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Nigel Farage is the malign spectre haunting Boris Johnson’s new government

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28.07.2019

‘We in this government will work flat out to give this country the leadership it deserves,” announced Boris Johnson in Downing Street. His would be a government of “pluck and nerve”. An authentically Conservative government whose “powers of organisation and determination” no one should underestimate.

His government certainly should not be underestimated, but not for reasons Johnson can ever admit. It has no pluck, but what a nerve.

It is Nigel Farage’s government in spirit. His florid face and restless malice haunt its every meeting. Brexit party propagandists know its ministers are Farage’s proteges. They urged them on as the temperature rose with cries of: “Boris is making mincemeat out of the opposition. We’ve got Rees-Mogg, Priti Patel and Raab in key government positions. And to top it all off, on the hottest day of the year, the Remoaner snowflakes are in total meltdown.”

It will be Farage’s government in fact one day. Either Johnson will succeed in crashing Britain out of the EU, in which case there will be no reason not to merge the Conservative and Brexit parties. Or he will fail, in which case Farage will announce that Brexit has been betrayed and the Brexit party will replace the Conservative party. Either way, Farage is waiting for the call. “We need a political revolution in this country,” he told a remarkably sycophantic interviewer. To deliver it to a grateful nation, he wouldn’t rule out being prime minister himself.

It is a helping-police-with-their-inquiries government, whose small army of politicians and advisers from the Vote Leave campaign may include among their number persons of interest to a criminal investigation by the Met into alleged breaches of........

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