Is Boris crazy, a conman, or a conjuror? More Brexit nonsense…

Brexit Boris the conjuror

It’s been another week where Boris “Trust me I’m a politician” Johnson has never been out of the headlines. He’s clearly trying to create an image as “Action Man”.

However, looking at everything he has done in recent weeks he is either more bonkers than I thought, or he is deliberately conning us, or he is a magician distracting us from what is really going on.
If you can set aside his buffoonery – such as putting his foot on a table in France because the French President said “it looks like a footstool” – focus on what he has been doing.

He has been touring the United Kingdom clearly having found the “magic money tree” that he has always told us never existed. Indeed, I’ve become increasingly convinced he’s a closet socialist and not a Tory. After all, it’s the Labour Party that traditionally makes lavish promises of spending, without any evidence as to where the money is going to come from. Yet, this Tory Prime Minister has been promising us billions of pounds on new projects without telling anyone where he is getting the cash.

He’ll have a problem raising the money too. The world is about to enter a recession. Economists have been predicting a 2020 recession for many years because it fits the cycle of economic activity. But you don’t have to be an economist to see it coming. Germany is in trouble. The USA is in trouble. And here we are starting to get waves of strikes – pilots, train drivers and postal workers are all about to walk out. Look at your history books – multiple strikes happen just before recessions. Plus, recent World Bank data paints a gloomy picture for us in Europe. There is a link between the number of self-employed people and economic prosperity. As a nation gets poorer, self-employment goes up. There has been a significant increase in the self-employed in the UK in the past couple of years. In Europe, only Spain and Greece have a higher proportion of self-employment. Hence, our economic picture is not rosy, so, there is little chance of Boris getting the billions he’s promising to spend.

There is, of course, the chance that he just doesn’t understand Brexit and is making crazy suggestions out of ignorance. This week, for instance, he has been banging on about “The Backstop” and offering “alternative arrangements”. Quite apart from the fact that the Government’s own trade department says that such “alternative arrangements” will take NINE YEARS to put in place, he has yet to come up with anything specific. He’s been talking about these imaginary technological solutions for the best part of two years without providing any details.

However, he also does not seem to understand the backstop itself. He wants it removed, forthwith. Yet, in Germany and France this week he was told it doesn’t need removing. The backstop is an insurance policy. It retains Northern Ireland in the EU Customs Union if – and only if – after two years of “transition” the UK has not been able to implement the necessary cross border arrangments between Northern Ireland and Ireland. In other words, if Boris is so convinced, there are “alternative arrangements” then there will be no need for the backstop anyway as his alternatives will have kicked in before the two years is up. He just doesn’t seem to get that.

Yet, this might all be deliberate. He might not be trying to con us with promises of money from the magic tree. He might not be as dumb as he is making out. Instead, this might all be a magic trick. A magician is only good if they can distract us from what is really going on. When a conjuror is busy waving their left hand around, take a look at their right hand because that is where the action is…! There’s a chance that all these promises of spending and the apparent stupid approach to Brexit are explicitly designed to take our “eye off the ball”.

While Boris and his cabinet are presenting a united front on “no-deal” and talking about magic money, we’re all distracted from what is really going on. Now, your guess is as good as mine as to what that might be. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that what Boris is apparently doing at the G7 summit, in discussions with EU leaders and here at home, is not the main thing.
Just before the end of October, he’s going to pull his rabbit out of the hat. With increasingly dreadful economic news he’ll be able to say that even he cannot stomach “no-deal” and that the only way to go is to revoke Article 50.

Remember – he wrote an article in favour of “remain” the day before he wrote one for “leave”. He does seem to flip-flop, changing his mind overnight. In voting for a referendum on EU membership, he voted “against” one day and “for” the next day. He voted “for” the rights of EU citizens to stay in the UK after Brexit and later voted “against” such protections. So, don’t go thinking his mind is made-up on “no-deal”. Making us believe it is could be all part of his conjuring act.

It’s been another week where Boris “Trust me I’m a politician” Johnson has never been out of the headlines. He’s clearly trying to create an image as “Action Man”.

However, looking at everything he has done in recent weeks he is either more bonkers than I thought, or he is deliberately conning us, or he is a magician distracting us from what is really going on.

If you can set aside his buffoonery – such as putting his foot on a table in France because the French President said “it looks like a footstool” – focus on what he has been doing.

He has been touring the United Kingdom clearly having found the “magic money tree” that he has always told us never existed. Indeed, I’ve become increasingly convinced he’s a closet socialist and not a Tory. After all, it’s the Labour Party that traditionally makes lavish promises of spending, without any evidence as to where the money is going to come from. Yet, this Tory Prime Minister has been promising us billions of pounds on new projects without telling anyone where he is getting the cash.

He’ll have a problem raising the money too. The world is about to enter a recession. Economists have been predicting a 2020 recession for many years because it fits the cycle of economic activity. But you don’t have to be an economist to see it coming. Germany is in trouble. The USA is in trouble. And here we are starting to get waves of strikes – pilots, train drivers and postal workers are all about to walk out. Look at your history books – multiple strikes happen just before recessions. Plus, recent World Bank data paints a gloomy picture for us in Europe. There is a link between the number of self-employed people and economic prosperity. As a nation gets poorer, self-employment goes up. There has been a significant increase in the self-employed in the UK in the past couple of years. In Europe, only Spain and Greece have a higher proportion of self-employment. Hence, our economic picture is not rosy, so, there is little chance of Boris getting the billions he’s promising to spend.

There is, of course, the chance that he just doesn’t understand Brexit and is making crazy suggestions out of ignorance. This week, for instance, he has been banging on about “The Backstop” and offering “alternative arrangements”. Quite apart from the fact that the Government’s own trade department says that such “alternative arrangements” will take NINE YEARS to put in place, he has yet to come up with anything specific. He’s been talking about these imaginary technological solutions for the best part of two years without providing any details.

However, he also does not seem to understand the backstop itself. He wants it removed, forthwith. Yet, in Germany and France this week he was told it doesn’t need removing. The backstop is an insurance policy. It retains Northern Ireland in the EU Customs Union if – and only if – after two years of “transition” the UK has not been able to implement the necessary cross border arrangments between Northern Ireland and Ireland. In other words, if Boris is so convinced there are “alternative arrangements” then there will be no need for the backstop anyway as his alternatives will have kicked in before the two years is up. He just doesn’t seem to get that.

Yet, this might all be deliberate. He might not be trying to con us with promises of money from the magic tree. He might not be as dumb as he is making out. Instead, this might all be a magic trick. A magician is only good if they can distract us from what is really going on. When a conjuror is busy waving their left hand around, take a look at their right hand because that is where the action is…! There’s a chance that all these promises of spending and the apparent stupid approach to Brexit are designed specifically to take our “eye off the ball”.

While Boris and his cabinet are presenting a united front on “no-deal” and talking about magic money we’re all distracted from what is really going on. Now, your guess is as good as mine as to what that might be. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that what Boris is apparently doing at the G7 summit, in discussions with EU leaders and here at home, is not the main thing.

Just before the end of October, he’s going to pull his rabbit out of the hat. With increasingly dreadful economic news he’ll be able to say that even he cannot stomach “no-deal” and that the only way to go is to revoke Article 50.

Remember – he wrote an article in favour of “remain” the day before he wrote one for “leave”. He does seem to flip-flop, changing his mind overnight. In voting for a referendum on EU membership he voted “against” one day and “for” the next day. He voted “for” the rights of EU citizens to stay in the UK after Brexit and later voted “against” such protections. So, don’t go thinking his mind is made-up on “no-deal”. Making us believe it is could be all part of his conjuring act.

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  1. If Boris is only for himself, he must know that right now his time in No.10 will be very short. In fact revoking article 50 is just about the only stratagem which will keep him in post as all the Remain MPs will ensure that any no confidence vote is defeated while the country settles back down.

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