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The Brexit Party Big Vision Rally Hears from the Man Who Would Water the Workers’ Beer.

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Tim Martin, the Man Who Waters the Workers’ Beer.

At the Sunday Brexit Party Big Vision Rally the far-right Express reports that Tim Martin Wetherspoons founder spoke

The Wetherspoons boss and Brexiteer delivered a rousing speech during the Brexit Party ‘Big Vision Rally’ where he told a 5,500-strong crowd “democracy works” and it was “strange” that it wasn’t being accepted by “highly educated people in the UK. The 64-year-old, a long term Brexit advocate, warned Remainers “we don’t want a deal and we don’t need a deal” which drew cheers from the crowds of supporters in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

New outfit ready to field candidates in every Westminster constituency within days, says Farage Lizzy Buchan Independent.

Nigel Farage has unveiled 100 parliamentary candidates for the Brexit Party but refused to name any of the would-be MPs.

The Brexit Party leader paraded the new recruits at a 5,000-strong rally in Birmingham, where he said his new outfit would be ready to field candidates in every Westminster constituency within days as it prepares for a general election.

Alas, he refused to give their names.

One policy emerged:

Brexit Party says it will scrap interest on tuition fees.

From the Red-Brown Front we hear former Revolutionary Communist Party member James Heartfield, who stood for the Brexit Party in the European elections, has this to say:

Getting down with the kids in the Red Brown Front of Spiked we hear

Millennials, let’s be braver

To see pictures of the Greatest Generation’s humility and courage juxtaposed to the attention-seeking protests against Trump’s state visit to London is a stain on the memory of all those who served. When I see those who claim to speak for my generation holding signs calling for the overturning of democratically elected officials and referendums, it makes me want no part of this generation.

Mica Soellner is a journalist based in the Midwest of the US.


I am the man, the very fat man
That waters the workers’ beer
I am the man, the very fat man
That waters the workers’ beer
And what do I care if it makes them ill
If it makes them terribly queer
I’ve a car, a yacht, and an aeroplane,
And I waters the workers’ beer.

Now when I waters the workers’ beer
I puts in strychnine
Some methylated spirits
And a can of kerosene
Ah, but such a brew so terribly strong
It would make them terribly queer
So I reaches my hand for the watering-can
And I waters the workers’ beer:

Now a drop of good beer is good for a man
When he’s tired, thirsty and hot
And I sometimes have a drop myself
From a very special pot
For a strong and healthy working class
Is the thing that I most fear
So I reaches my hand for the watering-can
And I waters the workers’ beer:

Written by Andrew Coates

July 1, 2019 at 11:41 am

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  1. It seems very extreme to label The Express as “far-right” when its a centre-right daily. Surely the term far-right should be used very carefully and be correctly applied to organisations such as the National Front or the British National Party. Kevin

    K Morris Poet

    July 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm

  2. Non-socialists do not qualify into the communist “left” or religious “right” of the looter spectrum. Still, it is not so surprising to an outsider that communists would seek to reverse the Anschluss into the Fourth Reich. But just as unsurprising to a libertarian–hardly able to tell socialists apart without their sickle and swastika emblems–is the evident fact that those worthies cannot reliably distinguish themselves from each other. In America the Brexit was voted in 1776, unsuccessfully appealed in 1812, and remains to this day as incontrovertible a fact as that aggression and stealing are wrong even when dressed up in fanciful euphemisms of the latest European fashion. We could make our own government less of a kleptocracy if the neighbors across the pond would pillage less raucously.


    July 1, 2019 at 2:38 pm

  3. Le Monde, one of the world’s dailies of reference, and certainly one of the papers of reference for this Blog, refers to the Brexit Party as follows, “Brexit Party (« Parti du Brexit ») du dirigeant d’extrême droite Nigel Farage...”

    I think the word extreme needs no translation, droite, is right, so, far right..


    There are hundreds of statements saying the same in the European media.

    The Express backs the Brexit Party as surely as Socialist Worker backs the SWP.

    Farage’s Brexit MASTERPLAN: Brexit Party unveils 100-strong army ready to crush new PM


    Andrew Coates

    July 1, 2019 at 4:04 pm

  4. I am no fan of the Brexit Party. They are a mixture of Communists, Socialists of various kinds and Conservatives obsessed with leaving the EU (the latter believe that the Conservatives have “betrayed” Brexit). I think the term “far-right” should be used carefully, as should terms like “fascist”. The Express doesn’t deny the holocaust (as do far-right political parties) so its not (in my view) “far-right”. Anyway we wont, I think agree on this but thank you for allowing me the freedom to express my perspective. Best – Kevin

    K Morris Poet

    July 1, 2019 at 4:19 pm

  5. Far-right of course is not the same as fascist or Nazi either.

    In the case of the Express though, that is the Express these days, it really does strike me as a hate-mongering paper which gets what it deserves.

    This was another side of the old Sunday Express, Ipswich, Grandma at Giles Circus.

    Giles Circus

    Ronald ‘Carl’ Giles worked as a cartoonist for Express Group Newspapers from the 2nd World War to 1992. The Grandma statue by sculptor Miles Robinson is based on the characters in Carl Giles’s cartoons from the Daily Express: Grandma…


    Andrew Coates

    July 1, 2019 at 4:53 pm

  6. Re the moronic Tim Martin:

    Readers desperate for a Special Brew or Kopparberg at 7.00 am may well have come across Wetherspoon News, a glossy propaganda sheet produced by the chain’s preposterous millionaire owner, Tim Martin.

    Apart from plugging various branches of Wetherspoon’s and the cheap booze they sell, the magazine is largely devoted to promoting its owner’s ignorant and semi-coherent views on the EU and Brexit. It claims to “present both sides of the debate” and does, indeed, reproduce articles from both Leavers and Remainers. Except that the articles are prefaced by Martin’s comments. Leavers are described as “brilliant” “very intelligent” and “illuminating”; Remainers as “having an awful record in making predictions about things concerning Brexit”, “(he) got it embarrassingly wrong in 2016”, “Here she is, one year ago, predicting Armageddon because of ‘the spectre of no deal’. Wrong again, Carolyn.”

    The overall effect is as about pleasant as the discovery that ice served at two Wetherspoons branches was contaminated with faecal coliforms, usually related to failing to wash your hands after a trip to the toilet.

    Martin’s latest sneer is aimed at the Guardian‘s editor Katherine Viner, whom he claims, “clearly doesn’t understand World Trade Organisation rules — having stated in the past … that they would result in the automatic imposition of tariffs … which is completely untrue. In this article, Viner seems to be saying that you need ‘trade deals’ to trade. Just not correct, Katherine. The UK and EU trade with most of the world on WTO rules … without deals.”

    Leaving aside Martin’s sleight of hand whereby he shifts the argument from the imposition of tariffs in a no-deal scenario to whether trading can take place at all without a deal (and who denies that?), I presume Martin is referring to Article 24 of the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Boris Johnson, too, has recently seized upon Article 24 and claimed “There will be no tariffs, there will be no quotas because what we want to do is to get a standstill in our current arrangements under GATT 24, or whatever it happens to be, until such a time as we have negotiated the [free trade agreement].” Boris Johnson MP, 18 June 2019

    So, does Article 24 allow the UK to have tariff-free trade with the EU?

    The highly-respected and impartial Full Fact website responds as follows:

    This is very unlikely in practice. This refers to Article 24 of the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. It allows countries who are negotiating a free-trade area or customs union to have an interim agreement on trade tariffs for a period of (in most cases) up to ten years provided they have a “plan and schedule” agreed for concluding a final deal. It’s unlikely we could have such a “plan and schedule” in place with the EU before we leave.

    Over the course of the last year a number of politicians, news outlets and commentators have made claims about the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and something known as ‘Article 24’. Our readers have also asked us to look into these claims.

    The claims describe Article 24 as a WTO trading rule which will allow the UK to temporarily carry on trading with the EU under the current zero-tariff system even if we leave the EU’s customs union and single market on WTO terms.

    But it’s not that simple and experts have said this is unlikely to happen. That’s because Article 24 only allows countries negotiating a free-trade area or customs union to have an “interim” agreement in place (which in the case of the UK and EU could allow tariff-free trade to continue) provided they have a “plan and schedule” agreed for what their final deal will look like. The EU would also have to agree to this plan before we leave the EU.


    So could we leave on WTO terms and keep tariff-free trade under Article 24?

    Almost certainly not.

    The Article 24 plan is possible in theory, but very unlikely in practice. Article 24 does not remove the need to strike a deal with the EU.

    Both the UK and the EU would have to reach an agreement about going into such an interim period—the UK couldn’t make the decision by itself—and they’d also need to agree on what the “plan and schedule” for the final deal would look like.

    Article 24 also says that the future agreement must cover the “duties and other restrictive regulations of commerce” of “substantially all the trade” between the countries involved. Other members of the WTO could also ask for changes to the agreement if they have concerns about it.

    This would all need to be agreed before we leave the EU. Experts have said such an agreement is unlikely.

    Without such an agreement, or some kind of withdrawal agreement as proposed by the government being in place, the UK will leave the EU and being trading with it on WTO terms—meaning tariffs on trade.

    Article 24 itself only covers trade, so other elements we might want to include in any future deal with the EU, services for instance, wouldn’t be covered under Article 24 or the GATT, it would be under separate agreements.

    Even the arch-Brexiteer Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, said in the House of Commons on January 14: “There are two immediate problems facing that suggestion [using Article 24]. The first is that it would require the agreement of the EU and be based on the expectation of a future trade agreement or customs union to be operable in WTO law. Although it might be argued, as I am sure many in the House [of Commons] would, that that would be in the economic interests of the EU27, we all know from experience that the politics of the EU can take precedence over economic pragmatism. In the political atmosphere of no deal, it would be difficult to cultivate the good will necessary for that to proceed. Secondly, that suggestion would not deal with all the regulatory issues—the non-tariff barriers—that are so important to many businesses.”

    Jim Denham

    July 2, 2019 at 9:13 am

  7. He waters down the beer? Doesn’t stop you drinking it does it?

    Kevin Algar

    July 15, 2019 at 9:23 pm

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