I am writing this on the Eurostar gambolling along at 200 mph under the English Channel heading back to Blighty just after an incredibly revelatory meeting in Brussels in which I was privileged to participate; I am so “full of it” that I am wasting no time in sharing it all with you, It has changed my thinking.
Imagine the scene: a Remoaner or one of the Corbynistas has found in an ad the car that they want on sale at ten grand. So they call the number and say:- “I want the car; I’m offering you less than the ten grand but if you refuse to accept less I won’t walk away; oh, and I don’t want to see the car before I do the deal.” How bonkers is that!
I have just been watching one of those press conferences with David Davies for the UK and Michel Barnier for the EU. I am left, in these early days of September with an immediate choice: do I do irreparable harm to our TV and throw something at it or do I write to you, with my frustrations and annoyance bordering on anger? The latter thankfully won.
To steal from Wellington’s Victory Speech after the Battle of Waterloo just over 200 years ago: ” ’twas a damn close-run thing”.
Both as Boss of the CBI and then as UK Trade Minister I spent a lot of time overseas, persuading big (and not so big) foreign businesses and governments to invest in our Country, to make money and pay tax in our Country, to create jobs in our Country.
Unless you were, say, fifteen or over in 1979 (so that would make you turning fifty today) you have no idea about what happens to this Country when you let Socialists get their fingers in the cookie jar.