Martin Odoni: Lack of Brexit Impact Assessments Means Government Should Go

There were calls last week for David Davis to reveal the 60 or so impact assessments on Brexit, that the government had compiled and was supposed to be suppressing. Davis himself was facing accusations of contempt of parliament for refusing to release them. Now he has revealed that, actually, there aren’t any. Mike over at Vox Political has put up a short piece from Martin Odoni over the Critique Archives, who makes the obvious point: the government is seriously negligent, and should go. The members of every opposition party in parliament should unite and demand their resignation. He makes the point that the referendum was conducted so that Cameron could get the Tory right on board, and that in the 2 1/2 years since it is absolutely disgraceful that the Tories simply haven’t bothered to work out how Brexit would affect Britain.

I can’t agree more. Every day brings fresh news of how Brexit is damaging Britain’s economy and world status. Today there was a piece on the news reporting that universities are finding it difficult to recruit foreign graduates, thanks to Brexit. We have lost three regulatory bodies to Europe in the past week. Mike has also reported that Britain’s scientists will also losing funding due Brexit, as they will no longer be quite so much a part of the European science infrastructure.

At the same time the Tory right is trying to strip the human rights and workers’ rights legislation out of British law, to make it even easier to fire and exploit British workers. And British businesses are wondering how well they will fare without access to the single market.

Brexit is a mess. And you could tell it was going to be a mess, from the way the Maybot mechanically intoned ‘Brexit means Brexit’ whenever anyone asked her what Brexit meant, all the while staring at the interlocutor as if they, not she, were the stupid one. The Tories have no plan, only slogans and lies. In this case, we’ve seen Michael Gove pop up again and again to give his spiel about how wonderful everything will be after Brexit. As has Young Master Jacob Rees-Mogg. Gove was on the One Show Last Night in an article about the crisis hitting the British fishing industry. And guess what – he said that Britain would once again have the largest, or one of the largest fishing fleets in the world, after Brexit.

As Christine Keeler said all those years ago, well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?

Many people voted for Brexit because they were genuinely sick and tired of the neoliberal policies forced upon Britain and the other European countries by the EU. This was quite apart from the nationalist and racist fears stoked by UKIP about foreign, and specifically Muslim, immigration.

In fact, Brexit has been promoted by the financial sector and its Tory cheerleaders so that Britain can become another offshore tax haven. It’s part of a very long-standing Tory policy going right back to Maggie Thatcher, that has seen the financial sector given priority over manufacturing. The attitude became official policy under Blair, when it was announced that we shouldn’t try to restore our manufacturing industries, and should concentrate on the financial sector and servicing the American economy.

It’s a profoundly mistaken attitude. Ha-Joon Chang in his books on capitalism states very clearly that manufacturing is still vitally important for the British economy. If it occupies less of the economy, it’s because it hasn’t grown as much as the financial sector. But it’s still the basis of our economy.
But I doubt that will cut much ice with Tory grandees like Jacob Rees-Mogg, who makes his money through investments, rather than actually running a business that actually makes something.

And so the British economy is being wrecked, British businesses are looking at ruin, and British workers looking at precarity and unemployment, because the government in this issue is guided by tax-dodging bankers.

The Tories have been colossally negligent to the point of treating the British public with absolute contempt. Mike and Mr Odoni are absolutely right.

They should resign. Now.

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5 Responses to “Martin Odoni: Lack of Brexit Impact Assessments Means Government Should Go”

  1. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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  3. ulysse Says:

    Do you think they will? Resign?

    • beastrabban Says:

      No, I don’t. This is a government that’s determined to hang on to power. But if there was any justice or decency left in the world, they should.

  4. katythenightowl Says:

    Reblogged this on The Night Owl and commented:
    The fact that the tories have been able to get as far as they have already, with a Brexit that means a dire poverty for the masses, and a dream of invincibility for the rich Tory fatcat – and all with barely a whimper from any opposition parties – says it all to me. Our Nation has become totally subsumed within the tory ideology that work pays (as long as your work is that of an investment banker, of course), and that the road back to health can surely be trodden by the dying and medically unable, the poor, and all those sub-species other that anything born Tory – but only through work that is increasingly poorly paid, and with all Human Rights stripped from them, so they don’t disturb the tory dream machine!

    Unfortunately, the Tories have lost any sense of the meaning of justice and decency – as those went out the window as soon as they got into power – and all that’s left in their place is a venal need for more and more power, driven by greed!

    Unless Jeremy Corbyn wakes up, and realises he needs to be totally opposing everything the Tories are pushing, we’ll never get rid of them – for a start, he should be calling for the total abolition of Universal Credit!

    Tweaking with something that was designed never to work in the first place isn’t the answer, and there are many thousands of new Labour supporters who are waiting for Labour to make the move that will break the tory grip on power, and to the bringing back of the major investment needed, not only in our public services, but also in our manufacturing industries – this is what will create new jobs, not the forcible poverty of a people who are totally deserving of the help they used to get from a Social Service that was the envy of many countries, but is now the worst in Europe.

    The tories were really very clever when they renamed everything under that umbrella as Welfare – it’s automatic for anyone hearing that word, to think of an undeserving sub-class of people – which is just the ticket for any born and bred tory, as they push their elitist crap ahead of the helping of a Nation brought low because of their banker friends’ greed!

    Of course there is nothing but despair felt by those burdened with poverty and debt – they see no future whatsoever under a tory rule that seems neverending for every day endured!

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