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With Boris Johnson succeeding Theresa May as Tory leader, many believe the United Kingdom now has its “British Trump” — but the American and the Englishman are not as similar as they might appear.
Britain’s governing Conservative Party, often still referred to as the Tories, like their 17th-century Cavalier forebears, has for many years been an only notionally right-wing party, dominated by “centrists” roughly equivalent to so-called Republicans In Name Only, or RINOs, in the United States.
Generations - Tory - Ministers - Sovereignty - European
Successive generations of Tory prime ministers have supporting handing away national sovereignty to the European Union and its predecessor organisations, with even the late Margaret Thatcher being a supporter of the bloc before her dealings with it in office changed her mind.
More recently, David Cameron and especially Theresa May have enthusiastically embraced the left-“progressive” stance on a wide range of policies, including climate change, lavish spending on foreign aid, the alleged gender pay gap, and a raft of measures designed to tackle supposed racial disparities and “hate speech”.
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The party has also presided over massive levels immigration, with party grandees openly admitting that senior ministers do not support repeated but unkept manifesto promises to reduce it, while allowing the British Army, Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy to shrink to historically low strengths, and police manpower to fall by tens of thousands.
Boris Johnson, known for his florid and often politically incorrect speech and prose, as well as his high-profile support for Brexit during the EU referendum in 2016, is therefore viewed with some horror by the left-liberal commentariat, who see in him a Trumpian figure who will put the minority of broadly conservative — with a small “c” — or at least libertarian-leaning Tory MPs who more accurately reflect the sensibilities of the Tory membership and voter base in the party’s driving seat for the first...
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