Anti-Brexit attack on Boris Johnson is the new ‘Project Fear’, says TIM NEWARK

The old Communist bloc couldn't have recruited better agents than the neighbours who recorded the private goings-on in Carrie Symonds's apartment, then informed the police and an anti-Brexit newspaper. Class War activists subsequently besieged the home, forcing both Boris and Miss Symonds to flee. Can you imagine the furore if Brexit campaigners had forced any prominent Remainer to leave their home? But somehow it's okay for Left-wingers to harass and intimidate politicians they don't like. Jacob Rees-Mogg, whose own children were accosted by Class War activists outside his home, is right to say: "The aggression of the hard Left is really appalling and not how British politics has normally been carried out." But then the full might of the Remain establishment has piled in too, inflating a simple row over wine spilt on a sofa into a demonstration of Boris being unfit to govern. The leading elitist snob on this front is ex-newspaper editor Sir Max Hastings whose arrogant pronouncements on Brexit are legendary. "For many of us," Hastings pompously declares, "his elevation will signal Britain's abandonment of any claim to be a serious country." That has already happened, mate, thanks to Remainers conspiring to betray the referendum result.

Amazingly, Hastings says: "It would be fanciful to liken the ascent of Boris Johnson to the outbreak of global war, but similar forces are in play."


It is this ludicrous catastrophising that has been deployed ever since 2016 to cow voters against simply expressing a desire to get out of the EU super-state.

Get a grip, please!

Certainly Boris has his personal flaws but, frankly, I don't care if our next PM is a saint or not.

Come a general election, I'm not voting for the next Pope but for someone who will take our country in the right direction and has the fibre to carry it through, not compromise at the first hurdle.

Jeremy Hunt may be jolly nice and an effective Cabinet member but he voted Remain and we can't afford another PM who doesn't really believe in Brexit, going through the motions, pandering to Remainer parliamentarians.

Theresa May wasted three years and neither this country nor the Tory party can afford to flunk it again.

Besides, Hunt seems only too keen to play the man and not the ball, calling Johnson a coward.

We've had enough blue-on-blue action recently and it does Hunt no credit to join the Remainer pack hounding Boris.

Still, all politicians are suckers for personal ambition when it comes to the crunch and Hunt is no different.

It is time for Boris to show his Churchillian mettle.

His meek BBC interview performance this week was unimpressive, although BBC editorial bias may have helped the impression of hectoring Laura Kuenssberg having more time asking questions than Boris answering them.

Boris needs to swat aside Remainer carping with his characteristic wit and good humour.

He needs to repeat more forcefully his positive Brexit vision and condemn the defeatists and cowards who have no faith in our nation.

Indeed, if Remain MPs continue to obstruct Brexit then he should be unafraid to temporarily shut down Parliament.

He's hardly going to flag up that option now, but is right to keep no deal very much on the table.

His advisers have seemed terrified of him making any mistakes but that point passed as his critics piled in this week over a trivial event.

We want to see the old unapologetic, swaggering Boris landing punches on his opponents.

Otherwise, Tory party members who would favour Nigel Farage as their leader might just give up on the Boris option, preferring the collapse of the Conservatives with the hope the Brexit Party might emerge from their ashes.

That is an enormous electoral risk that could bring Jeremy Corbyn and his increasingly Marxist Remainers into power.

So it's up to Boris now to dig deep and inspire Brexiteers with some stirring speeches, a more pugnacious attitude to his critics – and a few good jokes.

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