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DIGBY LORD JONES THOUGHTS FOR JANUARY...


I pen these few utterances some 48 hours after one of the (if not “the”) most seismic General Election results in my lifetime. If I may bastardise words from one of our great wordsmiths: “Bliss it was to be alive in that Brave New Morning”.


Regular readers will know that I am not a member of any Political Party. Indeed, over the years I have voted for both Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, with a smattering of Liberals and the SDP in there as well. So my sheer joy on “the morning after” was not of a triumphalist nature, not tribal nor borne of historical allegiance, indeed there is a fair dollop of sheer relief in my emotions.


No, reflecting on the election by the people of the United Kingdom of a Conservative government with the largest majority for over 30 years and the fact that there are now fewer Labour MPs than at any times since 1935, my reaction was one of both gratitude that my country had been saved and pride in the common sense of the Great British People who made it happen.


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Business is my constituency – always has been – the creation of tax-generating, job-creating wealth, hopefully on a socially- inclusive basis. A Labour outright or SNP-supported victory would have thrust an ideologically-armed dagger to its very heart; confiscation by the state of ten percent of every business employing over 250 people, forced disposal at below market value to the state of shareholdings (listed and private) in utilities, the continued fostering of hatred of business and capitalism by society. The risk of all of that as government policy has disappeared.


Those members of the Jewish faith living in the UK walk and worship this morning with at least one worry eased off their shoulders. Antisemitism has sadly not disappeared from our country just because of Thursday night’s result, but at least today we don’t have a party of government riven through by disgusting anti-Jewish vitriol and action, the likes of which we have never seen in post-war Britain and which Jeremy Corbyn and his acolytes were, out of either incompetence or conviction, unwilling to eradicate.


Our country is in safer hands today than it might otherwise have been. The threat has disappeared of an anti-NATO, anti-security services, anti-USA, anti-nuclear unilateral deterrent Prime Minister who is seemingly supportive our enemies. We must of course remain eternally vigilant, but we can all sleep just a little more easily in our beds tonight.


Our economy has been saved from becoming a basket case in very short order. From an immediate staggeringly inflationary five percent pay rise for the public sector, not paid for out of productivity enhancement, to tax rises and state borrowing of eye-watering proportions, the UK would have become Venezuela before you could say “Lenin”. Add to that the stasis and uncertainty of a delayed or avoided Brexit and ruination would have been complete.


The Tyranny of the People by Parliament is over.


The Strategy of Sabotage by the Establishment Elite of the declared Will of the People three and a half years ago is finished. UK business can face up to the challenges of a new decade knowing where it stands and where we are heading, in relation to trade and investment with the EU and beyond.


Interestingly, the Brexit delayers, the saboteurs and the deceivers, the alarmists and the anti-democrats all wanted either a Second Referendum or a General Election. Well last Thursday they got both at once …and then some! No one can say this result was close. Presumably Messrs Blair and Major will be saying there ought to be another one...and another one...until the Electorate “get it right!”


And gratitude! Yes...gratitude to the ordinary woman and man in the street. Not the occupiers of the Westminster political bubble, not the businesses of the country and certainly not the Metropolitan Media (as an aside, did you see the BBC’s Andrew Marr’s face on Friday morning? He looked like he was sucking lemons and his distaste of the outcome in general and the Prime Minister in particular was palpable. Unbiased? Typically not, sadly). No, our gratitude is reserved wholly for the country’s ordinary people, many never ever having voted for anyone but Labour before, many probably holding their noses as they did so.


They voted for something over three years ago and it had constantly been denied them. So they damn well told ‘em again by voting for the only visible offer to Get It Done. That situation transcended generations of voting just one way, but for waverers in the polling booth (with “pencils hovering” as the Prime Minister put it) there was a clincher.


If Labour do not understand this and merely blame Brexit for their humiliation, they can look forward to decades in Opposition and probable usurpation by some new, emerging, moderate party. The average voter who returned Conservative MPs to


Westminster from constituencies that had voted Labour without interruption for decades and sometimes for over a hundred


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BUSINE SS LORD DIGBY JONE S


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