You voted leave, but you were deceived.
You were told that the NHS would be massively improved with an
injection of £350 million per week. This money was
illusory. Our net contribution to the EU was much less and it
was outweighed by the greater prosperity of being inside a major
trading bloc. In fact the NHS is much worse off
than ever before because European staff, alarmed by the climate of
hatred, are leaving – and this includes all levels:
consultants, junior doctors, nurses and ancillary staff.
Britain will somehow have to try and replace them by recruiting outside
For years the popular press has been dripping poison in your
ears. Newspaper proprietors are not your friends.
They care about only one thing: making a profit, and the way they have
chosen to do this is to gain your loyalty by warning you against
imaginary enemies. It is the same technique that
the Nazis used to gain control of Germany. The Nazis blamed
the Jews for every cause of discontent (though the hyper-inflation that
brought about the collapse of the Weimar Republic was caused by America
demanding repayment of all the loans it had made to Germany because its
own economy collapsed in the Wall Street Crash and the Great
The newspaper proprietors tell you that everything that is wrong with
Britain is the fault of the EU. Why do you believe
them? Take for example the Express’s
repeated predictions of extreme weather, of heatwaves and hurricanes,
big freezes and blizzards, all bringing death and
destruction. If all these predictions had come true the
population would have been decimated so many times it would be a wonder
if even 10% of us had survived.
The press insinuates that Austerity is the fault of the EU.
It is not. It was necessary to overcome the recession caused
by the American Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis, in which American banks,
hungry for ever larger profits, had taken unacceptable risks, landed
themselves with bad debts, and then packaged them up so that they would
be unrecognisable and sold them on to British, European and other banks
across the world.
You were told that Nissan and the other international car-makers would
always want to have their cars made in the UK even if we were outside
the EU. It seemed that Nissan was committed to staying, for
they announced that their next model would be built in Sunderland for
the European market. What you may not have known is that
decisions of this kind are taken up to six years in advance of the
start of production. Nissan were, it seemed, already too far
committed to back out, but Sunderland will not even be considered for
the model after that, and now the X-Trail SUV, which was expected to be
built in Sunderland, will not be.
This is the beginning of the end, not just for Nissan in Sunderland but
for the British car industry as a whole. Investment has
fallen by 46% and production has also fallen. Your vote for
Brexit was a vote for unemployment and austerity that will be far worse
than anything you have yet experienced.
When it came to the referendum the Leave Campaign used illegal tactics,
sending texts and e-mails to everyone who had a grievance against the
establishment, implying that the way to have their say was to vote
leave. The organisers have been found guilty by the courts,
yet still Theresa May insists that the people have spoken and that they
must not be allowed to have another say in case they change their minds.
Why do you think she takes this attitude? It is because her
first priority is to maintain the unity of the Conservative
Party. The extreme right wing is in the ascendant, and she
has to obey. Do you suppose that the plummy, privileged Jacob
Rees-Mogg cares whether you have a job or not? Do you suppose
that the slimy Gove cares whether you have a job or not? Do
you suppose that that posturing popinjay Boris Johnson, with his
pretence at being an eccentric English gentleman and his ambitions to
become Prime Minister, cares whether you have a job or not?
The right-wing Tory grandees are just playing at politics, preserving
their own privileges, jockeying for position and trying to further
their own careers and feather their own nests.
Theresa May is desperately trying to prevent the UK crashing out of the
EU without a trade deal. She knows it will cause poverty, yet
she cannot rule it out and she will not grant a second referendum
because the right wing threaten that they will bring fascist gangs out
on to the streets and cause riot and disorder. Already in
Northern Ireland the New IRA are beginning to show their readiness to
use the same terrorist tactics as the old IRA.
Do you really want to live in an impoverished country with
mass-unemployment, subject to random acts of Irish terrorism, and
governed by the extreme right wing of the Tory party?
If not, demand another referendum! Demand three options:
(1) Crash out without a trade deal (which means widespread
unemployment, increased food-prices, shortages, etc.),
(2) Accept Mrs May’s deal and stay in a customs union (which
offers more employment, eliminates the likelihood of shortages and
removes the excuse for IRA terrorism, but leaves us without a vote in
(3) Cancel Article 50 and stay in full membership (with all the
advantages of a customs union and a voice in the EU Parliament and
If you want to save your job, demand a referendum and vote Remain!
Don’t let the fascist right ruin your lives and the lives of
your children and grandchildren. Exit from Brexit!
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