‘Worthy Of 1930s Germany!’: Rees-Mogg BLASTED As Using NAZI Techniques To Push Brexit
Former Cabinet Secretary Andrew Turnbull has launched a ferocious attack on Jacob Rees-Mogg, after the Tory MP claimed that the Treasury civil service are “fiddling with figures” to overemphasise the negative effects of leaving the single market and customs union post-Brexit.
Turnbull said: “‘Dolchstoss’ means ‘stab in the back’,” he said. “After the first world war there was an armistice, but the German army was then treated as the losers. Then, at the start of the Nazi era, the ‘stab-in-the back’ theme developed.
“It argued that ‘our great army was never defeated, but it was stabbed in the back by the civilians, liberals, communists, socialists and Jews’. This is what I think these critics are trying to do. They are losing the argument in the sense that they are unable to make their extravagant promises stack up, and so they turn and say: ‘Things would be OK if the civil service weren’t obstructing us’.
“When you don’t succeed, you find someone to blame for your failure.”
In Rees-Mogg’s original remarks, which have caused this outburst from Turnbull, he said: “With all forecasts, the assumptions you make at the beginning determine the outcomes that you get.
“If you look at the forecasts the Treasury made before the referendum, they were a humiliation. They were clearly politically influenced.
“The Office of Budget Responsibility was set up by George Osborne because the Treasury forecasts had been politicised. It was thought that they were unreliable on political grounds.
“With the referendum and with the EU, the Treasury has gone back to making forecasts. It was politically advantageous for them in the past. It is the same for them now.
“So yes, I do think they are fiddling the figures.”