His lie is now coming home to roost, big time – the UK is on the brink of a political war with Europe that could seriously damage Ulster’s fragile peace (Image: Getty)
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BORIS Johnson is an inveterate, compulsive liar. We all know that.
Mostly his deceit matters little, but some of his lies are dangerous.
On October 22, 2019, he repeatedly told Parliament that “there will be no checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland”.
He knew this was untrue because he negotiated (if that’s the right word) the Brexit agreement with a protocol setting up a trade barrier in the Irish Sea.
That lie is now coming home to roost, big time. The UK is on the brink of a political war with Europe that could seriously damage Ulster’s fragile peace.
Fearful that new trade rules will accelerate the drift towards a united Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party wants to scrap the protocol.
Fat chance. The DUP was well and truly DUPed by the lying premier they foolishly imagined was their saviour.
As the French made clear at the Cornwall G7 jamboree, EU nations are more interested in securing their internal market than saving either of Boris Johnson’s two faces.
With flexibility on both sides, a compromise deal is still possible. Brussels has already signalled concessions on the supply of medicines.
And Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis promises to legislate on Irish language reforms if the recalcitrant DUP, under its neanderthal new leader Edwin Poots, refuses to do so.
But with little time to go before more rules come into play on July 1, Johnson inflames tempers, with vague threats of “necessary steps” to appease Unionists.
Just over the horizon, the Ulster marching season looms. The current impasse is a gift to hardline Loyalists who have already shown their readiness to resume violence.
If the province descends into flames, the fire-raiser will be found in No10.
Where are the Tory pragmatists who signed the Good Friday Agreement? They should be exerting pressure on the Prime Minister now.
Frankie, the absconding moggie thought to have been cremated, turned up at his owner’s home in Warrington, Cheshire, after weeks on the tiles.
This is the only known example of the “dead cat bounce” theory actually working.
Having used up one of his nine lives, frisky Frankie had better take more care of the rest.
I hear that boy Scouts are being roped in to beef up the vaccination programme.
The operation will be known as “Bob-A-Jab Week”.
NOT WEDDED TO AGE BAN
Marriage under the age of 18 will be banned under a Private Members’ Bill brought in by MP Sajid Javid.
I hope it isn’t retrospective, because my 17-year-old bride (and wife of 58 years) might not be too pleased.
The Tory ex-Chancellor is legislating to prevent girls being forced into marriage, as he says they are “in the community
I was raised in.”
A law against forced marriages of this kind and a special unit to enforce it appear to have failed. But there is a wider point here. All young people in England and Wales are losing a human right because a minority abuses it.
In the decade to 2016, there were 3,354 marriages involving
16- and 17-year-olds, around one a week.
All these loving partnerships, which can last for life, will be illegal, just because one small section of society will not behave decently.
Where is the justice in that?
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