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The Conservatives must live up to their comprehensive victory


CONGRATULATIONS must go to the Conservatives and to Boris Johnson on this historic win.

They have seen off Corbyn and McDonnell, Swinson has been booted out, and the smile wiped off the Greens’ faces. So much for climate change being at the top of the voters’ agenda, Boris please note. What a massive relief and what a victory for common sense and decency.

Whether or not this has finally dispatched Labour’s militant Marxist wing, never mind just for the moment, for there are no words to express the relief that the Corbyn catastrophe that appeared to be around the corner has been averted. To suggest that Labour’s disaster is entirely down to Brexit is to be delusional. Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership along with his Marxism and anti-Semitic party went down like a lead balloon on the doorstep. Thank God.

What a massive relief that the Brits showed themselves, once again, to be the decent people they are by voting down what would have been an anti-Semitic regime with totalitarian leanings. Whether as a majority government or a coalition regime, it would have been disastrous.

Those affluent middle classes, represented by Michael Heseltine and Peter Oborne, who were prepared to compromise on that and risk Corbyn in order to defy the country’s democratic will to leave the EU should hang their heads in shame.

Which brings us to the next celebration – that the old Remoaners no longer hold sway in Parliament or in the country. The Telegraph’s Janet Daley burst into tears on hearing the exit poll news. I don’t wonder. As the result of the exit poll came through at 10pm, John Bercow was seen on Sky, looking utterly nauseous as if judgement had been visited on him.

The decent people of Britain have come through again despite the vilification and contempt visited on them by Gina Miller and her contemptuous cosmopolitan elite cohort. Ordinary people, especially those without university degrees, have been vindicated. Democracy has been vindicated, a second undeniable people’s vote has happened – here was Mr Bercow’s confirmatory referendum that the ghastly Grieves and Soubrys kept shrieking for. It was clearly a vote against the metropolitan, cosmopolitan, arrogant, entitled Left Liberal elite, several of whom cast themselves as One Nation Tories.  Another note for Boris.

What a relief, too, that the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky News, all now transparently diminished by their institutional anti-Brexit bias, have received their comeuppance. There was none of the excitement evident in their faces that was so visible at Tony Blair’s victory in 1997. How they will manage to carry on casting the centre Left Conservatives as Right-wing extremists, without also casting the majority of the population in that mould, will be interesting to watch.

The BBC does not deserve to keep the licence fee. We hope Boris will hold good to that threat.

But in all the post-victory relief, it is easy to forget that the morning after the night before will come. And that this was the ultimate smoke and mirrors election. Why did the people vote as they did? What did they think they were voting for? Most importantly what does the party they voted in actually stand for? Is it the new Brexit Party of the Right, or the so called One Nation Tory Party of the Left? Is it still dominated by a metropolitan liberal (remainer) elite, for all their outward show of loyalty to Brexit?  

What is for sure is that the result is a vindication of Dominic Cummings’s strategy and systems thinking – and yes, vindication of his refusal to do a pact with the Brexit Party, undeniably the outright losers in this election. The Conservatives were brutal and it paid off. In the short term, anyway.

However Andrew Neil casts it, the result also represents the massive and leftwards shift for the Conservative Party that Cummings strategised, laying claim to the public sector territory once owned by Labour. This is less a ‘One Nation’ Tory Party than a New Red Tory Party.

What the victory means for Brexit remains the big unknown. With such a big majority it is now Boris’s Brexit – whatever that turns out to be. The Leftist pundits, not least the BBC’s Katya Adler, are salivating at the prospect of longer drawn out negotiations for that all-important (to them) EU trade deal, resulting in a softer Brexit. How soft will Boris go? Or could he use his win to toughen the UK’s stance, as Kate Hoey hopes?

The only certainty is that it will be of his choosing. He can use his majority to take a hard line or a soft line. The jury is out. Our message to him, however, is loud and clear: you cannot possibly betray all those Labour Leave voters who have trusted you deliver Brexit, not BRINO. If they find that getting out of the EU means remaining under it, with no say, there will be no forgiveness in the ballot box.

The Conservative Woman will be holding Johnson’s feet to the fire from day one and by the day on this, for to be sure his Whitehall minders will also, from day one, be pressing to default back to Remainer-lite goo.

We will also be watching his so far reform-free, cash-expensive economic, crazy climate and social and public policy agendas like the hawks we are.

While the election result is a great triumph for the new Conservative Party and a great disaster for old Labour, I recall Kipling’s wise words about triumph and disaster. Celebrate whilst we may. 

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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