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Brexit hate crime hysteria is a cynical Remainers lie

Brendan O’Neil of Spiked has confirmed, as I wrote on 11th September 2016, what Dan Hannan reported on the hate crime figures. The police log reports of hate crime, but when tested, these figures of actual crime don’t show a rise.  But Remainers continue to accuse Brexit of every type of hate crime, including homophobia. borisgayadBrendan says:  Has there ever been a crime panic as flimsy, as see-through, as explicitly designed to make political mileage as the post-Brexit hate-crime hysteria? Too many people are nodding along to this nonsense, accepting as hard fact every doom-tinged utterance from the police and evidence-lite statement from the Home Office. Continue reading

The great speech in full that made Boris Johnson the star of the 2015 Tory Conference

This outstanding speech that made Boris Johnson the star of the Tory conference, is possibly his best speech ever.

“Thank you Zac, and thank you for just showing once again that you have exactly the qualities of originality and drive that will help you win in London in May. I tell you when I knew we were going to be all right in that amazing election and it wasn’t the Ed stone the heaviest suicide note in history or the mysterious second kitchen.borisconference2It was when I was walking one of those furiously contested high streets in North West London where one week the Tory posters went up, only to vanish next week in favour of Labour posters and we were busy restoring the Tory posters when a shopkeeper told me that he had definitely made his mind up and for the first time in his life he was switching right across from Labour to Tory because he just didn’t think that Labour under Miliband would be on the side of businesses like his and then another Asian shopkeeper said exactly the same and then another and I was so struck that in the evening I texted the PM – no profanities on either side, I promise and I said: mate we are going to win this thing. Continue reading

OUTRAGE! Boris opposed DLA cuts, but is physically attacked by jeering DLA protestors

It’s the beginning of the Tory Conference, and Jeremy  Corbyn has promised a kinder politics and a more caring society“.  No sign of that, as Tories were spat at and called “scum”!DLAprotest3A  group of DLA protesters physically attacked Boris Johnson over cuts.  He laughed, but it wasn’t really funny.  Boris had passionately opposed DLA cuts, to huge praise from DLA campaigners.  Now he was attacked by protestors, who hadn’t the brain to do any research.

@KingYoof  Can’t stop laughing @MayorofLondon getting pelted by disabled protesters. Shame it wasn’t bricks https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=Xanz1yv4ep0Continue reading

How Boris cut Nigel Farage and UKIP off at the kneecaps

Boris Johnson has done David Cameron and the Tories, and indeed, Labour a huge favour.  Because frankly the bragging, boasting and preening of Nigel Farage was getting unbearable.  His constant lectures to the three main party leaders showed he believed he knew it all.  During the Scottish Referendum, he had the nerve to demand that David Cameron resign if the YES vote won.borissteps

So febrile were Nigel’s fantasies,  he clearly saw himself as the new Cleggie, the power behind the throne, the kingmaker, one step from an audience with the Queen.  The truth is that UKIP haven’t won one seat in the House of Commons in 21 years.  Humiliatingly, their donor, Stewart Wheeler, has made it plain he would dump Nige in a heartbeat if Boris Johnson became Tory leader.  Nigel ignores all this.  His good opinion of himself is firmly entrenched and he is a legend in his own mind. Continue reading

The Bow Group sidesteps Tory high command to launch a manifesto with Boris Johnson

As reported in CityAm today, the prestigious think tank,  the Bow Group, set up  in 1951, has bypassed the Tory conference to launch a manifesto with Boris Johnson.  The Group counts ex-Cabinet Minister Geoffrey  Howe as one of its members and Sir John Major as its President.The Bow Group is concerned that the Tory Conference is now “a corporate venue for press and lobbyists” rather than “a genuine forum for conservatism and Conservative party members”.boristimes3CityAm said:  “Chairman Ben Harris-Quinney said many politicians including MEP Daniel Hannan would be “noticeably absent” this year and “that must give the party and broader conservative movement pause for concern and review”. Continue reading

Charles Moore says to shamed Max Hastings “You are wrong about Boris Johnson”

Charles Moore, another ex-Daily Telegraph editor, who has also worked with Boris Johnson for years, disagrees with Max Hastingsattack in the Daily Mail. It is best not to dwell on some of the details of Max Hastings’ diatribe, which are unworthy of him.  The crucial issue of whether Boris is serious, is disputed by Mr. Moore here.

The London Standard reported yesterday:  “Former Daily Telegraph editors Charles Moore and Sir Max Hastings have rather different views of London’s Mayor. Max wrote yesterday that he wouldn’t trust Boris with his wife or his wallet, while in today’s Spectator Moore disagrees. “It is a mistake for senior Tory politicians and journalists — Ken Clarke and Max Hastings are the latest — to complain that Boris Johnson ‘isn’t serious’,” he writes. “It is because he isn’t serious that people like him. Those politicians who consider themselves serious are not saying anything seriously interesting, and Mr Unserious Johnson remains the only Conservative to win an important electoral contest (twice) since 1992. It is unwise of them to draw attention to Boris’s greatest asset. It would be more cunning to say he isn’t funny.”

The reputation of Boris Johnson is undented by the ill-tempered outburst from Max Hastings.  Boris is a hero to thousands of people and nothing could ever change that.  When a politician is as popular as Boris, it is inevitable, as remarked by London ITV’s London Tonight during the Tory Conference, that there is huge jealousy from other writers and politicians. Sigmund Freud believed that the way we criticise others says nothing about them and everything about themselves.  Max Hastings certainly proved that in his article in the Daily Mail on Wednesday.

Extract from Times leader: the point of Boris

Today’s leader in the Times has warm words and a balanced view of our Mayor.  The leader begins:  “The joke in Downing Street is that if David Cameron could choose a political rival, he could do worse than choose a man who went to Eton, who was a member of the Bullingdon Club, who is a member of his own party and who does not even have a seat in the House of Commons. Boris Johnson, Mr Cameron’s allies like to say, may be a threat, but chiefly to the Prime Minister’s successors. Boris might needle Mr Cameron, but he is more likely to thwart the ambitions of George Osborne or Michael Gove if they wanted to run for the leadership next time. There is a tendency for the Conservative Party to nurse Heseltine-like crushes on alternative leaders: the party’s history is littered with men who might have been.

Boris’s speech yesterday, to a packed hall at Conservative Party conference, went down even better than a bottle of the “taxpayer-funded Châteauneuf du Pape” he accused Ken Livingstone of enjoying. It was a speech which deftly combined hope, laughter, compassion and a passionate belief in enterprise. But it was, wisely, not a speech which made any claim to the leadership. Mr Johnson expressed his belief in Mr Cameron — “we have the right government in Westminster and I will fight to keep it there” — and talked mostly about London rather than the country as a whole.

So the focus should not be on what dastardly plots the Mayor of London may hatch against the leadership from his space-age headquarters beside the Thames, but how to harness his talents to bolster the leadership in the gothic Palace of Westminster. The right question to ask is, what is Boris for?”

The leader continues:  “For a laugh, for starters. A Technicolor politician in a bleak age, Boris’s riffs on bendy buses, driverless trains and the endorphins flowing through the Olympic crowds gave the kind of lift this conference — and the country — badly needed. He is one of the few politicians who makes politics feel human, approachable and honest at a time when record numbers of people are switching off. He defies the media to sling mud and epithets (Greek or not); he gets up again and dusts himself off. This is particularly valuable to a government whose main message is, of necessity, grim.

More than that, Boris Johnson also stands for a liberal, metropolitan strand of conservatism. His concerns about the lack of jobs and housing available to young people are completely sincere. This is a man who has introduced a London Living Wage, a programme of apprenticeships and has continued his predecessor’s programme of affordable home-building. This is entirely consistent with his political past. Boris once supported Ken Clarke for the Tory leadership, and was one of the first to rally around David Cameron. He is a natural supporter of gay marriage and international aid. Far from being a right-wing alternative to Mr Cameron, as some in the party have seemed to assume, he is a moderniser in the same mould. This makes him a huge asset to Mr Cameron in his fight to retain the centre ground: and Mr Cameron has been right to embrace him.

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