The BBC will show my lecture on life after Brexit

I am told BBC Parliament will run the lecture again for a wider audience on Saturday at 9pm, as they filmed it on the day.

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  1. Richard1
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Great! 🙂

    • Mitchel
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

      Certainly a great alternative to Casualty!

  2. Prigger
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    To maintain the BBC’s usual balance, followed by a week 24/7 of invited Remoaners saying how very wrong you are and how such talk is typical of right-wing extremism deliberately calculated to bring everyone especially single mothers and orphans to death through malnutrition and war?

  3. Lifelogic.
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Will we ever get a real Brexit from May and Hammond that we can have a life after?

    • Ed Mahony
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

      Don’t blame May and Hammond.

      If the Brexiters had a leader they could put in place, they would have put them in by now. But they don’t. And without a leader, you can’t implement anything (let alone win the support of voters in the elections and in Parliament).

      This is one of the many great weaknesses of Brexit.

      Our country is now dangerously in limbo. Brexiters need to put their money where their mouths are, and ditch May. Then we’ll see how the markets, and everything else, reacts or not.

      If they react well, then Brexiters can go to the next stage of Brexit. If not, then it’s time to get out of limbo land, ditch Brexit, and focus on getting our country back together again.

      • Ed Mahony
        Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

        I also think Brexiters are finding Brexit a lot more complicated than they ever imagined.

        David Davis described Brexit as ‘more complicated than a moon landing,’ and Christopher Patten as a ‘sphinx.’

        Brexit is the type of thing where you need both intuitive / creative intelligence as well as logical / analytical intelligence. Perhaps Gary Kasparov is the only one who could begin to work it out.

        And so if Brexiters do ditch May, they need to be very careful about the consequences to our country. But if they don’t ditch her, there could be very serious consequences to our country, in another way perhaps. Either way, they need to get on with making a decision about Mrs May. And fast. Time is running out. Our country is drifting more and more into limbo land.

        • Jagman84
          Posted February 22, 2018 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

          “I also think Brexiters are finding Brexit a lot more complicated than they ever imagined”.

          I expect that some prisoners find that release from jail poses problems that they were absolved from when inside. Maybe the reason that some re-offend to be returned to “safety”? Trade freedom for safety and you deserve neither, IMHO.

        • Dennis Zoff
          Posted February 22, 2018 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

          Ed Mahony

          “I also think Brexiters are finding Brexit a lot more complicated than they ever imagined.”

          Get your facts right. No, it is not complicated. It is simple!

          However, the reason we have a Brexit shambles is simply that we have a “Remainer camp, headed by a Remainer PM” negotiating on behalf of the British voters that wish to leave the EU. If T. May executed the voter’s wishes, this would be simple….even for you!

          Remainers are deliberately, and perhaps nefariously, ignoring and damaging the public’s democratic rights. Therefore, the Remainers are completely to blame for this debacle!

        • Tom
          Posted February 22, 2018 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

          Yes, and Redwood has gone very quiet on how we automatically keep the benefits of the EU’s external deals. We don’t! More brexit unicorns

          • Edward2
            Posted February 22, 2018 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

            When two nations want to trade with each other a deal is never far away.
            You forget the UK is a lucrative market for many non EU nations.

        • Voter
          Posted February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

          “David Davis described Brexit as ‘more complicated than a moon landing,’ ”
          He should be taken off hourly pay/ overtime and given a salary ( irrespective of hours worked over 40 ). Also a new pair of shoes as there must be scuff marks on his present pair due to dragging his feet.

        • Bob
          Posted February 22, 2018 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

          Ed,
          Could you explain why political, judicial and administrative union is required for a free trade arrangement?

          And why would a free trade partner need to give up their fishing grounds, ten billion pounds a year, and control of their immigration policy? I don’t get it.

        • APL
          Posted February 23, 2018 at 7:44 am | Permalink

          Ed Mahony: “David Davis described Brexit as ‘more complicated than a moon landing,’ ”

          David Davis is turning out to be a great disappointment .

          We might just have dodged a bullet when his leadership bid failed. Although what the Tory party got instead was no better.

      • Denis Cooper
        Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

        If you cast your mind back, the Prime Minister who held the EU referendum said that if we voted to leave he would stay on to see us out … it is hardly the fault of those who voted to leave that he ratted on that promise.

        • APL
          Posted February 23, 2018 at 7:47 am | Permalink

          Denis Cooper: “it is hardly the fault of those who voted to leave that he ratted on that promise.”

          Entirely in character though.

          What we’ve got in Parliament are committee members. No leaders, Theresa May can talk a big game, ‘ the nasty party ‘, but when the burden of leading falls on her shoulders, everything just slides off.

          No use whatsoever.

      • L Jones
        Posted February 22, 2018 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

        But tell us, therefore, EdM why we should be better off shackled to your EU masters’ idea of Utopia? How can you become excited at the idea of a UK handing over its sovereignty to such a group of self-serving, unprofessional, vindictive, empire-building, unelected megalomaniacs? You should tell us, instead of spouting bile and becoming gleeful at the idea of your country failing. You remainders love to tell us why we should not ‘brexit’ but do not enlighten us as to how life will be good on the sunny uplands of the EU, or, incidentally, how we should be greeted should we decide to U-turn. Celebrations? Kisses from Juncker? Congratulations all round? I think not.

      • APL
        Posted February 23, 2018 at 7:41 am | Permalink

        Ed Mahony: “If the Brexiters had a leader they could put in place, they would have put them in by now. ”

        What an odd thing to say. Parliament consulted the population and were instructed – INSTRUCTED, to follow a course of action. We don’t need a leader outside of BREXIT. Our political institutions have their marching orders. Now they should do the job they have been instructed to do.

        Ed Mahony: “And without a leader, you can’t implement anything (let alone win the support of voters in the elections and in Parliament). ”

        If this was some sort of Marxist dictatorship, you might have a point. But it’s not (yet), so you don’t.

        Normally, we’re content to allow our ‘representatives’ to ‘lead’ us. Because we have the quaint idea, they can be trusted to do the job properly.

        But given the chance in the referendum we TOLD them what to do. That they are still simpering and dithering and waffling, illustrates what spineless, overpaid rascals the lot of ’em are.

    • Prigger
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

      No. One has a heart that’s not in it and the other does not have a heart.

  4. gregL
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Don’t know what to say..the cabinet is meeting trying to find a way forward that will be acceptable to the EU when all of informed reporting from reputable sources says, even before the meeting starts, that whatever comes out of it and whatever will be proposed hasn’t got a snowballs chance in hell of passing Barnier, Junker and Co..and now at this late stage we find you are fully engaged with giving lectures that you seem over the moon with and that the BBC is going to replay on BBC parliament..Have you even considered why the BBC parliament is going to allow this lecture? well I venture to guess.. because it will make not one iota of difference to the way talks are going now.. we are heading for the cliff edge because, the Brussels crowd also read the British press and government ministers sayings and backbenchers saying are not in the least impressed..it’s going to be a case that nothing will be agreed..so I hope you’ll be still around to give lectures on that afterwards when full reality sinks in.

    • Denis Cooper
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

      The BBC Parliament Channel has airtime to fill and does so by broadcasting all kinds of things … I’m glad they are broadcasting this particular lecture and I don’t see any sinister machiavellian plot behind their decision to do so. As for what is happening at Chequers, if Theresa May summoned the assembled press at the end of the meeting and just repeated the speech she gave in Lancaster House on January 17th 2017 then she wouldn’t be going far wrong.

    • Voter
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

      Has the EU accepted anything at all on the Brexit side which formerly it deemed a no-no? For Davis saying Yes, we agree to that after 3 months isn’t a negotiation, it is just a very long YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES

  5. Jane Moorhouse
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I will certainly be watching. Thank you.

    • Atlas
      Posted February 23, 2018 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Likewise !

      • Atlas
        Posted February 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

        I notice that the time and duration of the TV programme have altered a little today compared to what was given yesterday.

  6. Bert Young
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    It is now on my agenda ; hopefully it will follow an England victory at Murrayfield .

  7. Qubus
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    “I am told BBC Parliament will run the lecture again for a wider audience on Saturday at 9pm, as they filmed it on the day”.

    Could you please tell me which Channel this lecture will be shown on.

    • The Great Ear
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

      The Channel itself is actually called “BBC Parliament” not “BBC One” nor , “BBC Two” etc
      The BBC likes consistency, perhaps in cake mixtures.

    • jerry
      Posted February 23, 2018 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      @Qubus; If you are in the UK he did, the “BBC Parliament” Channel…!

      If you are outside of the UK, preferably in northern Europe, (ignoring the fact that you should not be watching the domestic BBC services, but those from BBC World) you should find it on satellite via Astra 2E @ 10788 V 22000 5/6

  8. Miss Brandreth-Jones
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    perhaps you will be easier on the BBC now?

    • Bob
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      @Miss B-J

      Why do the BBC QT panel comprise 4 to 1 Remainers?

    • The Great Ear
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      One swallow doesn’t make a summer

  9. Norman
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for all you are doing to champion our survival as a sovereign nation. There’s a long way to go, and it certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Whatever the outcome, I believe it will have been worth it. May you and others of like mind have the wisdom, strength and resolve to take the vision forward in a constructive way, taking the leadership with you.

    • Edward2
      Posted February 22, 2018 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      Totally agree Norman.

  10. Original Richard
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    We’re always hearing predictions as to how terrible life will be after Brexit.

    It is about time that we heard how our lives would have been affected by remaining in an EU intent upon further expansion and integration.

  11. Epikouros
    Posted February 23, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    BBC watchers will undoubtedly be shown an edited version that will not do the original full justice and which will seek to water down the leave message and/or will be accompanied by snide comments from remainers.

  12. Ray Rampton
    Posted February 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Brexit is simple, its people that make it difficult !

  13. ChrisShalford
    Posted February 23, 2018 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Some listings magazines don’t mention the BBC Parliament channel. You’ll find it on Freeview 232

  14. David Price
    Posted February 25, 2018 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    Saw your excellent speech on iPlayer where you covered many of the points you have shared with us on your blog – your passion for our sovereignty is clear.

    If I may here is a link to the recording, it is available for 30 days from 24th Feb;
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09thrhm/briefings-24022018

    Was there a Q&A session as this was not shown in the programme?

  15. mike fowle
    Posted February 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    An excellent speech. Thank you.

    • Atlas
      Posted February 27, 2018 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Agreed !

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