That much was to be expected; what was not was the depths to which Bozo would sink in order to try and unsettle his opponent. Of all the totally inappropriate smears he could try and pull to distract Starmer, the idea that the Labour leader was somehow linked to Irish Republican terrorists was perhaps the worst, and glaringly so.
But pull that smear he did:as the Guardian has reported, “Today, with no relevance at all to the question in hand, Johnson launched into a diatribe about Starmer being anti-Brexit and on the side of ‘an IRA-condoning politician’ (ie, Jeremy Corbyn - who would contest the claim he condoned terrorism)”. Both Starmer and Corbyn did more to assist the peace process in Northern Ireland than Bozo ever will. And there was more.
“There were at least three new factors in play today that should be concerning for Tory MPs … First, Johnson doesn’t seem to even be trying to get better … Second, Starmer is getting even more confident and authoritative … third, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker, seems to have finally lost patience with Johnson too”. It’ll be the Tory Party next.
In any case, if anyone in the Commons should reflect on their endorsement of terrorist sympathisers, it is Bozo himself. For starters, he has put in train the process of ennobling Claire Fox, who was so in favour of the Armed Struggle that she was even prepared to refuse giving Colin Parry, who lost his son in the Warrington bombing (which Ms Fox endorsed), an apology. Also, Ms Fox is a denier of the Bosnian genocide.
Worse, when Bozo did his “oven-ready” Brexit deal with the EU - a deal, it seems, that he and many of his most fervently Europhobic MPs did not bother reading at the time, and are now claiming is somehow unfair - he effectively put a customs border down the Irish Sea and thereby alienated not the nationalist, but the unionist tradition in the province. Far from dialling down sectarian tension, he’s just ratcheted it up again.
The potential for smuggling, with the Irish republic remaining an EU member state, is in the realm of the bleeding obvious. Of course, that could be addressed by putting border checks back between Northern Ireland and the Republic - which would turn back the clock to the Bad Old Days. Yet, once again, it is all someone else’s fault.
No doubt the usual suspects in the press, led by reality deniers like the odious Quentin Letts (let’s not), will ignore Bozo’s deficiencies or claim he won anyway. But it is becoming glaringly obvious that we have a Prime Minister in name only.
The Boris Johnson project has begun to unravel big time. Just rejoice at that news.
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