Todays news has been full of ‘leak stories’ around Brexit. That’s no great surprise as we know full well that there are factions who vehemently don’t wish Brexit to happen on any level and will do what they think is necessary to undermine the process. We might even call that a democratic right if - and this is the big ‘if’ - the information that such factions used is truthful and without prejudice. In other words, by all means have your say and disagree, but don’t issue lies or wholly speculative and unproven statements as the basis of your argument. That’s called ‘sour grapes’ and if taken to the next level could even be construed as treason. And as far as I’m aware there is still a notional death penalty for committing treason.
The leaked document from the Department for Brexit purportedly analyses various post-Brexit economic scenarios and declares that none of them indicate a positive wealth and prosperity outcome for the UK. Grim stuff, we might think. In somewhat smaller print, perhaps, there are caveats and conditions to the analyses which indicate that most of the projections are based upon wide ranging assumptions and instinct about what may happen under particular exit circumstances. These are guesses. They are speculative thoughts by whoever authored the document and represent a point of view by those whose job it is to guess the future. For such a ‘thin’ document to be publicly released is tantamount to sabotage at the lesser end of the scale and gross misconduct somewhere in the middle and at the top end of that scale it is very much bordering on a breach of the Official Secrets Act and looking directly at treason. That civil servants nowadays feel at liberty to disclose such material adds shame to their once highly professional conduct and tells us much about the integrity and mindset of current generation civil service ethos.
Yet what such a leak achieves which is much more damaging is the fact that it portrays our country as indecisive and hesitant about the entire outcome of the EU referendum. In the last century Britain has moved from being a decisive and authoritative nation state to one which is increasingly risk averse, reluctant to commit, unsure about its decisions, obsessed by political correctness and prone to prevarication and a ‘let’s wait and see’ attitude. Apart from our massive financial contributions to the EU we add little value to the European experiment by virtue of that acquired indecisiveness. No longer bold, no longer clear, no longer positive, no longer sure of our world position. And this is reflected in our national attitude to continued membership of the EU - why be members of a club that gives us no benefit, costs us countless billions and which, on the geo-political scale orchestrated by Merkel and Macron, we don’t even appear. No wonder we voted for Brexit. Had we had governance this last seventy or so years that upheld the positives about Britain rather than playing on its negatives then Brexit may never have been an issue to even think about. Unfortunately, we have not had that style of governance and as a result we have Brexit. That’s a given, it will happen in some shape or form but our national inclination to be imprecise, non-assertive and not vulgarly pushy will see is with a poor deal. Just take a look at our negotiating position to see the truth of that.
Without a fundamental gear shift in government we won’t achieve a position where our sovereignty, our creativity, our passion to be rid of bureaucrats, our innovative capability and our national spirit and culture can shine to achieve a future for everyone’s benefit. Yes, there would be ups and downs, but if we were to be a nation that truly believed in ourselves and had a government that represented that drive, then there is no doubt in my mind that we could move forward at a pace - and with national pride.
So, to the doomsayers and nay-sayers and to our negative and indecisive government the message is ‘shut-up moaning and manoeuvring for crisis and start working for your country’s future’. We had that pride once. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t get it back.