Donald Trump has reintroduced the modern world to Right Wing assertiveness. He has ignored as “fake news” all the brow-beating that has typically paralyzed Republican politicians and gone his own way on policy matters. He tears up old policy like NAFTA that doesn’t suit him and blazes a negotiating trail that leaves his opponents in the dust. When President Trump called Boris Johnson, “Britain Trump,” he is hitting on something that has a basis in fact. It’s not that the two men are highly similar in the details of their lives and philosophy. It’s the fact that they are willing to throw the dice. It’s their audacity. Both men have won big by not playing it safe.
Now Boris Johnson is gambling on a grand scale. He’s setting up a make or break scenario for himself, for his premiership, for the Tories, for the Brexit campaign and even for British independence, all on one throw of the dice. It’s a two-stage strategy to preserve the Hard Brexit.
The first stage is to cow the Remainers from voting against Hard Brexit by threatening to oust them from the party and deselect them from running as Tories in their re-elections. If this succeeds then Johnson’s hand is strengthened in his negotiations with the EU but, all else failing, a Hard Brexit will occur on October 31st. But if the Remainers refuse to follow his lead on Hard Brexit then stage two is calling for a General Election. And the audacity of this move would be Homeric. Now Johnson is bringing into play Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party to essentially replace Remainers in both the Tory and Labour Parties in order to gain a majority in Parliament for the Brexit Movement. That is indeed a gutsy move. What if it fails. Johnson would be out as PM. The Tories would be a spent force. Brexit would be revoked and the EU and the Remainers would reign supreme. And even if the Brexit Party swings the majority to Pro-Brexit, who is to say that Nigel Farage will give Boris Johnson the premiership back? It’s entirely possible that Farage could end up as Prime Minister. After all Theresa May called for a General Election in order to strengthen her hand when she was trying to negotiate the Brexit and all it did was lose her the Tory majority she already had. A General Election is the ultimate toss of the dice.
So, does that mean I’m saying that Boris Johnson is being rash in forcing the issue on Hard Brexit? Hell no!
Boris has no choice. His adversaries have rigged the game. Much as in the United States both major parties are full of globalists who are more beholden to corporate and elitist interests than they are to the will of the people who elected them. His only choice is to threaten these frauds with the only punishment they truly fear, namely being cast out of their lucrative, powerful government jobs that provide them with such a comfortable and privileged lifestyle to which they have become so thoroughly accustomed. He is making them accountable to the people they allegedly represent.
So, he has no choice but throw the dice. But that doesn’t mean he should not be greatly praised for doing it. Think of the other allegedly conservative politicians who when confronted with choices like this surrender and follow the path the Left has goaded them toward. Theresa May is the latest example but the list is literally endless and is prominently sprinkled with George Bushes of various middle names.
So, kudos to you Boris Johnson. I hope the Remainers cave and make your life easy. In fact, I actually hope you get the chance to negotiate a few of the terms of the Brexit with those geniuses in Brussels. It would do them some good to actually start learning again what it means to treat with equals instead of dictating to the proles. It might save them from the Grexit and the Itexit and even the Frexit. But then again maybe they should get everything they’ve earned, with interest.