Boris Johnson has been left out of the leadership race to deliver Brexit – Bernard Ingham

They called it the European Common Market back then. It is now the European Union. And because Boris Johnson let us get away with it – “did Brexit” (more or less), he has now realistically concluded that he cannot unite the warring tribes of his parliamentary party. There will be no second coming for him.

I’m not saying it should have been on the ballot. One could always wonder if he was the right person to take over the reins. But it is outrageous that a minority of his parliamentary party tried – and succeeded – to exclude him from this week’s leadership election because he implemented a landmark referendum decision.

It is difficult to know the extent of the Europhile campaign against him. But there can be no doubt about his zeal or purpose. Lord (Michael) Heseltine candidly admitted that with Boris’ departure comes the chance to bring us back into the clutches of Brussels.

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street. PIC: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

It’s not just undemocratic. It is a betrayal to seek to subject us to a foreign “power”.

The EU hardly qualifies for this mandate these days, as the Franco-German hegemony demonstrated in its crippled response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, especially when it carries within it a threat to European freedom.

It is also undemocratic, bureaucratically bound by a bulky bureaucracy, dictatorial, expensive, maintained by corruption and horribly pretentious in its application for membership as the right of international institutions.

Unlike the single currency, which has hurt the economies of southern Europe, there is no more a common foreign policy than there is a single elected government. The EU is a crook and in its current state an uncertain defender of Western freedom.

It is also hostile to our interests by threatening us with trade disruption if we do not behave and by trying to annex Northern Ireland it could favor the break-up of the United Kingdom. After all, the Scot Nats were already clamoring for EU membership once they broke free from the English.

In short, the plague called the EU is clearly rotting the brains of men.

It follows that anyone who opposes Boris’s return as Prime Minister because by popular demand he broke with the EU is blind, lacking in judgment and a threat to democracy.

Whether Boris should have tried his luck in Number 10 is another question. He is Britain’s most charismatic, if flawed, politician. He gets things done – wins an election with the biggest Tory majority since 1987, implements Brexit and lifts the world out of a pandemic that nearly killed it. And then he rallies the West against Putin’s war.

But he is disorganized, as a free spender, not the man to erase our massive and debilitating debts and, as he has now belatedly admitted, not the man to bring his party to its senses.

This has always made our new Prime Minister, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the most comfortable but least exciting candidate. He is unlikely to spook the markets but will almost certainly preside over another period of so-called austerity trying to rebalance the economy. Despite this, can he weld his party into an electoral fighting force over the next two years?

That has been the problem with this crucial leadership election. The previous leisurely summer stroll that produced Liz Truss as Prime Minister never underlined the dangers of a focus on growth without explaining how it would gradually rebalance the UK economy after the £400billion Covid bill sterling.

The latest maneuvers did not identify a unifier, only a separator. Nor have they given us a clear idea of ​​how the more orthodox Mr. Sunak will bring a steady return to prosperity and growth from our current weakened straits.

Everything is up for grabs and the stakes are high. No one should imagine that Sir Kier Starmer is the answer, encumbered as he is by a deep left-moderate split, an addiction to tax and spending and the dead hand of his union paymasters.

We fly on one wing and a prayer. But there is one absolute certainty: we will collapse unless the Conservative parliamentary party finally assumes its responsibilities. They and they alone put Rishi Sunak at No. 10.

They owe him and us their concentration on the essentials, not their petty quarrels, their hatreds or their European pestilence.

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