Unelected lords leave us languishing

 

 

 

 

 

The House of Cronies – the most luxurious old peoples day care centre in Great Britain, generously funded by the taxpayers they hope to betray

 

This week will be remembered for the House of Lords’ intervention in the Brexit process for the second time in as many weeks. While the House of Commons rightly surrendered to the public will in approving the EU exit bill untampered, the House of Lords, home to an even higher concentration of Remainiacs, has defied it.

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 Last week, unelected peers backed a measure to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK, giving away a major bargaining chip and potentially sacrificing the rights of British expats abroad.

And now they’ve meddled again to demand a “meaningful vote” on the deal the government brings back from Brussels in 18 months’ time. The only victim of the Lords’ rebellion was seasoned nuisance Michael Heseltine, who led the 13 Tory peers who voted against their government. The former deputy prime minister was promptly ejected from Theresa May’s circle of advisers, but that didn’t stop him from insulting the public over the radio a few days later, claiming that the public “did not know what they were voting for.”

With the unelected House of Lords working harder and harder to interfere with the directly expressed will of 17.4 million voters, is it time for a major constitutional rethink? Visit our poll and tell us what you think.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first budget on Wednesday. He sparked outrage by hiking National insurance for the self-employed. During the 2015 general election, the Tories had pledged not to raise taxes during this parliament, but the promise was clearly worthless. The national debt will continue to spiral upwards for another year too.

With the Tories playing so fast and loose with their commitments, how far can we trust them to deliver on Brexit? Mrs May has promised to take us out of the single market, control our borders, and take back supreme authority over our laws. She talks a good game, but will she deliver when Article 50 is triggered in the coming weeks? Rumour is she will make an announcement on Tuesday. We shall believe it when we see it. 

While the government was ripe for criticism, the UK economy has yet again demonstrated its underlying resilience. More than that, it’s positively thriving. The Office for Budget Responsibility, which helps guide the Treasury in setting the budget, is just the latest high altar of economic forecasting to have upgraded its estimations thanks to the economy’s strong performance following the EU referendum, from 1.4% to 2%.

However, the OBR has chosen to keep its forecasts for the coming years below the two percent mark – lets’ see what happens when it comes to closer to the time and the economy is still roaring. Accordingly, tax revenues at the government’s disposal during the second half of this year and beyond are set to be lower, the reasons, lower growth (we’ll see about that) and increasing payments to the EU.

Tony Blair brought yet more shame on himself this week. The former Labour leader attended the unveiling of a monument commemorating those who paid the ultimate price in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many widows, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters were shamefully not given the opportunity to attend.

The presence at the ceremony of the man responsible for so many lost lives brings into sharp relief the absence of great leadership in our political establishment. We in Britain are not alone. Voters in France and the Netherlands are itching to throw out their spineless leaders.

With just weeks to go before the first round of the French presidential election, National Front leader Marine Le Pen has extended her lead over her establishment rivals according to the latest polling. Centre-right candidate Francois Fillon is plummeting amid prosecution fears and Europhile ex-banker Emmanuel Macron continues to look flaky.

And our own politicians have had their own adventures in the continent this week as the SNP tried to win friends and influence in Spain. Their Europe spokesman Stephen Gethins went to Madrid vowing to remain neutral on the cause of Catalan independence as part of a charm offensive to win Spanish support for Scottish accession to the EU in the unlikely event that the Scottish nationalists secure independence. Fearful of giving the Catalans any hope of joining the EU, Spain is expected to block any Scottish attempt. Needless to say, Gethins was totally snubbed by the governing Popular Party.

In economic news: as Philip Hammond delivered his first spring budget, the UK’s growth prospects for 2017 were boosted by two previously gloomy organisations; UK manufacturers felt the benefits of sterling’s new value as foreign shoppers created a huge online sales boom and export orders drove manufacturing output to its highest since 2013; 89% of British firms backed the country, saying that Brexit wouldn’t damage hiring plans as wages and job postings continued to rise; Peugeot affirmed its commitment to Britain in the event of a so-called “hard” Brexit; and the full importance of Britain’s market to German business was revealed.

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The Leave.EU Team