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Reader’s comment: The Stasi next door


In response to Timothy Bradshaw: Playing the man, not the ball,

barney mcgrew wrote:

So how long were the ‘delightful’ couple next door listening in to Boris and his girlfriend, waiting for something to happen that they could use to their advantage? Are all Brexit-supporting MPs being spied upon by their neighbours? Apparently the Stasi is alive and well.

An old report from 2008. Mostly ordinary people. East German Stasi Had 189,000 Informers, Study Says.

Don Benson wrote:

Given the disastrous way that the Conservative Party, in deep shock over the referendum result, chose one of the most unsuitable people in the party to lead them, you would think they might have learnt something about the need for careful assessment of the whole of a person’s character and competence before reaching for a ‘personality’ as the answer to the mountain of problems into which they have got themselves. But apparently they still don’t fancy asking the hard questions.

Yet surely it is utterly reasonable to be concerned that a possible future prime minister is someone of stability and integrity, and also is fortunate enough to have stable and supportive people around him in his private life. If such common sense is now to be denounced as ‘Puritanism’, I’d suggest the Conservative Party has lost its last vestige of conservatism, and that common sense is now an alien concept in a party that desperately stares extinction in the face.

However, if people genuinely think Boris Johnson is their last hope for survival, they need to be aware that choosing him is to take the gamble of their lives. Politicians are renowned for not giving a straight answer to questions, but he takes it to a level that no one else could possibly do and still be taken seriously. He does it by spending the capital of the persona he has carefully managed to build up over years. I very much doubt that capital would see him through many weeks of what is going to confront our next prime minister.

Sadly, MPs have made sure that none of the more certain deliverers of a proper Brexit would be offered as an alternative to Boris. So I genuinely sympathise with the choice that party members have now been forced to make.

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