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Time For A New PM

Theresa May has to go! Her pathetic attempt to cling to office shames both herself and the Tory Party. It is now clear that she was intending to betray Brexit by sacking David Davis and replacing him with Ben Gummer, mouthpiece in the old government for the hated pro-EU Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy ‘von’ Heywood.

Gummer, ironically, wrote the silly Tory manifesto, with its cruel dementia tax. Although there have been attempts to blame sacked chief of staff Nick Timothy, Gummer, in a different life, was responsible for social care policy. The proposal seems to have come out of the Treasury and was backed by Philip Hammond and the Cabinet Office. Gummer’s defeat was richly deserved!

It is now clear that both the Treasury and the Cabinet Office wanted to throw out the Tories in favour of a Lab/SNP/Lib Dem coalition, which would not have been bound by the parties’ manifesto promises and would have withdrawn the Article 50 notice. It is also clear that the European Commission were in on this political conspiracy.

The notorious Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Commission (or, if you prefer, Euro-Führer), is known to have pushed Mrs May into the disastrous decision to call an early election, which cost the Tories their majority and effectively ended May’s brief and undistinguished premiership. Her only achievement was to serve the Brexit notice, something which was forced on her by the referendum.

Even that simple decision was badly bungled. Accepting disastrous and hopelessly wrong legal advice, the government fell into the obvious trap of using Article 50. They could have opted for a clean break under the Vienna Convention. That decision cost the country at least £400 billion (EU membership costs UK plc an eye-watering £4-5 billion a week).

It looks like May was planning to cave in to the EU’s outrageous demands on an exit fee, for which no provision is made in Article 50,ongoing application of EU regulations (not one of which has been revoked), unskilled and semi-skilled EU workers in the UK, ECJ jurisdiction over those workers and fishing rights. It seems like this was May’s plan all along. A calculating machine politician, no offence intended, she strung the Tory Right along.

The Commission and the German Deutscher Verteidigungs Dienst, which controls the major narcotics cartels in the EU, including the two distribution cartels in the UK, are desperate to keep the flow of cocaine, heroin, guns and illegal immigrants flowing into the UK in the 7,000 or so trucks which arrive each day from the EU. Barely one truck in ten is checked. Trucks with large quantities of narcotics on board are probably untouchable, given Cabinet Office control of the farcically named Border Force. The hundreds of tons of hard drugs which reach our shores each year don’t come in by boat or plane.

No preparations have been made in our ports to start checking each incoming truck from March 2019. We need new facilities, extra manpower and holding areas. Although the overall number of trucks will go down as EU imports fall, the number of trucks actually being checked will rise. So far as I know we haven’t even trained a single extra sniffer dog.

Nothing is being done to abolish VAT, nor have any trade negotiations been started. Very obviously, May and Hammond have been secretly and insolently planning for EU-lite after 2019, no doubt hoping to crushus under as much of the burden of EU membership as possible. If there is any concern in government circles or Whitehall for the young people whose lives are being wrecked by the massive quantities of cocaine and heroin flooding in from the EUit is not apparent.

As the scale of Theresa May’s planned betrayal of Brexit becomes clear the revolt on the Right is likely to grow. It was always a nonsense having a Remainer as leader after last year’s glorious referendum result. Aside from any other consideration Remainers are usually not that bright, most of them being unable to grasp that it is not our interests to have tariff-free trade arrangements with industrial competitors with whom we have a structural deficit. Theresa May and Philip Hammond were easily fooled by their officials over the dementia tax.

Thankfully, the European enemy and the Cabinet Office have shot themselves in the foot. They have forced the Tory Party into an alliance with those nice people the DUP, who are real conservatives with sensible views on climate change and hanging, not CINOs (Conservatives In Name Only) like Theresa May, and shattered May’s hopes of remaining in office. The DUP are also sounder on Europe and pragmatic enough to understand that a soft land border with the Republic of Ireland requires Irish withdrawal from the EU.

May’s obvious successor is Boris Johnson, indeed it’s not easy to see who else there might be. Owen Paterson apparently doesn’t want to throw his hat in the ring, the ambitious left-wing loony (no offence intended) Amber Rudd had her majority slashed almost to nothing and David Davis has all but ruled himself out by backing the Juncker/May snap election plan.

A lot of nonsense is being talked BTW about the DUP, who have apparently asked for that nice man Nigel Farage to be given a role in the increasingly pointless Brexit negotiations. UKIP has been like a rudderless ship since Nigel resigned the leadership, and whilst it’s entirely a matter for him and UKIP, he is an obvious successor to Paul Nuttall, who has resigned to concentrate on his football career.

The obvious way for Nigel to be involved would be as Foreign Secretary. There could well be a by-election in Thanet South, where the Tory candidate might just have over-egged the pudding on his expenses. Nigel would be the perfect choice for UKIP candidate. Alternatively he could be made a peer, although with respect if he’s to become a lord he’ll need to up his booze intake somewhat.



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About Michael Shrimpton (35 Articles)
Michael Shrimpton is a prominent Eurosceptic, having advised the Maastricht rebels. He is a former Chairman of the Bruges Group and former National Committee member of the Campaign for an Independent Britain. He defected to the Tory Party in 1997, mainly on the issue of Europe. As a barrister he led the defence of the Metric Martyrs. His major intelligence text Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence was published by June Press in 2014. He has written on European matters for The Times and Eurofacts.

20 Comments on Time For A New PM

  1. Ann Wilson-Rawi // June 23, 2017 at 5:19 am // Reply

    We should support Mrs May or end up with Hammond. Focus on bringing in Brexit not misogynist gibes from the sidelines. When we have an MP or two if ever we can start undermining the PM with some hope of imposing our own virw of Brexit on politics.

  2. Michael Shrimpton // June 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm // Reply

    Sorry for the typos, and a Diane Abbott moment re hidden offshore high-yield earnings. That figure should be £1,000 billion, not £100 billion. That would bring the yearly interest down to about £21 billion, although of course we would soon start paying down the remaining debt as we abolished the Welfare State and useless quangos, and stopped feather-bedding our useless civil servants.

  3. Michael Shrimpton // June 20, 2017 at 6:52 pm // Reply

    My 75-100B estimate for Purchase Tax includes Room Tax for hotels and Entertainments Tax, again at 17.5%. Reducing the cost of petrol by 1/6 would be a huge help for JAMs and would boost GDP.

    Three further areas for cutting our absurdly high public expenditure:

    (1) Overseas Aid. There is no need for us to borrow money to subsidise North Korea’s nuclear programme, e.g. In practice our aid money is not audited, as the auditors do not understand the concept of blocking accounts and running lines of credit off them. An auditor’s tiny little mind will invariably be satisfied by seeing cash sitting in an account, like a child being quieted by a toy Teletubbie. It would never occur to an auditor that the cash might be working. Accountants with brains don’t do audit work. It’s too dull.

    (2) Civil Service pensions. We should push the retirement age up to 65. The Civil Service need punishing anyway for the serial deceptions over the EU, including rigging the 1975 count. We should also increase contribution rates and end index-linking. Pensions could be increased every two years in line with benefits, which only need up-rating every two years or so. Hammond wants to punish pensioners. I think punishing bureaucrats would be more popular, and

    (3) Abolishing the NHS and the Welfare State. This should be phased in, but it should be possible to knock £100 billion or so off the budget by say year 3. The NHS should be replaced by an insurance-based system, available for British Citizens and those with indefinite leave to remain only. Asylum benefits can go straight away. Benefits should also be insurance-based, as per the Beveridge Report.

  4. Michael Shrimpton // June 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm // Reply

    Sensible comments from David Meacock! I am proposing restoring Purchase Tax, at 17.5%. This would not be levied on services and would be paid for by wholesalers and importers, not retailers. This would be a GDP-positive measure, as VAT imposes a huge administrative burden on farmers and small businesses.

    My rough estimate is that Purchase Tax would bring in £75-100 billion a year. I think tariffs will bring in a further £10 billion and duties 5 more.

    Reducing Income Tax will bring in more tax revenue, applying the Laffer Curve. Brexit itself will boost GDP, as EU membership costs us roughly £200-250 a yer a country, with many of those costs falling on the public purse. NHS costs should drop by about £10 billion per annnum as we lose the Working Time Directive.

    Corporation Tax can be boosted by say £25 billion a year by treating non-loan repayments transfers out of the UK by foreign-owned corporations as taxable profits.

    In terms of savings, there’s about £75 billion a year to be saved in abolishing useless quangos. Debt can be repaid by collecting the tax on undeclared offshore earnings by banks, mortgage companies and high net worth individuals who have indulged in offshore high-yield trading. This should bring in at least £100 billion.

    Add to that reparations for the German attack on Piper Alpha in 1988 and we’re looking good! Piper Alpha costs alone are in the multiple tens of billions.

  5. In saying (para. 8) “Nothing is being done to abolish VAT”, you appear to be calling for that, at the same time as wanting more lorry-checking facilities, which would cost money.

    The 2017-18 VAT income of £149 Billion represents nearly 20% of the total £744 Billion Government Revenue, which still leaves us £68 Billion short of the projected £802 Billion Expenditure. This £68 Billion annual deficit will increase the residual debt of £1.8 Trillion which is already, even at the current low interest rates, costing £46 Billion p.a. just in interest – dwarfing the £37 Billion Transport Budget and only £2 Billion off the Defence budget. Thus policies need to be in the context of reducing this debt: what are you proposing would replace the abolition of VAT income? If you are calling for more than the UKIP 2017 Manifesto’s reversal of Conservative Border Force cuts, what would pay for them?

  6. Michael Shrimpton // June 17, 2017 at 5:52 pm // Reply

    I really don’t see Labour forming a minority government with only 262 MPs. With BoJo as leader the agreement with the DUP should firm up to a coalition agreement.

  7. Never trusted Theresa May. As for the Tories they have decades of unscrupulous form shafting the electorate on the subject of the EU. I would be very surprised if they now start changing their habits of a lifetime. Talking of surprises, I said at the beginning of the Election campaign that I would vote for the pro-Brexit Tory candidate, but when I got to the ballot box I discovered UKIP had fielded a candidate so I voted for him, though much good would it have done him as I expect the poor chap lost his deposit; and the pro-Brexit Tory kept her seat anyway. My only hope now is that the DUP will install some order to the chaos we now find ourselves in. However, I read somewhere that the Tories are also having talks with the LibDems – perish the thought if it is true.

  8. Michael Shrimpton // June 17, 2017 at 8:07 am // Reply

    Thanks for the kind comments.

    Labour cannot form a government, indeed the Tory/DUP alliance would probably be upgraded to a coalition if BoJo became leader.

    Labour trail the Tories by over 50 seats – there would need to be a fresh election for Corbyn to gain power.

    • Try telling Jezza that, Michael! He’s so cockahoop that Labour made gains and saved his leadership, he’s been recorded saying “What we were elected to do …”. He also bleats regularly and tediously: “We are ready to form a government …”.
      No wonder the leftards are attacking the DUP with every smear and accusation they can think of.

  9. Interesting large article in the Evening Standard today supposedly the inside story of the Tory election campaign.

  10. UKIP has a lot in common with the DUP – add aspects expressed above: stopping the witch hunt on our Armed Forces and the end of the BBC licence fee. There’s a lot to like and it’s the DUP who can by threatening to end the “majority” tame those stupid Tory remainers.

  11. What’s the hurry?
    While Red Jezza is circling like a pop-eyed, toothy shark and John ‘Mao’ McDonnell is urging the unions to get 1,000,000 activists out to march on Westminster, find Tessie May and lynch her, we will have to make the best of a bad job with May for the time being. NOTHING should be done to rock the boat and allow Liebour to keep claiming that they won the election really and the Tories should admit that they can’t hold it together.

    Funny that Jezza took his insolent time turning up before the Queen in the Privy Council, but now he’s slavering to appear before her and announce he can form a government. He’s been practising his bow: inclining his head as little as possible to disguise it as an involuntary nod.

    A change in Tory leadership must be well-planned, acceptable to most and, as in a relay race, the handover of the baton must not be fumbled, it must not be dropped, or we’ll have Britain-hating Jezza snatching it up and racing to the Palace. At the age of 95, the Queen must be spared the anguish and embarrassment!

  12. Another excellent article Michael. I don’t always agree with you but your arguments are well drafted.
    You are a good man to have on the team.

  13. The Tories had the nerve of old Nick foisting this useless one of their parliamentary number on to the country as Prime Minister, particularly in the post-Referendum national political climate given her atrociously catastrophic record as a Home Secretary on foreign immigration, plus her being a Remainer – 2 vital strategic policy areas where the political class is out keeping with the public mood.

    It was the equivalent of the Tory Party in Parliament putting its hand out the Westminster door & sticking 2 fingers up to the nation post referendum saying “we rule in here, not you”.

  14. It looked like the Tories would rally round May for a while to avoid looking as though they are in chaos. The fire on top of London Bridge may have changed things. One more diaaster….

    Betrayal over Brexit is going to be difficult to spin as anything else – by her or a successor.

  15. A wonderful article, Michael, as usual!

  16. I couldn’t agree more I’ve always seen the so called PM as the evil b**ch that she is. She looks like an old w***e in this picture.

    I’ve given up talking, when you’re ready for rope and lamp posts, let me know and I’ll gladly lend a hand.

    • Do you realise how damaging and stupid that sort of talk is?

      • I think our whole democracy is damaged almost beyond repair.

        Cameron promised us immediate Brexit if we voted for it, since then the gerrymandering and backtracking has become more apparent by the day. All we can look forward to is endless lies and spin.

        You’re kidding yourself if you think we’re going to get a meaningful Brexit and our democracy back by playing nice.

        None of us wanted it to be like this but TPTB are totally taking the p**s!

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