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Excellent commentary, Frank. Not much to add except that if Farage supports the Tories in an election, that is tantamount to aligning the Tory Party on extreme hard Brexit, no doubt creating a fresh crisis of conscience for more centrist Tories. How many would leave for the Lib Dems?

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 11:54:05 AM EST
So what is the difference between Boris and Farage now? Farage wants a no deal Brexit - no continuing "entanglements" with the EU - while Boris claims to want a deal. But he has made no serious attempt to engage in negotiations with the EU and has yet to articulate his alternative to the Backstop.

I have to laugh at continuing Tory claims that the opposition are undermining their negotiating position with their "friends in Europe": First of all, they have no "friends in Europe", and secondly, there have been no serious negotiations with the EU since the Withdrawal Agreement was agreed almost a year ago.

What negotiations are they talking about? Are they still negotiating in their own heads or with each other? They are certainly not engaged in serious negotiations with the EU. The notion that the EU Council, meeting on the 17/18th. of October, are suddenly going to agree to some rabbit Boris has pulled out of a hat is absurd.

That is not how the EU works, and even if it did, what proposal could they possibly agree to? A Northern Ireland specific backstop is the only other option on the table, requiring Boris to dump the DUP and his precious Union. He could do this, and some suspect that he might. But first he would have to secure a parliamentary majority sans le DUP.

Not made any easier by the likely loss of Scottish Tory seats and centrist Tory voters in England...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 03:19:49 PM EST
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So what is the difference between Boris and Farage now?

Racism is core policy for Farage.  For de Piffle it remains a more casual issue, to be trotted out when it can whip a crowd to give him some cheers.  In the end Boor-ass isn't all about, "They aren't like US!"  He's all about, "None of you is like ME!"

by rifek on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 10:08:38 PM EST
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The Centrist Tories were happy enough to hold power aligned with DUP. How much worse can they get?
by Andhakari on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 06:47:29 PM EST
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