In his last years commentating on Formula 1, Murray Walker would very deliberately not tell viewers that the driver leading on the last lap of a race was going to win. He had cursed so many over the years by announcing the winner, only for them to suffer some kind of mishap. So it was always “he is on his last and po-tentially victorious lap”.
Squeaky you lost get over it finger up the bum time
If only those commentating on the Peterborough by-election had listened to Murray. Last weekend, and indeed well into this week, the talk had been only about how Nigel “Thirsty” Farage’s latest political vehicle, the Brexit Party, was going to secure its first MP, especially given the area voted 63% Leave in the 2016 EU referendum.
Leave area, Leave party, it was a no-brainer. Wasn’t it? Well, it might have been, until last Sunday morning, when US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson let slip in an interview on The Andy Marr Show™ that, in a post-Brexit trade negotiation with the USA, what he called “healthcare” would have to be on the table. “Healthcare” for most means the NHS.
Donald, where's yer hairspray?
Then, on Tuesday, in a press conference which was extensively publicised by every broadcaster - although the right-leaning press kept his remarks off their front pages on Wednesday morning - Combover Crybaby Donald Trump confirmed that the NHS would have to be “on the table” in a post-Brexit UK-US trade deal.
The Donald then tried to row back on that in a softball session with Piers Morgan, but the damage had been done. The Brexit Party’s leader was Trump’s big buddy. Voters in Peterborough now knew that voting Brexit Party meant, however indirectly, endorsing a future in which the NHS was up for grabs, perhaps to disappear for ever.
Lisa Forbes - the winner
And so when they came to vote, 63% Leave area or no, they voted Labour in sufficient numbers to ensure The Red Team’s majority actually showed an increase over the 2017 result. The Brexit Party had a plum by-election opportunity dangled in front of them, and their bestest buddy from the USA blundered in and fouled it all up.
But instead of facing up to the fact that voters were beginning to see through the non-existent policies and hollow rhetoric, the Brexit Party pulled out the race card in order to excuse its failure. The Guardian reported that “Brexit party insiders said Labour’s reliance upon a mainly Pakistani vote in inner-city wards had been the difference between the parties. ‘Some of these houses had 14 people in them registered to vote. It would be interesting to see what proportion voted Labour,’ said one”.
The racist bigot party is gracious in defeat
And there we see the true colours of the latest incarnation of the Farage Falange: blame failure on OTHERS. It was down to the FOREIGNS. People who were NOT WHITE and DON’T DRINK took YOUR DECISION away from you. For Nige and the Brexit Party, it’s explained away by saying British citizens are really PAKISTANIS. Racist SOBs.
The reality is that people have now seen what Brexit will mean for their everyday lives. They’ve seen though Nigel Farage. They don’t want what his pals are offering. And they don’t want to take a leap in the dark with a selfish rich spiv.
Thanks to Trump’s gaffe, Peterborough has seen off Mr Thirsty. Just rejoice at that news.
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