I’ve been taking a good look at these two disgusting pieces of blatant propaganda and wondering why there are still Brexit voters who don’t know how skillfully they were conned. But sadly there are. We see them out on the streets on TV, men and women alike, red in the face, bellowing their slogans, baying and bullying and mad-keen to start a punch up, attacking anyone they’ve been brainwashed to dislike, or who has a different opinion from them, or the police, or the MPs who haven’t voted their way, full of hatred and aggression. In the 30s, when Moseley led his uniformed thugs through the streets to ‘deal with the Jews’. And watched them baying and shouting slogans and itching for a chance to beat someone up, we called them Fascists.
So let’s analyse the lies the Brexiteers were told, and how they were manipulated, starting with the ones on this bus so that those of us who don’t agree with them have a few facts and figures to answer them with.
LIE 1. It may be true that we send £350 million to the EU. BUT we also receive many millions back in subsidies for groups that need it, like farmers for example, so the sums balance, and often in our favour. The propaganda team who designed these slogans were careful not to tell the bellowers anything about that.
LIE 2 This government are privately committed to privatising the NHS and are well on their way to doing it. (Mark Britnell let that cat out of the bag long before they were elected) so none of this money would be given to the NHS. But you will notice that the designers are careful not to say that. They just suggest that it could be done. ‘Let’s fund our NHS’
Nigel Farage’s chunk of lying propaganda is even more blatant and dishonest. It doesn’t say there are millions of Turks who will crowd into our country when Turkey joins the EU, it simply shows a long queue of men who look like eastern Europeans, with the twin slogans ‘Breaking point’ and ‘The EU has failed us all’ People who had already been told by newspapers like the Mail and the Sun and others of that ilk that the Turks were coming, sucked it all up. But it was a lie.
I’ve said this before on this blog but I think it’s worth repeating here. Because of an arcane ruling that no MP may call another MP a liar because ‘MP’s are gentlemen and gentlemen don’t lie,’ liars in the House are able to get away with any lies they like, no matter how gross. They are snollygosters, to a man and a woman – people who act for personal gain and are without principles.
So what personal gain did all these ardent, right-wing, propaganding Brexiteers work for? They are already very rich men, every single one of them. Well, perhaps it will help us to understand what is going on to know that the EU plan to bring in a law to make rich men in the Union pay their taxes wherever they are due which seems perfectly fair to me, but has led our rich men into a costly and determined campaign to take us out of the EU before it can affect them.
This morning The Guardian has revealed that ‘a series of hugely influential Facebook advertising campaigns that appear to be separate grass roots movements for a no-deal Brexit are secretly overseen by employees of Sir Lynton Crosby’s lobbying company and a former advisor to Boris Johnson. These guys have spent as much as £1m promoting sophisticated, targeted adverts heaping pressure on individual MPs to vote for a hard Brexit. Their collective Facebook expenditure swamps the amount spent in the last six months by all the UKs major political parties and the UK Government combined, they have paid for thousands of different targeted Facebook ads encouraging members of the public to write to their local MPs and call for the toughest possible exit from the EU.’ Their money is talking and talking clearly. They want out of Europe and out quickly. They are very skilled snollygosters.
And while I’m at it I’d like to say I am getting bloody sick of Theresa May claiming that she is acting ‘for the Nation’ SHE IS NOT. She certainly doesn’t act for me. Nor for any of the other 16,141,241 who voted against Brexit in the original referendum. The figures are worth considering because the Brexiteers now talk as if none of us who voted against it have any worth or rights at all, they were doing it from the day the results were known. And in fact if you look at the figures with a slightly wider lens you will realise that there were actually more people who didn’t vote for Brexit then there were who did. 17,410,742 voted FOR Brexit which is 51.89% of the total votes cast. 16,141,241 voted AGAINST Brexit which was 48.11%.
But the total electorate in England was 38,386,900 people. 33,551,983 actually voted so a little minor arithmetic will show you that 4,834,000 didn’t bother to vote. A second referendum could well product a very different result, especially if the men who had produced their untruthful propaganda were brought to account. I think that’s why the Brexiteers are opposing it so strongly.
We need to be very, very careful in these dangerous, lying times. I shall let Louis Macneice have the last, wise word.
I am not yet born; O hear me.
Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the
club-footed ghoul come near me.
I am not yet born, console me.
I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me,
with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me,
on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.
I am not yet born; provide me
With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk
to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light
in the back of my mind to guide me.
I am not yet born; O hear me,
Let not the man who is beast or who thinks he is God
come near me.
Let them not make me a stone and let them not spill me.
Otherwise kill me.