It is only a question of when for Boris Johnson
Parliament is now in recess until the New Year. Unless of course the Prime Minister decides to impose further restrictions on the English population’s civil liberties.
Having already moved to (so called) Plan B COVID-19 restrictions, rumours abound at the time of writing that plans for a 2 week circuit breaker lockdown are well advanced.
It has been another rotten week for an increasingly self imploding government, which has created much of its own nosedive into mass unpopularity since the misguided attempt to conflate the need to revise the parliamentary standards appeals process with protecting Owen Paterson from a 30 day ban from the House of Commons after allegations of illegal lobbying.
After 100 Tory MPs voted against vaccine passports (with smaller numbers opposing on 3 other votes, including deployment of face masks), the government suffered the 7th worst by election result in parliamentary history in Paterson’s former constituency (North Shropshire), turning a 23,000 majority into a 6,000 majority for the Liberal Democrats.
Turnout was relatively high at 46.3% in a constituency that voted 60/40 to leave the EU in the Brexit referendum.
Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, charged with leading the Cabinet Office investigation into Christmas parties and resultant lockdown breaches in 2020 was forced to step aside when it emerged he was involved in an event in his own office.
Finally, with a week until what looks set to be a very Black Christmas for Boris Johnson, Brexit Secretary David Frost resigned after weeks of public declarations of his belief in low taxes and small government (the opposite strategy of what this Conservative Party is pursuing) and Plan B COVID-19 restrictions.
In addition to over £400Bn of government borrowing to date for economic support, pandemic restrictions have already decimated specific sectors of the economy impacting over 10M people working across hospitality (who generate up to 30% of their revenue in December), travel, culture, retail and small SMEs, despite companies spending substantially on measures to mitigate vital spread.
To complete the shift to a “papers please” society through vaccine passports, 30,000 people have already left the Care sector for refusing to be vaccinated and a further 70,000 in the NHS face the same outcome by 1st April 2022.
COVID-19 has become the new Brexit, splitting the country between compliants and resistors. With inflation now running at 5.1% and set to exceed 6% by March 2022 (well in excess of the Chancellor’s budget forecast), the cost of second hand cars is 27% higher than a year ago and record low interest rates have finally moved upwards, almost certainly too late to be effective without further iterations.
Over the last 7 weeks, Johnson’s honeymoon has not just ended it has imploded so spectacularly that his tenure at 10 Downing Street is finished in all but name – he has usurped Theresa May as a lame duck Prime Minister. In a mere 30 months he has lurched from triumph to disaster.
As a student of the Classics, Boris will no doubt have a historical parallel to draw on when he reflects on his time in office, which is likely to be sooner rather than later.
Rather like May, he has successfully united multiple cohorts of the party, not least a significant number of the 2019 first time MP intake (who arguably only won their seats due to Johnson’s obsolete ability to reach the parts of the country other Tories could not). Unfortunately they are united against him.
2 years on from securing the Tory Party their largest majority since 1987, their lurch to the left on issues from taxation to the environment has rendered them a centre left government to the incomprehension of many who voted for Johnson and indeed the Tories for the first time. They will not do so again.
Johnson’s demise is even more extreme than the spread of Omicron contagion. Unlike Omicron which appears to be much more transmissible but generally much less severe, Johnsonism’s viral load is terminal.
The week in Woke
As relentless as Boris Johnson’s demise, the boundaries of the ridiculousness of Wokeism continue to be pushed.
At Durham University, the Chancellor faced calls to resign or be sacked by a tiny minority of students for allowing Rod Liddle a platform, despite him receiving a standing ovation for his speech, which leant substantially towards inclusivity.
In Scotland, rapidly becoming the world’s largest Petrie dish for Woke extremism, Scottish rape victims face the ignominy of being recorded statistically as having been raped by a female with a penis from the summer of 2022 to appease gender indentitarians.
In New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern’s totalitarian instincts have moved beyond COVID-19 lockdown extremism to making it illegal for over 14s born after a certain date from ever legally buying cigarettes or tobacco. She clearly knows nothing of the impact of prohibition.
Finally, as reported by the Jewish Chronicle, the most chilling and overt example of the suppression of free speech and censorship in the University system:
Jews and white people were banned from a student meeting at Goldsmiths, University of London, that discussed “defending Palestine”.
The meeting last month, which was strictly limited to students who were “African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean and other black communities”, was part of an effort by pro-Palestine activists to use a student strike against job cuts at the university to campaign for their cause.
The culture wars and pushing back against Woke extremism in particular must be a priority for all political activists (left and right) that espouse common sense and free speech.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who has taken the time to read my work in 2021. As the late, great Dave Allen would say, may your God go with you.
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