SHERELLE Jacobs is a shining star in the journalistic firmament. She sees the truth and tells it, however painful. She thinks that Boris is beaten, snookered by Bercow’s guerrilla political campaign to usurp the executive by breaking the historic law of Parliament as found in Erskine May. Bercow is now ruler of Parliament and of the PM, of the country in fact. Legislator and executor of all he surveys, and getting close to using the judiciary to do his will and police the elected government into obeying it.
Johnson and Cummings, as Jacobs says, have been shocked at Bercow’s trickery and preparedness to morph from being a strictly neutral umpire into that of a insurgent rebel commander overturning an elected government and stopping an election happening that would allow the people to decide if they approve Bercow’s dictatorship by Parliament or the Johnson government. As we know, the guerrilla Tories have aided an organised paralysis of the PM into a zombie figure, and humiliatingly told him to beg the EU to grant an extension and stop Brexit happening.
They appear to have succeeded and Johnson, as Jacobs says, now looks like a blustering and dithering reprise of Theresa May, desperate for ‘a deal’ and with absolutely no cards to play against the EU, since Bercow, Grieve and Letwin have taken them all. Is John Major supporting Johnson with ‘don’t bind my hands’? Er, no.
Much evidence now points to PM Johnson aiming to ‘leave’ on October 31 using the May Brino, her WA/PD, the treaty that makes the UK a trade colony in the grip of the EU for as long as that coercive body wishes. The public now knows how bad May’s treaty is: Parliament rejected it three times. Johnson railed against it as vassalage, as it is.
What is the evidence that this channeller of Churchill is about to morph into Neville Chamberlain? Quite a bit, I’m afraid to say. He has stressed the Irish backstop as the great problem with EU demands, and that alone. As time has gone on it has been apparent that he has been ignoring the other many catastrophic terms imposed on the UK by the WA/PD. Defence is a particular worry: as Foreign Secretary and now as PM he appears to approve May’s handing over of our security, our military command and control and intelligence networks to the EU, as the TCW has exposed in several recent posts, most recently by Patrick Benham-Crosswell.
The fisheries likewise seem to be lined up as another give-away. Steve Barclay told the Commons Brexit Committee that it could easily be used as a bargaining chip to appease the French – Boris has gone along with with that, or at least we have heard nothing to the contrary. I take this another marker of an approaching cave-in to vassalage.
He has also stopped talking up no deal, or rather a WTO future, as if that is now indeed off the table. As Will Jones explained to TCW readers, there is a get-out to Grieve’s horror show Withdrawal Act taking control of the PM’s political freedom and integrity. It is that the UK as a member state of the European Council, due to meet on October 17, can veto the idea of offering an extension to the UK, a veto that therefore would not break the terms of the Act since it would occur before any offer was made to the UK. That is a legal action: we still have to hope that he simply does not want to draw attention to this possible card up his sleeve.
Equally, though, Boris could be building up an excuse bank so he can say on October 31 when he places us into the vassalage of the WA/PD minus an Irish bit, ‘my hands were tied’, ‘I have no option but to leave by way of making the UK a trade colony with no say in its trade policy’, etc.
That will mean no big US trade deal at all under the WA/PD as President Trump correctly said, contradicting then PM Theresa May who seemed naively unaware of the very negative provisions of the treaty.
Worringly, Boris has said that the 30 Conservative MPs who alone prevented the passage of the WA/PD at May’s third attempt, ‘the Spartans’, will be the ones to fire spears at his back for a deal he might strike with the EU. These are the MPs who alone prevented vassalage which Boris and Rees-Mogg voted for. Yet when it comes to the seditious 21 usurper Tory MPs – who shoved out their own government for days so as to act with a Marxist leader of the Labour Party, not just hold opinions against, their own government’s negotiating advantage and strategy, to act for a foreign power and against an elected government whose manifesto they accepted – there are hints they might be allowed back in. How very un-Churchillian, Boris.
Meanwhile Farage’s offer of a pact has been rudely rebuffed, and it has been said that ‘the Spartans’ are about to be ‘screwed’. The FT on Saturday says that Eurosceptics will be warned against resisting a Boris ‘deal’ soon.
Pundits such as Janet Daley, with links to the Tories, say a deal is coming because the EU is suddenly waking up to the fact of the massive damage no-deal will do to their states. She interprets the DUP as making concessions.
So is Boris about to sell out and accept the framework of the WA/PD and a future of ‘vassalage’, to use his analysis so often condemned as appalling? Is he just a cardboard Churchill, the choker and bottler his critics always said he was, not a born-again man of principle and upholder of British freedom?
Let us remind Boris of the meaning of the term ‘leave’ in his slogan ‘leave the EU by October 31’.
Leave the EU does not mean ‘bind the nation to a Treaty, the WA/PD shorn of Irish bits, which puts the UK under the EU regulators, with no say at all. That is not ‘leaving’, Boris, it is remaining on very bad terms, indeed seditious terms. Cummings’s ‘take back control’ would be inverted by any such ‘deal’ – which is not a deal at all, but a deep freeze few years under EU predatory rule, with no guarantee of a fair deal. When Janet Daley speaks of a deal, the WA/PD is not that at all, as we all now know.
Leave does not mean becoming what Verhofstadt’s aides on the BBC documentary called becoming a trade colony, Boris old boy. The punditry seems to imagine that such a Brino sell out would be resentfully accepted by Brexit voters, that the Conservative Party will snuggle back together in business as usual, unprincipled wheeler-dealers with cut-glass accents and jobs for life. The MSM has never taken up the WA/PD issue defence and security being given away, as if the public won’t notice.
They may think Farage will be neutered if ‘WA/PD non deal’ is passed with Labour votes, with those apparently few Tory MPs of integrity and honesty being coerced by Boris and Cummings to sell out and give away UK control over its national affairs, but it betrays an under-appreciation of conviction and patriotism not dissimilar to David Cameron’s.
He should be warned. Brexit voters will not reward a new Neville Chamberlain. They are more likely to pour their votes into the Brexit Party as the only way of supporting what is right and democratic, the referendum result.