Goodbye to all that – January 2nd 2017

If we had said at the beginning of 2016 that the UK would vote for Brexit, the US would vote for Trump and that Leicester City would win the Premiership you might not have taken the bet; a pity as a £10 accumulator would have netted £45 million…. According to Ladbrokes no one took that bet, which reinforces our view that a forecast, at any time of the year, is just someone else’s opinion and not fact as all some politicians, economists and central bankers would have us believe. These opinions are then promulgated by the main stream media and thus miraculously become true as far as most unthinking readers are concerned. Both the Brexit campaign and the US election were two classic examples of the Fourth Estate swallowing every blue pill given to them and then having the nerve to report on the “growing threat” of fake news! Who to believe? Not the press that’s for sure! Central bankers are no better; Carney’s admonition that a vote for Brexit would mean a rise in interest rates lay in tatters mere days after the result along with the chancellor’s threat of higher taxes; politicians are ever economical with the truth are they not? One thing we can “look forward to” in 2017 is more political uncertainty….

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A case for Brexit; the EU’s seven deadly sins

Whether your main interest is equality, liberty, democracy, economic survival, sovereignty, debt reduction, increased export potential, encouraging entrepreneurs, fiscal independence, social fairness, overpopulation, community mutualism or calling leaders to account, it has become abundantly clear since 2008 that you will have to forfeit every one of these aspirations if your preference is to stay within the European Union. John Ward blogger at The Slog  Please read on or to download in pdf format to read later click here “When it becomes serious, you have to lie”. “We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it”. Both quotes by Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg politician and President of the European Commission. These quotes provide a fascinating insight into the psychology and intentions of the EU leadership. These people have a profound impact on our everyday lives, but that may be about to change. “It” just got “serious”; the UK is about to make a decision that could alter the course of history, not just for the UK and Europe, but for the rest of the world too. It was no accident that Obama recently visited these shores and gave us an ultimatum to toe the line, vote to remain and sign up to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership –…