Butt out, Mr Soros. You can keep your tainted money

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THERE was a point dur­ing the referendum cam­paign when any faint, lin­ger­ing doubts this pa­per may once have har­boured over the wis­dom of Brexit were laid com­pletely to rest.

This was when it emerged that Gold­man Sachs, the amoral, preda­tory Amer­i­can in­vest­ment bank, had thrown its in­flu­ence and vast re­sources be­hind the Re­main cam­paign.

The mo­ment was an epiphany, since it crys­tallised so clearly the man­i­fold faults of the EU. Yes, the Com­mon Mar­ket (as it used to be called) was founded from the no­blest of mo­tives — to spread broth­er­hood, peace and pros­per­ity among na­tions so re­cently at war.

But over the decades, it had de­gen­er­ated into an anti-demo­cratic, un­ac­count­able, un­wieldy, pro­tec­tion­ist bu­reau­cracy, run by and for the ben­e­fit of in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial elites, as epit­o­mised by Gold­man Sachs.

Yes­ter­day came another such rev­e­la­tory mo­ment, as de­tails be­gan to emerge of a se­cret din­ner to plot the over­throw of Brexit.

It was hosted in Lon­don last week by the Hun­gar­ian-Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire fi­nancier George Soros — known as ‘the man who broke the Bank of Eng­land’ af­ter he amassed more than £1 bil­lion bet­ting against the pound on Black Wed­nes­day, 1992, when the Bri­tish tax­payer lost £3.3 bil­lion.

With him were three men who, with their ob­scene wealth and awe­some sense of en­ti­tle­ment, are al­most a par­ody of the un­elected, un­ac­count­able elites lead­ing the charge to stop Bri­tain leav­ing Europe.

One was Sir Mar­tin Sor­rell, head of the ad­ver­tis­ing agency WPP, who now has to get by on £48 mil­lion a year, af­ter hav­ing to ac­cept a pay cut from the £70 mil­lion he earned in 2015. Another was pri­vate equity fi­nancier Stephen Peel, for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of (you guessed it) Gold­man Sachs.

The third was Lord Mal­loch-Brown, a for­eign min­is­ter in Labour’s gov­ern­ment of cronies and long-stand­ing friend of Mr Soros, who has had his fin­ger in any num­ber of global pies from the World Bank and the United Na­tions to pub­lic re­la­tions for South Amer­i­can politi­cians.

The aim of last week’s clan­des­tine din­ner, to which six Tory donors were also in­vited, was noth­ing less than to mo­bilise the vast per­sonal wealth and pro­pa­ganda ex­per­tise of the guests be­hind a cam­paign to ma­nip­u­late pub­lic opin­ion and pres­surise MPs into bring­ing down Theresa May.

If suc­cess­ful, they would force an elec­tion or a se­cond referendum that could re­verse the re­sult of the first.

They just don’t get it, do they? They don’t un­der­stand that one of the rea­sons so many peo­ple voted for Brexit is their re­sent­ment of this new, ar­ro­gant elit­ist class telling them how to lead their lives.

In­deed, the Mail be­lieves the ex­po­sure of this plot by the elite can only strengthen the na­tion’s re­solve to stand by the his­toric de­ci­sion of June 2016, when vot­ers de­clared they had had enough of be­ing pushed around by Jean-Claude Juncker, An­gela Merkel and their cronies.

Inflaming pro-Brexit feel­ing fur­ther, Lord Mal­loch-Brown yes­ter­day sought to triv­i­alise the sig­nif­i­cance of the referendum re­sult.

With breath-tak­ing con­de­scen­sion, he tried to make the case for a se­cond referendum by telling an in­cred­u­lous John Humphrys on the BBC’s To­day pro­gramme: ‘It’s like be­ing told let’s go to Corn­wall for a beach hol­i­day, it’s go­ing to be sunny — and it rains ev­ery day. You are al­lowed to change your mind . . . Peo­ple are al­lowed to re­flect on whether they had an­tic­i­pated th­ese storms.’

His mean­ing couldn’t have been clearer: un­like the gilded elite he be­longs to, vot­ers were too stupid to un­der­stand the eco­nomic con­se­quences of their de­ci­sion; if only they had been ad­e­quately warned, they would have cho­sen to re­main.

This pa­per has news for his un­ac­count­able Lord­ship. Vot­ers were warned — at enor­mous length and great ex­pense to tax­pay­ers — that leav­ing the EU would bring eco­nomic calamity on Bri­tain.

In­deed, David Cameron and George Osborne mo­bilised all White­hall’s re­sources be­hind Project Fear, send­ing an alarmist leaflet to ev­ery house­hold and strong-arm­ing ‘ex­perts’ in ev­ery field — from the Gover­nor of the Bank of Eng­land to aca­demics, econ­o­mists and busi­ness lead­ers — to bom­bard the elec­torate with scare sto­ries about the per­ils of Brexit.

In an out­ra­geously out­landish flight of fan­tasy, re­mem­ber, a panic-stricken Mr Cameron even sug­gested that with­draw­ing from the EU could lead to geno­cide and a third world war.

Yet in spite of this bar­rage of Re­mainer pro­pa­ganda, for which the Civil Ser­vice should hang its head in shame, 17.4 mil­lion Bri­tons — more than had backed any po­lit­i­cal party or propo­si­tion in his­tory — still trusted their in­stincts and voted to pull out.

Which brings us to another as­pect of Brexit which Mr Soros and his money- ob­sessed friends sim­ply fail to un­der­stand.

Leave aside that Project Fear’s prophe­cies of dis­as­ter (an ‘im­me­di­ate and pro­found shock to the econ­omy’ af­ter a Brexit vote, with a deep re­ces­sion, soar­ing un­em­ploy­ment and an emer­gency bud­get) have so far proved ut­terly ground­less. In­deed, yes­ter­day the Bank of Eng­land was forced to fol­low other fore­cast­ers in up­grad­ing its pre­dic­tions for UK growth over each of the next three years.

For­get, too, that there are strong grounds for con­tin­ued op­ti­mism over the econ­omy af­ter Bri­tain breaks free from the scle­rotic bonds of Brus­sels, set­ting our trad­ing sights on the wider world, where the IMF pre­dicts 90 per cent of global growth will take place over the next ten years or so.

The truth in­vet­er­ate Re­moan­ers can­not grasp is that it was not wholly, or even prin­ci­pally, on eco­nomic grounds that the coun­try voted to leave. No, the de­ci­sion owed far more to a deep-seated hu­man yearn­ing to re­cover our na­tional iden­tity and in­de­pen­dence by tak­ing back sov­er­eign con­trol of our bor­ders, laws, money and trade.

For this pre­cious prize, vot­ers were pre­pared to risk tak­ing a knock to their stan­dard of liv­ing, at least in the short term, should Project Fear’s scare sto­ries prove true.

In­deed, in a rare mo­ment of in­sight, that prince of hyp­ocrites Sir Nick Clegg hit the nail on the head this week when he laid into EU of­fi­cials, say­ing they had fu­elled Brexit with their ‘ sneer­ing dis­re­gard for the pol­i­tics of iden­tity and pa­tri­o­tism’.

‘It was a ter­ri­ble mis­read­ing of what ac­tu­ally makes peo­ple tick,’ he said, while the ar­chi­tects of Europe’s bor­ders-free Schen­gen zone were guilty of ‘shock­ing naivety’.

This pa­per could not put it bet­ter. In­deed, as we wit­ness the un­rest and po­lit­i­cal ex­trem­ism spread­ing through Europe, in protest against the mass mi­gra­tion fa­cil­i­tated by Schen­gen, the big ques­tion now is how long the agree­ment can sur­vive.

Even the fu­ture of the EU it­self looks far from as­sured, with Pres­i­dent Macron of France and Mrs Merkel’s new coali­tion part­ners in Ger­many push­ing for ever- closer union, while in a grow­ing num­ber of coun­tries in Europe, the peo­ple be­come more vo­cal in their crav­ing for greater na­tional in­de­pen­dence.

One thing’s for sure. If Bri­tish vot­ers were not swayed by the fear of be­ing hit in their pock­ets, they are even less likely to be in­flu­enced by Mr Soros and his co-con­spir­a­tors. That stands true no mat­ter how much of their wealth and in­ge­nu­ity th­ese bil­lion­aires may throw into or­gan­is­ing anti-Brexit youth ral­lies, flood­ing so­cial me­dia with EU pro­pa­ganda or schmooz­ing MPs.

What they pro­pose is an in­sult to Bri­tish democ­racy, as of­fen­sive as Rus­sia’s al­leged at­tempt to sway the Amer­i­can elec­tions in Don­ald Trump’s favour.

In­deed, it is greatly to the credit of the six Tory donors asked to last week’s din­ner that they ap­par­ently wanted noth­ing to do with the cam­paign.

They, at least, could see that striv­ing to desta­bilise the Gov­ern­ment and bring down Mrs May raises a spec­tre far more eco­nom­i­cally dam­ag­ing than Brexit could ever be, with the night­mare prospect of a hard-Left prime min­is­ter and a Marx­ist chan­cel­lor in Down­ing Street.

The Mail has a mes­sage for Mr Soros: butt out of our pol­i­tics. We don’t want your tainted money — and stop in­ter­fer­ing with our democ­racy.

It is out­ra­geous that you are shov­el­ling cash into such groups as the in­aptly named Best For Bri­tain, the Euro­pean Move­ment and the All-Party Par­lia­men­tary Group On EU Re­la­tions — packed with the likes of the hys­ter­i­cal Anna Soubry, the petu­lant Lord Adonis, Chuka Umunna and the rest of the usual sus­pects on the ex­treme Re­moaner fringe.

Whether you un­der­stand it or not, the peo­ple of this coun­try re­alise that if we were to re­verse our de­ci­sion now, crawl­ing back to the EU with our tails be­tween our legs, we would be the laugh­ing stock of the world, ut­terly at the mercy of Brus­sels and the elite who run the show.

That might suit you, Mr Soros, Gold­man Sachs and the ad­ver­tis­ing chief Sir Mar­tin, strug­gling to get by on that £48 mil­lion a year. But for the pa­tri­otic peo­ple of Bri­tain who have our coun­try’s in­ter­ests at heart, there can be no go­ing back.

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