Jonathan Eida | Opinion
MPs have been living completely for free for the last three years. The role of the parliamentary whip has become obsolete and manifesto pledges downgraded to suggestions. Worst of all, so has the will of the British people. They argue that it is the job of a Member of Parliament to do what they believe to be in the interest of the British people. Ordinarily, this would be true. However, this situation is different. This was a direct command from the British people. There was then a solemn promise, which was codified in law, to carry out the result of the referendum voted for by MPs.
Not only have they forgotten this, they seek to undermine those politicians who have a little principle left and want to stick to this promise. That is why I applaud Boris for recently calling out those who undermine the people.
He told the EU that they “should not listen to anti Brexit MPs”. This is true not only because they are hysterical, bordering on manic, but if the EU wants to see us off without cutting off their own hand in the process, they should listen to those who want to progress on good terms and with a mutually beneficial deal, all of which the Cabinet seems to be supporting. This is especially considering the fact that the EU has been listening to Remain MPs for the past three years, which of course prompted them not to take our departure seriously, resulting in Theresa May’s disastrous deal. Boris made it clear: we are the ones you should have been dealing with, and we will make good of the talks!
I also see Boris’ reaction to the latest moves by some Tory MPs, to fraternise with political enemies in order to stop Brexit, and I am encouraged for perhaps the first time since the Brexit vote in 2016. His response to dissenters has been Thatcher-esque: side-line the wets!
I am not Boris’ biggest admirer. I find some of his polices, especially the economic ones, bordering on left-wing. Having said that, the way he has straddled the Conservative Party and brought them back into line is commendable. Similarly, the way he has revitalised the Cabinet’s collective responsibility, which had been absent for so long, is likewise admirable. The axing of “Tory in name only” Ministers and even axing Brexiteers who did not entertain the possibility of a no-deal, including the former Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, demonstrates how highly Boris regards Cabinet collective responsibility.
His statement was clear: “you are either with me or against me”, and the Cabinet is strong and cohesive due to this. Boris’ leadership has been a beam of light in the previously dark chambers and corridors of Parliament. This latest reprimand of Parliament is testament to how Boris means to continue his premiership: with strength, vision and intent, along with a new dose of common sense. Needless to say, common sense in our politics has been sorely missed.