As an avid follower of the #ukip and #brexit hash tags, I see a lot of kipper stupidity tweeted, but the following one from VeronicaM really takes the biscuit?
If you are a true kipper or one of the 50 back bench Tories announcing today their new #brexit plot then you will have immediately spotted the #brexit hashtag near the word ‘Norway’, so you will have already clicked *star* to favour, ‘Like’ on faceBook, retweeted the lot and thought no more of it.
If you still have an open mind how you are going to vote in Cameron’s doomed EU Referendum you might say: “Hold on a second Marcus, you are going too fast for me in your condemnation of poor Veronica, what am I missing here?”
OK let’s analyse this properly and hope some kippers retweeting this nonsense will hide in shame.
Veronica and her kipper friends are wrong seeing this story as some sort of backing for their manifesto and common lust to leave the EU. They’re wrong on so many levels that if their stupidity wasn’t so funny and ironic enough to make you smile, you’d just have to cry and cry, realizing these people get to vote on #brexit within two years.
Error Levels 1,2 and 3
What was tweeted: “Sort of thing u can do when you’re not anchored 2 the EU”
Implication: Norway can only do this because they’re not in the EU, if we in the UK wanted to do this, Brussels would put a stop to it, ergo we must Brexit and leave the EU!
Error 1: The EU has no powers to stop any individual, organisation or public body disposing of unwanted shares, stock-options, bonds or whatever.
Error 2: This is not an anti climate change report, ‘au contraire’ Norway is following well known EU guide lines to reduce carbon emissions in Europe, clean up the air we breathe and save the planet!
Error 3: Even if the UK wanted to follow Norway’s example, it could not do it – in or out – of the EU. The Bank of England nor the Government have no investments to sell (They’re broke!)
I cannot strictly prove my first point. It’s hard to prove the absence of anything that doesn’t exist. I will leave it as a challenge to ukip or the Daily Express to prove the EU can stop EU citizens make stock exchange deals, buy straight bananas or bent cucumbers.
For my second point, let’s have a closer look at the New York Times link that was tweeted:
“Norway’s $890 billion government pension fund, considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, will sell off many of its investments related to coal, making it the biggest institution yet to join a growing international movement to abandon at least some fossil fuel stocks.”
Now in contrast let’s look at ‘official’ ukip policy from their GE2015 manifesto:
“While our major global competitors – the USA, China, India – are switching to low-cost fossil fuels, we are forced to close perfectly good coal-fired power stations to meet unattainable targets for renewable capacity. If we carry on like this, the lights are likely to go out.”
So what Norway is trying to achieve and what ukip advocates are at complete opposite ends of a spectrum. And Norway is doing this voluntarily kippers ask? Good heavens!
More on Error 3: The UK could never do what Norway did because the UK does not have Norway’s assets. In fact the UK’s national debt clock just informed me it has passed the £1.5 Trillion mark and is growing at a rate of £5,170 per second! In common with other oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Norway has no public debt. In Wikipedia’s list of countries by public debt they had to put a minus in front of Norway’s figure to show their debt figure is actually an asset!
So in summary Veronica, it was a nice try to retweet this Norway story somehow as both in support for ukip’s ‘anti climate change brigade’ and holding it out as a distinct UK possibility for Great Britain after the ‘outers’ will have won the EU referendum. You just can’t afford it ‘Great Britain’. While Norway lived frugally and put a big part of their oil revenues away for a rainy day, Britain has blown it all on accustoming people to live on benefits! I am so sorry for your loss Veronica :-(