Who’s sorry now?

The old saw about being careful what you wish for is manifestly coming home to roost on the shoulders of those whom Nigel Farage is bound to see as the Johnny Come Latelys of the Leave campaign leadership.

Boris Johnson’s face and stance in his televised address this morning spoke for a very sobered bunny.

He had been booed loudly and had had the side of his car hammered by hordes of angry Londoners beyond the media rough house outside his home in North London. Neither he nor his family will like that one – and, accustomed to affectionate attention, this can only have come as an unanticipated consequence of winning the vote to leave the EU.

He and his colleagues have seen the value of the pound thumped into the ground – in its greatest fall since the early 1970s – in the currency markets.

They have seen the FTSE tanking on the stock markets with billions wiped off share values.

Chris Grayling found himself deconstructed by the characteristically vigorous Andrew Neil who asked him:

‘When are we going to see all those saved extra millions put into our NHS?’


‘You’re seeing the pound and the FTSE fall as it was said they would. Was it worth it?’


They will have heard the Foreign Office calmly assess the scale of the parallel multiple and complex negotiations their staff would have to enable and support:

  • one set is on the exit procedures to be processed – and EC President, Jean Claude Juncker has just said that he wants to activate the Article¬† 50 disassociation protocol ‘immediately’;
  • and another is on the new relationships to be negotiated and agreed between the non-EU UK and the EU – which will embrace a spectrum of very complex issues including, for example, trade, travel, intelligence, defence…

All in two years [?], during which senior civil servants will also be engaged in:

  • whatever agreements which, having lost guaranteed freedom of movement under the EU, Gibraltar will need to be in place to protect its citizens from a repetition of the punitive border measures previously employed against them by Spain;
  • a potential, and, if activated, an actual Scotland departure from the UK within that two year period;
  • a potential Northern Ireland departure from the UK;
  • the establishing of trade agreements with new partners outside the EU;
  • and then some…

This is real now and the Brexit camp will have to manage and deliver on such responsibilities and in the shortest possible order to protect the economy and as many jobs as possible.

And if either or both of the civil service or the Brexit government fail…?

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  • What is unbelievable is the fact that the ‘Remain’ group are bitching about not winning the referendum and losing by a relatively low number. However, NO mention has been made by either group regarding the 13.5 million potential voters who could not, would not or showed a complete negative attitude towards such a critical decision affecting the whole of the UK. Let the Scots also bitch about their NO voters too but then that’s a little too close to home. It wouldn’t surprise me if most of the whingers are those very same NO voters.

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    Alistair June 24, 2016 2:35 pm Reply
  • The people heckling Boris Johnson and hitting his car did not look like ordinary Londoners – why would they be waiting outside his house at that time or even know where he lived. It was an organised Rent-a-Mob crowd. Probably the usual ones from the Left with their professionally printed banners.

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    Lundavra June 24, 2016 4:58 pm Reply
    • Mr Johnson’s family residence is no secret, but years ago – when he was MP before becoming Mayor, I’d regularly see him cycling past the cafe where I often took my breakfast, and it was a standard topic of speculation as to who’s house he’d come out of that morning.

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      Robert Wakeham June 24, 2016 5:51 pm Reply
    • Similar situation to Mr Trumps arrival. According to BBC Scotland last night there were to be massive protests. From the photograph issued today there appeared to be about 15 of them – complete with banners.

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      Malcolm Kirk June 24, 2016 5:54 pm Reply
  • I have wondered if Merkel is sorry that she did not give David Cameron any concessions? I think that probably swung a lot of people to the Leave side.

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    Lundavra June 24, 2016 5:00 pm Reply
    • It is quite obvious to me that Merkel does not use heavy duty drugs. Cameron on the other hand………
      Is the penny dropping yet?

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      A.Salmon June 25, 2016 10:25 pm Reply
  • The grubby Mr Juncker adopted a rather aggressive manner today, when insisting that the UK will be leaving the European community a.s.a.p. – but this is hardly surprising, given the customary outrageously petulant, uncouth and insulting behaviour of Mr Farage toward his fellow European MEPs.

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    Robert Wakeham June 24, 2016 5:44 pm Reply
    • Nigel Farage is responsible for the way the vote went today. It was his very controlled exposures of the way the the European Union was working that caught the attention of the public. As you will see from the many YouTube videos of him speaking to the parliament, he was anything but uncouth and petulant – he was forceful, honest and right. His exposure of what was going on was vital. Further – the man has been treated abominably by the media – especially your favoured Biased Broadcasting Corporation, Robert. I don’t particularly like anyone else attached to UKIP but Farage spoke openly and honestly and clearly – and for a politician that was very different and welcome. Lets hope they find a position for him in any new negotiating body they set up.

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      Malcolm Kirk June 24, 2016 6:09 pm Reply
      • God help us all if they do, Malcolm – and the informed opinion on BBC R4 this morning was that it was Boris ‘wot swung it’, not Nigel, but then you presumably think that Boris is an overgrown angel and that it’s just ‘BBC bias’.

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        Robert Wakeham June 24, 2016 7:17 pm Reply
  • English Lady from Hartlepool on BBC News Channel. She states that “..I want to leave, I want to move to Scotland..” She will be welcomed. After all England did get Mone.

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    No Cheese Here June 24, 2016 5:46 pm Reply
  • Well, I heard on the radio at teatime that 2m people have signed an on-line petition to have a re-run of the EU referendum.
    Wrong result, apparently.
    One person interviewed said that they’d voted Leave to “register a protest vote” but they hadn’t believed for a minute that Leave would actually win.
    WHAT can you say????

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    ClootieDumping June 25, 2016 10:01 pm Reply
    • Clootie – Too many people are saying exactly that, it was a vote against the establishment and they never expected a leave win.

      Nearly at 2.5 million signatories now.


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      John M June 25, 2016 10:17 pm Reply
      • John,there is not a cat in hells chance of a reverse decision. Help get Scotland back in Europe and then the decent people of the British Isles have a refuge!

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        A.Salmon June 25, 2016 10:20 pm Reply
        • Maybe wishful thinking but I’m not so sure.

          There is going to be a massive civil movement against this, led by the youth of the UK. We will have peaceful protests and marches of a size never seen before.

          Boris Johnson will replace Cameron and a snap General Election will be called in November of this year. Labour and Libdems will form a pact, supported by the SNP, offering a targeted anti-austerity programme and the promise of a 2nd EU referendum.

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          John M June 25, 2016 11:02 pm Reply
          • Now that would be interesting. And strangely, I don’t think is outside the realms of possibility. I’ve been thinking something similar myself, however despite everything, I think Corbyn might have to remain leader. It would depend if he can get to nearer 9/10.

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            JB June 25, 2016 11:07 pm
          • Corbyn will go.

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            John M June 25, 2016 11:12 pm
          • John,

            Lib dem and labour will lead…… Snp to follow. Never thought you of a comedian but good one.

            Tories remainers are hiding I assume.

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            No Cheese Here June 26, 2016 11:34 am
          • There is going to be a massive civil movement against this, led by the youth of the UK.

            This would be the same 18-25 demographic that cared so much about remain that the turnout for the vote was 36%? Most of the non-voters are now on social media bewailing the imagined impending apocalypse. Stuff them if they are going to disrespect the universal suffrage their forbears fought so hard for.

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            db June 27, 2016 4:56 am
          • DB – ‘stuff them if they’re going to disrespect the universal suffrage their forbears fought so hard for’.
            ‘Them’ being those who’ve rumbled that they’ve been led up the garden path, predominantly by Boris Johnson – whose senior Tory associates have lent added respectability. Entirely unjustified, and they’re still ‘at it’ this morning, with a senior Conservative prat on BBC R4 extolling the virtues of Boris as PM, and even claiming that the guy had matured and his London Mayoral terms had seen emerge as a statesman of growing stature.
            The British version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, more likely, and this morning we’ve got George Osborne – in attempting to put on a brave face as he reviews a black farce – talking of government having to fulfill the wish of the people.
            How far does democratic process have to be abused, how far will the Westminster government go down the path of watching the rise to power of Mr Johnson, before the penny drops?

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            Robert Wakeham June 27, 2016 7:55 am
    • There are some in England who are ,quite frankly,devoid of Political thinking.
      Boris and Gove fall into that catigory as do Cameron and Coblin

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      A.Salmon June 25, 2016 10:22 pm Reply
    • Quite a lot – there are many folk who thought that ‘stay’ was a foregone conclusion so voted against it as a protest against the lying and deception – but in the case of this vote we’ve got the democratically elected incumbent Westminster Justice Minister, incumbent Chancellor of the Exchequer and the would-be Prime Minister all indulging in mass deception (even after they’d been found out) which leaves me thinking that the whole exercise was so grubby that – considering that it was such a close run thing, that 16 year-olds weren’t given a vote (as they are in Scottish elections) and that there was no specified minimum percentage to qualify as a credible and decisive result – the outcome is extremely dodgy.
      The trouble is, anyone questioning it is likely to be shouted down as ant-democratic.
      So we’re likely to be saddled with colossal fallout from a real abuse of democratic process – basically all in the interest of the overweening ambitions of government politicians who couldn’t give a toss for the real interests of their country.
      The most prominent being Boris Johnson – in fact a high-profile carpet-bagger whose rise within the Tories could well eventually become a (bent) nail in that party’s coffin.

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      Robert Wakeham June 25, 2016 10:37 pm Reply
      • Anti Democratic, gerrymandering, doublestandards, hyprocrits, sham votes – all these things do come to mind.

        We should ask any SNP supporters here what they think about the minimum threshold before the vote is won or deemed ‘decisive’. 60% eh?

        I’ve got to say – despite (or because of) the fact I care not a jot for Boris, I do notice that you are rather obsessed with him Robert. It’s rather noticeable!

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        JB June 26, 2016 8:20 am Reply
        • Boris the Turk!
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_JohnsonAlexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is an English politician, popular … Johnny’s father, Ali Kemal, was a Circassian-Turkish journalist who was killed before his son’s birth, during the Turkish War of Independence, for his …

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          richard June 26, 2016 12:05 pm Reply
          • Boris the Jerk.

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            Robert Wakeham June 26, 2016 4:12 pm
        • You have to realise that Robert does not like people with character, panache,
          humour, intelligence, who can entertain, charm a crowd, and luckily combine all that with a quick wit. Being mayor of London can’t be easy with the mixture of bloody minded left wing union leaders who rule there, but he did that for 8 years and came out the other side unscathed. We all know people who we don’t particularly like but that does not mean they are not good at their job. Robert I suspect would be a ‘shoe in’ as an ‘extra’ in Eastenders where someone was required to walk up and down with a protest banner saying “No Peace in Our Time”. ( Sense of humour required).

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          Malcolm Kirk June 26, 2016 4:52 pm Reply
          • You’ve been suckered by a very sharp chancer, Malcolm – and so has the whole of the Conservative Party and a large chunk of the British electorate.

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            Robert Wakeham June 26, 2016 5:50 pm
  • Latest Indi poll.
    YES 59%
    NO. 31%

    Please join us in the new YES movement to promote harmony for everyone.
    There is nothing to fear but Fear itself.

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    A.Salmon June 25, 2016 10:13 pm Reply
    • A Salmond.
      Regard your Indi Poll figures.
      Should that not have read:
      Yes to NO 59% or
      No to YES 31%?

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      Alistair June 26, 2016 3:32 pm Reply

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