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Let’s worry about our own nasty hard right

07 December, 2018

• I CAN’T help feeling that the EU must have been oppressing Stephen Southam somewhat rotten recently, (Remain­ers are ignoring the shift to hard right throughout Europe, November 30).

Perhaps I am simply becoming very parochial in my old age, but my concerns at the moment seem to be focused on our own right-wingers.

I mean the ones who lied to us about how wonderful Brexit would be, how we could have all the benefits of being members without having to pay the membership fees.

It’s the right-wingers of Rees-Mogg’s Europ­ean Research Group that want a hard Brexit. You know, the one where the ports clog up, planes can’t fly and food and medicines have to be rationed.

They’re the ones who want us to trade under World Trade Organisat­ion terms, cut workers’ rights and dismantle the welfare state.

They are the same right-wingers who were calling for less banking regulation before the crash of 2008. This is the crash that so wrecked the economy that the poorest and disabled are still paying for it in reduced benefits and loss of services.

While Theresa May tells us austerity is over, her government was announcing further deep cuts. For millions of people, real wages are still lower than in 2008.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, the Bank of Eng­land is now warning that a chaotic Brexit could land us in the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

I’d like to see the back of the nasty right-wingers in the Tory party before I worry about the ones in Europe. And if we do have to worry about right-wingers abroad, let’s start with the ding­bat in the White House.

After all, he’s the one we’ll be crawling to for crumbs from his table.

Richmond Grove, N1


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