The newspapers and media headline and attach themselves fleetingly, like moths to a candle, to those they consider to be rising stars and future Prime Ministers material. They get particularly excited if that person carries a hand bag, which today does not necessarily define the gender of that person.
There is money on Mr Cameron leaving No 10 before the summer is out, and the possibility of a General Election this autumn. It will be interesting to see if this is how things turn out. As the Prime Minister appears to have lost interest in anything other than tying the UK into the European Union which seems to have as much future as the Titanic on its maiden voyage, perhaps this is for the better.
The Prime Minister clearly believes that the British public are naïve as well as gullible, and that we are taken in by the stream of presidents, bankers and single issue ‘experts’, that he has wheeled in to help him sell his pro-European pitch. These are not experts on the European Union, most have little or no knowledge of trade, politics, democracy or British sovereignty. Few actually run their own business, they mostly spend other peoples’ money, and are in many cases financially dependent upon the European Union.
If I were a betting man, which I am clearly not, I would have a long shot and put my money on Daniel Hannan MEP, becoming a prominent member of the Westminster Conservative party sometime in the future.
Following the referendum he should walk away from Brussels which he rightly considers to be ‘obsolete’, and find himself a Westminster parliamentary constituency. Then in time this highly intelligent, brilliant orator, who is a true patriot and a proper conservative, who knows where all the skeletons are in the European Parliament, could well become an exceptional future Prime Minister. A redeemer and a liberator - we certainly need one.
His Book ‘Why Vote Leave’, should be read by everyone, and as Michael Gove said, ‘Before voting in this historic referendum you should read this brilliant book. If you have decided to vote Leave this will enthuse you, if you’re not yet sure, it will convince you’.
The Remain team are putting it about that everyone under the age of 40 will vote to stay in, which is not what I hear. Added to which, a poll of Young Farmers at their recent Blackpool conference, voted 38% to Remain, and 62% Leave.
Both the NFU and RPA are top of the list of organisations which deserve a public rebuke. As farmers struggle to cope with low grain, meat and milk prices, the single payment to which they are entitled, should have reached their Bank accounts last December, but in too many cases it has failed to arrive.
The RPA administrators show little concern for the predicament these farmers are facing, as many farm businesses struggle to pay local suppliers. Despite the Government promising to make 50% interim payments to ‘tide them over’, this has mostly not materialised.
What is the NFU doing about it? It seems absolutely nothing, or if they are, it is proving useless.
Many farmers are cancelling their NFU membership, which is hardly surprising. Too often small, family run and tenanted farms are totally ignored by their Union, as was apparent during the referendum ‘debate’. The NFU has gone on record supporting Remain, which is to the disadvantage of most traditional, and family farms, and small rural businesses. It is uncertain who the NFU represents, certainly none of the above. I too will think hard before renewing my membership in the autumn.
The NFU leadership has also failed to demand that Secretary of State Liz Truss puts on the table a Plan B, so the farming community knows where it stands on 24th June.
Daniel Hannan MEP