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Johnson’s Brexit deal: a ‘red herring’ to help him win an election?

Boris Johnson: He may think he has pushed Parliament into a Brexit checkmate. Jo Swinson (behind him) and other Opposition MPs may have other ideas.

Perhaps Boris Johnson should be congratulated – he has struck a Brexit deal with the European Union against all the odds.

But the Labour Party won’t support it.

The Liberal Democrats shouldn’t support it.

The Democratic Unionist Party has rejected it.

And in the European Parliament, the Brexit Party absolutely hates it. Nigel Farage says it will lead to years of negotiations for a free trade deal that won’t be agreed unless the UK gives up its fishing waters and accepts the EU’s regulatory system.

I don’t currently know what the European Research Group (ERG) – the ‘party within a party’ within the Conservative Party that wants a “no deal” Brexit – thinks.

No is it clear what the Independent MPs, from whom Mr Johnson removed the Conservative whip, have to say about it.

My personal opinion is that Parliament will vote it down.

If this happens on Saturday (October 19), Mr Johnson will be required to request another extension of the Brexit deadline.

Opposition MPs have been saying that this would give them the opportunity to call a vote of “no confidence” in the Tory government – because it will have failed to take the UK out of the EU on October 31, as promised.

A general election would follow.

But after an agreement is voted down, Mr Johnson would be in a much stronger position.

He would be able to say that Parliament has blocked Brexit – that other MPs prevented him from enacting the (sorry) “will of the people”, and could then call on the electorate to give him the Parliamentary majority he would need to force his deal on the country.

It would be a trick and a lie, but he could get away with it because most of the public is sick and tired of all the Brexit talk and the fact that the Tories have been using it to suppress discussion of practically any other political issue affecting us. Many people may vote for him, out of fatigue.

He has the media on his side, and he has an Opposition leader who has been painted as a danger to the British way of life by those news-hacks and by backstabbers in his own party (who are slowly leaving after doing their worst, Lousie Ellman being the latest).

So I wonder whether this deal is a ‘red herring’ – a distraction to divert attention away from his real goal, which may still be a “no deal” Brexit, after winning an election.

Perhaps Mr Corbyn should consider changing his tactics. Perhaps he’ll support a referendum on the new deal – to show public opposition to it. Is that his ‘Plan B’?

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Squirm, Cameron – we want answers about the NHS!

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The image above shows a letter from shadow health secretary Andy Burnham to our comedy Prime Minister David Cameron, demanding answers to the questions he dodged during PMQs on Wednesday. The date shows it was written immediately after the incident.

It would not have been necessary if Cameron had bothered to answer the question, rather than indulge in a pointless relativistic attack on the Labour-run NHS Wales instead.

We are sick of these distraction techniques. We understand them and they merely strengthen our long-held conclusion that Cameron is at worst a liar and at best a dissembler, who would not let the facts pass his lips under any circumstances.

Look at the evidence:

Those are just a few examples from the last two weeks!

Mr Burnham’s questions are relevant; the public deserves answers on them.

Why have 16 leading health organisations representing doctors, nurses and patients warned that health and social care services in England are at “breaking point”?

Why can’t he confirm that:

  • National Health Service (England) currently has the highest waiting lists for six years;
  • It has the highest number of people waiting more than four hours in Accident & Emergency for 10 years;
  • It has missed its cancer treatment target for the first time ever; and
  • Millions of people there cannot get to see their GP?

Does he, or does he not, agree with his unnamed Cabinet colleague that his former boss Andrew Lansley’s hugely expensive – and unexpected – £3bn top-down reorganisation of the NHS was a huge mistake?

And why won’t he support a plan to fund one-week cancer testing by levying a tax on tobacco companies? Would the answer have anything to do with the other business interests of his campaign manager Lynton Crosby?

“The country and the NHS deserve better,” wrote Mr Burnham. “Rather than indulging in smears and diversionary tactics you would be better advised to spend your time addressing the fact that [the] NHS… is at breaking point under your government.

“Until you focus on saving rather than smearing the NHS, the public will be understandably confronted with the sad truth that all this government offers is five more years of crisis in the health service.”

Perhaps Mr Cameron needs to be reminded of the information in this BBC report from 2011 – before his government made such a mess of the service – showing that public approval of the National Health Service was at its highest point ever and questioning why he (Cameron) felt the need to change it.

“If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it,” as the saying goes.

Now the NHS is broke, thanks to the Tory (and Liberal Democrat, let’s not forget) scheme to siphon off our tax money into the hands of private health ‘providers’.

And the nation is still broke, despite years of unnecessary Tory and Liberal Democrat austerity that have brought hardship to millions and caused the deaths of tens of thousands, thanks to the Coalition scheme to put people to work for a pittance and let business bosses keep the profits.

With a general election just a few months away, more than 60 million of us are looking to David Cameron for an explanation, only to find…

He has nothing to say.

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