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Tue Dec 8, 2015, 11:12 AM

‘Britain Has Got Its Mojo Back,’ Osborne Tells U.S. Audience


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“My message to you is that Britain has got its mojo back and we are going to be with you as we reassert western values, confident that our best days lie ahead,” Osborne told the Council on Foreign Relations.

Osborne admitted that the defeat Prime Minister David Cameron suffered in 2013 when lawmakers were asked to back military action against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad was a “striking moment.”

“It was a moment when Britain was unable to follow the lead asked of it by our prime minister and the government,” he said. “It is for me a source of real pride that actually a couple of years later the House of Commons has voted by a big majority to take part in the action already being directed against this terrorist organization Isis or Daesh in Syria.”

The effectiveness of air strikes should not be underestimated when supported by Syrian opposition forces on the ground, he said. There was no public appetite for deploying British or American ground forces to fight Islamic State, he said.

“I don’t think it would help the situation on the ground and it would possibly be a cause of further radicalization and grievance,” he said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-07/-britain-has-got-its-mojo-back-osborne-tells-u-s-audience


These remarks were in contrast to his other comments at the same meeting about Scotland, where an insurgent force of some 100,000 ground troops deployed under the banner of the Scottish Conservatives are looking to annex what's left of voters for the rump of the Scottish Labour Party and become the official opposition to the SNP.

This campaign is supported by airstrikes from media entranced by Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who in May successfully led her party to its worst election result in Scotland since 1865. Seen here last April decorously straddling a tank barrel, she hopes to repeat her own remarkable performance in the 2010 Scottish elections, when she came fourth in a constituency election in Glasgow North East. Davidson's main hope of seizing power in 2016 is a "safe" regional list seat in the Scottish Parliament if she fails to charm enough voters in a directly elected seat in douce Edinburgh, where she has now decamped along with her ambitions, and possibly the tank.



Osborne left no one at the the Council on Foreign Relations in any doubt who he sees as the real enemy and a threat to the existence of the UK:

Mr Osborne, who was speaking in New York to the Council on Foreign Relations, said the success of the SNP in previous Labour heartlands left the door open for the Conservatives to make gains north of the border.

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The Chancellor said the SNP’s expanded caucus in Westminster marked a shift in Parliament.

“They are a noisy and aggressive bloc in the House of Commons who are not trying to be part of the UK Government and that is a departure,” he said.

https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/george-osborne-snp-mps-are-%E2%80%98noisy-and-aggressive%E2%80%99


The SNP's antics of course strike a shameful contrast to the decorum with which the Conservative benches comport themselves in Parliament and beyond, and they should be thoroughly disgusted with themselves for obstructing the shining path to the bountiful future not-at-all-nationalist, and certainly-not-socialist, Chancellor George Osborne envisages for these sceptred isles: one people, one country, one leader.

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Tue Dec 8, 2015, 12:30 PM

1. Posh boys known for infamous Bullingdon Club photos should not be talking about 'mojo'

in any context. It's more embarrassing than Austin Powers using it. It's worse still when it's about sending the military to go and bomb people. Even if you accept the legality and necessity of the bombing, it is not part of 'getting your mojo back'. Osborne thinks that the good, normal situation is for Britain to bomb people. Osborne seems to have strayed into the plot of Dr. Strangelove.

God, the next candidates for Tory leader make Cameron look normal. Two more Bullingdon Club buffoons, but without Cameron's public relations sense of how far you can do; and Teresa May, who can sometimes show the ability to examine her faults ("the nasty party", but has also come out with really draconian stuff as Home Secretary.

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Tue Dec 8, 2015, 01:28 PM

2. 'Mojo'?

A flippant term for a very serious situation. Even if you support the air strikes, it is not a matter for this sort of flippant gloating (especially from someone who has never been anywhere near a war zone himself).

And I know I keep saying it, but: a government that helped Saudi Arabia to get on the UN Human Rights council, and which includes people who explicitly want to emulate China's lack of worker and consumer protection, should not be regarded as defenders of Western (or any) values.

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Tue Dec 8, 2015, 05:40 PM

3. Oh, behave!

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