The current Conservative leadership election seems to be a sort of game of musical chairs.
Each candidate brings with him his own chair. The chairs are then arranged in a line or a circle, and one of them is removed. When the music starts, the candidates start running around the chairs. And when the music stops, they all sit down on the the nearest chair, and one of them is left standing. The one left standing then departs from the game. And another chair is removed, and the music starts again. In the end there are only two candidates left running around one chair, and the one that manages to sit on it is declared the winner.
So, unlike in a first-past-the-post election, candidates are removed in a slow process of attrition. Instead of one vote, there are about as many votes as there are candidates, and musical chair elections take an awful long time. Which is why the Conservative leadership election is taking such a long time.
Nevertheless, a lot of pundits think that Boris Johnson has more or less won the election, because he’s the runaway leader in the race around the chairs.
He also happens to be my preferred candidate, if only because he (or rather his secretary Melissa) sent me a number of books and a large cigar some 10 years ago. I think that a Boris Johnson premiership would be, if nothing else, rather fun.
He’s said he’ll deliver Brexit. But will he? Theresa May said she’d deliver Brexit, and didn’t. In fact, I think she never had any intention of delivering it, while pretending that she did. It could be that Boris Johnson will prove to be no different.
I remain of the opinion that we’re never going to see the Brexit we voted for, because the political class who are supposed to serve us in fact regard us as their servants, and they’re not going to pay attention to any vote of ours. We are to do what they tell us to do, not vice versa. For what was the smoking ban for which most of them voted other than their imperious demand for the British people to stop smoking? They think they know better than we do what’s good for us. And remaining in Europe is what most of them think will be good for us. And so we will remain in Europe. And even if Boris Johnson does his level best to leave, it will be somehow arranged that we remain.
An example of this sort of high-handed decision-making can be seen in outgoing premier Theresa May’s recent announcement:
Desperate to leave a ‘legacy’ for her disastrous premiership, Theresa May has decided to bring in a legally binding Net Zero climate target, which forces the UK to eliminate all emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050.
As far as I can see, this will mean internal combustion engines being phased out over the next 30 years, and replaced with electric motors. It’s sheer lunacy, but the political class have nearly all signed up to the modern dogma of climate change, and They Know Better.
What we’re really facing is a crisis of representative democracy. We’re now living in a political society in which our representatives no longer represent us, but instead owe their loyalty to supranational organisations like the EU. Politics is becoming Government versus People. And it’s become the task of the people to oust our arrogant existing governing political class, and replace it with something that actually represents them and speaks on their behalf. And that’s something that is easier said than done. And it’s something that needs to be done not just in Britain, but everywhere else in Europe. It’s going to be populist conservatives versus progressive elites. And it’s already started happening.
And if the populists win, there’s a good chance that we might get our smoky pubs and bars back again, because smoking bans are really part of a top-down-controlling global elitist project. If we can recover some sort of representative democracy, it’s very unlikely that this elitist project will continue.
Quite where Boris stands in all this, I don’t know. We’ll find out fairly soon. But we might hope hear a bit of rousing Churchillian rhetoric from him, judging by this analysis of Churchill’s speeches: