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Martin Kettle in The Guardian:

(The debate) had been delayed, by Johnson's team, until the ballot papers had already gone out and in many cases already been filled in. There is plenty of evidence that the 160,000 Conservative members - a tiny proportion of the whole UK electorate - have long ago decided to put Johnson in No 10; some of them joined the party specifically for that purpose.

And Brexit, the central issue of the day, is an article of passionate faith and dogma among most Tories, not an issue where strategies can be weighed and considered for their prudence and consequence.

(...)

Johnson won the debate because he is anyway going to win the ballot among the predominantly rightwing, old, white and male inhabitants of southern England who make up the electorate.



Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 07:30:18 AM EST

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