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Danny Finkelstein says…
“You have to be impressed with Gordon Brown. His two children are only 6 years old and 3 years old. And yet it turns out that at bathtime, they squabble about membership of the European People’s Party.”
Nigel Farage is up against John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, in Buckingham. He is appealing for funds to support his campaign online and he is also running fundraising advertising in the arch-Tory magazine the Spectator.
Buckingham is of course a rock solid Tory seat held by an expense fiddling, mortgage flipping member of parliament.
So why is Farage running there?
Because there are a lot of chihuahuas in British politics – and they have votes and they are angry. ChIHUAHuas are Conservatives In their Heads, Ukip At Heart. Some are hardcore irreconcilable Eurosceptics, some are disappointed with the melting away of the cast iron guarantee and many more are just mainstream conservatives who vote Tory because in their heads they know it is the only realistic choice they have, even though they are UKIP sympathisers at heart. Chihuahuas are off that loyalty leash in Buckingham, which because Bercow is the speaker hasn’t even got a nominally Conservative Party candidate. Bercow is universally loathed by grassroots conservatives as well as more establishment Tories up to and including David Cameron.
Whatever they say publicly there will be cheering in CCHQ if Bercow loses. Many will see it as a conservative gain, Farage’s politics are their politics after a few gin and tonics; cut taxes, stuff the EU, cut spending and show a bit of pride in being British. Chihauhuas may be small, but they can’t half nip…
Consensus economists were predicting 0.4%. Gordon will use this to spin that this means he can’t cut the deficit because it would take spending out of the economy. Cutting taxes would of course boost the private sector and keep more money in the economy. In recent years Cananda and Sweden have both cut government overspending by 10% in a recession and achieved strong economic growth…
As my own country inches towards unity and complete self-determination, Guido will say a prayer to St George that within two weeks England too can achieve sovereignty and freedom from rule by foreigners from the North of the British Isles. Guido will say another prayer for the re-Catholicisation of England and that you will succeed in driving the Scottish Presbyterian overlords from your lands.
Even if your patron saint is actually a Turk and sadly you don’t get a national holiday today, St George’s day should be celebrated. With both a German-descended head-of-state and a Scots dominated government, it must all be a little demoralising.
Nevertheless, this Irishman would like to wish all his English readers a happy St George’s day. Cheers!
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