Največji nateg volilcev v zgodovini V. Britanije…

… so bile vse laži, ki so jih v predbrexitovski kampanji izrekali desničarski populisti, na čelu z Borisom Johnsonom in Nigelom Farageom, in takoj po “uspešnem” referendumu preklicali. Najbolj znana velika laž je bila, da bodo 350 mio funtov, ki jih “Britanija tedensko pošilja v Bruselj” preusmerili v javni zdravstveni sistem (NHS). V prvem intervjuju po razglasitvi rezultatov je Farage povedal, da je bila ta obljuba “napaka“. Iain Duncan Smith, nekdanji voditelj konzervativne stranke, pa je rekel, da nikoli niso rekli, da bodo ves ta denar namenili za javno zdravstvo, pač pa le “levji delež tega denarja”. Toda lažniv je bil že znesek, saj so uporabljali bruto znesek, brez upoštevanja denarja za kmetijstvo in kohezijska sredstva, ki jih Britanija dobiva iz Bruslja, pravi neto znesek vplačil v bruseljski proračun naj bi bil 150 mio funtov.

Nauk te zgodbe je seveda, da populistom nikoli ne smete zaupati. Toda hudič je v tem, da bo eden izmed njih, Boris Johnson, nekdanji londonski župan in britanska verzija Donalda Trumpa ter glavni protagonist “350-milijonske laži tedensko“, septembra najbrž postal britanski premier.

Freed from the shackles of the European Union, Britain’s economy would prosper and its security would increase. Britain would “take back control” of immigration, reducing the number of arrivals. And it would be able to spend about 350 million pounds, or about $470 million, a week more on health care instead of sending the money to Brussels.

[…] But that was before they won.

Perhaps no promise was more audacious — and mendacious, critics say — than the £350-million-a-week claim. Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London who was the frontman of the Brexit campaign, toured Britain in a bus emblazoned with the slogan: “We send the E.U. £350 million a week, let’s fund our N.H.S. instead,” a reference to the country’s widely revered National Health Service.

Hours after proclaiming “independence day” for Britain, Nigel Farage, the leader of the fiercely anti-European U.K. Independence Party, conceded that the £350 million figure was a “mistake.” Asked by the BBC on Sunday about the spending pledge, Iain Duncan Smith, a former Conservative Party leader who campaigned for Brexit, said the Leave side had merely promised “to spend the lion’s share of that money” on the health service.

The shift was perhaps unsurprising, since the £350 million “independence dividend” never stood up to scrutiny. It excluded money returned to Britain through rebates and money that Britain spent to subsidize its farmers and poorer regions, according to the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies. The institute put the true figure at about £150 million.

Vir: New York Times

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  1. Žal imate prevelike predsodke do UKIP in preveč verjamete globalistčnemu glasilu NYT. Nigel Farage in Boris Johnson sta imela vsak svojo organizacijo za Brexit kampanjo. Med seboj se nista marali in nista sodelovali. Borisova je obljubila denar za NHS, Nigelova ni. Farage je velikokrat kritiziral uradno Vote Leave kampanjo, ker je navajala napačne cifre, nasprotniki pa bi sedaj radi predstavili, kot da gre za backtracking.

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