Letters: Nick Vinehill, April 14, 2017

Gibraltar depicted soon after seizure by the British in 1704. Note the Union flag. It remains a British territory to this day despite Madrids persistent demands for the Rocks return to Spain.
Gibraltar depicted soon after seizure by the British in 1704. Note the Union flag. It remains a British territory to this day despite Madrids persistent demands for the Rocks return to Spain.

Now that Article 50 has been triggered it hasn’t taken long for the gung ho eurosceptic brigade to sabre rattle about the need to defend Gibraltar from an illusionist military attack by Spain as it provides a very convenient diversion from the inconvenient economic truths the triggering will now reveal.

After months of manipulation, immigrant bashing and pathetic ‘winning our country back’ soundbites that for many voters made EU membership a scapegoat for all UK’s economic ills, the Leave ringleaders are now naturally jubilant and think that Brexit will be automatic and irreversible.

Yet despite their current euphoria those soundbite politics will now over the next two years inevitably be replaced with a more sober and rational economic analyses of the economic consequences of Brexit from which they will have no where to hide from.

It was Lord Howard, former Tory leader during part of Tony Blair’s Labour premiership who seemed to be at the centre of this gung ho clamour but no doubt he represented many others on the right wing of the political spectrum. This has always been a historical common political tactic of theirs.

When they appear defeated on their economic failures and scapegoating some like to bang the militaristic war drum claiming the UK must attack something to protect ‘their’ freedom and democracy and then they have the nerve to accuse those who might not go along with it all as being unpatriotic and pacifist!

Nick Vinehill

Snettisham