According to the opinion polls Boris Johnson is heading for a slim majority. The general view amongst the admittedly small number of people I have spoken to who intend to vote for a Conservative candidate is that compared to Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson, Boris is the best option. It is beyond dispute that Labour is saddled with its worse leader since Michael Foot. In addition to crass behaviour such as a willful refusal to apologise for his, at best, tardiness in addressing anti-Semitism or wearing of a style of glasses that do more to suggest senility that dynamism, his lack of leadership is all too apparent in his overseeing of a position on Brexit that is at best difficult to comprehend and a manifesto crammed with expensive promises that he then struggles to say how they will be paid for. In contrast, Boris Johnson, says very little but in between delivering meals to bemused hospital patients, repeats with ruthless discipline ‘Get Brexit done’.
No matter that the phrase is as disingenuous as the Leave campaign’s ‘Take back control.’ Not for the misinformed, ignorant or deceitful Mr Johnson to point out that even if the UK officially leaves the EU at the end of January Brexit will be far from done. Let us assume – and it’s quite an assumption – that Boris Johnson gets a working majority and that having returned to Parliament on the 13th December things go smoothly i.e. the Queen’s speech and subsequent debate are concluded in time to allow Parliament to pass his withdrawal agreement bill before the 31st January. True to form, the bill persists in using the profoundly misleading phrase ‘implementation period’ to describe a transitional period during which the UK will in effect be a non-voting member of the EU.
28th November 2019