Niall McCrae: The ‘Somewheres’ will take further revenge on the ‘Anywheres’

‘We will grind the business of government to a standstill’. This was no idle threat from the Lib Dems, who are determined to scupper the Government’s plans to enact the verdict of the EU referendum. It was uttered by Lib Dem ‘Chief Whip’ Tom Brake, who is also my MP. Embarrassed by his Brexit-voting constituency, Tom has been at the forefront of Brexit resistance, with his ‘Vote Leave Watch’ surveillance on those extremists who voted for British sovereignty. Now Tom must face his voters, who may not appreciate being cast as tub-thumping bigots.

To call an early general election was a bold move by Theresa May. We don’t praise her enough: she has worked wonders after stepping into the breach of the dramatic vote to leave the EU and David Cameron’s inglorious departure. Somehow she has bridged the chasm in Tory ranks, isolating the few outspoken Europhiles such as Anna Soubry. Instead of passively pleading for calm and compromise, Theresa has set the agenda: managing the menace of Nicola Sturgeon, and the tumult of the court judgment in favour of rich foreigners against the will of the British people. ‘Take back control’, we Leavers demanded, and in Theresa there is no doubt who is in charge.

With perfect timing, the Evening Standard letters page on the day of the announcement had another Brexit-bashing missive by our Tom. People didn’t vote to leave the single market, blah, blah…Apparently we are heading for ‘economic chaos’, despite all indicators to the contrary, while suffering from ‘diplomatic humiliation’. As urged by European leaders, the eventual Brexit terms must be presented to the people, rather than being passed by elected representatives at Westminster. Funny how that Gina Miller case for parliamentary sovereignty is no longer useful for Remoaners. These 100 words of Lib Dem obstructiveness show precisely why Theresa was right to act.

The Conservatives are expected to win a clear majority, but the Lib Dems are reviving as a political force. Their leader Tim Farron is constantly on the airwaves, often as first comment on a government policy. The EU-biased BBC sees the Lib Dems as the main opposition, and the voice of the sensible half of the country. As the general election is a direct result of Brexit controversy, it was Tom Brake who immediately followed Theresa May’s declaration on news bulletins.

The Lib Dems are excited, predicting a substantial recovery. Exasperated with Jeremy Corbyn, Labour voters are wavering. Undoubtedly some recently-won Tory seats will fall to the ‘yellow peril’, particularly in the South West. But if Farron thinks this will be a national version of the Richmond by-election, he is setting his sights too far. Unless a gaping hole is burst in the Tory ramparts, voters will opt for stability and sure purpose. Wreckers will be exposed for what they are.

More fundamentally, the election will tackle the great divide that commentators of all colours have observed in Britain. This will be a battle between David Goodhart’s ‘Anywheres’ and ‘Somewheres’. Theresa May speaks unashamedly for middle-Britain, including the much-maligned masses who read the Daily Mail, who identify as C of E, and whose patriotism guided their vote in the EU referendum. These are the ‘Somewheres’, while the cosmopolitan ‘Anywheres’ who dominate the establishment, academe and much of the media deride the backwardness of the country beyond the multicultural cities.

When Douglas Carswell won the first seat for Ukip, his constituency of Clacton was subjected to a notoriously condescending disparagement by Matthew Parris in The Times. Forget these places, Parris suggested, for they are populated by ignoramuses stuck in the past.  Such sneering contempt has been magnified in the EU fallout, and the nadir was a recent front-page of the New European, now edited by arch-Remainer Alastair Campbell, which presented Skegness as a parody of Brexit xenophobia. All this hate crime we hear of, while unbridled snobbery and inverse racism are given free rein.

Let the people of these towns, long neglected by the liberal establishment, have their final say on the likes of Campbell, Blair and Clegg. Let the Lib Dems argue EU good, UK bad. And let Tom Brake insult his own constituents. This election will expose them as anti-patriotic reactionaries who do not want a good deal for Britain. For the good of the country Brexit must really mean Brexit, and in Theresa we trust.

(Image: Lib Dems)

Niall McCrae

  • choccycobnobs

    Given that May has to combat a united opposition to Brexit (Soros funded Miller and their influence in the HoL; Labour and we are all racists; SNP and their 57 varities of grievance; Sinn Fein, least said the better; the Liberals and how we are all fascists that need re-educating; the Beeboids and the evils of Tory Britain; academia and their love affair with the EU; Our joke of a Supreme Court with their dyed in the wool EU beliefs; our teddy throwing Civil Servants) it really is remarkable that she has managed to get anywhere near somewhere.

    • Groan

      And she’ll need all the help she can get. This isn’t a referendum but plays under the old rules that has ignored the somewheres for at least a decade. The Conservatives and conservatives need to mobilise to ensure the somewheres know who is listening and where to put their vote. Labour will not collapse in its safest seats and Tim’s brigade are the darlings of the MSM. Every vote, as usual, will not count. The name of the game is getting MPs. Expecting it to drop in your laps won’t do it. Remember Kinnock’s victory rally……..

      • choccycobnobs

        Yes, I remember Kinnock’s victory rally. A postal vote ‘franchise’ might have actually ensured him of victory.

      • Bik Byro

        Yes, one of the biggest obstacles to Theresa May getting a sweeping victory is the people who sit at home thinking “She’ll do OK without me, I don’t need to go out and vote”

        • Guy Family

          I agree, to some degree, but I think that most stay-at-home voters this time around will be former Labour voters who can’t stand Corbyn or his policies.

          I see that Jimmy Krankie is threatening a Lab/SNP coalition (lol). If that doesn’t motivate people to get out and vote Conservative, nothing will.

          • Bik Byro

            Well, it was going okay(ish) for Ed Millipeed until that idea was floated and then it all became unglued. Couldn’t agree with you more.

          • choccycobnobs

            Credit to the poster in a Scottish newspaper: “Purge the Sturge”. A very good call.

    • Harley Quin

      Judges are selected according to their politically correct credentials and have them reinforced at ‘diversity’ training courses.

      So the judgements they hand down should surprise no one.

  • Bik Byro

    Pardon me starting with a crude analogy – a letter in that magnificently intellectual magazine “the Viz” once asked : “What is the point of soft porn? People who *hate* porn don’t go in for it and people who *love* porn don’t go for it”

    Theresa May, by rights, should be the political equivalent of soft porn. The left should dislike her (true), and the right should dislike her (partly true, I’ve read some of the comments on the Conservative Woman) – and yet .. and yet! … she is 21 points ahead in the opinion polls.

    Niall is right – we don’t praise her enough. It’s always easy to criticise what you believe is missing rather than be grateful for the stuff that is already there and taken for granted.

    • Less cruder than what James Delingpole’s called “The Dog S**t Yogurt Fallacy”.

      • Bik Byro

        Special uptick for introducing me to the concept of the The Dog S**t Yogurt Fallacy, I can envisage using that quite a bit in the future in my work.

  • Jolly Radical

    Hmm. It’s dangerous to assume that this will be a genuinely free and fair election. The globalists have learned from 2016, and the full Marxist cookbook of electoral fraud will be dusted down.

  • Guy Family

    Lets not forget Scotland and the SNP. At he last GE, the SNP reached a high water mark taking 56 of the available 59 seats (Labour lost 40 of those). The SNP will need to work hard to keep those seats and, perhaps, to push on to take the remaining three. But what if they fail in either of these respects? What if the SNP loses even a small number of those seats and what impact will that have on calls for another Scotish independance referendum? The SNP has just as much to lose at the next GE. Maybe Mrs May is more shrewd than we seem to think.

    • Trouble is I see little reason at this time why the SNP would lose any votes or seats. Therefore I think their share will remain about the same.

      • Guy Family

        Unfortunately, I think you are right. Still, on the plus side, it makes it much harder for Labour to win a general election outright.

    • franknowzad

      Will the Snazi MPs charged with crimes such as fraud be allowed to run? Quite a few seats gone there…

  • franknowzad

    I was at Newcastle Uni when Little Timmy FARRON was there, I never saw the little fart. Even at naked Mens Bar and Ku Klux Klan fancy dress nights…
    Unlike Little Timmy I left to join the big grown up world of work.

    • Niall McCrae

      I’m no fan of Farron’s obviously, but the media storm about his reticence on his Christian faith and how this might influence his attitudes to homosexuality seems excessive. And hypocritical – a Christian politician should learn to ask the interviewer ‘would you ask the same of a Muslim MP?’

  • Colkitto03

    In 1999 the BBC gave massive unwarranted coverage to the Pro-European Conservative Party standing in the Euro Elections. They got 1.4% of the vote and no seats.
    The BBC did actually make an apology over its coverage. It simply could not defend how starry eyed it had reported this party. Also it actually, clearly broke it own rules.

    Look for of the same this time with the Lib Dems. The BBC wont be able to help themselves.

    • Guy Family

      The Greens too. Considering they have only one MP and attract a tiny proportion of the vote nationwide, the Greens get far too much coverage.

      I’m not sure which party has the worst policies, Lib Dems or Greens. No, wait, both are equally as mental.

      • Colkitto03

        Yes, they are like a couple of dotty aunts. Sort feel sorry for them.

        • Guy Family

          Have you ever seen Tim Farron and Caroline Lucas in the same room at the same time? Just sayin’.

          • Colkitto03

            Defo, same barber at work there. Mind you, have you ever seen Angela Eagle and Eddie Izzard in the same room?

          • Guy Family

            Not sure that I would want to see Angela Eagle and Eddie Izzard in the same room. It’s a shame, Eddie Izzard used to be funny, many years ago, until he came out of the closet and declared himself to be a Labour supporter.

  • Benthos

    I do hope you are right Niall.