YESTERDAY’s story ‘Breaking news: Boris sacks 21 MPs’ prompted many comments, though none with any sympathy for the rebels. Here is a selection of excerpts:

boomslang74 wrote:

Alternative title: ‘Breaking news: Boris sacks 21 anti-democratic, traitorous, Remainer, pretend Conservatives. True conservatives all over the UK rejoice’.

youhavenewmail wrote:

What a chasm, what a gulf of difference between 3 September 1939, when Britain declared war on Germany after their invasion of Poland, and 3 September 2019, when MPs effectively declared war on their own government and sought a surrender to the EU.

However, we can also remember the date of the ending of the Battle of Britain, 31 October 1940. Perhaps, suitably and fittingly, the Battle of Brexit could still end on 31 October . . .

Cynthia wood replied:

Agree about end of Brexit on October 31. It is Nemesis day for all and what happens, or does not happen, on that fateful day will control British politics for another decade. BJ’s total commitment to it, again at the despatch box yesterday, and now the commitment of a purged Tory party, not to mention TBP and the expectations of the growingly aroused British public all move inexorably to that date.

Granted, what happens now and in between will be most interesting.

wiggiatlarge wrote:

Judging by the smirk on Theresa May’s face during all this she would have loved to have crossed the floor of the house and joined them, after all her rhetoric was just that rhetoric, she never had any intention of leaving the EU in a meaningful way, in the real world she would have been sacked for incompetence.

B1956 wrote:

A cull of Tories, but will they be replaced by conservatives, I wonder?

Scaroth wrote:

Boris wields the butcher’s knife for a second time.

Meanwhile the Labour Party – the official Opposition – is seemingly more interested in taking No Deal off the table than taking over the government.

Really don’t want to let us have a say, do they?

My guess is this has been worked out in advance by Cummings and Boris, so as to maximise anger against the treacherous MPs who clearly now serve a foreign power. There’s a word for that.

Dacorum wrote:

As Michael Howard said on Radio 4 today, Boris had no choice but to remove the whip and expel the pro-EU rebels because if there was a General Election and he won a majority, the same rebels would oppose him and therefore threaten his majority. They therefore had to be kicked out. That is the hard political reason but I’m delighted they have been kicked out as I don’t regard those who are pro EU and wish to be governed by the EU are conservatives in any sense of the word.

Michael Howard could also have said that, if they had been allowed to stand, the public could not be certain what the Conservative Party was campaigning for in the election which would cost them the votes of countless Leavers.

Steve Sidaway 6 hours ago

Wonderful! 21 fewer Fake Tories who can either stand as Independents and be obliterated, or join the Lib-Dums – and be obliterated . . .

Poliorketes wrote:

This is excellent news. The hardline Remainers in the party played right into Johnson’s hand, and by showing when he makes a threat he follows through is no bad thing for the discipline of those remaining in the party.

I notice quite a few of the usual suspects – Djanogly, Spelman, Alan Duncan – balked. Nor were there resignations from the likes of Rudd or Morgan, so that’s their Remainer credentials blackened.

Those sacked were never going to vote for any genuine Brexit, no matter what disingenuous lies they told about how they were opposed only to no-deal. The likes of Gauke knew the crap deal accepted by May wasn’t leaving the EU, but a holding pattern to allow the UK to rejoin after 2020.

Hammond et al were outplayed, and this is only the first move of the game. They’ll find Johnson a rather different opponent to May.

John Birch wrote:

It’s odd that in parliament a majority counts as a win, but not apparently in a referendum.

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