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My Election Notes 2019: E-Day – 4

One of the things that has always amazed me is how is it that Boris’s Johnson has managed to convince vast swathes of ordinary working people that he is understanding of their…whatever it is they delude themselves he understanding of. Donald Trump managed the same trick on his path to the US presidency but I don’t care about that right now. If ordinary working Americans are so stupid as to believe that a billionaire sex pest speaks for them, well good luck with that, is all I can say.  They elected him, he’s their problem. We’ve our own.

With little more than an appearance on a panel show, an impressive array of verbal ticks, a disheveled appearance and a ‘colourful’ private life, he has blustered his way to where he is now. Which is exactly where I don’t want him – or indeed any Tory politician – ever to be.

At his campaign launch to be Tory party leader earlier this year, he brushed off questions about his language and that of people finding his language offensive as being him nothing more than plain speaking. If that is the case, I’m sure he won’t mind me, in the same spirit of plain speaking, describing him as a political chameleon of the highest order, a self-serving elitist who pretends to be populist to better serve his own interests. A opportunist chancer who plays fast and loose with peoples future’s, a snake oil salesman who looks out only for number one but wants us to put him in number ten,

One who has throughout this election campaign avoided detailed scrutiny, meeting the public and generally shying away from anything that isn’t carefully stage managed by Conservative Central Office. One who could be our PM on Friday, and that sound you’ll hear if he is will be hoofs as the four horsemen of the apocalypse gallop all over this country. One who promotes the fallacy that a Tory majority government will somehow ‘Get Brexit Done’. As I’ve noted before, the only thing that’ll be done is us.


My Election Notes 2019: E-Day – 5

John Minor, in calling for voters to support former Tories who’ve lost the Tory whip and are therefore standing as independents proves three things. The first is that he has conveniently forgotten his own sorry role in creating Brexit. Two, he therefore thinks that he has some vestige of credibility with the public left whereas in fact he has as much credibility as a homeopath. And third, that he is a Grade A….well you can work that one out that for yourselves.

The reason why we are having this election in the fist place isn’t because Boris’s Johnson felt that parliament was preventing him getting his Brexit deal through parliament, leaving him with no choice, as he tells it, but to call this election. Neither nor is the fault of Teresa May, because say what you will about her, she nevertheless did what she thought best with what she had, even though her deal with the DUP after the 2017 election was borne out of desperate political necessity.

That she called the election, when there was no actual reason to do, other than a desire that being returned with an increased majority as the polls predicted, was a gamble that would help her overcome the parliamentary opposition to a Brexit deal. Remember when all parliament could agree on was what it couldn’t agree on? But then she was only Prime Minister in the first place because David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister the day after that fateful day in June 2016.

You get my point. It’s all about consequences and ultimately, the blame for all of this properly rests with John Minor. Back in the heady days of 1992 he was a Conservative Prime Minister at odds with the far right Euro skeptic wing of the Conservative Party. A European Treaty had been agreed at Maastricht that would greatly enlarge the powers of the European Union from what had previously been an economic union into a social and political one as well. Had Minor decided to put this to the British people in the form of a referendum then the leave vote of 2016 might not have happened.

But he didn’t and now we’re paying the price for his political expediency and what was then an irrelevance to most people became over time a source of increasing frustration and for some anger. Not being offered a choice. Being told. Being ignored. So to an extent I feel sorry for Boris’s Johnson, because he’s only been playing the hand he’d been given and who ultimately gave him that hand? The same John Minor who was recently a supporter of an action brought by Gina Miller to argue at the high court that Boris’s Johnson’s plan to suspend parliament was unlawful. So now he thought that the democracy was under threat, now he thought the people -through their democratically elected representatives should be heard, now he was there with the people, standing shoulder to shoulder with them against an overweening executive? Yes, the very same!