The British Election

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Hey, don't get me wrong. The Tories won. I still won't believe Brexit until I see it with already one lie under BoJo's belt about it, but do agree that it's more than likely now finally.

And I'm glad they had the vote; now they can say for sure that BoJo has the mandate.

This is a great summation of things though, IMO. "What did they expect?"

Jonathan Pie:

"When will you learn that reading The Guardian doesn't win you an election?"

"The real world is not on your Facebook feed!"

I like this YouTube comment:


2 hours ago

Johnathon pie hates Tories. He doesn’t hate Tory voters. That’s the difference between him and people like Owen “I’m offended” Jones.
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Surprise, surprise! The Left are showing once again that they hate democracy when it doesn't go their way. As Antifa take part in anti-Boris protests, smug Guyanan bitch Gina Miller still wants to overturn Brexit, despite the people voting for it yet again. What has Miller got to hide?

Not a chance in hell of Brexit being overturned now, Blackie especially with the HUGE majority won by the Conservatives. Antifa dolts like this one are a pox on society.
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Not a chance in hell of Brexit being overturned now, Blackie especially with the HUGE majority won by the Conservatives. Antifa dolts like this one are a pox on society.

No, that's it. Done. If Miller thinks she can overturn democracy using a court or some other means, she can think again.
By the way, the magic number to get a majority in the 650-seat House of Commons is 326 - half of 650 plus 1. Get 326 or more, and you get a majority.

So you would think that with the Tories having won 365 seats, their majority is 39. But it isn't. It's 80: because there are 365 Tory MPs there are 285 MPs from all the rest of the parties. 365-285=80.

Effectively, though, the Tories have a majority of 87. That's because Sinn Fein MPs never take their seats. Seven Sinn Fein MPs were elected in this election, so the Tory majority is effectively 87.
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Boris Johnson plans radical overhaul of the Civil Service to guarantee ‘people’s Brexit’…

Boris Johnson is plotting a dramatic overhaul of Whitehall after his landslide election victory, in a drive to demonstrate that the Government “works for the people”. Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s chief aide, is to spearhead plans for radical reforms to the civil service, including a review of the processes for hiring and firing officials, to ensure Whitehall delivers the Prime Minister’s agenda. He has previously complained that “almost no one is ever fired” in Whitehall, during a lecture in which he set out a “to-do list” he had maintained in case “I ever manage to get control of No 10.” It suggests Mr Johnson’s programme for the next five years is likely to be much more radical than the agenda he set out after taking over from Theresa May in July. Plans discussed by Mr Johnson and Mr Cummings for reform of Whitehall will also form a major part of the Prime Minister’s vision. Sources said Mr Johnson and Mr Cummings were planning to review human resources structures within the service, including the recruitment, training and dismissing of officials. – Sunday Telegraph (£)
…as it is confirmed the EU Withdrawal Bill will be back before Christmas
In his triumphant Sedgefield speech, Mr Johnson expressed his glee at the prospect of having a Commons majority at the Tory party’s disposal for the first time in more than two years. The Queen’s Speech on Thursday, setting out the Government’s agenda for the new Parliament, will give legislative force to the policy priorities which secured Mr Johnson’s landslide win – delivering Brexit and pumping billions of extra pounds into the NHS. The new MPs will be sworn in on Tuesday, followed by the State Opening of Parliament on Thursday and then the introduction of the Withdrawal Bill on Friday in what Mr Johnson has described as ‘an early Christmas present’ for voters. The Bill has to be passed by January 29 in order for it to be ratified by the European Parliament in time for Britain to leave the EU by the deadline of 11pm on January 31. The legislation was blocked by MPs in October, but is certain to pass now that Mr Johnson has won his 80-seat majority. Cross-party talks to agree ‘an enduring solution to the challenge of social care’ will also start within Mr Johnson’s first 100 days. A No 10 source said: ‘This Election was as much about delivering on the people’s priorities as it was about getting Brexit done – and the Prime Minister understands that. – Mail on Sunday
Britain is on collision course with the EU over trade rules in Brexit talks…
Boris Johnson is on a collision course with Brussels when the second phase of Brexit negotiations open — as a former Downing Street aide warned that Whitehall is not “match fit” for the talks. The prime minister will reject calls from EU leaders for Britain to accept a “level playing field” on regulations, which would mean the UK adopting many of the same rules as the rest of the bloc even after Brexit. EU leaders agreed a joint negotiating position last week in which they want Britain to agree to regulatory alignment in exchange for a tariff-free, quota-free trade deal. However, Johnson’s team make clear that when they outline their demands in February Britain will seek to maintain the ability to set its own rules in key areas, even if that means some tariffs are imposed. “We don’t want to be in alignment,” the source said. “We want a free-trade deal with as close to zero tariffs as they are happy to do. But if they think we are going to be signing up to stick to their data laws and their procurement rules, that’s not going to happen.” – Sunday Times (£)
…but Johnson is warned by Brexiteers not to back down on Brexit deadlines
Boris Johnson is under pressure from his Conservative colleagues not to use his “stonking” majority to sideline Brexiteers in his approach to negotiating a free trade deal with the European Union. It comes as Nigel Farage admitted that the Brexit Party has “disappeared” as a threat to the Tories, with its MEPs waiting to lose their jobs in the coming weeks once Brexit happens, but he warned in The Daily Telegraph that “pressure will have to be reapplied” if the Prime Minister fails to take the country out of the EU. Mr Johnson returned to office with a majority of 80, which MPs said should enable him to be flexible in trade talks with Brussels after passing his withdrawal deal into law by extending the transition period that follows in order to finalise the best deal. “With a majority this size, Boris can revert to the centre ground,” a minister told this newspaper, arguing that the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory Brexiteer backbenchers “won’t have the same power”. But another warned that it would be “electorally disastrous” if Mr Johnson decided next summer to extend the transition period beyond December 2020. “He already has a problem with credibility, so going back on this would be catastrophic,” he added. – Sunday Telegraph (£)
Lord Heseltine concedes the battle for Britain to remain in the EU has been lost…
Michael Heseltine, the europhile former deputy prime minister, has admitted that the battle for Britain to remain in the European Union has been lost. The 86-year-old – who lost the Tory whip after urging people to vote against his party to stop Brexit – fears it will be 20 years before the issue of rejoining the EU is raised again. Lord Heseltine endorsed the Liberal Democrats during the election campaign and said their candidates represented “the best chance I can see for stopping the enormous self-harm of Brexit”. Following the Conservatives’ sweeping gains in England and Wales in the election, he conceded that “Brexit is going to happen” in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Asked whether the Remain fight is over, Lord Heseltine said: “Well we’ve lost, let’s not muck about with the language. We’ve lost, Brexit is going to happen and we have to live with it. I’ve made my views pretty clear and there will now be a long period of uncertainty, but we can’t escape from that, so we must do the best we can.” – Telegraph (£)
Downing Street boycotts Radio 4’s Today over election bias as Number 10 slams the BBC for ‘speaking to pro-Remain Islington, not the real world of Wakefield and Workington’

Downing Street has boycotted the BBC’s flagship news programme amid ongoing rows over the Corporation’s Election coverage and questions over the future of the licence fee. No 10 pulled Ministers from yesterday’s Radio 4 Today programme and intends to ‘withdraw engagement’ from future broadcasts of the show. The bitter stand-off comes as the BBC is facing intense criticism over alleged bias in its Election coverage, which included presenter Andrew Neil delivering an on-air monologue criticising Boris Johnson for failing to agree to be interviewed by him. Tory strategists were also infuriated by the lead item on Monday’s BBC News At Ten, which gave extensive coverage to the row over a four-year-old boy with suspected pneumonia forced to sleep on a hospital floor. They say the Corporation failed to properly report the swing in support from Labour to the Tories along the ‘Red Wall’ in the Midlands and the North which swept Mr Johnson to victory on a tide of support for Brexit. Last night, a No 10 source called on the BBC to mount an internal investigation into its performance during the campaign, saying: ‘The BBC speaks to a pro-Remain metropolitan bubble in Islington, not the real world represented by Wakefield and Workington. There has been a failure by senior management at the BBC, and we expect them to launch an internal review of their performance.’ The BBC angrily denies the allegations of bias. – Mail on Sunday
Janet Daley: The people have got their revenge against the hateful Remainer diehards

It wasn’t just about Brexit. At least, not just about the actual, concrete reality of leaving the European Union. That may have been the initial spark but had that whole national argument been handled differently – had the concerns and resentments of real people not been treated with open contempt by this country’s governing class and by EU officialdom – it might not have grown into a conflagration that has ripped apart the old political settlement and enveloped the public discourse in a miasma of vitriol and hatred. I have written many times, in what must by now seem a tiresome refrain, about my shock and disgust at the shameless loathing which has been poured over the ordinary people of this country by those whose privileged existence leaves them utterly ignorant (one of their own favourite epithets, as it happens) of what life is like for those without their advantages. First they tried instilling fear and when the great mass of Leave voters did not flinch, they insulted and bullied them, and brazenly wished them dead. As snobbery mutated into what sounded like eugenics, something snapped in the electorate’s consciousness. Well, the people have got their revenge. They have humiliated their tormentors and, as many times before in their history, refused to buckle. – Janet Daley for the Sunday Telegraph (£)


Drain the swamp, Boris.

Labour's Communists Double Down!

The problem, comrades, is not with we socialists, but with the electorate itself!
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Labour's Communists Double Down!
The problem, comrades, is not with we socialists, but with the electorate itself!

Prog mantra:One man, one vote, one time.

Team Great Britain!

Ukip's Sargon of Akkad thinks he knows why Labour and the Lib Dems lost so badly - they joined Team Europe!

Isn't freedom wonderful?
Free Thinker
OK so you have confirmed that you have ordered a pizza, let's see what you get in the delivery box.
Boris Johnson vows to rule out any Brexit delays by LAW as he tells his army of new MPs they have just 18 months to show first-time Tory voters that 'we WILL repay their trust'

The 109 new Tory MPs with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Numbered from 1-11 are Sara Britcliffe, Jonathan Gullis, Chris Loder, Imran Ahmad Khan, Aaron Bell, Mark Fletcher, Elliot Colburn, Lee Anderson, Antony Higginbotham, Dehenna Davison and Virginia Crosbie

Boris Johnson sent an emphatic signal to Brussels last night that he will not countenance any further delays to Brexit.

Downing Street said the withdrawal legislation is being amended to rule out any extension of the transition period beyond December 2020.

Officials also moved to scotch speculation that Mr Johnson could embrace a softer Brexit in the wake of his election landslide.

His official spokesman said he would insist on a 'Canada-style free trade agreement with no political alignment' – abandoning the closer ties planned by Theresa May.

And parliament will lose its veto over the negotiating mandate Mr Johnson will take into next year's trade talks.

It comes after the Prime Minister posed with 109 newly-elected Conservative MPs in Parliament as the surging Tories flexed their muscles and the Prime Minister started to shape his new administration.

Downing Street source said the Withdrawal Agreement Bill would 'legally prohibit the Government from agreeing any extension' to the transition, which takes effect once the exit legislation is passed.

It means that the transition period – during which free movement and EU laws continue to operate – will definitely end in December 2020.

The move is designed to show Brussels that the PM will not soften his stance when trade talks begin next year.

Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, has warned that securing a complete deal by next December is unrealistic. EU sources yesterday said only a 'bare bones' agreement could be nailed down by then – leaving some sectors facing 'partial No Deal' terms.

As Mr Johnson told Conservative MPs: 'Let the healing fountain of Brexit juices start – let people come together':

Government sources confirmed the Commons will be asked to vote through the first stage of the Brexit legislation on Friday;

Nicky Morgan agreed to take a peerage to stay on in Cabinet as Culture Secretary weeks after announcing she was quitting parliament;

Mr Johnson welcomed 109 new Tory MPs to the Commons;

Shares on the FTSE 100 index surged by more than 2 per cent as markets welcomed the stability brought by the new Government;

Tory sources said Thursday's Queen's Speech will 'protect and enhance' employment rights after Britain leaves the EU;

Labour infighting intensified with Emily Thornberry announcing she was suing former minister Caroline Flint over claims she called Leave supporters 'stupid';

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the chances of No Deal had fallen.

The latest moves are designed to end speculation in Brussels that, cushioned by his 80-seat majority, Mr Johnson will now turn his back on Eurosceptic MPs and adopt a softer approach to Brexit.

Labour MPs Turn On Each Other After Election Defeat.

The last few days have seen Labour members not accepting the general election result, and now funding others to blame for Corbyn’s defeat. Boris Johnson and the Conservative government are preparing for the new parliament to get Brexit done. Meanwhile, Labour are too busy targeting the BBC, Laura Kuenssberg, and now this YouTube channel for apparently influencing the public. Now, we have to prepare for the upcoming labour leadership election, with Remainer side and the Cornynista side warming up to back candidates such as Rebecca Long-Bailey, Angela Rayner and Lisa Nandy.

Lying Remainer shitweasel is destroyed by the BBC's Andrew Neil after claiming that Boris does not have a mandate for Brexit:
Labour MPs attack Corbyn as the new Parliament meets for the first time...

'The problem was you': Furious Labour MPs tear into Jeremy Corbyn over the party's election humiliation as he tries to blame Brexit and the media for catastrophic loss to Boris Johnson's Tories

Labour MPs vented their election humiliation fury on lame duck leader Jeremy Corbyn tonight as he faced them for the first time since their crushing defeat by Boris Johnson's Tories.

All 202 of its remaining MPs confronted the outgoing opposition leader as he addressed them in Parliament tonight as it returned for the first time since their harrowing Thursday night loss.

Rebellious MPs dismissed his claims that the defeat - the party's worst since 1935 - was down to Brexit and media hostility.

Only a handful of ultra loyalists attempted to defend the party leader, who has already announced he will quit in the new year.

Mr Corbyn apologised to the fractious meeting, which was attended by several potential successors and many vocal critics.

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves tore into him at the meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) saying the problem 'was you' and the 'economically illiterate' manifesto.

Speaking to reporters later outside she added: 'I said to Jeremy you can make all the excuses in the world... but the big drag on support in the election was him and his leadership.'

It came after Jeremy Corbyn was cornered by one of his former MPs today who tore into him after seeing him casually posing for selfies in Parliament despite overseeing Labour's catastrophic election humiliation.

Ex-Wakefield MP Mary Creagh said she confronted the outgoing Labour leader and told to 'apologise for what he'd done', after spotting him in parliament while in the building to clear out her office.

She described giving him the 'hairdryer' after spotting him in Portcullis House posing for selfies with young people, she told the Times, telling him 'he shouldn't be having his photo taken with young people because he had betrayed their future'.

Speaking to Channel 4, she added: 'We have in Jeremy a man without honour and without shame - and a type of preening narcissism that means he thinks he's still got something left to offer the Labour movement.'
Boris Johnson is cheered into Commons chamber - next to a grim-faced Corbyn: Jubilant PM welcomes his 'Blue Army' of MPs and taunts Labour by leading a pantomime-style chorus of 'let's get Brexit done!'

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn came face to face today for the first time since the Tory election triumph - with the PM taunting that Parliament is 'vastly improved'.

As Parliament officially reconvened after the bombshell result, Mr Johnson was cheered to the rafters by his newly-swelled gang of MPs.

By contrast, Mr Corbyn was jeered as he entered - having been humiliated by voters last Thursday.

The two leaders endured an awkward walk side-by-side through Central Lobby to the Lords, where the Queen's instruction for Parliament to start sitting was read out.

Neither seemed to make any attempt to strike up conversation, after making clear their contempt for each other during the brutal campaign.

When they returned, Lindsay Hoyle was formally confirmed in the Speaker's chair without a vote.

And an elated Mr Johnson then said that 'democracy' had taken charge and the House could finally 'get Brexit done'

'I think this Parliament is a vast improvement on its predecessor,' he said.

'This Parliament is not going to waste the time of the nation in deadlock and delay.'

As he repeated the mantra of 'get Brexit done' that helped secure his stunning poll victory, Tory MPs chanted along with him.

In his own downbeat speech, Mr Corbyn said his job was still to hold the government to 'account'.

'The PM made many many promises and he must take responsibility to live up to them,' he said.

'He will be judged on whether he keeps these promises by the communities he made them to.'

The Father of the House, Sir Peter Bottomley, presided over the process.

He assumed the mantle of the MP with longest continuous service due to left-wing firebrand Dennis Skinner being humiliatingly ousted in Bolsover as the Tories smashed Labour's 'Red Wall' of northern heartlands.

MPs will start being sworn in this afternoon - a process that will take two days.

Earlier, Mr Johnson gathered his new 'people's Cabinet' after sending an emphatic message to Brussels that he will not countenance any further delays to Brexit.

The PM and his top team met in Downing Street after it was revealed that withdrawal legislation is being amended to rule out any extension of the transition period beyond December 2020.

Mr Johnson said the Tory victory in the election was 'seismic' and he was determined to lead a 'people's government'.

'The voters of this country have changed this government and our party for the better, and we must repay their trust now to change our country for the better,' he said.

He added: 'You ain't seen nothing yet.'

Mr Johnson carried out a few tweaks to his Cabinet last night, appointing Simon Hart to fill the gap at Welsh Secretary and elevating Nicky Morgan to the Lords so she could continue as Culture Secretary despite standing down from the Commons.

However, a much deeper overhaul of the government is being plotted for February, with suggestions a third of senior ministerial posts could be axed to streamline decision-making.

The premier told ministers they should have 'no embarrassment about saying we are a people's government and this is a people's Cabinet'.

The meeting came after Mr Johnson moved to scotch speculation that he could embrace a softer Brexit in the wake of his election landslide.
I think Britain could leave the orbit of the EU with a deal which, although not complete, gives adequate protection to the economies of both parties. It could then be added to, and elaborated, over subsequent years.

All that is necessary is for EU leaders and mandarins to believe that Boris means business. They may suspect he is bluffing, but they can't be certain. For the first time in a long time, the Prime Minister of Great Britain is going to be taken seriously.

Strong identities that stand in opposition to "English" or "British" flock to the Labour Party.

Boris Prepares To Give The EU An Absolute Haymaker!

You get what you f-ing deserve, Europe!
Boris puts No Deal back on the table as a newly-supine EU cowers before Britain.

The Brexit Parliament Begins!

This is the parliament we should have had three years ago.
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Boris Johnson: Perhaps my campaign was ‘clunking’. But sometimes, clunking is what you need

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister and former Spectator editor
21 December 2019
The Spectator

You may wonder why I am up at 4.45 a.m. writing this diary when I have a country to run, Queen’s speech to prepare, vast mandate to deliver, and so on. The answer is simple. It is a question of obligation. When I bumped into the editor (at Sajid Javid’s 50th birthday party) a couple of nights ago, he explained — with a slightly glassy expression — that he had taken a gamble. He had already printed the cover of the Christmas treble issue, he said. I know all about the Xmas cover. It is lavish, laminated, and on much thicker stock than the normal cover. It costs a bomb. Once you have printed it, you can’t change it. ‘Your name is on it,’ said Fraser. What could I say? I became editor 20 years ago. I owe this magazine. If the editor is going to be so kind as to co-opt me as a contributor, my duty is to oblige.

Fraser has given me the chance to acknowledge some other massive debts. Let’s hear it first for the thousands of activists — of all parties — who have just allowed our democracy to function. No PM really wants an election; and I certainly didn’t want one in December. But we had no choice; and — thank heavens — the activists understood that. For the last six weeks they have traipsed good-humouredly through rain and wind. With freezing fingers they have rung bells and pushed bumf through the furry fringes of letter boxes — never knowing whether a dog’s jaws are on the other side. Many have put up with undeserved abuse. They have been egged, trolled, spat at, and screamed at. They have seen their expensive Corex boards repeatedly torn down and defaced. Much has been made, in parliament, of the need for a kinder, gentler ‘tone’ in politics. Amen to that, and let’s make sure we all take it out on the campaign trail.

I also want to pay tribute to the handful of superb Conservative colleagues who lost their seats — mainly because of unexpected falls in the Labour vote. One way or another, I am sure that they will all be back. We also lost some first-rate Labour MPs, such as Caroline Flint. On the whole, though, this new parliament that meets on Tuesday is a vast and exciting improvement. It is younger, more female, more ethnically diverse, more LGBT, and, of course, quite a lot more Tory.

As for my own campaign thanks, you will read elsewhere of the heroics of the campaign director, the strategists, thinkers and others. Perhaps I should mention especially the media team, who had to explain such mysteries as why I chose to shut myself in a giant fridge and what exactly I was thinking when I confiscated a TV reporter’s mobile live on air; and the ‘Ops’ team. The ‘Ops’ team basically manage your life. They tell you when to get up, what to wear, where to stand, and they organise brilliantly vivid metaphors for the political points you are trying to make. In the space of 24 hours they had me driving a JCB through a Styrofoam wall to symbolise breaking the parliamentary deadlock; delivering milk on the doorstep, to denote delivery of our domestic agenda; baking an oven-ready pie to show that we have a ready-made withdrawal agreement with the EU; and working in a wonderful Welsh wrapping-paper factory — to show that we could get it ‘wrapped up’ by Christmas (more or less). Some said these metaphors were clunking, but in a general election campaign, clunking is what you need.

All these debts of gratitude are dwarfed, of course, by the colossal obligation that we in this new government have towards you — the people of the UK; and I am thinking particularly of those of you who have only hesitantly lent us your support. For the millions who voted in 2016 to remain in the EU, but who have just voted to get Brexit done, we must develop a new and warm pro-Europeanism. It is good and sensible to achieve close relations with the EU. We can do that, and heal our country’s divisions. For the millions of Labour voters who have lent us your votes — we will work flat out not just to GBD, but to deliver on all the key priorities of the British people. It is now imperative to invest in the NHS, in schools, in safer streets, in housing. We must tackle everything from social care to homelessness. All these projects are part of a vast interlocking programme to unite and level up the whole UK, and to unleash its potential. I know these slogans sound trite at the end of a campaign. But I — we — mean them wholeheartedly. As the dawn breaks, I am full of a surging confidence that we can do it. We have the energy, the ideas, the mandate, and we have some time; and since time is a wasting asset I want you to know that even as you munch your mince pies, we are engaged full tilt on a programme of change for the better. Merry Christmas!
The Department for Exiting the EU (DexEU) has been responsible for negotiating the government's Brexit deal.

But it has long been suspected that future negotiations would be run from No 10 - and it now seems that is true.

The department is closing on the day the UK leaves the EU - 31 January 2020.

It remains to be seen what will happen to Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.