Boris the Betrayer?

When you vote for Boris

So, Farage has stood down his candidates in seats the Tories are most likely to win. Fear of Corbyn and fear of splitting the Leave vote has done the trick. Farage’s financial backers are putting the pressure on, with Aaron Banks now demanding the Brexit party only stands in forty seats. Apparently, we have no choice but to put our trust in Boris, his ‘excellent deal’, and the global liberals who constitute the modern Tory party. Boris is guaranteed a thumping majority and will be able to do as he pleases.

By coincidence, we learn today that British Steel is now to be flogged off to the Chinese, whose dumping of steel on world markets was the major cause of British Steel’s difficulties in the first place. No cause for concern on security or strategic grounds, Boris’s business secretary assures us. Such is our industrial strategy. No doubt, we can look forward to continued mass immigration, the continued flogging off our national assets, the continued forced diversification of our society and deconstruction of our way of life, the decimation of our countryside as our global population soars. Good news for Boris and his society friends. Servants have never been so cheap.

Perhaps we can do without industry and rely on our ‘soft power’ instead. Boris makes much of this – as one would expect of an old Etonian. But the real soft power lies with Chinese, whose financial resources are unlimited. Everyone has a price, as David Cameron, who now works for the Chinese, can testify. And soft power is even more effective when there is an iron fist inside the velvet glove, as the inmates of China’s burgeoning concentration camps can testify.

Farage tried to make the best of a humiliating climbdown and asked Boris to reciprocate. But he cannot seriously have expected any favours. Not a crumb. A sad end for Farage, who before the election, confided that he believed Boris was a Remainer at heart who could not be trusted with Brexit. Now he has no choice but to trust him. Apparently, the peerage has been offered.

Saddest of all though for the millions of ordinary people who voted Brexit, not because they believed in global market forces, but because they wanted their country back. They thought Farage was one of them at heart – an Englishman with spirit. They don’t want Corbyn, but they cannot stomach the modern Conservative party either. Where are they to turn?

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11 Comments on Boris the Betrayer?

  1. Does Alistair Miller think a dose of Corbyn for a short while would be better? Politics is the art of the possible, not the ideal. We could have had a good deal immediately after the vote in 2016 but we know what the mother of Parliaments did with it afterwards didn’t we?

  2. This election is about two (main) issues – 1. Brexit; 2. Keeping Corbyn out.

    It was blindingly clear that, in previously reasonably “safe” Tory seats (the 317), if the Brexit Party staged a candidate then there would be a high risk that the anti-Remain vote would be split, thereby letting “Labour” (= Corbyn) win. Either way, and in any event, the Brexit Party would not, could not, win those Tory-based seats.

    A Tory win in those seats = the lesser of TWO EVILS, no more, no better – a Tory win = a disaster, but a Corbyn win (+ LibDem + SNP) = a double or even triple disaster. So this is why Nigel Farage decided to stand down, namely to keep Corbyn out – a bitter decision to make, as he knows clearly that Johnson’s “Deal” is totally unacceptable to himself and to the “leave” voters. In passing, no matter what Farage does he will be “wrong”, but if he had not withdrawn the 317 candidates, thereby risking that the Tory Party would fail to get a majority, he would be well and truly blamed for the final result. So now, put yourself in his position (assuming you are a “Leaver”), what would you have done?

    Nigel Farage acted honourably. Johnson failing to reciprocate, by withdrawing candidates in Labour majority but Referendum-Leave-voting seats, is despicable. But, in spite of that, Nigel Farage still acted correctly and, to repeat, honourably.

    The battle is by no means over. The big question, the critical question, is whether the millions of Referendum Leavers in previous Labour seats will vote Brexit, or whether they will revert to “tribal voting” and vote for disastrous Labour again, a Corbyn party that has done nothing for them in a generation (or longer). THAT is the make-or-break in this election. (My area is traditional Labour, that voted 69% Leave.)

  3. I cannot see what the alternative is. It was never going to be no deal – parliament would scupper that every time, so what then? This whole shambles has stemmed from the flawed referendum that was only advisory, and anyone who thought parliament was going to go with the “wrong” result was living a dream.
    It seems to me that the only way out is to disregard the referendum as it posited an impossible choice, give the Scots their independence and get rid of the SNPs, and then lay out the real choice to the people – a bum deal or no deal, and take it from there. I doubt that the nation has the stomach for the hard choice – there are too many vested interests, and the preference will be to hang on to nurse for fear of something worse. How can the present trend be reversed? Maastricht was a trap.

  4. Should this election not go the way the establishment wishes, how soon will it be before we have a second just to make sure we’ve understood what it’s all about?

  5. It isn’t over yet, but one senses that the progressive establishment are manoeuvring to thwart our leaving once more. Professor Robert Tombs describes with acuity what the risks are in today’s Daily Telegraph
    If we lose this one, corporate serfdom awaits, with an increasingly intrusive, rule-ridden society, run by the euro-globalists to ensure, we who wished to leave, are kept firmly in our place.
    That is a fate worth fighting to avoid.

  6. In the parade of Unellectables why grace any of them with your vote?

    If Johnson and the pathetics of the Tory Party are on the road to a WTO exit at the end of 2020, just as Farage and his Company wanted, this town isn’t big enough for two giant egos. As Farage can’t deliver this sort of exit himself his backers have plumped for the one who can.

    The BXP have been squeezed like an orange and the pips will all vote Tory, even though Nige said that Johnson’s deal wasn’t Brexit. Just as in the referendum and the 2017 GE the principal Tory objective was to destroy their main rival, Ukip/BXP. As both were inverted pyramids held up solely by Farage, now that he’s been discredited that’s been achieved even before any votes have been cast.

  7. Farage had put the country before his party. He is cutting back his own party’s political power so as not to split the right and risk a Labor government. Does this mean giving power to people Farage and his voters dislike, that is, the Tories? Sure. Welcome to politics. But it seems the only way to make sure Brexit has a chance of happening.

  8. Well put.
    Johnson (and JRM) proved that he was untrustworthy and had bad judgment (and is a Remainer at heart) when he voted for May’s surrender document.
    If Farage accepts a peerage his street cred will crash and burn.

    • His plane crashed once. He survived crashing. He can lead England to freedom once again. MEGA! Just kidding. It will never happen. If it does, I will donate $100 to our local chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, which still exists is the backwater where I live.

    • Johnson is a gent, not a lady, and he never stops yodeling. Much like Trump. I wish them both well, despite both being people I would never have at my dinner table if they asked.

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