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BORIS SAVES CONFERENCE: Johnson says it’s time for Britain to ‘let the lion roar’

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BORIS Johnson has delivered his keynote Tory Conference speech and as you would expect, it was full of Pro-Brexit jokes, leftie bashing and attacks on everyone’s favourite comrade, Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Johnson started with pure bantz towards former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne and his 7 jobs….

“This city has shown that nothing and no one can bow the indomitable spirit of the people of Manchester, which in recent years has reinvented itself as the great thrumming engine of the northern powerhouse. With its vast potential to generate jobs in finance, in academia, in journalism and the arts – and that’s just the ones held by George Osborne.”

Boris then started a scathing attack on the Anti-Brexit bias Media, adding:

“Every week I pick up British-edited international magazines, of the kind that you will find in the briefcases of jetsetting consultants.
Glossy-covered, elegantly written, suspiciously unread.” he said.

“And every week these publications have found new reasons to be slightly less than cheerful about this country.” He then went on to attack the Financial Times…

“Every day a distinguished pink newspaper manages to make Eeyore look positively exuberant and across the world the impression is being given that this country is not up to it. That we are going to bottle out of Brexit and end up in some dingy ante-room of the EU, pathetically waiting for the scraps but no longer in control of the menu.”

Boris then went on to attack Jeremy Corbyn and even called him CARACAS.

“And the most pessimistic of them all is not the media or our friends in the EU commission or the excitable M Guy Verhofstadt – far from it – it’s Jeremy Corbyn.

That Nato-bashing, Trident-scrapping, would-be abolisher of the British army whose first instinct in the event of almost any international outrage or disaster is to upend the analysis until he can find a way of blaming British foreign policy.”

And whose response to the grisly events in Venezuela is to side with the regime – simply because they are fellow lefties. ”

He says he still admires Bolivarian revolutionary socialism. I say he’s Caracas.” – Boris Johnson, October 2017

Boris then questioned Jeremy Corbyn’s odd ‘Victory rallies’ across the country and reminding the far-left socialist leader that he lost the election…

“It is a disgrace – and I can tell you there are many Labour MPs who feel appalled that their party is still led by this man and his peculiar belief – expressed in glutinous victory-style Chavista rallies up and down the country – that he somehow won the election.” he said.

“He didn’t win,
You won – we won,
Theresa May won.”

Boris went on to remind the nation of the 1970s, which Jeremy Corbyn is so desperate to take Britain back to, he said that too many people [think that it is] like a massive joint revival concert by David Bowie, Led Zep and the Rolling Stones.

“Labour would inflict a national humiliation on a par with going cap in hand to the IMF.

And yes, I know: in making these sorts of points we come up against a difficulty we must accept that when we talk about the 1970s we imagine people instantly understand about power cuts, the three-day week, union bosses back in Downing Street, state-made British Rail sandwiches.

We think they get the reference but unfortunately going back to the 1970s sounds to too many people like a massive joint revival concert by David Bowie, Led Zep and the Rolling Stones.

And that is because people can remember the Stones and Bowie and Led Zep, monuments of global culture, but they have totally forgotten that those bands, along with so many other wealth creators, were driven overseas by Labour’s 83% tax rate.”

He then defended Capitalism, the revolutionary free-market reforms pursued under Magaret Thatcher and used the former Soviet states as a shining example of the successes of Capitalism.

“If you listen to the aspirations of the young people I meet around the world, you will find there is not a single successful global economy that would dream of implementing the semi-Marxist agenda of McDonnell and Corbyn of nationalisation and state control.

And wherever you find enterprise and initiative and start-ups and innovation and economic growth it is where people have followed ideas that were pioneered by our party and by our country – and in this city of Manchester.

From India to China, to Vietnam, to Thailand, where free markets and deregulation and privatisation have helped lift more people out of poverty than ever in history.

To the central and east European economies that this party – and not the Labour party – helped on the path to freedom and democracy.

You see it in Estonia, tech hub with a high degree of social protection – where they have a flat tax of 20%.

In Romania, they have a flat tax of 16% and free health and education and higher education.

In Hungary, they have a tax rate of 15% – 15%? We are all tax-cutting Tories but even I think that is going a bit far.”

Boris added:

“And yet how crazy it is that a quarter of a century after the working people of these former Soviet bloc countries risked their lives to throw off the shackles of socialism – while the Labour left sneered at them and made excuses for their oppressors – the shadow leader and shadow chancellor are seriously proposing to put the British people back in bondage – a £200bn renationalisation programme. A display of economic masochism that would do incalculable damage to the future of our children.

That’s the difference between this Conservative party and the Labour party.

We want a country with a government that works for everyone.

Corbyn wants a Britain where everyone works for the government.

This battle of ideas is not lost in memories of the 1970s.

It is back from the grave.

Its zombie fingers are straining for the levers of power and that is why we cannot rest.”

He then said Britain was a Global Britain and added:

“We contribute 25% of European aid spending and yet no one seriously complains that we have a sinister national agenda, and that is why the phrase “global Britain” makes sense because if you said global China or global Russia or even alas global America it would not have quite the same flavour.

I am not saying that everyone automatically loves us or that everyone completely follows our sense of humour, though a lot more than you might think. But there is a huge desire out there for us to engage with the world more emphatically than ever before.”

Johnson then went full on Pro-Brexiteer and said Britain after Brexit is going to be freed from endlessly trying to block things.

“And after Brexit that is what our partners are going to get as this country is freed from endlessly trying to block things in Brussels committee rooms. Freed to stop being negative and to start being positive about what we believe in – including free trade.”

He then defended the referendum result and added:

“The highest number of people in work ever, the number one destination for investment into Europe and every time one of these facts emerges it is reported in tones of slight disapproval, and with the inevitable qualification – despite Brexit.

It is time to stop treating the referendum result as though it were a plague of boils or a murrain on our cattle or an inexplicable aberration by 17.4m people. It is time to be bold, and to seize the opportunities and there is no country better placed than Britain.”

Johnson closed his speech by saying it was time for the British people to let the lion roar.

“200 years ago people used to come to this city to see something revolutionary – the beginning of the modern world and once again this country has had the guts to try to do something new and different to challenge received wisdom with a democratic revolution that we can turn into a cultural and technological and commercial renaissance.”

“There are people say we can’t-do it.

We say we can.

We can win the future because we are the party that believes in this country and we believe in the potential of the British people. We have been privileged collectively to be placed in charge of this amazing country at a critical moment in our history.

We are not the lion.

We do not claim to be the lion.

That role is played by the people of this country. But it is up to us now – in the traditional non-threatening, genial and self-deprecating way of the British – to let that lion roar.”

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