Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 10, 2018

The Hypocritical Ruling Classes?

Jo Johnson MP was an insignificant junior transport minister, a Brexit remoaner, who resigned from his post declaring Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal “a failure of British statecraft unseen since the Suez crisis”. Mr Johnson conveniently forgets the absolute non existence of British statecraft of Edward Heath MP “There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice independence and sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified”.

The Suez Crisis was provoked by an American and British decision not to finance Egypt’s construction of the Aswan High Dam, as they had promised, in response to Egypt’s growing ties with communist Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. The Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser,  reacted to the American and British decision by declaring martial law in the canal zone and seizing control of the Suez Canal Company, predicting that the tolls collected from ships passing through the canal would pay for the dam’s construction within five years.

In October 1956, 10 Israeli brigades invaded Egypt and advanced toward the canal, routing Egyptian forces. In November British and French forces landed at Port Said and Port Fuad and began occupying the canal zone, but growing opposition at home and by U.S.-sponsored resolutions in the UN (made in part to counter Soviet threats of intervention) quickly put a stop to the Anglo-French action. On December 22 the UN evacuated British and French troops, and Israeli forces withdrew in March 1957.

So Johnson has resigned. He wants there to be a second referendum. But Johnson was the lead author of the Conservative Manifesto in 2015 when the Conservatives pledged to hold an in-out referendum on EU membership and “honour the result of the referendum, whatever the outcome”. He wrote “David Cameron has committed that he will only lead a government that offers an in-out referendum. We will hold that in-out referendum before the end of 2017 and respect the outcome.

Johnson wasn’t just elected on a manifesto to hold a referendum and honour the result, he wrote the pledge himself. His actions today are the height of hypocrisy. Good riddance! NB he has recently stated that “The UK needs to “pause and reflect” before doing something “irrevocably stupid” over Brexit. On BBC Radio 4’s Today he called again for another referendum, saying what was being offered fell “spectacularly short” of what had been promised. He said it would be a “democratic travesty” to not have another vote. Like so many of his ilk, he was elected by a democratic vote and majority that seems not to have been challenged as “irrevocably stupid” and a “democratic travesty”. The fact of 17,410,742 voting democratically to leave is now challenged by such accusations of travesty and stupidity. Get over it Johnson, you had one vote, as I did. That’s democracy!

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