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Brexit: Labour's secret agenda revealed by Gordon Brown.

Jefferson Galt

While the Conservative Party is seemingly on a course to self-destruction and Jeremy Corby wrestles with bizarre claims of anti-Semitism (the protesters don't appear to know what a Semite is) and both parties wondering how to spin the overall picture presented by last week's elections, Gordon Brown, one of, perhaps the primary, architect of the collapse of the British economy who failed to get a decent job in Europe and the IMF after his delusional claim that he saved the world, has weighed in. He's confirmed one significant fact that most politicians are reluctant to point out: the EU is, widely and fundamentally, a coalition of socialist states. Britain (at least parts of it) remain the only effective hold-out moderate, non-left-wing, state.

Brown, one of the dynamic duo (the other was Blair) who used fear and favour (in the latter case from the public purse) to bring support for Labour, who ran a presidential style government ( Blair, in particular, was, more than once, ticked off by the speaker for announcing policies in the media before putting them before Parliament) and who dismantled historic institutions in the pursuit of a pro-Republican agenda under the guise of modernisation (or that particularly Blairite phrase "going forward") does not come out of his reverie much, for which we should be thankful.

Unlike Blair, Brown did not walk away from power with a handful of invitations from think tanks nor a clutch of contracts to advise on ... well, no one is too sure, really. I guess we'll just have to wait to see how many of Blair's clients, when they are themselves out of government, become consultants to a UK Labour government to see if there is anything dubious going on.

Brown said today that it would not "be British to retreat to Europe's sidelines."

That cry to patriotism is a desperate expression given the harm he and his oppo did to British values and Britishness while they were in office. And, of course, Brown had to raise the mistakenly named issue of "anti-semitism."

He said that politicians should make a positive case for continued membership of the EU. He went on to say that Labour voters should respond by voting to stay in the EU. And, being socialist, his primary argument was that to leave would threaten the working hours directive (maximum hours per week 35 but only the French stick to it and in the UK there are so many opt-outs it's next to worthless) and that the minimum wage is under threat. He did not provide any evidence for these assertions. Brown also supported David Cameron's widely derided claims that if the UK left the EU, there would be a risk of armed conflict. Brown said "For 1,000 years nations and tribes of Europe were fighting to the finish and murdering and maiming each other. There is no century except this one where Europe has been at peace and nations... were not vying for supremacy," he said

Actually, they've been doing it far more recently than he might like to admit - and mostly in countries which are stoically left of centre, several of which have an organised crime problem that makes the Italian Mafia look like choirboys. Forget war: the big, and most proximate, threats are terrorism and organised crime.

Brown's delusions were again on display. He said "We should be a leader in Europe, not simply a member. We should not be fully out and we should not be half out. We should be fully in." But, as David Cameron has found in his recent capitulation on the migration issue, that, all too often, has and will mean doing as Germany tells us.

Inadvertently positing a thesis that is diametrically opposed to the Europe he wants us to remain in, Brown said ""The future lies in a united Europe of states rather than a United States of Europe."

That is exactly what the out campaigners say: they reject the current level of integration and are opposed to further integration; they are opposed to e.g. Angela Merkel creating policies (for example the migration policy) and then demanding that the rest of Europe piles in to bail out Germany as part of a supposed "fair share" policy.

Even if Brown has tiny feet (he doesn't) he managed to take precise aim at one of them and shoot himself in it: he called on the spirit of Churchill. That's risible.

But Brown wasn't finished: after that speech last night, the Guardian published an article by him saying that the EU should take action against tax havens.

We all know that Blair and Brown were utter hypocrites, people who rewrote history as it was in the making.

So let me remind you of Brown's election promises in 1997. When I am Chancellor, he said (although not in these exact words), I will take action to ban tax havens. He and his pal Blair ( who literally lived in each other's houses for the first few years of the association) did little or nothing once they were in office. Why? Because as soon as they began to look at the issues they found that most if not all of their major donors used off-shore facilities and the consequences of taking action were clear: those donors would have to find their shortfall somewhere and where better than their contributions to the Labour Party's funds?

Of course, there is one other matter to consider: Brown's widely reported hope to become the President of Europe came to nothing. Surely he doesn't think that he might still get the job if he is instrumental in delivering the UK, sheepishly, to the wolves of Europe?

This is the second of Jefferson Galt's articles about Brexit.