The revenge of democracy

Yesterday’s election was a people’s revolt against the Remoaner tyranny.

Brendan O'Neill

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So now we know. Now we know what happens when you declare war on democracy. Now we know the consequences of demeaning the largest democratic vote in a nation’s history. Now we know what becomes of a political class that sneers at voters, silences their democratic voice, and libels them as racist, xenophobic know-nothings who cannot be trusted with stewardship of the nation. You get punished. You get rebelled against. You get replaced. Last night, in those extraordinary election results, we witnessed the revenge of democracy.

You don’t have to be a fan of Boris Johnson or his withdrawal treaty to appreciate the significance and even brilliance of yesterday’s events. The results are striking, historically so. Labour suffering one of its worst results in decades, the Tories winning a powerful majority which, in the final days of the campaign anyway, not many people were predicting. Most striking of all has been the corrosion, collapse in fact, of Labour’s ‘red wall’ – that historic terrain of red constituencies stretching from North Wales through northern England. Well, it’s not red anymore: brick by brick it has fallen, with vast swathes of people who have voted Labour for decades turning to the Tories this time.

Stockton South, Darlington, Wrexham – all Tory seats. Even saying that sounds strange. Bolsover, held by Dennis Skinner since 1970, now has a 5,000+ Tory majority. Former mining towns that have long loathed the Tories – Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield – have turned blue. Bishop Auckland’s Tory MP – 25-year-old Hull-educated Dehenna Davison – is the first it’s had in its 134-year history. Don Valley is gone, too, despite MP Caroline Flint’s best efforts to warn her party that its betrayal of its working-class, Brexit-backing voters would cost it dear. The wall hasn’t only been breached – it’s been torn down.

The ‘red wall’ collapse is the most significant, telling event in this election because it speaks, clearly and profoundly, to the revolt-like nature of yesterday’s ballot-box rejection of the Remainer elites. These working-class communities were at the sharp end of the elites’ seething contempt for Brexit voters. When you heard liberal-elite EU lovers or the performative radicals of the bourgeois Corbynista movement bemoaning the ‘low-information’, demagogue-swayed sections of society who had apparently been misled into backing Brexit, this is who they were talking about. The good people of Blackpool South, of the Vale of Clwyd, of Workington – all Tory seats this morning. That poisonous contempt was aimed most directly at these people. And now these people have responded. They have returned the contempt that has been heaped so heavily on them these past three-and-a-half years.

The red-wall revolt against Labour feels era-defining. This is working people rejecting that foul old idea that they would vote for a donkey so long as it was wearing a red rosette. This is ordinary people rebelling against the neo-aristocracy of the woke identitarian middle classes who have hijacked the party their forefathers founded. And this is an uprising against anti-democracy. For more than three years the political class has agitated against the largest democratic vote in our history. They have used every legal and parliamentary trick in the book to thwart or delay Brexit. And now the people have passed their judgement on this disgraceful behaviour. Democracy’s payback.

Just consider the ridiculous, authoritarian figure of Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson. She’s lost her seat. She said bollocks to Brexit, the people said bollocks to her. Just as they have to many Remoaner MPs who tried to stymie democracy. Guess what? People take their vote seriously. They know it was hard fought for. They know people struggled and even died for this every-now-and-then piece of paper that allows every free adult citizen to determine the shape and nature of government. They do not take kindly to its being undermined, whether by the EU or our own anti-democratic elites here in the UK.

Already leftist elitists are demeaning this mass vote against anti-democrats as the work of racist idiots. These stupid voters remain in the intellectual stranglehold of evil tabloids and populist demagogues, they claim. They will never learn. This is precisely the kind of contempt that made people turn against the aloof left and technocratic elites. More importantly, yesterday’s election shows the opposite of what these anti-democrats claim. It shows that people can think and decide for themselves. For three years people have been bombarded with overblown threats and hysterical warnings about the dangers of Brexit and the vulnerability of our economy and public services if we go down the populist route. ‘We’ll look after you by stopping Brexit and doing the right thing’, politicians assured them. The people rejected all of this paternalistic guff. They thought for themselves and said, ‘Nope’. This was an act of an independent people.

We have a job of work making sure Boris doesn’t sell out Brexit. We’ll get to that. For the time being let’s recognise and celebrate what this election reminds us of: that democracy remains the greatest corrective to elitism and tyranny that mankind has ever invented.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Comments

Tony Mac

31st December 2019 at 3:12 pm

I have just seen the movie last night and thought it a very satisfying end of the Disney trilogy.
Both Finn and Rey had a much better story arc than in the last Jedi and deservedly so .
I Also could not shake a feeling that the movie echoed the British election and the Brexit revolution.
Poe Dameron ( Boris Johnson) with the help of Rey (Dominic Cummings) ,Chewwy ( James Cleverly ) and C3PO (Jacob Rees Mogg) defeated the sinister Palpatine ( Jeremy Corbin) , General Pryde (John McDonnell) and Hux ( Dominic Grieve) .
Palpatine using his insidious power to destroy the rebel alliance ( Tory Party) and keep it under the heel of the evil empire ( the E.U) , using the first order (the Labour Party) and their stormtroopers (momentum) to assist in their devilish deeds.
But just when all hope was seen to be fading with Poe and Rey being thwarted at every turn a call went out to the Good people of the Galaxy (Great Britain) and the silent majority turned up in their millions to help the rebels stop the Empire , but they must remain alert as some of the first order survived ( Porter ,raynor,Phillips,Thornberry and of course Abbott the Hutt).
Others were involved in this thrilling finale are:-
Finn … Brendan O’Neill
Leia …Teressa May .
Lando … Nigel Farage .
Zorii Bliss … Priti Patel.
Maz Kanata ….Ann Widdecombe .
Kylo Ren …. Tom Watson .
First order officers … Cooper ,Soubury,Thornberry,Long-Bailey, Phillips and Bercow.
Resistance officers …Caroline Flint , Tim Martin , Douglas Murray , Tom Harwood , Richard Tice and isabel Oakeshott.
Life imitating art , I think so.

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Graham Woodford

19th December 2019 at 12:15 pm

I’m looking forward to an article – any article – on Spiked about proportional representation and how this applies as one of their five pillars for the future of democracy in the country, and the professed (however sincere that might be) desire to change it, to the election result and Brexit. How our system, for example, sees a party score a crushing victory from previous failure by increasing its vote by 1.2%; how a third party, the Libdems, can see its support increase by around 50% but lose representation (I have no love for Swinson by the way but after all she was beaten by a party totally committed to the EU); and how, for the second election running parties supporting staying in the EU win the election, only to be denied proportional representation.

I think I might have to wait sometime though. Just in passing, I should state the obvious and say I’m a Labour supporter. Like quite a lot of Labour supporters, I voted to stay in but not passionately- I was about a six out of ten by the way. I think quite a lot of people thought this way – after all, in 2015 it was a very minor consideration in most people’s thinking. I accepted the result, thought a deal should be supported and certainly not the So called People’s Vote. I’ve changed my view when I see the neo-liberal crap the right of the Tory party are leading us into, mind.

Jerry Owen

27th December 2019 at 6:54 pm

Spiked have already written an article you allude to.
Do keep up !!

Jerry Owen

18th December 2019 at 8:44 am

I saw a wonderful biot of video on Sargon’s YT channel ( I think ).
Boris was walking down a street with his entourage and in the background you could hear demonstrators shouting ‘Tory scum, tory scum ‘( they are original with their slogans I grant them ), in response Boris turned round and shouted back ‘lefty tossers’.. Priceless, let’s hope he gives more of the same at the dispatch box.

Jerry Owen

18th December 2019 at 8:45 am

*bit* not biot !

Sigmundo Evans

18th December 2019 at 8:11 am

Some losers that perhaps don’t yet appreciate the royal middle finger was raised in their direction as well are John Major, Gina Miller and Tony Blair.

John Major seems incapable of being on the right side of an argument -ever. Gina Miller and Tony Blair are just rich entitled c*nts (to use their colorful phraseology).

And talking of rich, how does having an estimated wealth of $60m (US) go with being a Trotskyist, Mr. Blair? I don’t know but I suspect Trotsky would have wrung your little neck by now.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 7:47 pm

It was way more to do with the sickness of seeing all pissing about in parliament than a confirmation of the Boris agender, or the condescending tone from the liberal elite(whatever that is?). It’s worn us all down to the point of brexit at any cost.

Well if you want to be a lot closer to the American shit show be my guest.

Toby Brownson

16th December 2019 at 12:02 am

There’s a term in psychology called transferance.
I think it currently applies to the labour party and some of its elite, maybe some of its more hard-line supporters.
By way of illustration, labour remainers position has been that northern working classes, are stupid racist and need saving from themselves because they’ve all been hoodwinked by listening to the Murdoch and Tory press.
Now flick that around when listening to labour MPs blaming each other.
That the labour MPs and hierarchy are bigoted towards certain groups, pious, and stupid. That it’s them that have been almost hoodwinked or brainwashed by their own propaganda eminating forth from momentum and the like.

Signed….. a thick northern boy who needs saving from himself

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 7:26 pm

When you vote for more of the same profit at any cost neo liberalism, that has blighted your lives over the last 40 years; (not once but twice!!) and then expect a different outcome? It’s really hard not to come to any other conclusion.

Robin Jacob

15th December 2019 at 5:20 pm

Democracy is a bitter pill to swallow.

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 11:39 am

This very morning on the radio I heard that mutant Ken Livingstone claim that anti-Semites were just a handful in the labour party, another caller demanded that Boris considers the rights and feelings of the remain voters, as if they would have done the same for us if things were reversed. The denials about the demise of this racist and ignorant lot are incredible. It begins with the unshifting hatred for the Jewish nation, then the ignorance to believe that their policies in their manifesto was popular with the people, other than just bribes and inducements they would never be able to pay for, the trillions thrown at utopian ignorance like free broad band for all, and the gutless and illiterate leadership cowardice to decide on which side he stood on Brexit. “Free donkey rides for all on Brighton beach this summer!”.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 8:53 pm

The water company’s have run up a 50 billion pound debt and paid out 56 billion quids worth of dividends, profits from our railways subsidise foreign governments, Hinckley point, UK plasma supplies, 23 billion quid a year In housing benefit. Record government borrowing, record government debt. We can’t keep going on like this. We really need a change of culture

Michael Lynch

17th December 2019 at 10:58 am

He was on the radio over here (ROI) yesterday wallowing in self pity. At one point he actually claimed that because Boris scrapped fuel charges when he was Mayor of London he is responsible for the many deaths caused by pollution since! Strangely, I wasn’t angry listening to his nonsense anymore, rather, it just made me chuckle. He is a washed up old harridan, living out the rest of his days in bitter recrimination.

steve moxon

15th December 2019 at 11:11 am

Revenge indeed.
People generally now have woken up to the fact that the Metropolitan elite ‘identity politics’ ‘PC’-fascists hate them. Soon ordinary folk will understand why: that’s when the poo will really hit the fan.
THE ORIGIN OF ‘IDENTITY POLITICS’ & ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’: Not Consideration for Minorities but Hatred Towards the Mass of Ordinary People; Specifically ‘the Workers’ — Tracing the Roots of Why and How it Arose and Developed Reveals the Greatest Political Fraud in History.
‘Identity politics’ (often or even usually dubbed ‘political correctness’) is the result of a political-Left major backlash against the mass of ordinary people (in Europe and ‘the West’), beginning in the 1920s/30s, in the wake of the persistent failure of Marxist theory to be realised in European ‘revolution’ or any real change through democracy. In shifting the blame away from Marxist theory and its adherents, and on to those the theory had prescribed and predicted would have been the beneficiaries — the workers — if only they had responded accordingly; then the cognitive-dissonance within the political-left mindset caused by this crisis to an extent was salved.
The intellectual rationalisation was first by invoking Freud’s now comprehensively discredited notion of ‘repression’ to attempt to explain a supposed impact on ‘the workers’ of ‘capitalism’ acting within the context of the family. With most workers (the group considered the principal ‘agents of social change’ in a ‘revolution’) being male, then the theoreticians had in mind the male as ‘head’ of the family. It was a simple extension in political-Left imagination for ‘the worker’ to change from being the putative conduit of the impact of ‘capitalism’ to its embodiment, leaving women to be deemed a replacement supposed ‘oppressed’ and ‘disadvantaged’ ‘group’.
This implausible and unfalsifiable non-scientific nonsense mainly festered within academia until the co-option after 1968 by the political-Left of a movement which appeared to be akin to the revolutionary activity predicted by Marxism: the US ‘civil rights’ movement. This added to the ‘new oppressed’ the category ‘non-white’, which like that of women could be envisaged as an inversion of a retrospective stereotype of ‘the worker’. In the wake of the similarly seeming revolutionary Stonewall riots of 1969, the ‘gay rights’ lobby was also co-opted to further add to the abstract demonised aspects of ‘the worker’, thereafter retrospectively stereotyped as male plus ‘white’ plus heterosexual.
The strands of the ‘new oppressed’ combined in a new (neo-Marxist) conceptualisation to account for these political shifts after the fact, which came to be termed ‘identity politics’ (or more pejoratively but accurately, ‘cultural Marxism’, and latterly dubbed ‘modernising’ [sic] in political parties). The deemed ‘groups’ replacing ‘the workers’ – subsequently expanded to embrace the disabled, the elderly, trans-sexuals and the obese – are abstractions rather than groups per se, and in any case far too heterogeneous to be in reality ‘oppressed’ or ‘disadvantaged’; providing a window on the sophistry and origin of this politics as other than it purports.
This absurd situation arose through the political-Left’s forcing of specific conflicts to be considered as emblematic of Marxist struggle, rendering them as generalisable, with their participants abstractions. US Afro-Americans became generic ‘ethnic minorities’, and ‘gays’ became ‘homosexuals’. The history of feminism — not just of the ‘third wave’ — is of upper-class or upper-middle-class women demanding to somehow to be the same as their very high-status husbands and males within their rarefied social milieu; which even if it could make any sense given profound sex difference, hardly was a basis of anything comparable for the great majority of either women or men. The upshot is that ‘identity politics’ is a ‘gravy train’ for the already privileged. Worse, it is an instrument of oppression against the very ‘group’ perennially disadvantaged and the victim of prejudice, which formerly had been identified as worthy of the liberation Marxism promised: the vast majority of (necessarily lower-status) men.
The pretence to egalitarianism is perfect cover for what ‘identity politics’ actually is: the very perennial and ubiquitous elitist-separatism the political-Left ethos attacks and denies; rendered a quasi-religion, being an ideology in the wake of the Christian notion of ‘the promised land’ in the utopia/dystopia of equality of outcome instead of equality of opportunity.

George Orwell

15th December 2019 at 9:53 pm

Interesting thesis but hard to follow.
I think you are saying that the failure of ‘oppressed’ workers in the UK and Europe to emulate the Soviet revolution in Russia confounded Marxist theoreticians. Thus, to sustain Marxist theory they needed a different body of people to rise up against oppressors.
Hence the increasing plethora of ‘oppressed’ categories who are being wound up emotionally via political manipulation and encouraged to mount a revolution of their own via the Marxists who provoke them.
It has taken nearly 100 years since the Soviet revolution to get to the current pass where many disparate groups within an otherwise successful Western society have come to believe that they are uniquely oppressed by the norms of that society.
We are seeing signs of a fightback against that Marxist provoked splintering which has always been a means to an end rather than a means of liberating anyone.
That end is actually the Soviet style enslavement of everyone piggybacking on a manipulation of the less fortunate so as to overcome the more fortunate.
Modern capitalist societies already do their best to help those less fortunate through their mix of capitalism leavened by a prudent level of socialism via the tax and benefit system but that is not sufficient for authoritarian Marxists who wish to control everything and everyone and continually stir up division to achieve their ends.
Time to call them out and tell them to get lost.
The 2016 vote was a start and this election has said the same thing only louder.
Meanwhile the incorrigible leftists remain in total denial.

steve moxon

16th December 2019 at 2:29 pm

Hi Mr Orwell. It’s a précis: see the fuller expositions published and on-line.
It is anyway hard to follow the Marxist intellectuals’ ‘reasoning’: as with all mythology, contemporary or ancient, it’s expedient, not logical. Most mythology makes no rational sense, and it it weren’t for the need it serves to answer unanswerable questions — or (as in this case) to salve the ‘cognitive dissonance’ in the minds of those with a philosophy hopelessly at odds with reality — then such irrationality would never have passed muster.

Gee Jaybee

15th December 2019 at 9:47 am

Poor Jeremy in the Guardian today still maintaining that they “won the argument” and Nick Cohen, once a reasoned journalist who warrned years ago about the far left trajectory of the Labour party, beating on about Boris being a critical fascist authoritarian, while describing hardline Thatcherites as “Liberal Conservatives” whom Boris has purged.

steve moxon

15th December 2019 at 12:53 pm

Yes, apparently Nick Cohen is still having to ‘atone for his sins’ in rumbling the Left in his book, ‘What’s Left? How The left Lost Its Way’.
As with so many others, he fails to see the foundational problems with Leftism is what forever throws up crises through the failure of the political philosophy to square with the real world > ‘cognitive dissonance’ > bizarre ways to try to salve the ‘cognitive dissonance’.
This is how we ended up with the utter nonsense that is ‘identity politics’.
Marxism is hopelessly awry in seeing man as homo economicus, when root human motivation is reproduction and what is instrumental to it; and in not understanding that while the underlying principle in society indeed is cooperation, competition is instrumental to cooperation and vitally so, not antithetical to it. Marxists wouldn’t be Marxists if they knew any biology.

Michael Lynch

16th December 2019 at 2:03 am

Marxists wouldn’t be Marxists if they knew any biology. Classic statement that says it all. We are both naked ape and rational thinker, one and at the same time; a circle that can never be squared. As Dostoevsky once state – if a brotherhood of man was possible, it would already exist in nature.

Alec Aardvark

15th December 2019 at 2:02 am

My thoughts:

What we’ve won is a reprieve from having an XLW government, nothing more.

The Conservative party still has a long road to travel should it wish to actually become a political party once more representing conservative values.

We NEED enduring political support for Nigel Farage to ensure a meaningful separation from the EU comes about. Without the threat of a resurgent challenger to their core vote, the current Conservative Party elders will aim for LINO (named for a famously slippery, dull cover for what lies underneath – Leave In Name Only).
Thankfully, the political left have exposed their hand & the shenanigans by the Antifa/XLW last night will have done a great deal to reinforce reluctant Tory voters belief they did the right thing in voting to keep Corbyn & his puppet masters out of government.
These “reluctant Tories” deserve our thanks & continuing support for their part in ensuring the UK remains a major economic & political power.

Jerry Owen

14th December 2019 at 6:31 pm

I see the left are having their little feet stamping cryfest.. so lovely to watch. One young girl training to be a doctor clearly middle class by her looks before she even spoke.. said with such a plummy voice ‘I care about the workers’..presumably the workers were too thick to realize that voting tory was bad for them.
She said Boris should ‘have a horrible death’ , I wonder what kind of Doctor she will be .. maybe she’ll walk in the footsteps of Mengele.
Oh and she called Boris a c*nt, but in all fairness and respect to her I have never heard the word c*nt spoken so well.

Neil John

14th December 2019 at 7:35 pm

“Boris is a c*nt”, glad she recognises Boris is useful!

Jerry Owen

15th December 2019 at 11:21 am

NJ
And your point is ?

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

14th December 2019 at 7:50 pm

You are a fool if you think that all opposition to Boris and the Tories comes from ‘the left’.

Jerry Owen

15th December 2019 at 11:20 am

ZP
Losing hurts doesn’t it eh ?

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 11:23 am

It takes one to know one 99.9% of the time. But, if you have some evidence Jerry, an article or any such thing, I really wish you named and shamed this sicko who clearly needs a doctor herself. Where she works would be so useful too.

Jerry Owen

15th December 2019 at 10:46 pm

The video is available on Breitbart.

John Millson

14th December 2019 at 2:39 pm

‘We have a job of work making sure Boris doesn’t sell out Brexit’. And just how is that going to happen?
Assuming Labour (or some new re-configuration) offers a pragmatic, non-ideological opposition, to match the Tories, they aren’t howled at and despised, as they were in 1997.
We will see just how absolute power corrupts Boris Johnson absolutely. In the meantime here’s hoping the totally useless Momentum parasite dies.

Jerry Owen

15th December 2019 at 10:48 pm

John Millson
3-0
Time to give up eh ?

John Millson

16th December 2019 at 8:18 am

Jerry Owen,
lol – bless you Jerry. (isn’t it 4 -0?) ‘Give up’? Never*
Assuming/hoping a non-metropolitan, straight-talking person, who is able to alter & improve Labour’s programme, is elected leader, Labour aren’t out of the game.
There is temendous pressure on the Johnson regime – delivering a good, harmless Brexit and keeping the UK together (accepted, he wouldn’t be personally responsible for it disintegrating) and restoring so much of our public service provision.
I am just so relieved Corbyn will go. It has been painful. It took too long for the ‘we told you so’ refrain to arrive and sink in.

Jerry Owen

16th December 2019 at 9:10 am

John Millson
It’s not Corbyn you need shot of it’s momentum.
I note your phrase ‘Johnson regime’.. not government, your use of the word ‘regime’ is based on what exactly ?
Anyway, no second referendum for you remain whingers is something to celebrate.

John Millson

16th December 2019 at 10:18 am

Jerry Owen,
Yes, you are right Momentum need to withdraw along with Corbyn. Currently, Momentum is Jon Lansman. Like Corbyn, Lansman is not immortal so M’t’m. should retire and fade along with him…Here’s hoping. Most cults die off when the ‘charismatic’ leader departs.
Regime – ‘regimen’ to rule. It’s just another way of saying ‘government’, isn’t it? (We shall see if the perjorative connotations come to pass in reality…)
Re Brexit second referendum. I never wanted a second one and don’t say that I did. It would have been futile and yes, undemocratic. I only ever wanted the softest and most pragmatic of Brexits. Let it lie, man.

Jerry Owen

16th December 2019 at 10:40 am

John Millson
You know why you used the word ‘regime’ and I know why. It was by way of insult.
You did not use it thinking government.
This is the problem for you leftists, your toys jump out of your prams so easily, you are such delicate and easily offended people.
I mean Johnson is literally Hitler according to so many of you people.

John Millson

16th December 2019 at 12:43 pm

Jerry Owen,
I did not use the word ‘regime’ to ‘insult’ anyone.
Why should you care, if I did anyway? I thought you lot were going spoil your papers. Maybe enthralled by ‘Boris’ after all, eh?
Yeah, the Tories are all Nazis. They are constructing the death camps right now on MoD Salisbury Plain requistioned land.

Jerry Owen

18th December 2019 at 8:46 am

J Millson
No , I did not vote tory as I said I wouldn’t.

1st ma

14th December 2019 at 11:16 am

Tory vote 2017-2019 +300,000
Labour 2017-2019 -2,600,000
Lib Dem 2017-2019 +1,420,000
SNP 2017-2019 +220,000
Brexit 2019 +640,000

By the numbers, it looks like Labour lost its own voters.

Ian Davies

14th December 2019 at 11:14 am

I would save your preening. A good result yes, but a third of the voters went for Corbyn and their ruinous policies. If it weren’t for the Brexit betrayal factor and Corbyn himself we would have been a fag paper away from nestling alongside Venezuela on the political spectrum, if not actually there. This is an appalling and horrifying state of affairs and does not bode well.

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 12:52 pm

Very true Ian, apparently the Tories only got 1.02 % more of the votes than May, and all the damage was done with the demise of the labour votes. A lot of this could be, because of the hatred for Boris, similar to those for Nigel and Donald. There are many, many ignorant and illiterate people who resemble sheep more than humans, with a radical doctrine that have been forced fed to them by their herders, and would rather chew off their own tongues than vote for any of these three people.

Jerry Owen

15th December 2019 at 10:51 pm

And there was me thinking that labour got routed… Losing seats they’d held for decades.
Goodness it’s hard to believe they nearly won the GE.

William Murphy

14th December 2019 at 10:35 am

Famous Last Words from inside the Labour camp – echoing Brendan’s words:

“Meanwhile, Corbyn’s allies quickly laid the blame with the party’s Brexit stance, pointing to the fact that Labour’s losses were greatest in leave-leaning seats.

The party chair, Ian Lavery, said: “Ignore democracy and to be quite honest the consequences will come back and bite you up the backside.””

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/13/inside-labours-campaign-behind

No one at the Grauniad is retracting on the Climate Change narrative – though it has not been conspicuous as an alleged reason why Labour lost. We didn’t emphasis the Climate Crisis/Emergency/Whatever enough….

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/09/climate-crisis-election-tories-brexit-media

Iain Litenment

14th December 2019 at 9:18 am

Listening to labourites and ex labour MPs this morning they have learnt nothing. I hold no faith in the Tories and the vote was undoubtedly a vote to respect the 2016 referendum. But all the labourites can see is that Corbyn was the problem and they needed a more passionate message on remain if brexit was an issue at all. They now, with the MSM, see their problem as balancing the backward small minded nationalism with the expansive future orientated Universalist while maintaining some sense of progressivism. They are literally cloth eared and they do not realise that voters are listening. And now they will re-enter their bubble which will only make things worse.

jan mozelewski

14th December 2019 at 10:58 am

Have a cigar!! Totally right! Most Brexit voters are under no illusions that it will be perfect or there will be no downsides. I am so cheesed off with remainers assuming this is the case. The assertion that we all do follows the same sickening patronising attitude that we are somehow unthinking sheep.
We have had many years of being in the EU. It has had many downsides that we have had to accept as well as some benefits. That is the nature of relationships…but for those in the throes of obsessive passion it is always a mixed bag of give and take. It is when the give and the take are perceived as being out of balance that a relationship sours and fails.
Of course with the EU relationship the giving and losing has been largely sucked up by people in poorer ex-industrial heartlands and small provincial towns. The benefits have mainly been reaped by so-called elites in London and similar metropolitan areas.
Brexit will be another mixed bag. It is time, though, that a new path is tried and that we see what it brings. If nothing else, there is at least a chance that some of the people who were perpetually on the losing end of the old relationship will get some hope of a fairer distribution of the opportunities.

Aunty Podes

14th December 2019 at 1:30 am

Reading the British media in the last few days it has been a tale of how Bojo was losing ground, how the odious Corbyn was advancing in the polls to the extent that there may be a hung parliament. It gave me a sick feeling in my stomach.

Now, out of the blue, we have a landslide win for Bojo and the prospect, at last, of BREXIT being accomplished. How can that be? Is the media so utterly incompetent? It can only be one of two things – either, yes, they are totally incompetent or what I believe to be true. That is, right up to the last moment, they were lying in their teeth. They knew damned well that Labour was going down the drain but dressed them up as potential winners in order to save them and push voters their way. It is, after all, a well known fact that during an election there is a tendency for voters to drift towards potential winners.

I am delighted that the electorate has not fallen for it,
that the media has been so exposed
and that the Corbynastis finally got their comeuppance.

You have to wonder, had the media not been skewing the polls,
how much larger would Bojo’s majority have been?

DOWN in FLAMES OR BLOWN SKY HIGH

WHO CARES

Finally – FAIT ACCOMPLI !

steve moxon

13th December 2019 at 11:55 pm

I voted to get Liebore out of Penistone & Stocksbridge, putting mi cross against Tawdrie for the very first time.
The fool Liebore put up apparently wore her oikophobia on her sleeve even in the hustings: her reason for not living within the constituency she gave as her fear that locals would beat up her kid!

George Orwell

13th December 2019 at 9:24 pm

Now we have reports of demonstrations against the democratic outcome of the election.
Some leftists are in complete denial of the democratic process.

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 12:57 pm

There is no accounting for liberal, radical ignorance and illiteracy.

Richard Parker

13th December 2019 at 8:41 pm

I’m a Remainer. I’m also probably one of the liberal-lefty middle class metropolitan elite. I live in London. But I’m from Bolton. My family and friends are proper old Labour. Some of them were Leavers. We all resolved that the result of the referendum must be honoured, on the basis that maintaining democracy was more important than our individual views about the EU. Had it come to a second referendum, I would have found myself having to vote “Leave” on principle. Thankfully, I didn’t have to. Naturally I’m upset and devastated at the size of the Tory majority. But arrogant pricks like Swinson who think they can simply ignore the working class electorate need to be kicked out. We just need to get on with Brexit, now, and find a way to make the advantages work and minimise the negatives. This article exactly sums up my feelings on the subject.

Matt Ryan

13th December 2019 at 9:20 pm

Worth remembering that 2nd referendum would not have had Leave as a option. Two versions of Remain was the plan.

Richard Parker

13th December 2019 at 10:17 pm

Well, yeah, depends on what the deal would have been and how one defines ‘leave’ but I take your point. The thing is, there are plenty of left-wing arguments for ‘Leave’ and we lefties seem to have forgotten that, in our arrogance. It’s old leftie-Labour stalwarts like Corbyn, Benn and Skinner who campaigned against the more autocratic characteristics of the EU all those decades ago, whilst Thatcher and Heath wanted us in. If Corbyn had had the courage of his convictions and taken a Leftie-Leave argument (Lexit?) to the Labour heartlands, things may have been very different. But, no, we decided, collectively, that we knew better and we have paid a heavy price for it. We only have ourselves to blame. I’ve spoken, over the last 3 years, to so many friends and colleagues about ensuring that the referendum rsult is honoured and their eyes just glaze over. I’ve emphasised that, in a country with an unwritten constitution based on precedent, ignoring a democratic vote is a bloody stupid and dangerous precedent to set, but they don’t want to hear it. “Remain” has become a religion to the majority of the trendy-left. And now we’ve paid the price. Sad day.

jan mozelewski

14th December 2019 at 10:14 am

A very sensible fair-minded view. Unfortunately the leftie-remainer mob simply can’t put down the spade and stop digging their hole. One can’t say boll**ks to a democratic vote and then expect democracy to be there for YOU. Though of course we see examples of that hypocrisy every day.
Clearly you get it. Many of us have had to simply knuckle down under various governments we didn’t vote for personally. We know that is the deal.
I think a lot of this weirdness comes from social media….the twitter and reddit mobs who talk amongst themselves and form some sort of consensus and then think the rest of the country should simply fall into line as well. The ‘Not in My name’ nonsense….seen when Trump was elected….is at the forefront of this. As if you only have to put that in a post to opt out of respecting the system. If you are a member of the franchise , if you choose to vote or not and regardless of which candidate you vote for, the winner is most definitely In your name.
Do these idiots actually WANT a civil war? Because that is where this ultimately leads.
The morons protesting are showing their true colours and will simply unite the rest of us behind Johnson. For people who claim to be cleverer than the rest of us they sure drop some clangers.

You are wrong to put Maggie alongside Heath by the way. She was a eurosceptic and while supportive of the idea of the EEC as conceived was totally opposed to giving any sovereignty to the EU. That is why Heseltine, Major and other prominent Europhiles ousted her. She never lost a public vote. There is a theme here….the EU project is the enemy of democracy as we understand it and unfortunately it has been engaged on a process of ‘re-educating’ the people to accept a diminution of their democratic rights.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

13th December 2019 at 8:37 pm

I still feel sorry for all the deluded Brexit worshippers who persist in believing that leaving the EU will magically solve all their economic problems. I fear that you are about to be sorely disappointed!

Richard Parker

13th December 2019 at 10:22 pm

Quite possibly so, but in a free society, an adult is at liberty to make decisions, even if they turn out to be unwise. It’s called freedom.

Kevin Rafferty

14th December 2019 at 10:20 am

I never met a single Brexit supporter, not one, who believed that Brexit will ‘solve all our economic problems’.

Joseph Brown

14th December 2019 at 9:57 pm

Thing is no leaver actually believed Brexit would solve all our issues, economic or otherwise, it’s just another complete fallacy cooked up by the remain camp in the face of defeat, along with labelling all leavers as racist, homophobic, bigoted 50 somethings.

And here you are, in the face of another defeated, still pushing out the same falsehoods and ad hominem attacks.

You lost and the remain camps attempts to subvert the democratic process failed. Get over it. Remain is dead. At the very least have some diginity in defeat.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

15th December 2019 at 2:49 pm

No, my comment was completely ad rem. Brexit is going to disappoint millions. I just wonder who they will scapegoat next! The irony is that Brexit will also do nothing to reduce immigration levels to this country as an ageing population requires ever greater numbers of immigrants to maintain the workforce. I just don’t see this ending well.

Jerry Owen

15th December 2019 at 10:54 pm

ZP
Absolutely .. immigrants don’t age do they.. they never need hospital care do they ?

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 1:04 pm

I was hoping against hope that at least our victory would SHUT you up for good. But alas! can’t change genetics or evolution.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

13th December 2019 at 7:42 pm

Unless there is huge infrastructure investment in the North, Midlands, Wales and South West accompanied by political reform on an unprecedented scale, the people of non-London and non-South East will find themselves once again betrayed as they were in the 1980s given that this is the most centralised state in the western world and in light of the Tories ambiguous relationship with Truth.

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 8:10 pm

They’re probably like me; willing to give ANYBODY ELSE a chance than take risks with a cardigan communist and his comrades.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

13th December 2019 at 8:30 pm

I agree that Corbyn is/was an abomination but I fear that Workington Man and Brecon Woman will fare no better under the Tories with their total focus on the so-called ‘Home Counties’.

jan mozelewski

14th December 2019 at 10:43 am

Interesting. i sometimes wonder what Blair and Brown’s legacy was for Labour voters as they never seem to mention them when talking about how neglected the Labour heartlands have been over the years. Does not labour itself have a large portion of responsibility for the state places like Stoke have sunk into? A city that returned labour councils (and dreadul corrupt self-serving councils they were too, more interested in their own ideology than in being fair to their citizens) and MP’s regular as clockwork for decades. Nothing positive was ever done…it was always the Tories fault. It was and is a lame excuse. because I know how much the city council wasted on pet projects (corrupt ones too) that few in the city needed or wanted. They’s spend all the money and then, when there was nothing left for what people actually had hoped for to improve their lives, the council would blame funding.
I am glad the city has now got some different MP’s. It is a massive opportunity for the Tories to show that they can do better. It won’t be hard because Labour failed Stoke constantly. After all they had no incentive to improve people’s lot beyond the very basic subsistence level of perpetual handouts. (Rather like charities often have little incentive to actually cure a problem) They would simply be making themselves redundant. Well the Tories don’t have that problem. Do a semi-decent job and they create a whole new generation of conservative voters in places like Stoke.

Neil John

14th December 2019 at 8:05 pm

Having seen the investment in those areas, especially the roads networks, those of us in the South East outside of the M25 have seen very little investment, especially in the roads, even though most of the trucks to/from Europe pound our roads apart on a daily basis, some levelling of the playing field wouldn’t go amiss.

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 1:10 pm

Good point. Will Boris charge the millions of EU trucks, lorries and juggernauts road tax for the damage they do to our roads? that is before he swings too far left as he will incline to do to appease a deal to con everyone.

Richard Lim

13th December 2019 at 7:30 pm

When a referendum is held and the people tell politicians their decision … it is beholden on politicians to deliver on the direction of the referendum ….. Unfortunately and stupidly, British politicians and the establishment, including much of main stream media pretended the people got it wrong and kept frustrating the people’s wish.
Today, another referendum was held … it was the General Election … a referendum on the politicians themselves. And today’s referendum gave an uncompromising decision … BREXIT … do it!!!!!
I was already in Australia for almost 12 years when the UK joined the European Common Market to the consternation of all Australians. I was born a British subject, and like every Australian, felt that the Motherland turned her back on Australians. After over 40 years, Britain will now turn back to its Commonwealth of Nations.
National sovereignty is important .. each nation determines its collective destiny, not control by some amorphous bureaucratic and unelected bodies.
Well done the United Kingdom … Scotland might feel that it is not part of the UK … and the EU does not want it without the rest of the UK.

Joseph Brown

13th December 2019 at 6:42 pm

For three years remoaners tried every dirty trick in the book to undermine our democracy. Today they, rightly, got put back in their place. Remain is dead. Get used to it.

On a side note, if we have snow this winter there will be a plentiful supply of salt to cover the roads.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

13th December 2019 at 8:33 pm

True, but it still won’t turn the UK into a Land of Milk and Honey once Brexit is implemented. In fact, I predict that the near-Messianic expectations whipped up by the Brexit Gauleiters is about to be sorely disappointed! Imagine how enraged the permanently-enraged Brexiters will be then?

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 8:46 pm

The tools at “The Guardian” who advocated for Corbyn are only just finding out what we’ve already known for ages!! How could anybody read that rag populated by activists and school-aged ingenues?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/13/jeremy-corbyn-labour-manifesto-antisemitism-brexit

Jerry Owen

15th December 2019 at 11:26 am

ZP
Reading your posts it is quite clear that you wish this country to suffer so you can sit on your lofty arrogant perch parroting ‘see I told you , see I told you’.
You lost and you come across as a typical remain whinger that will simply never accept you lost a democratic vote.
You embarrass yourself.

Jonathan Yonge

13th December 2019 at 4:56 pm

Very interesting to read The Times and FT today.
Gone are the loony articles from Matthew Parris and Stevens. The MSM has had a think and thought :” Oh lawks. We thought we were writing for an electorate who turn out not to exist. Right everyone. U turn and step on the gas !”

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 8:13 pm

They run with the hares and hunt with the house; the media has zero credibility, especially in the age of ‘confirmation bias’ and activism instead of journalism. They’ve hoisted their colours to the mast and don’t have a scintilla of cultural capital left. Thank heavens for “Spiked”.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 9:46 pm

When you say media you mean guardian? The rest of the mainstream media (excluding the neutral BBC) were pro brexit.

James Knight

13th December 2019 at 4:06 pm

It confirms that Brexit is an existential threat to Labour. The biggest betrayal of democracy in generations could not be bought off by trinkets like free broadband. And that nobody wants a woke government.

It is funny to see some Guardianistas already turning on Corbyn. They would have us believe Corbyn was the problem when it was the entire Labour front bench.

David McAdam

13th December 2019 at 3:36 pm

Ken Livingstone blames the Jewish vote for the defeat. This ideologically ravaged man simply cannot help himself, can he?

Kevin Rafferty

13th December 2019 at 3:31 pm

And why should the ‘red wall’ NOT collapse? Labour has long abandoned the White working class. The party has become a rancid stew middle-class hypocrites who preach diversity but insulate themselves from its impact, open border advocates, racial and religious minorities and sexual deviants of every kind. I rejoice in their demise.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

13th December 2019 at 8:36 pm

Toleration of people with whom you disagree (including minorities) is the absolute foundation of democracy. If, with the exception of Islam (which is a dangerous and bigoted ideology), you attempt to take away the freedom of faith minorities and people whom you term ‘sexual deviants’, I suggest that they would have every right to neutralise your liberty as well…

Kevin Rafferty

14th December 2019 at 10:29 am

I said nothing about taking away liberty from those groups I referred to. Just saying that they don’t represent a winning ticket for the average working class voter.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 8:36 pm

Sad for Caroline Flint though. She was the only one who spoke out about the Pakistani grooming gangs until she was gagged. She was also one a very small band that spoke up for the democratic will of the people. Yet she has had to go whilst the likes of that insufferable snob, Thornberry, gets to stay. That’s simply not just and it’s also detrimental to Labour’s recovery as she could have been one of those who might have able to resuscitate what’s left of Party.

Claire D

14th December 2019 at 7:36 am

I agree with you Michael, I live in a safe Tory seat and spoilt my paper but I’m pleased with the result, it has far exceeded my expectations. Sorry to see Caroline Flint lose her seat though.

Stuart Mack

13th December 2019 at 3:26 pm

The tragedy is that Corbyn should lose the election on Brexit. I’ve recently just got around to reading ‘The Vote: How it was won and how it was undermined’ by Paul Foot. A man whom Corbyn will have stood on a platform with many times. By sitting on the fence and not arguing his case for Britain to leave the EU, Corbyn betrayed his own principles.

The lesson is: Never give up on your principles, however difficult things may seem and the criticism you may receive.

Ven Oods

15th December 2019 at 9:46 am

“Never give up on your principles, however difficult things may seem…”

Presumably, if they’re easily put aside, they weren’t principles anyway. After Corbyn’s decades-long opposition to the EEC/EU, his volte-face told me all I needed to know about him. I’d rather vote for his prize marrow.

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 1:16 pm

If you voted for his marrow, you might have pulled it off and won.

Josh Sykes

13th December 2019 at 3:25 pm

Is Brendan brave enough to admit that parties supporting a 2nd referendum took 52% of the vote? FPTP is why the Tories took the majority.

jan mozelewski

13th December 2019 at 3:51 pm

oh dear. Clutching at straws goes to peak level.

Jim Lawrie

13th December 2019 at 4:09 pm

Parties opposing the holding of the referendum plus turncoats held 60% of the votes in Parliament. Go to the High court and have the result declared null and void. Ditto the 2016 referendum. Throw in a petition for a rerun of the 2011 referendum on the grounds that people did not know this was going to happen, and that it is all too much for us.

Jerry Owen

13th December 2019 at 6:11 pm

Give it up !

James Knight

13th December 2019 at 7:50 pm

It confirms that no matter how many votes, elections or referenda there are, remoaners will not recognise any of them when they lose.

Their problem was never really with Brexit. It was with democracy.

Charles Buonaventura

14th December 2019 at 9:09 am

You can say that Remain parties would have won with 52% of the vote if the GE was carried out under PR, but I can then say that Leave would have crushed Remain if the referendum was carried out under FPTP.

Of course we both know that if Remain had won in 2016, you would be perfectly content with the result and would still be gloating about it to this day.

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 1:22 pm

Which part of “LOST” do you have trouble with? In 2016 17.4 million people were conned out of their victorious result, but you would not have noticed.

Fred Mutton

13th December 2019 at 3:05 pm

This agonising analysis is column inches only.
The truth is simple.
I am from a solid Labour community.
Solid but not thick.
I did not want to be ruled by former enemies that have no love for England.
I prefer to elect leaders not have them selected for me on the ‘Godfather’ principle.

Bella Donna

13th December 2019 at 5:50 pm

Agreed. Our future should be determined by us not Brussels.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

13th December 2019 at 8:06 pm

So you are happy to have your country controlled by American conglomerates, asset strippers and anonymous offshore interests? You utter fools. You bravely steered clear of Scylla only to strike Charybdis!

Jerry Owen

14th December 2019 at 6:36 pm

ZP
Economics not your strong point then ?

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 9:20 pm

As it stands, it’s far more likely to be decided by corporate America than us.

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 1:28 pm

Fred, as there is little good news, the extreme bad news is, that not too long from now, the type of people you described will soon be full to the brim in Parliament. OFF to Malaga we go!

Forlorn Dream

13th December 2019 at 2:20 pm

Today I’m a very happy man.

The war is far from over but at least now victory is in sight. FREEDOM!!

Gerard Barry

13th December 2019 at 2:12 pm

Just listening to Jo Swinson giving a speech on TV. It’s painful to watch. Despite losing her seat, she’s patting herself on the back for being the first woman to lead the Liberal Democrats. She comes across as very narcissistic and as though she has learned nothing from her defeat.

Jerry Owen

13th December 2019 at 2:26 pm

Gerard Barry
Swinson was almost in tears.. and it has to be said so was I !!

Fred Mutton

13th December 2019 at 3:10 pm

Me too. Tears of mirth and joy. Bloody fell about!
The arrogant snowflake told us that she was going to totally ignore the express wishes of the English people.
Hope she stays in Scotland, in the EU and without a visa to visit England.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 8:43 pm

Yeah, and then she made that immortal comment ‘obviously, it hasn’t worked’ – that’s got to be the understatement of the last 20 millennia! What an absolute air head. This what happens when you choose leaders by measure of diversity and not on merit..

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 1:30 pm

She’s done no favours for any future females getting that job then.

Willie Penwright

13th December 2019 at 1:47 pm

Demand a second general election now! The people didn’t know what they were voting for.

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 1:59 pm

We’ll get a chance to overturn this result in five years. What the terminally brainless fail to appreciate is that you get a chance to overturn general election results, you do not with referendums.

K Tojo

13th December 2019 at 2:39 pm

It is probably a waste of time arguing with you as you sound like a typical angry Left wing troll unable to come to terms with the electorate’s rejection of a far Left plan for their own good. You probably have a large fund of ready made excuses for the Left’s many, many failures.

So let’s have your stock replies to this little list:
Far Left governments through economic incompetence and rigid ideology have produced one failed state after another.
Far Left governments end up being kept in place by a ruthless police state.
Far Left governments have produced the greatest mass-murderers in history.
Far Left ideologists despise individual freedoms and stifle creativity.
Far Left parties when seeking power within a democratic system will woo the electorate with promises of popular reform and benefits for all (not the few) while hiding their totalitarian instincts.
Far Left systems claiming to be truly egalitarian inevitably create their own systems of privilege.

Jeez! Why would anybody not vote for that?

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 8:26 pm

I voted Conservative in every general election I have been registered to vote in prior to the referendum.

Marvin Jones

16th December 2019 at 4:14 pm

Is it too late to leave the EEC?

William Brown

13th December 2019 at 1:44 pm

In between watching the BBC’s coverage last night, I had an occasional flick-over to Ch4…

The most amusing 10 minute interludes one could wish for. Stanley Johnson effortlessly swatting away wave after wave of effete, embittered, entitled, bile fueled, woke, vile, w@nk3ratti panelists, without so much as a bead of sweat breaking out. I shall remember it for the rest of days.

Fred Mutton

13th December 2019 at 3:19 pm

A referendum on the survival of the BBC would be both enlightening and beneficial to the public purse.

Michael Lynch

14th December 2019 at 10:16 am

Spot on. Bet they are all squirming and fretting down at Broadcasting House now that the audience is back in control of the nation instead of them!

William Brown

13th December 2019 at 1:42 pm

In between watching the BBC’s coverage last night, I had an occasional flick-over to Ch4…

The most amusing 10 minute interludes one could wish for. Stanley Johnson effortlessly swatting away wave after wave of effete, embittered, entitled, bile fueled, woke, vile, wankeratti panelists, without so much as a bead of sweat breaking out. I shall remember it for the rest of days.

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 1:32 pm

When someone labels those who stand up for 16.1 million people as tyrants, there deserves to be no doubt as to who the true threat to democracy is. It is you Brendan, and those who support you.

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 1:33 pm

The reason why the Conservatives won was because Labour and Liberal Democrats were incompetent. it’s that simple. Today is a terrible day for democracy because what has won is not democracy but mobocracy in self denial.

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 1:35 pm

Remember, Jo Swinson lost her seat to the SNP, who campaign against Brexit. that sums up the ridiculousness of your argument.

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 1:46 pm

And of course Farage, Johnson, Rees-Mogg, Dacre aren’t part of an elite are they?

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 2:03 pm

According to an opinion poll published in DeltaPol UK, when questioned as to why they would change their vote, 46% of those who responded stated it was because of Jeremy Corbyn. Only 19% said because of Brexit. Brendan O’Neill’s argument demolished here. https://twitter.com/TomBaldwin66/status/1205471141348937728

Jerry Owen

13th December 2019 at 2:28 pm

James E Shaw
Boo Hoo, you lost !
I am enjoying your pain !!

Dominic Straiton

13th December 2019 at 2:37 pm

your talking to yourself

Nick Catt

13th December 2019 at 3:41 pm

James, check the source. Deltapoll haven’t published any polls and have warned people are publishing fake polls in their name.

https://twitter.com/DeltapollUK/status/1205110105202712578

Chris Thorogood

13th December 2019 at 11:42 pm

“46% of those who responded stated it was because of Jeremy Corbyn. Only 19% said because of Brexit. Brendan O’Neill’s argument demolished here.” —— when you demonise people you get lies in opinion polls. So prove they were all telling the truth or your argument is demolished.

Jerry Owen

13th December 2019 at 2:31 pm

I thought you were being ironic but after reading all your posts I realize that you are simply unhinged.

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 8:39 pm

No. I’m just very worried and am dismayed that people are willingly buying into a con.

Why shouldn’t I worry about being conned? It’s not exactly as if the Prime Minister responsible for implementing Brexit is one who is a proven liar who wrote two articles, one in support of Remain and the other of Leave and then came our for Leave when it was apparent that supporting Leave would enhance his chances of becoming PM is it?

And I think I can be forgiven for not buying into this ‘Brexit was a working class revolt against an out of touch elite line’. I can’t help but wonder that Spiked willingly promotes this misleading line knowing that the truth is much more complex in order to deliberately incite hysteria against the other half of the population that wanted to Remain. The ultimate aim of Spiked is Marxist revolution.

Yes areas like Sunderland and Stoke voted strongly for Leave. I suspect that was because Labour lacked a leader who was capable of persuading them not to do so. Worth noting that cathedral towns like Canterbury and Chichester also did.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 8:46 pm

That’s what I thought at first. You just can’t reason with loons.

James E Shaw

14th December 2019 at 12:52 am

Of course I’m unhinged for suspecting our current PM is a conman who will deliver what Spiked describes as BINO (Brexit In Name Only).

Oh, except that Spiked agrees with me. https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/09/11/dont-trust-boris-to-deliver-brexit/

James E Shaw

14th December 2019 at 2:42 pm

Well, there is more than one opinion poll that seems to back up my argument. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boost-jeremy-corbyn-nhs-overtakes-20921849

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 1:37 pm

AGAIN! which part of “YOU LOST” do you have difficulty with?

James E Shaw

15th December 2019 at 10:04 pm

I lost and I have difficulty with it because as a Remainer I don’t have the chance to fight again. Let me explain for the benefit of the terminally brainless.

It is utterly facile to compare this defeat with a general election loss or my team being ejected from the FA Cup as a result of a poor refereeing decision. When I first voted in a general election back in 2001, the party that had my vote was heavily defeated but I didn’t call for a rerun because I had the chance 4 years later for the result to be reversed. It was not but 5 years later it partially was, and then fully 4 years later.

I didn’t call for a rerun of the 2018 World Cup semi-final when England were knocked out because in another three years time we will have a chance to have another go at it.

I’m not calling for a rerun of this year’s Rugby world cup final because even though England lost we will have a chance again in 4 years time.

If my team Brighton and Hove Albion are relegated this season we will have the chance to get back in the Premier League next season.

But you cannot rerun referendum results unless another one is called which is why this hurts so much.

I would like to believe that Brexit will be the start of a better, more prosperous United Kingdom.

But with the SNP rampant in Scotland and nationalists in Northern Ireland gaining more seats than Unionists I think I have grounds for being sceptical.

That is why I am proud to have marched for a People’s Vote and would do so again.

Female Penis

13th December 2019 at 1:25 pm

I frickin love the working class!!! I was worried yesterday, couldn’t believe the exit poll, what a relief. Seeing John McDonnell straight after “yes, I think they did want Brexit done”, yeah sling your hook yah nob ed.
The state of Reddit today, they’ve learned nothing blaming the result on everything but Corbyn. Patronising and denigrating the voters up north and in Wales….it is absolutely blooming wonderful. The nastiness on display is just bitterness that we cannot be controlled.
Well done lads, get Brexit done *yeah yeah whatever that means, as long as we’re out of the EU, we can work on the rest after.
But for now.
GET IN!!!
OH JEREMY CORBYN *snicker.

Tony Blair

13th December 2019 at 1:21 pm

This election will be remembered as a historic disaster when a minority of working- and middle-class English voters failed to overcome this county’s built-in fatal flaw, of habitually doffing their caps and tugging their forelocks respectfully when some Eton-educated toff shyster swung by and glad-handed them for 5 minutes. Fortunately, Boris has no clue how to connect with people in places like Wrexham, and the Labour party will be back in 2024 in most places.

What this election will do is finally set the seal on the break-up of the UK that began with Margaret Thatcher. Tragic, but at least I’ll be able to travel on an EU passport when Scotland goes its own way. Speaking of democracy (which in a country with a first past the post system is a joke), the electorate electorate broke 52% for Remain parties and 48% for Brexit ones (https://www.indy100.com/article/general-election-results-remain-leave-labour-tories-lib-dem-votes-9245506). I guess that means we can cancel Brexit now, as the people have spoken lol.

Fred Mutton

13th December 2019 at 3:31 pm

Enjoy your passport, travel will be a little more difficult because Brussels do not have a Lord Barnett.
Please present your visa if crossing the English border.

Philip Gale

13th December 2019 at 10:33 pm

52% for Remain Parties? Are you trying to tell me Labour was a Remain Party? Who knew?

H McLean

13th December 2019 at 1:13 pm

Here’s an excellent interview Brendan gave today on Sky News Australia. Recommended viewing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-waxdNdRHQ

Ian Bland

13th December 2019 at 1:10 pm

“Swinson Sings Swan Song”

Mark Aldridge

13th December 2019 at 1:02 pm

It’s all very well revelling in the misfortune of others (well…if you’re a sociopath that is) but do you have anything positive to express when championing this victory? How exactly our are lives in the North going to get better? Don’t forget, you have to own this now – nowhere to hide, no-one else you can blame for failure.

Fred Mutton

13th December 2019 at 4:28 pm

Your negativity is simply a continuation of the Remainer lies and mis-information.
The result —we make the decisions, not Merkel, Juncker and Tusk.
We have seen the ruination they have inflicted on every country in the EU.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 7:35 pm

No end of victims to blame! The BBC, eu, remainers, left leaning press the labor party, and on and on

Jerry Owen

13th December 2019 at 12:31 pm

Many of labours heartlands have opened their hearts and given their trust to the Tories, the Tories in turn need to learn very quickly just who these people are, they need to understand the alien culture of the voters they have been gifted with, and they need to learn it quickly. They are unlikely to get this opportunity ever again if they balls this up.
This could herald the end of the Labour party as we know it. I suspect Labour won’t learn from this as the message I am getting is that they believe they simply didn’t get their message across properly and people didn’t understand .. ( God aren’t voters thick?).
For me an off the cuff remark by a Labour black female MP ( I do not know her name ) will stick with me for a long time, it was this :-
‘Boris had a simple message he recited again and again.. it was let’s get Brexit done, it was a simple slogan that people could recite easily’.
Those last few words speak volumes .. they just don’t get it do they?

H McLean

13th December 2019 at 12:25 pm

Let’s just hope that Boris doesn’t mess it up. Too many people have put their faith in him. He really could be one of the greats, his majority offers him that opportunity. Brexit under his government will set the tone. If it turns out a May-style weak capitulation then he’ll go down like a lead balloon. A No Deal Brexit? Well, that would be peachy. Voters know and accept it would be challenging in the short term, but that it would be the right choice for the long term.

In Negative

13th December 2019 at 1:10 pm

Here is my bet: Boris isn’t “one of the greats”.

Did you miss his campaign?

H McLean

13th December 2019 at 1:12 pm

I said ‘could be’.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 9:36 pm

Hiding in the fridge from such a dye in the wool socialist, piers Morgan and intellectual heavyweight sussana Reid. I’m not very hopeful of his greatness.

Eric Blair

13th December 2019 at 12:21 pm

Jo Swinson lost her seat to the SNP so that narrative looks a little shaky, as does the lack of much mention of the Scottish results.

Willie Penwright

13th December 2019 at 2:05 pm

The Scottish mistake is to repeatedly ask for independence. Independence isn’t something that can be given; it has to be taken. But then I’m Irish.

Fred Mutton

13th December 2019 at 4:35 pm

This only applies to the English will.
Every other administration under the British umbrella can leave at will by referendum among their inhabitants. Only England is under direct rule from the oppressive British.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 8:49 pm

Fred, interesting take. Well put.

Phil Ford

13th December 2019 at 12:02 pm

The Swinson moment was priceless. Corbyn and his commie comrades getting the boot was just as delicious. Twitter’s been hilarious. I’m talking hours of fun. Anyway, now we might just get the Brexit so many of us voted for – and won – three and a half years ago. We’ll see.

Eric Blair

13th December 2019 at 12:22 pm

Glad you enjoyed the pro-Remain SNP beating Swinson.

Davy Hayes

13th December 2019 at 12:54 pm

No time for the SNP, but willing to make an exception in Swinson’s case.
Surprised Gina Miller hasn’t got the cheque book out and heading towards the Supreme Court to try and get the result overturned….

Eric Praline

13th December 2019 at 1:10 pm

Don’t forget the other priceless moments – Soubry, Chuka, Campbell looking miserable on TV.

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 8:41 pm

But Brexit means so many different things. Some want a Norway/Switzerland style relationship, others want Canada plus, others want us to deal purely on WTO terms. Its absurd to describe Brexit as being the ‘will of the people’.

steve moxon

14th December 2019 at 12:02 am

Huh?! It is most explicitly the will of the people!!!
It was the outcome of a single issue referendum.
And the vote for it was the largest in British history.
Never has anything being more incontrovertibly the will of the people!

Jerry Owen

13th December 2019 at 11:54 am

I have a longer post under mod.
But I would just like to say to John Millson our Little Jonnie and his clone Danny Rees. Victory is sweet and I don’t offer you my commiserations !
I wonder if Millson will still be whinging about brexit when he comes back here.
And Little Jonnie is presumably still crying tears into his chocolate rice crispies.

John Millson

16th December 2019 at 8:41 am

Jerry Owen,
‘whingeing about brexit’? No, I am, like most people, genuinely relieved we can move on. Don’t expect a stupid kamikaze Brexit, though – Johnson wants to get re-elected, doesn’t he?
Now Nigel-Resentment-‘I speak for the Ordinary People-the Decent People’-Farage, can spend time developing his LBC ‘Shock-Jock’ persona and counting all his lovely money – courtesy of the EU, keeping out of English/Welsh politics for good, this time.

David Webb

13th December 2019 at 10:52 am

Yes, the remainer MPs were replaced. But over the longer term, it is we the English who are suffering the Great Replacement, as a new multi-cultural majority installs itself by 2060. Boris plans to step up immigration from India and Africa in fact. Whatever we vote for, we get more Globalism.

Gerard Barry

13th December 2019 at 11:09 am

At least the immigration from Africa and India will be subject to controls, not like the ridiculous freedom of movement that applies to immigrants from EU countries. Furthermore, if Brits really want less immigration, they might want to consider having more children (approximately 200,000 abortions are performed in the UK every year, you know) so that the economy is less dependent on
foreign labour.

Jim Lawrie

13th December 2019 at 11:34 am

The dependency on cheap labour is down to easy, low tech profits, not the birth rate.

Jerry Owen

13th December 2019 at 10:49 am

Highlight of the night, Swinson losing her seat. Low point of the night the old two party system is still running the show. No other party got close. People still trust the elites.
My opinion is that labour are still in denial , they had Tom Watson on last night (ITV) telling us that the message needs to be put across stronger not that the voters rejected it. We have Labour people on GMB this morning saying that labour needs a ‘woman’ ( is that gender biased ) leader Jess Phillips being put in the frame !.. yes Phillips the ‘Bollocks to brexit’ Mk11.
Johnson has the opportunity to keep the tories in power for a generation by dint of taking some of Labours crown jewels .. or should we say taking labours ‘Bo**ocks’ not crown jewels, he needs to repay that trust that has never been given to the tories before.
It is clear the country is split between London and the rest. GMB this morning decided to interview voters, and as it happened the pub in the background was a pub I recognized that is less than one mile from Hampstead.. doesn’t that just say it all?
I think we are in for an onslaught against the tories and Brexit voters from the left. This isn’t over, the vitriol from the left will get more vicious frenzied and insane.
It could be fun actually!

Fred Mutton

13th December 2019 at 4:48 pm

saying that labour needs a ‘woman’ ( is that gender biased ) leader ”
Therein the problem.
The rabid left think that melanin count and what the candidate sits on is a substitute for proven ability.
Thus their lack of credibility and the failure of every administrations run on such criteria.

Marvin Jones

15th December 2019 at 1:50 pm

Boris can rule as long as he wants if he just keeps his feet on the ground, and thinks before he says and does ANYTHING. The sole reason being, just look at the labour stable they have for their impending leadership.

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 10:41 am

My husband and myself watched the broadcast of BBC through Sky News all day here in Australia. We are very thrilled with the result for you and Brendan O’Neill once again proves he can read your nation’s temperature.

Now stand by for the usual suspects to cry “This represents the rise of a new Nationalism”!!!
Bets?

Dean Laccohee

13th December 2019 at 11:27 am

Baroness Brinton, president of the Liberal Democrats and the new co-leader, said it was a “disappointing night” for the party. “The voices of nationalism and populism both north and south of the border beat both her [Ms Swinson] in her seat and nationally as well.”

Following the defeat by the Scottish National Party’s Amy Callaghan, Ms Swinson said: “Some will be celebrating the wave of nationalism that is sweeping on both sides of the borders.”

Jim Lawrie

13th December 2019 at 11:41 am

“Brendan O’Neill once again proves he can read your nation’s temperature.” Bear in mind that the above article was written with the result in hindsight.

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 8:14 pm

I refer to all his previous articles on this subject.

Jim Lawrie

15th December 2019 at 10:36 am

Brandy he did not predict the result.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 9:14 pm

I wish I could live in a world as simple as Brenden’s

Matt Sotiriou

13th December 2019 at 10:39 am

Somewhere (Islington) Emily Thornbury is crying into a zinger towel meal.

Phil Ford

13th December 2019 at 12:04 pm

: )

Neil McCaughan

13th December 2019 at 10:34 am

I would just like to thank those people who made this all possible – Steve Coogan, Lily Allen, Paloma Faith, Dog-Strangler Heseltine, David Schneider, Hugh Grant, James Corden, John Major, Emma Thompson, and the Doom Goblin. Boris Johnson couldn’t have done it without you virtue-signalling dimwits.

Dean Laccohee

13th December 2019 at 10:36 am

These people do their cause so much damage. Why can’t they see it??!!

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 10:43 am

Because they are a bunch of virtue signaling dimwits. Oh, the glow and warmth of the bonfire of the vanities lured me into the best sleep since the referendum.

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 10:44 am

Narcissists never see beyond their own noses. Self-awareness isn’t part of their character.

Dean Laccohee

13th December 2019 at 11:34 am

That’s so true Brandy. Advice to whoever replaces JC – ditch the celebs. Unless of course they’re only interested in votes in London.

Jim Lawrie

13th December 2019 at 11:39 am

There’s more to come. The result will confirm and entrench their prejudices, not challenge them. Expect to see them play martyr and victim.

M Blando

13th December 2019 at 12:20 pm

Oh you have to admit, they are exceptionally good at those roles. Make yourself comfy for the award winning performances…

Female Penis

13th December 2019 at 1:33 pm

Jim: it’s already happening, reddit is awash with all the excuses and the blame *spoiler alert, they don’t blame themselves or Corbyn, it’s the filthy thick oiks. I can’t help but play with them, I shouldn’t really but they are such nasty *bleeps

H McLean

13th December 2019 at 12:30 pm

I’m not sure who “the Doom Goblin” is but it sounds like it could be Owen Jones. Is that close?

Eric Praline

13th December 2019 at 1:15 pm

Dom Joly?

He tweeted “So the Exit Poll suggests that lies, racism and cunterry is what the people want”.

Eric Praline

13th December 2019 at 1:15 pm

Dom Joly?

He tweeted “So the Exit Poll suggests that lies, racism and c***erry is what the people want”.

Female Penis

13th December 2019 at 1:29 pm

Ikr
They never learn.

James E Shaw

14th December 2019 at 12:53 am

You’ve forgotten the biggest factor. Jeremy Corbyn. Who proved to be Leave’s useful idiot.

jan mozelewski

14th December 2019 at 5:59 pm

Like the self-absorbed narcissism of Hugh Grant’s ‘There goes my neighbourhood’ tweet. He clearly hasn’t given a Rat’s A about the neighbourhoods of folk who have seen their towns taken over by migrants and their culture completely swamped. Or their agricultural jobs given to Eastern Europeans so that the Waitrose Set can save a few bob on their five-a-day. or their industries…like the potteries in Stoke….obliterated and outsourced and their communities withered. He is nothing but a Nimby.

James E Shaw

15th December 2019 at 10:43 am

But we are perfectly capable of changing our borders under EU law. But we simply chose not to do so, not because of the EU but because of the Blair government. Who the Leave supporting Sun supported IN THREE SUCESSIVE GENERAL ELECTIONS including his first one where the Labour manifesto explicitly stated it would implement the Human Rights Act.

James E Shaw

15th December 2019 at 10:57 am

Brexit lie that EU responsible for UK immigration is part of the disease. James O’Brien is the cure. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/james-o-brien-leave-voter-lbc-radio-on-air-live-brexit-brexiteer-argument-call-in-standoff-a7835011.html

Ven Oods

15th December 2019 at 10:04 am

“Boris Johnson couldn’t have done it without you virtue-signalling dimwits.”

If only Spiked allowed upticks!

Dean Laccohee

13th December 2019 at 10:23 am

It was interesting watching the coverage on BBC late last night. It was clear to Leave voters what was happening, yet some commentators on both sides of the fence were saying that this ‘wasn’t just about Brexit’ – despite the graphics right behind them showing massive swings from Lab to Con in heavily pro-Leave areas?! Perhaps this is the hastily organised new stance for Remainers – that there are other issues at stake here, even though it’s blindingly obvious that people voted for the one party committed to the referendum result, not the other two parties promising to cancel it!

Iain Litenment

13th December 2019 at 11:27 am

They’re already saying more people voted for remain parties than leave parties. In their reactionary minds they have won and this is all so unfair.

H McLean

13th December 2019 at 12:34 pm

Voters were terrified that Corbyn would be a Stalinist nutjob as PM. I’m sure that had a lot to do with it too.

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 8:21 pm

Actually, your comment is also relevant to the ‘celebrities’ and their support for left wing causes. Cast your mind back to the USA and the 1940s when “artists” were actively engaging with communism; actors, directors and writers. This at a time when their countrymen and women were dying like flies in the fight against totalitarianism and Stalin was killing millions. Ergo, HUAC and what princes and princesses they proved to be when called to account for their miserable ideologies before Joe McCarthy. I believed all that anti-HUAC sentiment in my younger years but now that I’m older and I see ‘artists’ continue to behave like naive teenagers I realize that their political nous and understanding is actually ZERO

Dominic Straiton

13th December 2019 at 10:20 am

Watching Owen Jones on ITV after the exit poll was worth the three years delay of Brexit.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 10:40 am

Oh, I missed that. Is it on YouTube?

Eric Praline

13th December 2019 at 1:53 pm

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 9:01 pm

Cheers, Eric. Can’t believe those comments. How thick do you really have to be to blame others instead of doing a bit of self examination, especially given the size of the drubbing they got. And these are the educated, eh?

K Tojo

13th December 2019 at 10:16 am

There is a new Red Wall. It surrounds what might be called fortress London. A whole bunch of familiar Labour faces have absolutely huge majorities in the inner London constituencies. These seats are all but unassailable Labour strongholds. They could put up any mediocre placeman as a candidate without fear of losing to another party.

Dominic Straiton

13th December 2019 at 10:21 am

Except Boris won twice in London.

K Tojo

13th December 2019 at 10:37 am

I repeat: “…familiar Labour faces have absolutely huge majorities in the inner London constituencies…”. Do you think that only inner London voted in the Mayoral elections?

Outer London is not quite the same. Finchley and Golders Green, a Conservative hold in this election, was Margeret Thatcher’s constituency in the 1980s before turning to Labour for many years.

Anyway, London now has a mayor who gives every sign of being little more than a Labour placeman.

Charles Buonaventura

13th December 2019 at 10:15 am

If you want to see real hatred, take a look at Twitter and below the line over at the Guardian this morning. I have no doubt that the good people over at Hope not Hate are on the case.

As far as the election is concerned, I have mixed feelings. The defenestration of the Remoaners is a welcome sight, the ghastly Swinson woman in particular, but I fear that it’s full steam ahead for BRINO.

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 10:43 am

“The Guardian” actively advocated for Corbyn!! What is Hope and Change please?

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 10:43 am

Sorry, what is Hope not Hate?

Matt Ryan

13th December 2019 at 9:31 pm

Hope not Hate are a less overtly aggressive version of AntiFa setup by the wandering hands widow of Jo Cox. As such there is absolutely no chance of them criticising the Left for hate speech.

H McLean

13th December 2019 at 12:38 pm

~The defenestration of the Remoaners is a welcome sight…” I always enjoy that word. Particularly apt in this situation.

jan mozelewski

13th December 2019 at 4:24 pm

The thing this election has proved….in common with the last to EU parliament elections…is that twitter is for the birds. Time and again people get absorbed by the hot air of the activists on there. Those activists and Slebs all stay in their bubble and then get an almighty wake-up call when the real electorate doesn’t follow their script. And of course, in their minds, its reality thats wrong.
For a few minutes, even an hour or so in some cases, they feel the arctic blast of reality and it sobers them. But it isn’t long before they go on twitter, talk to their ‘followers’ and get the enablers there to help reconstruct their sand castle. Long may it continue. They make themselves increasingly ridiculous and, in the case of some of these so-called celebrities, damage their brand and their own career. I used to quite like Hugh Grant. but him and that Thomson bint have put me off their back-catalogue….and anything they do in future.

jan mozelewski

13th December 2019 at 4:27 pm

(two) Beep…why not edit button!

Ven Oods

15th December 2019 at 9:55 am

“but him and that Thomson bint…”

Just because Emma’s a National Treasure doesn’t mean she can’t be a complete tit when she puts her mind to it.
I’d be surprised if Coogan remains as popular as he has been, now folk know what he thinks of them. Still, he’s minted anyway, so no harm done.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 10:06 am

Stunning result and an absolute victory for democracy. The level of denial amongst the pile of ashes that is now the LP is bizarre. What I want to know from these idiots is why, what was it all for? The dragging of heels, the court cases that made a mockery of Parliamentary sovereignty, the outrageous assertions that the ordinary voter had no idea what they were voting for and the constant pandering to a metropolitan elite. At least we can move on now and no longer have to listen to the anti democrats and the second referendum crowd. I was delighted to see the destruction of these people, especially Swinson, and yet so sad to see people like Caroline Flint go. She has had to pay the price for the stupidity of the majority of her colleagues.

M Blando

13th December 2019 at 12:25 pm

Your optimism is a credit to you. I fear however ‘put a sock in it’ on repea,t will be necessary for a while…. it’s been clear during the last three years we’re dealing with obsessives, addicted to their own ignorance.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 9:30 pm

Get your point, but don’t forget that the Tory rebels (without whip) are more or less all gone and replaced by new Leave mandated MPs. Also, the Labour seats picked up are all Leave seats. That makes a heavy tally of new committed Leave MPs to the HP. This will make a difference and strengthen the prospect of a harder Brexit instead of BRINO. I’m sure there will be compromise in some measure. But In light of these stunning changes, I doubt the Tories will make the same ‘face both ways’ mistake again. Furthermore, Cummings stock has gone up exponentially in the Party and I’m sure he’s a committed Leaver. These things all add up to a different set up for Parliament now. I know it’s early doors, but I’ll take what’s been served up as a good start for now. It’s an infinitely better situation than the day before yesterday by a country mile. The Remainers can squeal as much as they like, but they have far less representation in the House now.

M Blando

14th December 2019 at 12:09 pm

Michael, my comment applied to the wider world rather than exclusively to the HP. I had not absorbed you were speaking of the parliamentary realm only. That established, I find nothing to disagree with. I’m hopeful the discourse will now be about how to ensure the detail of leaving is beneficial to this country while navigating the inevitable compromises needed to deal with external parties. If that happens, it will be a world away from what we’ve witnessed todate… and a breath of fresh air.

Cummings is very much committed to a proper Leave, I believe. The few words of his I’ve managed to read push me to this conclusion. I hope his influence, prodding for a Brexit not Brino will continue.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 9:09 pm

An enormous amount of the chaos over the last 3 years has been due to the weakness of the leave argument. It simply failed to convince enough people of the benefits of leaving. Their was no plan or clear vision, coupled with a binary vote, your only going to get one outcome.

You might find you will get divisions amougst the leavers now.

Bella Donna

13th December 2019 at 10:03 am

Your article was spot on Brendan! I hope this time our voices will be heard, we’ve had more than we can take of the ‘elites’ insults and Boris has no excuse now to not deliver the Brexit we voted for. No more delaying tactics or deceitful machinations of the civil service. I still don’t trust the tories but they have no excuses to not deliver Brexit this time or Boris will die in a ditch, politically speaking of course!

Steve James

13th December 2019 at 9:54 am

What are the BBC going to do without Chuka and Soubry?

K Tojo

13th December 2019 at 10:07 am

They will use them as regular commentators on the consequences of what this “disastrous result” means for the country as a whole. I have already seen Rory Stuart (remember him) giving us his insight this morning on Sky News.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 10:41 am

Never have them on again, I hope.

jan mozelewski

13th December 2019 at 4:57 pm

Give them Marr’s job probably.

Mike Ellwood

13th December 2019 at 9:46 am

Now we also know what happens when a party leader is smeared by completely unjustified accusations of anti-semitism, which Spiked was proud to be part of.

K Tojo

13th December 2019 at 9:42 am

The media luvvies are truly upset that “their” socialist party was substantially rejected by the common crowd (aka “the audience”). Celebrities in meltdown betrayed by a brutish and xenophobic electorate. What happened to the cult of celebrity we are all supposed to be in awe of?

The new government is set for hostile a media onslaught which will make the 1980s attacks on Thatcherism seem mildly critical.

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 10:45 am

I fear you are right about the onslaught from the Left. Just as in the USA where the Democrats never accepted the election of Trump, the media class will in the UK talk about “the right wing media conspiracy”. Makes a change from Russia, I suppose.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 8:22 pm

Would love you to point out to me just exactly who are the left leaning media?

jan mozelewski

13th December 2019 at 4:26 pm

I hope so. it didn’t do Maggie any harm at the ballot box.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

13th December 2019 at 8:31 pm

‘Hostile media onslaught’!? The Right controls the vast majority of the media – Sun, DT, Spectator, Murdoch Empire, etc.

steve moxon

14th December 2019 at 12:04 am

??!!
ALL media has bought ‘identity politics’ totalitarianism.
NO media is conservative and realist (Right).

Steve Roberts

13th December 2019 at 9:39 am

The shell of the Labour party empties further, not much left inside its antidemocratic shell, take the moment also to remember all those that asked us to support that treacherous party,they all crossed a line this time,shame on them all. So no holding the feet to the fire by The Brexit Party, it’s now left to the people to deal with Johnson and his BRINO, the democratic surge has taken on a new form it has been placed in the hands of the CUP, it’s all the established order has left, vigilance required,starting now.The will of the people cannot be ignored again,we must raise the stakes by placing democracy at the very front of our activities starting with ensuring our democratic instruction to leave the EU and its institutions is enacted, those that refuse to do so will have to face us all again,even if it takes 5 years, lots of water to go under the bridge before then, we need to steer its course. This is not over.

H McLean

13th December 2019 at 12:53 pm

Yes, this hits the nail on the head. Johnson must know that he cannot afford to slip into weaselly politician mode where he tries to mollify the public while allowing the UK to remain attached to the EU with some weakly passable BRINO. Too many people have taken a big political risk in trusting him to get this done and if he only makes a half-hearted attempt they will exact their revenge at the next election. People must very loudly remind him of his obligation.

Richard Parker

13th December 2019 at 10:19 pm

Yeah, the folks who have lent him their vote will be quick to turn if they don’t like what they see. Actually, if he delivers the withdrawal on 31st January, I suspect many of them will then start to turn in short order, once he’s done what they ask of him. But he has a safe majority for 5 years. I don’t like the man but I cannot fault the way he has played all this.

Ven Oods

15th December 2019 at 9:49 am

“I don’t like the man but I cannot fault the way he has played all this.”

All thanks to that Machiavellian Geordie boy, Dominic Cummings.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

16th December 2019 at 8:26 pm

Yes excellent, the sooner we can sign that Donald trump, US free trade deal the better

Neil McCaughan

13th December 2019 at 9:14 am

If you thought the metropolitan bourgeois Labour Party’s anger and contempt toward the white working class since the EU referendum was grotesque, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Expect that fat snob Lady Nugee and Owen “Jussie” Jones to unite in demanding an end to the working class franchise, while quality folk like Steve Coogan and Paloma Faith advocate the re-introducion of serfdom.

Brandy Cluster

13th December 2019 at 10:46 am

George Orwell already described all that in the 1930s.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 11:00 am

Bring it on, I say. They’ll be merely pissing in the wind now. If they react in such a childish way it’ll only be a confirmation of the right decision.

Jane 70

13th December 2019 at 11:50 am

Lily Allen has had a much publicised hissy fit: how will all the luvvies cope, now that the dastardly ,stubborn electorate has given a giant ‘do one’ to the liberatis and dsimissed their posturings?

Can we now expect a reduction in Corbyn emissions?

Unfortunately, up here, north of the wall, the Nats are already in hyperbolic mode: Fat Controller Blackford has pronounced that the UK is now facing a constitutional crisis: translation, he and his colleagues will do their utmost to engineer one, all in the name of progressive dissent.

jan mozelewski

13th December 2019 at 3:56 pm

I remember Ms Allen when she was going about apologising to refugees at Calais on behalf of the UK. I sent her twitter stream into hilarious meltdown by posting a picture of her in a glossy magazine, taken not long before, where she was sprawled across an enormous sofa in her mansion and telling everyone how she loved the long long drive between it and the outside world. She more or less said it was great because it kept the plebs away. lol

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