Forget Brexit – if it ever happens. Boris Johnson’s new ‘Conservative’ government plans to take the UK into a new era of Big Government tax and spend predicated on a new found overarching existential concern for the environment unprecedented in its history. Forget the Industrial Revolution, The Tech Revolution and the Brexit Innovation Free Trade Revolution; forget also the image of shabby little men beavering away at 4D Chess to generate a Utopian Win Win via a complex and bewildering series of Dark Moves cunningly designed to wrongfoot the malign Dark Forces. The Dark Moves are the Dark Forces and they have decided that the future is bleak and austere – and tightly controlled by elitist technocrats unaccountable to the electorate. Deep Green One Nation Toryism is the new Red and Boris is the man who will introduce it to the world at COP 26 (aka ‘The Mad Hatter’s Glasgow Tea Cosy Party’).
Traditional Tories and Tory voters are aghast, but they made it happen. They trusted Boris to ‘Get Brexit Done’ and thence to proceed without further ado to the sunlit uplands of global free trade combined with light touch government regulation sparking innovation and free enterprise – opportunity for all based on traditional conservative free market capitalist principles. How wrong they were. ‘Vote Brexit Party, get Corbyn’, they said. So they voted Conservative and they got Corbyn. Boris the Blond became Boris the Red in just two short months and Brexit is far, far from being ‘done’.
I won’t say I told you so, but I told you so:
I’ve never less wanted to be proven correct, but he’s shaping up to my worst fears, and even exceeding them. Go aheads for Huawei, probably HS2, bringing forward a ban on petrol and diesel cars to 2035 ‘or sooner if feasible’, doubling offshore wind capacity, quite likely giving in to EU demands to fish UK territorial waters, barmy climate assemblies, taxi services for Calais illegal immigrants, a White Paper on banning gas central heating from homes, now mooted tax raids on pensions and expensive home owners. I guess he’s going to have to find the money from somewhere to fund the possible £12 trillion cost of #netzero which will ‘save the planet’ by reducing global mean surface temperature by 0.014C. Former Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell warns that Boris will ‘compromise’ on hardline EU demands for a trade deal, rather than go to WTO in Dec 2020. I’m inclined to believe him. This means the UK will probably be closely aligned with EU law – including on the environment and climate change. It means a far-reaching trade agreement with Trump’s US looks increasingly uncertain – especially after Boris royally pissed off The Donald by agreeing to let Huawei build UK 5G infrastructure.
Dark days for Britain. Five years of this crap and the country may well be done for, with only the prospect of an even more extreme Marxist Labour government who are publicy declaring that they will steal private property if it is not used to house people (illegal immigrants most likely). Even the normally upbeat Dellers is pessimistic:
Ben is even more gloomy: