Brexit Britain needs better yardsticks

Britain is the fastest-growing economy in the G7, says the IMF. It’s great they’ve admitted they were wrong about post-referendum economic Armageddon. But are the G7 nations – over half of which are in the EU – really the countries we should be measuring ourselves against?

We often hear pundits use the phrase “in Europe” when comparing the UK’s relative performance in some area or other. But we need to stop using Europe as the yardstick if we are to be a global success. It’s how we are doing relative to the world that counts.

By comparison to EU countries, for example, Britain – with predicted growth of 1.8% in 2016 – might be doing well.

But compare Britain to other countries with a similar population, and you get a very different picture. South Korea’s economy, according to the IMF, is forecast to grow 2.7% this year. Turkey, 3.3%. Thailand, 3.2%. Tanzania, 7.2%. Myanmar (aka Burma), 8.1%.

Obviously, these countries face very different economic issues. Some are still just starting to develop. Others have only recently opened up to foreign trade and investment. None is a perfect analogue to Britain.

Here’s the point, though: neither is the Eurozone! The old so-called advanced economies are collapsing under the weight of the failed single currency. We shouldn’t be using them as a yardstick.

Brexit isn’t just about taking back our sovereignty. It’s also about changing our mindset. We need to start seeing ourselves in competition with the world’s best performers.

Outside the EU, we can finally aspire to more than being the least broken member of the world’s only declining trading bloc. It’s time to set our sights higher.

Diane James is gone from Ukip after a very strange 18 days – and the man everyone expects to replace her could destroy Labour

 

Stephen Woolfe could be the man to break Labour’s stranglehold on Northern constituencies that voted solidly for Brexit. There were sighs of relief among Labour MPs in Leave seats when Woolfe didn’t win the first time – heaven knows what they’re thinking now
Benedict Spence

Just when the Conservatives are threatening to let their conference turn this week into the dullest in recent memory, trust Ukip to start throwing flares. Where Descartes proclaimed “I think, therefore I am”, the Kippers’ musings on existence might be boiled down to “No pyro, no party”.

It was to be expected, really. Ukip are the party of Leavers. They appeal to “the left behind”. They organised themselves around the idea that the UK should leave the EU. They are made up of members, like Douglas Carswell and Suzanne Evans, who left other parties. Robert Kilroy-Silk left politics, Mark Reckless left the House of Commons, Godfrey Bloom has repeatedly taken leave of his senses, and Nigel Farage enjoys leaving so much he resigned as leader, and then came back to leave all over again. Diane James clearly wanted to continue that noble precedent. But her departure is perhaps the most bizarre in the party’s turbulent history.

In a statement, James claimed she did “not have the sufficient authority, nor the full support of all my MEP colleagues and party officers to implement changes I believe necessary”. Moreover, it has been reported that the Electoral Commission, when receiving documentation confirming James’ election, discovered that she had signed by adding, in Latin, the words “under duress” after her name, giving credence to the rumour that she had been bullied into standing by Nigel Farage.

It’s a staggering swipe at a party which has descended into even greater internal turmoil than Labour in the post-coalition landscape. Just think how much wider the margin of the referendum result could have been, or how much more dangerous the party could be electorally, if they had their house in order.

The truth is that the spectre of Farage hovers over Ukip all too ominously. He may have ridden off into the sunset, but like North Korea’s Kim Il-sung, he remains the supreme leader, and his portrait beams from every wall. Without his blessing, it simply isn’t possible to become leader, but with his blessing comes a ferocious backlash from the likes of ex-Tories Carswell, Evans and Neil Hamilton.

Diane James was caught in the crossfire between old guard and new. Farage and his allies accuse Carswell et al of being “political careerists” wanting to turn Ukip into their own personal Tory party, while there is a feeling among this latter group that the party needs a cleaner, professional, more modern image – “less tweed to succeed”, if you will.  Both sides have a point.

James, sadly, was never cut out for the role. She was obviously shoehorned into running, and at the lectern never looked or sounded comfortable with those “Magpie May” comments. She was considered a “unifier”, but didn’t give the impression she could unify the electorate.

The focus now shifts to her successor, and the obvious frontrunners are Suzanne Evans and Steven Woolfe. Evans’ election would be another symbolic poke in Labours’ eye (look, comrades, another female leader!) and she is undoubtedly a clever operative, writing the party’s entire manifesto in days before the last general election, which saw them return a record number of votes. Paul Lambert, Ukip’s former head of communications, told Channel 4 News’ Michael Crick that she was “the only person untainted so far”.

The Sun’s Harry Cole, however, was quick off the mark when announcing James’ decision, tweeting “Keep a very beady eye on Steven Woolfe”. He had appeared the obvious choice last time round, foiled by the Boris Johnson excuse of not handing in his homework before the deadline, but Woolfe has since appeared on Question Time, where he gave a very polished performance. Well-spoken, well-dressed, without any of the fire and brimstone that so polarised viewers of Farage. He looks an assured speaker; his background is a dream for Ukip, and a nightmare for Labour.

Of mixed-race parentage from Manchester’s Moss Side, he is calm, considered, and though privately educated, seems eminently approachable: the failing of countless MPs. If he were running for the Labour leadership, we’d be talking of him in terms of a future Prime Minister. As it is, he could be the man to break their stranglehold on Northern constituencies that voted solidly for Brexit, as Labour digs itself ever deeper into self-indulgent student politics. Cole tweeted: “There were sighs of relief amongst Labour MPs in leave seats when Woolf [sic] didn’t win this time.”

Heaven knows what those MPs must be thinking this morning. They thought they’d been granted a stay of execution; it hasn’t lasted as long as they’d hoped. It’s been Ukip firing flares for a while now, but how long before the distress signals start flooding into Labour HQ?

 

Why Britain needs UKIP

Theresa May is off to a great start. We finally have a prime minister committed to taking Britain out of the EU. Repealing the European Communities Act – not exactly a mainstream position when I proposed it in a private member’s bill four years ago – is now government policy.

But alas, during her keynote conference speech, she seemed to advocate statism. She says she wants to “embrace a new centre ground” where the government “steps up, not back”. That’s why Britain needs an unapologetically free-market alternative: UKIP.

I was saddened by Diane James’s decision to resign as UKIP leader yesterday. I hope she and her family are okay.

But I also hope that UKIP can regroup quickly. Not just for the party’s sake, but for the country’s too.

Theresa May has already created a department for “industrial strategy”. She has talked about intervening in corporate boardrooms. Apparently, she’s now proposing Ed-Miliband-style price controls on energy.

Trying to micromanage markets, businesses, and individual lives suffocates innovation and stifles freedom. It draws on the worst and most disastrous Conservative ideology: Heathism.

In a decade’s time, I suspect the Left will have largely imploded. The tragedy of the 1920s, which saw the Labour party displace the Liberals, will have been undone. Politics will be a contest between a patrician Tory party and a radical liberal party (in the Gladstonian, not American, sense).

The race is on to be that alternative. I hope it will be UKIP.

With Ice Growing At Both Poles, Global Warming Theories Implode

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Written by Alex Newman

In the Southern Hemisphere, sea-ice levels just smashed through the previous record highs across Antarctica, where there is now more ice than at any point since records began. In the Arctic, where global-warming theorists preferred to keep the public focused due to some decreases in ice levels over recent years, scientists said sea-ice melt in 2014 fell below the long-term mean. Global temperatures, meanwhile, have remained steady for some 18 years and counting, contrary to United Nations models predicting more warming as carbon dioxide levels increased.

Of course, all of that is great news for humanity — call off the carbon taxes and doomsday bunkers! However, as global-warming theories continue to implode on the world stage, the latest developments will pose a major challenge for the UN and its member governments. Later this month, climate “dignitaries” will be meeting in New York to forge an international agreement in the face of no global warming for nearly two decades, record ice levels, and growing public skepticism about the alleged “science” underpinning “climate change” alarmism.

As The New American reported last month, virtually every falsifiable prediction made by climate theorists — both the global-cooling mongers of a few decades ago and the warming alarmists more recently — has proven to be spectacularly wrong. In many cases, the opposite of what they forecasted took place. But perhaps nowhere have the failed global-warming doom and gloom predictions been more pronounced than in the Antarctic, where sea-ice levels have continued smashing through previous records. For each of the last three years, ice cover has hit a new record high.

The most recent data show that the Antarctic is currently surrounded by more sea ice than at any other point since records began. In all, there are right now about 20 million square kilometers of frozen sea area surrounding the Antarctic continent. That is 170,000 square kilometers more than last year’s previous all-time record, and more than 1.2 million square kilometers above the 1981-to-2010 mean, according to researchers.

“This is an area covered by sea ice which we’ve never seen from space before,” meteorologist and sea ice scientist Jan Lieser with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) told Australia’s ABC. “Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we’ve never seen that before, that much area. That is roughly double the size of the Antarctic continent and about three times the size of Australia.”

Despite having predicted less ice — not more — as a result of alleged man-made global warming, some alarmists have comically tried to blame the record ice on “global warming.” Indeed, in a bizarre attempt to explain away the latest findings, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC boss Tony Worby tried to blame “the depletion of ozone” and the “warming atmosphere” for the phenomenal growth in sea ice — contradicting previous forecasts by warming alarmists, who warned that ice would decrease as temperatures rose along with CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.

The biggest problem with Worby’s claim, however, is the fact that the undisputed global temperature record shows there has been no warming for about 18 years and counting — contradicting every “climate model” cited by the UN to justify planetary alarmism, carbon taxes, energy rationing, massive wealth transfers, and more. Dozens of excuses have been concocted for what alarmists refer to as the “pause” in warming, as many as 50 by some estimates. The Obama administration’s preferred explanation, for which there is no observable evidence, is often ridiculed by critics as the “Theory of the Ocean Ate My Global Warming.”

However, scientists and experts not funded by governments to promote the alarmist narrative say the observable evidence simply shows the man-made CO2 theories and “climate models” pushed by the “climate” industry are incorrect. More than a few climate experts and scientists have even warned that a prolonged period of global cooling is approaching quickly. The consequences could potentially be devastating — especially if warming alarmists succeed in quashing energy and food production under the guise of stopping non-existent “warming.”

Also in response to the fast-expanding ice, some die-hard alarmists and warming propagandists styling themselves “journalists”have recently been hyping a relatively tiny part of the Antarctic ice sheet that may — centuries or even millennia from now — go into the sea. Numerous independent scientists and experts quickly debunked the fear-mongering, however, pointing out that it was almost certainly due to natural causes and was nothing to worry about.

In an ironic incident that sparked laughter around the world, a team of “climate scientists” who set out to show how Antarctic ice was supposedly melting ended up getting their ship trapped in record-setting ice — in the summer! Millions of taxpayer dollars and massive quantities of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions were required to rescue the stranded and embarrassed warming alarmists after their misguided adventure.

Another key tactic of the warmists to deflect attention from the expanding polar ice in the Southern Hemisphere has been to hype changes occurring in the Arctic instead. Unfortunately for the alarmists, however — critics often ridicule the movement as a “cult” for desperately clinging to its beliefs despite the evidence, not to mention the “Climategate” scandal — that will now be much harder to do with a straight face.

“After the very high melt rates of the 2007-2012 period, the trend reversed in 2013 and especially in 2014 when the melt fell below the long-term average,” explained German professor and environment expert Fritz Vahrenholt, adding that the heat content of the North Atlantic was also plummeting. “In other words: The 21st century climate catastrophe is not taking place.”

Decades ago, of course, Newsweek reported that Arctic ice was growing so quickly due to man-made “global cooling” that “scientists” were proposing to melt the polar ice cap using black soot. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. More recently, “climate” guru Al Gore had been regularly predicting that the entire polar ice cap would be gone by now. Instead, it is now far more extensive than when he made his now-discredited predictions.

Of course, UN bureaucrats, many of whom depend on sustainable alarmism for their livelihood, still have their heads in the sand about the implosion of their theory. On a call with reporters last week, for example, UN “climate team director” Selwin Hart, who serves under Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, claimed an upcoming global-warming summit in New York “will be a major turning point in the way the world is approaching climate change.” He may be right, though probably not in the way he intended. The conference, which will be skipped by key world leaders, is meant to put climate alarmism “back on top of the international agenda,” Hart added.

In the United States, meanwhile, as the evidence continues to contradict the alarmist predictions, polls consistently show that a solid majority of Americans reject the UN’s man-made global-warming theories. Like the UN, however, Obama continues to act as if the discredited theories were gospel, promising to save humanity from their carbon sins by lawlessly bypassing the U.S. Senate and the Constitution to foist a planetary “climate” regime on the American people. Lawmakers have vowed to prevent any such schemes, but it remains unclear how far the White House is willing to push the issue. After failing even with a Democrat-controlled Congress, the EPA is already working to impose Obama’s anti-CO2 schemes on America by executive decree.

With the evidence discrediting UN global-warming theories literally piling up on both ends of the Earth and everywhere in between, alarmists face an increasingly Herculean task in their bid to shackle humanity to a “climate” regime at next year’s UN summit in Paris. However, to protect the public — and especially the poor — from the devastation such a planetary scheme would entail, Americans must continue to expose the baseless alarmism underpinning what countless scientists now refer to as the “climate scam.”

 Photo of typical Antarctic landscape

Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, education, politics, and more. He can be reached at anewman@thenewamerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @ALEXNEWMAN_JOU.

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UKIP has new leader

Jonathan Arnott, UKIP MEP for the North East

UKIP has a new leader; the Labour Party has simply recycled an old one. Labour’s 1983 Manifesto probably now has a challenger for the title of the ‘longest suicide note in history’. It’s telling that almost half of all Labour voters, according to a recent poll, think that the Labour Party will never again form a government.

If new UKIP Leader Diane James gets it right, then there’s a real opportunity for UKIP in the North of England to challenge Labour. We’ve seen a political realignment in Scotland where the Labour Party was replaced by the SNP; who is to say that there can’t be a similar realignment of the political magnetic poles here and that UKIP won’t be the party to replace Labour? I imagine that Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will be celebrating the result of Labour’s election too.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The Labour Party is down in the opinion polls, and heading for a landslide defeat at the next General Election if it does nothing new. It’s harassed by the SNP in Scotland, UKIP in the North and in Wales, by the Conservatives in the South and the Liberal Democrats are scrambling around like vultures over the pickings of a carcass.

The Labour Party seems to be doubling down on calling its opponents racist rather than actually engaging with real issues which affect them. Hillary Clinton is making the same mistake in America at the moment; rather than deal with the odious Trump directly, she chose to insult his supporters as ‘a basket of deplorables’. Trump went up in the polls.

Diane Abbott claimed that those who want controlled immigration rather than ‘free movement’ (read: unrestricted borders) don’t like foreign-looking people on the streets.

What a completely unnecessary insult to working-class people who voted to leave the European Union. Does she really think this will really endear Labour to their own supporters who voted Leave?

Neither is it a good look when a shadow government minister reportedly has to be told not to give a Communist salute to the Red Flag at the Labour Conference. I believe Stalinist ideology should be every bit as unacceptable as Hitler’s; both killed millions – tens of millions – of innocents. But then, a Shadow Chancellor who brought Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book into the House of Commons clearly has a thing or two to learn about the unacceptable nature of extremist dictatorships.

At a Labour Party fringe event, Hope Not Hate told Labour supporters that they need to engage with racists who are voting for UKIP. Well, I’ll venture to suggest that a good start would be actually listening to their concerns rather than accuse them of racism.

I’m a UKIP MEP. I didn’t agree with some of what happened in the referendum campaign (though remember Remain’s threats of World War Three and the end of Western political civilisation were a hell of a lot worse, and I’ve not heard any of them apologising), and I won’t be defending that awful poster.

I believe in the unity of our nation, and that means that we all – of whatever race, ethnicity or background – need to come together to make Brexit work. In that spirit I have praised my Labour MEP colleagues Paul Brannen and Jude Kirton-Darling, who at least are doing what they should be: trying to ensure that we get the best possible deal for working people, for farmers, and so on.

It’s a much better approach than that being taken by a Labour Party nationally which should take the plank out of its own eye before dealing with the speck in someone else’s. I refer of course to the current antisemitism storm within the Labour Party, which frankly I’m astonished could be countenanced by any political party in the 21st century.

Then new Labour peer Shami Chakrabarti issued a plea to Jewish Labour members not to leave. One good way of achieving that would be to stop sweeping antisemitism under the carpet. ”Don’t leave me here in a room with Essex Man”, she begged, in a move reminiscent of Emily Thornberry’s mocking of white van man.

As for the Labour members crying ‘racism’ more often than a little boy might cry ‘wolf’, I’ll challenge anyone in Labour to point to anything that I’ve ever said that’s racist. No? Didn’t think so.

Jonathan Arnott UKIP MEP for the North East