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Readers’ comments special: Two cheers for Boris


Yesterday we carried five posts on different aspects of the Conservative general election, which provoked a vast number of comments. Here are some extracts.

In response to James Delingpole: We’ve dodged the Marxist bullet, but I smell a rat

Ford Prefect wrote:

‘Don’t get me wrong. Obviously, there are upsides: no anti-Jewish pogroms; no being reduced to eating my spaniel as the economic benefits of Fully Automated Luxury Communism start to kick in; no 3am knock at the door from Ash Sarkar and Grace Blakeley in their NKVD leather coats as they drag me off for questioning in Comrade Owen Jones’s Lubyanka interrogation suite.’

This is sheer brilliance. One paragraph says what we’re all thinking about the hard left.

James Chilton wrote:

The euphoria provoked by Johnson’s victory might be a bit premature. There’s another 12 months of ‘transitioning’ before we get perhaps one foot released by the EU octopus. If a week is a long time in politics, a year is an epoch. Delingpole is right to maintain a cautious scepticism.

realarthurdent wrote:

I fear Grieve, Hammond et al have simply been replaced by a brand new wave of fifth columnists parachuted into constituencies by CCHQ over the heads of local associations.

Let’s see how well their ‘Euroscepticism’ stands up to the scrutiny of five years in Westminster.

In response to Paul T Horgan: Jezza the limpet could be with us for years,

captainslugwash wrote:

Long may Mr C hang around causing division within the Labour Party. The cherry on top will be the splitting of Momentum and ‘moderate’ Labour, and the dilution of the vote.

In response to Laura Perrins: Boris proved me wrong and I am overjoyed

John__Andrews wrote:

I think disillusion will soon set in as Boris delivers his Brexit in name only with its customs border in the Irish Sea, assuming he delivers it at all. In the months afterwards people will gradually realise we’re still paying £1bn a month to obey all the EU’s laws but we’ve given away all our voting rights.

Greyhound Q.C. wrote: Diane Abbott (of whom we saw far too little in the campaign) has spent the morning with her (odd) shoes and socks off, totting up the results. It’s looking good for Labour . . .

Mark B wrote:

When Emily Thornberry, sorry, Lady Nugee, went to the Labour Conference dressed as an EU flag, I am sure many Labour Leave voters felt sick at how Labour had morphed into something so alien. This is payback. They are now saying to the likes of her and her sneering White Van Man remarks, ‘Take us for granted at your peril’.

39 Pontiac Dream wrote:

Swinson, Grieve, Soubry, Umunna are out and that made for a lovely night.

eeore wrote:

Are people allowed to say they really rather like Boris yet?

In response to The Conservative Woman: The Conservatives must live up to their comprehensive victory, 

Trailblazer10 wrote:

Population replacement and ‘hate speech’ laws will continue to be imposed. There will be sleight of hand with a ‘points based’ immigration system to try and head off ‘populism’.

The Tories are not conservative whatever they pretend.

D. A. Christianson wrote:

My feelings from all the way over here [the US] reflect what I felt the day after we elected Trump. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. The time for words ended last night. Now it time to see what the man really intends to do.

It worked really well for us. I pray it does for you as well.

Politically__Incorrect wrote:

I read the news this morning with a genuine feeling of relief that we were not going to get a Marxist catastrophe. I do also think we should look at this soberly. Would the europhile Tories have given us the EU referendum of their own free will? There is no indication they would. Would they have ditched Theresa May if they had not haemorrhaged support to TBP? The Tory party is a bit like a mule. It can be strong and can get things done, but only when led by bit and bridle. The Brexit movement (UKIP/TBP), led by Nigel Farage, while playing no role in Parliament itself, has been the visionary force that has pulled on the Tory reins and indeed shaped British politics and history for the past few years. The Brexit issue has also forced the Remainer lobby to come out fighting and they have been deservedly battered into submission.

So, while I will be celebrating today’s victory for the Tories, I will also continue my support for the values espoused by Farage and the TBP. This includes the wholesale reform of our political system such as PR and reform of the HoL. There is still much wrong with our political system and there is no room for complacency.

SiberianRhod replied:

Agree! Nigel Farage is a true patriot! What he has achieved despite not ever having a seat in Parliament is nothing short of astonishing! This is despite him being constantly insulted and derided in the Lamestream Media!

The Tories should reach out to him and offer some thanks as without his behaviour they would not have won this election with the majority they got.

Brother Antony wrote:

It is worth bearing in mind that no British government is bound by the actions or legislation of its predecessors – including, as in this case, even itself. Thus, the Withdrawal agreement Mark II that was forced upon Boris by a corrupted parliament and Speaker is not sacrosanct. A clean, No Deal Brexit is no longer out of the question and if Johnson & Co. have the cojones for it, it is there for the taking.

In response to David Yorath: Labour’s defeat is not due to Corbyn alone. 

John Smith wrote:

It’s pleasing to see the hard left is already blaming the electorate, which shows that once again they are not going to learn. They will elect another ideological hard left leader and press repeat.

JohnB wrote:

There will be no self reflection among the metropolitan liberal luvvie set. They will assume unlimited immigration, sexualisation of children, and worshipping the NHS is what we all want really.

British Awakening wrote:

Well done Remain, very well done indeed. Three and half years of playing every dirty trick in the book to overturn the 2016 referendum puts Boris into No. 10 with a commanding majority.

Remind me now – weren’t you the ones telling Brexiteers how stupid we are?

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