Gove stabs Boris in the front: do we smell the rancid presence of Newscorp here?

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Mesnip29616It is symptomatic of British politics at the moment that, at 10.35am, one can write “another Old Etonian in Downing Street”, post the piece, cut back a bay tree, mow half an acre of lawn, and then return to discover that Boris Johnson has eliminated himself from the Tory leadership race. In no more time than it takes to complete a game of football with extra time, the commentator’s efforts are become electronic garbage fit only for the recycle bin.

News is what gets hits – the evidence for that is, even for the Socialist mindset, incontrovertible – but I gave up chasing that tiger years ago. However, even the slightest peek into the future in 2016 is a footnote from the past within 120 minutes. Eat your heart out, Marshall McLuhan.

But what garners loyal users towards any site or blog is the ability to bring insightful analysis to the news. And as at the moment I am 100% deficient in that department, I shall on this occasion try and simply add some value to what is.

  1. Within six days of the Referendum result being known, the highest profile spokespeople for both Remain and Leave have resigned. This makes as much sense as David killing Goliath, and then committing suicide. Clearly, other things are in play behind the scenes.
  2. I do not buy the “poisoned chalice” argument being peddled by the Guardian and the Left. First, they are almost always wrong about everything; and second, Boris’s entire life has been devoted to stepping across the threshhold of Number Ten.
  3. The man now openly vying to be Cameron’s replacement has repeatedly – and I mean, on at least a dozen occasions – protested that he did not want the top job. Clearly and verily, he hath protested too much. The Trojan horse looked benign enough. Suddenly, it wasn’t. I think we’d do well to look at the contents of this particular Trojan horse.
  4. Michael Gove is venerated by Rupert Murdoch. When Gove declared for Brexit, the Digger tweeted fulsomely about Gove’s “honesty” in taking the plunge. Gove was a Murdoch journalist for many years; for him, Merdeschlock can do no wrong. This is an obvious character flaw. And Roop always promotes people with whom he can “do business”.
  5. I have said all along that widespread elements in the Conservative Party do not trust Boris. For them, he is the contemporary Winston Churchill: fine in a war when one’s back is against the wall, but otherwise to be avoided. Johnson has, bluntly faced with that reality, wisely decided to fight another day.
  6. Gove has either taken soundings and found his ally wanting, or used him as a populist to get the result he and his backer(s) wanted from Day One. Either way, he emerges from these events as a man of quite staggering ruthlessness: he seems to have given Johnson ten minutes notice of his decision to run.

Meanwhile, across the corridor, Labour’s reaction to Tory cannibalism appears to be a civil war between two sets of pinhead angels. For once, a Slog invention – the MPM (major Party meltdown) – might actually become a widely used term.

But if like me you missed this development, fear not: there’ll be another one along in a minute.

63 thoughts on “Gove stabs Boris in the front: do we smell the rancid presence of Newscorp here?

  1. So, the man who risked the political, social and financial security of entire country has left the gambling table.
    Hindsight proves backing Brexit was a fools gold.

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  2. Gove has always struck me as a wonk but, with his back story, is a more credible candidate than BoJo who really doesn’t sell north of Watford. Who knows what other lascvicious stories the press had waiting for BoJo. He may well have been blackmailed. My guess is the Conservatives will now go for the safe pair of hands in May with Gove as Chancellor or Foreign Secretary.

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  3. It actually ‘proves’ nothing of the sort. What it does prove is that our current crop of politicos make Machiavelli seem like a choirboy, and show that the Francis Urquhart spirit (from theproper “House of Cards”) is alive and well in The Palace of Westminster

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  4. Bollocks…bojo was a stalking horse to pull the other contenders into the light, and to see who declared for whom.

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  5. One is entitled to wonder if Caesar’s wife is entirely above suspicion … and whether this aspect (largely unknown among the people fed by Murdoch/skynewsandmadeupfilth and the Beeb Beeb Ceeb) has had any bearing on the matter. Poor old Publius Clodius has had his name drawn through the mud but Pompeia, as yet at least, is largely anonymous.

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  6. Boris the barbarian would be better suited quitting politics rather than the tory leadership race. He would make an eel skin look like it was sandpaper, or as one of my American buddies used to say he is as slick as cat sh**t on linoleum.
    As both parties are tearing themselves apart we need a general election, with candidates declaring in or out when standing..

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  7. I wonder if ‘Snorter’ Osborne has found some new master or mistress to sidle up to yet? There must be one of the declared candidates desperate enough to take him in tow – maybe even Gove, who must be running out of friends (even ‘fair weather’ political ones) in a big way.

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  8. There is an argument that Boris isn’t the man for tough negotiations with the EU, but is probably best as a roving global salesman for the new globally focussed UK. If the UK has some tough trade negotiators to put at his side, all the better. New Zealand has apparently offered us their finest to kick seven bells out of the EU if they try to pull a fast one……probably as a reward for the England rugby team having kicked seven bells out of the Australians and humiliated them 3-0 down under……

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  9. @ Dunny Says
    You seem to be assuming that all those who voted to leave the EU are somehow supporters of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
    You are wrong.

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  10. ….Meanwhile, our ‘speshul freyunds’, [as in Big Stupid Rottweiler Dog Vs. Poodle Bitch], have sent some big dopey cowboy, wearing a pantomime horse-head, to ensure that ‘amuricaa’ gets the result they paid for and the ‘right’ CIA stooges [traitors] get elected to lead the respective Party’s.

    I am trying to identify which of our alleged politicians are not CIA stooges. Can anyone supply a list of ‘British politicians/mandarins who have met ol’ horseface kerry for ‘discussions’.?

    It would be helpfull to identify which traitors were getting paid by america to prevent us dumping the United States of Euroreich.

    Again, kudos to Mr.Ward for a long series of excellent, insightfull articles. circulate, circulate and ciculate.

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  11. @ JW Mein Honigbienchen,

    I think you ll find that Boris was hobbled by recent personal spousal baggage of which you are only too well aware and which was encapsulated by a praphrasing of an old Italian San Remo entry of the late 1950 s which Matteo Fenzi sang at our Brussels meeting this week

    Marina Marina Marina
    No non ti dovevo sposar
    Marina Marina Marina
    Sposandoti ho peccato a sbagliar
    Si mio bello amore
    Non ti fai solo sposare
    Ma da altri inculare
    Si Si Si Si Si

    Ergo. Point made.

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  12. I know it is a crime to spill beer but I squirted half a can of beer through my nose reading this fine piece of quality journalism from our venerated BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36677028 It would take a heart of stone not to laugh at the portentous, deluded idiot. “It had to fall to someone else… I felt it had to fall to me,” he said”. Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha!

    He really needs to take a look at Private Eye’s picture of him on the naughty step, oh lord they’ll have a field day. He’s like a Tory version of Ed Milliband, he simply lacks the ability to look anything other than weird, It’s Mr Bean all over again. God, what a wonderful result the leave vote was, the gift that keeps on giving.

    Warning. Don’t,whatever you do, try imagining Gove dressed as Superman, I dislocated a kidney when I tried it. I do hope he gets elected it will be the funniest thing ever.

    PS. Bye bye Boris HIGNIFY have a vacancy.

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  13. Whilst attention has been focused on the Brexit shenanigans, it appears that the “British government” (who exactly are they?) has quietly proceeded to pass its 5th Carbon Budget with a 2030 target of forcing CO2 emissions down by 57% on 1990 levels In contrast to the EU-wide target of 40%. According to the GWPF:- “The new Budget is the most ambitious climate policy in the world and puts the UK at a damaging competitive disadvantage compared with its European neighbours and all other major economies around the world.”

    This budget was based on “the now incorrect assumption that the U.K. will still be in the EU by 2030, active in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and covered by the EU’s Paris Agreement terms.” The GWPF suggest the govt. has behaved unreasonably, and “should have delayed approval of the Budget ” allowing the next govt. ” to reassess the impacts in the light of the far-reaching changes flowing from the referendum result. ” (http://www.thegwpf.com/topics/)

    Not that there’s much chance “the next government” will have a radically different viewpoint, but why on earth would the current lot, amidst all their immediate concerns, have rushed through approval of this questionable policy? And what else are the Whitehall mandarins conniving to surreptitiously pull off whilst we’re looking the other way?

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  14. Jeremy Corbyn put more effort in to the Remain campaign than Teresa May did. Yet she is now favourite to lead the Tory party.
    Isn’t life so unfair.

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  15. It all looks like Greek post-referendum Cheap-rush week. Elections will be called, Brexit will probably not happen and that is what markets say at the moment.

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  16. The entire Brexit debate has taken place in an atmosphere so rarefied that hardly anybody can breathe – small wonder that there is an epidemic of hypoxia and the political class are dropping like flies. Boorish Jokeson was ever two dimensions looking for a third, whilst living in the fifth, and has unreliable written all over him. Gove has been given a shove but suffers from chronic anaemia and is invisible with the light behind him. We can only hope that the oxygen runs out altogether and they all croak. Meanwhile, we must apparently reconcile ourselves to sharing a berth with more than 17 million racists..

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  17. Having COMPLETELY f*cked up the referendum the establishment has been at loss to pull the Country back into line.
    There was NO way that Boris could have been allowed to stand for PM, after all, he could have won and messed up their plans even more, and….how could we have a pro-Brexit PM if we are to stay in the EU?

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  18. .. and that includes Jeremy Corbyn for Christ’s sake (and him too, probably).. This is utterly ridiculous.

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  19. Mr Ward.
    Your scribbles 192 reasons for BREXIT.
    How does any of this ongoing farce agree with your DECONSTRUCT LIES, RECONSTRUCT DECENCY” self indulgent motto. Answer. It doesn’t, in fact it’s the complete opposite. More like DESTRUCTIVE VANDALISM OF OUR WEALTH , OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES AND OUR COUNTRY

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  20. So Mr Ward
    What now? Your convictions were convincing to some, and look what we got.
    Can we have some scribbles please that do not brazenly back liars without a plan, and can we reconstruct some decency into British politics and our country. That will run against your grain.
    Or are you always going to scribble like an inebriated f*ckwit?

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  21. Dunny says STOP SCRIBBLING F*CKING NONSENSE AND THINK FIRST BEFORE TRYING TO OFFER CONSTRUCTIVE AND SOCIALLY WORKABLE SOLUTIONS”. YOUR DESTRUCTIVE SCRIBBLES SERVE ONLY AS FREE ARSEWIPE”

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  22. I say again

    Mr Ward.
    Your scribbles 192 reasons for BREXIT.
    How does any of this ongoing farce agree with your DECONSTRUCT LIES, RECONSTRUCT DECENCY” self indulgent motto. Answer. It doesn’t, in fact it’s the complete opposite. More like DESTRUCTIVE VANDALISM OF OUR WEALTH , OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES AND OUR COUNTRY

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  23. and again

    Mr Ward.
    Your scribbles 192 reasons for BREXIT.
    How does any of this ongoing farce agree with your DECONSTRUCT LIES, RECONSTRUCT DECENCY” self indulgent motto. Answer. It doesn’t, in fact it’s the complete opposite. More like DESTRUCTIVE VANDALISM OF OUR WEALTH , OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES AND OUR COUNTRY

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  24. Angelteuton!?
    Say more about Boris spousal baggage
    When’ll story break?
    Is court case completed?
    Do say…
    Gerard

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  25. 192 REASONS TO CONSTRUCT LIARS without a plan and DECONSTRUCT DECENCY

    you should be ashamed – but you are not. You’re proud and ever SMUG with a fat ego . Thats your character.

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  26. As time unfolds, history will prove that BREXIT was a FOOLS PARADISE – sponsored among others by MR WARD.

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  27. MR WARD, the know all who would betray his country with the 192 strokes of a scribblers pencil without a thought in his head.

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  28. @Dunny,
    And your previously written opinions on current UK politics are where? I, for one, would like to read them.

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  29. What I find a bit disconcerting is the overall message I see in the msm is that the referendum is accepted, we’re out, our future outside the EU etc, etc but the inactivity by govmt., doesn’t seem be in phase with this.

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  30. The Telegraph reports that Gove continued to socialise with Osborne and prepare for PMQs with Cameron throughout the EU referendum. To my mind, this increases the probability that Gove was in the plot to create the ‘official’ Vote Leave campaign from the start and to get BJ to be the fall guy, ie the mug who fronted the campaign and destroyed his career. For all his classical education, BJ seems to be a bit of a fool. Perhaps he believes that Caesar wasn’t murdered.

    Someone must have persuaded Gove that he shouldn’t be satisfied with eliminating BJ and claiming the credit from whoever was the next PM and that he himself had a chance of the top job. John, you may be correct in fingering Murdoch.

    Remember that May reopened the investigation into Daniel Morgan’s murder. OK, not much has happened yet. Hopefully, it is a sign that she is not as afraid of Don Rupert as the Bullingdon boys.

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  31. Dear Everyone
    Good morning and welcome to and we always welcome all comments because our french windows are open to all for comments filled with passion as we see above. We just ignore any chritzm like the politicans do so thanks again while I go lie down after my next glass of errm ahhm not sur have to see if any lefy in seller.

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  32. To be fair though, within his tirade of abuse Dunny is right about one thing – e.g. ‘without a plan’.

    Not only did Brexit have no valid plan – their vague strategies for negotiation have been based on nothing more than ‘hopes’.
    It’s got to be said that the same comments have to apply to bloggers etc in this instance.

    I’m not forgetting the ‘Flexit’ plan into which Richard North has put a considerable amount of work but it too relies on the hope that the EU will buy into it – I have similar hopes for a lottery win.

    Of course the lack of forward planning by the government in the event of a Brexit win is criminally negligent given their responsibilities & resources.

    The above aside & regarding the current political situation at Westminster – you couldn’t make it up! The (original) ‘House of Cards’ was wonderful but this is something else.

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  33. Another couple of days and we finally get to see the chilcot report. As the result of the recent referendum was a yea, against all expectations then perhaps we may even see Blair arrested as a war criminal.

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  34. Suppose that TPTB as currently represented by the tory party, wasn’t as unprepared as it seems, and actually had a ‘plan B’ just in case the brexiteers won (which of course is more that the brexiteers themselves had). This might consist of (as chrisb suggests) inserting one of their own – Gove – into the brexit camp, with the full intention of knifing Boris in the event of a win. This would deprive the leave camp of their primary asset and leave them with an unattractive and unelectable ‘leader’ who could never become PM. Incidentally, Boris’ sudden decision to withdraw hints that there might have been a lot more pressure on him to do so than just some non-competition from Gove. This simply looks like cover for some more private activity of a very persuasive nature.

    Following smoothly on from this, another of the inner circle – May – despite being nominally a ‘remaindeer’, makes all the right noises (‘no means no’, ‘there will be no second referendum’ etc.) to position herself as someone who will carry out the wishes of the people without reservation. In this new guise, she can therefore displace Gove as intended all along, without the brexiteers in politics and the population at large suspecting that her real purpose would be to make sure that their wishes are carefully diverted into some ‘EU Lite’ membership with all the costs and disadvantages, but no say whatsoever. Ken Clarke (Bilderberg steering committee) was on the BBC today knifing Gove (and only Gove) just to make sure, so all that remains is to sink Leadsom and Fox – never particularly strong contenders – and the stitch up is complete.

    P.S. – Also echoing chrisb, JW can you please delete at least some of the ‘Dunny says’ comments, which pollute an otherwise interesting discussion.

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  35. After a moment or two’s thought: Para 1 – “This simply looks like cover for some more private activity of a very persuasive nature” .. unless of course Johnson himself was a part of Plan B from the outset.

    Conspiracy theory, anyone..?

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  36. wel john u know that according to the predictions of the establishment press the Brexit was to lose. Then Camorat and Bojo could use the close vote and the disatisfaction of club Med and the coming French crisis to pressure Brussels am Berlin into doing something sensible. But now all those plans have gone a glimmering. when the financial crunch really comes home later this year or say about Feb ’17 then the The other shoe is going to drop and the Eurozone is going to have all the sex appeal Rotterdam after Goering’s little 1940 air show. The ACTUAL Brexit then becomes not only inevitable but those Laborites and SNP still in denial start to look to even the thickest Brit, just like the clueless idiots that they are. One can indeed enjoy the shambles. Only Nigel is coming out looking good after this. What I do not under stand is why we are not hearing more from Geert and from more sensible Tories like A,E,P, and Danial Hannan.

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