ABC analysis: to succeed, Boris must become more left-wing

YAY! Every single time. Whenever the left is slapped by voters like a bony Antifa moll at a street riot, ‘expert’ analysts rush to the scene of democracy, cordon it off with police tape and announce through a bullhorn that there’s nothing to see here. Move along. They then propose that the winner is morally obliged to sideline the constituency that just elected him and heed the boutique preoccupations of the vanquished instead. Successful right-of-centre candidates must govern for All of Us. Successful leftists, on the other hand, are encouraged to give leftism to the enemy good and hard for the next few-to-several years. Possibly the first man to pull out his ‘horn following Boris Johnson’s emphatic victory is Philip Williams.

The sullen acceptance that Brexit will happen but will unleash crises that – alas – must be solved by a buffoon: check. Schools and hospitals: check. The problem of “an economy excised from Europe”: check. Williams’ piece is the Tate of tropes. But no: Johnson won’t faulter by being true to the shy nationalists who elected him but he might antagonise them by pivoting left to usher Hugh Grant’s coterie into a broader Boris marquee. Given his track record, that is very likely. Let’s not get carried away: Johnson did his Conservative duty regarding Brexit, nothing more. The question is whether or not he has the panache to hold on to his base while trying to expand it. The media will be a huge asset. They are certain to make daily sport of Johnson’s ‘gaffes,’ eccentricities and less than squared away private life. This will endear him to everyman even more.

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49 Responses to ABC analysis: to succeed, Boris must become more left-wing

  1. John Barr

    Well, I see the Lefty/Socialist/Marxists & Greenies are out in force in Britain. Can’t stand losing.

    Well done Boris, well done. Luvya.

  2. herodotus

    The Beeb is lamenting that trade with the EU won’t be what it has been under EU rules. Never mind that the EU is a ponzi scheme whereby the bigger and wealthier nations bankroll the whole scam. A bit like the UN. If the UK can stop paying the Eugeld and sell goods and services to the world, they’ll be in much the same boat as other western trading nations, not crippled by distancing themselves from Brussels.
    European nations don’t just sell stuff to each other. They sell to wherever and to whomever they can, providing Brussels gives their trade its stamp of approval.

  3. stackja

    Leftists should pay for their own views. Not taxpayers. Yes I know, dreaming

  4. Boris has the opportunity to be England’s Trump, if he can emulate Trump’s determination for the good of country, nerve, stamina and directness.

  5. 59096

    It never fails to amaze and amuse me that no matter how loud and abusive they are the left still continues to lose at the ballot box. When people stand there with the ballot paper in front of them the memory of carping , crazy green/left wasters must sway them.

  6. RobertS

    The Conservative win in the UK made page 10 in this morning’s Canberra Times.

  7. I noted that the MSM has done their best not to make much news about this. Yesterday’s 7 news left mention till very late, quite different if Labour had won, and Their ABC and the Age have been very quiet today.

    I think the MSM is feverishly working on ways to make this look bad, but they just haven’t worked out the spin. But be sure that they will and then they’ll start pounding us with bad news.

    If nothing else, they start with peddling doubt about Brexit and anything else they can. Even Alan Moran has started to peddle doubt before the counting has ended.

  8. RobK

    to succeed, Boris must become more left-wing
    And here was me saying the exact opposite the past few days.
    I spent some of my student days at ANU in a dorm called Corrin Huts. They were budget onsite transportable dongas. In the dogbox next door was Philip Williams. Hell of a nice guy but even then struggling with leftiness among a rich variety of inmates. I guess he never got over the leftiness being at the abc.

  9. cuckoo

    I’ve already seen ABC journos running the line that the Brits only failed to vote for Labour because they were too dumb to understand those wonderful policies. Just as they did when Shorten lost. The phrase du jour is that Corbyn’s policies failed to ‘cut through’ the simplistic drum-banging of the Tories.

  10. I just saved a PDF of the online pages of Their ABC and the Age (for future reference) and there’s barely a mention of the UK election. It really demonstrates how devastated the media is by this great win.

  11. Tezza

    A truely obnoxious piece by Williams. The ‘de haut en bas’ tone about what Boris “must” do, from a nobody whose insights were powerless to inform his readers of the impending catastrophe for the left is very amusing.

  12. Scott Osmond

    Now that you have won a crushing victory over us we the left offer you generous surrender terms. Give us everything you own, confess to all the badthink we accuse you of even ones we haven’t come up with yet, implement all the economy destroying policies the public rejected, enforce all the civilizational sabotaging social insanity we believe in and we the left will promise to pretend to hate you just a little bit less. All too many on the right over the last half century sign. Now that the new right aren’t playing by the left’s rules they are literally going insane. Trump is only the beginning. If slomo out here doesn’t get a clue he will be the next to go.

  13. Leigh Lowe

    Mmmyes.
    Potted version.

    Voters deserted Labour in droves, therefore the Conservatives need to adopt the very Labour policies which drove the defections.

  14. Professpr Fred Lenin

    See the Eurofascists are starting to be nice to Boris ,nothing like a smack in the head to get the lefts attention . If Boris plays tough ,starts putting together a trade deal with Trump ,excluding them ,they will make concessions they wouldnt have dreamed of before the election . Even those assholes verhofshitten ,wonker ,macrom are moderating their language . The way things are going the EU wont allow a “government in exile ” of all the defeated remainers ,running a “resistance ” of antifa fascist thugs to correct the voters thinking .
    Very much like the US decromats ,the tossers all the left wankers in the west copy slavishly .
    The question is ,will Corbyn be the UK s Hilarity ?

  15. Old Surfie

    Sorry, but slightly off topic – I’m just back from the UK where a Pommy cousin of mine owns a very posh bed and breakfast in a grand old country home. Costs about $350 (our dough) a night. Was surprised to learn from him that one of their ABC’s well known personalities holed up there for about a week when recently in the UK “on assignment”. No Holiday Express or Premiere Inns for the socialists it seems! Good to know our $1 a day is being well spent. True story.

  16. John A

    herodotus #3261459, posted on December 14, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    The Beeb is lamenting that trade with the EU won’t be what it has been under EU rules.

    Damn right it won’t be – that WAS the whole point of the referendum. Dear me, the Beeb must be teaching the ALPBC.

  17. BorisG,

    This was the most unusual election in decades. Who do you vote for if you are a free market conservative a Londoner who voted Tories all your life but also voted remain? Who do you vote for if you are a socialist who thinks EU is a capitalist hellhole that we need to get out from ASAP?

    I think this is an excellent outcome, not only for now, but for the future. It finally showed that traditional socialism is unacceptable to the majority of Brits. Maybe his loss was exacerbated by sitting on the fence on Brexit, but the outcome is clear. Logically Labour power should now return to moderate Blairites. They are far from: ideal but they are definitely lesser evil.

    Johnson is a non-ideolog, just like Trump. But his relationship with the press is far more complex. He has used them to his advantage.

    I wasn’t a brexit fan but I think it is a very good thing that the issue will be sorted out quickly. As for specific policies, who cares? Leaders come and go…….

  18. BorisG,

    And by the way I read all over MSM including CNN that Johnson has proved his critics wrong many times.

  19. Art Vandelay

    I’m not sure why the Leftists are so upset. If you look at the Conservative’s election policies, most of them are very much socialist in nature. The only way the Conservatives’s policies look remotely sensible is when they are compared with Corbyn’s overtly communist manifesto:

    Delingpole: Boris’s Cucked Manifesto Is a Needless Conservative Surrender to the Left

  20. Cui Bono

    Williams just so condescending. A nobody lecturing a somebody. Yes Phillip…there is more to government than Brexit.

  21. Alan

    Perhaps the Brits were trying to escape more than just EU economic shackles.
    It was recently revealed that UK Police were forced to apply and prosecute EU thought crimes.
    As a member of the European Union, the UK were forced to accept the European Communities Act 1972 (c.68) section 2 that makes some EU legislation *directly applicable* to the UK.
    This means that it applies automatically in UK law, without any action required by the UK, or any ability to repeal.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The ‘de haut en bas’ tone about what Boris “must” do …..

    …. won’t play well with Workington Man, who is reputed to have declared to lefties ‘pay your own feckin’ bills’. Boris will deliver on the NHS and Social Care because they are sacrosanct in Britain, but he’s got his ear attuned to the ordinary men and women of Britain who want to make their own way in a world free from leftism. He won’t listen to loons like Williams.

  23. Squirrel

    The pivot through the course of the day from “the exit poll must surely be wrong” to “OK, the Tories may have lied and cheated and three-word sloganed their way back into office, but Brexit woes have just begun – and don’t forget, it’s still gonna take YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS, and besides, Scotland’s gunna secede, so boo sucks to the deplorables” was very entertaining – as was hearing pontifications from the ABC’s “Chief Foreign Correspondent, located in……..Canberra.

    Really looking forward to the love media’s embrace of the new Labour Leader – my guess is a woman, whose schtick will be to treat Boris as a naughty, recalcitrant schoolboy who’s home alone and running riot until the grown ups (Labour) get home and restore order.

  24. Muddy

    Visualise the Nike logo, the ‘tick’ device.
    The Left* see themselves as the base of that tick: the solid, grounded, moral weight that anchors everything else.
    They ascribe the ‘right’ as occupying the ‘tail’ of the tick as it rises from the moral base, creating a greater distance – both intellectually and morally – between ourselves and what they perceive as grounded reality; becoming narrower in focus until we reach an endpoint of total insularity.

    If they believe the above, there is never any reason for them to depart from the solid, anchoring, ‘broad’ base (again, visualise the Nike tick device). Any idea or concept that digresses from their position is defined as less broad, less anchored, of less moral weight.

    The more we understand our opponents – how they view the world, how they view themselves – the more prepared we will be to compete and win, rather than simply shake our fists from the sidelines.

    *I use the term ‘the Left’ in lieu of a more effective adjective.

  25. Nob

    Always the same.

    The geniuses who insisted this or that could never happen now telling us what will happen next, and expect us to believe them.

    Believe? We’re not even listening.

  26. Nob

    Art Vandelay
    #3261652, posted on December 14, 2019 at 3:48 pm
    I’m not sure why the Leftists are so upset. If you look at the Conservative’s election policies

    Who even does that these days?
    It’s all tribal but the spell of the leftwing witch doctors had been broken.

  27. Roger

    I’ve already seen ABC journos running the line that the Brits only failed to vote for Labour because they were too dumb to understand those wonderful policies. Just as they did when Shorten lost.

    That was in fact the official ABC analysis, repeated on every news bulletin last night:

    “But Labour’s policies couldn’t gain traction against Johnson’s simple message.”

  28. mem

    Sorry, but slightly off topic – I’m just back from the UK where a Pommy cousin of mine owns a very posh bed and breakfast in a grand old country home. Costs about $350 (our dough) a night. Was surprised to learn from him that one of their ABC’s well known personalities holed up there for about a week when recently in the UK “on assignment”. No Holiday Express or Premiere Inns for the socialists it seems! Good to know our $1 a day is being well spent. True story.

    Probably Antony Green. He is the ABC’s election analyst. I heard a phone interview with him in UK back to Oz as the results were coming in and he could hardly mouth the words that the conservatives were over the line and by so much. You would have thought his horse had just died.

  29. Roger

    Probably Antony Green.

    Undoubtedly.

    The bureau chief and her underlings would have regular digs.

  30. Oh come on

    Boris has promised to fix the NHS. This is a problem because it looks to be beyond repair.

  31. Oh come on

    Remember the Blair-Major alliance that was going to Block Boris and Block Brexit?

    Ahahahahahahahaaaaaaa

  32. Fisky

    The Blair-Major alliance was the last gasp of the bugman conspiracy against the people. Good riddance, scum!

  33. Watch Your Back

    Leftists should pay for their own views. Not taxpayers. Yes I know, dreaming.

    I’m hoping Boris will remove the BBC licence fee, and then privatise the BBC. Just do it.

    Lefties may pay for their BBC. I’d probably give old folks a 15 year free BBC, as they’ve paid in all these years.

    Fuck the BBC good and hard. Fuck the ABC too. It’s war.

  34. iamok

    I was in Camberwell this morning waiting for my beloved. A white older guy all slick and span in a light blue t shirt with banner came up to me, smiled and asked if I’d like to talk about climate change. I said “No”. He asked “How about tomorrow, what about then?” “No” I said, and he walked away. I have now done my bit for saving the planet.

  35. Infidel Tiger

    This was the most unusual election in decades. Who do you vote for if you are a free market conservative

    Never has been, never will be such a thing.

    You are more likely to be fucked in the arse by a unicorn.

    Go away, you degenerates.

  36. mh

    Antony Green
    ‏@AntonyGreenABC
    Dec 3

    At Sydney airport heading off to London for the UK election. Before accusations of ABC waste get thrown around, remembering the inaccurate stories at the time of Prince Harry’s wedding, I’d like to point out i’m paying for the trip myself.

    Take that, conservatives. POW! BAM!

  37. jupes

    How hopeless was Theresa May?

    She lost seats to Corbyn!

  38. Infidel Tiger

    Women who have not borne a child should be deemed ineligible to run for office. Men too.

    Would keep harridans and fags far from power. A good thing for sure.

  39. Fisky

    “Free market conservative”. That’s the lower right quadrant. About half-a-dozen voters.

  40. Fisky

    Christopher Snowdon
    @cjsnowdon
    ·
    1m
    Heseltine accepts defeat. All it took was a referendum, two general elections, countless court cases and three and a half years of pointless bickering.

    Haha

  41. One nation conservatism isn’t conservatism at all. It is pre Keynesian and pre Marxist but socialist.

    Thank god Americans would never fall for this obvious con.

  42. BorisG,

    Free market conservative”. That’s the lower right quadrant. About half-a-dozen voters.

    There is no question that Brexit views ran across party line. It is not incidental that a substantial number of Tory MP’s voted remain. They represented a significant constituency.

    I know quite a few brits and yet to meet one who voted for Brexit.

  43. iain russell

    RobertS, yes indeed and that ‘tucking away’ was the subject of much hilarity amongst the lads at our Canberra club. ‘We few, we happy few, we band of brothers’ who vote for any bastard other than The Stinking Filth aka the ALP.

  44. BorisG,

    Some sober thoughts from CNN of all places

    Washington (CNN)The Labour Party’s wipeout in Britain’s election spelled out an undeniable warning to Democrats over the potential dangers of tracking too far to the left of more moderate national electorates.

    But it also highlighted a more profound parallel in the often synergistic US and UK politics that potentially poses longer-term threats to progressive parties: culturally and politically, they have lost touch with their heartland working-class voters — the very people they were set up to represent.

  45. David Palmer

    I agree with the comment re the Philip Williams piece – standard ABC fare.

    The annoying thing with the ABC (and BBC) is that they don’t allow comments. So what they say can’t be challenged. I gave up on visiting the ABC website years ago, but was intrigued enough to go a see what they made of last Thursday’s magnificent UK election result and got Williams…………….

  46. Lee

    There is no question that Brexit views ran across party line. It is not incidental that a substantial number of Tory MP’s voted remain. They represented a significant constituency.

    True.
    It’s not just a left vs. right issue, as so many are making out.
    Among his many other faults Corbyn was terribly unprincipled, as he allowed politics to overcome his actually being in favour of Brexit.
    Very shameful and deceitful too, were those Conservatives (and some Labourites) who got in at the last British election on a platform supporting Brexit, then opposed it once elected.

  47. Wozzup

    “ABC analysis: to succeed, Boris must become more left-wing”
    Which actually is a euphemism for : “….. to succeed, Boris must abandon Brexit”
    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

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