THE glum faces of Labour MPs revealed it all as Boris Johnson went head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn for the first time and crushed him underfoot.
The new Prime Minister’s utter dominance was a stark reminder of the feeble debating skills of every main party’s leader before his arrival in No10.
Jeremy Corbyn winced as Boris machine-gunned his record.
He had grown comfortable with Theresa May’s faltering defence and joyless, scripted snark.
Boris’s many tedious critics may roll their eyes at his ambition for Britain as “the greatest place on Earth” by 2050.
But how much more powerful it is than Mrs May’s cautious defeatism.
And how much more seductive to voters than Corbyn’s absurd caricature of our great country as a Dickensian nightmare where Tory toffs herd the poor to food banks while “selling our NHS to Trump”.
Fewer and fewer are buying it.
If Boris gets the Tories a poll bounce, his rebellious Remainers will find it far harder to topple his Government in a confidence motion, even if he heads for No Deal.
Sacrificing themselves could merely secure him an election majority.
Yes, we are still in his honeymoon period and a mountain of problems lies ahead. But Boris is off to a flier.
EU can stay
SO much for the “bigot”, the “racist, fascist, white-supremacist dictator” of bedwetting Remainers’ fantasies.
Virtually Boris’s first act, after handing British Asians two of the highest offices in the land, is to guarantee EU citizens the right to live and remain in Britain even if there’s No Deal.
He’s even considering an amnesty for long-term illegals with clean records.
The Sun called for a unilateral pledge to legal EU migrants after the referendum. Theresa May shamefully kept them in limbo as a negotiating tactic.
But it was always fanciful that we would ever deport millions of hard-working and talented people. Some, sadly, left anyway, in fear of it.
Boris must give the rest absolute legal certainty without delay.
Voters will soon see the truth behind the hysterical hatred the Left is whipping up.
WITH its betrayal of OAPs, the BBC has put a gun to its head and fired.
Not only is forcing over-75s to suddenly buy a £155 TV licence outrageous, it is unworkable — as Age UK says.
More than a million too mentally or physically challenged to fill in the relevant forms would be at risk of prosecution. That cannot and will not happen.
So our new PM should swiftly decriminalise non-payment of this ancient tax on our tellies. And the BBC should finally accept reality:
That slashing its services and costs, and establishing a subscription model like its rivals, is its only future.
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