Much has been said and written about Britain’s political and economic woes since Brexit, and more in the past two years. Overwhelmingly, mainstream media coverage has been negative and many of the nation’s problems have been blamed on Brexit itself. The role of lockdowns, forced business closures and especially extreme fiscal and monetary interventions during the Covid crisis has been downplayed, or often glossed over entirely.
Today, Britain finds itself in a position similar to that of most Western economies: rampant inflation, an energy crisis and countless households struggling with the dilemma of “eat or heat”. How the British people got into this position, who is to blame and what happens next are among the central themes I discussed with Godfrey Bloom in the following, very illuminating interview.
Before entering the world of politics in 2004, Godfrey Bloom worked in the City of London for forty years and won fixed rate investment awards. He was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for a decade and became widely known as a vocal opponent of government regulation and centralization. A fervent Euro-skeptic, Bloom was also heavily involved in Brexit “Leaving” as an independent activist. He is an associate member of the Royal College of Defense Studies, holder of the territorial decoration, sovereign‘s Medal, European Parliamentary Medal and Westminster Armed Forces Parliamentary Medal. He is also an author with seven books to his credit. He is married to one from Europe‘s leading equine physiotherapists.
Claudio Grass (CG): He‘The past few years have been tumultuous for the UK, from the Covid crisis and the instability of the Johnson government to its collapse and the race for the next Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. In your opinion, what was the impact on the public, after all these extreme phases and the “democracy exercises” that followed?
Godfrey Bloom (UK): Boris Johnson is a charismatic figure, a rarity in modern British politics, a popular figure who stormed to power with the well-received slogan ‘Get Brexit done’. He appealed to the 17.5 million voters who voted for Brexit and many who just wanted the shutdown. He came back with a majority of 80, a large one by contemporary standards, and he made a form of Brexit.
Britain has withdrawn its commissioner and MPs, but remains bound by historic EU regulations. Disastrous Brexit negotiations led by a civil service devoted to the EU meant that a real Brexit was almost impossible. The House of Commons and the Lords are also loyal remnants, so without political will, a form of associate membership is in place. Britain still sends billions to the EU under an extraordinary arrangement, as if Britain is somehow a begging nation and not the EU’s biggest customer. Boris Johnson was and is a reluctant Brexiteer. For him, it was a political opportunity, a road to number ten.
The problem for the Conservative party is that it has long since devolved into a neo-socialist green party with all the disastrous budget results one would expect. Massive immigration, the highest fiscal pressure since the war and the collapse of public services have disillusioned the electorate. Charisma can only take politicians so far; voters want results.
Additionally, Johnson is a habitual liar and cheater. The suicidal lockdown policy, its chancellor’s incredible disregard for fiscal probity, and its health ministers’ constant denial of medical and actuarial data gave the country a government no one trusted.
As ordinary working people have seen net zero madness, billions in unaudited foreign aid and a strange disregard for caution in the face of a leading military and nuclear power in Ukraine, the electorate has simply withdrawn its support. in local elections. With a hostile MSM, civil service and backbench MPs, neither Johnson could survive. Basically, central England feels disenfranchised, politically homeless and depressed.
CG: Watching the leadership debates and the interviews, as an outsider it seemed like the UK was “inspired” by the United States a little too much this time, because there was a lot of dramatic and cinematic tension and “soundbites” for the press to pick up, but not much substance. What did you think of the race and did you see a candidate who you think would have made a better leader than Liz Truss? Why do you think Truss finally prevailed and do you think she did it for the right reasons?
GB: The leadership of the Conservative Party was a schism, MPs did not want Johnson but another, more disciplined, less dishonest and more low-key leader who bought into the EU negotiation compromise, Economic Forum strategy world, U.S. foreign policy, and tax and spending. neo-socialist policies. The green agenda still remains sacrosanct despite its disastrous impact and the war with Russia.
Members of the Conservative Party making the last call have essentially been denied a true hardline Conservative option. No serious tax reform, public spending discipline, mass immigration cuts, NHS or BBC reform. Public education is a disaster with the abandonment of family values, sex education for eight-year-olds and persistent climate bigotry. Add to this the maintenance of a politicized police and judicial system and the abandonment of the principles of English law. In short, the same failed agenda of the Johnson government without the burden of Johnson’s embarrassing trifles. Truss beat the architect of the nation’s financial demise, Rishi Sunak, who tried to pretend it had nothing to do with him! Ridiculous.
The real problem is with the Western political class. It is at a post-war low, aggravated by a politicized media deeply committed to the WEF agenda. Dissent is prohibited and there is censorship worthy of Stalin’s Soviet Union. The latter is perhaps the most serious, a free press is the shield on which a democracy thrives. Add to that two generations of people without the benefit of traditional education, risk assessment or critical thinking skills.
CG: Truss recently had to reverse its decision to remove the top tax rate, in a very public and very humiliating way. What do you think of this decision and do you think this reversal could shake the new PM‘his credibility?
GB: Truss’ U-turn now clearly demonstrates this aforementioned schism in the Conservative party, not seen since the abolition of the Corn Laws. Taxation in Britain is not about increasing income, but about political grandstanding.
Income tax now has a higher tax rate than under the last Labor government. Tax breaks were peanuts. The Conservative Party has been infiltrated by crypto-socialists for over thirty years and the current government is to the left of the last Labor government. The party needs a period of opposition to return to its fundamental principles, the party of Lord Salisbury, a libertarian by modern standards. Truss was exposed as weak. She might not survive.
CG: The “The ‘cost of living’ crisis regularly makes headlines in the UK and by now its impact on virtually every household is quite obvious. Although its effects have been widely discussed and analyzed in the media, its causes have not‘t received the same coverage. Most of the time, Vladimir Putin is implicated and the Ukrainian war. Do you think that’s the whole story? Is inflation a problem exclusively caused by war?
GB: As libertarians and free marketers had predicted, runaway government spending, high taxes, borrowing, and money printing would lead to high inflation. Green policies have been disastrous, and the extraordinary Covid overreaction and NATO-induced war in Ukraine have exacerbated it. But there was no Western admission. Green policies, warmongers, mass immigration, Keynesian economics and fiat money have brought the West to its knees. So we can expect more of the same.
The WEF is not yet realized as a global political force. 80% of voters haven’t even heard of it yet. But those who did now believe the West has gone beyond political incompetence and embarked on a serious attempt to destroy our civilization and replace it with a new world order. The professional classes under forty don’t care, the artisan class knows something is wrong but can’t quite put their finger on it. The British are politically homeless. No good can come out of it.