Last week, John Longworth was suspended from his post as the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce. His heinous crime? Take a guess. Hand in the till? Snorting coke off a hooker’s breasts? Fiddling his expenses like an MP? No, you can get away with all of those.
He had the temerity to stand up and say that the UK would be better off out of Europe. For shame! Bang that stake into the ground and bring some firewood.
At the time, somebody I’d never heard of said, ‘This development shows how businesses do not wish to be misrepresented about their views on this debate. Businesses of all sizes…have been clear they value Britain’s place in the world’s largest free trade single market and worry about about the uncertainty a vote to leave Europe could cause. This affair demonstrates that, while some individual businesspeople are campaigning to leave the EU, their views do not come close to representing the clear majority of British businesses.’
Mr Longworth has since been sacked. Why? Because he holds a different view from some of the members of his organisation. That’s right. He had to be silenced for the crime of disagreeing, and saying we should leave the EU.
Compare this with the recent comments of Mark Carney. This pillock is the head of the Bank of England. In a pretty acrimonious exchange with the Treasury Committee featuring the equally loathsome Jacob Rees-Mogg, among others, Carney suggested that the return of the Seven Plagues was round the corner if we don’t stay in. Banks would move out of the City, property prices would collapse, jobs would be lost (in the financial sector of course; he doesn’t give a rat’s arse about anything else), blah blah. Financial Armageddon, with the banks going ‘Armageddon outta here!’
Now the Bank of England is supposed to be politically neutral, and here we have its head boy gobbing off in no uncertain way. Is he under pressure to resign? Is he buggery, because he’s toeing the government’s line, and that of the powerful lobbyists, the Remain group. Carneybaby of course denied that he’d been leaned on by Number 10, but if you believe that you’ll be seeing these in the not too distant future.
He also said he was not trying to influence the way people vote. Not at all. Perish the thought.