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The Electoral Commission should be abolished, but not before those who work in it and are guilty of bias are fired from their posts.
Not only has a judge had to slap the wrists of the Electoral Commission for being misleading when claiming they did not advise Vote Leave that it could donate money to BeLeave, a separate Brexit campaign group, it now turns out that four of its ten board members seem to have ignored their duty to be impartial and made anti-Brexit comments.
"How on Earth, therefore, can the Commission claim to be impartial in its crucial role adjudicating elections and referendums?" Asks the Telegraph.
As the election watch-dog the Electoral Commission requires its members to be impartial 'at all times'.
But the anti-Brexit comments from Sir John Holmes, once Tony Blair's principal private secretary but now the chair of the electoral commission itself, and from former Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth, Former Labour MP Bridget Prentice and Lord John Horam, a former Tory, Labour and SDP MP have resulted in calls for their removal from office.
Tory MP and Brexiteer Priti Patel said of the four that:
"They should relinquish their positions and independent people should be brought in."
And Jacob Rees Mogg said:
"Anyone who has called for a second referendum or made political statements on Brexit ought to recuse him or herself from any decision with regard to the referendum."
Well, I for one won't be holding my breath. All I will say is that the Electoral Commission does little or nothing to protect democracy – as this latest saga shows – but just seems to be another carriage on the political gravy train, and it should be wound up and replaced with something fit for purpose.
Do you remember being told by Remainers that business investor confidence in the UK would disappear and money would dry up as the UK economy descended into a post-Brexit economic dustbowl?
Well, what seems to have passed many commentators by is that the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that business investment in the UK for the final quarter of 2017 is up across the board.
Gross fixed capital formation was, at £84.1 billion, up by 1.1 percent on quarter three and by four percent on the final quarter of 2016, this is the biggest annual increase in the G7. And quarter four business investment was up by 0.3 percent on quarter three at £46.2 billion – and up by 2.6 percent on the final quarter of 2016.
As Ross Clark writes in the Spectator – why is no-one else in the mainstream press talking about this?
“Why is it that whenever some organisation comes up with some half-baked prediction of doom for the UK economy post-Brexit it is splashed all over the news, yet real data on the economy gets ignored?" He asks.
And he goes on to ask 'is this news' with the comment that the BBC and Guardian obviously don't think so and even the Times did not mention the investment figures.
And Ross Clark makes the very good point that Brexit may not be a guaranteed bonus to the UK economy, but it would benefit everyone if:
"…we could be fed rather less propagandist speculation about the future direction of the economy, made by organisations which have already been embarrassed by the grim forecasts they made ahead of the referendum, and we got to hear rather more genuine economic news."
And speaking to Bloomberg, Gerard Lyons, Netwealth Investments chief economic strategist, said that although there was still uncertainty about Brexit, because there will be a deal favourable to the markets, the EU and the UK in place by the time we reached the 29th March next year, he thinks there will be more confidence because there would be greater clarity and indeed hopefully complete certainty.
And he went on to say that the back drop is more favourable than many people expected, and there is a swing in the mood of the City away from the fears of no passporting to a confidence that London will not only stay the financial centre for Europe but also at number one or two in the world.
And it's probably a good thing that we're leaving with a strong global financial centre, as the pro-Leave emeritus professor from the London School or Economics, Gwythian Prins, has claimed in a report that the EU will fall much in the same way as the USSR did, within a generation.
"He said that its “mounting complexity and declining legitimacy” had already sowed the seeds of its demise and Brexit was merely the start." Reports the Times, which quotes from the report:
"The 'project' drives forward ever more relentlessly; and in reaction the people become ever more disaffected, making it necessary to impose more instruments of control more stringently.
"Gains have become increasingly pyrrhic because of the cost in social alienation."
So, would you agree with me that the economic indicators show that far from being a mistake, Brexit proves that we should never have joined the EU in the first place and also that we need to sever all links with it before it goes under – dragging us with it?