the Nations, often publicly. And the Germans had the gall to call Greeks lazy because they live in a hot country and have siesta and non hardworking ! ].

    • David

      Totally agree !

      What has been done by a self-righteous, sanctimonious Germany is just plain wicked. The Greek economy has been deliberately put onto a downward death spiral, to allow the banks to asset strip – economic
      evil !

      Alternatively, travel the length of Italy, through the remote rural areas, along the central mountain chain, and just see the unemployment, especially of the young, in town after town. Lovely Italian young men and women just hanging around with no jobs when they should be working, marrying and raising families – truly terrible. Each little town has a shiny newly laid town square, with a little plaque declaring that the resurfacing work was generously paid for by the EU. Half a mile outside each town the smooth tarmac ends and the appalling state of the rural roads has to be seen to be believed. Only very well built cars can drive on them. But these EU leaders are obsessives and have no care or love for people – only for their wretched project !

      • Paul Greenwood

        German and French banks and NY Hedge Funds which bought up Greek Debt for cents on the dollar. Germany and France insisted open invoices for defence equipment be paid as a priority. Only 5% funds advanced to Greece actually end-up helping Greece – the rest passes-thru to the banks

    • Andy

      The Target 2 balances will never be settled and the huge pile of Germany money that Merkel counts every night will turn out to be an illusion. The whole Euro system is based on nonsense as many economists pointed out originally, particularly Wynne Godley, Milton Friedman and Bernard Connolly. One cannot absolve the likes of Merkel from the effects this mad scheme is having for the results which you can see if you walk around parts of Athens and not just ‘wicked’ and immoral, but are actually evil.

      • Hi

        Indeed. Although this only becomes an issue when southern European banks run out of collateral or any state leaves the euro. But the imbalances show how dysfunctional and stupid the eurozone actually is and always was.

  • CliveM

    Brandy when paid for by the tax payer, meths when dipping into his own pocket.

  • Politically__Incorrect

    According to Breitbart the Government is toying with the idea of suspending ALL payments to Brussels if the negotiations fail…

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/05/04/downing-street-consider-nuclear-option-halting-payments-brussels-brexit-talks-fail/

    • Inspector General

      Rather!

    • chefofsinners

      Good. The EU proposes that the UK should pay for all joint liabilities, but should receive no share of joint assets.

      • betteroffoutofit

        What I want to know is: How much do they owe to us?

        • chefofsinners

          Everything.

      • David

        Exactly. Such fair minded people.

    • David

      It is the “nuclear” option.

  • Albert

    Those who had doubts about Brexit must surely have lost them. Why on earth would anyone want to hand any part of the future of our nation to an organisation that is so abusive, irrational and self-harming?

    • Paul Greenwood

      They want to bar the Fire Exits so none else tries to leave and no escape routes are delineated

      • Albert

        Or they want to force everyone to stay in a building they have set on fire.

  • chefofsinners

    Who do you think you are kidding Mr Junker
    “Pay a hundred billion”
    We are the boys who won’t give a single cent
    We are the mannekins who will pis into your tent

    ‘Cos who do you think you are kidding Mrs Merkel
    If you think we’ll pay the Hun.

    Gordon Brown was voted down, the Tory party won
    They held a referendum and now Brexit has begun
    So who do you think you are kidding Mrs Merkel
    You look just like Kim Jong-un

    • By jove you’re right, put his hairdo on her and one could hardly tell the difference!

    • David

      Yes she does !
      Well spotted.

    • Mary Ann

      May says that if we don’t get a good deal with the EU not only are we going to be a poorer, long term but our children’s generation are going to suffer as well, so May either has to take care or completely mess up our country. She doesn’t seem to be doing very well at the moment.

      • chefofsinners

        Some things matter more than money.

  • Royinsouthwest

    Has anyone asked Juncker which galaxy May is in? Could it be Andromeda, or perhaps one of the two Magelenic Clouds? Has Juncker contacted the rulers of the relevant galaxy to ask them to frustrate May’s plans? If so, can we count on Dr. Who to save us?

    • Hi

      Well possibly Juncker has contacted the Dominion of the gamma quadrant? And dr who can give us the Martians. Maybe.

  • Pubcrawler

    If a picture paints a thousands words…

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-_46VfV0AA8l0n.jpg

    Aw, bless! Won’t they make a lovely couple?

  • Paul Greenwood

    This is funny really. May threw Merkel etc by calling an election BEFORE the French one and inviting L Pen to piggyback on BreXit. The EU Commission is Francophone and reacted to this British stunt. Merkel is trying to shore up Rothschild-ENA Macron in the June elections which are the key ones.

    Germany fears being isolated in EU. It has depended on UK advancing opposition to French protectionism to triangulate its own position. France will use Club Med to turn the EU into a Transfer Union making Germany carry the deficits and underwrite Euro-Bonds.

    Without UK Germany is naked and on the rack. Without British money the EU cannot pay bribes any more – to Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, itself. Quite why EU Regional Funds were used to renovate the Council Offices in Erfurt eludes me but clearly public buildings are no longer the responsibility of the German government.

    In the EU of 28 states I believe Luxembourg has the population of Sheffield and Malta the population of Wakefield; and that most have negligible GDP incapable of absorbing exports from UK. I surmise there are 6 EU countries that could be serious export markets but 27 that need the UK. Indeed some studies suggest the UK is the largest single “EU” export market.

    So without British subscriptions of €19bn gross annually (70% EU spending in UK is on Agric) and a trade deficit of €100 bn with EU mainly Geermany, Spain, Poland, Netherlands the EU looks insolvent.

    May is unfortunate in that her Foreign Secretary is an idiot and she has an uninspired Chancellor but do not assume Merkel is surrounded by anything but dross – she has idiots who think German Greatness is upon them – it is called Grossenwahn in Germany and is piped in through the Berlin water supply to great historical disaster on a serial basis. People forget the Weimar Republic was the 1st Berlin Republic but Berlin was too violent with Spartakists and Freikorps killing each other so it decamped to Weimar much as Charles I decamped to Oxford

    • peter the painter

      Excellent.. but wasn’t Bismarck’s Second Reich the First Berlin Republic (an ersatz “empire”)

      • Paul Greenwood

        I thought you were Lithuanian !

  • And they wonder why we wanted to leave…

  • Dominic Stockford

    Well done her.

  • Mary Ann

    So the European media are doing to May what the British press are doing to Corbyn, Well we should remember that it is we who are rejecting the EU, it wasn’t the other way round, it was us you told them we are prepared to be poorer just to stop their people coming here. That wasn’t a nice thing to do. Britain has made her bed, we will just have to lie in it.

    • Mike Stallard

      Mary at what cost?
      When the computers are switched off in March 30th 2019 we will lose the ability to travel freely to Europe which will hurt a big number of jobs. We will at a stroke lose 30% of our food production – lots of English farmers use the continental farms. Banks will cop it – and they pay handsomely for the Welfare State. It will be a terrible disaster making the 1930s and 1970s look like paradise.

      • Ray Spring

        Rubbish. You will always be able to travel if you can afford the fare plus spending money.

      • Please elaborate on 30% of British food production coming from English farms abroad. They would surely solve the world hunger problem with such fantastic numbers.

        Please elaborate on losing the ability to travel freely in Europe. I am sure it will be awful, I mean, nobody from the Americas, Africa or Asia ever visit Europe due to the same awful restrictions.

      • peter the painter

        Well, the 70’s is what labour wants for Britain, take everyone down a peg (although paradoxically, not the rich), sort out inequality, nip the ridiculous housing market etc. Corbyn is dreaming of an England on its knees.

  • Mike Stallard

    We have three ways forward:
    1. Just walk away. If we do the WTO rules are too weak to protect us – no country in the world trades under them. You need a lot of extra. The problem is the Single Market rules which say that “third countries” cannot trade with the EU without a lot of extra negotiations (like 1500 pages). We have now got about 18 months to fix this. It is impossible. And on 00.00hrs 30th March 2019, the computers will be turned off and all our trade will stop. Irish goods will have to be checked individually in Shannon. Calais will give way to Dunkirk. It will mean that we lose 30% of our food imports too…
    2. Agree and become an Associate Member. The £100 billion will then grow very fast no doubt in return for? What exactly? We will be a colony of Brussels – M. Barroso said this. And we lose all representation.
    3. Join EFTA along with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Yup, it is a poor second best. But it is better than the other two alternatives – a very lot better! We keep our trade, we are free of the ECJ (almost), we can trade again with the rest of the world and we remain in the EEA without being in the EU side of what they arrogantly refer to as “the Single Market”.

    Roll up and take yer choice ladies and gentlemen!

  • Mary Ann

    She has also said that if we don’t get a good deal from the EU we will all be poorer in the long term, and so will our children. At least this clash has made her sit up and take notice of what the EU is saying instead of the head in the clouds attitude of Boris and friends. Pity the the media is ignoring some of what was in her speech on local election day, but then it is not a theme that suits them. It is available in full on the Indy website.

  • Anton

    What else do you expect Juncker, Verhofstadt, Tusk and Barnier to say? The point is to remember that they are not free agents.

    • Hi Anton,

      “they are not free agents.”

      I was going to ask a theological question there , but thought better of it.