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Friday, 13 May 2016

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I think you're a little hard on Grey John. It's true that the ERM debacle was a foul-up of mammoth proportions, but Major did not become Chancellor until after all the big decisions had been taken by Mrs Thatcher and Nigel Lawson, and his hands were politically tied from then onwards.

I would say that the period from 1992 (the year of our ejection from the ERM) to 1997, although distressing for Conservatives because the party was clearly in a state of advanced leprosy, was perhaps the one in which Britain was best governed in my life-time, no doubt precisely because the government was unable to pursue radical policies. In fact, if you take the period 1992 to 2001 as a whole, this was the time (the only time in the last 50 years, except perhaps the late 1960s) in which the economic management of the UK appeared competent, with decent growth, low inflation, tolerable taxes, and government spending and borrowing under control. I pick the year 2001 as my cut-off, because Gordon Brown's hands were largely tied by his pledge to stick to the 1997 Conservative spending plans, i.e. those devised by Major (and Clarke) up this point - he of course went utterly off the rails thereafter, with consequences we are still living with.

This is not an endorsement of the Grey Man's statements on the EU! I suspect he is suffering from the desire to appear statesmanlike, poor man - he should stick to watching cricket!

Quite so, 'H', he should stick to watching cricket instead of slagging off those people who, it is now clear, have been telling the truth.

What is Brexit supposed to cause today? A plague of locusts? An outbreak of boils? The Black Death?

I really think that the more absurd the establishment's panic-stricken predictions become (and boy, are they absurd), the more it hinders their cause.

People (a) think them ridiculous and (b) never trusted them anyway.

So keep the nonsense coming, chaps - it's helping us, not you.

Alas, truth has no place in government. Government is force and in the end they are the single greatest threat to free people.

"he has learned nothing from his mistakes"

Oh I don't know. He must have learned something from Edwina Currie.

Brexit the movie:

https://vimeo.com/user14444354/review/166378572/11244b88d0

John Major - widely ignored and deprecated at the time, and even more so now.

A man with a mediocre future behind him.

Kevin. Thanks for that link. Just watched it. Pretty scary.

Watched that link. If you lot stay in the EU you're bonkers.

Oh and nearly forgot, Major was the disgusting fascist who ensured that henceforth only criminals and the police could defend themselves thereby (remembering that power comes out of the barrel of a gun) disenfranchising 99% of the population, and the reason I can never return.

Free country? Don't make me laugh.

The freest country in Europe is, possibly paradoxically, possibly not, Germany.

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2016/03/i-hope-you-dont-feel-too-disappointed.html

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