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“IT’S BEEN A TERRIBLE WEEK FOR BORIS”

By Pete Moore On September 7th, 2019

Some terrible week that is. The EU’s Amber Rudd has just thrown in the towel in what the press will describe as a blow to the Prime Minister. That’s worth another two points in the polls.

The truth is that almost all political reporting in the UK is complete bullshit, brought to you by the kind of people who said that Trump had no chance of winning right until the moment he won. It’s the myopic Westminster Bubble airing its bigotries. Out here in the country, the distant, ignored and forgotten country,  Boris is doing alright.

Every barb and insult, every resignation by pro-EU MPs, and every attempt to bring him down adds weight to the idea that he’s taking on an establishment which hates the people for their desire to leave the EU.

21 Responses to ““IT’S BEEN A TERRIBLE WEEK FOR BORIS””

  1. The truth is that almost all political reporting in the UK is complete bullshit, brought to you by the kind of people who said that Trump had no chance of winning right until the moment he won

    Coming up to the wire didn’t you make similar noises about Brexit?

    Johnson can be as high up in the polls as he wishes. He still can’t impose Presidentialesque whims on Parliament.

  2. And if there is an election soon and the Tories are returned with a clear majority and proceed to vote for a no deal Brexit all of a sudden Pete will become a champion of parliamentary Sovereignty again.

  3. As was pointed out earlier in the week in terms of polling:

    If Election BEFORE 31st Oct:

    CON: 37%
    LAB: 30%
    BXP: 9%

    If Election AFTER 31st Oct:

    CON: 28%
    LAB: 28%
    BXP: 18%

    Via @ICMResearch.

    So if Boris gets an election before the 31st October he wins. If it is after the 31st October then he is drawing with Labour.

  4. I’ve always been a champion of parliamentary sovereignty, but the term doesn’t mean what you think it means.

    People like you think it means that Parliament can do what it likes. Well of course it can’t. It simply means that a properly enacted statute law is supreme and unassailable by any other body or regulation. It means nothing else.

  5. Seamus

    If the vote is after the 31st, of the remaining 26%, how many would be pre-Remain and how many pro-Brexit?

    Assuming the Tories would vote to leave in either scenario, coupled with the Brexit party, that amounts to 46% in both cases. I’m just wondering what the %age would be over-all?

  6. Actually it does. It also means that no parliament has the power to bind a future parliament.

    Remember how much of a fan of Parliamentary Soverignty you were when the High Court ruled that it had to vote on enacting Art 50?

  7. The remaining is 16-17% Liberal Democrat (16 before, 17 after), 4% Green (doesn’t change), 1-2% UKIP (1 before, 2 after). The remainder isn’t stated but is 3% (which is roughly what the Scottish and Welsh nationalists poll at). So most likely it is:

    47% Leave (before 31st October)
    53% Remain (before 31st October)

    48% Leave (after 31st October)
    52% Remain (after 31st October)

    So the Leave/Remain camps don’t really shift either way. Just an internal shift from the Tories to the Brexit Party.

  8. Cheers for that

  9. I’m glad that Amber Rudd has regained her self-respect and integrity. She’s a decent One-Nation Tory and her departure hastens the Tories on their journey to becoming the English National Party. Here is a modest suggestion for their new logo:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=john+bull&client=firefox-b-d&channel=trow&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiDr82i0L_kAhWNUxUIHVMxCekQ_AUIEigB&biw=1354&bih=597#imgrc=YgNx3PZKeRadgM:

  10. Boris is doing alright. Every barb and insult, every resignation by pro-EU MPs, and every attempt to bring him down adds weight to the idea that he’s taking on an establishment which hates the people for their desire to leave the EU.

    The Old Etonian man of the people. LOL.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=boris+johnson+eaton&client=firefox-b-d&channel=trow&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiI_76g0b_kAhUOWxUIHaxEDOUQ_AUIEigB&biw=1354&bih=597#imgrc=hlp4bJHhuh3UyM:

  11. The electorate appear to be sick of politicos and their system:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7436869/Almost-half-Johnson-early-election-want-no-deal-Corbyn-poll-shows.html

    Asked whether Britain’s political class are functioning effectively and serving the interests of the country, just 13 per cent agreed. An astonishing 75 per cent said the political class was not functioning effectively, while 12 per cent said they did not know.

    A simple task – Leave the EU – and they deliberately sabotage it.

  12. Peter –

    What are you smoking? Amber Rudd signed up to leaving the EU by 31st October. All ministers did. Now Amber Rudd, a remainer whose mega-millionaire brother leads the second referendum campaign, resigns for the Sunday paper headlines. That’s regaining self-respect and integrity? My arse.

    Meanwhile –

    @JohnRentoul

    Average of 3 polls this weekend (Survation, Opinium, YouGov)
    Con 33%
    Lab 23%
    Lib Dem 18%
    Brexit 14%
    Con majority 72 (with latest YouGov Scotland)

  13. Pete

    All of a sudden you now believe the polls. They may be right but don’t count your chickens. Perhaps you should revisit the polls that were taken just before the 2017 election. Polls showing up to 20% lead for the Tories with an Election Day result of less than 3% difference.

  14. German industry has repeatedly said, since last week, that the single UK market is to stay open for business. Berlin will comply, therefore the EU will comply. The UK is the single largest market for EU exports. It will remain that way. It is non-negotiable while everything else is on the table.

    Our position is very strong.

    We know that the two-year clock starts ticking when Article 50 is triggered. We do that and wait for them to agree to our terms. As the clock counts down they will become more panicky. German industry will get heavy on Berlin. In the end we get our way.

    If President Trump backs us up, by the time we finish Brussels will be paying for the wall

    Remember how in the run up to negotiations we were told how German businesses, desperate not to lose the UK market, would dictate EU trade negotiations and how the EU would succumb to whatever they decided?

    Remember that?

    Oh dear:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-06/brexit-backstop-must-remain-german-business-leader-demands

  15. Paul –

    Joachim Lang is a Eurocrat. He’s not a businessman. He lobbies for a tiny proportion of German multinationals, in the same way that the CBI lobbies for a tiny number of British multinationals.

    You look silly reposting Bloomberg and these things. You’ve become such an advocate for globalist corporations and anti-democratic ways.

  16. Pete

    Where is your evidence that German businesses are begging Merkel to drop the backstop and make whatever deal the U.K. demands ?

  17. Joachim Lang is a Eurocrat

    Really? Because all I can see is his work for the German national government:

    https://english.bdi.eu/bdi/organisation/executive-board/dr-joachim-lang/

    He’s also definitely the director general of the Federation of German Industries which speaks for the majority of German bussineses though and your trade prediction above was hopelessly incorrect.

    You’ve become such an advocate for globalist corporations and anti-democratic ways.

    So, not being able to discredit the message you want to shoot the Bloomberg messagener?

    This is something a bit more local which may satisfy your parochialism:

    https://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/german-business-unwavering-in-support-for-brexit-backstop-1.4010232

  18. Colm –

    I never said that German industry is begging Merkel to drop the backstop.

    Why would they now give in to the UK? Theresa May spent two years giving the EU everything and Parliament is now not allowing us to leave or change the composition of Parliament.

    BoJo’s attitude from the start would have got a good withdrawal treaty, but it’s far too late for that now. Tory MPs chose a sensible, moderate adult to lead instead.

  19. Pete

    So Paul’s copied quote in his 3:57pm comment isnt one of yours ?

  20. We’re told that we shouldn’t leave the EU because Britain cannot survive. A comment from Morgoth’s Review…….

    What I will say – and this is indeed rather “simplistic” – is that almost every argument made in regards to staying in, such as food shortages, medicine shortages, etc, is a reason as to WHY we need to leave!

    To, in effect, be in a position of weakness and to be held hostage for vital goods, is NOT something that ought to be supported!

    That we cannot feed ourselves, cannot make medicines for ourselves, cannot make scientific or engineering progress on our own, for our own, is an embarrassment. There is no reason why we need to be cap-in-hand to other nations, reliant upon other nations, for anything that we have the natural resources to achieve.

    Aside from raw materials which are perhaps simply not present here, we should be self sufficient as much as possible. The idea that we need to keep bringing in foreign nurses, for example, that has been trotted out for over 40 years now, is contemptible.

    Are people really trying to say that in 40+ years, we couldn’t have set the stall out to make sure this sector was filled with natives? Why is it we need so many more anyway? It is largely because of the five-cities worth of people that have come! It is a self compounding problem, and we as a nation suffer from it.

  21. Yes let’s go down the route of maximum self sufficiency…. perhaps we can learn from North Korea 😉