time to lead
It is bitter irony that the man who made a career out of the phrase “take back control” still does so little of it.
But first we’re going to slack off on Boris Johnson, although that’s unfashionable.
It’s not his fault that in a Covid-induced global cost-of-living nightmare, Putin-sympathetic thugs running the railroad unions aim to make matters worse.
Next week’s strikes – crippling the network, damaging the economy and backed by Labour- are unnecessary and overtly political as the plan is a ‘summer of dissatisfaction’ over Tory rule.
Desperate families and stressed-out commuters are the militants’ cannon fodder.
Meanwhile, Brussels is suing us for our attempt to stop their overzealous customs controls, leaving British citizens in Northern Ireland with empty shelves or even a return to bloody violence.
They know their sacred “protocol” is dangerous. They do not care.
They want to leave the Brexit door open for a Labor government to push open.
Nor is Boris to blame for Rwanda’s outsourcing policy for illegal economic migrants being turned on its head by the European Court of Human Rights.
It’s the right solution, albeit a last resort.
And nobody has a better idea.
Boris will have to address all three crises next week in the face of a rabid Remainer hate campaign, reinforced by major TV networks, whose efforts to unseat our Prime Minister-elect are unprecedentedly blatant.
This is the dire hand he’s been dealt after two hellish years of Covid.
Boris is lucky with his enemies.
There is no obvious Tory successor.
His Labor alternative, Keir Starmer, is a sly and utterly boring chancer.
That will not be enough to keep the prime minister in power. Unless, like Maggie Thatcher, he stands with the miners against the strikers.
Your authority to shut down a vital service MUST end.
Unless he also waives the protocol if Brussels doesn’t agree to his sensible “two-lane” compromise.
And not if he fast-tracks the new Bill of Rights and ends the ECtHR’s veto on our governments and courts.
Even then, Boris needs to be MUCH braver about business.
The lessons of the Tory low-tax boom of the late 1980s have been forgotten.
Our liberation from the highly taxed, over-regulated EU is being gambled away.
The enormous burden on workers and companies is now suffocating.
The Brussels bureaucracy remains unaffected.
No wonder our growth, which has been dismal for more than a decade, is now at zero.
Boris still speaks superficially of a high-wage and growth economy.
But until he pokes fun at tax and regulation, it will remain what it seems: a fantasy.
IF Ukraine can safely host Eurovision 2023, they should do it anyway.
If not, let’s hold the huge extravaganza here. . . maybe at Wembley.
It’s got the place, man.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5587861/boris-johnson-take-back-control-crises-brexit/ A man who made his career on the phrase “take back control” still does so little of it