ARE there two Boris Johnsons in Downing Road?
I solely ask due to the startling distinction in his dealing with of the 2 largest problems with the day.
As a recovering Covid sufferer, the PM is probably understandably all at sea over a nasty bug which is killing the UK financial system stone-dead whereas leaving 67million human beings virtually fully intact.
Official confusion, chaos and incompetence have turned us right into a pathetic nation of neurotic hypochondriacs dwelling in subdued panic a few second wave.
Whereas we shrink into our shells and desert the town streets, tinpot city halls are forming posses of Covid Marshals to maintain us underneath home arrest with no parole in sight.
It’s stunning to grasp life might by no means return to what we considered regular simply six months in the past. Hideous masks will uglify us endlessly, like face furnishings.
But whereas we marvel what color the skies have to be in Matt Hancock and Chris Whitty’s great world, there’s a sense of readability and smack of agency authorities over Brexit.
Guided by UK negotiator David Frost, we’re leaving the European Union on December 31 to develop into an impartial buying and selling nation, come what might.
This implies severing the final tentacles of management from Brussels, together with the “Northern Eire Protocol” which saps our means to behave as a totally sovereign state.
Britain will tear up the clause which places GB exports to Northern Eire vulnerable to taxes imposed by a overseas regime — specifically the European Union.
The notion of Britain revising a treaty signed a yr in the past by this Prime Minister has introduced Remainers out in hives.
“The tip of civilisation as we all know it,” they blare. “Our worldwide honour is besmirched.”
Critics are entitled to their opinion, though many argue the EU — a serial treaty-breaker — has already breached its facet of the Brexit cut price.
The Northern Eire Protocol was agreed in trade for the agency promise of a UK-EU commerce deal.
That promise has not been delivered. The provide of a Canada-style deal was snatched away the second we accepted.
A pretend furore over authorized niceties is additional proof that Brussels will do all in its energy to shaft Britain for daring to depart its deadly embrace.
It can’t enable us to “prosper mightily”, as Boris predicts, whereas stressed member states look on with envy.
As this prospect looms into sharp focus, Brussels has gone bonkers, even threatening to chop off our meals provides.
But it surely’s when bitter EU fanatics John Main and Tony Blair climb aboard their excessive horses that you simply actually realize it’s time to deliver out the flapping white coats.
“This fashion of negotiating — with motive forged apart in pursuit of ideology and cavalier bombast, posing as severe diplomacy — is irresponsible, fallacious in precept and harmful in observe,” the ex-PMs explode.
Leaving apart Blair’s Iraq Battle document and the sovereignty the 2 ex-PMs surrendered in treaties with the Brussels machine, we’ve to recollect the place their loyalty lies.
IN A CORNER
Each had been dedicated to the EU’s relentless drive to ever-closer political union — towards the desires, at any time when consulted, of its 500million folks.
Blair really noticed himself driving the imperial bulldozer as grandiose however unelected President of Europe.
As an alternative, in a grotesque act of self-harm, the EU has now pushed Boris right into a harmful nook.
With Covid in chaos, the PM wants a victory. A clear Brexit is important.
We have to be prepared to depart the EU on Australia-style phrases, as a free dealer. He can’t afford to again down.
There could also be some turbulence however final week’s commerce take care of Japan proved we actually can “prosper mightily”. There will probably be many extra like that.
The PM won’t abandon these ex-Labour voters who climbed the Purple Wall for him final December.
The BBC is on a hook
TALKING about Covid, how lengthy will the BBC preserve reciting the every day dying toll?
It would resolve to mix the dismal mortality rely with unemployment figures as they begin to rise.
ITN used this stunt within the 1980s to embarrass the Thatcher authorities.
They stopped when figures went into reverse and jobless queues began shrinking to the bottom in Europe.
However the BBC is on a hook. The numbers have already shrunk as soon as to near-zero, although they’re ticking up once more properly now.
Are they getting ready their shroud for a second wave?
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He will deliver his promise, as urged by Labour Remainer Keir Starmer, to “get Brexit done”.
It is now EU negotiator Michel Barnier who is in a corner, along with Germany’s Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. A deal is there to be agreed.
For them, the clock really is ticking.
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