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Will Farage's election deal with Johnson backfire?

Farage's deal with Boris, standing down to give the Tories a clear run in those seats they won in 2016, looks like a winning edge for Johnson, but it may backfire. 

Looking across the polls there does appear to have been a shift in support for Labour. Whether it is significant and consistent remains to be seen. If campaigns do anything, then it is not surprising Labour has picked up.

 The Tories have had a bad week. Johnson, far from meeting ‘real’ people and being seen out and about, has been cocooned with infants in schools or walking around aimlessly in hospital corridors – which didn’t do too well for him when confronted with patients and doctors angry about what the Tories have done to the NHS. 

Corbyn, on the other hand, has had a good start. As in 2017, the more the Tory press portray him as a bogeyman, the more voters see the contrast with the man out on the stumps. He seems to have an edge with empathy, which for all his populism Boris Johnson appears to lack.

Little wonder t…

Boris the flop

So, here is a political party going to the country saying they will 'get Brexit done' after three years of failing to get anything done at all.

Just three years ago they said there wasn't a 'money tree'.  Now they have miraculously found one, and are in a bidding war with Labour on spending. "Anything you can do, we can do better!"

Boris doesn't understand his own Brexit deal and comes up trumps in saying that Northern Ireland has got a good one because they will remain in the single market and have free movement.  If it is so good, then why give it up for the rest of the UK?

This all took place with a rambling speech in Northern Ireland that made no sense either to those listening or to Boris Johnson, who looked like a stand-up whose jokes were falling flat.  It didn't help appearances to have a glass in his hand.  Perhaps it was water, or not.

 So far, the Tory campaign launch seems to have been a flop.  Rees-Mogg talked about what he would have done with 'common sense' if he had been in the Grenfell fire.  He hasn't been seen since.

They doctored a video of Sir Keir Starmer and then denied they had done so.  It is this kind of utter incompetence and lack of empathy that has not delivered on Brexit or anything else.

Meanwhile, Corbyn had the best lines and the best jokes, particularly the one about not knowing any billionaires.  Boris, on the other hand, knows a few - a fat lot of good it is doing him.

So, the score after the first week: Corbyn 3: Johnson 0.   The Tories lost on penalties and own goals.


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