Leave, Actually – What the Election Means

Leave, Actually – What the Election Means

By Duncan Whitmore

“Tidings of Comfort of Joy” – so heralded the front page of The Daily Telegraph during their vision of Boris Johnson’s election victory descending from heaven with a chorus of angels. Certainly the magnitude of Johnson’s achievement is difficult to overstate. Not only has he propelled the Conservatives to an impressive parliamentary majority by robbing Labour of seats in its traditional working class heartlands; he has also, in a few short months, purged the Tories of their wrangling over Europe which has plagued each of their party leaders since Margaret Thatcher. For libertarians, however, while the result of last Thursday’s poll brings much comfort, the joy may have to be put on ice for a while.

There is comfort in the fact that, for the third election in a row – two general, one European – the British people have reaffirmed their 2016 decision to leave the European Union. No longer can dyed-in-the-wool Remainers claim that the electorate did not know what they were voting for, given that the precise form of Brexit was there for all to see in the text of Johnson’s withdrawal agreement. In the end, the possible split of the Leave vote between the Conservatives and the Brexit Party failed to materialise. Instead, as Nigel Farage intended, his party contributed to the fall of Labour in working class constituencies while the Tory vote remained intact. In some of the most surprising Tory victories – for example, in Durham Northwest, Blyth Valley, Bassetlaw, Bishop Auckland and Bolsover (where Dennis Skinner was unseated after nearly fifty years) – the spoils from Labour losses were parcelled out between the Brexit Party and the Tories, allowing the latter to accomplish anything between narrow and landslide victories over Labour. Although, according to Wednesday’s Times, some studies have claimed that the Brexit Party actually deprived the Conservatives of around twenty further seats, this is no bad thing. For in spite of gaining only 2% of the vote nationally and no seats, Farage’s combination of help and hindrance to the Tories has paid off by decimating the prospect of any parliamentary “Remainer” alliance while also neutering Conservative complacency. Of course, the precise unfolding of Brexit – i.e. the final form of Johnson’s withdrawal agreement and the eventual results of negotiations over the trade deal – remains to be seen. But the prospect of a second referendum leading to the outright cancellation of the decision to leave has finally been buried. Continue reading

Good one too

These Indian sub-continent-wallahs clearly have the right idea. 83,000 rats….wow. Better get him to Westminster asap.

Michael Winning

This is a good one too which I saw on The Devils Kitchen I get the feeling he is a designer of some kind and I feel for him

Guido Fawkes strikingly accurately philosphic translation Suddeutche Zeitung

Guido Fawkes: A blogger teaches the British government’s fear

You must be either very brave or extremely foolish, if you are in Britain, the pseudonym of Guy Fawkes, respectively. Because the Catholic conspirators who attempted to 1605, the entire Palace of Westminster in the British establishment gathered in the air to blow one up today to the blackest, most geschmähten figures of British history. 

Blogger Idol: The Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes, Photo: AFP 

Even Paul Staines is the wrath of his opinion, through and through corrupt political class driven Britain. But it was probably primarily the fun at the provocation that inspired him, his political blog – slightly – to name Guido Fawkes. Finally, write him friends and opponents of an exuberant lust for mischief and practical joke too. 

Bitter seriously, was what “Guido Fawkes” recently discovered and the government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown into their most serious credibility crisis. Because Staines revealed that one of the closest confidants of the heads of government from his office in Downing Street in an unprecedented dirt campaign against leading opposition politicians, and – worse still – their partners and family members had planned. In e-mails with official government address Damian McBride had no doubt that he planned rumors lies could be smooth. 

Guido Fawkes’ sensational scoop has not only meant that the project was nothing that Brown and his faithful McBride in record speed dropped. Moreover, he gave Staines and his blog the breakthrough to a wide audience. In the Westminster political village was’ Guido Fawkes’ blog of plots, rumors and conspiracies “have always been considered required reading. Meanwhile, click more and more potential voters, the British and refreshingly irreverent autoritätsfeindlich-presented website. Staines registered an average of about 200 000 readers per month – and can order printed reputable journals like the Spectator or the New Statesman to lengths back. 

Somehow seems Guido Fawkes at a time to fit in which a Labor government spent from scandal to scandal drags. Finally, after Staines own words to bring about “hypocrisy, corruption and impropriety” uncover a parliament, which he for “rotten to the core” holding. “I’m just angry,” he once told his driver. ‘Sour on politicians who disappoint us, to journalists, the politicians all go through, and sour in a ramshackle opposition. ” The latter observation does not allow the inference that Staines meet his anger in the political spectrum would be spread. His preference is clearly for the opposition Conservatives. This admittedly they are all the rage of the British blogosphere, which – similar to the Blogger’s landscape in the United States – mainly on the political right is characterized. The other two most popular blogs in the Kingdom of conservatives are written: the Tory party members Iain Dale and Tim Montgomerie. The reason given is often argued that in the traditional media left liberal ideology dominates. 

Just the Blog deficit of the Social Democrats, it was, ironically, been the Brown-McBride Intimus brought up with the idea, via the Internet Presence devised by him to spread accusations – probably in the not unreasonable hope that one or other of these rumors Newspapers them up and so would give a weight that they would otherwise not zustünde. Even McBride had a name for the site ausgeheckt, and not just party friends wondered what he is – if ever – it had expected. Because “Red Rag”, the “red cloth”, it is more likely with “red rag” to translate. 

Guido Fawkes shed as well as Kübel Häme on would-be competitors. He was not even once, as once of London’s journalists Scharnstein dreaded and now severely humiliated McBride from his office in the office of the Prime Minister had been distributed. For days pursued him with malicious Staines SMS. A question was baffled McBride texts read like that quote from the movie Conan the Barbarian: “What is the best in life? To crush your enemies, seeing them before thee hergetrieben, and the mourning of their women to be heard.” 

A gentleman would not behave so, but nobody has ever said that Paul Staines is one. Professionally, the 42-year-old has already tried everything possible, and a gentleman’s work was rarely there. For several years he organized Acid House party in London, once he brought it to England Blackjack Champion, and four years in Tokyo, he earned a lot of money as a manager of a hedge fund, of the Bahamas registered. In between, he won the race in Pamplona bull adrenaline, four were due to Staines convicted drink-driving. 

Gentlemen do not do something 

Six years ago he declared bankruptcy, it is fought in court with a former business partner, and then took the time and leisure for his blog. Today he is one of the most influential people of the British political scene. The liberal Guardian Guido Fawkes voted in 2005 for best blog. But only two years before his identity was revealed. Staines had previously never given interviews and stubbornly hidden behind his pseudonym. 

His sensational exclusive story from the center of power has blogs almost over night if not then at least respect sociable area. Above all, traditional media journalists should make it cold on the walk back: Because bloggers are not part of the buddy-term symbiosis, which journalists and politicians not only in London together, they also apply to the traditional rules. 

“We are completely outside of the club and this status means that it is not easy, the new media involved,” said Tim Montgomerie because of conservativehome.org. “We are a pioneering media.”That the blog Guido Fawkes Reckless far as the competition in newspaper, radio or television also insufficiently substantiated information can be published, he admittedly owes primarily more of a banal legal trick. 

His website is in the Caribbean colony of St. Kitts and Nevis registered, and this protects him – at least partially – in the strict British libel law. Who Staines for libel sue, it must under the provisions of the tropical island of 25 000 pounds initially to the court for deposit. Since we consider an application knows exactly. 


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