Erm, well……

Governing for the interests of those northerners who have “lent him their votes”? Pull the other one! How does that compare with his plans for deregulation, closer alignment with Trump’s America, and the opportunities for profiting from Brexit to which his financial backers look forward?

Perhaps being more American, less European, more free market, will be beneficial to uppity northerners as well as everyone else? After all, the European method ain’t so great for those in the other rust belt areas of the continent, is it?

18 thoughts on “Erm, well……”

  1. Yarp.

    The full article is fairly interesting: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/dec/15/victory-brexit-lies-does-not-make-them-true-govern-one-nation

    It contains the usual tired old tropes (the British Left really does love recycling) about “the Murdoch press”, lying liars lying for Brexit, yadda yadda yadda.

    On the plus side… Apparently the diplomat in the British embassy to the Yanks, the preposterously-named and presumably oats-bereft Alexandra Hall Hall, resigned out of Brexit bumhurt. So at least that’s something. (She claims she couldn’t peddle half-truths anymore, which is a strange thing to say when that’s literally a diplomat’s job)

    For reasons that I fail to understand, Corbyn and his allies, such as Seumas Milne, believe that the EU is some kind of capitalist conspiracy.

    Strange how they got that idea after seeing an endless parade of billionaires, bankers and CBI members demand we stay in the EU forever.

    As for deregulation, Trump’s America, etc., seems like the American working class are doing very well out of Trumponomics.

  2. I always wondered what Jason King did after leaving Department S. Who would have guessed he would end up writing on Elynomics for the guardian?

  3. They will never, ever truly understand why they lost, because people who think their opponents are deliberately evil will never reflect on their defeat and say “You know what? I think we were wrong, and have to change”.

    Their entire psychological makeup is inventing reasons why they should shy away from even beginning such an analysis.

  4. As for deregulation, Trump’s America, etc., seems like the American working class are doing very well out of Trumponomics

    Yeah it’s amazing what can happen when the country is governed for the benefit of the people as opposed to solely for globalist mega corporations.

  5. Flubber. I think it’s probably more accurate to say that things are improving for America’s working class, and many perceive that their prospects are brighter than they have been for a long time. How you feel about your prospects is important. There’s still a ways to go, and the benefits are substantially regional. Some states, often controlled by the Democrats, are languishing and some states, often controlled by the Republicans are doing well. I actually think that a state’s policies affect your prospects more than do the federal government’s. Illinois withered and Texas thrived under Obama, and Illinois continues to wither and Texas continues to thrive under Trump. Both presidents claim credit for jobs created in Texas, but other factors are really at play.

  6. It might not be wise for Brits to assume that “closer alignment with Trump’s America” is an option. Boris is best known in the US for sniggering behind the US President’s back and for previously having made many negative comments about President Trump. Payback is not guaranteed, but is definitely within the bounds of possibility.

    The Democrat Party is composed of shallow people who do not realize that the UK “Conservative” Party is actually about as left-wing as they are — with both of them pushing socialized medicine and carbon-neutral policies. The Democrats will do all they can to block any alignment with the despised “Conservatives” — especially if President Trump decides to forgive & forget, and then supports throwing some tidbits to the isolated English.

    The nexus of Anglophilia in the US lies in the Deep State — which looks to be on the losing end of US politics.

    Maybe the best choice for Boris would be to kow-tow to the Chinese?

  7. GL

    “The nexus of Anglophilia in the US lies in the Deep State — which looks to be on the losing end of US politics.”

    And yet Trump (being half Brit) is as anglophile as they come? We’ll see?

  8. Bloke in Costa Rica

    GL: I said in a comment on the Daily Mail’s site that if moderate left wingers want a party they can vote for in good conscience then they’ve always got the Conservatives. Delighted as I am that Corbyn and his band of psychotic Trots have been given the bum’s rush, I am not sufficiently deluded as to think that the current lot of Tories won’t bitterly disappoint me.

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    Trump will do what he thinks is in the USA’s best interests and Boris will do whatever he thinks is in our best interests, once the EU shackles have been thrown off, and that’s how it should be.

    (The EU will do whatever is in France’s interests, giving a quick nod the the Germans. )

  10. Boris will do whatever he thinks is in our best interests.

    I won’t palter with your phrasing, tempting though it is, Mr in ND. But I hope to be proven wrong in my assessment of Boris’ good faith. And I hope you’re right.

  11. How does that compare with his plans for deregulation, closer alignment with Trump’s America, and the opportunities for profiting from Brexit

    I wish Johnson was proposing this. Frustratingly, he’s not, it’s more of the same: regulatory alignment with EU, more tax, spend and green crap

    Merkel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6qFlJkFyoo

    Macron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hTstajCHbw

    EU boss von der Leyen outlines ‘zero tariff, zero quota’ Brexit vision ‘unprecedented partnership’ and “more EU”
    youtube.com/watch?v=5Zyn0tosM0c

    Fingers crossed Boris looks at his “oven ready” deal and sees it’s past Use By date

  12. @Gavin Longmuir December 15, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    @Bloke in Costa Rica December 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm
    @Edward Lud December 15, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Spot on

    btw The Andrew Marr Show 15th Dec, 2019
    Air time: Labour and SNP 75%, Conservative 25% – balanced, impartial?

  13. TBF to Marr (why?) there’s really nothing very interesting to say about the Tories, at least until the Queen’s speech: “We won! Yay us!!” I’d be very happy to have 100% Labour for the next few weeks while we watch them self-destruct, with the occasional LibDem thrown in for the LOLZ.

  14. From the pages of the London Daily Mail: “Boris Johnson plans new Whitehall department to spearhead Britain’s battle against climate change as part of post-election Government shake-up”

    Oh! You poor British bastards! Some of you thought you were voting for the Conservative Party. Oh well! Making the London government bigger will certainly help promote growth in the North of England.

  15. Watching the Lalith parade of incompetence that can’t understand how the public could treat them like this is much more fun than Marr being balanced, which he wouldn’t be anyway

  16. Rob

    “They will never, ever truly understand why they lost, because people who think their opponents are deliberately evil will never reflect on their defeat and say “You know what? I think we were wrong, and have to change”.

    Their entire psychological makeup is inventing reasons why they should shy away from even beginning such an analysis.”

    Agreed. Isn’t it great though to see how quickly they’ve put this election behind them and got on with today’s business of losing the next election.

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