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Extrordinary intervention by two ex-PMs saying dont give Boris Johnson a majority

December 6, 2019 5:34 PM

The independent is reporting (Full article at https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-general-election-campaign-john-major-conservatives-vote-a9235436.html ) that both John Major and Tony Blair are calling for people to vote tactically to stop the Conservatives getting a majority at next Thursdays election

The appeal comes ahead of a Final Say rally on Friday evening at which John Major will say that Mr Johnson's decision to pursue "the worst foreign policy decision in my lifetime" risks breaking up the United Kingdom and making the country poorer and weaker.

In an extraordinary step from the man who led the Tories for seven years, Major effectively urged voters to reject Johnson, saying that while tribal loyalties have their place, it is now time to "vote with your head and your heart for your country and your future".

bjThe former Labour prime minister Tony Blair is also due to speak at the "Stop the Brexit Landslide" rally later this afternoon. We quoted some of his words earlier. Like Sir John Major, he is also implying that people should vote tactically to stop Boris Johnson getting a majority, instead of just voting Labour. He will say:
Do not give Boris Johnson a majority ...It's not Brexit that's getting done. We're getting done. This is the final chance for a final say. It's not one general election but 650 individual ones. Think long. Think hard. Time to choose. Choose wisely.

Given both men have spent a lifetime in their respective parties and are bound by their rules not to advocate voting for another party or face expulsion it really is remarkable that both have come out so forcefully in favour of tactical voting to stop a Conservative majority

Whilst the main motivation for both men advocating tactical voting is a shared concern about Brexit they are not alone in expressing concern. The Economist magazine a pro business and open markets supporting magazine yesterday backed the LibDems, saying our economic approach is "the most sensible of the main parties". The Conservatives, they say, "have grown scarier since 2017" and have shown there is "no penalty for lying or breaking the rules". For a magazine that has been around 150 years or so for most of which in modern times it has supported the Conservatives this is another damning inditement of Mr Johnsons Government.

Whilst on matters extrordinary according to CNN, the official in the British embassy in Washington responsible for matters relating to Brexit, Alexandra Hall Hall a career diplomat said in her recent resignation letter, which it says was widely circulated amongst diplomats.

"I have been increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves; the use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options before us; and some behaviour towards our institutions, which, were it happening in another country, we would almost c certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern. It makes our job to promote democracy and the rule of law that much harder, if we are not seen to be upholding these core values at home ...
I am also at a stage in life where I would prefer to do something more rewarding with my time, than peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust."

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