This brilliant response to Theresa May’s Brexit letter is going viral

There’s no denying that Theresa May’s letter appealing for the nation to unite around her Brexit deal has not had the response she had hoped for

But perhaps the best reply we have seen so far has come from comic, presenter and veteran folk singer Mike Harding. 

The Prime Minister’s letter on Saturday called for Brits to “come together as one people,” “getting behind this deal.”

Mike Harding’s near perfect response to the PM has been shared 33,516 times so far on Facebook (31,802 more times than May’s letter.)

We’re hoping more people take it upon themselves to tell the PM what they think of her Brexit deal, but in the meantime, Mike’s response is a must-read.

Everybody ought to read his reply reproduced in full below:

Dear Mrs May

I am in France having a break having come here on the train all the way from Settle. I just read your letter to me and the rest of Britain wanting us all to unite behind the damp squib you call a deal. Unite? I laughed so much the mouthful of frogs legs I was eating ended up dancing all over the bald head of the bloke on the opposite table. 

Your party’s little civil war has divided this country irreparably. The last time this happened Cromwell discontinued the custom of kings wearing their heads on their shoulders.

I had a mother who was of Irish descent, an English father who lies in a Dutch graveyard in the village where his Lancaster bomber fell in flames. I had a Polish stepfather who drove a tank for us in WW2 and I have two half Polish sisters and a half Polish brother who is married to a girl from Donegal. 

My two uncles of Irish descent fought for Britain in N Africa and in Burma. 

So far you have called us Citizens Of Nowhere and Queue Jumpers. You have now taken away our children and grandchildren’s freedom to travel, settle, live and work in mainland Europe. 

You have made this country a vicious and much diminished place. You as Home Sec sent a van round telling foreigners to go home. You said “ illegal” but that was bollocks as the legally here people of the Windrush generation soon discovered. 

Your party has sold off our railways, water, electricity, gas, telecoms, Royal Mail etc until all we have left is the NHS and that is lined up for the US to have as soon as Hannon and Hunt can arrange it.

You have lied to the people of this country. You voted Remain yet changed your tune when the chance to grab the job of PM came. You should have sacked those lying bastards Gove and Bojo but daren’t because you haven’t the actual power. 

You have no answer to the British border on the island of Ireland nor do you know how the Gib border with Spain will work once we are out.

Mrs May you have helped to divide this country to such an extent that families and friends are now no longer talking to each other, you have managed to negotiate a deal far worse than the one we had and all to keep together a party of millionaires, Eton Bullingdon boys, spivs and WI harridans. Your party conserves nothing. It has sold everything off in the name of the free market. 

You could have kept our industries going with investment and development – Germany managed it. But no – The Free Market won so Sunderland, Barnsley, Hamilton etc could all go to the devil.

So Mrs May my answer to your plea for unity is firstly that it is ridiculous.

48% of us will never forgive you for Brexit and secondly, of the 52% that voted for it many will not forgive you for not giving them what your lying comrades like Rees Mogg and Fox promised them.

There are no unicorns, there is no £350 million extra for the NHS. The economy will tank and there will be less taxes to help out the poor. We have 350,000 homeless (not rough sleepers – homeless) in one of the richest countries on Earth and you are about to increase that number with your damn fool Brexit. 

The bald man has wiped the frogs legs of his head, I’ve bought him a glass of wine to say sorry; I’m typing this with one finger on my phone in France and I’m tired now and want to stop before my finger gets too tired to join the other one in a sailors salute to you and your squalid Brexit, your shabby xenophobia and Little Englander mentality.

Two fingers to you and your unity from this proud citizen of nowhere. I and roughly half the country will never forgive you or your party.

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46 Responses

    1. Jerry Stacey

      womans’s institute harridan. Right wing, volubably racist, usually well off, daily mail reader, aged 50+. Chichester is stuffed with them. May is very popular in Chi where they feel sorry for her!!!.

    2. Jerry Stacey

      woman’s institute harridan. white,volulably racist, well off, smug,house price obsessed,self entitled poor people hater. Chichester is stuffed with them. They love May and feel sorry for her. would vote remain again.

    3. GVW Lewis

      Good reply… Unfortunately I am done with sermons and epistles! I’d rather have canons and pistols… And a large guillotine in Trafalgar Square!

      1. William Coyle

        You have the answer m8 a large Guillotine is what we need these people are the biggest welfare scroungers along with the so called Royal family and all those in their Santa Clause outfits in the farce that is the house off lords.Take the heads off the lot off them our country would be better for it.W Coyle.

    4. Declan Groves

      Yes. It’s going to be like a new ice age. My Uncle flew in a Polish Mosquito squadron based in Lincolnshire in WW2. I have a UK and Irish passport. I have a Hungarian born daughter. I was born in Leeds Yorkshire. I believe that the 52% consisted mainly of 60+ and those who did well in there years under Blair. Those who did well under a greed mentality…and then suffered under the credit crash and needed to blame others. And of course the plain stupidity (or extreme elitism )
      of Mogg, Farage et al. In the case of these two her bets. ..they have proved they have no clue whatsoever of the impact of food imports or animal welfare on the UK post Brexit. ..just one area. Mogg suggested ‘people” will get cheaper food. Hurrah. I don’t suppose he will be buying economy brand foods.
      Don’t think for a moment I’m a totally committed remained. ..I would describe myself as someone who likes to see coherency. I haven’t heard any plan put forward by th ERG or Farage for the post Brexit economy. I have only heard adjectives. And adjectives don’t protect job and welfare of communities.

  1. denise davis

    You could have kept our industries going with investment and development – Germany managed it.’
    Hmmm…. they managed it because the USA wrote off all of their WW2 debt and made Germany the country for investment to instigate post war industrialisation. The UK, France, Greece, Italy, etc., all had to pay their debt, amounting to more than £21 billion, the final bill paid in 2006. Germany was invested into.
    That could be a part of the problem – and the resentment.

    1. Peter Ballan

      WI Harridans ? Womens Institute ‘ladies’ if you please ! LOL
      Right. Since WW2 ended, in my opinion, when the UK and other European countries finished paying off the USA, not too long ago, the UK governments of all complexions, have been selling off the country’s silver. Then foreign country ‘investment’ was welcomed with open arms to sort of re-establish our sold off industries. Bombardier, Siemens, Banks like HSBC, or to really call it, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking corp, US Banks that have taken us into debts far beyond our scariest imaginations. We HAVE been sold down the river for years, under the guise of foreign ‘investment’, and made that infamous ‘Millionaires Row’ in Westminster so creepy as to be nightmarish. Grease=Smog, so creepy, Gob and BOJO so self seeking as to be from a Roald Dahl book, May, well, least said the better. There is NO getting away from it; they are lying, corrupt and incompetence epitomized.

    2. Peter

      I met an historian at a party who had written a paper on how the UK got just as much Marshall Plan money as Germany, France etc got but while the Germans spent theirs on machine tools to put their industry back together in a better, more modern way the UK spent ours on arms and paying troops to hold onto the Empire for a few more years.

      It was spent on the Malayan Emergency, the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya and of course on Suez etc. etc. That is why so much of British industry was unmodernised and so vulnerable to being thrown on the scrapheap by Thatcher. The UK could have spent its money on the same things and be an economic powerhouse too. But we chose not to.

      Just like we are choosing to renew the obscenity of Trident AND base it here in Scotland against our express wishes. Thus boosting our desire for independence and making it less likely the new boats will have anywhere to operate from.

      1. pimatters

        And we could have done this again while North Sea OIl was pouring in, preferring instead to pay dole money to sacked coal and steel workers

      2. Peter

        You didn’t mention that the UK agreed to let Germany off the large War Damage bill due to pay for repairing the factories bombed by Germany. No referendum. Douglas Hurd just gave away £ billions due to the UK with no authority and has never been held to account for it!

        Gordon Brown also lost us £ billions giving away our gold at a ridiculous price – he was never held to account either.

        All good money that would have covered much of the cost of modernising our industry – and avoided selling off all those UK assets the Government sold.

        1. Kieran

          Browns move saved the world from a complete economic collapse, he sold our gold cheap because all the banks had run out of gold from which to lend against, by giving them some gold to play with, instead of it sitting in a vault doing exactly nothing for us, he managed to turn a collapse into the far milder version we saw, truly he is a hero and the only reason you don’t see him “held accountable” is that the Tories who took over did not really want to aknowledge that.

    3. Mark Hanley

      Absolute rubbish! Germany paid off all of its war reparations in full, eventually, years ago, look it up,, they had to, that`s how doing war works! Pick a target for whatever reason, bomb the hell out of it, charge your own nation for the cost of the bombs and armies, they ask you to give to your charities to look after the people on the ground and the broken soldiers, then you have to front up the cost of rebuilding the newly formed “democracy” while saddling that country with a lifetime of debt. War is a racket, fact! The only thing we learn from history is that we never learn from it.

    4. Tim Regester

      Ahem, under the Marshall Plan the UK was the major recipient of funding (more than West Germany) and only finally paid it off in the last decade. Germany was no special case, but having a Germany in decades of recession post war would have been bad for the US economy.

      Our industrial base was eroded from 1979 until now by a blind allegience by the politicians in power to the need to make the UK a services economy, not a manufacturing based economy and the benefits (felt mainly by the rich only) of Globalisation.

      Try reading the Global Minotaur by Yanis Varafoukis which covers this and the creation of the EU.

  2. Tony Graham

    Believe me this is the best and only deal!

    I have been told:
    Education
    We have spent more money on education than has ever been spent before.
    She fails to realise inflation, apprenticeship tax, increased costs of electricity, gas, oil for heating schools. The National Audit Office Report ‘Financial Sustainability of Schools’, published in December 2016, cited an 8.0% real-terms reduction in per-pupil funding for mainstream schools between 2014-15 and 2019-20 due to cost pressures. The report identified that savings of £3.0bn need to be made by mainstream schools by 2019-20 to counteract these cost pressures. Between 2012/13 and 2014/15, approximately 60% of secondary academies and maintained schools spend more than their income.
    Police
    She said, “This Government was “not just protecting police budgets, but increasing them with an extra £450 million”.
    Chiefs of police tell us Britain’s police forces are becoming “ineffective” at core duties such as investigating crime and attending emergencies because of budget cuts, with an estimated 20,000 fewer police officers.

    Universal credit.
    We are told it pays to work. The new system helps people to get back into work.
    But we have numerous cases of people being financially worse of. Having no financial support during the transition period. A huge increase in the use of food banks. Increased homelessness and child poverty. And an independent UN report telling us that this Government has made choices that has inflicted “great misery” on its citizens.

    NHS
    We have an NHS service to be proud of a world leader.
    But underfunding of the NHS has been rife for years. Fewer trained staff, fewer beds and longer waiting times. Prime Minister May’s decision to implement the Naylor report is leading to sell off NHS property to benefit developers on the 2 for 1 model. A £10 million injection of cash to aid the sales.

    And now Prime Minister May is telling us this Brexit deal is the best and only one we can have.
    Do I believe her?

    NO

    1. jeremy bedford

      I love this and the main response hits the mark when it deals with unity prejudice and making the lifes of poor, middle class and sick and disabled a nightmare and brexit has caused divisions at every level – we need to have fair taxes for big companies and people when we all pay the same proportion and not only the lowest paid and others in the PAYE. reduction is taxes for the rich have been a lot higher than everyone else and the NHS is dying while private companies rob it and charge high extreme prices

  3. I have read that the EU negotiators are happy with the Brexit deal, I beg to differ, I suggest they are absolutely delighted. This was not a negotiation it was a set of demands set down by the EU and accepted gratefully by Mrs. May.
    I have already informed my local MP that I will no longer vote for him if he votes for this travesty of a deal.

    1. Davey

      The EU has been limited in what they could offer due to her red lines, the weird thing being, leave voters think the EU is being harsh in refusing to cave in on the 4 fundamentals of freedom yet the UK is right to refuse a backstop in Ireland.

      I’m still waiting after 2 years for a leave voter to name a club that offers more to non members than it does to paying members, when will leave voters get that into their heads?

  4. Andrew Purchase

    I liked the comment, may no agree with a lot of it, but definitely do on the Brexit question. Our country is productive in Europe, we were higher growth levels than France, not surprising considering their economic model is less than stellar. We had more veto’s than any other european country, plus were the foremost financial market, much to Paris’s and Frankfurt’s humiliation. But what do we do with that success, blow it up. I absolutely loath Theresa May, but to say the arch brexiter Jeremy Corbyn is any better is to say a bullet to the brain is better than 2 bullets to the brain. Hilary Benn, Kehr Stammer definitely but Corbyn….. God help us.

    1. Ashley Dickenson

      Hilary Benn: I’m surprised he’s not more behind the PM – whatever her faults – as his late father was totally opposed to a European Union.

  5. ian arthurs

    this is not a deal take it and shove it up your rear end mrs may. you never wanted to leave and have managed to arrange it so we get all the crap of being in the eu with none of the few benefits that we did get. Tell the EU to shove it walk away with no deal , pay nothing and start to build this country back to what it was before your party sold it all off to benefits your rich friends. we were never given a referendum on joining the EU ( ok we did have one on joining the common market but not the EU as it is now) we have finally been given a choice and the people voted OUT SO LETS GET OUT AND HURRY UP WITH IT the EU is a corrupt bunch of conmen and cannot be trusted as has been proven by the way they have behaved since the referendum result

  6. If it leads to the crowns being taken off the undeserving heads of those who wear them, then where’s the problem?
    Bring on Brexit and then lets have a referendum about the real problem…the Monarchy

    1. Kieran

      I think the real problem is Brexit making us 25% poorer, the 69p the royals cost each taxpayer is rather insignificant in comparison.

  7. Fearghna Lennon

    As a proud Irishman, with many UK relations and one who lived in the UK for many years , I am bound to say that I agree wholeheartedly with every syllable written by Mike Harding.
    The great tragedy is that his worst fears are coming to fruition,
    Boris and his fellow travelers will retreat to their country estates when the economy collapses and the homeless and their children are dying in the streets and hedgerows and say ” don’t blame me”
    People of the UK you better believe “You ai’nt seen nothing yet” Mass unemployment, crime levels rising on a daily basis.
    But saddest of all a great nation brought ti it’s knees

  8. john John

    We should never have left Europe. Referendums are no way to run the country:
    they are like the Board of Trustees of a Lunatic Asylum inviting inmates to join
    them in making policy. How many of those voting knew exactly what they
    were voting for? Who knew about the Irish border, or Open Skies, or the
    exact timing of delivery chains, or the need for a constant supply of radioactive
    materials for medical purposes, joint research projects? And the rest. My own county, Cornwall, received £350 million from the EU in the year before the referendum. All that has now been lost — no more valuable subsidies or grants… can you see this so-called government subsidising universities, farmers, businesses. industries…? Visas, no GPS abroad, queues at airports; and what about quick trips to Calais for cheap booze?
    queues at airports
    airports… it is all too tragic. Join the 48% and turn the tide!

  9. W Coyle

    When we here in Scotland get our Independence you can all come and live here,away from farce Tories and they’r pals Labour come and join us in the SNP and our leader will show you how a country should be run she will welcome you with open arms,leave the toffs to get on with their self harming come to Scotland you wont regret it.

  10. LRN

    It’s ALL about the HAVES and the HAVE NOTS. The HAVES will remain as HAVES whether Brexit is a success or not. The ones to suffer will be the HAVE NOTS. What has been said is all true – the family heirlooms have all been sold-off because they they were not made competitive enough by post-war governments – simply because the capital invested was minimal and derisory. Unless this is radically reversed, the long-slide downward spiral to becoming ‘the poor man of Europe’, is on the cards.
    As this Referendum (and now Brexit), was the single most decisive event in postwar Britain; the government-of-the-day should have had a cross-political BREXIT COMMITTEE to see through Brexit. But NO, Mrs May had to ‘play it close to her chest’ and deliver a shambolic Brexit Agreement.
    Options are:
    Revoke Article 50; Re-form and produce a Cross-party consensus BREXIT COMMITTEE and re-negotiate with the EU. That will be the best alternative.

  11. Andrew

    Hi everyone. Brexit… what a joke. Why are you sacrificing a generation, or maybe more with Brexit recovery, when those generations don’t really want to do that, haven’t been told so or asked if they wanted to in the first place, do you think my kids want to deal with your bad decisions or their children’s – children? Countless people have made an effort for freedom and open borders and fought for that so we can share with the world and build bridges among us and our neighbors. Obviously the UK problem is not EU. If there are EU laws that don’t help us – those laws can be changed within the EU by addressing them and making them better. It’s so clear now – your own political game, that you played us and took us for …. Well there is news for you – this country is awake and can see how it has been deceived. I believe I want, we want a second referendum – now that WE know and understand what Brexit actually means. You blamed us for it – as it was our decision, but we have been lied to and I personally feel manipulated into a vote that now i regret. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Enough said. Stop this before it’s too late!

    1. R. Pheifer

      You,re right Andrew But let,s not forget it was,nt only your PM,s fault. What about Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and David Cameron who left the country in despair. And yes the past two years there has been lots of discussions about brexit. You are much more informed now so indeed it might be time for a new referendum, although in my opinion a referendum is not the right instrument for such a delicate and difficult thing as leaving the EU which has brought us the longest time in history of peace and prosperity.
      Rien, Netherlands

  12. pete king

    Don’t agree with this second rate cowboy Comedian from Rochdale and don’t agree with May the backstabber either….and I also believe a lot more voted to leave in the first place but they fiddled the vote..thats why they didn’t ask for a recount and don’t want new vote either because iy would be watched very carefully by both sides and the real figure would come out better next time for the leave campaign…No they’ll move the goal posts to suit the gravy train Europhiles alright and we’ll go down with an even bigger ship called the E.U….

  13. Keith Knowler

    Until it is fully understood and grasped that the real Battle of Britain is between the mega-rich Globalists and Brexit, nothing will make sense. You want proof? It’s all set out in the 2030 Agenda for the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. It’s cut and dried. Brexit is just an embarrassment on the journey to implement Global Socialism and Corporate Fascism as part of their “Agenda 2030” plans. Look it up.

  14. Jim Rafferty

    From Fintan O’Toole in a recent Guardian article:
    ” What we see with the lid off and the fog of fantasies at last beginning to dissipate is the truth that Brexit is much less about Britain’s relationship with the EU than it is about Britain’s relationship with itself. It is the projection outwards of an inner turmoil. An archaic political system had carried on even while its foundations in a collective sense of belonging were crumbling. Brexit in one way alone has done a real service: it has forced the old system to play out its death throes in public. The spectacle is ugly, but at least it shows that a fissiparous four-nation state cannot be governed without radical social and constitutional change.”

  15. Gabby

    For those of you who may not know, Northamptonshire’s politicians and elected boffins have totally mismanaged our finances and have had to be taken over by even more boffins who were appointed by “the government”. After cutting services to a point beyond belief, closing our libraries or threatening to close most of them, and saying they would not bother gritting our roads this winter (plus a myriad of other atrocities), they’ve now decided that we, the taxpayers, should stump up an extra 5% council tax to help fund the services that should have been funded by our previous years’ taxes. This had to be approved by “the government” as it was above the 3% ceiling for council tax rises. No one asked the taxpayer or the voter if this was a fair deal. The Conservatives have done nothing but promote their own welfare, especially Theresa May. I can’t bear to look at her anymore. She’d make a better puppet than a PM. Unfortunately, there is NO ONE out there who could come charging on a white horse and save this poor nation from the jaws of stupidity with which “the government” has laboured the public. Sadly, the EU spokespersons have not thrilled with their inane rhetoric either. Frankly I think we should get rid of the whole lot and start over with a clean slate. We need to start teaching ethics at an early age. We need heroes not self-absorbed, styled, robots with PR machines behind them to cover their padded rears. I despair.

  16. GF

    Our policial system failed massively on this subject from the early tory civil war placating referendum, to the ‘protest vote that 29% of the actual population decided through ‘democratic process’ based on half truths and made up numbers and promises. When the result went for leave the system had and still has no real answers. Meanwhile the populous is disillusioned into paralysis that there isn’t an ongoing answer that anyone can except in part let alone in full. We now have a country in crisis through catastrophic mis management with now answers and a suicidal tendency of just pulling the trigger and see what happens. Flip side you have a bunch of folk endlessly quoting WW2 references as if nigh on 70 years on it really damn well matters. Anyone who disagree is a snowflake or remoaner. Intelligent debate is pointless because it didn’t even start with a well thought through referendum in the first place. No facts. No options. Finally when the other 28 nations work to give us some sort of exit plan whilst protecting the interested of 28 (count ’em) member states. Brexiteers treat them like vile bullies for not giving them the old Blighty nirvana promised. Any issues we now faced will be someones else fault, mismanagement by corbyn (or whoever) , bullying by the EU, but never ever because we fell asleep at the wheel and aren’t prepared to deal with the real data, the real result of our collective actions. Then media personalities are trotted out to call a second vote ‘un democratic”. ( a re-vote is undemocratic?? how do we change governments then??) in a blatant hope to disillusion the younger voter. Next election coming up. Carnage awaits, but someone somewhere is making a lot of cash or political gain out of it…just not us.

  17. Must watch my language but I think May and Co have made the UK a place to be ashamed of. We are on a cliff edge and once the tories have pushed us over we shall all be up shit creek without a paddle. s a Christian I know that we must pray for those in authority but I am praying that Corbyn and co nay be able to lift us up.

  18. J Walker

    I can truly say I don’t understand Brexit. I am sure we will be worst off no matter what is decided. I am sure food banks are here to stay as the Government will continue to rob the vulnerable in society. The dismantling of our NHS will also continue too MY GOD HELP US.

  19. gary reed

    Brilliant speech indeed, but wasted words on May and her band of thieves and liars. In the future when people google ‘worse politicians of all time’ guess who face will appear

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