+Prime Minister Johnson now owns Brexit 110%. Indeed, he has well and truly staked his entire reputation on delivering it. But this does not simply mean ‘leaving’ the EU on January 31st—it means that the effect of Brexit should be noticeable in our everyday lives, very much for the better. If things get worse, as most economists predict, then quite a few people are going to end up with buyer’s remorse. Perhaps a Black Wednesday moment beckons. Je ne regrette rien.
+A key revelation of the leaked secret trade talks document brandished by Jeremy Corbyn was the demand of the Americans that ‘climate change’ should not feature anywhere. Trump doesn’t believe in climate change, so that’s hardly a surprise. The lip service that Johnson gives the subject will be exposed in the big, beautiful trade deal he wants with the US. This sadly will be a more negative aspect of any agreement than the price of drugs, bad though that is.
+I read an article by Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian today, hoping to find him patting his back for his role in demonising Corbyn. Unfortunately, the man is too modest. Nor did he apologise. But he’s Mr Angry. It seems nobody paid proper attention to him, a pouting prophet without a land.
+The Scottish question is going to be up there with Brexit. The Tories say they won’t allow another independence referendum, largely because they have the word ‘unionist’ in their official title. But Scotland doesn’t deliver very much for the Tories, and if their new Maoist tendency wins the day, they will allow a referendum to take place, albeit not straight away. If Scotland were to gain independence, it would at a stroke remove one of the oft irritating obstacles to Tory hegemony in England. This could be coupled with the now inevitable constitutional and electoral gerrymandering the Tories plan.
+If Labour is ever going to rebuild itself in Scotland - where once again we're down to one MP - then the time has clearly arrived for Labour north of the border to become fully independent. I think the same should be true in Wales. For the rest of us, we need a Labour Party that can represent England, which is after all where 90% of the UK population resides. If the Party cannot figure this one out, it's going to be out of power for a very long time, and an ugly form of nationalism will secure its grip.