Monday, 16 December 2019

National Sovereignty and Self-Government Re-Emerge

Light At The End of a Long, Dark Tunnel

So, Boris and the Conservatives have won the election by a handy margin.  

A quick survey of response and reactions is in order. 

James Delingpole: "Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain Just Dodged the Marxist Bullet!"

It would be near impossible to have a more clear choice.  Labour has been consigned to the opposition benches for well nigh at least a decade, barring some unforeseen calamity.  Writes Delingpole:
So Britain doesn’t, after all, want to be run by an antisemitic, terrorist-supporting Marxist and his gang of nasty, aggressive, intolerant, historically illiterate Social Justice Warriors who think the only problem with Communism is that it hasn’t been tried properly yet…

Who would have thought, eh?  
Nigel Farage: "The Brexit War is Over"

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said that the Brexit war is over and the UK is “much closer” to leaving the EU after the Conservatives won the General Election.  Speaking in the early hours of Friday morning to Sky News Australia as exit polls predicted a massive majority for the Conservative Party, Mr Farage said: “It’s done. The war is over. It’s finished. We’re leaving.”

After the 2016 referendum, 2017 General Election, 2019 European Parliament elections, and now the December General Election all pointing towards a Leave destination for the UK, Mr Farage declared the Brexit question closed.

However, he said: “Getting Brexit doesn’t end all political arguments. But what it does do, if done properly, take us back to being an independent, democratic, self-governing nation —  something we should never have given up way back in the 1970s.  “I fought against this[the EU] for 25 years — much of it on my own — so at least tonight I feel a lot closer.”  [Breitbart London]

Victoria Freedman  "Biggest Majority Since Thatcher"
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that with his House of Commons majority, he will deliver Brexit by January 31st, 2020.

With just two constituencies left to call, the Conservative Party will have between a 78- and 80-seat majority in the House of Commons, giving the party its biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher was reelected in 1987. Meanwhile, Labour has had its worst election result since 1935.

In his victory speech from Westminster on Friday morning, the prime minister said in his characteristic verbosity and humour: “We did it. We pulled it off, we broke the deadlock, we ended the gridlock, we smashed the roadblock.”

He added: “With this mandate and this majority, we will be able to get Brexit done because this election means that getting Brexit done is the irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people. With this election, we can put an end to all those miserable threats of a second referendum.”

Boris Johnson: "Let's  Get It Done"

Thanking the British people, Mr Johnson also extended his “humbled” thanks to Labour voters who lent the Conservatives their votes, pledging to never take their support for granted.

He said: “You may only have lent us your vote and you may not think of yourself as a natural Tory… You may intend to return to Labour the next time around and if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me and you have put your trust in us.

“I, and we, will never take your support for granted. I will make it my mission to work night and day, flat out, to prove you right in voting for me this time and to earn your support in the future. In this election, your voice has been heard, and about time, too.”

Labour haemorrhaged seats in Leave heartlands where the Tories made significant gains and where senior party figure John McDonnell admitted that Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party had eaten into their voting bloc. In fact, some formerly Labour seats were won by the Tories not with slim majorities, but between 2,000 and 4,000, according to an analysis by Sky News.

Mr Johnson continued: “We will get Brexit done on time, by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes. Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people.”

Pledging also to increase spending on the NHS, police, technology, and infrastructure, Prime Minister Johnson said that “as the nation hands us this historic mandate, we must rise to the challenge and to the level of expectations. “Parliament must change so that we are working for you, the British people and that is what we will now do. Let’s go out and get on with it, let’s unite this country, let’s spread opportunity to every corner of the UK with super education, superb infrastructure and technology, let get Brexit done.

“But first, my friends, let’s get breakfast done, too.” [Breitbart News]

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