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 […]

Boris Johnson

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 […]

Boris Johnson

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 […]

Environment

This is how popular net zero is

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Watch this section of Sajid Javid’s speech at the Conservative Party conference. He’s about to get some applause for expressing his wish for Manchester to elect a Tory mayor. Although this is clearly an unrealistic desire, he still gets applause, because this is a Tory conference, and they’re applauding everything. But then he starts talking […]

LibDems

LibDems with blue rosettes

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It’s telling, isn’t it, how easily someone can be a Conservative MP one day, and a Lib Dem MP the next? No change of beliefs is needed. No change of mindset. The MP carries on exactly as before, saying the same things. One could also imagine such people joining New Labour, before the Corbynites took […]

Brexit

There’s no end to this Parliament’s powers if this counts as law

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How is this ‘the law’? Mr Johnson’s Government has been told to publish communications connected to prorogation and no-deal Brexit planning after MPs supported an emergency Commons motion.   Former attorney general Dominic Grieve’s demand for all written and electronic contact about the temporary suspension of Parliament and Operation Yellowhammer documents since July 23 to be released was […]

Boris Johnson

Quote of the Day

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Formertory in the comments: The continuing clearout of the Conservative Party puts me in mind (without wishing to be indelicate on a Sunday morning) of an episode many years ago when I had a colonoscopy. For 24 hours beforehand I had to drink a disgusting liquid intended to, ah, clear me out. The unpleasantness of […]