Posts by djwebb2010

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Back Trump in Syria


By D. J. Webb

The Trump victory represents a considerable opportunity for the UK. The future of our country outside the European Union depends on forging other trading links and a new international relations policy. Just as the Brexit outlook was looking awkwardly bleak, Trump won the US presidential election, making it likely that the path towards a new trade relationship with the US could be relatively smooth. We are no longer at the back of Barack Obama’s queue. Continue reading

The coming change?


By D. J. Webb

We seem to be witnessing the rebirth of nationalism across the Western world, but it is not an uncomplicated nationalism. How could it be now that our societies have all become multicultural? In the days when there were few immigrants about, nationalism could appeal to the vast majority of the population. Now it could only ever appeal to a section (i.e. part of the “White” electorate), and many “liberals” choose (with a heavy dose of malice and virtue-signalling) to interpret nationalism as fascism, as some kind of menacing threat to minorities already here. Continue reading

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Reluctantly defending Keith Vaz!


By D. J. Webb

Dear all,

I’ve been busy with work, which from one point of view is a good thing. But reading all this nonsense about Keith Vaz, I have to comment quickly.

I’m not a fan of this physically and politically repellent individual, but it would be wrong to gleefully link his “rent boy” scandal with the unrelated issue of his constant playing of the race and multi-cultural cards in a way that suggests his family were not good candidates for immigration to the UK. Continue reading

A fantasy speech on the doorstep of Number Ten


By D. J. Webb

I, Theresa May, have made clear that, as your prime minister, I will implement the referendum result to withdraw from the European Union. Although I favoured remaining, I recognize that this is a popular demand that has commanded widespread support in the country for decades. The key point is that I believe in democracy, and I believe we can make Brexit work.

I disassociate myself from the previous administration’s Project Fear. Any minister joining my government joins on the understanding that there will be no more talking down of sterling or of investment in Britain. Economic confidence can be undermined by government rhetoric, which becomes self-fulfilling if investment is deterred in response to political noise. Continue reading

Time for UKIP to address Third World immigration


By D. J. Webb

I agreed with Dr Gabb on his doubts over whether Brexit would suddenly lead to a transformation in the British elite in a libertarian direction. I suspect we will find out that all the laws and regulations blamed on Brussels are still strongly supported by the bureaucracy in Whitehall. One of the packages of measures identified that could save billions a year is the Climate Change package of EU regulation. But who believes that no-one in Whitehall will argue we need to carry on implementing such regulations? I believe Brexit *could* be handled well and produce a positive economic result. But there is a strong possibility some of our new advantages will be squandered. Continue reading

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Sack Jeremy Heywood


By D. J. Webb

I do not have time for a long post today. But on the Brexit referendum, there is an important point to make. Regardless of whether you support remaining or leaving, the behaviour of the Civil Service has been disgraceful.

It would be possible to support either view on the referendum and still believe that we should have a politically neutral Civil Service. Indeed, I take the view that the neutrality of the Civil Service had become an accepted part of our constitution, part of the conventions of our public life, and that the failure of civil servants to observe neutrality is unlawful. Continue reading

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England wants to leave


By D. J. Webb

The poll above is fascinating. (Note: the above image is from The Sun, but the data are from the British Election Study polling report in mid-May 2016.) The “white” voters are split 41.8% in favour of leaving the EU and 41.9% in favour of staying. This difference is not relevant in statistical terms. “White” voters include many people of non-English backgrounds, including the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish, and those people from other European countries who will have a vote. Although most EU citizens will not be allowed to vote, all Irish, Maltese and Cypriot citizens will have the vote — probably reflecting historical connections to the UK that pre-date the EU — and many citizens of Poland et al have already taken out UK citizenship and so will have the vote too. Continue reading