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In playing hardball, Boris Johnson may be underrating his rivals

Party discipline has been fraying at the edges throughout the many months of this fractious hung parliament.

But by threatening to impose the severest sanction - permanent expulsion - on rebels, Johnson is effectively challenging them to choose between what they believe to be the national interest, and any political future inside their party. The stakes could not be higher.

It should come as no surprise that Johnson is playing hardball, for two reasons.

First, any prime minister would struggle to accept a piece of legislation that binds their hands quite so comprehensively - even specifying the wording of the letter he must write to the EU27 to secure an article 50 extension.

Yes, MPs are dealing with weighty issues, in a hung parliament, against the backdrop of extraordinary political ferment. But Johnson could hardly claim to be in power if this legislation passed: MPs would have shown they have no confidence in him, even if no formal vote of no confidence had been tabled.

Second, the leavers' reading of Theresa May's premiership was that she tended to underestimate the determination of the Brexiters, and overestimate the willingness of the "rebels" - the ex-remainers - to cross the floor. Ultimately, they believe Dominic Grieve and his pals are the soft underbelly of the Tory party, and are likely to fold.

Who really trusts Boris? And Boris seems not to know he needs to wear a helmet when he is at bat.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 05:11:11 PM EST
the real problem they face is that,as I mentioned a few weeks back, they've spent their whole lives being told by their sycophants that they're super bright people.

But that's just in their world of frankly ordinary, but well educated rich people of no great talent, but fantastically good connections. If you believe that wealth is a reward for hard work and talent, then talentless peolle end up being arrogant dullards.

Boris is no dullard (although Rees-Mogg is fantastically dim), but he's not the brightest guy in the room (to quote a phrase) and neither is Cummings. and they're being found out.

they really thought they could out plan and out think everybody. But as Bill Maher once said "you can't call yourself a think-tank if all your ideas are stupid"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 10:25:30 PM EST
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But others can call you a stupid think tank.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 12:08:11 AM EST
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