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Nil desperandum – a letter to Boris


DEAR Prime Minister, Just a short missive from a Leave voter dwelling in the backwoods unknown to inhabitants of the metropolitan land of skinny cappuccinos, high speed broadband and Remainer smugness.

You will be familiar with the old British Army expression ‘Steady the Buffs’. Attributed, it is believed, to the illustrious history of the 3rd Regiment of Foot, The East Kents, known as the ‘Buffs’. Some say that when set against an implacable foe, the commander would encourage his men with the phrase; or perhaps it was coined on the parade ground or popularised by Rudyard Kipling in his 1888 novel Soldiers Three. Whatever its origin, now that the Supreme Court has ruled against you on the prorogation of Parliament, and with the forces of the Establishment, including the BBC, snapping at your ankles, not forgetting those parliamentary ‘titans’ Corbyn, Blackford, Swinson, Lucas, Soubry and Speaker Bercow with his platoon of fanatical Remainers gathering at the guillotine like so many Madame Defarges waiting for your head to drop into the basket – stand firm. They can carry on knitting into the sunset because their victory will be pyrrhic. For it has been predicted that despite all your present travails, you will win the forthcoming General Election.

During the campaign, everybody knows that dear old Comrade Corbyn will be bunged off to his allotment and mugs of Hibiscus Refresher by the public-school Trots behind him. You will no doubt have to face a new leader of the Labour Party at the dispatch box. The money’s on Emily Thornberry, your old adversary as Shadow Foreign Secretary, who has pirouetted on the pin of political piety in her rush to show ‘leadership’, from standing on a manifesto pledge in 2017 to implement the referendum result to promising to campaign for Remain in the forthcoming election.

Or perhaps it will be that dry old stick Sir Keir Starmer, whose position on Brexit was as clear as mud, telling anybody who would listen that he had ‘profound respect’ for those who voted Leave, but would ignore them anyway, instead legislating for another ‘neverendum’ if Labour won the election as his party were ‘internationalists’ – but only to our EU friends and partners, apparently.

It’s truly comical that the Remain zealots who have spent the last three and a half years cooking up various wheezes to frustrate the Referendum result are now proclaiming their sudden interest in democracy regarding the Supreme Court judgment. Still, as you say, you have the highest respect for the judiciary, and you will not be ‘deterred from delivering on the will of the British people to leave the EU’.

So good luck, Prime Minister, and to quote your hero Sir Winston Churchill, ‘the price of freedom is eternal vigilance’.

Yours sincerely

A Leave Voter

PS. May I suggest you get in touch with Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party, as together you can slay the Remain dragon once and for all.


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Victoria Baillon
Victoria Baillon
Artist, smallholder and part of the forgotten middle!

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