To mark the firth anniversary of the vote to leave the EU the New European newspaper (June 10 to 16 2021) published pictures of the leading Brexitieers and a key promise or prediction each had made. The list deserves to be ingrained in the public’s mind. Here it is:
Boris Johnson: The cost of getting out wold be virtually nil.
David Davis: There will be no downside to Brexit, only a considerable upside.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: This could be a golden age.
Ian Duncan-Smith: This is not a gamble.
Andrea Leadsom: The sunlit uplands are on the horizon.
Michael Gove: We hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want.
Tim Martin: The scare stories regarding staff are untrue.
Daniel Hannan: Nobody is talking about threatening our place in the single market.
Chris Grayling: We will maintain a free-flowing border at Dover.
Lord Digby Jones: Not one job in Britain is at risk.
Dominic Raab: We’ll get a great result our of Brexit. We’ll also unite the country.
Nigel Farage: We would be substantially better off not being in the EU.
Kate Hoey: Brexit won’t hurt Northern Ireland at all – it will only brighten its future.
Of course any attempt to raise these matters now either with the perpetrators of these statements or those who believed them will be met not by constructive explanations, apologies or excuses, but by jibes that we're "romoaners," poor losers and "don't we understand that laeve means leave.?
We have accepted a dangerous level of political debate in which those who make predictions and promises no longer feel the need to account for them. We have adopted the "management speak" of "moving on" and "going forwards." It is a very dangerous state for a democracy to be in. Let's hope it doesn't last long.
(I have no dea why the typing system insists on underlining everything and continues the allignent used in the list. It defies all my attempts to stop it doing it.