As it is with President Trump, so it is with Prime Minister Johnson.

The more the Left in their various guises attack these men, the more popular they become in the eyes of the people.

If this is true about the US president, it seems to also be true about our Prime Minister. British voters are beginning to understand that the elites despise them:












On Sunday, September 15, 2019, a Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC), Kirsten Johnson (no relation to Boris), seemed to smear Leave voters in her proposed constituency in Devon:

Well observed. Kirsten Johnson’s accent is indeed American; she was born in Virginia but has dual US/UK nationality. Her husband is English. It’s a shame she went on the offence against voters in her adopted country.

She gave an interview to the BBC Radio 4’s Ross Hawkins on The World This Weekend. Guido Fawkes has the excruciating soundbite.

The North Devon Gazette covered the story and local political reaction (emphases mine, outside of the Conservative MP’s name):

When asked about North Devon being an area that voted to leave the EU, she said: “Demographically it’s 98 per cent white. We don’t have a lot of ethnic minorities living in North Devon. People aren’t exposed to people from other countries.”

North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones has called on her to make ‘an immediate and unreserved apology to local people following her disgraceful comments’, saying they were ‘highly offensive’.

On the show, interviewer Ross Hawkins asked what the number of ethnic minority votes had to do with it and Dr Johnson said: “I didn’t mean to mean that it has anything to do with it at all – just saying that when I speak to people I am hearing comments to me….when it….it refers to race. You’ve got….you’ve got me in a corner here.”

Dr Johnson then referred to the rise of hate crimes and was asked if she linked leave voters to hate crime.

She responded: “No I do not link all leave voters to hate crime, not at all, I need to make that absolutely clear.”

The awkward radio segment continued and eventually concluded with Mr Hawkins saying: “There she trailed off, and I’m not sure I ever did really understand her point.”

In a statement, Mr Heaton-Jones called the remarks ‘appalling and unacceptable’.

Dawn Westcott, The Brexit Party’s PCC, who also appeared on the same programme, voiced her ‘sense of shock’ at Johnson’s remarks:

This is not the London bubble. This is the countryside and there’s a sense of shock that the Liberal Democrats are no longer representing the views of North Devon.

The Green Party PPC was equally offended. Their PPC, Robert Mack, said:

I can’t believe the disdain for North Devon residents from the Lib Dem PPC, Kirsten Johnson.

This statement clearly pits their party against the electorate here. We need to trust people to make decisions and this is why I back a people’s vote. We need to listen to people from all sides of the debate, without prejudice.

Mark Cann, chairman of the North Devon Labour Party, expressed it best:

These distasteful comments from Kirsten Johnson just go to show how little she understands the people of North Devon. Despite our differences on Brexit, no one should be branding those with a different view as racist or lacking an understanding of the issues. We should respect all views on Brexit no matter how we might differ in our opinions. That is why Labour is committed to a Peoples Vote and will respect its outcome.

Too right.

That said, I disagree with the call for a People’s Vote from the Greens and Labour. We had a people’s vote in 2016: the EU referendum.

In the end, Kirsten Johnson tweeted an apology the day after the interview:

Voters were unimpressed:

The timing of this episode was bad, as the Lib Dems party conference was going on in Bournemouth at the time:

You get the idea. I hope she loses bigly, as President Trump would say, when the general election comes around.

Now on to Boris.

Many of us appreciate the short videos that No. 10 issues two or three times a week. They keep up our morale.

Last week, Boris — which is how we referred to him as Mayor of London — gave us an optimistic update on his travels in the North of England as well as his meeting with Ireland’s Taoiseach — Prime Minister — Leo Varadkar. He then discussed his — our — enemies in Parliament, saying that it was inexplicable why they would not agree to a general election:

Some Remainer MPs know they would lose, especially when they campaigned to uphold the 2016 referendum result in 2017’s general election. Here are two polls from last weekend.

The first shows Conservatives and Labour neck and neck:

The second shows the Conservatives ahead by a comfortable margin:

On Monday, September 16, the PM went to Luxembourg to meet over lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker, outgoing President of the European Commission, and then on to a meeting with the tiny nation’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel.

This was the lunch menu. ‘Bio’ means ‘organic’ and chicken oysters refer to the oblong tender pieces just in front of the thigh, along the back of the chicken:

Downing Street released the following communique afterwards. From The Guardian:

The prime minister and President Juncker had a constructive meeting this lunchtime. The Brexit secretary [Stephen Barclay] and Michel Barnier [the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator] were also in attendance.

The leaders took stock of the ongoing talks between the UK’s team and taskforce 50. The prime minister reconfirmed his commitment to the Good Friday/Belfast agreement and his determination to reach a deal with the backstop removed, that UK parliamentarians could support.

The prime minister also reiterated that he would not request an extension and would take the UK out of the EU on the 31st October.

The leaders agreed that the discussions needed to intensify and that meetings would soon take place on a daily basis. It was agreed that talks should also take place at a political level between Michel Barnier and the Brexit secretary, and conversations would also continue between President Juncker and the prime minister.

The European Commission’s statement read:

President Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister Johnson had a working lunch today in Luxembourg. The aim of the meeting was to take stock of the ongoing technical talks between the EU and the UK and to discuss the next steps.

President Juncker recalled that it is the UK’s responsibility to come forward with legally operational solutions that are compatible with the withdrawal agreement. President Juncker underlined the commission’s continued willingness and openness to examine whether such proposals meet the objectives of the backstop. Such proposals have not yet been made.

The commission will remain available to work 24/7. The October European council will be an important milestone in the process. The EU27 remain united.

President Juncker was accompanied by the European commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.

President Juncker will travel to Strasbourg later today and will address the plenary session of the European parliament on Wednesday morning.

However, the Financial Times reported that Juncker said Monday was the first time the Prime Minister appeared to understand the meaning of a single [EU] market. Really?

The managing director for Europe of the Eurasia Group says we should be on guard against statements coming from Brussels (Bxl) which contrast with those from European capitals, e.g. Berlin and Paris:

After lunch, a group of people began booing the Prime Minister:

Then there was the failed press conference with Luxembourg’s PM Xavier Bettel. Bettel spoke, but a rent-a-mob was there to harass our PM. Consequently, he refused to speak outdoors under those circumstances:

Interestingly, in the days before the Luxembourg meeting, No. 10 asked if any press conference could be held indoors, but Luxembourg officials said there was no room large enough. Seems hard to believe, as Luxembourg is a very important location for EU officials and meetings. Hmm.

Britain’s media — left and right — took a swipe at the PM for not appearing at the press conference. However, the British public viewed the situation differently:

That is true, as confirmed by a reporter for the Independent, not known to be a pro-Boris news outlet:

No. 10 made a short video of Boris’s private remarks in Luxembourg — for the British public, not protesters or the EU:

The Irish border ‘backstop’ is the big fly in the ointment between now and October 31. However, on last Thursday’s BBC Question Time, Dr Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU Law at Cambridge University, said that the backstop does not even come into effect until the transition period comes to a close in several months’ time — after we leave the EU. Therefore, surely, we have time to negotiate. No one wants the return of a hard border between the two countries, including Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson is quickly becoming a people’s hero. I wish him the best of luck in the weeks ahead.