Michael Gove says the government will spend “whatever it takes” in order for Britain to be prepared for (the disaster that will be) a no deal Brexit.
The excellent Labour MP Wes Streeting puts matters into context.
By the way, when Gove says he will spend “whatever it takes”, he will be spending our money because the government itself has no money.
As Jonathan Freedland pointed out in today’s Guardian, a hard no deal Brexit doesn’t mean we finally get it out of the way and can move on to more important stuff. It means that we go back to the very beginning of Brexit. And everything that has been (badly) negotiated in the last three years has to be renegotiated over the next God knows how many years, maybe decades. Don’t you see that a no deal Brexit means the government will be kicking the can down the road before they start negotiating the same things all over again?
Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson didn’t mention that when he changed his mind for purely selfish, political reasons to support the Leave campaign that things would get so complicated, divisive and time-consuming. On the contrary, Johnson and his fellow wreckers said the precise opposite.
The Tory government from 2010 in which some Lib Dems had jobs introduced brutal austerity that affected mainly lower earners, including the sick and vulnerable. There was no money for anything, so they set about cutting the NHS, starving schools of funding, freezing and effectively cutting the value of tax credits for the working poor, all at the same time watching as the care sector deteriorated into chaos. Now, having more than doubled the national debt, the Conservatives have found the Magic Money Tree.
“Whatever it takes” will be the epitaph of this government, a nasty right wing collection of hard Brexiters who previously saw public spending as the spawn of Satan but now see it as Britain’s saviour. But in a country where millions wouldn’t mind if a family member lost their job just so long as Brexit went ahead, are we really surprised?