Mostly agree Old Eyes, but politics is a rough old business.
Farage is an extreme right-winger and we know from history that we cannot fight his ideas by being nice to him. Andrew Marr in my view did a professional job in challenging Farage on views he has expressed in the past. Right now he wants to narrow the focus to Brexit and relegate his other ideas to the background to avoid alienating possible supporters. He can’t be allowed to do this.
I am aware that when I refer to the dog whistle politics of the Leave campaign that some of the Brexiters on this board then start to accuse me of calling them racist even though I have clearly said that not all Brexiters are xenophobic. To me it is abundently clear that those who ran the campaign and their supporters in the right wing press sought to mobilise those with racist view to their cause. This is a subject worthy of debate and one we cannot afford not to challenge when the risk to society is so great.
So can we discuss this kind of stuff? I think that we have to because if we leave it unchallenged the dog whistling will get more extreme.
I would agree that there needs to be an increasing focus on tackling the causes of Brexit which not really much to do with Europe at all and much more to do with neo-liberalism and Tory austerity which has deepened the divides between the haves and the have nots. This cannot be achieved through a second referendum or an EU election as the causes and answers are to be found in this country. Brexit is a Tory created crisis through and through and what we need to do ultimately is to sweep them from office.
Frog in a tree
I see that Grayling’s part-privatisation of the probation service is to be reversed. He is utterly symtomatic of the problem with this Tory administration where ideology trumps professional views. I have little doubt that his civil servants would have counselled him as to the risks but that he just steamrollered it through, just as he did with all his other disasters. No surprise that Grayling is a Brexiter! .