Conrad Black: Boris as deft as Mrs. May was inept

Conrad Black weighs into the Brexit debate and predicts Boris Johnson will form an alliance with Nigel Farage.

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 4 September 2019 09:51


Boris Johnson’s former boss Conrad Black weighed into the ongoing Brexit debate on Friday with an editorial for Canada’s National Post newspaper.

The Lord Black of Crossharbour has been on a leave of absence from the House of Lords since 2012, as he sought to have US convictions for fraud and obstruction of justice overturned. Many legal scholars made the case that Lord Black had been treated very unfairly. He was successful in getting two of three fraud convictions overturned before President Trump, who has had his own experiences with overzealous prosecutors, gave him a full and complete pardon, last year.

Lord Black, who is a former proprietor of The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator, is known to be looking to making his return to the second chamber. It is unknown whether he will remain as a crossbench peer or whether he will seek to have the Conservative Party whip restored.

Friday’s editorial in the National Post made it clear that, whip or no whip; he will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he does return.

Lord Black was effusive in his praise of his former protégé writing in his editorial that Boris “has been as deft as Mrs. May was inept.” According to the peer:

“Johnson has thrown away the scabbard and Brussels and, more relevantly, Paris and Berlin can be in no doubt that the game of chicken is over.”

Lord Black, who knows our new Prime Minister very well, also used the editorial to state his belief that Boris would form an alliance with Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party, if anti-Brexit MPs were to force him into a snap general election writing:

“If there is a no-confidence vote then, or even a vote to require a request for yet another extention from Brussels, Johnson will return to the country presumably in alliance with Nigel Farage’s pioneering Brexit Party , and will likely be re-elected, but it will be too late to stop the departure from Europe.”

Lord Black also has no truck with those claiming that Boris is acting anti-democratically. He ends his editorial by reiterating his long held belief that it is the EU which has a democratic deficit. Signing off with:

“The European Union today is not really a democracy and that is Britain’s chief problem with it.”


Patrick Sullivan is the Political Editor of The Commentator @PatJSullivan

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