Vince Cable (OGL)

Vince Cable (OGL)

Video commentary on the Liberal Democrat Party leader, Vince Cable, calling Brexit voters old and racist, the effect of Brexit on illicit drugs and organised crime as well as Jacob Rees-Mogg calling for any Brexit dividend to be channelled into the NHS.


The Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, says that Brexiteers are driven by 'nostalgia' for a world where 'faces were white'.

The Lib Dem leader played to his party's spring conference in Southport by calling for a second EU referendum and insulting 17.4 million voters by basically calling them old and racist.

"The Liberal Democrat leader told his party's spring conference that many older voters wanted 'a world where passports were blue, faces were white and the map was coloured imperial pink'." Reports the Daily Mail, which went on to say that Vince Cable also claimed that:

"A Brexit deal in which the EU dictated the terms of the UK's departure would 'create the sense of victimhood Brexiteers crave'."

He has though been slammed by many for these comments, with Tory MEP, Daniel Hannan, saying:

"Amazing that Vince Cable, who likes to portray himself as reasonable, casually dismisses 17.4m people as racists. Voting Leave was the opposite of nostalgia. We are breaking free from a declining trade bloc and embracing the growing markets across the oceans."

And John Redwood said his comments were 'complete nonsense' adding:

"That is a complete misunderstanding of what was happening. What doesn't Cable understand about our democracy? Why do these people want to give all our money away? I find it extraordinary."

Vince Cable obviously hasn't seen the recent poll that shows that 67% of Brits, whether they be Leavers or Remainers, think that the EU is bullying the UK over Brexit. And that's far more than the 52% that voted to leave in the first place.

Vince Cable also said that the votes of the old on the day of the referendum ended up:

"…crushing the hopes and aspiration of the young for years to come."

But to top it all he also said that the Brexit vote had been toxic and fuelled the rise of the populist right in the UK.

Now, this is an old man instructing the young to ignore old people, to even treat their opinions with disdain; he is therefore the one driving wedges between people – he is the one trying to break up relationships between young and old, which span both communities and families.

Brexit has given us the opportunity as a country to get together behind a common goal of making the UK as good as we can make it. We will need to work together, the young and the old across all gender, race and religious divides to make the most of what we have.

But the Remainers just want to divide us all to try and get their own way.

And before those Remainers talk about the UK dividing itself from Europe, that is exactly what we have not done. The UK has divided itself from an overbearing political construct called the EU that did not suit us. We keep stressing that we want to be close to the countries of Europe, but just not within a single EU superstate.

There is a world of difference here that some Remainers, like our Vince, still have not cottoned on to!

Now on to organised crime!

Mike Marinetto in the New Statesman says that no-one has yet asked the narcotics industry what it thinks of Brexit. But they should he says because:

"This industry relies on cross border trade and the movement of both people and commodities. Like the banks, the car manufacturers and the supermarkets, drug dealers will be impacted by Brexit."

And why should we care? Because, as Mike Marinetto points out, the illicit drugs trade contributes some £10 billion a year to the UK economy, with the figures now being included in the nation's official GDP figures, yes the ONS estimates and includes the data.

"It also provides regular investment for real estate and banking – the City of London is said to be a favourite with drug money launderers. When combined with prostitution, its 75,000-strong workforce makes it the second largest private employer in the country behind John Lewis."

So the author asked an expert on crime, Professor Richard Hobbs, whether these criminals were more likely to be on the Remain or Leave side. And he said that the big hardened criminals were likely to be hard-Brexit types with pictures of the queen hanging in their cells when they were banged up.

But criminologist Ann Sergi says that the price of drugs will probably rise and the article cites sources that indicate that the opportunities for crime would outweigh the costs after Brexit.

Personally I'm not convinced on that on all of that – an increase of checks at borders and tighter overall control must surely mean that the risks for criminals also go up, which will drive prices up admittedly, but that would surely just reflect a drop in supply on the streets. The real downside may be a rise in domestic crime as some users try to find more dosh to fund their habits.

Now, an NHS study from 2017 says that hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders was six percent higher in 2015/16 than in 2014/15 and eleven percent higher than in 2005/6.

And those admitted with illicit drug poisoning was six percent higher in 2015/16 than in 2014/15 but a huge 51 percent higher than in 2005/6.

And when talking about children it said that in 2014 15 percent had taken drugs with six percent of 11 year-olds worryingly having tried them and 24 percent of 15 year olds.

These figures do not indicate to me that being in the EU has hindered the drugs trade in any way.

Then there's the Guardian report from 2014, which said that:

"The profile of those currently taking drugs is weighted towards younger Britons, with half of active users aged 16-34. In contrast to the stereotype of the drug user, many active drug takers are in the higher echelons of society, with 40% being in social grades AB."

Now, I wonder if that's the same young higher echelon that think Leave voters are old and thick?

And finally, mirroring the earlier calls by the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, to pledge a good proportion of the money saved by leaving the EU to the NHS, Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that the Brexit dividend should be spent on the health services.

Appearing on Peston on Sunday, he said that since the Conservatives came to power there had been a "significantly lower real-terms increase in health spending" compared to the last time they were in government.

"I would like to see the dividend of leaving the European Union devoted to the health service."

"I think people felt that was promised during the referendum campaign and the figures on health spending, in real terms since 2010, is a 1.1% increase.

"Whereas in the period of the Conservatives in government from '79 to '97, it was 3.4%. So we're running at a significantly lower real-terms increase in health spending currently.

"And with an ageing population, with increasing medical sophistication, I don't think it's realistic to expect that the current levels of spending can be maintained."

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