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BOJO’S NOT FOR TURNING

By Pete Moore On August 8th, 2018

Right, the “outrage” about Boris Johnson is clear, in that there is no outrage. It’s a confected outrage. It’s just politics. I thought as much yesterday. The idea that half of the Tory Party had lost its mind over Johnson likening burkas to letter boxes was even too mad for them.

Dominic Grieve and Ruth Davidson have now weighed in against him. That’s the clincher. Both are hardcore Euro-fanatics. Boris Johnson is one of the high profile Brexiteers and fancied to make a move against the awful Prime Minister. So this is Continuity Remain. BoJo gave them a slight opportunity, and the EU headbangers have gone all in to destroy him. That’s how much they fear him and an example of what they will do to jeep us under the EU yoke; they will actually ally with the extreme Left and Islamists to delegitimise reasonable critiques of female suppression.

But Bojo isn’t blinking. He knows that the country and the wider Tory membership is with him on this. So instead of giving in to silly calls for an apology, he’s simply staying quiet. It’s an eloquent way of telling them to get stuffed.

14 Responses to “BOJO’S NOT FOR TURNING”

  1. “Boris Johnson is one of the high profile Brexiteers”

    BoJo wrote a remain editorial (as well as the brexit one that got published) just before the referendum. He is simply a political opportunist who has no principals other than what is good for BoJo’s career.

  2. FO –

    BoJo drafted two editorials – one Remain and one Leave – as an intellectual exercise. It was to work through all the arguments. He then rejected the idea of remaining in the EU and campaigned wholeheartedly for a clean Brexit.

    That he came out solidly Brexit, before the referendum campaign got under way, and while all fashionable opinion had Remain winning, is hardly opportunist. He put close relationships and political reputation of the line. It was politically very brave.

    I know that you can’t be generous to a political opponent, but it’s nevertheless true.

  3. The Torygraph column which Boris wrote on Monday was eminently liberal in the classical sense. He criticised EU states which have introduced burka-bans (Germany, France, Denmark, Austria) and opposed any such ban in the UK as being anti-British values.

    But if he had left it that there would have been very little coverage and certainly no outrage, confected or otherwise. But Boris well knows that to get attention you need to be controversial and he has a long history of courting controversy to get attention. Hence the references to letter boxes and bank robbers, which were surely calculated to cause a row and have succeeded admirably. The result is that his chances of mounting a successful leadership challenge against Theresa May after the Tory conference at the end of September are further increased, on the back of his “principled” resignation from the government over Brexit. He knows that the elderly Tory membership will lap this up, and May appears even more disconnected from the Tory base after her foolish demand that he apologise. She has fallen into his trap and her days as PM are surely numbered, even if Boris is not the one who succeeds her.

  4. “That he came out solidly Brexit, before the referendum campaign got under way, and while all fashionable opinion had Remain winning, is hardly opportunist. He put close relationships and political reputation of the line. It was politically very brave.”

    He was positioning himself to be the leader of the brexiteers.

    He almost certainly thought remain would win (albeit narrowly) and he could be seen as the standard bearer of the disgruntled brexit crowd. Brexit winning would mean the difficult job of actually negotiating and delivering Brexit (a task to which BoJo has contributed nothing)

    Remain winning would mean that no difficult Brexit would need to be negotiated, the brexiteers would not accept the result and BoJo could be their leader and be guaranteed the Eurosceptic vote at the next Conservative leadership contest.

  5. Petem follow your drift but the numbers aren’t there to support Boris. Besides he’s not needed were heading for no deal. Bookies choice. Can’t see any other scenario to be honest. Can you?

  6. FO –

    BoJo put himself forward to lead the government and, therefore, lead Brexit. He might have got the gig too had Gove not stabbed him in the back.

    jude –

    There is no “no deal”. I still think Theresa May will afree a Remain stitch up with Brussels. Here’s hoping otherwise and that we revert to WTO terms.

  7. Anyone who wants Boris for Tory Leader must also be looking forward to seeing Mr Corbyn in No 10.

  8. Anti-burka comments, by:

    Emily Thornberry (Labour Remainer)

    Anna Soubry (Tory Remainer)

    Ken Clarke (Tory Remainer)


    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (nutcase)

    Anyone who thinks this outrage at BoJo is about the burka and racism is out of his mind.

  9. Not everything’s about Brexit Pete. This is just good old fashioned political correctness gone mad 😉

  10. //Right, the “outrage” about Boris Johnson is clear, in that there is no outrage. It’s a confected outrage. It’s just politics.//

    As also applies to the story about Corbyn and anti-Semites, but it was you who was trying to push that story down our throats practically every day.

  11. There is one good thing which might come out of this affair, Dominic Grieve has said he would leave the Conservative party if Boris became leader. ‘BORIS TO REPLACE MAY’, is my slogan from now on!

  12. only a tosser keeps his party in negative headlines for the 4th day !

  13. Noel –

    You think I’m outraged about Corbyn’s anti-semitism? Are you mad? If anything it’s funny.

    It’s funny because – yet again – it exposes the hypocrisy of the Left. They’ve spent their lives being anti-racist but now have to contort themselves into impossible positions on learning that the leader of the Labour Party is an anti-semite.

  14. Jude
    The Burka is a degrading dehumanising garment. It is not voluntary , neither is it an Islamic requirement no matter what some fooolish defenders of it claim. If it was truly voluntary, some Muslim men would choose to wear it but they dont, it is only for women and it is only worn to hide the fact of being female, as if your sex is something to be ashamed by. It deserves rejection and mockery.A decent healthy society should urge Muslim women to reject such Instructions of inferiority. Boris is right on this matter. There is nothing respectable about this “choice”. Something that is wrong doesn’t magically become acceptable with the fake excuse that it is based on religious faith.

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