2019 general election

Boris jumped on the seesaw

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Earlier this  year I wrote that the Tories were coming close to the flipping (or tripping) point, the point at which their voters switch on masse to another party once they realise that that other party is the main chance. I think the Tories came perilously close to that point, and I think that had […]

Boris Johnson

A new election should empower Boris… to wimp out

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I think that if we get an election, and the Conservatives (or a Conservative-Brexit Party coalition) win a clear majority, then we should rip up Johnson’s deal and start again. Tell the EU that’s everything’s changed, their deal – because it’s mostly been written by them – wasn’t acceptable to the British people, and if […]

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Boris May gets his way

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So it looks like the EU/Boris plan is the same as the old EU/Theresa May plan (as I have been saying for years): (1) Have a really awful thing in the deal. If you can get that through then great, but if you can’t, then that’s what you drop at the last minute so you […]

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Lazy columnist syndrome

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Janet Daley gets confused: Can this really be happening? Can this tiny group of DUP politicians who represent a population of roughly 2 million people 2 million people is tiny? actually be about to undermine a deal that almost everybody else – including the purist ERG MPs – is ready to accept Where’s the evidence […]

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The last-minute stitch-up begins

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And so it begins: The sudden smiles from Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, after his meeting with Boris Johnson in the Wirral on Thursday caught everyone by surprise. They didn’t take me by surprise, because I’ve been predicting the last-minute stitch-up for years. For the last three weeks EU diplomats and officials have been relentlessly […]