Here we go again

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When I saw the exit polls predicting a hung parliament, I was quite worried, but I still clung to some kind of hope that, maybe people were lying to the polls again. When I got up in the morning, I awoke to realise that the exit polls were right. The Tories failed to win an outright majority, and thus, with only 313 seats as I’m writing this, we have entered a hung parliament. The future of my country is uncertain, and the blame for all of this lies with Theresa May. She called this election with the sole intent of strengthening her majority, and in the end she ended up weakening her’s and potentially putting Brexit at risk. As I’m writing this, the Tories are now attempting to form a coalition government with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (who have 10 seats), and if the Tories manage to win enough seats, this could be possible.

Of course we know why this has happened. Theresa May could have had the sweeping majority she wanted. All she had to do was not screw it up. She could have just focused on Brexit and controlling immigration, and she could have gone about making the public case for a hard Brexit scenario. Instead, she didn’t bother going on TV debates with the opposition, making her look weak. She used her overconfident position to put forward widely unpopular policies, such as fox hunting, and regulation of the Internet. She believed that the Brexit-voting public would simply default to her in order to secure Brexit, but the electorate saw right through it, and thus we have our current situation.

Labour, meanwhile, benefitted not just from a significant share of the UKIP vote, but also from a surge of young voters flocking to Labour. This election has been very good for the Marxists in the Labour Party, and I think this is primarily because the Tories wanted to police the Internet. They could have secured the young vote if they at least kept that part secret until they got elected. I also have to concede that Jeremy Corbyn ran a more positive campaign than Theresa May did. Corbyn, for all his faults, at least tried to appeal to voters, and was able to inspire a genuine following. All Theresa May had was a bunch of empty slogans. Her entire campaign was based on assuming that she had this in the bag, and the only way she could inspire people to vote was through the same old scare tactics. Whether or not she’s right about Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t change the fact that people are bored with the old politics of fear.

I can’t help but think that Theresa May deliberately screwed this up. If she wanted to, she could have carried this election. There’s no way she should have done this badly, so I think it’s possible that she deliberately set her campaign up to either fail to get the vote, or enter a wobbly hung parliament, so that she could abdicate her obligation to fulfil the will of the people. After all, she did campaign on the Remain side of the referendum. If there’s a chance that she might have a way out of actually delivering Brexit, I think she would take it. Then again, it could just be pure incompetence, which is unsurprising given her performance as Home Secretary.

Whatever the outcome after the election, two things are certain. First, Theresa May will not resign. She still has the most seats in Parliament, so she could try to either assemble a coalition, or continue on in a minority government, though I think that whatever she does, there will now be Tory MP’s who will turn against her, and try to undermine her in government, with the goal of possibly removing her from the Tory leadership.

Secondly, with UKIP obliterated, the SNP in decline, the Greens remaining stagnant and the Lib Dems only enjoying marginal growth, today’s election results signal a return to two-party politics. Every party has seen a decline in their share of votes except for Labour and the Conservatives. We haven’t seen a result like this since October 1974, when Labour’s Harold Wilson returned to power in a minority government. It doesn’t look likely that Jeremy Corbyn will resign, given that this is the best possible result Labour could hope for. Whenever the next election is held, the path is clear. We will be faced with the terrible decision of either electing a band of Marxist ideologues under Labour, or electing a clearly incompetent Conservative party that can’t even win a significant majority anymore. Either way, politics as usual will never be the same again.

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Reasons not to vote Labour #3 – A toothless Brexit, if we even have one

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In this third part of my series on why you shouldn’t vote for the Labour Party this Thursday, I will talk about Labour’s position on the most important issue of the election – Brexit. The Labour manifesto states that the party “accepts the result of the referendum” and wants to maintain a close relationship with Europe. One thing that Corbyn has made crystal clear on numerous occasions is that he has ruled out a “no deal” option at the end of Article 50 negotiations. What that basically means is that, for him, even if the EU gave him the worst deal you can possibly imagine, he would rather take that than end the negotiations with no deal.

He also wants to “retain the benefits of the single market and the customs union”, blissfully unaware that to be in the single market means us complying with the EU’s laws, and still being under the jurisdiction of the EU courts. He also wants to scrap the Great Repeal Bill, which would repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and hand lawmaking powers back to MP’s, and replace it with an EU Rights and Protections Bill. Of course he doesn’t seem to care that the fact that we couldn’t make our own laws one of the biggest reasons we voted to leave the EU in the first place.

I mentioned before that Corbyn was a moral coward because of his refusal to deal with the issue of nuclear weapons, but his stance on the EU confirms such cowardice. Think about it for a moment – you have a Labour leader who, in contrast to the bloody difficult woman we have as Prime Minister, is soft on the EU. He would mostly cave to the EU leaders’ demands if he thought it was convenient for him. If the EU demanded that we take in more immigrants to fit Merkel’s migrant quotas, I am throughly convinced that Corbyn would do exactly that. As for that £100 billion divorce bill, Mr. Corbyn would probably pay up, as if he hadn’t already gutted the taxpayer’s purse enough already.

He and his supporters have claimed that Theresa May’s approach to the Brexit negations is “reckless”, and they say this primarily because she is pursuing the hard Brexit route, which is what the people actually want. The truth is we don’t have to give the EU anything. In fact, it is the EU that has to appease us, or else they will face the consequences of alienating Britain. As long as Theresa May remains as Prime Minister, we have the upper hand, and she knows it. It also helps that Theresa May is confident in her role as Prime Minister, backed by undivided party loyalty. Corbyn, meanwhile, is not. He acts on his feelings rather than logic, most of his party hates him and would happily see him go, and he’s so gullible that the EU could easily take advantage of him. I would not be surprised if the EU leaders would celebrate a Labour victory.

And that’s just if we even have Brexit at all. I’ve been hearing talk of how a progressive coalition with Labour and other left-wing parties might actually happen. This would require a hung parliament to happen, in which case Labour may have to form a coalition with any left-wing party that’s willing. If in the unlikely event that such a progressive alliance would succeed, then they will try and stop the Brexit process however they can, and if they succeed, then that’s it. Our last hope for sovereignty would be all but dashed.

So, as I’ve said many times before, if you want Brexit to happen, then you cannot allow Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister. He would bring utter ruination to the dream of taking back our national sovereignty, and our right to self-determination, but he’d also do far worse. He’d unwittingly kill off any faith the people have in trying to better their situation through democratic, peaceful means, and that’s when the more far-right nationalists would come in, and usher in something far worse. In the fourth and final part of this series, I aim to debunk the idea that Labour want to change things for the better, using what happened the last time we tried nationalisation as an example.

The death of UKIP

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It could be said that the local elections were a harbinger of things to come in next month’s general election, and it’s fairly easy to see why. The Conservatives have made significant gains in local council seats, while Labour have suffered significantly. However, I doubt that the elections have been any worse for anyone than they have been for the UK Independence Party, having lost all but a single council seat.

Many were quick to declare the death of UKIP, and now even Nigel Farage, the former leader of the party, has little hope of the party lasting longer than two years. In all fairness, they’re right. The whole point of UKIP was to achieve Britain’s emancipation from the European Union, and thanks to last year’s historic referendum, that goal will be achieved, rendering UKIP obsolete as a party (though there are still a small amount of loyal supporters willing to vote for them).

I sort of expected this to happen, and I thought that they might steal Labour seats from the north in the next election. What I should have expected was that the UKIP would lose seats to the Tories, but now that that’s the case, it’s likely that UKIP has absolutely no chance in the upcoming election, and they probably won’t even have a single seat, and probably won’t even reclaim the seat Douglas Carswell gave up. In other words, UKIP’s fate is sealed.

So to the people who think UKIP are “fascists” or “Nazis”, don’t worry. UKIP aren’t a threat. In fact, if you’re a Remainer you should be happy that Brexit is even happening, because the success of Brexit will kill UKIP as a party, so if you want UKIP gone, you want Brexit to work. Besides, UKIP is probably decaying its own thanks to years of political infighting, and the ineptitude of its leader Paul Nuttall. At this rate, if they don’t disband within the next two years, then they’ll pretty much become the equivalent of America’s Constitution Party, a fringe right-wing party that never makes any electoral gains (at least no significant gains anyway), and has no influence on the political landscape in any significant way.

That is the future for UKIP, but I think the people in UKIP are already aware of that. I’d suggest rebranding the party but I think it’s too late. Paul Nuttall did consider rebranding the party for the next general election, but now that we have a snap election, he’s got no time to rebrand, and had shelved the idea. I very much doubt that there’s anything that will save UKIP’s fortunes, whether the party rebrands or not. I suppose it wouldn’t make much of a difference with Farage still leading the party.

They may yet be gone in a few years, but at the very least they will be remembered for exerting the amount of pressure on the government necessary for accomplishing the goal that they had set out to do – triggering an EU membership referendum which successfully results in a UK withdrawal. Of course, they will be forever reviled by what remains of the globalist, Marxist left in the future, but I believe that history will remember them in a positive light, if mainly because the Brexiteers will become the new establishment (with Theresa May embracing hard Brexit, that is already happening). However, I doubt that UKIP will get much credit. After all, history is written by the winners.

Why I’m voting Conservative in the snap election

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UPDATE (4/6/2017): These do not represent my current voting intentions, but rather my views at the time of writing the post.

Yesterday, from out of nowhere, Prime Minister Theresa May decided to call a snap general election, which was passed in the House of Commons today, meaning of course that we’ll have yet another round of voting for us beleaguered Brits in about seven weeks time. To be honest, I had a slight suspicion that there might be an early election, but I was taken aback by how soon and sudden this came up. Before that, I decided that if a snap election were to occur, I would vote for the Conservatives, and now that there is a snap election, you probably know where this is going.

Some of you may find this odd. Why would I willingly cast my vote for the party that I spent the past few years excoriating with ceaseless zeal? Well for starters I am not the leftist teenager that I used to be, and I wish I had actually done more research back then too. Second, let’s consider the reality of the political situation in Britain today. Brexit is definitely happening now despite all the establishment’s attempts to stop it, and right now, Theresa May, whatever you may think of her policies, is the only politician with the ability and the will to make it happen.

UKIP is probably closer to my more libertarian positions, but they’re completely useless. Think about it for a moment. The one thing UKIP was founded for, Britain leaving the EU, is already being accomplished under the current government. As long as this is the case, UKIP has no purpose in the political arena, other than potentially stealing Labour seats from the north. In a normal election I suppose I would endorse the UK Libertarian Party, but I don’t think they will have much of an impact in a sudden snap election. Plus, I don’t know anyone running as an MP for the Libertarian Party who I can vote for.

While we’re here, let’s talk about the other parties. I hope nobody tries to convince me to vote for the Liberal Democrats, because they will quickly find it impossible to convince me to vote for the pack of snivelling sell-outs that the Lib Dems. Under Tim Farron, they’ve become a party for social justice warriors, as if the Green Party wasn’t already. I honestly think the Lib Dems want to fail. Their leader is a useless wimp, and they don’t seem to know how to appeal to ordinary voters. And then there’s Labour, the sad socialist club whose leader was practically salivating over the prospect of a snap election, one in which he will undoubtedly be crushed because he is less popular than most British politicians. At this point, they’d do better if they kept Ed Miliband as leader. Even worse are Corbyn’s deluded fans, those larping revolutionaries who will finally get the chance to campaign for their dear leader, lose, then protest the outcome and start a petition to kick the Tories out.

I should reiterate that I don’t actually agree with most of the Tories’ policies. In fact, if I was a Tory, I’d probably be a very crappy Tory. My policies, which would be considered centre-right in America, would probably be considered too far-right for the Conservatives, which I mostly consider to be conservative in name only. The main reason I am voting Conservative in this election is because I know exactly why Theresa May called this election. It’s a move to strengthen her majority, and giver her government democratic legitimacy, all while thinning out the Labour opposition while it’s already weak. In short, I think she wants to attain a larger majority, which will be easier for her to work with while she’s negotiating the Brexit terms with Brussels.

I know full well that the snap election is a political power move on Theresa May’s part, but I am not voting for the Tories on ideological lines. You may remember that I wrote in favour of leaving the EU. Now that we are leaving the EU, this country needs a capable leader who will deliver on the will of the people, and at the moment the only one who can rise to the challenge is Theresa May. I dislike much of her policies, but I think leaving the European Union takes precedent over everything else at the moment, and I want a government that will deliver on its promise. If Theresa May wants her democratic mandate then as far as I’m concerned she can have it. After all, she has thus far demonstrated that she is more than capable of delivering Brexit, while Labour, the Lib Dems and the Green Party have openly opposed it, and UKIP will do nothing to help, having served its purpose.

I leave you with some predictions for the election in June:

  1. The Tories will win in a landslide victory, increasing their majority by at least 40 seats.
  2. Labour will lose at least 30 seats, and Jeremy Corbyn will either resign or be challenged in a new leadership contest some time in the autumn.
  3. The Lib Dems won’t gain or lose many seats, UKIP will probably steal seats from Labour if they gain any at all.

I doubt that it will be a very exciting campaign however, given how exhausted the general public is when it comes to national politics. One thing I can guarantee is that, after the Tories win again, the left-wing media and the progressive busy-bodies will throw a hissy fit yet again, but this time nobody will care.

However you vote in June’s election, I hope that people won’t pick each other apart over they plan to vote, or are at least less enthused about it than they were in last year’s bitterly divisive referendum campaign.

Why we shouldn’t ask for a 2nd referendum

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Oh, will you grow up?!

Following yesterday’s declaration that Britain will leave the EU, a petition calling for a second referendum gained a surge of signatures, and was apparently so popular it caused the government petition site to crash. The question I’m asking is this – Why? To me, it means that there’s a contingent of Remain voters who are apparently so agitated and immature that they won’t just move on with their lives. These are the same people who claim that the older generation robbed them of their future just because they didn’t vote the same way.

As of this writing, the government has debated or responded to the petition yet, and I don’t think they will give them what they want. There were petitions to stop changes to tuition fees and student loans earlier this year, and it didn’t accomplish anything. Of course, that petition may as well be emblematic of the reaction of the vast majority of Remain voters. Don’t get me wrong, I seen dignity from some Remain supporters online, but the majority of them apparently couldn’t handle the prospect of being on the losing side of a democratic election. I know you guys lost, but subverting the outcome of a democratic election is just unacceptable.

The reaction from the Remain side has been very lacking in grace. They’ve effectively turned to denouncing the majority of voters as racist xenophobes, accusing them of “destroying our country’s future”, and when they aren’t doing that, they’re blaming old people, denigrating them simply because they were the most likely to vote Leave. The people doing this (mostly millennials by the way) have no respect for their elders, even though they gave enough of a damn about future generations that they fought in World War II so that people like the millennials could even have the right not to be ruled by an unaccountable superstate. My great-grandfather fought so that I could live in a free society, where I could express myself as I am doing now, and yet these people honestly think they have the gall to say that it’s “our time now”.

If that’s not enough, you have another petition calling for London to be an independent state that is a member of the EU. Apparently most of London voted for Remain, and the majority disagreed with them, so now they’re throwing a little temper tantrum and want to divorce from the rest of the nation, never mind that they are mentally divorced from reality. It’s rather unsurprising. In fact, if you look at the heat map for the 2nd referendum petition, the highest concentration of signatures came from London.

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It’s all totally immature, and it’s so very annoying. If Remain won, we wouldn’t have this temper tantrum, and I would certainly have taken it better than most of the Remain voters handled the results yesterday. If that’s not enough, you apparently have people taking to social media saying that old people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. To me, the fallout of the Brexit vote has exposed the narcissism of the Remain side, and it’s also revealed the chasm between the younger generation and the older generation. If I were old right now, I would be even more pissed off at the young people, especially if it were grandchildren dismissing me as an uneducated, racist xenophobe.

These people aren’t fighting for a better future. They aren’t fighting for their voice to be heard. They’re throwing a hissy fit because the referendum didn’t go the way they wanted to. They have had their voice heard, but more people voted the other way. That is simply how democracy works, but because they didn’t get their way, they now have nothing but contempt for democracy. Imagine if you didn’t get the toy you wanted for Christmas one year. If you didn’t nag your parents to have Christmas again until you got what you wanted, why would you want another referendum just because you didn’t get the result you wanted? It would be just as childish to demand either.

The people calling for a second referendum clearly weren’t taught that life doesn’t always turn out the way you’d like it to, and to those people I would like to say this – Grow up and get over it. Life doesn’t work out the way you’d like it too. I highly doubt that there will be a second referendum, since David Cameron is effectively resigning, and if Boris Johnson becomes the next PM (which is understandably likely), then you’re definitely not having a second referendum because Boris wants to the leave the EU as soon as possible.

In conclusion, the idea of a 2nd referendum is a disgraceful affront to democracy, and the fact that it has now reached in excess of a million signatures is just another sad indication of how the Remain camp is out of touch with reality. Regardless of how we voted, what we should be doing is getting on with our lives. The markets are going to recover, we’re still going to trade with the EU, and the rest of the world. Yes, the outcome is uncertain, but that’s the beauty of it. We never said it would be easy, but to paraphrase John F. Kennedy, we do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. If I end up getting complaints from Remain voters about how I’m supposedly “racist” and “uneducated” and how I “don’t know what I’m talking about”, then that’s only going to prove my point.

Rant over.

UPDATE: It has come to my attention that most of the signatures on this petition aren’t acutally from Britain. In fact, as of now, only 363,133 signatures come from Britain, and the rest all come from various foreign countries. If you look at the petition data, you can see for yourself. In other words, the petition is total bullshit, and doesn’t really come close to representing the national interest.

A victory for Britain

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This morning was very tremendous day indeed. It was declared that my country voted to leave the European Union, with a close 51.9% of people voting Leave, against 48.1% who voted Remain. I was honestly shocked and surprised, mainly because of all the cheap tactics the Remain side were using to swing the vote their way. They even had my generation fooled into thinking Brexit would destroy us. It honestly looked as if we were doomed to remain in the EU, but what the Remain camp didn’t count on is the amount of working class people who are tired constantly being lied to, and they’ve made their voice heard.

As a Leave voter, I’m very excited to hear that the people have decided to ignore the scaremongering of the Remain camp. Today has been a victory not just over the EU, but also a victory over the kind of pessimism that has dominated our culture in recent times. I’m very happy to see that the people have decided that they want a better future, and if that wasn’t good enough, it appears that David Cameron himself has conceded defeat, having announced that he will resign in October, resulting in a new Tory leader (and Prime Minister) being elected around the time of the Conservative Party Conference. I have to say that David Cameron has demonstrated a surprising level of maturity and grace in resigning his post. He took the results better than I expected, and even though he lied straight to our faces and fought hard against us Brexiters, at least he didn’t throw a public tantrum. While I hated David Cameron, I have to thank him for at least giving us the vote, and for handling his defeat with at least a shred of dignity.

As David Cameron resigned, there’s been talk that Boris Johnson may take his place. If he does I’ll be behind him. He performed so well in the Brexit campaign and did such a job at making the case for hope triumphing over fear that I think he would make a fine leader, and I’d vote for him. Nigel Farage, of course, celebrated the result. This is exactly what UKIP set out to achieve in their manifesto, and now Farage has what he wants. I guess that means UKIP won’t mean much to a lot of people anymore, unless immigration is still a big problem for a lot of people, but I think the main thing I take from this is that the establishment has taken quite a hefty blow.

Indeed, Brexit is the biggest sign of a populist revolution spreading across the West. The people are demanding that they be heard, and they’re tired of the political class sneering at them for actually being concerned about the welfare of their country, and there’s even talk of Brexit signalling the victory of Donald Trump. Speaking of Trump, I think that after Brexit, a Trump victory is very likely, considering that his followers are concerned about much of the same things as the Leave camp were, and Trump knows how to tap into the dissatisfaction of the working class, which the Democrats have totally isolated themselves from. The Brexit victory signals a big shake up of the establishment, and the establishment media outlets don’t like it one bit. The Guardian is already feeling the sting of having their self-righteous superiority complex spurned by the working class that they have failed to represent.

For me, today’s result has exposed the immaturity of the Remain camp’s biggest backers, including those in the media. While ordinary Remain voters might have taken the result better, celebrities like Lily Allen took to calling half the population racist. It’s because of that kind of attitude that Leave won. I’ve been hearing a lot of nonsense from people who voted Remain (particularly from the “University Applicants 2016” Facebook group, which might as well be a microcosmic House of Commons), saying that the Leave voters have destroyed the future of this country. I believe that it is THEY who would destroy the future of the country by continuing to allow the EU to destroy democracy. They honestly don’t appear to know what is going on here. By voting Brexit, we have chosen to reject the overbearing globalist elite. By freeing ourselves from the shackles of Brussels, we can make our own choices and mistakes regarding the country’s future. I’m tired of seeing young people complaining about democracy just because the vote didn’t go their way, especially when the argument comes down to belittling your elders as “racists”, and especially when you consider that only 36% of 18-24-year-olds who were registered to vote actually bothered to vote at all. They have no right to complain about how they were robbed of their democratic voice. They had it, but they barely used it, and it’s a telling fact the older you were, the more likely you were to even show up at the polling station. If anything, the old people saved this country.

To all the young people who voted Remain, I know you might be disappointed, but in a way, I think you should be happy. If you hate David Cameron and wanted him gone, you’ve got what you wanted. Cameron’s going to be out of a job in not too long. If you hate Nigel Farage, at least be happy that you might not have to put up with him that much, considering that UKIP have had their wish granted. If you’re worried about the economy, market uncertainty is inevitable. Markets tend to be nervous at the prospect of change, and that’s simply how they work. Even if we do have a recession, recessions don’t last forever, and I think we would be economically worse off if we voted Remain.

Though the Remain camp may protest, Brexit is definitely happening, and I think we will all be better off because of it. Whatever the outcome, the EU referendum has been perhaps the most brutal political campaign I have witnessed, and yet it has reaffirmed the value of democracy in the face of the global elite who seek to destroy it. It’s been a very bitter year so far, but now that we’ve won a better future for this country, I hope that now we can hold our heads up high and move on. As for the rest of Europe, I feel that thanks to us, more and more European countries will want to leave the dying EU (I would definitely support Italy exiting the EU), and with any hope, we may yet see the fall of the tyrannical superstate that is the European Union.

Why John Oliver is a liar

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If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you may remember that I already wrote a post about John Oliver last week, wherein I attempted to make the argument that John Oliver shouldn’t be trusted as a reliable authority on politics, given his status as a comedian, which requires him to poke fun at the issues. I knew that John Oliver was a progressive, and since he came from The Daily Show, that’s no surprise, but I was able to tolerate him, until his recent segment finally gave us critics what we were waiting for – a crack in his pretentious façade.

Like Barrack Obama before him, John Oliver decided on Sunday night to use his mighty platform to weigh in on Brexit, taking the side of the European Union. Once I found that out, I already knew that I wouldn’t enjoy this one bit, and you could accurately attribute this to my pro-Leave stance, but at least I came to my stance by carefully looking at both sides, and finding Brexit to be the logical answer. John Oliver, meanwhile, took to virtue signalling (a favourite tactic of his) and slandering anyone who dares speak out about immigration, all while missing the point of the Brexit debate.

Oliver started by referencing a New York Times article which claims that the UK only pays £190 million a week to be in the EU (which Oliver claims is a reasonable cost). In reality, neither Vote Leave nor John Oliver are exactly right. According to FullFact and Civitas, we actually pay just shy of £250 million a week, which would amount to £13 billion a year, and we get back a net investment of £4.5 billion a year. Even if the weekly spending figure is less than what Boris Johnson has claimed, it would certainly be better to invest that money back into our underfunded public services. If we didn’t have to pay as much money to the EU, then we wouldn’t even need David Cameron’s half-cocked austerity measures. Of course, John Oliver doesn’t care about that. He only seems to care about Boris Johnson’s resemblance to Bamm Bamm from The Flintstones (how very ad hominem).

He then tried to debunk the amount of regulations the EU enforces, and he’s apparently in disbelief that the EU has this many regulations, and later described worries over regulation as “a red herring”. What he doesn’t know is that the EU’s vast sea of pointless regulations have turned the EU into a protectionist trading bloc, nor does he mention the Common Fisheries Policy (which was mentioned in Brexit: The Movie, which he cited), which effectively destroyed the British fishing industry. He also refuses to mention how large corporations favour those regulations because they can afford to comply with them, while smaller businesses are often strangled by EU regulations. In other words, most big businesses and financial firms back Remain because EU regulations protect them from failure by eliminating the competition. Of course, John Oliver won’t tell you that because he’s a progressive, and thus he’s in favour of the globalist EU.

Starved for an adequate Remain arugment, Oliver then tries to proclaim that “Obama knows best”. He appears to be of the persuasion that what the global elites favour is ultimately best for Britain, but he leaves out the opinions of experts who believe that Brexit may not mean a British recession. Of course, rather than give air to dissenting experts, he has chosen to instead decontextualise Michael Gove’s argument in order to make him sound like an idiot. His point wasn’t about dismissing the experts, it was about ordinary British people tired of being told what to think, and what he and fellow campaigner Gisela Stewart were trying emphasise is that in this debate, the voice of the voter matters more, which I thought was a fine argument. However, John Oliver has chosen to address it with mindless ad hominem slurs, which is exactly what he used when talking about Leave’s biggest supporter – the UK Independence Party.

For my international readers, the UK Independence Party (colloquially abbreviated as UKIP) is a political party in the UK that advocates for the UK’s independence from the European Union, and for tighter controls on immigration. Its leader, Nigel Farage, is depicted as a racist by the mainstream media in our country, and John Oliver is no better in that regard. In trying to explain his point about UKIP by focusing on party members who have been caught saying racist comments, as if that’s all that matters. Of course he would, he’s part of the progressive witch hunt. I really don’t care about race, and that’s why I really don’t care about other people making racist comments, so if John Oliver thinks he can convince me to side with the EU because their enemy is somehow racist, then he has obviously failed. The fact that Farage is willing to stand by his party’s “bad actors” (so to speak) doesn’t prove he’s a racist. It shows that he cares about his own party members, apparently more than Labour does. In fact, I’ve watched Brexit: The Movie, and I haven’t heard Farage make one racist slur, or make a single political argument based on race. Apparently that’s now the domain of the “tolerant” leftists. I find that Farage knows far more about the EU than most of the people campaigning for Remain, and I bet John Oliver knows this, which is why he finds himself unable to present a logical counterargument, and in the absence of an argument, he resorts to calling UKIP voters bigots. I’m not a UKIP supporter, and even I find that disgusting.

He then moves on to highlight how “toxic” the debate has become, and what he means by that is that the debate is toxic for the Remain camp, who have lost every reasonable argument. In an attempt to prove his point, he cites the murder of Jo Cox, who was stabbed and shot by Thomas Mair, a man who was suffering mental health issues, and sought an appointment on the night before the murder. What he won’t tell you is that pro-Remain news outlets immediately sought to capitalise on Jo Cox’s death before she had even died. The debate become toxic because of the dirty tricks of Remain, and when they say the debate had become toxic, that’s the Remain camp trying to silence the debate so that the referendum may turn out in their favour. The fact that John Oliver is siding with those con artists is unspeakable. What does John have to lose when we leave?

He also makes the false assertion that the UK would have to obey EU rules to get a good trade deal. He ignores the fact that Norway is not a member of the EU, and still trades with the EU without having to obey their rules. Switzerland is also wealthier and far more prosperous than any EU state, and it’s not an EU member. Of course, because John Oliver watched Brexit: The Movie, I would have thought that he’d know that. Given the amount of evidence available to him, I’m surprised he isn’t advocating for Brexit. Even if we can’t trade with EU states, we can still trade with more prosperous nations like Japan and America without any trouble.

He honestly believes that our country is about to do something insane. If anything, I think wanting to remain a member of a protectionist trading bloc that wishes to erase democracy is even more insane than wanting to leave it. If he wanted to make an objective case, why didn’t he mention the possibility of an EU army? Why didn’t he mention Greece being forced to accept unpopular austerity measures, or the time when Italy’s prime minister was replaced by an unelected technocrat, or the time when Ireland rejected the Lisbon Treaty and was forced to vote again? Why didn’t he mention the fact that the EU plans to work with Facebook and Twitter to censor speech that it finds objectionable? While we’re at it, how can he dismiss people’s concerns about immigration, when there is indisputable evidence to show that the EU’s reckless open border policy has led to terrorist incidents in Paris and Brussels?

Finally, John Oliver seems to think that it’s all about venting our desire to “tell Europe to go fuck itself”. We’re mad because the European Union is making it impossible to run the country as we the people see fit. We’re mad because the European Union is potentially making us vulnerable to terrorist infiltration thanks to its open border policy. We’re mad because our government is being controlled by a group of unelected and unaccountable wealthy elites. This is why the far right is gaining popularity in Europe, and unless we vote Leave, that tension is only going to get worse over time, and I fear it could lead to nationalist violence and revolutions across Europe.

Normally John Oliver is at least somewhat capable of making a reasoned argument wrapped in delicious comedy, but with his recent Brexit section, I don’t feel that way. I feel like I spent 15 minutes of my life watching an idiotic propaganda piece catering to privileged, middle class Americans who shouldn’t have any reason to care about our affairs. Honestly, this is why I would seriously consider siding with UKIP if Britain votes Remain, because they seem to be the only party with any shred of concern for the common man. What’s worse is that John Oliver might actually influence (primarily young) people in this country to sell out their own future.

I ask my British viewers, don’t believe John Oliver. He is incapable of grasping the true importance of Brexit, and that’s certainly the case if he has to resort to virtue signalling and ad hominem slurs in order to persuade you. He’s a liar and a charlatan, as all progressives are. I may sound a bit biased, but unlike John Oliver, I’m totally willing to be honest about that. Unlike that stuffy pretentious moron, I’ve got nothing at stake except the right to hold the leaders of the country accountable, and we can only secure that right, and the future of this country, by voting Leave on June 23rd. If you can’t stand liars like John Oliver, then Brexit is the sensible option. It’s our last chance to show those unelected technocrats that we aren’t willing to surrender our freedom, nor our dignity.