A tunnel, a light … but Brexit express a mystery train

Today in The Australian

With the House of Commons finally­ agreeing to an early election, the polls point to a substantial Conservative victory.

That is partly because Boris Johnson — who was widely dismissed as a clown when he took over the party’s leadership at the end of July — has raised support for the Tories from the catas­trophic low of 20-25 per cent it had reached before he became Prime Minister to 35-40 per cent today.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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7 Responses to A tunnel, a light … but Brexit express a mystery train

  1. Indolent

    If Boris wins and proceeds on the basis of his “deal” he is nothing more than a conman. In a way, it’s not good that he’s so far ahead in the polls because the best outcome would be for the Conservatives to be forced to deal with Farage, who would insist on a genuine exit not an exit in name only which is what Boris is proposing.

  2. wal1957

    I can’t see the tories winning a majority. At best they will have to form a coalition with the brexit party.
    The other possibility is that the conservative vote will be split between Tory and Brexit parties and pave the way for a Labor coalition victory.
    Interesting times ahead. Will Brexit ever come to pass?

  3. mem

    The polls are one thing but the first past the post system means that Boris will need to do a deal with Farage if they are to get the numbers in the electorates that count.

  4. Dr Fred Lenin

    Johnsons surrender “deal”is Mays with minor adjustments , it is definately not a real Brexit . His deal was an ambit claim of the eorofascists agrred to by May a remainer ,now tweaked a little for Johnson the former remainer . His whole aim was to save the tories who were down to 20 odd per cent in polls, nearly as low as the communist Corbyns mob . I predict he wont do a pact with Farage to destroy the remainers forever .
    Farage is not part of the establishement so not acceptable to the Sloane Ranger mob ,I mean the fellow was in “trade “ so utterly middle class he should have been something in the city .
    Johnson could place himself in the Hewson position ,losing to an utter mongrel everyone hates . Farage is not buying Johnsons tricks ,I am sure the majority of real British people arent too ,Johnson has given power over part of the UK ,Ulster to the eurofascists ,isnt that TREASON ? it is in my book .
    All this proves most career politicians are scum, career politics attracts the worst elements of society
    Abolish career politicians for a cleaner world they are more danger thanCO2 to humanity .

  5. Rococo Liberal

    Fragae will take votes from Labour and let the Tories in, just like UKIP did in 2015. The problem is that a lot of Tory remainers will, like hey did in 2017, switch to the Lib-Dems, which will let Labour get elected in a few Tory seats.
    However, the fact that Boris is a TV star as well as PM gives him the edge over Compo Corbyn.

  6. Diogenes

    ohnsons surrender “deal”is Mays with minor adjustments , it is definately not a real Brexit . His deal was an ambit claim of the eorofascists agrred to by May a remainer ,now tweaked a little for Johnson the former remainer .

    Under the Benn Surrender Act(2019) a “No deal” Brexit is illegal. Once Parliament reconvenes, that law can be repealed, and Bojo should have a freer hand

  7. Dr Fred Lenin

    If elected johnson will have to reneogtiate this defeatist treaty or withing a couple of years whenpeople wake up how weak and wimpish it is, the voters will destroy the tories .
    Commo corbyn wont benefit nor will the quisling decromats , thePeople will finally realise just how corrupt career politics is , it has mothing to do with democracy everything to do with careers .

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