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Behind the Tory claims of bold Brexit action is nothing but empty bravado

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Like an enraged bull charging a matador, the British right is putting its head down and stampeding towards a no-deal Brexit. It has to keep moving. Were it to stop and consider where it was heading, it would never take the risks it is taking with Britain’s future.

The left fails so often because it thinks it is enough to hate Conservatives and say they are wicked, rather than understand Conservatives and show them to be dangerous. I cannot emphasise strongly enough that on its own terms the right ought to know that a no-deal Brexit is an act of epic folly and that Boris Johnson’s talk of a new golden age for merrie England is as much bullshit as bullish: the drivel of a man and a movement that have nothing but empty bravado to sustain them.

If Tories meant what they said, they would not govern as they do. They believe that the civil service has failed the country. Yet they assure the public that same civil service can complete the most complicated operation Britain has attempted since D-Day. They believe that markets possess more knowledge than the state. Yet they ignore the warnings from the currency markets that Brexit could push us into a sterling crisis. They deride the conformism of millennial snowflakes and the mindlessness of the Corbyn cult. Yet they are the upholders of an ideology in which reasonable doubt has become as heretical as denying the divinity of Christ.

Like Jordan Peterson or Noam Chomsky, Dominic Cummings specialises in sweeping assertions that fall apart when you ask that simplest of questions: “So what should we do?” You won’t find coherent answers in the series of polemics he wrote........

© The Guardian