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  1. It is a silver lining (the only one I suspect) to Brexit that all this has been now been thrown right into people’s faces. Its not a secret now how our rulers regard us. No longer can people pretend that they are living in a democracy. Even the Remainer voters who have ‘won’ can see that they didn’t win because of their votes, they won because they just happened to be on the same side as the Establishment. On another issue where they disagree with the Establishment they’ll be treated with the same disdain. And they should realise that, if they have any sense at all.

  2. One of the things that opened my eyes to How Things Work Now happened in 2001. No, not that. I remember back in 1999, 2000, Christopher Booker writing a number of articles wondering how on earth, with new CAP and CFP regulations coming in, and the loss of domestic control over policy in those areas all but complete, they were going to sell to the public the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was no longer necessary. It would have to happen within the next year or so. Surely that would be the giveaway? Surely everyone would now see what was going on; how our government was, in Booker’s words, being “hollowed out” from the inside?

    Then the foot-and-mouth outbreak happened. Ag & Fish was deemed “unfit for purpose” (to my recollection, that’s when the expression first entered the public sphere), and its responsibilities were merged into the Department of the Environment. Just like that. The CAP/CFP aspect was never even mentioned by the media. I’d bet most of them weren’t even aware of it; it opened my eyes to their incompetence, too.

    Now, I don’t know if the F&M outbreak was deliberate, as some have claimed, pointing to what appeared to be preparations for it in late 2000. It was certainly bloody convenient, though. You might at least have expected someone to admit that. But nobody ever said, to my knowledge, “Well, we had to get rid of MAFF anyway because of the EU, so this is as good a reason as any”.

    Now I come to think of it, I suppose I should have seen the Brexit betrayal coming when May set up her Potemkin DExEU and a Department of International Trade, but didn’t re-establish Ag & Fish.

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