Look be­yond Brexit wreck to the fu­ture

Daily Express - - For Brexit -

RSHORTLY af­ter the fall of France in 1940, a small gov­ern­ment com­mit­tee con­vened in a mod­est room just off White­hall. It was to dis­cuss what was seen as the in­evitable forth­com­ing in­va­sion.

Not the in­va­sion of Bri­tain by Ger­many’s all-conquering panz­ers, but the in­va­sion of con­ti­nen­tal Europe by al­lied forces to re-take Nazi-oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory and de­feat Hitler. It says some­thing for Bri­tain’s un­quench­able martial spirit – and bot­tom­less com­mit­ment to free­dom – that such a meet­ing took place at all, just as the Blitz was about to be­gin and what would be a long road of de­feats and set­backs stretched to an in­fi­nite hori­zon.

Al­most 70 years on, to­day’s bat­tered and bruised Con­ser­va­tives can take a les­son from his­tory. No mat­ter how bad things seem in the here and now, it is vi­tal to plan with con­fi­dence for a brighter fu­ture.

So as most Tory MPs con­tem­plate the smok­ing ru­ins of their Brexit sham­bles, it be­holds some in­ner sanc­tum of clear-headed op­ti­mists to look be­yond the wreck­age. Not to an in­va­sion – but to an elec­tion.

The next gen­eral elec­tion will be, I sub­mit, if any­thing of even more im­por­tance than re­solv­ing Brexit now. Why? Be­cause if the Tories lose, we are in for five years of Marx­ism and anti-cap­i­tal­ism; a de­struc­tive and ni­hilis­tic po­lit­i­cale­co­nomic regime the like of which this coun­try has never seen.

A tremu­lous, un­con­fi­dent, Cor­byn-lite Con­ser­va­tive elec­tion man­i­festo threat­ens: it will not cut the mus­tard. A pale im­i­ta­tion of the hard-left poli­cies Jezza and his cap­i­tal­ism-loathing chan­cel­lor have in store will sim­ply be­muse vot­ers. They’ll be tempted to vote for the real thing – and spend the next five years bit­terly re­gret­ting it. The Tories need to re­turn whole­sale to their low-tax po­lit­i­cal

Rroots, con­fi­dent, un­abashed and un­afraid. In­cred­i­bly, Bri­tish tax­pay­ers are be­ing ham­mered even more bru­tally than dur­ing the so­cial­ist Seven­ties. This is ab­surd.

Theresa May should be ashamed that her gov­ern­ment – a CON­SER­VA­TIVE gov­ern­ment – is cur­rently milk­ing the coun­try with the high­est tax lev­els in 50 years.

Re­mem­ber Cameron’s pledge to cut the hated in­her­i­tance tax for all but the very rich?

That was back in 2015, and the Tories saw an im­me­di­ate and game-chang­ing leap in their poll rat­ings. Cou­ples leav­ing up to a mil­lion pounds worth of cap­i­tal in their wills could be con­fi­dent their chil­dren would re­ceive ev­ery penny, and not see vast sums of their par­ents’ life sav­ings fun­nelled off to the Trea­sury. The elec­torate loved it. But the prom­ise was re­scinded in a sud­den bout of fis­cal cow­ardice and taxes steadily in­creased in­stead.

Time and time again it has been proven that gov­ern­ments with the courage to lower taxes see an in­crease in revenue to the Trea­sury. Why? Be­cause vot­ers are hap­pier to pay rea­son­able taxes, and so fewer try to avoid them; with more of their own money in their pock­ets, peo­ple are will­ing to spend more and the econ­omy gets a boost; in­ward in­vest­ment goes up, and that cre­ates jobs and raises salaries. Cut busi­ness taxes and watch for­eign in­vest­ment pour in too.

Look across the pond. Don­ald Trump hon­oured his tax-cut­ting man­i­festo pledges – the US econ­omy is soar­ing. The Con­ser­va­tives can rise, Phoenix­like, from the ashes of the Brexit blaze with a tri­umphant re­turn to their core val­ues; their very rea­son for be­ing. They have to.

Other­wise quasi-com­mu­nism awaits and Bri­tain, God help us, will turn its back on pros­per­ity and join the Venezuela Club.

EN­JOY your tra­di­tional Christ­mas din­ner while you can. I con­fi­dently pre­dict that the feast Dick­ens so lov­ingly de­scribed in A Christ­mas Carol will be soon be deemed an out­ra­geous ex­am­ple of the new thought crime: cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion. Yup. Your bronzed turkey and crisp roasties are about as Bri­tish as kan­ga­roo cut­lets. Ex­eter Univer­sity say only the glazed car­rots are Blighty through and through.

Turkey? Nicked by pu­ri­tans from na­tive north Amer­i­cans. Spuds? Lifted (lit­er­ally) from South Amer­ica. Parsnips? Pinched by English pi­rates from the East­ern Mediter­ranean. Brus­sels? Don’t ask.

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