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LIVE24SEVEN // Business THOUGHT S FOR AUGUS T 2 0 1 7 Digby Lord


The best value from a billion quid the UK Taxpayer has had for some time!


So the good people of Northern Ireland (Sinn Fein supporters as well as Unionists) will receive an extra billion pounds for their roads, hospitals, schools, universities and agriculture. If that means that the minority government can govern our nation with a predictable majority for the foreseeable future, then the country benefits enormously in so many ways.


Theresa May will never fight another General Election (failure doesn't even begin to describe the results of her efforts last time around), but she can take all the difficulty and nastiness that is coming straight down the pipe over the Brexit negotiations, which will not be a pleasant time for her, but if one makes one's bed...


Jones


In three to four years’ time, the men in grey suits who really run the Conservative Party should pop into Number Ten one evening and suggest over the G&Ts that it's time she went; she will not protest.


The ERB (Exercise in Ritual Bloodletting) that passes for the Tory Party Leadership Contest that follows should not feature the current generation at all: no Boris or DD, no Liam Fox or Philip Hammond. The new leader should come from a much younger and currently unknown in political terms generation. It would be marvellous if she was currently under forty and someone whose mum and dad weren't born in this country.


If the most successful election-winning machine democracy anywhere in the world, aka the UK Conservative Party (a fact that makes the 8th June result even more shockingly disgraceful), wishes to win the next General Election (and keep our country out of the clutches of a bunch of anti-business, terrorist-sympathising, totalitarian Marxists whose fingers in the cookie jar will ruin the UK for two generations) then its leadership needs a step change in profile, background, attitude and age. No ifs, no buts; just do it!


So the billion quid buys the nation time to get Brexit done and buys the governing party time to steady the ship and sort itself out, but I can see a couple of troubling flies in the Machiavellian ointment…


Leaders always receive standing ovations at their party conference. Can you really see the party faithful giving that particular nod to their failed leader this October? And she's the Prime Minister! What will those unbiased, blood-scenting, non-alarmist BBC journos Emily Maitlis and Laura Kuenssberg make of that!?


Secondly, ever since the ‘Major Bastards’ problems of 1992 et seq (the ‘Major’ in this case being the then PM and the ‘Bastards’ being how he described some of his own Backbench) no one should underestimate the staggering ability of certain elements of the Conservative Party to commit ritual suicide on the altar of unreal impracticality. Bringing the government down over Brexit is not beyond them and there was me thinking the late Screaming Lord Sutch and his Monster Raving Loony Party had not been elected on 8th June! One silver lining to that cloud is that if there is one person the DUP will NEVER do a deal with or tolerate in any way in any form of government it is the IRA-sympathising cabal at the top of the Labour Party. Those with their backs to the wall take their upsides gratefully, no matter how small.


The billion quid has also bought a long time in which the Electorate can witness the passing of the High Water Mark of Corbynism. That is not to be confused with left-of- centre representation, from which our democracy benefits. It is extremely difficult to keep walking on water for some four years without starting to fall. Pedestals are there to fall off and the height of the pedestal upon which ol' Jezza has been placed is huge.


"I'll be Prime Minister by Christmas," coming from the mouth of a rebel who has just


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