Boris Johnson Stunning Victory on a Climate Activist Big Government Platform

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Should US Republicans embrace Canadian / UK style health care, hard lockdowns and climate action? UK Conservative British PM Boris Johnson has just won a stunning by-election victory. But there are dark economic and political storm clouds looming on the horizon of green BoJo land.

Pinkerton: What the Republican Party Can Learn from the Huge Victory of the British Conservative Party

JAMES P. PINKERTON
8 May 2021

How the Brits Did It

Here’s why American conservatives should pay attention to the recent special election in Hartlepool, United Kingdom: The British Conservative Party has modernized and mobilized itself to win a parliamentary constituency that the Labour Party had held for nearly 60 years; indeed, the Conservative candidate won the seat on May 7 by more than 23 points.   

Now that’s a story worth paying attention to, with an eye toward our replicating it here.  

The parallels between American conservatives and British conservatives are strong and more recently even stronger, as the two parties have taken a populist, pro-worker, anti-globalist turn. 

As we all remember, in June 2016, British voters endorsed the Brexit referendum. Then, of course, in November 2016, Donald Trump was elected president of the U.S. And in July 2019, after weak Conservatives had dithered on Brexit, Boris Johnson became prime minister on a flat promise: “Get Brexit Done.”  Johnson won in a massive landslide; it was the biggest victory for the Tories since 1935. Then Johnson kept his promise on Brexit, absorbing along the way voters who had supported Nigel Farage’s U.K. Independence Party.

Yet there was more to Johnson than Brexit. His winning political platform was heavy on conservative and populist themes. He pledged more money for police, science, healthcare, apprenticeships, and infrastructure, while at the same time holding the line on personal tax increases. Johnson further promised to restrict immigration, as well as to toughen up on crime. 

To be sure, Americans haven’t quite cottoned to national health insurance, although it is true that the Affordable Care Act now enjoys a healthy margin of public support. Moreover, just in the past three years, the ruby-red states of Idaho, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Utah have voted to expand Medicaid, bringing many working-class families (the poor have always been covered under Medicaid) into the protective embrace of health insurance.

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Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/05/08/pinkerton-what-the-republican-party-can-learn-from-the-huge-victory-of-the-british-conservative-party/

For now Britain supports Boris Johnson. He gave them lots of money during the lockdown, and his authoritarian crackdown made frightened people feel safe. His massive subsidies for renewables also plays well with a population who have been relentlessly propagandised by the government funded BBC on the need for climate action.

Business confidence is also at a record high – all the money the UK government has pumped into the economy has sustained demand.

But sooner or later someone has to pay for the bread and circuses. British National Debt has crossed the £2 trillion mark for the first time – according to the OECD, the British Government owes 144% of GDP.

There has also been growing unrest against endless Covid lockdowns, though for now Boris Johnson’s Covid authoritarianism seems to enjoy overwhelming public support, if the Hartlepool election is any guide.

It is possible that US Republicans could achieve a similarly overwhelming victory by copying elements of Boris Johnson’s formula which resonate with Democrats; by embracing government funding of green policies (and providing impossibly optimistic estimates of the cost and benefits), promising comprehensive free universal healthcare, promising generous benefits, spending borrowed money like water, yet gaining an advantage over their opponents by leveraging people’s trust in Republican economic stewardship.

But this would be be a deeply unsustainable path to victory. Promising the impossible might get your foot in the door, but sooner or later people figure out they have been misled.

Boris Johnson’s Britain has to somehow contain and pay back that spiralling 144% GDP government debt. Massive investment in solar panels and wind farms will achieve nothing for Britain’s economic competitiveness. The inevitable harsh tax rises required to pay for all this big government populism could cause Britain’s new found business confidence to evaporate as quickly as it appeared.

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SMC
May 8, 2021 6:09 pm

The parallels between American conservatives and British conservatives are strong…”

No, they are not. There may be some parallels but they are not strong. For a little perspective, Hillary Clinton would be considered a conservative by British standards.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 8, 2021 7:03 pm

There is a reason we rebelled against the crown!

Matthew Sykes
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
May 9, 2021 1:02 am

Best thing you did, I just wish the revolution had made its back across the atlantic!

MarkH
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 8, 2021 8:30 pm

In much of the world there is practically no actual conservative choice. We get to choose between a “conservative” who is actually a socialist, globalist sellout and a “liberal” who is actually a communist.

Anon
Reply to  MarkH
May 8, 2021 8:51 pm

That is the way “Our Democracy” it is supposed to work. All the Republican Party needs to do is copy the Democrats and introduce a Super Delegate System, where only Party approved candidates can win (which precludes candidates like Bernie Sanders & the unmentionable one from ever getting nominated) and then run someone like Mitt Romney against a Democratic candidate supporting the same odious platform as Jeremy Corbyn… and voila!

And that is a lot easier than having to go to all the trouble to “fortify and election”.

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Anon
May 9, 2021 8:47 am

Nice cynicism.

Charles Fairbairn
Reply to  MarkH
May 9, 2021 11:41 am

Yes. That is why I have moved from being a conservative voter to a floating one which has now sunk.
In this recent election in some 70 years it is first time that I have declined to vote; for there is no party available with sensible views which I would wish to support.

griff
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 8, 2021 10:57 pm

Because it is.

n.n
Reply to  griff
May 8, 2021 11:13 pm

In what manner is “Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” without diversity, sexism, and other class-based bigotry a “heartless and scary” philosophy? Alien, yes, to the people who deny individual dignity, individual conscience, and intrinsic value.

Simon
Reply to  n.n
May 8, 2021 11:33 pm

Scary? I will tell you how the US is “Scary?” Many seem to value the right to own a gun over the right of a child to have a place where they can be educated, without the fear of being slaughtered, by the nutter owner of a gun, that justifies having it with the mythical argument they need it “just in case” the government goes rogue and they have to stop them. That …. is not only scary, it is immoral on every level.

Graemethecat
Reply to  Simon
May 9, 2021 2:03 am

Sorry to burst your bubble, but over half the murders in the US are committed against Black men by other Black men. Stay out of the inner cities and you are safer than in London, Paris etc.

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-6.xls

George Lawson
Reply to  Simon
May 9, 2021 3:14 am

You are wrong. Why do you want to ban 99.9 percent of responsible gun owners just because a madman decides to use his gun to commit murder? Do you think that criminals and murderers will give up their guns if they were banned? Since gun laws in Britain were introduced, we have had a massive increase in knife crimes. If a madman feels he has to, then he will find a way to do it with or without a gun.

Simon
Reply to  George Lawson
May 9, 2021 1:36 pm

You are wrong. Why do you want to ban 99.9 percent of responsible gun owners:”
I don’t I just want semi automatic rifles banned and stricter vetting.

Ruleo
Reply to  Simon
May 9, 2021 2:26 pm

Fists & feet kill more than rifles. You are woefully ignorant.

3x more people are killed in non-commerical vehicular accidents than all firearms.

4x more people commit suicide than are killed by firearms.

I have the right to defend myself by any means necessary.

Simon
Reply to  Ruleo
May 9, 2021 8:03 pm

Fists & feet kill more than rifles.”
Is that a serious attempt at an intelligent comment. Coz it is not. It’s moronically simplistic. Of course they do, there are billions of feet and fists on the planet. And you need feet and fists, you don’t need semi automatic rifles.

Fred Middleton
Reply to  Simon
May 10, 2021 2:48 pm

Your speech is offensive – dangerous to humanity. I get to choose what speech is today and tomorrow.

Bill
Reply to  Simon
May 9, 2021 10:00 am

Don’t forget, most of the shootings in the U.S are committed by Democrats, especially shootings of more than one person at a time. 😮

Simon
Reply to  Bill
May 9, 2021 1:37 pm

Don’t forget, most of the shootings in the U.S are committed by Democrats,”
Proof please

MarkG
Reply to  Simon
May 9, 2021 11:37 pm

Most shootings are committed by the populations of Democrat-majority cities.

QED.

MarkG
Reply to  Bill
May 9, 2021 11:36 pm

Almost all school shootings are committed by children of single mothers.

anthropic
Reply to  Simon
May 9, 2021 6:26 pm

Well, the Dems support the right of parents to slaughter their unborn children, which they do to the tune of close to one million a year. Without the right to life, no other rights exist.

Simon
Reply to  anthropic
May 9, 2021 8:04 pm

Well, the Dems support the right of parents to slaughter their unborn children”
Of boy, back to abortion.

mikee
Reply to  Simon
May 10, 2021 2:34 am

You are a total FW. Why don’t you get copies of the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics covering the past sixty years before you come up with this BS to start with. Do you live in Europe where they start a major deadly conflict every couple of decades somewhere on the continent. Get an education snowflake!

Simon
Reply to  mikee
May 10, 2021 2:42 am

Hello. Please provide me with murder statistics in Europe that compare on any level with the US. Till then you are just another internet no name fool blowing nonsense up your own ar$e.

mikee
Reply to  Simon
May 10, 2021 7:19 pm

Do your own research if you are capable of reading of doing so and don’t be so lazy. That is what the net is for moron.

Simon
Reply to  mikee
May 11, 2021 12:22 pm

Ahh the old “do your own research” cop out. The go to for people who have been caught in a lie. My point is and you probably knew it, unless you are a complete imbecile, is the US has the highest gun murder rate in the western world. And there is a reason for that. Yep you guessed it, pathetically weak gun laws. Whose the moron now?

mikee
Reply to  Simon
May 11, 2021 7:14 pm

Hoplophobia sprinkled with material determinism seems to be your mantra. Your down votes on this site speaks for itself.

Simon
Reply to  mikee
May 11, 2021 10:58 pm

Your down votes on this site speaks for itself.”
Its not a popularity contest. Not voting for the prom queen petal.

Climate believer
Reply to  griff
May 8, 2021 11:52 pm

I think they call it a “crushing defeat” or “worst electoral defeat in 84 years” take your pick.

Labour are finished and good riddance. They hate the UK, and they hate the working class. They are the Twitterati and the Guardianistas all rolled into one, hurling abuse at anyone outside of their metropolitan woke liberal bubble that doesn’t think like them.

Exactly like Clintons famous deplorables speech.

Shocking to find that people don’t like voting for politicians that despise them.

How far up your own backside do you have to be to field a pro-remain, (and pro-rejoin) candidate in a constituency that voted 70% leave!

Patrick healy
Reply to  Climate believer
May 9, 2021 12:15 pm

Yet in this non global warmed Scottish gulag, we have just voted in a Marxist pro rejoicing EU party which vows to split from the mother country – by a large majority.
Anyone who thinks that the Buffon Boris is a conservative needs their head examined.

Patrick healy
Reply to  Patrick healy
May 9, 2021 12:33 pm

And ‘pro rejoicing’ EU even….

HotScot
Reply to  griff
May 9, 2021 3:07 am

griff now pretending he knows about politics.

Editor
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 9, 2021 12:23 am

Eric

We must remember that the Conservatives are the oldest political party in the world. They didn’t manage to last so long and be in power so often by maintaining a dogmatist stance that never changes as the world and society changes.

Boris is much underestimated but is one of the most successful political leaders ever. If he sees the wind has changed direction as regards public opinion on renewables he will tack with the new direction

tonyb

Rich Davis
Reply to  tonyb
May 9, 2021 6:11 am

Principles and all that tosh, isn’t it Tony?

Solomon Green
Reply to  tonyb
May 13, 2021 11:34 am

Only if his green fiancee ill let him.

Reply to  SMC
May 8, 2021 6:42 pm

There is more to tell. Just attended a Katie Hopkins event here in The Villages. She reveals some astonishing facts about life beyond the main stream media. Her talk begins at 17 minutes … https://rumble.com/vgoh9b-villagers-for-trump-5621-katie-hopkins.html?mref=6zof&mrefc=51

Drake
Reply to  John Shewchuk
May 8, 2021 7:18 pm

Thank you for the link.

Philip
Reply to  John Shewchuk
May 8, 2021 8:29 pm

I just watched Katie Hopkins give her talk, what a wonderful woman. Thank you for the link.

Matthew Sykes
Reply to  Philip
May 9, 2021 1:13 am

She is wrong about a lot of what she said by the way.

Matthew Sykes
Reply to  John Shewchuk
May 9, 2021 1:12 am

Sorry, she is wrong, school kids are not tested every morning, my daughter is at school, and you can drive more than 7 miles and have any number of people in your car. And we have done throughout lockdown. There have been draconian actions by a few police officers, but not systemically.

While she can be amusing, I would not take her seriously, she is a bit of a joke actually. She once criticised people who give their kids geographical names. She called one of her girls India. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edZjdgU0asM&t=2s

dk_
Reply to  SMC
May 8, 2021 7:26 pm

SMC correct, they are not similar at all. Canadians and Britons, and U.S. Democrats (re plagirism of Labour speach by Bumblin Joe) often make this mistake. The coincidence of Thatcher and Reagan are often pointed out as the reason for this, but they wouldn’t have gotten along with each other at almost any other time in their lives. If it weren’t for Stalin and Hitler, Churchill and FDR would have had nothing to do with one another.
British conservatives seem bent (intentional) on destroying their country and their commonwealth. They will squander their newly won independence. Only a few of our so-called conservatives seem as reckless, and some even seem to remember we have a Constitution, as Bore-Ace seems to have forgotten their dead Emporor’s decree of a low-fat substitute for anything similar.

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Redge
Reply to  dk_
May 9, 2021 12:23 am

“Separated by a common language” comes to mind

H.R.
Reply to  Redge
May 9, 2021 5:34 am

Right you are, Redge. Readers here need to be bilingual in English to get the full benefit from comments.

I’m still learning.

n.n
Reply to  SMC
May 8, 2021 11:09 pm

That’s right. American conservatives are Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, without diversity, without sexism, and other class-based bigotry. A relatively unique philosophy, even, perhaps especially, in modern times.

donald penman
Reply to  SMC
May 9, 2021 3:14 am

Yes I think the same our conservative party is like the democrat party in the USA and we have no party like the Republican party, however the USA does not have a socialist party. The USA politics is to the right of the UK but no party in the UK or Europe stands for freedom, this arises from our different history.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  donald penman
May 9, 2021 1:17 pm

The Democrat party is a socialist party more like your Labour party.

anthropic
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
May 9, 2021 6:29 pm

Democrats aren’t really socialist. Fascist, with a merging of big biz and government is more like it.

MarkG
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
May 9, 2021 11:39 pm

Democrat policies are pretty much identical to Tory policies in the UK. And the other parties are further to the left.

This is why Britain is doomed. It’s simply not possible to elect a sane government under the first-past-the-post system there, even if the population actually wanted one.

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Walter Sobchak
Reply to  SMC
May 9, 2021 10:35 am

Americans tend not to understand British Conservatism. American conservatism seeks to conserve the liberal foundation of the American Republic, which was, and in many ways still is, a revolutionary idea.

British conservatism looks to a pre-liberal past. A past where the landed nobility and gentry and the Established church were obligated to care for the lower classes.

Environmentalism is based on a romantic nostalgia for the pre-industrial world. It is an ideal that appeals to many Brits. Prince Charles is an outstanding example. Environmentalism is completely compatible with royalism. In the sad event that Charles outlives his mother, do expect him to replace the Order of the Garter with Black Lives Matter.

Bob boder
May 8, 2021 6:11 pm

How about we stop with the Europe knows best nonsense. Europe has been a fractured mess for 60 years and only avoided a continuation of its disastrous wars because of the US.

mark from the midwest
Reply to  Bob boder
May 8, 2021 8:18 pm

Europe has been a fractured mess since the beginning of recorded time

Alan the Brit
Reply to  mark from the midwest
May 8, 2021 10:43 pm

Please be careful not to confuse “Europe”, with the “European Union”, they are two different entities! One is a geographical region containing 42 countries, the other is a left-leaning political construct allegedly created to bring harmony to a fractured Europe, after two world wars, started by Germany’s empirical ambitions!!! (IMHO) My reading of things was/is that Hitler’s dream was of a united Europe run by Germany, which is effectively the EU today! The French have been fighting the Germans & vice-versa for nigh on 150 years plus!!!

Rich Davis
Reply to  Alan the Brit
May 9, 2021 6:23 am

Correct, the fascists have achieved their goal.

But it’s imperial not empirical. Two very different things. Auto-correct strikes again?

griff
Reply to  Bob boder
May 8, 2021 10:58 pm

LOL

At least I can go down the mall without being shot…

Richard Page
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 9, 2021 12:53 am

Mostly true – reported rapes are twice as high as in the USA. But they have a vastly reduced chance of being murdered in the UK. And when you look at the unreported rape figures for the 2 countries, the estimates are that 1 in 6 are unreported in the UK whilst 3 out of every 4 in the USA are unreported.

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Richard Page
Reply to  Richard Page
May 9, 2021 7:08 am

Basically Eric, when you combine the figures for reported and unreported rapes then women have a greater chance of being raped in the USA, despite handguns etc; but 75% won’t report it to the police for various reasons. Your point that handguns make a difference is incorrect but provides a damning indictment of the US police and justice system failure to support women.

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Rich Davis
Reply to  Richard Page
May 9, 2021 9:11 am

Wait, I can also pull numbers out of my arse Richard. Might be a Richard thing.

Richard Page
Reply to  Rich Davis
May 9, 2021 4:15 pm

Except that these are published statistics. I fouñd them after a minute or two searching online so shouldn’t be too difficult for anyone to research.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Richard Page
May 9, 2021 6:42 pm

Statistics about UNREPORTED rapes? How does that work? What did they do, ask 4 women in the office if they have ever been raped but didn’t report it, and 3 of them said yes? Then extrapolate that to the world population? About as reliable as the climate polls that ask kids playing video games if they are worried about the weather.

Now here’s a little tip for you Richard. You’ll find all kinds of lies and BS on the internet. It’s up to you to figure out.

John Dilks
Reply to  Richard Page
May 9, 2021 10:03 am

Can you explain where the “unreported” numbers come from? I have always felt that they were made up to promote a cause.

Also, if you remove our ten largest cities from the “reported” numbers you will see a very different picture. Large cities all over the world are proving to be dangerous places.

Richard Page
Reply to  John Dilks
May 9, 2021 4:19 pm

Unreported cases are ones that are not reported to the police as opposed to the reported ones which are. The cases are considered to be fairly conservative – although the victims might report them to medical professionals rather than the police there may be more that are never reported at all.

Bill
Reply to  Richard Page
May 9, 2021 10:26 am

So, you must get your data on “unreported” rapes from…a model?

AlexBerlin
Reply to  Richard Page
May 9, 2021 9:48 am

xxx

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MarkG
Reply to  Richard Page
May 9, 2021 11:41 pm

There were less murders in the UK a hundred years ago when anyone could buy a gun and carry it if they paid ten shillings for a license to do so. Even if they’d just walked out of prison at the end of their sentence.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 9, 2021 2:25 am

“Strangely the criminals feel no compulsion to observe Britain’s gun and concealed weapon laws.”

I was always under the impression that the criminal fraternity didn’t have any regard for law & order, hence they are criminals who by their very nature indulge in crime!!!!

Please I ask my Virginian Colony friends, but is it not true that the “evil wicked USA”, ranks somewhere around 27th in the world for gun crime, behind countries like India, Brazil, China, & probably several other Latino countries? A point the impartial, balanced, fair, & honest BBC (FOLMAO), never seem to mention, especially when a rare mass-shooting tragically takes place in America, yet when one occurs elsewhere, they never mention it, yet will spend lots of time interviewing the gun-control lobby, who will go on about “how long is America gonna stand for this outrageous behaviour!!!!”. My research suggests that the majority of gun crime in the USA (as elsewhere) was committed using illegally held, unregistered weapons, by criminals!!!!

Interesting fact! Back in the Socialist guvment days of Tony (I’m a bloodsucking Lawyer who’s made £millions from the taxpayer somewhere down the line) Blair, arbitrarily banned hand gun ownership for the majority of people based on a gift of the tragic Dunblane massacre, coupled with a useless do-gooding open-door immigration policy, with thousands coming into Britain from the former Eastern Bloc countries smuggling in goodness knows what, gun crime doubled from around 1300 incidents a year, up to around 2600 incidents a year within a couple of years, despite the ban!!!! Go figure!

B Clarke
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 9, 2021 6:50 am

Might of been different if she was armed. This is a very remote market town.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-57046997

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  griff
May 8, 2021 11:44 pm

But you may well get stabbed in a knife attack.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
May 9, 2021 2:33 am

I found out a few years back that as I approached retirement, I was committing a criminal act, by carrying a Leatherman Wave strapped to my waist, something I’d been doing for 25 years, it’s the easiest & simplest way to see if a piece of structural timber is defective, or as we engineers say, just plain rotten!!! Apparently I was only allowed to carry it if I was either on my way to, or on my way from, my place of work, but as I generally worked from home, I figured I was ok!!!! I carried a multi-tool because it was easier than carrying around a heavy briefcase full of tools!!!! The law considered that I might go crazy & start stabbing people!!!! People kill people, NOT inanimate objects!!!!

Addolff
Reply to  griff
May 9, 2021 12:08 am

Griff, in the last week: two stabbed in Romford – one dead. Two stabbed in Dalstion – one dead, woman murdered in my home town, female PCSO (a type of community police officer) murdered while out walking. Total homicides in London = 37 this year so far.
I don’t know where you live but I assure you, the fact there are fewer guns around in the UK doesn’t stop people killing other people.

Graemethecat
Reply to  griff
May 9, 2021 12:34 am

Come to London and get knifed or blown up instead.

Redge
Reply to  griff
May 9, 2021 12:39 am

Griff, mate

I’m a Brit too.

Don’t paint us as angels when the UK is ranked near the top in Europe for violent crimes, rapes and murder.

Rich Davis
Reply to  griff
May 9, 2021 9:09 am

As my mom used to say, “The things you see when you haven’t got your gun!”

No, griff, not threatening to shoot you. Bullets are expensive, not to be wasted.

John Dilks
Reply to  griff
May 9, 2021 9:58 am

So can I, and I live in the US. I don’t live in Chicago.

AlexBerlin
Reply to  Bob boder
May 9, 2021 9:40 am

Europe has become a fractured mess because of the US invasions on behalf of the terrorist-supporting anti-Monarchist side in 1917. If America had been about Liberty then (or at any time), their obvious thing to do would have been to help Germany quench the Anarchist and Socialist unrest in 1914 and there would have been no Great War, just a very limited cleansing operation among the antisocial elements in Europe that just a few years later toppled the Habsburg, Romanov and Hohenzollern Empires to pave the way for Nazism and Communism. Wilhelm II, Franz Josef I and Alexander were the stewards of Western Culture. By allowing them to fall, the USA consciously turned Europe into a pigsty.

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Richard Page
Reply to  AlexBerlin
May 9, 2021 4:23 pm

Absolute rubbish – the first world war would have happened anyway. The central powers were blocked from colonial expansion so were looking to expand through European countries.

mikee
Reply to  AlexBerlin
May 10, 2021 5:45 am

What planet are you on?

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Bob boder
May 9, 2021 1:17 pm

roll that back another 60 years.

David Kamakaris
May 8, 2021 6:14 pm

“Hillary Clinton would be considered a conservative by British standards.”

That’s scary ! 😨

Drake
Reply to  David Kamakaris
May 8, 2021 7:18 pm

But true!

Duker
Reply to  Drake
May 8, 2021 8:26 pm

Yes. She was to the right of the Democratic party. Sanders is more like UK labour politicians

Alan the Brit
Reply to  David Kamakaris
May 8, 2021 10:46 pm

But pray tell, who would seriously vote for the wife of a president who openly & knowingly lied on national television to 300+ American citizens, & stood by him???? (I did not have sexual relations with that woman”!)

Tom Abbott
Reply to  David Kamakaris
May 9, 2021 5:50 am

Hillary should be considered a criminal by any standard.

H B
May 8, 2021 6:19 pm

more like the opposition Labor party is more insane watch this space the ride will get wild

Richard Page
Reply to  H B
May 8, 2021 6:45 pm

If they carry on the same way then the Labour party will fracture – either into a left-leaning moderate party and a more radical socialist party, or a hard left, moderate left and middle ground series of parties. Keir Starmer is not a leader that can unite the Labour party – mind you, he still appears better than Ed Davey, the leader of the Lib dems who comes across as an insincere idiot.

May 8, 2021 6:36 pm

Part of the reason was the particularly unattractive Labor candidate.

See how Boris runs when the people discover the cost of getting rid of gas heating and the real cost of offshore wind power.

Not to mention the consequences of achieving “economic growth” and keeping the people happy with big spending.

Richard Page
Reply to  Rafe Champion
May 8, 2021 6:48 pm

BoJo won’t run. When the political wind shifts, he’ll switch positions faster than a weathervane. He’s done it before and he’ll do it again.

Mr.
Reply to  Rafe Champion
May 8, 2021 6:52 pm

Exactly.
Voters crave clear, distinguishing commitments from candidates, so they can judge whether they deliver or not, and chuck them out of office if they don’t deliver.

If candidates offer no distinction from “the pack”, voters just go – “meh”.

An old, successful political campaigner in Australia once observed –
“if you walk down a barbed wire fence with one leg either side, you’re gonna get ripped”

Voltron
Reply to  Rafe Champion
May 9, 2021 4:52 am

That was my question – who was the other candidate? As in Australia, it’s not so much we like the current conservative party, though some do, but it wouldn’t matter who won as long as it wasn’t Aust Labor!

PaulH
Reply to  Rafe Champion
May 9, 2021 6:17 am

I suspect Trudeau will win re-election in Canada because of a combination of free covid money to frightened people and weak and unattractive opposition candidates.

Mr.
Reply to  PaulH
May 9, 2021 8:46 am

Plus, Trudeau only has to take Ontario and Quebec and it’s all sewn up.

PaulH
Reply to  Mr.
May 9, 2021 1:05 pm

And to take Ontario and Quebec, all he needs is Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and (maybe) Quebec City.

Richard Page
May 8, 2021 6:37 pm

BoJo was helped enormously by the opposition parties still being in a fractured mess. Labour thought they could make political capital by mudslinging against BoJo which backfired catastrophically. Labour and Lib dems now have a huge hill to climb to convince voters that they are serious contenders and they will put voters needs first, rather than concentrating on point-scoring and urban London issues. Neither opposition party looks set to learn from their mistakes made in this and the previous election. So far BoJo looks to be comfortably unchallenged.

Duker
Reply to  Richard Page
May 8, 2021 8:35 pm

Its a bye- election . Turnout was very low compared to 2019 and in that year Brexit party got 10,000 votes or 25%. They are redundant of course and I suppose those Brexit voters switched to Boris as he achieved what he said he would do.
The US is such a dominant 2 party system, it would be almost impossible for a 3rd party to get 25% for a seat in Congress. Even in 2021 an independent got 10%

Richard Page
Reply to  Duker
May 9, 2021 12:37 am

Only Hartlepool was a by-election this year. Brexit party voters were drawn from both Tory and Labour voters and not all returned to their parties. The situation is complicated by Labour appearing to be dominated by the London champagne socialists which alienated huge parts of the rest of the country, who then voted for BoJo – he had the right message at the right time and Labour got it completely wrong and continue to do so.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Richard Page
May 8, 2021 10:49 pm

The Labour leader was told to “Get out of my pub!”. Google it!

Richard Page
Reply to  Patrick MJD
May 9, 2021 12:37 am

I saw it at the time. He really is that popular generally.

Patrick healy
Reply to  Richard Page
May 9, 2021 12:30 pm

God help us

TonyL
May 8, 2021 6:41 pm

“It is possible that US Republicans could achieve a similarly overwhelming victory by copying elements of Boris Johnson’s formula which resonate with Democrats;”

Absolutely Not!
What you describe is what we Americans call the RINOs. Republican In Name Only.

The generous interpretation:
They attempt to siphon off what they see as liberal/centrist voters for the win. Essentially they try to co-opt the liberal agenda to their own advantage.

The actual result:
They sell out their principles and their centrist base in pursuit of a liberal voter base they can never win.
The absolute frustration of the voter base with the RINOs is what gave rise to the Trump phenomenon in the first place.
Any suggestion to shift left is to wholly misunderstand the political landscape of the US and invites disaster. Republicans can never shift left far enough to outflank the left. Attempts to siphon off liberal voters have failed time and time again. The result of these attempts has only been to alienate their core support.
On the contrary, conservatives who have stood their ground have done increasingly well recently.

David A
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 8, 2021 9:56 pm

It is my perspective that until we have a full and true election audit, we simply do not know how many genuine votes Biden received. The extreme measures democrats are taking to stop ANY real audit is, in itself, indicative of a crooked election.

MarkG
Reply to  David A
May 9, 2021 11:48 pm

You only need to look at county-level results to see that Biden was one of the worst-performing candidates in decades. It took massive fraud in a few places to fake a win.

zack aa
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 8, 2021 11:53 pm

EW, ” Biden won a lot….etc.”

Hunh? Doesn’t explain the many failures downticket for Dems. Trump lost, because, well Trump, obviously. Joe won because he wasn’t Trump. Not cuz the shifting middle wanted Biden. However, Republicans no longer care about free trade or constitutional order, are eager to tell businesses how things should be, worry more about Seuss than trillions more in debt. I no longer see daylight between them.

TonyL

Agree all the way down till,

“On the contrary, conservatives who have stood their ground have done increasingly well recently.”

Liz Cheney might say otherwise.

TonyL
Reply to  zack aa
May 9, 2021 1:10 am

Liz Cheney voted to impeach Trump. Hardly good for your conservative credentials, or for standing your ground. Apparently a Never-Trumper.

On the Other hand:
Hard left wing sites like The Daily Beast think she just fine.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-maga-nuts-think-liz-cheney-of-all-people-is-a-rino

Also Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joe Barbuto thinks she is fine, and getting a bad rap.
https://cowboystatedaily.com/2021/05/04/wyoming-democratic-chair-amused-with-allegations-of-liz-cheney-being-a-liberal/

Conclusion: RINO.

Drake
Reply to  TonyL
May 8, 2021 7:28 pm

All true.

As Rush said, often, you cannot out democrat a democrat.

RINOs are, in general, just corporate bought and paid for scum. The key issue that identifies a RINO is “we need comprehensive immigration reform”, which means, “we need to keep wages LOW”.

McCain gave us “jobs Americans won’t do”, which, of course meant, for what the corporatists wanted to pay. TRUMP! mostly closed the border and wages at the LOWER end rose the fastest. When the minimum wage was $7 over 10 years ago the workers outside of Home Depot would not work for less than $10 cash per hour, and a minimum of 4 hours! But they were mostly English speaking.

dk_
Reply to  TonyL
May 8, 2021 8:49 pm

A litmus test: see what happens with the Bush family. George and Barbara endorsed Hillary, and W. is talking woke smack. If Jeb doesn’t go, and Flake, Romney, and Cheney keep taking a beating, I don’t think the Crypto-Dem wing of the Republican party has a chance.

Clyde Spencer
May 8, 2021 7:01 pm

“Promising the impossible might get your foot in the door, but sooner or later people figure out they have been misled.”

I define unethical actions as those that trade a short-term gain for a long-term loss. And, that is exactly what getting one’s foot in the door is!

May 8, 2021 7:13 pm

It’s all a great party indeed… until we run out of OPM.

Edwin
May 8, 2021 7:27 pm

Politics suck…thats why I clicked on WUWT…mistake I guess.

David A
Reply to  Edwin
May 8, 2021 10:01 pm

Read ” Blue Planet in Green Shackles”
You cannot seperate CAGW and politics. You can learn from understanding the relationship.
Plato understood, ” Such is the nature of the tyrant, when he first appears, he is a protector.”

Abolition Man
May 8, 2021 7:50 pm

There are only two ways to pay off the massive debts incurred by Modern Monetary Policy and national emergencies like the overhyped ChiCom dempanic!
You can take the governors and brakes off the economic engine, use trade tariffs as a lever for economic nationalism, and bring good paying manufacturing and fossil fuel extraction jobs to the working class; or you can print endless streams of money until you inflate your way to a lower valued debt!
One way benefits the public with high paying jobs and a growing economy as more goods are produced; the other impoverishes the middle class and the poor, and leaves the elite fighting over the scraps from the table! Guess which is Trump policy and which is the Bai Den Regime policy?
BoJo will undoubtedly try to do the latter, as the British Isles sink slowly in the east! Good paying, long term Green jobs are a myth! The manufacturing jobs are moved offshore and the whole economy suffers under the weight of a useless, unreliable energy program designed only to enrich the wealthy investor class!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Abolition Man
May 8, 2021 11:02 pm

As I said to a fellow whose children used to play with mine, & he is a big greenie lefty, “So you think that paying £billions of taxpayers dosh (aka subsidies) to already wealthy landowners to put inefficient unreliable solar arrays & windmills on their land, making them even more wealthy, is a fair & decent thing to do, & he said yes it is because they have to pay taxes for it!”, I pointed out to him that these people are wealthy partly because they can afford overpaid tax-lawyers to protect them from these heavy taxes, he wasn’t impressed! David Cameron’s father-in-law owns large parts of Northumbria in northern England, with hundreds of greeny windmills on it, & earns c£250k/year from energy bill payers through the “renewable energy charge” (read tax, renewable energy charge sounds so much cuter than tax!), on bills!!! Oh how Robin Hood got things the wrong way round, he should have played the current “steal from the poor & give it to the rich” renewable energy game, simples!

Richard Page
Reply to  Abolition Man
May 9, 2021 12:46 am

BoJo is borrowing his way out of this one – crossing his fingers and hoping that the investment in the UK will boost the economy before he has to start paying the money back. Luckily for him borrowing rates are at a very low rate but they may not stay that low for long. As to taking the brakes off – his marvellous super deal with the EU has tied his hands somewhat; unless they break the terms of the deal publicly, he’s stuck on his ‘level playing field’ with Brussels, which is to their advantage.

Jay Willis
Reply to  Richard Page
May 9, 2021 2:37 am

Who’s he borrowing from?

B Clarke
Reply to  Jay Willis
May 9, 2021 5:55 am

They ( the politicians) call it borrowing, but we all know its a licence to print,

Yes they do borrow from the central bank in normal times, but covid isn’t normal times.

Smart Rock
May 8, 2021 8:18 pm

Should US Republicans embrace Canadian / UK style health care

There’s Canadian style health care (publicly funded, privately delivered, private insurance is illegal), and there is UK style health care (publicly funded, publicly delivered, private insurance and clinics are permitted). The two styles both have their good points, and they both have their bad points. They may, however, look the same to US conservatives, to whom public funding of health care is apparently not a revered concept (or so I’ve heard /s).

Funny thing though. In both countries, dismantling, or even modifying, publicly funded health care is considered to be politically impossible. Apparently people like it (even if they never stop complaining about it).

Reginald R. Muskett, Ph.D.
May 8, 2021 8:48 pm

This blog has lost its focus on science, and embraced politics. No wonder it’s gone to carp.

gringojay
Reply to  Reginald R. Muskett, Ph.D.
May 8, 2021 10:47 pm

Well, I’d tell you a CoVid joke – but there’s a 99.696% chance you won’t get it.

Global Cooling
Reply to  Reginald R. Muskett, Ph.D.
May 8, 2021 10:58 pm

Climate change is politics. Science is quite much settled. New observations do not surprise. Models don’t work. Our understanding of the climate system remains weak.

Complexity science is needed in explaining both the climate and politics. The both have simple, popular and wrong solutions to complex problems. Just moving CO2 emissions to China does don’t solve any of the alleged problems of the weather extremes.

Jay Willis
Reply to  Reginald R. Muskett, Ph.D.
May 9, 2021 2:41 am

When you mix science with politics you get politics.

Climate change science is politics.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Jay Willis
May 9, 2021 9:23 am

Perfect. I was gonna write something less nice to the good doctor.

John V. Wright
May 8, 2021 10:28 pm

Eric, with respect, you are overthinking this. In the Brexit referendum, a massive 70% of Hartlepool voters voted for Brexit. In this by-election, the terminally-stupid Labour party put up a Remainer candidate – a guy who said he would work towards returning Britain to EU membership. Er…what did they THINK was going to happen?
By the way, I am no big fan of Boris Johnson as today’s Conservatives are, as other commentators have noted, almost socialist in their approach to issues. However, it is not fair to characterise the billions spent on business support in the UK as being for ‘bread and circuses’. The furlough money kept millions of people employed and food on the table for families.

Jay Willis
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 9, 2021 2:46 am

That’s total rubbish!

There are no repercussions, ‘real consequences’, tax rises in the future, who’d have thunk it!

There will always be some excuse for “austerity”. Just consider for a moment, from whom are they borrowing all this money? Is it from Mars?

Patrick MJD
May 8, 2021 10:46 pm

What BoJo and his eco-nutter, Marxist, girlfriend are doing to the UK is a travesty. He has destroyed a once Great Nation with COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns let alone anything related to climate change. You soon won’t be able get a mortgage or sell your house if it has a gas furnace installed. You have to replace the whole system with a heat pump that can cost over 10,000 pounds to install.

Fred Streeter
Reply to  Patrick MJD
May 10, 2021 5:59 am

Or one could place a thermostatically controlled electric heater of an appropriate wattage in each room? A somewhat cheaper and less drastic option.

Similarly, electric water heaters may readily be installed in the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms of most properties.

Heat pumps are most unlikely.

n.n
May 8, 2021 11:19 pm

To be fair, socialism (e.g. national health insurance) makes sense if the issue is progressive costs, but is a suboptimal, even deceptive, solution when the issue is progressive prices. Redistributive change (e.g. public smoothing functions including welfare) becomes attractive with [catastrophic] [anthropogenic] immigration reform, Planned Parent/hood, and single/central-driven market distortions. A minority regime is part and parcel of social justice schemes that exercise liberal license to indulge diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment) that breeds adversity, inequity, and exclusion.

Richard Page
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 9, 2021 1:47 am

Given that BoJo effectively has a free hand and no coherent opposition, he’s still able to make it up as he bimbles along. If someone on the opposition ever managed to get their act together and fight back, then he might have to change – as it is, where is the pressure to cut back?

Jay Willis
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 9, 2021 2:49 am

That’s rubbish as well. Conservatives say they constrain spending but national debt always rises under a conservative gov and more often falls under a Labour. Check out the numbers.

May 8, 2021 11:42 pm

The Conservatives did not win because of their climate activism. They won despite it. There is NO political party in UK that adopt actual scientific arguments regarding the climate. No matter who we vote for, we end up with a green party. I am waiting for an party with alternative choices.

Coeur de Lion
May 8, 2021 11:53 pm

I didn’t detect any climate pitching during these elections. I think the Brits are faintly bored with the climate. COVID overspending will inhibit climate overspending. Meanwhile U.K. has had the coldest April for ever – that’s just weather but the average Brit has a narrow view and has been told that a ‘heatwave’. (Four days last summer?) is Climate. So is April, therefore.

Graemethecat
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
May 9, 2021 12:47 am

The only people in Britain who fall for Green propaganda are weedy Guardian-reading dweebs. Ordinary folk are far too intelligent, and have more important matters to think about,

Jay Willis
Reply to  Graemethecat
May 9, 2021 2:51 am

Yes I agree. The only uk people who care about climate are imaginary and exist only in the minds of people who are paid to believe in them. These people work at the BBC.

Geb
May 9, 2021 12:01 am

Here in Hong Kong are now being told that many families are planning to leave for greener pastures with their children’s future as the top concern, because of a perceived odious ‘patriotic, love of the motherland’ bent in education reforms, and stricter control of dissenting voices under National Security Laws. My advice is that they swat up on critical race theory, BLM, project 1619, LGBTQ… , and white privilege, but most of all the existential threat which is climate change, just for a start, before making the move to these ‘greener pastures’.

Geb
Reply to  Geb
May 9, 2021 12:02 am

And be ready for a massive increase in their tax bills.

Paul Jenkinson
Reply to  Geb
May 9, 2021 5:42 am

Your point Geb of course is that the West is now just one small step behind or away from true Totalitarianism.We have been slowly demoralized enough over recent decades so that we now have an elite that tells us to hate our country, e.g. GretaThunderbox (an Australian term for an unsewered outhouse).Soon,we’ll be told who is great and bountiful e.g Biden.(or is the MSM already doing that?)

Ben Vorlich
May 9, 2021 12:09 am

Boris is a lucky politician, being lucky you don’t have to be competent. He was lucky Mrs May couldn’t / wouldn’t deliver Brexit, lucky the Remainer politicians couldn’t see not supporting her deal would lead to something worse for them. Lucky that people like being saved from pandemics, lucky that his Vaccine gamble worked and all vaccines worked. Lucky the UK has a strong volunteer ethic to roll out vaccination and the EU screwed up totally. Lucky Salmon and Sturgeon fell out.

However he has some problems with the Union (UK), Ulster Unionists hate his Brexit deal with a border in the Irish Sea, He has a problem in Scotland, as have all Tories since Thatcher, in fact all major parties do, mistrust of London. In fact Scottish nationalism has existed in 1707. Reduced by 20th century world wars but always there.
Absentee landlords and politicians is not a recipe for keeping the locals happy.
Had nationalists voted tactically in the Scottish Parliament election for Alba in the list and SNP in the first past the post the union would be under a real threat. He has to thank the Labour Party for that slice of luck.

Old England
May 9, 2021 12:18 am

The election success had Nothing to do with climate change activism. It was all about Brexit being delivered, outperforming the EU on vaccines etc and Labour voters realising that the economic future for them with Free Ports and regeneration of employment in Labour heartlands would be better than under Labour.

At present they have no idea of the future impact on jobs and the economy of what will prove to be disastrous ‘green’ policies. Wait and see their reaction when they do – it won’t be politically pretty.

Vincent Causey
May 9, 2021 12:32 am

Like Dumb and Dumber, there are only two main parties in Britain – Lockdown and more lockdown, so what choice is there? The only factor in this outcome is that Labour thoroughly despises its own working class base, and they know it. And maybe Labour now knows it – or maybe not.

Regarding the green crap, the dire implications of these insane policies have not yet produced their terrible consequences. But they are still baked in. Peter Hitchens put it well when he likened what is approaching to a dark cloud on the horizon that can be covered by a persons hand held at arms length and so is ignored by the majority. But eventually that cloud will have covered the whole sky. And then what?

Jay Willis
Reply to  Vincent Causey
May 9, 2021 2:59 am

Come off it Vincent you sound like a greenie yourself. Dire predictions, the sky will fall. People have been enriching themselves from green policies already. They’ve made millions.. They know the games almost up. Nothing terrible is going to happen. People will drift away from these mad energy policies as they become unsustainable for ordinary people. The rich don’t want a revolution they just want a permanently fearful underclass.

Paul Jenkinson
Reply to  Jay Willis
May 9, 2021 5:49 am

….who don ‘t make any noise.

Matthew Sykes
May 9, 2021 1:01 am

People arent voting Boris for his green BS, they are voting for continued Bruit, toughness with the EU, and the absolute dissatisfaction with Labour, who are seen as the woke party.

When it comes tome to actually implement this ridiculous, and impossible, dream, the people will wake up to climate change as yet another woke lie and reject it just as surely.

Aelfrith
May 9, 2021 1:10 am

Boris Johnson did not ever stand on a “Big Government, Climate Activist” platform. Anyone suggesting he did is too busy reading the spin to understand what is actually going on in the UK.

Boris Johnson beat Labour – the UK equivalent of the Democrats – on their track record of making promises and then only delivering wealth to themselves. The Truth is the voters of Hartlepool were so sick and tired of being used by a “Metropolitan Elite” that saw them as nothing more than voting monkeys that they were rejected.

If the Republicans in the USA want to bring down the democrats they need to show where the Democrats are simply using blue collar voters at election time and ignoring them once in power.

fretslider
May 9, 2021 1:19 am

Westminster is often called the uniparty – because that’s what it is

All well to the left of Pol Pot, all signed up to the same climate/lockdown nonsense

M Courtney
May 9, 2021 1:43 am

Boris Johnson became prime minister on a flat promise: “Get Brexit Done.”
Which he failed at.
-The border with Ireland retreated to the middle of the North Sea – a surrender to the IRA.
-The fishing industry was destroyed by the betrayal.
-There is more red tape for exporters, not less.
Anyone could “get Brexit done” by just giving the EU whatever they wanted. He didn’t put Britain first.
The reason Wales went Labour is that Labour are incumbent and the pandemic matters. Furlough and vaccines led to a huge swing to the incumbent.
The reason England went Tory is that the Tories are incumbent and the pandemic matters. Furlough and vaccines led to a huge swing to the incumbent.
The reason Scotland went SNP is that the SNP are incumbent and the pandemic matters. Furlough and vaccines led to a huge swing to the incumbent.

Please note, this election leads to the break-up of the UK. I would not recommend the USA tries policies that lead to the Southern States declaring independence again.

Rod Evans
May 9, 2021 1:55 am

Just so we are clear about the state of political choices in the UK, consider this.

Labour backed hard left policies which were straight out of the Marxist hand book. Their front bench finance minister, Shadow Chancellor i..e. the man who would be making financial decisions in the UK, if Labour had been elected actually carried a little red book from chairman Mao in his pocket. He even pulled it out to read a passage from it in the House of Commons (UK Parliament) during a budget debate!

Labour were obliterated at the last election because of their Marxist desires and because they wanted to remain in the totalitarian EU.
The LibDems were regarded as the sitting on the fence party. They made up the place in politics where those who hadn’t a clue about politics, could place their vote, safe in the knowledge it was a pointless gesture towards a pointless party. The leader of the LibDems was so out of touch with reality, she said she would ignore the vote of the electorate if it continued to demand exit from the EU. That was so popular an idea, she didn’t even get re-elected in her home constituency!.

The greens are so lacking in popularity there is just one Green MP in Parliament out of a total of 650 MPs. she (it had to be a she) represents the gay capital of England i.e. Brighton. No constituency votes for a Green MP because they are bat sh..crazy people. Correction, the gay community vote for a Green MP,
The devolved regions of the UK i.e. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own dynamics they vote with local mindsets, ignoring all else.

That brings me to the Tories.

They are a popular political party. They are being voted for, not because the voters are excited by the identified policies they offer, but because there is hope the Tories will one day realise they have been suckered into Gang Green policies. Those Net Zero policies are damaging to the Nation. Until the Tories wake up we have to live with voting for them they are the only party that is not worshiping at the shrine of Karl Marx, which happens to be in London, by the way.

The movement and members that drove the get out of the EU referendum success, are now returning to the Woke Green Tory party. The crazy direction the Tories adopted under Cameron and May, due to the absence of rational realistic real Tories will now change.

The PM’s girl friend and live in lover at Downing St. is a rabid Green, she supports XR demos and is as bat sh.. crazy as all other Green political advocates. She is affectionately known as Princess Nut Nuts because she is, apparently…

On the plus side, Boris loves her so she gets to strut about the corridors of power like some character from Cicero’s famous “Enemy within”.
History repeats:_

.“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for s/he is known and carries his/her banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his/her sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; s/he speaks in accents familiar to his/her victims, and s/he wears their face and their arguments, s/he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men (and women). S/He rots the soul of a nation, s/he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, s/he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

(Edited for formatting) SUNMOD
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ianprsy
May 9, 2021 2:24 am

Sorry, Eric. You’re wrong about the “climate activist” element of the Tory success. The “climate emergency” is being pushed by all the main parties and the public will go along with the idea of “saving the planet” until the real cost of the policies is revealed. Watch this space.

HotScot
May 9, 2021 3:05 am

Johnson didn’t win the Hartlepool by-election, Starmer lost it.

The choice was, ‘anything but labour’.

Paul P
May 9, 2021 3:48 am

There is no choice in the UK there are three ways of voting socialist Com (Socialist light) Labour (Woke Marxist) Liberal Democrat (Woke unliberal undemocratic )

All are believers in the climate change religion (BS) and support net zero.

donald penman
May 9, 2021 4:27 am

I think all political parties are becoming more bureaucratic and are introducing laws all the time to get control of the population, it is no longer us versus them but us versus the government.

Jamaica
May 9, 2021 5:28 am

Menshevik wins election!

B Clarke
May 9, 2021 6:44 am

I would not like to see America copy conservatism or its ways in deluding the voting public.

Perhaps what America thinks is conservatism is different in the UK

Perhaps we can do draw similarities in conservatism and republicans in business and commerce.

We certainly can not draw similarities in the freedoms of individuals, I believe America still is the land of the free, but maybe not much longer, ( the green agenda ,democrates) the vile way the usa media ( as well as the UK media ) treated trump in office, if there was ever hatred publicly displayed then we saw it for the last 4 years in America by the democrates.

Uk conservatism has no principles, honesty, they are not conservative as we once new them they have taken business models and applied them to the poor, screwing them financially ever tightening of the noose of freedoms, you can’t be free to expand in all senses because we follow a biase in favour of corpatism the free are tied to the shackle , the state at present is bonded with corpatism mutually ,at the expense of every one,

Hartlepool is simple its a old working class area left in the 80s mind set, disillusioned with the party that supported its grandfathers (Labour) Labour still relie on the desendents of the working class for the vote eg ( look at Wales Labour being almost unanimously voted in again) a large area with many consistencies in a old coal mining area , the mind set has not changed but the world has, they vote in a party ( Labour) who is so far removed from what they once stood for, now= pro eu , pro green agendas is a polite way means of description, deliberately not investing in infrastructure eg m4 relief motor way,because of green issues ,haters of private transport, the list is endless yet the south wales working class still vote them in ,so desperate for a vote they gave 16 and 17 year olds the vote. Agendas being pushed onto schoolchildren that they had to legislate for ,because its so far from the norm .

The UK as a roll model is beyond a joke its dangerous.

Peter Plail
May 9, 2021 6:44 am

A couple of points.
First the Johnson government scared the people in an extreme way and then appeared to help them. That is entirely Pavlovian in nature.
Secondly he didn’t win the election so much as Labour lost it. The opposition parties are so weak and ineffectual, lacking any leaders of note and inconsistent that anyone half competent could have beaten them.

Thaipixie
May 9, 2021 7:20 am

Johnson won nothing the Woke Marxist Labour party was sent a message by the working class. I am a conservative and Johnson is a second rate hack with ideas of grandeur thinking he is the reincarnation of Churchill when he is clearly a moron. His stupid green energy policies will destroy the UK… but I guess he needs to keep his idiot green girlfriend happy because he a a pathetic excuse for a man. He is a typical so called journalist he has no understanding of science and engineering. A waste of fresh air. He was elected of Brexit… Job done no go!!

Gerry, England
May 9, 2021 8:28 am

Sadly the premise of this article is completely wrong. The lying oaf Johnson won because the alternative is even worse than him and his shambolic left-of-centre party, however hard that is to believe. The Labour party are devoted to woke minority causes and ape the way that the USA is going and the electorate have rejected that.

Below the line and requiring a level of intellect beyond the media children is the not inconsequential matter of turnout. If Johnson is the new messiah and not just a lying cheating fiddling feckless naughty boy, 8 out of 10 of the electorate of Hartlepool seem not to agree.

Kevin kilty
May 9, 2021 8:46 am

I don’t think there is much to be learned from this election. If the Democrats had actually run Bernie Sanders, then the November 2020 election would have gone just like this UK election. The Democrat oligarchs who actually run the party knew this and installed the addled Biden as their candidate and made sure the media reported night after night a “nothing to see here” narrative.

James Snook
May 9, 2021 9:17 am

The conservatives simply capitalised on the fact that the Labour party has totally lost touch with the voters that it used to represent. It has embraced an arrogant, left wing, metropolitan, woke idealism which despises patriotism, pride in our history and other core values of its traditional voter base and the majority of other Brits.

2hotel9
May 9, 2021 9:40 am

Exactly how is Boris an American style conservative?

Walter Sobchak
May 9, 2021 10:33 am

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