Boris Johnson Takes Charge

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Boris Johnson Takes Charge

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken charge with a speed and decisiveness which are historic. Whether he can finish Brexit by October 31 – and win a general election – remains to be seen.

However, Johnson has already made a huge imprint on British government and politics in his first days in office.

During his first appearance in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Johnson spoke for two and a half hours and answered 129 questions. It was a tour de force for a man whose personality is so strong and so unique it is easy to forget how smart, how strategic, and intelligent he is.

His friends from college recount that he was already thinking about becoming Prime Minister as an undergraduate, and they all assumed he would get to No. 10 Downing Street.

When Prime Minister David Cameron resigned after losing the referendum on staying in the European Union, it was widely thought that the choice of Theresa May to be Prime Minister might have meant the end of Boris Johnson’s ambitions. However, he may have been fortunate in letting her go first because her exhausting failure and humiliating collapse as a leader created a vacuum in which the vast majority of Conservatives were eager for a strong, aggressive, and personally dynamic leader. Johnson’s moment had come.

He made clear in his first hours as Prime Minister that he was about much more than simply leaving the European Union. In the Johnson world, Brexit is a first step toward a better future and not an end in itself.

Much like President Trump with Make America Great Again, the new Prime Minister announced that his goal was to make Britain “the greatest place on Earth.”

For the left-wing media, which in Britain is as anti-Johnson as the American media is anti-Trump, Johnson destroyed all their effort to describe his movement as racist, white, anti-immigrant, etc. by his choice of a remarkable Cabinet.

As The Telegraph described it, Johnson assembled the “youngest and most ethnically diverse Cabinet in history.” The number of women Cabinet members ties the largest number in history. Two of the top government posts are held by Britons of Indian and Pakistani backgrounds.

On his first day in office, Prime Minister Johnson outlined a program that set the stage for a general election campaign, if one is needed. He announced amnesty for 500,000 people in the UK illegally, a secure transition for the 2.5 million Europeans currently living in Great Britain, a program to hire 20,000 more police to counter a crime wave that has been growing, along with an increase in funding for both education and the National Health Service.

As his first step toward leaving the European Union and implementing Brexit, Johnson announced that there would be no special arrangement at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This was one of the difficult provisions which had destroyed Theresa May’s Prime Ministership. Strong supporters of Brexit see a special deal on the Irish border as a back door way to keep Britain under the thumb of the European Union.

As a sign of his decisiveness, Johnson simply announced flat out that the provision was dead, and he would not even negotiate with the European Union unless they agree to drop it. The Brussels bureaucrats responded – predictably – and attacked the Johnson proposal as “hostile, aggressive, and a non-starter.”

In his opening days, the new Prime Minister is sending two defiant signals.

First, to the European bureaucrats in Brussels, he is saying he is serious about leaving and that the UK will leave on October 31. Brussels can negotiate or just say goodbye. By the way, if there is a hard Brexit, the UK will keep the 34 billion Euro which the last government promised to pay the EU as a farewell fee.

Keeping the 34 billion Euro also gives the new Prime Minister a lot of money to spend on tax cuts, schools, health services, etc. As one British observer noted, the UK should let the European Union sue. They can’t collect the money, so the UK can keep it and spend it.

Second, to his competitors in Great Britain, Johnson is saying, he’s happy to have a general election. He is already laying out a general election set of campaign promises with a young, enthusiastic, ethnically diverse cabinet that is eager to campaign and eager to take the argument to the British people.

This is clearly not going to be a timid or cautious leader.

A key part of the Johnson belief in making Britain a great place is the combination of technology and the United States. Johnson knows that many of the best universities in the world are in Great Britain, and Britain still has the fifth largest economy in the world.

He sees the potential for a science — and technology — oriented Britain combined in a free trade zone with the United States (and presumably therefore with Canada and Mexico) as a powerful alternative to the European Union.

In the Johnson worldview, as the Brussels bureaucrats cripple the European economies with red tape and bureaucratic inertia Great Britain can join the Trumpian entrepreneurial world of deregulation, lower taxes, and advanced technology.

The new Prime Minister is a natural ally for President Trump, and their enthusiasm, energy, and risk-taking personalities make them remarkably compatible.

It is going to be a wild ride for Britain – and a very enjoyable partnership for the United States.

Stay tuned.

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tomcat
tomcat
1 year ago

I think the UK has found a pair. I really hope this guy will stand up to the progressives and bring the UK back to some semblance of a society that the people live a free life. They do not now with the One World order over their head and taking rights away every chance they get. We wouldn’t let that happen here in the US now would we.(sar)

joefoam
joefoam
1 year ago

By granting amnesty to illegals he will set a precedent the open borders crowd here will point to. That’s disappointing.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 year ago
Reply to  joefoam

Agreed! Those who are in a country ILLEGALLY MUST face the music. NO FREE RIDE!!

Styke
Styke
1 year ago

Hey Newt ,
Any signs of the Brit’s relaxing some of the gun control laws over there ?
One would hope so because they are almost as communist as California laws are.
Regards,
Mike Stilinovich

ahhiyawa
ahhiyawa
1 year ago
Reply to  Styke

Not a chance.

Notalima
Notalima
1 year ago

I wish Boris the best of luck in a nation of serfs. Seems some backs are tired of bending for naught and eyes are opening to greater possibilities. Frankly, however, the ‘conservative’ party of Britain is still quite left of center when compared to America.

ahhiyawa
ahhiyawa
1 year ago
Reply to  Notalima

The Brits were sold a bill of goods back in 1973 by Prime Minister Heath to join the European Union and by every PM and parliament since. Originally they only voted to join the customs part of the Union, but the Brussels bureaucrats keep infringing on Britain’s sovereignty, outsourcing industries & jobs and transforming Britain into a crushing economic and social regulatory state. They were on the verge of losing the ability to self govern themselves, turning parliament into a hollow, rubber stamping society for EU dictates. The Brits revolted by passing the Brexit referendum back in June of 2016… Read more »