There’s rather more than just a little of a coordinated campaign going on here. We’ve Carole Cadwalladr pursuing the varied Leave campaigns for overspending in the referendum campaign. Last week she told us that the overspend she’d identified of 10% – note, she had identified, not independent proof – was the greatest affront to our democracy since the Lords voted down the old age pension. Or something suitably apocalyptic. There has been very much less emphasis on how the Remain campaign seemed to be doing much the same thing. Except with larger amounts of money if rumour is to be believed.
It’s as if there’s a concerted campaign going on to delegitimise that referendum result – you know, the one that went the wrong way – so as to bolster the case for ignoring said inconvenient result. But of course this is Britain, such things don’t happen, do they?
Well, actually, consider Airbus for a moment. In a moment we shall
Quite the most interesting thing about all of this – and the similar complaints about Trump’s use of Facebook – is the manner in which much the same use of much the same data and processes was applauded when Obama did it. Almost as if it’s not the what but the who which matters – not the mark of a country under the rule of law that.
But let us take a look at Airbus. For this is showing the gross hypocrisy under way here. From the same paper, The Observer:
It doesn’t take long for Katherine Bennett’s frustration to boil over when the issue of Brexit is raised. “It’s not as easy as Jacob Rees-Mogg thinks,” said the boss of Airbus UK. “We don’t just export cheese or cider to another country.
“We have parts that go back and forth to different countries to be worked on – sometimes several times. That is why frictionless borders are important.”
Airbus has been at the centre of a political storm since it warned last month that it could quit the UK if it leaves the EU single market and customs union without a transition deal.
Well, no, it didn’t warn it would quit, it said it might not invest further. And no, you don’t pick up aircraft wing manufacture and dump it into another country. If you could then everyone would be making them in China, obviously. But we do have here this big story about how Brexit is the evil which could lead to one of the world’s leading manufacturers fleeing the tinpot nationalism (cont pg 94)….
Well, yes. We might think of that as being a little bit of propaganda really. At which point, this in the Telegraph:
Airbus bosses are furious after the Government spurred them to publish a dire forecast of the impact of Brexit before handing a prize £2bn RAF contract to US rival Boeing without a competition.
The Telegraph has learnt that last month’s bombshell warning from Airbus that it could be forced to leave the UK came after discussions with senior Remainer ministers preparing for the Chequers summit.
Remainers lent upon Airbus to make their bloodcurdling warning, the quid pro quo – Airbus thought so at least – was £2 billion of taxpayers’ money.
And yet it’s that claimed 10% overspend on the Leave campaign that is the scandal, is it?
Quite the finest arguments I know of for leaving the European Union are the tactics being used to keep us in. Who in buggery wants to stay in an organisation that will act like this? Who wants to be ruled by those without even the honour of thieves, to pay the bribes promised?