‘This is the people’s revenge against the Remoaner elites’

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Brendan O’Neill’s interview with Sky Australia on the morning after the General Election has been viewed more than half-a-million times. He argues that the electorate has rebelled against the anti-democratic Remainer elites and working-class voters have rebelled against a Labour Party that has been hijacked by the woke, paternalistic middle classes.

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Tony Mac

31st December 2019 at 2:26 pm

Star Wars/ Brexit.
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.

Geoff Cox

19th December 2019 at 10:13 am

Well said Bendan!

If you read this, I don’t exactly agree with you about people wanting an end to the current “establishment”. The current elite also support a mixed market economy, social mobility, the right to own stuff, free and fair elections etc. These are the bedrocks of post war liberal democracies. But there are issues which the establishment are behind for incomprehensible reasons – LGBT, the attack on free speech, globalisation, mass immigration etc. This is where we disagree with the Hampstead liberals. These tendencies are very worrying, but we don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water. In my view the troubles in France may end up having that effect there.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

17th December 2019 at 9:05 pm

How utterly ironic for O’Neill to be presenting himself as being ‘on the side of the people’ when he is just as much part of the London media-political class as the likes of Emily Thornberry or John Snow. Boris is also very much part of the Westminster aristocracy and has no intention of harming the long-term interests of the Billionaires, hedge funds and shady offshore entities.

Saying Johnson is better than Corbyn is like saying Pinochet is better than Pol Pot.

Marvin Jones

18th December 2019 at 2:38 pm

BUT! Francis the “talking mule” is a hell of a lot wiser that all of the labour party. Including Swineson.

Ed Turnbull

10th January 2020 at 12:23 pm

You do realise you’ve just been hoist by your own petard, don’t you? Saying Pinochet is better than Pol Pot is a perfectly reasonable – and demonstrably true – statement. Pinochet may have been a dictator but he was, at least, a rational actor. Pol Pot, on the other hand, was batsh*t insane, at least by the standards of the rational, civilised world *as well as being a dictator*. Were I a head of state / government I know which one I’d rather treat with.

The same argument can be applied to the IRA versus the Taliban / Al Quaeda / Islamic State (other batsh*t crazy Islamic terror groups are available).

Happy to clear that up for you.

John Millson

17th December 2019 at 11:13 am

The delay to Brexit was actually caused by the ERG. They delayed and delayed, assisted unwittingly by the Labour Party, playing their political role of opposing the May government, in retrospect stupidly.
They delayed until Theresa May became increasingly weakened and Boris Johnson simply strode in. It was all planned. A real political assassination
I normally subscribe to the ‘cock-up’ theory of history but this is a perfect example of the ‘conspiracy’ version.
(The ERG are quite vile.)

NEIL DATSON

17th December 2019 at 2:37 pm

John, your suggestion that the ‘delay was actually caused by the ERG. They delayed and delayed, assisted unwittingly by the Labour Party, playing their political role of opposing the May government, in retrospect stupidly’ has some truth in it but misses the point by a country mile.

It wasn’t Brexit that was delayed but BRINO that was forestalled. It wouldn’t have solved anything, but just kicked the can further down the road. That is doubly ironic as – as far as can be discerned – some sort of BRINO would have suited the Corbyn led Labour Party better than any other outcome. But for Corbyn and his dire front-bench team opposition was always an end in itself.

It has been said that at one time when Starmer was – nominally – negotiating with May’s team about what the two camps could agree on and what sort of BRINO that they could cook up between them, the government people laid out some proposals that Starmer immediately dismissed as ‘completely unacceptable’. The government people answered him thus: ‘Odd that, as all we’ve done this time is to copy and paste your last effort’. True or not? Who knows, but it certainly has the ring of truth.

It is unfair to suggest that the Labour leadership were ‘unwitting’ in the role they played. Opposing the Tory Government ‘on principle’ was the only thing they were ‘witting’ about.

John Millson

17th December 2019 at 3:08 pm

”It wasn’t Brexit that was delayed but BRINO that was forestalled”. It was defeated repeatedly because it was from May, who was as big a liablitiy to the Tories as Corbyn was to Labour. By dispensing with NI Ireland altogether, endangering the Union but with a shorter Transition, Johnson’s ‘BRINO’ version gets acceptance.
Brexiteers themselves have contributed to the crisis of the last three years. It can’t just be blamed on the ‘Remoaner’ Establishment.

NEIL DATSON

17th December 2019 at 7:00 pm

John, I have no intention of praising Johnson for the kind of Brexit he will deliver, not least because I lack the gift of prophesy. There is the possibility that he will attempt to squeeze through some sort of BRINO, in which case the issue won’t go away altogether, although it may be put on hold. All being well the ‘deal’ he negotiated before the election is now as dead as May’s WA. But critically, when he first got into No 10 the issue was utterly deadlocked, and he – and the electorate – have now broken the deadlock. That is of critical importance. By drawing attention back to his pre-election ‘deal’ you are really blaming him for the difficulties he inherited. So I would humbly suggest that you to wait to see what he tries to do with political power before coming to judgement.

Another point. Why did you describe the ERG as ‘quite vile’? Please elucidate.

John Millson

18th December 2019 at 9:13 am

(It’s hard to say anything original on this matter.)
Agreed the election result has unblocked so much and provided some political and social calm. (The fact one major party in our parliamentary democracy is in existential danger is a separate issue…)
Brexit as one ‘instantaneous’ act, where geographical considerations, ties, treaties, arrangements can be put aside in a fell swoop, almost? It’s an impossiblity – they can’t. Full, actual Brexit has to be a process which takes time, quite along time. I can’t understand why apparently normal, intelligent people won’t accept that.
Re Johnson. The truism is with that majority he can get through his ‘BRINO’ as you call it, no problem. If he wants to get re-elected he will have to do all he can to ensure ours and neighbouring economies are not poleaxed. He owns Brexit now. A ‘bad’ Brexit will cost him.
‘Brexit’, as the celebration of full sovereignty should happen from 31st January.
Re the ERG. They seemed to me to be an unimaginative, unhelpful culmination of all that decades- old Euro-bashing. It’s one thing being the ‘awkward squad’ it’s quite another refusing to compromise, rooted in a some sort quasi religious view of the UK’s ‘destiny’. No, ‘vile’ isn’t right. Maybe ‘swivel-eyed’? imo…

NEIL DATSON

18th December 2019 at 10:37 am

Well, joining what was known as the Common Market was a single moment in history. The main reason that so many people in this country have had enough of it is that it has arrogated more and more power and influence to itself, and thus control over our lives, without our seeing a way to check it. Of course, we were warned in the 1970s (by some on both the political left and the political right) that that was always the intention, but we didn’t listen to the siren voices.

Leaving the EU can only be a single moment in history, just as joining the Common Market was, but transitional arrangements need to be made to minimise the economic and social disruption. If they are well made there is no need for anybody’s life or economic interests to be adversely affected. That doesn’t mean that they will be well made, and no government can ever guarantee stability and prosperity for everyone. The chief risk at this stage does not come from the British Government but the EU’s leadership, as unlike the British Government it is not answerable to the people, and some of its more hubristic elements may want to ‘punish’ the UK, as a warning to the people’s of other member states.

There can be no certainty about the future, either within or without the EU, but all recent human experience suggests that the happiest and most successful societies are ones that enjoy genuine democratic accountability.

James Knight

17th December 2019 at 2:45 pm

There were (and are) genuine objections to the WA. But the Labour party and it’s allies did not have any real or substantial objections to the WA. They were just playing games to deadlock parliament and the only purpose was to block Brexit and plotting to over turn it. They even tried to stop the election to break that deadlock, propping up Johnson rather than face the voters. It reached the absurd levels when there was talk of the government proposing a no confidence motion in itself to force an election.

But in the end the Turkeys could not prevent Christmas.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

17th December 2019 at 9:06 pm

ERG are elitist nutters who know only the sanctity of money.

jan mozelewski

19th December 2019 at 3:37 pm

I am not an elitist, I am not a member of the ERG. I like to think I’m not ‘a nutter’ – although naturally one cannot judge that for oneself.
I believe absolutely in the sanctity of money. Without it, here in the material world, I believe very little of substance can be achieved. Good intentions and prayers notwithstanding, sooner or later money is definitely going to be required. I have had lots of periods in my life when money was I found it in short supply and I know what I’m talking about. Ideas, hopes, plans wither on the vine without money to feed them.
It is a lack of understanding of money, and feckless idealist la-la-land Labour politicians talking about spending it without the faintest idea how to balance the books (and in many cases how it is earned) which was resoundingly rejected by people who know only too well that reality. Dear me.

Tim Wheeler

19th December 2019 at 7:24 pm

“elitist nutters” …Ordinary British Voters knew exactly who they were and just sacked ’em.

Marvin Jones

18th December 2019 at 2:45 pm

Do you lefties deliberately leave out all the facts or is it just limited thought for the entire problem for convenience. May was a remainer and a betrayer, her deal was so phoney and cowardly, I am not surprised you found it palatable. It was just a surrender document, and if Boris’ deal is good enough for Francois, Baker and Cash, it can’t be wrong.

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