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They always double down

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Daniel Hannan is surprisingly surprised: A couple of days before the vote, in a slightly whimsical spirit, I wrote the following: “I have a horrible vision of the Prime Minister responding to the defeat by making one of those statements at her lectern. ‘I have listened. I have heard what people want. And what people […]

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Did the LibDems win the locals?

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This post extends on Sam Duncan’s point made in the comments: looking at the raw numbers (that is, without the context of the previous local elections) it’s basically a pretty solid Tory win. Not a landslide by any means – at a 28% vote share they were neck-and-neck with Labour – but 3,562 seats is […]

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Quote of the Day

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Once again Jim in the comments saves me some time by expressing my own thoughts well: UKIP’s day will come, strangely enough Brexit is not its real issue now. The Brexit party is what is required to get Brexit, it’s a one issue party, it won’t survive that campaign regardless of whether we leave or […]

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The new Brexit court case

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I should mention the remarkable court case that is currently happening. Robin Tilbrook, a lawyer and the founding member of the English Democrats, has taken the government to court arguing that Theresa May’s Brexit extension was illegitimate, and so we have in fact already left the EU. Tilbrook’s arguments are very much like the ones […]

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The Collected Works of Johnny Mercer

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Available now in premium leather-bound hardback is the collection that all conservatives will be displaying on their coffee table this year: The Collected Works of Johnny Mercer. Finally the sustained insight of the Conservative Party’s greatest and most prolific living philosopher has been brought together in one large volume. Open the page at random and […]

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Zombie party confirms it is dead

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After this week’s failure of the Conservatives’ 1922 committee to change the leadership challenge rules, the ‘flipping point’ I wrote about the other day has now been reached, I think. The Tories are finally about to collapse. Only most of their MPs don’t know it yet. If the Tory Brexiteer MPs want to survive and […]

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The flipping point

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For a long time now now various pundits have been predicting the death of the Conservatives and Labour, or at least the death of the Conservatives. Years of PC policies and sucking up to the Guardian have alienated most of the Conservative voters, so it seemed a reasonable prediction. Alternative right-wing parties, and alternative left-wing […]

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Andrew Mitchell keeps the failing narrative going

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Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell writes a piece in the Telegraph which reveals why his party are a bunch of devious scumbags who must be removed from power. The tactic is the usual one (Hague also does it): pretend to agree that it’s terrible that Brexit was delayed and to stress that the Tory Party’s future […]

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Brussels Masterpiece Theatre

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I think all these extension meetings are mainly theatre. The officials get together beforehand and agree on what is to happen. It’s like radio comedy quiz shows, there’s not an actual written-down script, but most of it is roughly worked-out in advance. Things can still go off-piste, and it seems like that did happen with […]