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Vote Leave: take control. Believe in Britain, or bow down to Brussels

 

The debates are done: the hour is come. EU Referendum Day 2016 is here. Like the Church of England, this blog is impeccably neutral on the matter: it is simply not the task of cyber-ministers to instruct the people in how they should vote. You are simply exhorted to participate in this generational exercise in the sovereignty of the people – for it may be the last – and to use that vote wisely, after reflecting on those values which are undeniably Christian and may also be considered British, such as freedom, justice, the importance of the family, love of country, and of the need good and righteous government.

Vote Leave, and the first 100 days of freedom will lead to a decade of opportunity, then to a century of security, stability and prosperity, and then to centuries of liberty and democracy overflowing with milk and honey. And if you don’t like milk and honey, you can get rid of it and replace it with a bed of roses, a field of clover or a velvet cushion. Your choice: you’ll be in control.

Vote Remain, however, and the next hundred days will be the same the past decade of locust-plagued despair and moth-eaten destruction. And a decade hence we will be in a much enlarged European Union – to the tune of about 88 million – with no secure borders, no stable economy, a diminished vote in the European Commission and Parliament, and prosperity on par with Antarctica. And a decade after that we will be in a United States of Europe – a supranational superstate – not only with its own flag, anthem and passport, but with a Commission-Government, President-Commander-in-Chief, and a CFSP-Army, for what use is a Common Foreign and Security Policy without the military might to back it up? And what use is a president with no presidential powers? Don’t think you’ll get to vote for him/her, by the way: it will be an appointed president, agreed by the elite hegemony, each of whom, in their ever-concentric circulation, will aspire to the ultimate executive office, with treaty power, appointments power, legislative power, and the right to drive around the capital cities of the world in a black limo bathed in flashing blue lights. Your task will merely be to pay for it.

We have heard much about war and rumours of war. The Archbishop of Canterbury prefaced his neutral appeal for people to vote Remain with a journey to the horrors of the Somme; and the Prime Minister, invoking the spectre of St Winston of Blenheim, warned of a Europe of genocide and armed conflict: “The serried rows of white headstones in Commonwealth war cemeteries stand as silent testament to the price this country has paid to help restore peace and order in Europe.”

Indeed they do, which is why we must vote Leave, for only by doing so may we restore civil peace and the democratic order. Vote Remain, and the riots and protests of the oppressed Greeks, antagonised Spaniards, disaffected Italians and discontented Austrians will descend into national strife, if not civil war. There is only so much a proud people can endure of hardship and alienation. There is only so much they will bear of feeling strangers in their home countries, disdained by their political leaders, deprived of all democratic remedy.

This Referendum is not only about Christian values, but about national identity. Are we really so feeble that our aspiration to wholeness may be apprehended only in the anti-democratic space? Are we really so fooled that our language of community may only be expressed in terms of political union? Are we really so blind that our morality may only be conceived in the secular Enlightenment conception of man, with his inviolable rights and perfect moral standards? Today is a watershed: Remain, and we perpetuate the self-congratulatory illusion of the abolition of nationalism and the death of God; Leave, and we move beyond myopic Euro-nationalism, spreading our vision upward, downward and outward into the world. There will be upheaval, but nothing that a new mode of thought and sensibility to new nations cannot withstand. Some say this is retrospective illusion: it is, rather, the true globalism of the catholic Christian.

If the Christian ends of peace and reconciliation are to be realised in and by the United Kingdom, our moral outlook must change. The Enlightenment European Union is not the Promised Land, for EUtopia erodes the cosmic order, denies self-determination, keeps the poor in famine and inflicts suffering on its own people. If we seek universal benevolence and justice, they are not found in haughty declarations of subjective rights of immunities and benefits, but in an apprehension of divine dignity; of man created in the image of God for a life of grace, love and service. This is not monkish ignorance or superstition: it is, whether we believe it or not, the truth. You may demand tyrannical impositions of trans-national equality, but God’s blessings flow only from humility; security comes only from self-government; and peace comes only from Christ, with whom believers are exhorted to walk in spirit and truth.

This isn’t a game of point scoring: it is about the moral culture of our civilisation. There is a prideful illusion of a Godless European Empire with its unaccountable omnipotence and infallible dreams of universal justice, equality and rights; or there is the subtler language of the nation under God, within which the unrighteous may be removed and the immoral corrected, rebuked, reformed and restored. You may not agree with this ‘parochial’ view of human nature in the created order, believing instead that political man is moving toward the zenith of moral perfection and that justice is about to flow like a river. But when empires impose their laws and enforce their creeds by natural authority and the people do not obey except out of cynicism, the only solution is the restoration of the true political authority which chimes with the mores and traditions of the people.

So, forget the finger-jabbing niggles of elite establishment politicians sanctified by ecclesial negativity: there is nothing to fear in leaving the European Union. On the contrary, there is hope in liberty; morality in democracy; and prosperity in the restoration of a global outlook. Today is about national self-belief and self-determination. It is about taking back control of our national destiny. Today we vote for freedom. Let today be and hereafter forever be known as UK Independence Day.

  • bluedog

    Bravo, Your Grace. Probably the finest piece of oratory since Henry V’s battlefield address before Agincourt, the Gettysburg Address, Col Tim Collins’ speech to his troops before the Invasion of Iraq and last but not least, Sir Francis Drake’s prayer.

    We not only fight against injustice but against a litany of lies, and we are commanded not to bear false witness. Our PM has proven himself unworthy being capable, it seems, of telling at least two contradictory lies in a single sentence, or something like that. One looks with utter amazement at todays headline in the Daily Mail which neatly summarises the total demolition of David Cameron’s position. It is hard to think of any British leader whose credibility was so completely destroyed in a single day.

    We must Leave and Cameron must go.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3655236/Nailed-four-big-EU-lies-Talks-Turkey-stall-Brexit-WON-T-spark-trade-war-say-Germans-Brussels-NOT-reform-open-borders-deportation-jobless-EU-migrants-myth.html

  • Martin

    I join his grace by declaring vote leave, vote for democracy, vote often.

    • CliveM

      ‘Vote often ‘ you’re not suggesting something illegal are you Martin!

      • grutchyngfysch

        That’s why I always register as Sinn Féin. That way I get a couple of votes each for me and the missus and even one for the dog, and they even provide free transport to go round the polling booths.

        • Cressida de Nova

          Tsk….waste of time if the votes are in pencil:)

      • Martin

        Clive

        As if I would. 😉

        Great day today that I’ve waited forty years for.

  • Project Fear and Project Toe-Curling Mawkishness versus Project Reason. The élites versus the people. Pray God the people win, and God preserve Your Grace.

  • Anton

    Just voted. Hopefully a Brexit vote will cause the break-up of the EU to the benefit of the peoples of Europe, but if not then that break-up will merely be delayed and will cost us somewhat more.

  • Albert

    In the polling booth this seemed so important that I had to read everything twice, in order to be sure of putting my cross in the right box to vote leave!

  • Stig

    Somebody suggest taking my own pen. The pencils they give you can be erased and your vote reversed!

    • bluedog

      A rumour which illustrates total distrust of the elites.

  • carl jacobs

    Wars are not won in a single battle. (Well, unless you are fighting the French.) This vote is the beginning and not the end. Festung Europa awaits, and today you land an army on its beaches. There is naught but blood, sweat, toil, and tears ahead.

    To quote someone or other.

    • CliveM

      “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning ”

      “The late M. Venizelos observed that in all her wars England-he should have said Britain, of course – always wins one battle- the last.”

      • Uncle Brian

        “England loses every battle except the last” — Napoleon is supposed to have said that, but even if he did, he was probably only quoting somebody else from an earlier period. Maybe Linus knows?

        • CliveM

          According to the second quote I put up (same speech) it was some Greek?

          Strange thing for Napoleon to say if true, as Wellington had already beaten the French in battle before Waterloo?

          • Uncle Brian

            Yes, but Venizelos came a century later than Napoleon. I have an idea the saying is older still.

          • CliveM

            Fair enough. Often the way, should be googleable.

  • pawnraider

    Well done Your Grace, well done!

  • Old men plant trees

    If it please Your Grace, tidings. In the cross I glory. At a stroke I resolved that England shall not slumber. Liberty, trade and confidence in each other shall rule here. I await the raising of our Standard and pray another Cromwell is, as I write, preparing a New Model Politics.

    • Watchman

      Hang on a bit, Cromwell was a terrorist!

      • Royinsouthwest

        He overthrew an out of touch elite at the apex of which was a man who believed he had a divine right to rule in whatever manner he wished and who thought that Parliament should simply rubber-stamp his decisions.

        • Watchman

          History is always written by the victors. Give me some justification for murdering the King, apart from ensuring that he wouldn’t bother him again. How very Christian of him!

          • Uncle Brian

            Who were the ultimate victors? Oliver Cromwell is buried and dead, hey-ho, hey-ho, and ever since then we’ve been ruled by the Stuarts and their relations.

          • Anton

            The Scots didn’t think so after 1688 and showed their dissent from that view in 1715 and 1745.

          • Uncle Brian

            The Pretenders were Stuarts. Same family, different branch.

          • Anton

            That’s what I was saying! Perhaps unclearly, though. The sentence of yours with which I take issue that that ever since Cromwell we have been ruled by the Stuarts and their relations. William III was no Stuart. The Georges weren’t either.

          • Uncle Brian

            I’ve had to look this up. When Queen Anne died childless in 1714 she was succeeded by her nearest surviving relative, George I, who was a great-grandson of James I. That’s why I said “and their relations.”

          • Anton

            Oh, come on, Uncle! Everybody is related to everybody else ultimately. They were only a small proportion Stuart, it was through the female line, and they didn’t think of themselves as Stuarts and neither did the Scots.

          • Uncle Brian

            Yes, I should have said her nearest surviving non-Catholic relative. The Scots, in their wisdom, didn’t think the Act of Settlement should apply to them.

          • Anton

            Herewith. From Magna Carta onwards it was agreed that the king was under the law. Who else but Parliament is going to hold him to it if he treats it with contempt and refuses to change course?

          • Watchman

            Is execution prescribed by the law for anyone with the conviction that the law is wrong?

          • Anton

            The judicial execution of a king by his people’s representatives is indeed a shocking event, but if the king is under the law then who but Parliament might hold him to it? Charles had refused to heed or have a Parliament through the 1630s, consistently breaking his word and introducing unscrupulous forms of taxation. Parliamentary opposition to these practices organised itself, and both sides reacted by escalating until one had won a confrontation which had grown mortal.

            Charles’ refusal to take his opponents’ grievances seriously showed that the alternative to what happened was absolute monarchy (as on the Continent) and no religious tolerance for Puritans, who in all England were the people most committed to diligence, family life and honest dealing. The constitutional proposals and patience of the Army and its leaders in the two-and-a-half years between Charles’ surrender at Newark and Pride’s Purge indicate good faith, in contrast to Charles’ intransigence and duplicity.

          • Didn’t bishops and members of Parliament all swear sacred oaths of allegiance to their King?

          • Anton

            Tell me, if you have sworn such an oath and the king orders you to kill your wife, are you compelled to do it?

          • Who’s wife did the King want killed?

          • Anton

            Jack, I think you are ducking the question because to answer it would be to undo the principle you are seeking to establish, that a vow must always be kept in every circumstance.

          • A vow should not be kept in every circumstance. However, a refusal and passive resistance is not quite the same as chopping a person’s head off. On what grounds do you justify armed insurrection against legitimate authority?

          • carl jacobs

            The SS and the Wehrmacht swore a personal oath to Hitler – who was without question the legitimate authority in Germany. Do you condemn those who tried to kill him in 1944?

          • bluedog

            But wait, the July Plotters were mainly Catholics!

            Decisions, decisions.

          • No …. because he was waging war on his own citizens and his leadership was tantamount to a war on the nation he was charged with leading. However, even Dietrich Bonhoeffer had moral questions about his involvement in this plot.

          • Anton

            And when does authority cease to be legitimate?

            The key question as I see it remains: If the king is under the law, who but parliament is going to hold him to it when push comes to shove; and how?

          • But what law was he under?

          • Anton

            For a start, he had broken a formal agreement with parliament requiring their consent over the levying of taxes. When a king refuses to keep his word over a major matter of State, do you simply shrug? I do not wish to circumscribe your reply but please include a reply to this question.

          • You don’t execute him or trigger a civil war, that’s for sure. The nation is more than Parliament which was hardly representative at the time.

          • Anton

            They didn’t respond by doing either of those. They repeatedly asked him to keep his word and both sides escalated it step by step. The nation is more than the king, too, don’t you think, who is certainly less representative than parliament.

          • Pubcrawler

            What did Pius V think?

          • Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth I for heresy and persecution of English Catholics. He called her: “Elizabeth, the pretended Queen of England and the servant of crime” and released all her subjects from any allegiance to her, even when they had sworn oaths to her, and excommunicating any that obeyed her orders. He, of course, had the ability to do so as the Vicar of Christ with the authority to loose and bind.

          • bluedog

            In Orthodox terms, England falls within the Patriarchate of Constantinople. There is no record of His All Holiness ex-communicating Elizabeth I which neutralises her ‘punishment’ by Rome, in itself a vote winner.

          • Little Black Censored

            A vow should be kept in all things lawful and honest. No authority can override this.

          • Inspector General

            God’s truth, you little fellow. You are running amok tonight, and no mistake.

          • Anton

            Indeed; King Charles broke his word to parliament multiple times. Do you think there should be no consequence to that, merely because he was king?

          • Pubcrawler

            So had their predecessors in 1214/15. If the King is deemed to have broken his side (as represented in the Coronation Oath), that oath of allegiance is rescinded. (Unless your rebellion is unsuccessful, in which case the victorious king will deem it still in force and hang you for a traitor.)

          • And just who has the authority to “deem” this?

          • Pubcrawler

            Whoever wins. See the fates of Henry III (for a while), Edward II, Richard II, Henry VI… It is, at bottom, how we got to have a Parliament.

          • Watchman

            “Consistently breaking his word and introducing unscrupulous forms of taxation”
            I can think of a number of prime ministers and chancellors of the exchequer who have been guilty of the above but I have not heard any suggestion that we execute them – perhaps we should allow Charles to create the precedent. Isn’t it nearer the truth that a power crazed Cromwell needed to flex his muscles and, as many individuals and groups still do, needed to prove that he was in control and capable of exercising control. Stalin, among others, was very good at bumping off his rivals but didn’t have the audacity to claim God given authority. Anton, you are seeing history through the prism of judicial process rather than unscrupulous, ruthless malevolence.

          • Anton

            Please stick to discussing history rather than me; I shall extend you the same courtesy. I repeat, regarding the army and its leaders, that the constitutional proposals and patience they showed in the two-and-a-half years between Charles’ surrender at Newark and Pride’s Purge indicate good faith, in contrast to Charles’ intransigence and duplicity. Discussion of Cromwell separate from parliament and the army is a diversion until 1649 at least and that is not what we are discussing.

        • He was a murdering bastard.

          • Hi happy Jack

            “He was a murdering bastard”

            Quite right. Like another general called Franco then (:

          • Franco defended Spain from the Socialists and Free Masons who were set on a murdering spree.

          • Hi

            Translation :

            Franco was a Roman Catholic murdering bastard which makes it ok.

            Cromwell was a Protestant murdering bastard that makes it bad.

          • Not at all. Franco did not initiate the killing. He defended Spain and the Spanish from the Socialists. Cromwell, on the other hand ….

          • Hi happy Jack

            I believe me , Sam , Carl and a few others discussed this before and I no point in seeing you upset again.

            Cheerio old Etrog , with hugs x

          • “Old etrog”…hahahaha!

          • grutchyngfysch

            If you’re going to pick a Catholic dictator, can’t you at least pick Salazar? At least he didn’t permanently flirt with Berlin.

          • IrishNeanderthal

            It is probably thanks to Cromwell that we still have a monarchy today.

          • Royinsouthwest

            I don’t think he was a bastard. Do you think he was any worse than other rulers at that time, or the Catholic Spanish monarchs in power when much of the New World was conquered?

          • He bore arms against legitimate authority and waged war against the people. He was no more than a terrorist.

          • carl jacobs

            The legitimate authority being the Pope, of course.

            Oh! You meant the King, didn’t you. Easy mistake to make.

        • Little Black Censored

          He replaced an elite with another elite, and regarded himself as divinely guided. By the time they were got rid of, the republicans, whose rule began with judicial murder, were as corrupt as any previous regime.

  • IanCad

    Splendid Stuff!! YG.
    We may or may not win this round; but it ain’t over.

    • David

      Well said Ian.
      The love of freedom cannot be erased.
      Either we win an exit now or later.
      We will be free !

  • Merchantman

    They may try to Fixit! Down with EU Tyranny! Huzzah up and at em! Free Britain!

  • Eustace

    Sterling is soaring. A trend that seems to be accelerating as the afternoon wears on.

    I wonder what the money markets know that we don’t yet.

    Hmmm … what could it be?

    How do you say déjà vu in Scots? Today is feeling remarkably like another referendum day not so very long ago…

    • Uncle Brian

      Is someone clandestinely conducting an unauthorised exit poll? There are to be no official exit polls today, right?

      • Anton

        Hedge funds, I think.

        • Pubcrawler

          That was my first thought.

      • grutchyngfysch

        YouGov are doing a recall poll, because I just took part in it. Which will become the defacto exit poll.

        • Uncle Brian

          Thank you, Grutch. There doesn’t seem to be anything about a recall poll on the YouGov website, but I expect it’ll turn up in due course, at 10 o’clock or soon after.

          https://yougov.co.uk/results/

    • The Explorer

      You may well be right. Money markets always go funny before an election and then soar, regardless of what abomination gets into power, once the uncertainty is over. But now they are soaring before the result is even known.

      Could it be that they know because the result has been decided in advance? Are we entering a Mugabe-style era in which Remain will get 102% of the votes?

      • Pubcrawler

        “sterling is now falling back sharply”

        And some currency traders will have made an awful lot money.

      • Eustace

        Funny, isn’t it, how if the Leave campaign is defeated it will be due to Zimbabwe-style vote rigging and corruption, whereas if you win it will be a great victory for democracy.

        It’s this more than anything that scares me when I contemplate the possibility of a Leave victory. The sort of mindset that views itself as unassailable and takes any sign that the public does not support it as proof of an evil plot by the powers -that-be to thwart its inevitable victory is a sign not of political commitment, but religious fervour.

        If the Leave campaign loses this, it will be because you failed to convince a majority of those who voted of the justice of your cause. Fantasies about vote rigging and corruption say much more about you and your paranoid zealotry than they do about our electoral process.

        If the Leave campaign carries the day you won’t find me shouting “we woz robbed!” Only brainwashed zealots make such ridiculous claims. I won’t be happy of course and will be reconsidering my future, but I will be under no illusion that the result is illegitimate. The fact that you will be if your side loses is the most damning condemnation of your beliefs that I can think of.

        • Inspector General

          Welcome to the new Free UK, old fruit…

          Heh Heh Heh!

        • The Explorer

          Levity, old chap. If what I said were strictly accurate, I would not have been allowed to say it.

          As for reconsidering your future, wait for the result. Not long to go now.

          • Inspector General

            Stop the press, Explorer. We have a new headline for the late edition…

            “Man Threatens To Have HIV Status Tested Abroad If Leave Victory”

          • chiefofsinners

            One more reason to vote Leave, then. Linus might pissoire off back to France.

        • Little Black Censored

          Cameron did engage in Zimbabwean activities: for instance, the Government-funded “information” booklet, the 48-hour extension for young people to register, and the Government-funded advertising on Facebook directed at younger voters. There was also the politicization of Jo Cox’s death in the press and by the BBC.

          • Inspector General

            Agreed, Sam, but what’s this! You’ve given us a whole paragraph. Not like you to be so vociferous…mouthy, even.

          • Little Black Censored

            Sorry, I got carried away.

          • Inspector General

            Well don’t do it again…

    • William Lewis

      The currency markets are decidedly twitchy at the moment. How do you say “they don’t like it up ’em” in English?

  • preacher

    Wonderful, powerful Blog today sir. Somewhere between Churchill & Henry V .
    It inspires & lifts. More Please !.
    No turning back, the battle is engaged.

  • David

    A brilliant article Your Grace, that captures so many of my ideas and reasons as to why we really must grasp this chance.

  • magnolia

    I am off to cast my vote; Brexit stage right.

    I pray that sufficient of the country can see with clear eyes what lies before and do their God-given duty for freedom and democracy in this nation.

    For those whose vision of democracy, whose knowledge of how it works, and lack of awareness of what freedom is, cause them to cast the pearl of their democratic vote into the pigswill of eurocratic history, we must be ready to forgive them and patiently educate them to think better, sometimes just to think, and not just to copy nor to emote by rote.

  • Anton

    Off to see Independence Day II this evening – appropriately – and with St George flag fluttering from the car windows…

  • The Explorer

    Migrants in Calais are apparently confused about what an exit vote would mean for their status. Good question. Tomorrow will determine whether or not they need to worry. Their message in the interim: “Fxxx Britain!” Quite right. How inconsiderate of Britain to inconvenience them.

  • Hi ,

    Apparently a German paper is saying Germany should give the sun loungers to brits first and acknowledge the extra goal from 1966 : if we stay, which is probably the best remain arguments I’ve read so far . Also I’m told we’re supposed to vote using pens just in case MI5 manages to rub out leave votes. Plus take your wet suite and rubber dinghy if it’s raining….. Well I’ve already voted.

  • chiefofsinners

    Thanks be to God, who has sent a deluge upon London. Heavily in favour of Remain, a low turnout in the capital could swing it.
    If not, at least the blighters have got wet.

    • Royinsouthwest

      That reminds me that it was the weather that gave the coup de grâce (what is that in Spanish?) to another pan-European project when the Spanish Armada was destroyed. A Dutch prince expressed his gratitude in the form of a commemorative medal showing the ships being scattered by the storm and adorned with the words “FLAVIT [JEHOVAH] . ET . DISSIPATI . SVNT 1588′” i.e. “He blew and they were scattered.”

      http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/37452.html#SVLz6jJtkUCGA8c1.99

      By the way, somebody ought to tell Happy Jack not to read this otherwise he might not be so happy!

      • chiefofsinners

        Likewise the calm of Dunkirk. Truly our God rides upon the storm.
        Perchance we shall hear Drake’s drum roll once more in merry England this night.
        Cry “God for Harry, England and St George!”

        • Royinsouthwest

          Actually it was not all that good on D-Day but that helped us. D-Day was originally scheduled for 5 June but the weather was pretty bad then so it was postponed. The German meteorologists, handicapped by a relative lack of data from far out in the Atlantic, expected the bad weather to continue for a few days. Allied meteorologist were divided, the British predicting a temporary lull in the bad weather on the 6th making the conditions passable and although the American meteorologists were more doubtful they were eventually won over and so the invasion went ahead on 6 June catching the Germans on the hop.

          The weather was also a factor in the evacuation from Dunkirk. The sea was exceptionally calm making it easy to pick up soldiers from the beaches.

          • chiefofsinners

            Yes – meant Dunkirk but got excited. Did a swift edit hoping no-one noticed.

  • Inspector General

    Bravo Cranmer!

    Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
    How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
    Wider still, and wider, shall thy (trading) bounds be set;
    God, who made thee (economically) mighty, make thee mightier yet!

    Hurrah, Sir!

    And if the vote is right, let every bell in the land ring out this weekend to come…

    • Frunabulax

      Indeed, Let Freedom Ring!

  • Inspector General

    Relief is at hand, the day is here!

    Not so much the vote, but an end (hopefully) to your Inspector being told by colleagues how anti-social (and worse!) he is for wanting his country back! You didn’t think he was immune to that, did you? One fellow even went so far as to spill out his heartfelt anguish and accused the Inspector of ruining his teenage children’s future. Children who would be alive when the population of this country reaches 100 million and finally collapses into a failed state from the immense burden of all those souls of which the true British would only make up less than 40%. The rest being not just the (now not so) young from nearly bankrupt unemployment blackspots that are the EU countries, but also a sizeable chunk of the world’s Islamic types and the problems they will most certainly bring with them as we have already experienced on a smaller scale.

    And it is that very attack on our individual integrity that will have skewed the polls once again. For just as types refused to divulge they were going to vote Conservative to kept milli thing out, even over the phone, the same will apply to decent Leavers, who are not xenophobic or racist and whatever else under the sun they have been accused of. With the polls as they are being level, this hidden support must mean Leave takes the day. The only question is how much of it there is…

    • Hi inspector

      And will you be celebrating with a glass of wine, some scotch , roast beef and Yorkshire pud?

      • Inspector General

        Greetings Hannah – It’s British caught and British smoked cod tonight, and 10 year old Glen Moray for afters.

        Isn’t it a wonderful day, dear thing, the Inspector can quite smell the freedom in the air, or is it the damp stuff coming in from London…

        • Royinsouthwest

          I have just had salmon that came from a country outside the EU – Norway! Unfortunately I have not decided what I will be drinking later but I do have a few different whiskies to chose from plus Australian Shiraz and will also be popping out for a real ale or two with friends, not that I am in the habit of over-indulging.

          • Inspector General

            Norway salmon IS kosher, old chap. Otherwise you would have been expected to stick two fingers down your throat…

            By the way, one will be enjoying his cod with Jersey Royals as they are in season. Normally, one purchases Israeli new pots from M&S. They come ready skinned, you know. {Ahem}

        • Hm. Smoked cod. Never tried such and never seen it in stores here. Sounds interestin. We got smoked salmon, pike, whitefish, herring and mackerel, but not cod. How odd of God to deprive us of smoked cod.

          • Inspector General

            Don’t know what to say, Avi. One would have thought smoked cod was ubiquitous in northern climes. It’s rather beautiful stuff, but you must buy it fresh from a fish monger. The pale imitation found shrink wrapped in supermarket packaging will most definitely put you off the idea, and your cat too…

          • You wpuld think so, but I’ve met with Canadians from the Atlantic provinces who have never tasted fish other than in a McDonald’s filet-o-fish sandwitch…or the frozen trash they dare call “English” fish snd chips. Our cat is less discerni g than you are, but doesn’t need extra dainties. I’ve got her on a diet plan, as she looks like a Black Bear cub.

        • dannybhoy

          I have to confess to feeling quite apprehensive waiting for the results (I intend to try and stay up).
          If we stay in I think the EU will really put the screws on us, safe in the knowledge that we have made our final choice.
          If it’s ‘leave’ I think things may be tough for a while, causing some dissent in the ranks and mutterings below deck….

          • Inspector General

            All new ground, that man, so who knows, but it could be continental spite either way. Anything been announced when the result is all but in. One thinks we can ignore the Outer Hebrides votes this time…

        • Hi inspector

          Very nice and not too heavy on the stomach either. I’m hosting a house/ sleepover to watch the results, but can’t decide on sky news, bbc or itv. Hopefully will stay up most of the night. I did , of course, vote leave.

          • Inspector General

            One is with the BBC. You can trust Dimbleby…

          • Hi inspector

            Watching the BBC now…

      • Royinsouthwest

        You are making me feel both hungry and thirsty!

      • dannybhoy

        Hiya Hannah! How ya doin’?

        • Hi Danny

          I’m okay . Just got back from the gym /swimming and karate class. Looking forward to watching the results.

          • Hi, Hannah, came back from Jandas City this afternoon, napped and hope to stay up for the count. On pins and needles.

          • Hi avi

            Yes it’s very exciting, but close it seems. 1.35 am here. Only me staying up, everyone else has gone home.

  • David

    Come friendly rainstorm, fall on London.
    I’m acting as a Count Agent, on the Leave side obviously, from 10pm until finish, probably about 4m, then I’ll collapse.
    So here’s hoping for a Brexit beer for breakfast.
    It will be heaven to be able to live in ones own country again……

    • I don’t thinks so. If it’s Leave, God willing, you won’t collapse. You’ll be wired to the max, running amok, shouting, back-slapping and unless your wife hides the keys, you’ll be ripping around town with a dozen Union flags duct-taped to your car, a screwdriver jamming the horn on a perma-beep, until the constabulary catches you and pumps you full of sedatives.

      • Inspector General

        Not so, that man. The thin blue line will be busy comforting distressed benders over the result, with any luck…London Pride cancelled shock!

        • Nah, Stayers will all stay in bed all day Friday. Our CBC, which makes your BBC seem a paragon of political evenhandedness and objectivity, is drumming for Stay. They warn of dire consequences and warn that only the uneducated and the racists will be voting Leave.

      • David

        Hmm ! , not quite my style Avi, but I take your point. I’ll certainly be mega happy.
        We are fairly certain that our own Suffolk County will be firmly “Leave”, along with most of the Shires, but London and Scotland will swing the nation in a different direction.
        Anyway for now I’ve just put two hours sleep “in the bank”, to keep me going until the dawn. Now to re-read my “official instuctions for Count Officers”.
        Pray God for a Leave win !

  • Bravo Your Grace!

    Can’t help with this one, but wishing you and all you Leavers here a resounding Brexit victory and an “ever closer union” with all our Commonwealth nations!

    • dannybhoy

      Hear Hear Avi! Closer union indeed, and perhaps even an embarrassed apology from our government of the day for thinking that physical proximity was more important than friendship and loyalty.

      • Let us hope and pray, danny, seems close, and I’ll be staying upfor the live-syreams on the count; eadier for me with out 3 hour time diff. It’s unfortunate that our present Liberal gov’t has bee churlish, bordering on hostile, towards the Brexit proposal. The usual nonsense about the sky falling on a suddenly isolated Britain and the not-so subtle hints of chauvinism.

        • dannybhoy

          Well I can tell you I have friends of a similar vintage and background who are in the process of making ‘aliya’ to Canada… :0)

          • Let’s hope our dunce of a PM doesn’t join us to the EU by then. He is known for sudden and dramatic social justice random acts of kindness…like dumping 25,000 alleged and un-vetted Syrian refugees on us.

  • Here we go …………….

  • Inspector General

    Massive turnout! It has to be Leave that has it. You know the types who turned up at the polling booth, possibly for the first time in years, people who put the phone down on pollsters…

  • Polls closed. Make me proud, folks.

  • Uncle Brian

    It’s now 10.10 p.m. and not a sign so far of the recall poll on the YouGov website. Their home page unchanged from previous …

    https://yougov.co.uk/results/

    • Fidgety, ain’t we?

      • Uncle Brian

        Yes, very! I’ve got a football match to watch starting an hour from now, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on the vote counting. Are we in the same time zone now? (No daylight saving time where I live and in any case it’s winter now.) It’ now 6.25 p.m. here.

        • 5:30 pm here. Computer work, Netflix and trying to get to 9 million points (at 8.45 so far) on Traffic Racer will keep me from going nuts. I hope.

    • YouGov prediction: 48% leave; 52% remain.

  • Inspector General

    The Inspector is beginning to suspect that our working class is going to decide this. I say, politicians, you remember the working class, or perhaps you read about them while studying for your sociology degree. The very people your crowd sacrificed in favour of mass immigration…

  • CliveM

    According to the DM, Farage has conceded defeat!

    • Inspector General

      27 minutes after the poll closed! Oh, come on!

      • CliveM

        It’s also being reported on the BBC.

        If he is, it does seem a bit early, to say the least.

  • Uncle Brian

    Remain 52%, Leave 48% – “Recontact poll” at YouGov – just appeared.

    https://yougov.co.uk/results/

    • An estimate? I thought no exit polls have been commissioned.

      • Uncle Brian

        Technically it’s a “recall poll” aka “recontact poll” (I think the terms are synonymous) – conducted by telephone, unlike exit polls in the strict sense. But the margin of error in a recontact poll must surely be even wider than in an exit poll?

        • I don’t know, but I’m rooting for IG’s hypothesis of Leaves keeping mum about their true position. In any event, either way it’ll be close, so things will be complicated. My augury is that either way there will have to be compromises at home and with the EU. Ha! Finally, got the BBC online news feed after the site hung a couple of times.

          • grutchyngfysch

            If Leavers can be kept going beyond today there’s a critical mass. The EU is not going to reform. Which means the problems and the reasons for leaving are only going to be entrenched whereas the benefits will rapidly fade if there’s any sort of economic downturn. Frankly given that a recession is probably on the way Leave will be in a prime position to capitalise if we lose tonight. Because then it will be Project Fear coming home to roost.

          • bluedog

            Exactly right. The EU unfailingly generates crisis headlines at the rate of about one every three months, centred on the economy, immigration and plans for empire building.

            An educational campaign is required to de-radicalise the 18 to 35yo demographic who have been seduced by the qualitative benefits of the EU without considering the economic cost to their own demographic in the Eurozone. As the Telegraph, the Sun, The Daily Mail and the Daily Express are pro-Leave, the basis of re-education is there.

          • grutchyngfysch

            Reeducation is hard – mostly because people who grew up around and after I was at school have relentlessly been taught critical thinking with the perspective of taking apart the kind of philosophy you want to advocate. Honestly, if I look at my own experience, the only reason I’ve switched out is because I ended up marrying and living outside of the middle-class pond I grew up in. If I hadn’t, I don’t doubt which side I’d have voted for today. What will ultimately swing minds in the cohort of the educated, sadly, will be the failure of their philosophy to produce the material benefits it promised them. We’re not far off that day – and as degrees continue to be devalued, I think we’re going to increasingly see that the generation which is coming up now, will ultimately prove to be a very bitter one when the lies they’ve been sold in the short term are revealed.

          • bluedog

            An interesting article in the New York Times positions Brexit and Trumpism within the ambit of ‘ethno-nationalism’. At least progressive opinion is moving away from use of ‘racism’ and has devised a new pejorative for those who don’t want to live the dream.

          • grutchyngfysch

            I’ll be honest and say that I despise Trump, but I certainly agree that his rise is directly related to the utter failure of the top side of society acting in ways that benefit the bottom, in politics, international relations and economics. I suppose my view is that I would rather try and build a world where Trump isn’t necessary for people on the bottom to be listened and treated with respect, but in the absence of that dream, I am not surprised that Trump exists.

    • grutchyngfysch

      Ok so I’ll note that I think the same that I have throughout this campaign that Remain will win and won’t be surprised if it’s by a wider margin. To me though what’s going to be critical is how the vote is distributed by region and social class. It’s worth noting that YouGov have always had a problem with online polling in c2 and below. If council estates really have turned out en masse then we could be on track for a very close result which isn’t necessarily reflected in that poll. But honestly I don’t think anyone knows except to say that conventional wisdom across the board says Remain. Will be very happy to be wrong.

  • tanarur

    Just remember it isn’t who votes that counts, but who counts the votes. BTW, I already know which side will win, but I don’t want to spoil it. If you understand the meaning and provenance of the first sentence in this post, then you know as well.

    • CliveM

      Eh?

      • bluedog

        The quote is attributed to Joseph Stalin, Russian patriot and democrat.

        One suspects that London will be solidly Remain, not unexpected as London is solidly non-British. Time for partition, excise them along the boundary of the M25. The Donald is in town to show us how.

        • Quoting Stalin and using an avatar of Kwai Chang Cain as a Shaolin monk from the old Kung Fu series. Odd.

          • CliveM

            He also seems to mainly blog on the National Enquirer. Suggests he’s not UK based at least.

          • National Enquirer? No, not UK-based or sound of intellect. Probably a lost Trumpkin troll. Don’t feed him and he might find his way back when the meth effects wear out.

          • CliveM

            I don’t have s lot of time for conspiracy theorists. They tend to spend to much time on-line.

          • Pubcrawler

            We get all sorts of random visitors.

          • I was one too, but took me about two months of lurking to screw up my courage to comment.

          • Pubcrawler

            Likewise. But there have been a couple of posts recently where strangers have launched in with both feet in mouth, made a lot of noise for a bit and never commented on any other. A passing diversion.

            And then there’s Linus…

          • CliveM

            Only 2 months ! Took me a year.

          • Pubcrawler

            Well, yeah, probably more than 2 months for me too. It all seems so long ago now…

          • Oh, those. Lost Trumpkin trolls. “Alt-right” types who came out of the woodwork and sewers for The Donald.

          • Pubcrawler

            No, the militant atheist sort. And their up-ticking chums. I forget which thread it was now (The Explorer may remember, he persisted longer than I did) but there was some spectacular virtual ‘high fiving’ between the hard of thinking.

          • Ah, those. Things are getting pretty medieval lately with highly polarized “orders” cropping up everywhere. We should all start wearing different coloured capes and those hats with bells and all, so that we can lay into each other upon sight, rather than wasting time yakking and crotch-sniffing.

      • tanarur

        Gobsmacked.

  • Inspector General

    Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye

    The Inspector grew up next to a council estate. Used to drink with the fellows in the local pub, sadly since demolished. He knows how these types go about things. If there’s a high turnout, then they are actively involved, and here is the killer. They do not turn out to vote for the Status Quo.

    • grutchyngfysch

      You were right, you bloody marvellous rogue, and I was very wrong and that’s the happiest I’ve ever been in that state!

      • The IG is fast asleep, if you can imagine that. Went to bed certain of victory!

        • Inspector General

          …just had this marvellous dream we’re free of the damn thing….

          {YAWN!}

  • Anton

    To bed. Even if we vote not to leave, the EU will evaporate soon enough. It’s just a question of how much damage in the meantime, and we are not part of the Euro or Schengen.

    • Well, still better to watch the implosion from the side lines across the Channel, of course, but yes, its days are numbered.

      • bluedog

        Correct. The French will administer the coup de grace.

        • Through an elegantly French act of dismal incompetence, no doubt.

  • Inspector General

    Your Inspector is soon to turn in. But he leaves you with the image of Cameron, head in hands, wondering what he has done. The fool…

    • CliveM

      Have you no stamina?

      • bluedog

        It’s ten years old with a peaty flavour.

        • CliveM

          Lol

      • Inspector General

        One is hoping that by turning up tomorrow, he has a job…

        • CliveM

          Excuses!

    • Good night, IG, we’ll let ourselves in to rouse you for the carousing if thing go well. The key’s in the usual place I trust?

    • Well, you nailed this one good, IG. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. It looked very bad in the beginning and then….CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

      Enjoy your morning papers with your kippers and marmalade or whatever weirdiosities you crazy people eat there!

  • Mr Farage seems to think he’s lost after speaking to friends in the city.

    • Doesn’t matter; everyone is guessing at this point and the polling is very iffy. Chin up!

      • Things are looking up Avi 🙂

        • You’re probably watching the same feeds, but there may be folks here who are afraid to look. Newcastle freaking out the Stays! The IG may be right!

    • PS Watch the “dark horse” numbers; the postal votes. About 10 million and most are turning out overwhelmingly pro-Leave.

  • Ha! Newcastle Upon Tyne is deflating the pro-Remain prediction.

  • Getting interesting following Newcastle and Sunderland. And the £ is falling!

    • chiefofsinners

      Which way did you swing in the end?

      • (whispers: remain)

        • Well, you get a cookie for having the guts to say so here, Jack. Don’t try this in your local, though!

          • Jack lives in Scotland. Interesting times.

          • Indeed, so, Jack. I trust all your locals haven’t been converted to juice bars and organic yogurt cafes yet, I hope.

        • grutchyngfysch

          Good for you Jack. I disagree, of course, but we’re utterly equal at the ballot box and whoever wins, we’re still going to be fellow citizens of the same nation tomorrow.

          Well, until that Salmond fella gets another run at Freedom. But who can blame him?

      • Pubcrawler

        Soros won’t suffer. He may be objectionable, but he’s no idiot. I wonder if he’s dumping Sterling, having made his killing with the rise that got Linus so excited earlier, driving the value even lower. He has form on this.

        • grutchyngfysch

          There is an utter shed-load of money on Remain. Tonnes of it. We’re talking Black Swan event if its Brexit. I’m expecting serious losses (and honestly a pile of work) if that’s the way it goes.

          • Pubcrawler

            How imprudent. A fool and his money. …

          • grutchyngfysch

            Yeah – I totally agree, but the problem is that much of that money will belong to you and I and has been gambled on our behalf…

          • Pubcrawler

            There is that. Interesting times ahead. As I said, it won’t be Soros losing his shirt. I hear Satan is preparing a new circle of Hell just for him

  • chiefofsinners

    There’s a familiar look on Ed Milliband’s face…

    • Pubcrawler

      Who?

  • Looking like a narrow victory for Leave.

    • Merchantman

      Leave was always about Hope over Fear.

      • It’s looking more like a vote against the ruling elite and the establishment.

        • Haha! Your Remain MPs are scratching their heads and speculating about that too, I see. Sure, that’s a factor, but it’s a cheap shot; the Leaves are far more than pissed-off rebels thinking only of sticking it to the big shots. Having corporations, stuffed shirts, Obama and others calling them racists and low-information dunces didn’t help either.

          • Uncle Brian

            So if the Leavers win it’s Obama they’ll have to thank for the last-minute boost. Sweet irony!

          • Very much so, but don’t take credit away from your Dave, who got carried away with his snootiness. Just deserts or karma. And now we wait for Birmingham….BWAHAHAHAHA!

  • CliveM

    Anyone heard from Linus????,,

    • Yes, he is somewhere below, if you care to look him up. This is too tense for his frail constitution and the schadenfreude fest he was planning on having looks questionable now.

    • Hi Clive

      On his yacht or whatever?

      • CliveM

        Fleeing the country?

      • Or his castle. With the moat, no less.

        • He has a helicopter too that can transport him between boat and castle (allegedly)

          • Pubcrawler

            Might he be related to Baron Munchausen, do you think? Or just Walter Mitty.

          • His nose has reached 3 foot ….

          • Well, he’d have to.

          • Pubcrawler

            Yes, have you seen the price of a horse-drawn landau these days? Helicopters are so much less middle class.

        • Hi

          I’d forgotten about that . Must be rather drafty.

          • Ah-ha, still up and about, eh? Just came back from a night jog to work out the tension and things look good. Yup. Cautiously optimistic, I think is the phrase?

          • Hi Avi

            yep. BBC have called it for leave!

          • CliveM

            Nope pretty definitely leave.

  • BBC is great : Alex Salmond and David Davies on betting tips( apparently the betting online has swung towards a leave vote).

    • Yes, supperb reportage and fancy graphs too. And that laser shtik with the BBC building facade…whoo-whee! Nuttin like it here in the colonies. Or maybe there is, but I don’t get out enough.

  • London is coming in and I’m taking a break from the Beeb…afraid to look.

  • William Lewis

    It really is neck and neck. Should be asleep but it’s too riveting.

  • grutchyngfysch

    Little England ain’t looking so little now.

    • William Lewis

      Wales is looking very interesting too.

      • grutchyngfysch

        I know. NI was enormously closer than I’d thought it would be as well (still Remain overall, as expected).

        I will never have been happier to have got an electoral prediction so wrong if this goes Brexit 😀

        • William Lewis

          I think it is, but will be very close.

          • grutchyngfysch

            Yeah still need London to declare to know. Turnout, turnout, turnout. That rain may have changed everything…

  • William Lewis

    GBPUSD down 9%

  • David

    Just in from the poll count in West Suffolk. Locally it was a big win for Leave, at over 60%. Nationally things look very hopeful, but it ain’t over ’till the fat lady sings – fingers crossed for Brexit. Most of England is for Leave, with only the very upmarket areas prepared to bow to Brussels. Promising signs from much of Wales as well. Let’s will it over the line….

    • Hi

      Farage has declared independence day..

    • Congrats! Alas, things are so tight, you probably won’t be collapsing just yet.

      • grutchyngfysch

        I don’t think it’s going any way but Leave now. Not after both Sheffield and Birmingham.

        • Congratulations!

          • grutchyngfysch

            I am going to need something stronger than my current stock permits.

          • Just came back from a night jog half an hour ago, but looks like I’ll be replacing the calories. An unopened bottle of Crown Royal beckons. This is truly big.

  • Just came back in and haven’t been on the Beeb feed. Explain please?

    • Hi Avi

      The BBC have said their forecast is the final result will be leave. It’s statistically impossible for remain to win, apparently.

      • YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The leave has it. Next Cameron and Osborne will have to go.

  • THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    It won’t be easy, but Britain is free again! And things will be different for much of the world too. Congrats and love from Canada!

  • sarky

    Message for the politicians courtesy of braveheart:-

    “There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.”

    Got the biggest smile on my face right now.

  • CliveM

    Isn’t anyone just a little nervous about this?

    • sarky

      Nah, short term pain, long term gain!!!

    • Everyone is. Even those of us who are not Brits and across an ocean. My wife has UK citizenship and both of us are eligible for an EU one. She has relatives in Scotland and Wales, I in Europe. If nothing else, though, your vote is a loud warning shot for the elitist globalist dreamers who went off the rails with their hubris decades ago.

    • Uncle Brian

      I am, more than a little. In part, because of the big difference between the result in Scotland and England.

  • Uncle Brian

    Scotland, Remain 62%, Leave 38%
    What will the SNP do next? It looks worrying.

    • bluedog

      The SNP will demand a second indyref. They have to, supported of course by the Sottish Conservatives under the boysterous Ruth Davidson. If they secede, they’ll have to be quick. We’ve just driven a stake through the heart of the EU.

      • Uncle Brian

        They’ll demand it but will they get it? I think we’ll first have to wait and see how long Dave lasts as prime minister.

        • bluedog

          Good point, UB.

          Check out the website Wings over Scotland, the blog-host there is calling a change in the rules, which may emerge as the official line of the SNP.

          This communicant was astounded by the letter to Cameron by so many Brexiteer MPs begging him to stay. The man has become an electoral liability.

          Given that 75% of all Westminster MPs were reportedly Remainians, there is going to be a great deal of soul-searching in a very large number of constituency associations.

          • Soul-searching was the leitmotif of the commentary by MPs on the Beeb feed. How quickly the talked turned from calling the Leaves racists to waffling about compromise and greater understanding of the electorate.

          • bluedog

            Too late, she cried. The forthcoming by-election in the constituency of Batley and Spen becomes an interesting test case. Will the proletariat anoint the Westminster appointed representative? Will UKIP run? They should, and they may even win if the mood of revolt grows rather than fades.

          • It won’t be dull after this, that’s fer sure!

          • Uncle Brian

            You’re right, they certainly should. I hope they will.

          • bluedog

            And of course, this Brexit vote is a huge shot in the arm for The Donald, here to rejoice, in Scotland!

            Does he have an armoured limousine?

          • Anton

            That letter was a win-win thing for its signatories, if you think about it. They don’t have to mean it.

          • bluedog

            Isn’t that the sort of sophistry that ensured Leave? It’s precisely that sort of gamesmanship that infuriates the electorate.

            All is not lost though, the Beeb reports, ‘Jo would have remained optimistic’. One senses a realisation on the progressive side of politics that they have suffered an absolutely crushing defeat. Not before time, either.

          • Anton

            Perhaps they simply didn’t want Cameron to resign within 24 hours creating chaos. I’m not sure I do.

          • bluedog

            Fair enough, allow him one last weekend in the top job and a hearty breakfast on Monday morning at No 10. It’s up to the party and thankfully the Lib-Dims aren’t there to muddy the waters. What they should avoid at all costs is Jacob Rees-Mogg’s idea of a general election. That would re-awaken the deep mistrust of the electorate, seen in the MI5 pencil rumour. The Conservatives have a mandate, they must use it, with or without Cameron.

  • You know, people, for the last few years I’ve gotten used to watching important elections go wrong. Obama. Twice. Losing our competent Conservative gov’t here in Canada to a celebrity boy. Losing our provincial election again to a money-grubbing, corrupt Liberal admin. The Republicans in the US stuck with the Orange Ape who is about to wreck the party and lose to a felon with cankles. This is the first joyfull (fucking tense for a while, though) event of this size in a long, long time. THANK YOU UK AND GOOD NIGHT!

  • Uncle Brian

    With 35 results left to declare, Leave now have a lead of more than a million votes.
    Leave 15,396,000
    Remain 14,281,000

  • William Lewis

    Wow!

  • bluedog

    The BBC gives it to Leave on a ‘narrow margin’. Only one million votes ahead and counting! Massive propaganda fail.

    Can’t wait to see the reaction from the EU in Brussels. Will they congratulate the British people on their democratic resolve? Or will they issue yet more threats?

  • Uncle Brian

    The £ has dropped to $1.33, the lowest in over 30 years ….

    • Inspector General

      Having been around 30 years ago, we survived…

      • Ah, there you are up bright-tailed and bushy-eyed, and will stroll over to work with a bit of a jaunt, I imagine. No idea how you managed to sleep through all of this.

        • Uncle Brian

          bright-tailed and bushy-eyed
          It took half an hour but the penny just dropped …
          Is that a Barzel original? Congratulations!

          • No, wish it was; pretty common around these parts.

          • Uncle Brian

            OK Avi, good night. Sweet dreams!

          • Good night! This is it. My third good night. If this doesn’t work I’ll turn myself in at emergency. If nothing else, the twelve-hour wait will eventually knock me out.

          • IanCad

            I thought it was “Bright-eyed and Bushy tailed.”

          • Lame Canadian humour by hangover victims.

    • Yes and if I had any money, I’d buy a lot of it now.

      • Uncle Brian

        If enough people follow your lead, Avi, it’ll be up 10% by lunchtime!
        I wonder what Soros is thinking now …

        • I’ll ask him at breakfast. But seriously, a lot will depend on the mood of Britain on the morning after. The Remains will be mopey worry-warts, looking for the sky to crash, and you’ll have to kick them in the arse to man-up.

    • PS. A lower pound will give manufactiring and exports a nice boost. The EU is not the only buyer and it’s not like they can afford to be churlish when UK buys more than it sells from it. And when the price is right….

    • Anton

      It has a floor; don’t panic. But this was never about economics.

  • Ok, this is it for me. For real. I need calm and my beauty sleep. Good job well done, boys and girls. Congratulations all! I’m making a big fancy shabbat din-din tomorrow night, perhaps with beefstake, Yorkshire pud and fancy English gin in lieu of the usual scotch.

    Nighty-night, don’t let the Hun bite!

  • David

    This is tremendous – we defeated the greedy, lying, manipulative elites – victory !
    But remember we had God on our side who sent heavy rain to Remain HQ, London and Scotland, but not England ! Thousands of us have prayed for this – same as at the evacuation of Dunkirk.
    Other countries will follow and we can stop the globalist elite in their tracks – Round One has gone to The People !