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Tories: The Party's Over


It's time to call it a day. I'm not the only one saying it - ask Dominic Cummings, for another. The Party is moribund and we need to put it out of our misery.

As for the Labour Party, that died a long time ago. New Labour gave a new meaning to the word 'New': 'Not.' Now it is a soft-handed version of revolutionary Communism, dedicated to the overthrow of the State and the destruction of our people together with their civilisation. If you think that statement is overblown, perhaps you have not been paying attention to current affairs; nor to Peter Hitchens, for so long our Cassandra.

Labour got rid of Corbyn because the label on his bottle told you honestly what was inside; the new leader seeks to slip you a potent cocktail, a Keir Starmer. The only reason the Daily Mail can find for us to support Sunak is that Starmer would - will - be worse.

Really? Worse than what?

Unlike the oligarchophile Mandelson, Rishi Sunak can be 'intensely relaxed' about himself, for the PM and his non-dom-ish wife are worth more than the King. I expect Rishi will imitate Blair's trajectory, using the highest office in the land as nothing more than a stepping-stone for his personal ambitions; in ACL Blair's case, to start making serious money with JP Morgan and go on to make trouble for us all with his elder-statesman posing; in Sunak's case, maybe to become a TikTok prankster like the cold-hard-staring Mizzy, but on a far bigger scale.

For what is the Rwanda lark but a prank on the gullible British public? The rubber-boat people are merely a tiny subset of immigrants, the vast majority of whom (including most of the boatees) are technically entitled to come, as an army of well-funded lawyers is ready to prove in case after case even though the result of their legal efforts is to hasten the day when our Welfare State collapses.

Fly asylum-seekers 6,000 miles to Kigali? In Rishi's suite of gesture politics that one is 'jumping the shark.' And there is a juicier bit contained in the UK's Memorandum of Understanding with the Rwandan Government:

'16.1 The Participants will make arrangements for the United Kingdom to resettle a portion of Rwanda's most vulnerable refugees in the United Kingdom, recognising both Participants' commitment towards providing better international protection for refugees.'

A United Nations committee report from 2019 said there were around 3,000 disabled refugees in Rwanda. So in exchange for possibly bogus claimants we are to receive people who HMG has already agreed will be fully entitled to cost the taxpayer far more with their long-term high-level needs.

Half the time we are told we're broke and yet we can manage to send billions for the slaughter of young men in Ukraine and write blank cheques for 'eye-catching initiatives' like this combo of air miles and humanitarian venture. Has the Treasury given up on controlling our finances? We'd love to buy the world a Coke, but can we afford to?

Eager, slick Rishi often reminds me of one of Alan Sugar's 'apprentices,' trying on one stunt after another to earn approval. Rwanda is just an example. What we have had, ever since Blair-admirer David Cameron's administration, is surrender to the Left because that promises political victories even as it brings ruin in its train.

We come back to Michael Anton's 2016 'Flight 93 Election' essay, where he argued that the American people voted for the Golden Oaf to send a message to the 'Uniparty' that I summarise as 'For God's sake DO something!'

The same telegram was sent to our rulers here in the Brexit Referendum only a few months earlier, and it took a Golden Oaf of our own to drag the unwilling animal of the Establishment across the line, or mostly across. Johnson's been defenestrated since then, as has the mayfly Truss, and the Tory MP Old Guard has installed someone for whom neither the Party not the electorate has voted.

If they win, we all lose. Only disaster can save us.

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