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Oh do stop being a tosser Harris

Who’s steering the Conservatives to the right? The backseat drivers of Reform UK
John Harris

As the Wellingborough byelection approaches, the one-time architects of Brexit are revelling in power without responsibility

Apparently standing in an election to try to get into Parliament is undemocratic now or some such foolishness.

15 thoughts on “Oh do stop being a tosser Harris”

  1. Surely John Harris should be overjoyed that the Tories are being lured into the mires of righteousness.

    Since no longer deceived by the fake leftists of the Conservative party, the now enlightened populace will obviously all vote for Holy Labour.

  2. Something that’s fascinating about our Uniparty Moment is how all-in the press are on the deliberate suppression of British democracy and how readily they supply all the grubby gaslighting that accompanies it.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    As the Wellingborough byelection approaches, the one-time architects of Brexit are revelling in power without responsibility

    Now do the Green Party.

  4. Good headline Tim – and on a good day he’s one of the better columnists – I particularly enjoyed these excerpts:

    For now, he and his accomplices are striding around with a renewed sense of purpose – which is quite something to behold, given that their most successful project has been such an epochal disaster. Farage himself says Brexit has “failed”; it’s very telling that if you ask Reform UK people to explain why leaving the EU has been all harm and no benefits, their usual fondness for slogans and clarion-calls deserts them, and they seek refuge in impenetrable arcana about silent Tory betrayals on trading rules, customs regulations and the like

    ‘Impenetrable arcana’ – And of course the EU is the heir to the late John Cowperthwaite in the simplicity and clarity of its measures – here’s a good example – one I deal with ‘from time to time’ – MIFID II

    https://www.esma.europa.eu/publications-and-data/interactive-single-rulebook/mifid-ii

    97 articles and 4 annexes – all very above board and completely comprehensible to the man in the street – It only took my employer, a Tier 1 Investment Bank about 2.5 years and a thousand people to even work out an implementation strategy for it. I would actually agree the Tory implementation of Brexit has been a disaster but that’s because the EU has been such a monumental catastrophe – on every conceivable level.

    All this plays into a general sense of a high-profile party being left completely unchallenged, and doing as it pleases. Last week, the Financial Times revealed that the party had accepted a £10,000 donation from the hedge-fund tycoon Crispin Odey after an investigation by that newspaper had brought forth serious allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denies. When asked if the party had been aware of them, Tice said he did not “read the FT every day of the week. It’s a trendy lefty newspaper.” In the Rochdale byelection, which will happen on 29 February, the party’s candidate will be the constituency’s former MP Simon Danczuk, who was last heard of when he was suspended from the Labour party after it was revealed he sent sexually explicit messages to a 17-year-old girl. There is an unspoken sense here of something unsettlingly Trump-ish.

    I think Tice’s description of the FT is spot on – although not sure if Danczuk is an ideal candidate – do love the attempt to bring in Trump as well. Clearly Harris hasn’t been following the news – This from that well known Eurosceptic publication ‘Le Monde’ – 1 in 4 MEPS under investigation for a variety of offences.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/en/les-decodeurs/article/2024/02/02/one-in-four-meps-are-implicated-in-judicial-cases-or-scandals_6486917_8.html

    Meanwhile, the story about Reform’s often overlooked effects on Westminster grinds on. From the Rwanda bill to the so-called war on woke, there is an array of Tory stances and policies at least partly motivated by a flailing quest to somehow keep the Reform threat at bay. As the Conservatives are continually pulled to the right, moreover, Labour thinks it sees proof of an essentially reactionary electorate, and often follows suit.

    I bet Harris is alongside Jones and all the other clowns at the ‘Marches for Gaza’ – the irony of backing an overtly fascist political movement in the Middle East while bemoaning alleged ‘fascists’ who, at least in the case of the Conservatives, on many issues are to the Left of North Korea is apparently lost on him…

  5. One supposes that in his ideal UK two parties would vie with each other by presenting identical policies but distinguishinng themseleves by how good their hair looked and what new minority intersections they could espouse.

  6. From Comment Macht Frei

    “Guardian Pick
    Things aren’t great after 13 years of hard right, slash and burn, kick out the immigrants, slam shut the borders politics…

    …and some people think its because we didn’t slash, kick and slam hard enough?

    I despair.”

  7. “Who’s steering the Conservatives to the right? The backseat drivers of Reform UK”

    Would to God that they were!

  8. I sneeze in threes – the majority of children in London are now born to foreign parents, the other statistics around immigration and birth rates are so bad that you’d need your eyes to be clamped open to read them.

    But basically we’re looking at the death of Britain as a viable nation state by 2035.

    Everybody in a position of power or influence (King Charles, the Church of England, the Charity-Dinghy-rapist complex, Westminster) seems remarkably cool with this, as if they think they’re still going to be in charge when foreigners make up the overwhelming majority of people under the age of 30.

    Very foolish of them.

  9. I know people who still live in South Africa, and what they describe sounds a lot like living as the embattled survivors do in a zombie film.

    So maybe that’s the ticket? Maybe people will just accept the poverty, violence and degradation their government has imposed on them for no good reason and plenty of bad ones. Grumble about the latest acid attack / beheading / power cut, and keep going on as they were.

    But I hope not. Whites in SA can still, theoretically, escape. But we’ve got nowhere to go.

  10. “Now do the Green Party.”

    As I keep saying, thanks to the ludicrous PR system in operation at Holyrood, the Greenist currently swanning around as Scottish “Climate Change Minister” – the bloke who presumed to lecture the King about “democracy”, remember? – won his seat by attracting fewer votes than the Tories. In Glasgow. The Greens overall won about 8% of the vote. Reform’s currently polling in the teens.

  11. As most here are well aware, the last 13 years have given us easily the most left-wing Tory administration since (at least) the days of Heath. e.g. BoJo’s natural home would be in the Bow Group, he just disagreed with them about Europe (and then not with any great degree of conviction). Much the same is true of Cameron, May and Sunak – Truss being the only (brief) exception.

    The reason Leftards can’t see this is that they believe their own propaganda, that anyone who supported leaving the EU must have been a sieg-heiling, racist neo-Nazi.

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