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Independence Day UK: resurgence of democracy; restoration of sovereignty

 

It is the fissure of the state. The people have met the people: they looked and evaluated, and the greater soul has chosen to be more free, noble, ingenious and generous. The majority apprehends the future of British civilisation in terms of its own manners and morals; in its native religious and political institutions. The whole entrenched elite Establishment – Monarchy, Parliament, Government and Church – has been confronted by an epoch-making movement of ordinary people, including humble, devout and sincere Christians who have been tarnished with the whiff of sin and smeared with racism, all because they believe in democracy, national self-determination, and the ability to sack those who make their laws.

The opinion pollsters got it wrong (again), and the markets backed the wrong horse. They have been humbled in their vanity. We now face a myriad of questions and fractured horizons. Our European ‘relationship’ has changed: we have not ceased to love; we simply wish to live apart. We are no less important, and they no less appreciated: we are simply better equipped for self-exploration and destined for global commitment. It is our vocation; our national fulfilment.

23rd June will hereafter be known as Independence Day UK. It marks the resurgence of our democracy, and the restoration of the people’s sovereignty. Many have longed for it, hoped for it, prayed for it and worked for it. We now need different priorities and a new orientation. This is our opportunity for autonomy, transformation, a higher reality and universal benevolence.

This was always about how and by whom we are governed; not immigration and not GDP. We can muse tomorrow about how we heal such profound division in society, but today is our Independence Day. Rejoice! Praise the Lord! God Save the Queen!

  • Ivan M

    Congratulations HG on holding the course. It is an astounding though close victory.

  • Inspector General

    We were the second biggest economy in the EU. On the board of directors if you will. And how much say did we have in it….

    NOTHING!

    Fucking good riddance to it… (Pardon one’s French)

    • Politically__Incorrect

      Well said Inspector, though I’m surprised your comment got past the auto-censor.

  • sarky

    Hmmm, are the floods caused by rain or the tears of remainers???

  • Jill

    O Frabjous day! Callooh! Callay’. His Grace has been up all night singing hymns on Twitter, so can now retire to bed a happy man.

  • Ivan M

    If it were jobs and immigration that turned the tide in favour of the Leave campaign, this augurs well for Trump.

  • I think a little celebration is in order. Oh Happy Day!

  • grutchyngfysch

    Once again, the Queen knew her people better than the politicians.

  • Anton

    Bliss is it in this dawn to be alive…

    The markets are in shock, but money is a root of multiple evils and this was never about economics.

    Remember, this is not a final victory over Satan. In years to come the world will darken, the nation will darken, the love of many will grow cold, and I believe the present issue is more a secular one than many Christian Brexiteers think. But it is still THUMPING GOOD NEWS, and we may enjoy the day before making sure that this result is translated into action. Our government must not be permitted to do nothing. We may also hope that this proves to be good news for the French, the Greeks and – yes – the Germans.

    Love Europe, hate the EU. That has not changed.

  • Alain Rioux

    Chapeau!

  • chiefofsinners

    Free at last, free at last! Thank God almighty, we’re free at last.

  • Alain Rioux

    Sweet England’s pride!

  • Politically__Incorrect

    Beautiful news! Sweetness to the soul!

  • sarky

    Just bumped into some of my neighbours walking to the local shop, all with massive smiles on their faces. As one commented, ” we just put the great back in britain”.

    What a day!! Think a few ales will be sunk later!!

  • sarky

    Just heard Cameron set to resign. Best bogof deal ever!!!!

    • bluedog

      Done.

    • Anton

      What of the CoE archbishops…?

      • bluedog

        They’re dropping their plans to claim infallibility…

      • sarky

        What of them?? Think they proved their irrelevance.

        • Albert

          A bit unfair. You’d have to infer that pretty well everyone in the establishment is an irrelevance.

          • sarky

            Are they not? 51% thought so.

          • Albert

            Which is to say that 49% of people thought not. And that’s not a bad public.

  • bluedog

    Congratulations, Your Grace. You have never wavered in seeking this goal in the years that this communicant has followed your blog.

    You have consistently and persistently highlighted the deep flaws in the EU and brought insight and enlightenment to a wide audience.

    A great job, brilliantly done, and today marks the sweetest victory of them all.

    • Inspector General

      You say it for us all, man’s best friend…

      Thank you, Cranmer, for everything…

      • Uncle Brian

        Amen.

  • chiefofsinners

    And so, farewell then, David Cameron. Your uppance has come.
    Time for a bit of speculation: Boris as PM, Gove to Home Secretary, IDS as Chancellor.

    • IanCad

      Sure hope it won’t be David Davis; He was 101/1 last week and I didn’t take it.

  • Tony Phillips

    And Cameron had the nerve to work a tribute to gay “marriage” into his speech. Despicable.

    • James60498 .

      I thought that when he was defeated, I would be able to look at him without feeling ill

      I still couldn’t bear to. He really revolts me.

    • David

      Horrible little excuse for a man – he’s a wretched PM.

  • David

    This is tremendous !
    We give our thanks to God Almighty for delivering us from EU tyranny.
    The People took on the greedy elite – and won !
    We get our own country back !
    For forty years I have seen dark forces defeat the forces of reasoned, moderate conservatism. But today all that changed. We can rediscover all that is good, noble, bold and generous about this wonderful, little island race.
    Other countries will follow. Once gain, the UK has provided the inspiration and leadership.
    Love Europe
    Hate the EU
    God Save the Queen

    • James60498 .

      Thank you David, and anyone else who worked for your efforts. Enjoy your success. I know you will.

      • David

        Thank you !

    • preacher

      I echo the thanks of James, thank you once more for your sterling work & devotion – Not only on behalf of this country, but in the name of the Lord.

      • David

        Thank you, thank you indeed !
        There were many Christians in just my little group of 40 in mid-Suffolk. Also through “Christian Soldiers”, a branch of Ukip, over a thousand of us have prayed for months, years in my case, for “events” that would assist us – and God sent heavy rain, at the right time onto Remain strong centres – London and Scotland.
        So let the glory go to God !

  • Dreadnaught

    I must admit I was wrong in thinking the vote would go the opposite way. The Nation has more sense than I gave it credit. That said, we need a united Country in the true British spirit.
    This has been a vote against Westminster and it’s London centric focus as much as it is against Juncker Junket. We need a completely new political class that must realise that a United Kingdom, is just that.
    The Scots Nats would not have been so successful if Scotland and more importantly the People, like those in Wales and N.Ireland did not feel remote and marginalised by the present political mindset that sees London and its boroughs, through the wrong end of the British telescope.
    The divide between the English is not geographical but economical and that is eminently fixable under the umbrella of national unity. We need our own Henry 5th.
    We need honesty in politics and the work ethic, and accountability in those who ‘manage’ in state funded services.
    The Remainers over egged the fear factor and Juncker’s last remarks hit more British nerves than I ever thought.
    We have to pull the whole Country together – and mean it.

  • James60498 .

    Congratulations Your Grace, and to all those who have worked so hard and campaigned for this.

    For important personal reasons I am not taking part in politics at any level at the moment and unfortunately that coincided with this campaign so I was unable to help, but a big thank you to anyone and everyone who did. You have done a great service for all, and not only those in the UK

  • michaelkx

    I have the feeling that the leave campaign, was as much a vote against Mr C and O than we might think. In respect that who believes ether of them. Or am I alone in this thought?

  • Albert

    Well done everyone! And thanks to all those who, like Dr C campaigned for this.

    What’s the betting that the EU now decides to renegotiate keeping us in? After all, they aren’t bothered by referenda that go against them. In the meantime they need to stabilise their own currency and economies (which they can’t do by punishing Britain), while needing to prevent contagion (which they can’t stop unless they punish Britain).

  • CliveM

    Well whatever ever else, we are in for some interesting times. Where I live the Zombie apocalypse hasn’t yet started and WWIII seems to be taking its time, but we shall see. My concern is that we need clear sighted, tough and determined individuals to lead our negotiations. I’m struggling to see any with the necessary ‘stuff’ at the moment.

    We face difficult times. I wonder if our political class is up to it.

    • Hi Clive

      I thought I saw a flying saucer at dawn. Maybe the Martians will invade after all? (:

      • Anton

        You’ve seen the poster (at top), now see the film…

        • Hi

          My sister Esther is coming to visit soon and we’re going to see it. She’s a fan of Jeff Goldblum .

          • Anton

            I saw it last night. Not as good as the first one but a good laugh.

  • Dreadnaught

    Cameron yesterday – “Brits don’t quit”.
    Cameron today – “I quit”.

    Please take your new pal Corbyn with you Dave.

    Markus Kerber, head of the BDI group which represents industry in Germany, said it would be “very, very foolish” for the EU to force post-Brexit Britain to pay tariffs.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/682561/david-cameron-eu-referendum-european-union-brexit-germany-boris-johnson-brussels

    • Anton

      Corbyn was resolutely anti-EU for all his life until he became Labour leader. He is well and truly stranded now.

      • Dreadnaught

        The skids are under Corbyn already – Geisela Stewart seems a capable woman but not as yet in Barbara Castle’s class. I do think that they may well select a woman as next leader. But then, I have been wrong before! Diane Abbott or one of the Pigeon Sisters? – ARRRGH!

  • Deimos

    Roses are red
    Tories are blue
    Cameron’s out
    And we are too.

    • Frunabulax

      Brilliant! I truly laughed out very loud!

  • What a wonderful victory for Britain! God rules over the affairs of men. He has answered the prayers of many, who cried out to Him for deliverance from an Evil Union.

  • Sinn Fein has called for a referendum on a united Ireland.
    SNP will press for another referendum on Scottish Independence.
    Are we witnessing the breakup of the UK?

    • CliveM

      Probably.

    • Anton

      Perhaps. The UK undergoes a change of its borders with celtic folk roughly every hundred years and the world still turns. Don’t panic.

    • Hi Happy Jack

      Keep calm and carry on ….

    • Uncle Brian

      Sinn Fein need to allow for the possibility that a majority of the population of Northern Ireland might prefer to be annexed by the Republic of Scotland.

      • PessimisticPurple

        As if the Scots would have them. That’s the biggest joke I’ve heard in a long while.

        • grutchyngfysch

          The other problem is that the South isn’t in much of a state to unite. You’ll note that the GFA envisages an all-Ireland referendum. All that has to happen to nix this is that the South says no. (And if that isn’t ironic, I don’t know what is!)

          • Anton

            GFA?

          • Uncle Brian

            The Gaelic Football Association, would be my guess.

          • grutchyngfysch

            Good Friday Agreement

    • grutchyngfysch

      Let that sink in for a minute.

      Sinn Fein have called for a vote on the constitutional status of Northern Ireland.

      That’s the effect of today: democracy has become the tool of choice even for former paramilitaries. Even if we do now have to have a referendum here I think it says an enormous amount about how far NI has come that we’ll decide at the ballot box.

  • Anton

    We, the people…

  • Anton

    PS It’s a lousy movie, Your Grace. I saw it last night. But a grrrreat poster!

  • Anton

    Too bad Ted Heath didn’t live another 11 years!

    • Dreadnaught

      Cute!

    • Uncle Brian

      What, lose to Iceland? Surely things haven’t got that bad yet.

      • Anton

        The next match after Iceland would still be soon.

  • Well, I’ll go to the foot of our stairs. Having become inured over decades to the Establishment always getting its own way by fair means or foul (usually foul), I never thought this result possible. And what a message of hope the result sends to the rest of the EU! Denmark next!

    Heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all who have contributed to this victory, not least His Grace.

  • I thought there might be a spot of rejoicing over here.
    Well done, your grace, for your consistent stand. It’s a great day for Britain and for freedom.
    In the light of this political revolution. let’s be praying for a spiritual revolution in this country; for the young especially to look back to the history of this nation and its greatness as a Christian, Protestant, Bible-believing country, and to turn away from this ghastly secularism that pervades it at the present time. We need a second Reformation, which will mean another Brexit, this time from false religion in all the various forms which it takes in Britain. Not only do we want our country back, but we want real Christianity back as well.
    ‘And now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly, above all that we ask or think……’.

  • preacher

    Well friends as the smoke clears we have won the day. Firstly thank you to the author of this blog, for his persistence, knowledge, insight & dogged leadership in this epic battle for freedom.
    Now we must bind up the wounded & vanquished, healing them so that they too can see & enjoy the fruits of our success. They are not our enemies but our countrymen & family. the heat must now dissipate & we must go forward as one united, free people to set an example to the nations still suffering under the tyranny of the E.U, so that they will be encouraged to follow our lead.
    We can now take down the Blue flag of a foreign parliament from the masts it stole, & proudly raise the Cross of St George & hopefully soon the Union flag over our assemblies.
    Blessings. P.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      The truth is that every Briton has won. Those who voted “Remain” just haven’t realised it yet. God has blessed us with this result, though as a nation we don’t deserve his blessing. We should all reflect on our own spiritual state and let this be a time of reconciliation for everyone in the UK

      Shalom

    • IanCad

      As always Preacher, an excellent post.

      However, I’m not so sure that many of the wounded and vanquished will depart from their multi-culti, all are one outlook without a fight.

      This letter was emailed by the Architects’ Journal this morning:

      Ian Ritchie of Ian Ritchie Architects

      “I have a feeling of utter disgust with the parochial, narrow-minded and bigoted little Britons who – for lack of cultural and historical awareness – believe that there exists a nostalgic past that can flourish in today’s global environment. It is palpable nonsense and the repercussions on the freedom and evolving culture of our youth and that of Europe will be felt very deeply. I have developed my values and ethics – and design skills – from the understanding that interdependence is far more productive than independence.”
      These guys are going to be a thorn in our sides for a long time to come.

      • preacher

        Bad losers always gripe brother. For little Britons or Englanders, I always read ‘Patriots’.
        Time will tell & I only hope Ian has salt, pepper, Ketchup & humility to make his words less bitter when he has to eat them. LOL.

      • Uncle Brian

        Another twerp shouting at the television, then.

    • Merchantman

      Thanks for the British response.

    • Andym

      Well said Preacher.

      Time to make it work and show we did the right thing. Forgive the intemperate comments and slurs, and start afresh.

      Anyone for EFTA?

    • Good words! And may this shock my fellow Canadians out of the slow and gentle slide into the growing state authoritarianism, meek conformity and globalism pipe dreams. Britain will make this work; must make it work for itself and the Commonwealth!

  • carl jacobs

    Wow. Go away for an evening and look what happens. The world turns upside down.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      Carl, we just di d what you guys did 200 years ago, but without all the shooting

      • IanCad

        Maybe it just hasn’t started yet.
        Silly me, I forgot, we can’t buy guns over here.

      • carl jacobs

        I did not expect this. The result is exactly the opposite of what I thought would happen. And leave it to the SNP to buy EU stock just when its value is about to crash. But remember. This is the first battle. It’s not the war.

        • IanCad

          How this pansified, risk averse, H&SE dominated race of TV addicted conformists, could have voted out, proves my total unsuitability as a judge of character.

          • bluedog

            The DNA hasn’t changed. It’s still as crazy as it ever was. Did you see the possibly apocryphal story about light-bulb testing, with the EU always trying to reduce electricity consumption? They decided not to try and get the British to turn out all their lights but two or three to see how low power demand could go. They were told that the British would simply turn on everything to see if they could crash the grid. Same old, same old.

          • IanCad

            The DNA sleeps, awaiting the call of Jean-Claude Junker to arouse it from its slumber.

          • Merchantman

            What Jackboots down the Mall?

          • bluedog

            Well, it worked. Every threat from Brussels or Berlin was worth another 100,000 votes for Leave.

  • magnolia

    I can’t stop smiling. Wish my parents, who consistently worked for this, had seen this day. Perhaps they do and there is much rejoicing in Heaven.

    A new bright dawn.

    Bet France is not too far behind.

    • David

      Magnolia, your parents work has been vindicated.

      Holland has been restive for a long time. They may be next.
      Then France, as Le Pen is on a roll, and this will assist her.
      Then Germany would be left as the only remaining payer,
      and good luck to them !

      • preacher

        It seems that the rock has struck the feet of Iron & clay.
        Stand back & watch the monolith fall !.

      • Richard Hill

        Holland has recently merged some Netherlands army units into the German army. Not the action of a restive partner.

        • preacher

          The Dutch are in the same position of red tape captivity that we were in until today. They are a nation of fighters, but we have to give them time – it took us months !.

    • Ivan M
  • magnolia

    What is Nicola Sturgeon on? The idea of Scotland remaining in the EU, presumably no longer with GBP as its currency is an economic lunacy. The idea that the Scottish, who are nothing if not financially canny, being in favour of that in those circumstances is bizarre. She looks way out of her depth, albeit articulately.

    As for ringing the London mayor to try to make common cause with him, where on earth is that coming from?

    • preacher

      Well perhaps she should learn that proud politicians can come unstuck big time. Old adage ” When you’re in a hole, stop digging ! “.

    • TrippingDwarves

      It strikes me that, as part of a resurgent UK, Scotland would have far more say over its own affairs than if it became a small part of a muddled Europe. Someone in a position of authority should tell them that. So, where has that Ruth Davidson got to..?

      • bluedog

        Yes, Ruth’s position is perverse. She’s claiming Conservative solidarity having aggressively backed Remain. She may have been better off going for a bit of product differentiation and being the main backer of Leave in Scotland. As it is Ruth looks as though she is just echoing Sturgeon.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      Nicola Sturgeon easily gets out of her depth, it’s probably why she wears such high heels

      • Dreadnaught

        She’s always been Salmond’s puppet.

    • Dreadnaught

      Let them go – and see how long their shortbread culture will last with unlimited migration and benefits bleeding.

  • chiefofsinners

    EUstace? EU-hoo! Where are EU? Don’t Leave us. We can work it OUT.

    • Uncle Brian

      You’re inspired today, Chief. Whatever can have happened to put you in such a good mood?

    • Pffft!

    • James60498 .

      EU stay s appears to have EU left.

    • Eustace

      Oh I’m still here. But not for long.

      The referendum result is a shock, but contingency plans were laid long ago so I’ve been busy putting them into action.

      Good luck to you all. You’re going to need it. Between a tanking currency, a massive flight of talent and capital, and the imminent break-up of the United Kingdom, you’re sailing right into the middle of the perfect storm.

      But for the time being, enjoy your day in the sun and gloat away. I’m big enough in defeat to let you savour your moment. I’ve seen the long range weather forecast so I know that today’s pleasure is just the opening scene of a thee act tragedy of Shakespearian proportions.

      Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you hang. And as you’ll have brought it all on yourselves, which relieves me of the obligation to feel sorry for you, I’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the Schadenfreude with a clear conscience. You were warned but you chose not to take any notice. Now live with the consequences.

      • We’ll be sad to see you go, of course, Linus. Until you reincarnate under another moniker and we can have fun at guessing whether it’s you again.

        What ominous “contingency plans” have you and your Jacobites cooked up for us, pray do tell? Another French Revolution? Take care not to be one of the first to have his head liberated from his body by your own comrades in arms once the usual battle over dwindling crumbs and loftier positions begins.

        And thank you for your kind congratulations and well-wishes. Nothing displays class and breeding like grace under defeat!

      • Ah, Linus. Will you be taking a helicopter to the Castle in France or traveling by boat? Let us all know if you are planning a garage sale before you leave.

        • Eustace

          Garage sale? In Britain? What currency would customers pay in? Sterling?

          No thanks. I’d rather take Zimbabwean dollars. At least I’d have an idea from hour to hour how much they were worth…

          • Disruption of the pound being one of the first doozies in the “contingency plans” of your Cabal of Our Betters, you cannot of course publicly declare that you are scrambling to buy pounds, knowing this hare-braned scheme will fail in short order. Here’s your chance to fix the roof on your castle and buy those new carbon fibre rotor blades for your copter you’ve been eying.

            Anyhow, methinks you’ll be too busy trying to halt the unravelling of the EU to do much plotting and scheming at your steam room sessions. It’s funny to think that before the meticulous Brits are done with even the blueprint for an orderly Brexit, there might not be an EU left to present it to. That would be a giggle, no?

          • Hi avi

            Sadly Eustace doesn’t have a grasp of the situation. My sister Rachel , who used to work for a bulge bracket , has said to me :

            The pound has stabilised and in many case only fell because speculators had pushed it up to yearly highs on the reports of Britain remaining. It is now within normal limits. Another indication is the gilts yield , which is the effective market interest cost of HM Treasury on government bonds . It is roughly 1.014% for a ten year bond, in other words the British government is still being allowed to borrow for free or depending on how you calculate inflation , markets are in effect actually giving the government money, not lending it. The stock market has lost ground , but stocks were overvalued in reality, so this isn’t such a bad thing. They will always bounce back. If the political leadership is calibrated properly, or more bluntly make sure George Osbourne doesn’t actually try and pass his threatened austerity austerity package and the Europeans don’t punish Britain over the cliff, we’re not doing too badly already.

          • Eustace

            Sterling at 30 year lows.

            The FTSE 250 down 7%.

            All Sterling denominated FTSE 100 shares showing similar drops.

            UK banking shares down by 15-30%.

            No significant afternoon rally recouping losses.

            $2tn wiped off share markets worldwide.

            The City on the verge of losing its European financial services passport.

            Major banks like BNP Paribas and JP Morgan drawing up plans to move operations to Paris.

            Oh yes, it’s business as usual!

            The ability of the English to ignore news they don’t like is legendary. And should you really set any store by the advice of someone who “used to” work for a major financial institution? In my experience, “used to” generally means “was forced out because of underperformance or downright incompetence”. What does she do now? Sell sand to ostriches for burying their heads in?

      • Anton

        This is the beginning of the end for the EU, Eustace. Better for you too, if you did but know it.

        • O, he knows it, for sure he’s buying pounds as we speak.

        • Eustace

          This is an English own goal, nothing more.

          It will serve as a warning to governments across the EU to resist populist pressure for referenda.

          It will also unite the remaining 27 members against England, leading to a swift exit under harsh conditions.

          Scotland values its link with Europe more highly than its constitutional ties with England, so the UK is finished. Scotland will be independent before you know it, and negotiating its continuing membership with the EU just as the English are realising what they’ve thrown away.

          The press has been full of reports about how Britain can leave when it wants to according to its own timetable. But there are no guarantees. An EU summit has already been called for next week without British participation. The 27 are likely to present a united front and demand your swift departure.

          And I do mean “your”. I don’t feel British any more and soon, like all of us, I won’t be. There’ll be no more Britain. I lament that fact, but a people’s democratic choice must be respected. Britain voted itself out of existence yesterday. Whatever replaces it has no call on my affection or loyalty.

          • Anton

            You don’t know the future as well as you claim to. Nobody does. (Either that or you are writing to wind up, but on this occasion I guess not.) I go by principles, not predictions, and I guess my principles differ from yours. That’s really all there is to be said.

          • Inspector General

            You never WERE British. Not with your attitude. French yes, but anything better – Non!

          • bluedog

            ‘The 27 are likely to present a united front and demand your swift departure.’ Why not? The more intelligent of the elites will recognise that the British have just destroyed the international credibility of the EU and that their own electorates may soon revolt against Brussels too. But can 27 completely different nation states regain the initiative? The evidence so far is no, they can not.

            When France under the Sarkozy-Le Pen coalition revokes SSM and leaves the EU, where do you go? Andorra? San Marino? Monaco? Lichtenstein? It doesn’t look very promising.

          • Eustace

            You think whoever forms the new government in what’s left of the UK will revoke equal marriage?

            I see that Brexit has catapulted you into cloud cuckoo land where all of your dearest wishes have already come true.

            Meanwhile, here in the real world, after the shock of the English vote, steps must now be taken. The EU must take the measures needed to refound itself without the English, which necessarily means refusing them privileged access to the Single Market.

            In many ways this process is analagous to a divorce. England has walked out on a 40 year marriage and decided it wants to be single again. Fine. That’s England’s choice. But it takes with it only what it brought into the relationship and must now survive on its own.

            Just as you would never accept your former spouse continuing to treat your property as his or her own, Europe cannot allow England unrestricted access to the Single Market. We have to change the locks. There have to be consequences to this divorce. England has to realise that things cannot go on as before. The English cannot have their cake and eat it too. They can’t enjoy all the benefits of being single and married at the same time. It’s one or the other.

            The mess you’ve voted yourselves into is unparalleled in modern history. You no longer have a functioning government and won’t for many months. Defeated Europhiles in the Conservative Party will make it virtually impossible for Johnson to succeed Cameron. The hatchet man never wins the succession: look at who brought Thatcher down and who ended up succeeding her.

            Whoever does become the next PM then has to unite a deeply divided party and country. A country in the process of breaking apart as the Scots set out with renewed energy and determination on the road to independence. A country with a tanking currency and a leaderless central bank, because given Carney’s overt support for the Remain campaign, his days at the helm of the BoE are numbered. A country viewed as a dangerous pariah by its former European partners, who now in order to avoid contagion must slam the doors of the Single Market shut and change the locks.

            No other member state must dare to hope that it can leave the EU and still retain all the advantages of membership without any of the constraints and costs. They must look at the example of England and say “there but for the grace of the imaginary Christian God and a good dose of common sense and pragmatism, go I”. The thought must send a shiver down their spine. And it will.

            No government, a worthless currency, an economic policy in ruins, markets facing months of paralysing uncertainty, a housing market in freefall, tens of thousands of jobs bleeding away to other more stable financial centres, a backlash from those who wanted to stay, Scotland breaking the Union apart, Europe turning its back on you and hanging out the “No Lepers or English Welcome Here” signs … the sh!+storm you’ve just unleashed upon yourselves is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. And all you can think about is abolishing equal marriage?

            You have no idea what’s about to happen to you. Oh well, I suppose ignorance is bliss … while it lasts.

          • bluedog

            Don’t like your chances in the role of William Tell. You’d take careful aim and skewer the kid, not the apple.

            If you’d bothered to actually read my post rather hyperventillating at the initials SSM, you would have spotted the reference to France, not Britain.

            Otherwise, a fine reprise of Project Fear that completely ignores the messages coming from German industry. They want a tariff free trading relationship with the UK, irrespective of what Mutti thinks. And they’ll get what they want, or we’ll send them broke.

            As for the Scots, one can only repeat, once the fishing rights are returned, the SNP case for independence collapses in a tartan haze of emotion. Because if the Scots join the EU as a separate nation, they will surrender their fishing rights, and possibly their oil too. The Norwegians have both fish and oil, and very astutely they keep the EU at arms length.

      • chiefofsinners

        You’re leaving?
        How heartless to come here, on a day like this, and layer such misery on top our grief. I am bereft, utterly.

      • bluedog

        ‘You were warned but you chose not to take any notice.’

        Just what the British electorate is saying to the commissars in Brussels. We signed up to a Common Market, not as the western province of an empire stretching from the Atlantic to the Urals.

        Hence the product recall notice we have demanded.

    • Hi

      I thought a Triffid might have hugged him ? But where’s explorer? He’s missing.

  • grandpa1940

    Just a small but important negative point regarding the image heading your post. I do believe that it was taken, or abstracted, from the Independence Day movie, and as such, the next thing which occurs, in that movie that is; is New York is atomised, and the White House is blown into roiling clouds of smoke.

    Hopefully; not prophetic

  • David

    A bit of Blake is appropriate today, methinks,

    Shall we all stand,

    And did those feet in ancient time, walk upon England’s mountains green,
    And was the holy lamb of God , on England’s pleasant pastures seen?
    And did the countenance divine shine forth upon our clouded hills?
    And was Jerusalem builded here among these dark satanic mills ?

    Bring me my bow of burning gold, bring me my arrows of desire !
    Bring me my spear! O clouds unfold, Bring me my chariot of fire !
    I will not cease from mental fight, nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
    Till we have built Jerusalem in England’s green and pleasant land.

  • Rodney

    Congratulations to my brothers and sisters in the Commonwealth from Australia. God bless the UK – a beautiful country with a history, culture and dignity that is the envy of the world – and has produced so many, many great men – Churchill, Lewis, Shakespeare – the list is endless. Men that perhaps might never have been seen had Britain as a nation not birthed them. By no means a perfect country – granted – but on balance, the world is by far the richer for the British being British.

    • Dreadnaught

      Cheers Mate!

    • preacher

      Welcome to the free world would have been appropriate mate. It’s like escaping from a tomb after 40+ years.

      • sarky

        24 hours later and I’m still smiling!!

        There is a sense of optimism within my circle that I’ve never experienced before!!

  • Anton

    Wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall at Cameron’s next audience with Her Majesty…

    • Uncle Brian

      I’m sure HM is much too polite to gloat. Openly, at least.

      • Anton

        I don’t doubt it. But she will find the way.

        • Uncle Brian

          Speaking of gloating, I wonder what the Vicar of Roborough has been doing this morning. You know, Simon Bumble or Bungle, the “vitriolic”, “little bit racist” one. Shouting at the television, I expect.

      • bluedog

        HMQ purrs, we were told by Cameron after the Scottish vote.

  • chiefofsinners

    People who have gone a bit quiet: George Osborne and Teresa May. Desperately wondering how they can claw back some credibility and mount a leadership bid. This is all very entertaining.

    • Dreadnaught

      Time to let the dust settle.

    • bluedog

      Neither has the slightest chance of becoming PM. One doubts Osborne will even make the cut into the next Cabinet.

    • Anton

      Teresa May Not.

      • James60498 .

        According to the BBC, who were interviewing her to the time, Thicky Morgan’s name has been mentioned.

        Or is that Sicky Morgan?

  • TrippingDwarves

    I’ve just been looking at Facebook where it seems a whole bunch of ‘progressive’ types are now screaming their heads off, stamping their feet and jumping up and down with rage. A petition has even been started to declare London a separate country. The insanity never stops.

    So I would like to say how refreshing it is to come here and find there’s a bit of a jolly party going on. Good on you all! And God Bless us each and every one!

    • bluedog

      ‘A petition has even been started to declare London a separate country.’

      Just what Sadiq wants.

    • preacher

      Reciprocated mate, pull up a chair !.

    • David

      Ha ha ! We’ve had forty years of them ramming relativism down our throats. Now the fightback starts for Truth.

    • preacher

      A former Pastor I once knew said ” If you throw a rock down a dark alley & there’s a scream – You know you hit something ! “.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      I find some peoples adoration of the EU inexplicable, like being a coprophage

    • David

      which Facebook page ?

  • David

    The two Archbishops and the many Bishops who so publicly lectured us on why we should meekly bow the knee to Brussels and German domination, should now reflect on just how out of touch they are with the people and reality; for how they have ignored the sufferings and travails of the people that they are meant to love and to serve.
    They have placed themselves in a lofty position from which they are unable to obey Jesus’ great commission, and take the gospel, the good news, to the people. They have much to reflect upon. But meanwhile good work is being done by ordinary priests and ministers the length and breadth of the land.

    • preacher

      The higher the climb – the further the fall brother, perhaps the bump on landing will shake them up enough to wake them up to the Truth ( & the Way & the Life ).

      • David

        Yes. We need fewer bishops and more of the resources spent at grassroots level and, above all, more Biblically based faith.

        • steroflex

          You hope.
          Read St Paul on women.

          • David

            I am familiar with Paul on that subject.

          • steroflex

            Great, but it does rather blow a hole in your argument, No?

          • David

            What argument ? My opening comment made a point about what we need. I am not arguing that we will secure them.

    • Anton

      Big Organisation Syndrome.

      • David

        That may part of it, I agree.

  • Anton

    Tonight I shall drink French champagne, listen to Mozart and watch a DVD of Shakespeare. THAT’S what being European means, not lubiankas in Brussels and Strasbourg.

  • CliveM

    I see Labour MP’s have called a no confidence motion on Corbyn. General Election anyone?

    • bluedog

      No, no. Fatal error. The Conservatives have four years of the mandate still to run, why risk it? Having just been through the EU referendum it would be foolish to stir the electorate up again. Big mistake.

      • CliveM

        I’m not proposing it. I’m just wondering that the Conservatives are now so unstable it might happen.

    • Merchantman

      NO

  • Anton

    This will have huge repercussions in Europe too. Keep your eyes on German and French media websites for comment.Many of them have English versions.

  • Royinsouthwest

    There was a very interesting article in the Spectator by James Bartholomew, the man who coined the term “virtue signalling”, written a few days before the referendum (or at least I think it was) which provides an insight into the reasons for the Brexit victory.

    Britain’s great divide
    http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/06/britains-great-divide/
    “The referendum has exposed a huge rift between the metropolitan elite and the rest.”

    • Anton

      The man who wrote The Welfare State We’re In. Now we can retain and attract skilled eastern European labour and remove unskilled same – and put the people on Benefits Street into their jobs.

  • And now the battle for perceptions begin, Your Grace. The words BRITISH INDEPENDENCE must ring out, lest the moment be drowned out by the worry-warts and bean counters. To wit, here in Canada, and from above-the fold articles in our conservative National Post, no less:

    The decision sent global markets plunging and shattered the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III…

    Global markets are buckling this morning as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union infected every asset class…

    • CliveM

      II’m surprised that any decision Britain makes has anything other then local impact. The markets seem to have no sense of perspective.

      • James60498 .

        Surely Britain is a tiny country that can’t possibly have any impact in the world! This all seems very strange to me.

      • A silly reaction to a momentous event. Yes, the consequences are huge and global, but nothing has happened today and nothing disruptive will be happenning for a long time to justify the panic.

        This is not just a local event. In the long term for Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Brexit will sharpen the divisions between the dwindling monarchists and the restless republicans (who have moved on to become “globalists,” anyhow). If UK does well, we’ll do well too. Internationally, this is a blow to international socialism masked as creeping “globalism.” Independence, democracy, national sovereignty; all these just got a huge boost.

        For my part, my MP will be hearing soon from me and many others no doubt, about the whispered grumblings and threats of petty punitive acts by our federal Liberals. He may need a reminder that upon taking office he and his colleagues declared his loyalty to HM, who is still the head of our nation and that he is a Member of Parliament, not the global jet-setters social justice club. And as I’ve done for years, I will continue to fly the Union flag…which is still an official flag of Canada and its provinces on every Canada Day.

        • IanCad

          I don’t think Britain has ever apologized to The Commonwealth for her betrayal.
          Maybe this result will be a first step toward that long-overdue recantation.

          • Apologies are due from the Commonwealth as well. The incremental institutional distancing has been consistent and largely unopposed over the years. Loyalists, or “monarchists,” are laughed at as old codgers or deluded, sentimental immigrants. The Monarchist League is, in fact, over-represented by immigrants like me and a ever-decreasing number of elderly folk. When I came to Canada in 1972, every class displayed Canada’s and and Britain’s flags and had a portrait of HM. No classroom anywhere today has these and when I proposed to buy portraits and flags for one of our kid’s private school, the administrator said that such “colonialist symbols” would offend many teachers and students. And our new PM conspicuously removed a large painting of HM in a hallway in our parliament right after taking office, replacing it with an abstract painting by a French Canadian.

        • CliveM

          I am struggling to work out what has happened that demands this hysteria!

          • I’m guessing anger at the realisation that “progress” is not inevitable. The EU is seen as a step towards a global government by technocrats and social justice warriors.

          • Dominic Stockford

            And by the secular humanism that dominates Europe.

        • Stephen Leacock

          This is so true, have you ever heard of Commonwealth Exchange or the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organization?

          They certainly are worthy of a ‘like’ on FB, now that Britain is out of the EU we need to establish the alternative – the Crown Commonwealth – as a viable option in people’s minds.

      • Merchantman

        No sense of perspective is the markets middle name. I looked it up and and see None of the remaining Euro capitals get a mention as expensive places to live except perhaps Paris. Wonder why?

    • Dominic Stockford

      Obama has now assured us that the special relationship between the US and the UK will continue… another pre-referendum promise dumped then!

  • steroflex

    Well I never! The CoE was wrong again! Who’d have thought it?
    We are therefore all going to hell in a handcart but – hey – the Archbishop and the know it all clergy are still virtuous!

    • Dominic Stockford

      And us Protestant Free Churches may have supported the ‘winner’, and prayed for that end, but are still bad, bigots, and so on.

      • steroflex

        No. The frightening thought is that St Paul was right. That is never discussed.
        A friend who is still an Anglican asked several times for the Vicar to bring Communion to his aged mother (who has since died) but she would not come. Instead he had to get a man to do her job for her.
        He also tells me that although there were several excellent candidates for the post of Vicar in his extremely attractive parish, the woman who arranged the appointment insisted on having another woman to do the job. He now attends Church monthly and sits right at the back. I could soon tell other stories.
        His point is simple: we argued about women priests from a theological point of view. We ought to have seen the difference between the sexes which, once again is very biblical. Arrogantly we overrode it.

        • Stephen Leacock

          This too shall pass.

          God won’t let this nonsense of priestesses and the like last forever. The Devil is only given so much rope.

        • Dominic Stockford

          Indeed, the Holy Spirit, speaking through Paul, unsurprisingly was right. Which is why Reformed congregations that rely on God’s Word as the sole rule for faith and practice have no such internal issues. Though the world tells us that we are bigots, unloving and the rest of it.

          I, and Reformed Christians would rather judge our life by God’s Word than judge God’s Word by what we think. The experience of Christians over 2,000 years demonstrates the value of it.

  • Uncle Brian

    Sore losers are in the news today, all over the place. Here’s another one: George Galloway.

    http://www.private-eye.co.uk/hp-sauce

    • James60498 .

      Went to have a look at The Guardian.

      Article in there by a 5 year old with the typical Labour working class name of Rhiannon Lucy Coslett bemoaning the fact that the vote wasn’t restricted to those aged between 16 and 25, and who had promised to vote Remain.

      Quite why 15 year olds should have been excluded is beyond me.

      • My daughter’s civics teacher, of all people, opined in class that 16 year-olds should be able to vote. My precocious and mouthy kid, bless her heart, pointed to the unruly tumult in the classroom, with kids prancing about like apes and sneaking peeks at music videos on their devices and piped in with, “These are the nitwits we want voting for their boy bands and Manga characters?”

      • Royinsouthwest

        She is a fool but why do you assume that just because a name is not English in cannot be working class? Rhiannon is a common girl’s name in Wales and Coslett, although is sounds English, is a Welsh surname which originated among skilled iron workers. The first Coslett was an immigrant from Germany in the 16th century.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coslett

        • James60498 .

          Point taken. And delighted to see that a decent majority in Wales voted leave too. Having lived there for a while, I was well acquainted with the name Rhiannon, though certainly not Coslett.

    • Good Heavens, what a piece of gutter trash for a man! And not surprised at the disappearance of funds “for the Palestinian cause.” Galloway just follows tradition. According to a brave Palestine Authority auditor, at most 60% of the donations get to the Palis, with the rest disappearing under the streets of Geneva.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      Plenty of losers on the BBC news this morning too. The atmosphere was that of a wake. Nobody from the Leave camp was there, except for a few seconds of Kate Hoey. Instead, we had the likes of the LibDem leader Tim Farron and others in a frenzy of wound-licking and bitterness. Still, the beeb has reason to worry now they won’t get any more funding from the EU.

      • chiefofsinners

        Did you see Chukup Umunna throwing his toys out of the pram? Bad loser doesn’t begin to describe it.

        • Anton

          Don’t you mean Chucking his toys out?

          • chiefofsinners

            Yep, it was great.
            Even better watching the BBC presenters having to hide their despair and report a truth they hated. And Nicky Campbell on 5 Live. You could hear in his voice that he was dying inside. Just brilliant.

        • With his expression last night, after the proverbial guillotine fell, I thought Chukup was ready to up-chuck.

      • IanCad

        I heard Tim Fallon. We as a people must be held responsible for electing such as he.

  • IanCad

    Over the years I have been critical of Nigel Farage; more particularly of his pushing for this referendum which, on principle, I never liked.
    That said, our joy today over this glorious result would never be celebrated except for his determination, patriotism and passion.
    It seems to me that he is being eclipsed by late-comers. How do we assure that Mr. Farage gets his full share of the honours due him?

    • Anton

      PR would be a start.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      I get the impression that Nigel Farage is simply delighted about the result. I’m not sure he is seeking honour as such. But you are right that we would not be celebrating today if it were not for his insistence that we should all have a say on the crucial issue of who governs us. I’m sure he’s enjoying (several) pints and a fag at the moment.

      • IanCad

        We could raise the alcohol threshold level for drinking and driving, bring cigarettes out from behind closed doors, abolish the H&SE, ban Hi-viz, go back to the Imperial system, abolish speed cameras, chastise snitches, ban school uniforms – call it the Farage Reformation. That’s a start.

        • …and remove deadly EU restrictions and super-regulations on e-cigs and vaping.

          • sarky

            Yes please. I’ve been off the cigs for 6mths thanks to vaping.

    • Merchantman

      Sir Nigel? Time for another fag and another game of…….?

      • IanCad

        Far more than a plain old “Sir.”
        Another great tower in Trafalgar Square – not to detract from Nelson – with a statue of Lord Nigel atop.

    • chiefofsinners

      You may find that Lord Farage of Thanet is appointed to the team negotiating our exit by a grateful Boris, the new PM.
      After that, he could yet become PM himself, since the mistrust of mainstream politicians has reached new levels, with over 50% of the votes going against the leaders of the three traditional parties.

      • Hi

        I think a coalition of the leave campaign would be good, e.g. I would love to see Gisela Stuart, John Mann and Nigel Farage on the team alongside Bill Cash , Peter Bone, Jacob Rees Mogg, Boris and Gove.

        • IanCad

          I’m not up on the cast of heroes who have helped to shed the vile yoke Hannah. I will trust to your judgment.

        • bluedog

          You forgot John Redwood.

          • Hi blue dog

            Yes the Vulcan has done wonders keeping at bay the Martians David Cameron had cajoled in the campaign , when he got them to say they’d invade in the event of a brit exit.

          • bluedog

            Don’t be so superficial and unkind. Looks aren’t everything and JR has a brilliant mind. Brexit didn’t happen by accident.

          • Hi

            I wasn’t being superficial or unkind. Vulcans in star trek are extremely intelligent, diplomatic and have technology well in advance of earth at the time of first contact.

      • IanCad

        I would like to think you are right Chief. Problem is, politicians are never grateful. When approbation is plentiful it is never shared except under duress.

  • Dominic Stockford

    Amen, brother. Amen.

  • Anton

    We have a Conservative government. Now let’s get a conservative Prime Minister.

  • chiefofsinners

    I am wondering why the sky has not fallen in as our leaders promised? That emergency budget – come on, George, speak up man. Russia invading Europe. Companies collapsing. The NHS disintegrating. Our country being ignored and irrelevant on the world stage – judging by the reaction it would seem that we really do matter.
    Could it be that the remainers were, after all, wrong? Would any of them care to admit it?

  • Inspector General

    A Salute

    They are scruffily dressed and covered in tattoos. They look like they could do with a wash, and are frequently obese. They oft drink to excess and many take drugs too. Their language is basic. They watch 70 hours of TV a week and when they’re not doing that, they are on their PlayStation. They call their children “Waz” and “Pixie” and occasionally may have them taken into care. You might find a copy of the Daily Star in their homes, but never a book. Their idea of a day out is in the bookies or a shopping mall. Among their other interests is petty crime.

    They were abandoned by the political party ostensibly formed to represent their interests 40 years ago when they were labelled despicable racists for having the temerity to complain about the rush to bring in alien immigrants and put them in the homes their children were waiting for patiently on a housing list. Since then, they have moved from being an unpleasant inconvenience to being totally forgotten about and ignored. Not even pollsters bothered with them.

    They never enjoyed anything from being in the EU. In fact, the EU wanted to put VAT on their food and children’s clothing. And as bad, their lowly wages are being suppressed by Europeans flooding the British labour market. But on Independence Day 2016, they finally got their sweet revenge on a system that didn’t care, doesn’t care, nor would ever care. No, not for them. And they came out as they never had for decades, in their droves, to do it…

    Gentlemen, raise a glass. The Inspector gives you The British Working Class. We owe our new found freedom to them!

    • Thomas Moon

      Blimey, your description of the British Working Class could have been written by a Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem politician. The majority of them are decent, hard-working and patriotic and certainly not criminals.

      • Inspector General

        Shall we call it a comprehensive appraisal…

      • What can you do? The IG merely inspects; he doesn’t do PR and unity drives.

      • Inspector General

        Your appeal has been considered and upheld. Slight rewrite there for you…

    • Ouch!

    • David

      Amen to that !

  • Inspector General

    Your Inspector is completely mystified at reports that Europe’s ‘peace and security’ is now at stake. The young are particularly drawn in by this nonsense it seems.

    Perhaps their parents or grandparents can sit said disappointed cosseted weeping and trembling children used to getting their own way on their knee and explain that 3 decades ago, the UK was continually targeted by the Soviet Union with enough ballistic missiles to wipe the entire country flat and extinguish ALL humanity therein – and all we had was the prospect of 4 minutes warning of the aforementioned doom.

    We damn well lived with it like that for years and years!

    These gripey youngsters don’t know they’re alive…

    {SNORT!}

    • Anton

      Indeed, and the dupes who trumpeted Better Red Than Dead, ignoring the fact that their land was neither at the time, were merely cowards showing unwarranted defeatism. The West won the Cold War.

  • chiefofsinners

    Here’s a good game. Go to the website 38 degrees and sign the petition in support of Jeremy.

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/a-vote-of-confidence-in-jeremy-corbyn-after-brexit

    • Pubcrawler

      75,000 signatures already! They can’t all be Labour, must be a few mischievous Tories amongst that lot.

    • Pubcrawler

      Speaking of petitions: Designate 23 June as Independence Day, to be celebrated annually:

      https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/123324

      • James60498 .

        Am trying to sign it, but not got the e-mail to enable my name to be added to it.

        I am sure I will get it. Eventually.

        • Pubcrawler

          Yeah, me too. Conspiracy?

          • James60498 .

            Conspiracy or incompetence?

            This is Cameron’s government still. Probably both.

          • Pubcrawler

            Eight hours later, mail arrives.

          • James60498 .

            I never got mine. Tried it again and it arrived the second time.

          • chiefofsinners

            Me too. This whole country’s gone to the dogs since we left the EU.

  • Thomas Moon

    Gibraltar voted 94% in favour of Remain. As they clearly love the EU, there does seem one obvious way that they could remain in it…

    • Anton

      They’re very patriotically British. There’s a reason for that 94% and I’d like to know what it is.

      • Pubcrawler
      • Inspector General

        Did you know, in a previous incarnation of the EU, Hitler would have ‘lent’ Franco the troops to take and occupy Gibraltar if Spain had signed up to the {Ahem} ‘Ever Closer Union’ on offer at that time. One whole division it is said…

        • Anton

          Hitler described doing business with Franco, who drove a hard bargain, as like pulling hen’s teeth and resolved to have little to do with him after their first encounter.

      • David

        Fear of the borders being sealed.
        Theirs was the first result to come through last night in the wee hours. I remember thinking, “bloody hell, how about some raw loyalty ! ”
        As they can’t have their cake and eat it !

  • Inspector General

    Not everyone’s happy about Brexit. Here’s Peter Tatchell’s simplistic view on the EU. Cameron should have sent him to summits instead!

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/06/24/peter-tatchell-we-cant-let-brexit-undermine-eu-efforts-on-lgbt-rights/

  • Pubcrawler

    FTSE closed down a chunk today (despite pretty good recovery), but still around where it opened on Monday.

  • carl jacobs

    A couple of sober reminders on this happy day.

    1. Something like 75% of MPs oppose Brexit. The Gov’t still has to act on this vote so the campaign needs to quickly exploit the breach in the enemy lines. This isn’t the time to celebrate but to advance.

    2. Linus is very unhappy, and is currently retreating to a survival bunker stocked with two years of food. He might not even have access to the internet while he waits out the apocalypse. We should all reflect on the Earth-shaking implications of this development.

    OK. So I only had one sober reminder.

    • Inspector General

      The Inspector, everybody knows, has a lot of time for Linus…

      So in a spirit of magnanimity in victory he wishes to remind Linus to inform the pox clinic that he’ll be removing his personage from our proud country post haste. He’ll be one less practicing bugger for them to worry about…

    • Yes, it’s worth reflecting on the position Linus finds himself in.

      • carl jacobs

        How did Jack vote? Inquiring minds want to know.

        • Remain.

          • carl jacobs

            Is Jack OK this day?

          • Of course.

          • Inspector General

            Frank will be thrilled to know that…

          • chiefofsinners

            Swinging the same way as Linus. A sobering thought, surely?

      • Phil R

        A couple of sober reminders on this happy day

        Have you heard of a thing called a party? Not the political type, but one where you go to relax, talk nonsense, celebrate and drink?

        Jesus seems to have been quite keen on them.

        Perhaps you need to try going to one? A whole evening laughing and talking about nothing of consequence…

        Essential human therapy, whatever the reality actually is

        Forget the world and enjoy the moment for a few hours.

        • IrishNeanderthal

          Or say it in Italian like this: LA SBORNIA “E Trinca Trinca Trinca” [VIDEOCLIP UFFICIALE] Tequila e Montepulciano Band

          Let’s Drinka, Drinka, Drinka,
          throw it down with a push
          Then you’ll see such a good party
          The medicine for a world in ruin
          Do not worry this is it.

          • Inspector General

            To think we’ve given all this continental musical art up on Brexit…

    • Phil R

      A couple of sober reminders on this happy day

      Have you heard of
      a thing called a party? Not the political type, but one where you go to
      relax, talk nonsense, celebrate and drink?

      Jesus seems to have been quite keen on them.

      Perhaps you need to try going to one? A whole evening laughing and talking about nothing of consequence…

      Essential human therapy, whatever the reality actually is

      Forget the world and enjoy the moment for a few hours.

  • Anton

    In the coming days and weeks we shall discover what Brussels had in store for us as it sets out its latest plans (which had been tactically delayed) for Ever Closer Union.

    • carl jacobs

      The British Gov’t now has leverage against the EU. It can say “If you want to salvage this situation, you need to repeal Schengen.” That would go along way towards diffusing this vote, and allowing MPs to ignore it. That’s what I would do if I was in the Remain camp. This is a long way from over.

      • Inspector General

        You just don’t understand, Carl. It’s over, as Roy Orbison would have told you…

        • carl jacobs

          You are overconfident. Your enemies will not simply walk off the battlefield. They have powerful forces at their command and every interest in deploying them. If you think you have won at this point, then you are already defeated.

          • Inspector General

            It’s called horse trading. What you are suggesting. Not this side of the Atlantic…

          • carl jacobs

            No, it’s called “politics”, and it’s a blood sport. You have yet to explain how Parliament will be coerced into acting in accordance with this vote.

          • Inspector General

            Parliament will not cause a constitutional crisis by refusing.

          • carl jacobs

            What crisis? This referendum has no legal force.

          • Inspector General

            It’s raw democracy what they are up against. They haven’t a chance…

          • carl jacobs

            You underestimate the treachery and the duplicity and the arrogance and the fundamentally reptilian nature of politicians.

          • Inspector General

            You’re serious, aren’t you. You really think that MPs would cheat the people out of their victory…

          • carl jacobs

            I’m serious as a heart attack. If you think the opposition to Brexit in Parliament is just going to roll over because of this vote, you are deceived.

          • Inspector General

            Tell you what. See it this way. The Conservatives and Labour parties would like to continue as they are. The Lib Dems being finished. What they don’t want is a Westminster full of UKIP MPs…

          • bluedog

            Our politicians are better than theirs.

          • David

            “reptilian nature of politicians” – brilliant !

          • sarky

            You’re not a follower of David Ike are you?

          • carl jacobs

            Umm … who?

          • CliveM

            the MPs won’t dare refuse to abide by the referendum. They may however find a way of getting another vote.

          • Pubcrawler
          • CliveM

            Yes that’s one scenario (or two or……..). I would also beware the early GE. Played solely on the “are you sure” ticket. It would produce splits in both labour and conservatives, but I think the europhiles might attempt to manufacture it.

          • Inspector General

            Yes, the europhiles are still in shock. The colleague who harangued the Inspector the other day for ‘ruining his children’s future’ was not at his desk today. Lord knows what these sore losers will scheme…

          • CliveM

            Its not over until the fat lady sings Inspector.

          • Inspector General

            Plenty of fat ladies among the working class, Clive. The very working class who voted OUT! And if Parliament dares try to weasel their way out of the peoples command, they will turn up once again and vote those MPs out too.

          • CliveM

            Desperate people, desperate measures.

          • Inspector General

            Nay! They’re not THAT desperate. The first rule of being elected to the commons – don’t do anything which will prevent you from being elected again. These people are career politicians, Clive. They would find it difficult to survive in the real world…

          • Pubcrawler

            I do so hope you don’t mean Diane Abbott.

          • carl jacobs

            They certainly won’t stand up on their hind legs and openly refuse – unless they represent a constituency that is heavily Remain. But there are other ways. These people are professional politicians. They know how to navigate difficult political channels.

            If you think this is a done deal, you play into their hands. All they need to do is diffuse the pressure to act.

          • Merchantman

            If Parliament refuses then there is big trouble in store.

          • bluedog

            ‘If you think you have won at this point, then you are already defeated.’

            in terms of warfare, they say that the jungle is neutral. However, those who are unprepared for the rigours ahead will fall by the wayside from disease, malnutrition and thirst. This is the situation that the EU finds itself in. Its very real structural weaknesses in the form of the Eurozone and the consequent economic devastation of so many provinces will create uncontrollable centrifugal forces. The Spanish vote for a new government on Monday. The French vote next year for a new president. The Germans vote next year for a new government; Merkel’s ratings have crated. The Dutch have just voted against granting Ukraine associate status within the EU; their vote was ignored, as usual. The Italians are over the EU and hate the Germans.

            Just as Brexit proved, there is a deep disconnect between the people and the elites. Brexit was simply the starting gun for a popular revolt that will tear the EU apart.

            Will the EU last the two years due to be granted to Britain for negotiations under Article 50? Or will it turn to dust like the USSR within two years? We are the powerful forces.

          • Andy

            Which is why the UK should not be too quick to activate Article 50. They have to negotiate with us (we don’t need to do so with them) and actually I have a feeling they wont grant anything much, so WTO might be the way to go. Slap import tariffs on Merc, BMW, Audis VW etc and French wine, cheese etc and listen to them all scream. What fun.

          • sarky

            Do we actually need article 50?? Surely as a sovereign nation we can just repeal the shenanigans of 40 years ago?

          • Andy

            I suppose we can just repeal the 1972 Act.

          • Dreadnaught

            If we wish to trade with them and rebuild alliances, we must not piss on our chips; we must abide by the conditions we signed up to.

          • Merchantman

            Precisely, just take matters into our own hands. They do.
            Pity we cant liberate Brussels. Where’s xxx Corps when you want it?

      • David

        Carl, I agree. Vigilance is now necessary to ensure that they follow through to implement the will of the people. We are not out of the woods yet. But if Ukip has been capable of delivering us this far it will, in association with others, be able to take us the next steps.

        • James60498 .

          I see that there is now a petition to have a second referendum.

      • Andy

        It isn’t Schengen that is the problem, although it does help to move Kalashnikovs around. No, the real problem is the ‘free movement of people’. This is a small island and we simply can’t cope with free movement as we have seen, and the reason why so many in England voted to leave was because they end up living there. None of them want to go to Scotland ! But to the EU this is a sacred principle.

    • bluedog

      Even the Scots and Scottish residents may wake up to the dangers of the EU.

      • Inspector General

        An EU that is going to be all the poorer financially shortly. Perhaps we’ll see Scots obliged to be net contributors. And so was removed the threat of a second independence vote…

        • bluedog

          Once the Scots see that Brexit results in the return of their fishing grounds, the SNP’s case for secession and for EU membership will collapse. We have seen peak SNP. They are not immune to making mistakes, it’s just in the very parochial world of Scottish politics it takes time for the mistakes to be recognised.

          • Inspector General

            Brilliant thinking, the fishing!

          • bluedog

            That’s why Bojo was endlessly photographed holding large dead fish. No coincidence.

          • chiefofsinners

            That wasn’t a fish, it was Michael Gove.

          • Royinsouthwest

            But doesn’t everyone know that fish comes from supermarkets? Perhaps Bob Geldolf could confirm that if there are still people with doubts.

          • David

            Good point regarding the return of the fishing grounds.

          • Dreadnaught

            Excellent points.

          • Andy

            It is usually anti-English bile and hate that forms Scottish politics.

          • chiefofsinners

            I thought that was how they made haggis.

          • Inspector General

            All too true, that man…

  • Uncle Brian

    Coincidentally Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V was on cable here today, once again. I just caught the tail end of it with the terrific choral arrangement of Non nobis, Domine. Highly appropriate, all things considered.

  • Inspector General

    Dear friends,

    I just signed the petition “A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN JEREMY CORBYN AFTER BREXIT” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

    This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

    http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/a-vote-of-confidence-in-jeremy-corbyn-after-brexit

    Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or click these links:

    • sarky

      Hit the scotch a bit early today did we?

      • Inspector General

        It’s the reply…oh don’t worry…

      • Inspector General

        As you’ve mentioned it Sarky, the Inspector is indeed in a state of relaxation, after only getting 4 hours sleep last night. He was just thinking how that foul mouthed priest Cranmer targeted the other day is taking it all. Beyond badly, one hopes…

        • chiefofsinners

          You effing racist, you.

          • James60498 .

            What? For hitting the scotch? Outrageous. Though of course if it was Salmond he hit, then ……?

          • chiefofsinners

            No, just for daring to contradict the foul-mouthed priest in Wednesday’s article.

    • Ivan M

      Corbyn put the Leave vote over the top, by giving his honest opinion that there is no upper limit to immigration under the EU. He deserves all your support.

    • Sybaseguru

      Interestingly, he probably reflected the view of a lot of labour supporters – happy to stay in if changes were made, but having seen the way Greece and Cameron were treated didn’t think change likely.

  • carl jacobs

    [blink blink]

    So … at least I see why you asked the question.

  • chiefofsinners

    It has been my great pleasure today to drive around in my British sports car, built before we entered the common market.
    Top down, wind in my hair and the word ‘Triumph’ writ large across the bonnet.

    • Inspector General

      You don’t deserve it.

    • What model a Vitesse?

      • chiefofsinners

        TR4

    • Ivan M

      You have to take the current price of the pound when valuing the FTSE.

    • Old Nick

      First mention of motor-cycles in the Bible: “and the sound of David’s Triumph was heard throughout the land”.

      • dannybhoy

        As old as Methusaleh..

        • Old Nick

          Yup – good isn’t it. Second mention of British Railways in the Bible: “Evil communications corrupt good manners”.

          • dannybhoy

            :0)

      • Anton

        From 1 Samuel 32?

    • Anton

      I drove with my St George Cross window-mounted flags flying.

    • Maalaistollo

      Greetings from a fellow Triumphalist!

    • David

      Then the three of us – Triumph !
      I have two Triumphs, one open air and one with a roof.
      Manufacturing the m/cycles was restarted, and has totally triumphed !
      More UK engineering please !

  • Inspector General

    Having followed the activist benders for 5 years, the Inspector has never seen them so down as they are now over Brexit.

    But what’s this!

    “MI6 lights up headquarters for Pride in London for the first time ever”

    Bless them all. Comfort is at hand…

  • sarky

    If you want to know why leave won, just read ‘the secret people’ by G K Chesterton.

    • Maalaistollo

      Indeed, especially this bit:

      ‘They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords,
      Lords without anger or honour, who dare not carry their swords.
      They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes;
      They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
      And the load of their loveless pity is worse than the ancient wrongs,
      Their doors are shut in the evening; and they know no songs.’

      I understand that he wrote this in 1907. Rather prophetic, not just of the EU but of our present national governing class.

  • chiefofsinners

    So, the poison dwarf loves losing referenda so much that she wants another one.
    Apparently England taking Scotland out of the EU is completely unacceptable, although if Scotland had kept England in, that would have been fine.
    Let them go. We will have a Tory government in England forevermore.

    • Anton

      But we must make sure that the Conservative Party is actually conservative.

    • disqus_N9Jawtu8Uw

      The problem for the poisoned dwarf, if anyone ever thinks about it, is that more Scots live in England, Wales and Northern Ireland than actually live in Scotland and yet the SNP wanted to disenfranchise them then and wishes to disenfranchise them now.

  • Dreadnaught

    We are standing on the threashold of a virtual rebirth of of the United Kingdom. We have had warnings of dire retribution from the bully-boys in Brussels and Obama the outgoing President of the US. We have had a referendum; a non-binding exercise in polling the electorate on a single issue, but nothing has changed in our legitimacy as a member of the EU. We should not be rushed or panic into accepting changes in our circumstances without establishing firm resolve to stand our ground.
    We have been abandoned by our Prime Minister. We are a nation temporarily divided in aspiration and are probably in our weakest position as nation since 1945; the sharks are circulating. So what are our parliamentarians doing? – still planning to go on extended holiday as usual!
    Cameron has abandoned ship ahead of the crew and passengers instead of calling all officers to the ward room and plotting a new course.
    If ever the nation was in need of reassurance it is now: to that extent I would welcome a statement from our Head of State, as her father did during our darkest hours in WW2, a steadying influence to catch our breath and get on with planning the job in hand.
    We are architects of our own destiny, no time for recriminations now or in raking over petty political infighting – there is big work to be done.

    • Ivan M

      With the UK out of the EU, the Turks will not be getting in. Win-win all round.

      • Manfarang

        The Turks got in years ago and helped build the West German economic miracle years ago.

        • bluedog

          Can you recognise the difference between Turkish individuals and the Turkish state?

          • Manfarang

            Ivan said the Turks not Turkey, actually many were Kurds who came to West Germany. A number of Turkish Cypriots came to live in Britain.
            Britain had workers from southern Europe before their countries joined the EU and Poles after WW2.

          • Ivan M

            I should have written Turkey.

    • David

      Good comments.
      Yes a calming word from the Head of State would be appropriate.

      • Dreadnaught

        We need to tell the world that this referendum is first and foremost a domestic marker laid down by a modern day Peasants Revolt. Until the time when we have a new government, the situation is at status quo; business as usual. We will call the date to invoke clause 50.

        • David

          Yes I agree.The peasants have finally reasserted their rights.
          But we need vigilance to ensure that our wishes are implemented. The establishment has failed us, big time, and therefore need to be watched most carefully now. Ukip and the good, wholesome elements in other parties are up for this. We are alert and organised as never before.

          • Dreadnaught

            UKIP as it stands is intellectually poor in it’s status to govern or to continue now that its core policy has been achieved. I think it should disband or at least, metamorphose after a time of pupation into a party that will attract the electorate to vote for it on a much broarder manisfesto. The major political Parties, likewise have to completely reassess thier abilities to represent
            the daily needs and aspirations of the electorate of this new Britain and address the longer term future of the the Union before we execute complete withdrawal from the EU.

          • David

            Intellectually weak ? Maybe. But morally stronger. Intellectual ability is overrated I believe. Give me someone who is morally upright, practical and who can get things done, any day.
            A global scale, political watershed has been crossed as a direct result of Ukip. We are about to correct the terrible mistakes made by generations of intellectuals of the right, middle and left.
            Brexit has not yet been achieved. Until it has vigilance is needed.

          • Dreadnaught

            Godfrey Bloom?

          • disqus_N9Jawtu8Uw

            So UKIP is intellectually weak?

            Might I remind you that the Prime-Minister himself claimed the WW3 would happen if people voted to leave (10th May if you wish to search). Now that really is intellectually weak.

          • Manfarang

            Ukip members can quit and sign up for the Conservative party to vote for Johnson as the new leader.

          • Anton

            Its core purpose has not been achieved. We are still in the EU and there is a risk of that continuing unless pressure groups keep pressing.

    • Eustace

      Britain is still theoretically a member of the EU, but any British power and influence within Europe disappeared in a puff of smoke once the referendum result was announced.

      Next week will see the British commissioner “Limogé”, i.e. the European equivalent of being sent to Coventry, probably deprived of his portfolio and excluded from all decision making processes.

      European leaders will demand (in fact have already demanded) the immediate activation of article 50 and Britain’s swift exit from the EU. If you won’t jump, a way will be found to push you.

      British MEPs are now in the difficult position of being completely isolated within the European parliament. Only the far right is willing to talk to them. The smarter among them will suddenly find something that desperately needs their personal attention in their constituency, hand in their notice on their Brussels digs, fire their teams and hightail it back home. If they save every penny of those generous salaries while waiting for the axe to fall, they might make it through the employment desert that awaits them. Former MEPs will be the perfect scapegoats when the pain of Brexit really starts to hit home. Perhaps they should emigrate?

      In any case, Britain is now just a lame duck in Europe. Worse than a lame duck, in fact. A duck in the final stages of terminal cancer with only days to live. Once Scotland officially sets the timetable for a new independence referendum, of which the outcome can be in little doubt, to all intents and purposes Britain ceases to exist as a geopolitical entity.

      Yes, perhaps as the last monarch of the UK, the Queen should make some kind of statement. A lament for the doomed Union. A cri de cœur that she should live to be the one who has to bury it. Will the Scots still want her if they’re in EU and England is not? Or will Balmoral go the way of Britannia and be turned into a museum of lost (and hideously threadbare) glory?

      So yes, let’s hear from Elizabeth The First and Second, as we’ll soon have to call her. Or perhaps Elizabeth The First and Last, at least north of the border. If I were her, I’d now be considering the Dutch option as the lesser of all evils. Do a Cameron, your Madge, and let your son deal with the ignominy of reduced circumstances. When the country you swore to dedicate your life to disintegrates around you, nobody will expect you to serve something that no longer exists.

      • Anton

        On the contrary, if the rest of the EU leaders want us gone, we are in a VERY favourable position to negotiate good terms.

        Why should anybody take you seriously on the subject after you loudly and emphatically called the Referendum wrong here?

        • Eustace

          Typical British misplaced confidence. You’re nothing if not convinced of your own importance.

          I’m perfectly content to dit back and watch the spectacle of British panic as your biggest market slams the door in your face.

          Britain out now! I wouldn’t be surprised if new European legislation enabling your unceremonious ejection isn’t passed within a few weeks.

          All European leaders have already said you will not be offered advantageous terms. We need to make an example of you to stop others thinking they can also have their cake and eat it too.

          You’re either in Europe or you’re out, and now you’re out. And out means out. It doesn’t mean having all the advantages of being in without any of the constraints or costs.

          • Anton

            They said that to try to bully us into staying in. They will change their tune now because they need the business with Europe’s second biggest economy. Like you, I’m predicting the future. Unlike you, I got my last prediction right.

          • Eustace

            So you’re basing your reputation for clear-sightedness on one lucky guess, are you? You’ll excuse me if I remain unconvinced.

            There are more than just economic considerations to take into account here. The EU must act decisively to stop contagion. The sickness of nationalist populism has infected England. It can’t be allowed to spread to the rest of Europe. You need to be quarantined. The last time we let this kind of illness go unchecked, millions died. That can’t be allowed to happen again.

            We have elections soon. Despite hysterical British predictions of a National Front victory, which demographics render impossible, our next government will be centre right. There will be no coalition with the National Front. But there will be the political will to act against foreign powers whose attempt to undermine our fundamental attachment to Europe can only be interpeted as a hostile act.

            Perfide Albion indeed. Even 40 years of civilising European influence hasn’t changed you. You’re still every bit as arrogant, self-regarding and downright contrary as ever you were. Bonaparte had the right idea: a blockade is the only way to deal with you.

          • Anton

            And it worked out so well for him, didn’t it?

            Fog in the Channel; Continent cut off.

          • Eustace

            Colonel Blimp really does believe he and his country are the navel of the world, doesn’t he?

          • Anton

            Have you not seen the film of Colonel Blimp? It’s about a friendship between an English and a German army officer which lasts through two failed attempts to unify Europe, ie world wars.

      • Sybaseguru

        Scotland decided not to leave when oil was $100/barrel, since then the North Sea is in mothballs, large parts laid off with only the thought of resurrection of the fishing industry (thanks to brexit restoring our 200 mile limits) to boost the economy. Going back to the EU and loosing the UK’s massive payments is not a risk – its a certainty. Will the EU budget handle the UK’s loss of payments as well as paying Scotland?. We’re not talking project fear, but project bankruptcy.

        • Manfarang

          The seas are becoming fished out.

          • Sybaseguru

            And will soon recover once we kick the Spanish and other EU fleets out of our waters. Remember we get to regain control of our fishing waters as defined by International maritime law.

          • Manfarang

            Not soon, large areas of seabed in the North Sea now resemble a desert devoid of fish. Remember years ago the British fished off of Iceland. The Icelandic fishing industry has gone into decline.

  • David

    Just an observation here.
    I have two sets of very good friends in Scandinavia. One family is in Norway and one in Denmark. Both know all about my strong Christian faith and my patriotic, conservative political views.
    The Norwegian connection is delighted with the referendum result and ready to welcome us outside the EU. The Danish family is convinced that the UK has made a terrible mistake, and is very anxious regarding Danish jobs.
    It is tricky as there will be winers and losers. But I hope that, long term, everyone in Europe will be better in all the ways that matter the most, post the wretched EU.

    • Manfarang

      I have a Danish friend who says the same thing. Norway, of course only became fully independent in 1905.

  • chiefofsinners

    And Ford was just Nixon in a suit. But welcome one and welcome all at the Cranmer classic car fest.

  • Manfarang

    I made my Brexit years ago. About a million young will be doing the same in the next few years.

    • Anton

      And the country didn’t grind to a halt, did it?

      • Manfarang

        No it went into a recession.

  • Manfarang

    Kit Juckes, a currency strategist for Societe Generale, warns that the decline in the currency may not be over.

    “The UK economy enters a period of huge uncertainty – and weakness as a result – and despite the 9.8% fall in GBP/USD that we have seen overnight, there is a grave danger of further weakness in the weeks ahead,” Juckes wrote in a note to clients. “Indeed, the view of policymakers will be that a weaker pound is a vital economic shock absorber.”
    Great for tourists!