Uxbridge & Ruislip South

2015 Result:
Conservative: 22511 (50.4%)
Labour: 11816 (26.4%)
Lib Dem: 2215 (5%)
Green: 1414 (3.2%)
UKIP: 6346 (14.2%)
TUSC: 180 (0.4%)
Loony: 72 (0.2%)
Independent: 14 (0%)
Others: 120 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 10695 (23.9%)

Category: Very safe Conservative seat

Geography: Greater London. Part of Hillingdon council area.

Main population centres: Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Cowley, Yiewsley, South Ruislip.

Profile: A suburban seat on the fringe of west London, this covers Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Cowley and Yiewsley and then, north of Northolt Aerodrome which runs down the middle of the seat, South Ruislip.This is middle-of-the-road suburbia, hidden away at the end at the far end of the Metropolitan line.

Politics: A relatively safe Conservative seat, it has seen held by the Conservatives since 1970 but not always by large majorities. In 1997 this became the first by-election hold for the Conservatives for 18 years when John Randall was returned following the death of Michael Shersby, the first time the Tories had held a seat at a by-election since William Hague held Richmond in 1989. Since 2015 it has been the new seat of Boris Johnson, elected MP while still serving as London Mayor.


Current MP
BORIS JOHNSON (Conservative) Born 1964, New York, son of former MEP Stanley Johnson. Educated at Eton and Oxford University. Former journalist, author and editor of the Spectator. MP for Henley 2001-2008, Mayor of London since 2008. First elected as MP for Uxbridge & Ruislip South in 2015. Shadow higher education minister 2005-2007. Instantly recognisable by his dishevelled appearance, blond thatch of hair and bumbling public-schoolboy mannerisms, Boris Johnson has become a media celebrity through appearances on Have I Got News For You and a tendency to make gaffes. His first period as an MP saw a brief shadow ministerial career cut short by denials of an affair that turned out to be true and he resigned from Parliament to become Mayor of London. In 2014 he announced he would seek to return to Parliament with the barely disguised ambition to stand as the next party leader.
Past Results
2010
Con: 21758 (48%)
Lab: 10542 (23%)
LDem: 8995 (20%)
BNP: 1396 (3%)
Oth: 2385 (5%)
MAJ: 11216 (25%)
2005*
Con: 16840 (49%)
Lab: 10669 (31%)
LDem: 4544 (13%)
BNP: 763 (2%)
Oth: 1562 (5%)
MAJ: 6171 (18%)
2001
Con: 15751 (47%)
Lab: 13653 (41%)
LDem: 3426 (10%)
UKIP: 588 (2%)
MAJ: 2098 (6%)
1997
Con: 18095 (44%)
Lab: 17371 (42%)
LDem: 4528 (11%)
Oth: 398 (1%)
MAJ: 724 (2%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Uxbridge

Demographics
2015 Candidates
BORIS JOHNSON (Conservative) Born 1964, New York, son of former MEP Stanley Johnson. Educated at Eton and Oxford University. Journalist and author, former editor of the Spectator. MP for Henley 2001-2008, Mayor of London since 2008. Shadow higher education minister 2005-2007. Instantly recognisable by his dishevelled appearance, blond thatch of hair and bumbling public-schoolboy mannerisms, Boris Johnson has become a media celebrity through appearances on Have I Got News For You and a tendency to make gaffes. His first period as an MP saw a brief shadow ministerial career cut short by denials of an affair that turned out to be true and he resigned from Parliament to become Mayor of London. In 2014 he announced he would seek to return to Parliament with the barely disguised ambition to stand as the next party leader.
CHRIS SUMMERS (Labour) BBC journalist. Ealing councillor since 2010.
MICHAEL COX (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Salesian Missionary College and Brunel University. Chartered accountant. Hillingdon councillor 2002-2010. Contested Ruislip Northwood 2001, 2005, Uxbridge and South Ruislip 2010.
JACK DUFFIN (UKIP) Educated at Stratton Upper School and Brunel University. student.
GRAHAM LEE (Green)
SABRINA MOOSUN (Communities United)
JENNY THOMPSON (Independent)
MICHAEL DOHERTY (Independent)
LORD TOBY JUG (Eccentric Party of GB) Musician. Contested West Ham 1992, 1997, Folkstone and Hythe 2005, Huntingdon 2010.
JANE LAWRENCE (Realists)
JAMES JACKSON (No description) Retired auditor.
GARY HARBORD (TUSC)
HOWLING LAUD HOPE (Loony) Born 1942, Mytchett, real name Alan Hope. Publican. Contested Teignbridge 1983, 1987, 1992, Aldershot 1997, Eddisbury 1999, Kensington and Chelsea 1999, Brent East 2003, Hartlepool 2004, Aldershot 2005, Blaenau Gwent 2006, Sedgefield 2007, Norwich North 2009, Witney 2010, Barnsley Central 2011, Bradford West 2012, Manchester Central 2012, Eastleigh 2013, South Shields 2013, Clacton 2014.
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  1. “All of the evidence is that there’s no lack of demand. It’s merely surged to supermarkets, utilities, Amazon etc.”

    I doubt the thousands of recently redundant air stewards in this country will be greatly comforted by the fact that *some* sectors are doing okay. Even if demand across the entire economy is holding up (and I don’t think it is), in certain sectors it is now zero. The employees in those sectors have to be thought about. (And there is a discussion to be had about shareholders, which I personally find a tricky one. On the one hand they took a gamble and lost, and you don’t refund losing lottery tickets. On the other, if you ever want anyone to invest in anything again after all this is over…)

    “In the same way there was no need to ban evictions, as County Courts will close for 3 months – but it allays people’s fears.”

    Look, if Deepthroat’s bleeding heart language isn’t to your taste, here’s a more pragmatic argument. If people are made to feel like they will be evicted – even if that would not actually happen in practice – they are going to continue to go to work when it isn’t safe to do so. And travel of any kind right now has dire negative externalities that we should be avoiding at all costs.

  2. A Govt can ‘ban’ whatever it likes – I was simply making the obvious practical point that it’s a wasted law.

    Bank workers do indeed fill ATMs – those within banks anyhow. Just not those new ones you see outside, which I avoid anyway as they charge and always seem to be in dodgy areas.

    PT – you can think whatever you like. It doesn’t alter the fact that demand is actually up in many sectors and the same in others. Hence the extra £1.2 Billion in food purchased, extra £200m from garden centres, increase in broadband. Some will in fact have more disposable income, because there’s fewer places to spend it in Costa etc.

    As for redundant Flybe staff – they’ll be paid PILON as Thomas Cook & Monarch staff were before them. But there’s been no competitive loss of industry % share of the market as no-one else is flying, so we absolutely should not bail out Virgin etc. They can all take off again after people are allowed to fly again in Sep or whenever.

  3. “2020 is going to be the worst year ever”

    Just popping in to call out this ridiculous hyperbole, which does nobody any good.

    Yes there are many people suffering loss of earnings and sadly a few hundred deaths so far. Yes that will rise substantially but it’s still hardly unprecedented.

    For many more people, things are no more inconvenient than being stuck in the house working at home and having to look after the kids (like an early summer holidays where you can’t go out much). But the worst year ever? Hardly. And you insult the memory of people who lived through the Blitz etc by saying that.

    Indeed for many people the 3 day week and winter of discontent would have felt worse than this…at least there are no power cuts (touch wood) and much more extensive government help available for lost income. Where I grew up the miners’ strike felt worse than this.

  4. A welcome injection of perspective.

    In some ways it’s become a wonderful thing, the world has become so much more peaceful: no more the tyranny of crazy horses roaring past your house spewing out their poisonous fumes; no more maddening noise from the iron creatures in the sky; respite for fish and birds in our rivers and canals; a break for many from alcohol; many rediscovering the joy of reading books…

    There’ll be some peculiar stats when this is over one guesses: domestic burglaries will be down hugely and street crime; RTAs…? One hopes not self harm because of the self isolation but we should not be surprised if suicides are up.

    Just another thought – Johnson is very lucky from a political sense that this came in the first few months of his premiership. Because of the GE honeymoon maybe, he’s been given an easy ride despite showing a few signs of being out if his depth. When we come out of it – and assuming he hasnt cocked it up! – his political sheen will likely be enhanced massively.

  5. HH – good to hear from you and I agree entirely. Up here food shortages were worse during the fuel crisis in 2000 (when we ran out of milk, bread & eggs first and of course re-deliveries could not take place).

    Incidentally, Parliament is to officially close for a month from today – but I can see it being for 2 or 3 months, as with the County Courts.

    On the plus side: milkmen are back in fashion, GPs have been forced into the 21st century with online sick notes (although I note A&E doesn’t want GPs joining them), people are gardening and doing all of those DIY jobs put off for months. Oh and Bet365 are paying all staff full pay ’til August (because it isn’t their fault that Varadkar just banned Irish racing, even though it was already being held behind closed doors). I see the places without any or with very few cases remain the unfashionable places the London media hate: Hartlepool, NE Lincs, Knowsley + 50. I hope the Western Isles remain disease free and I agreed with their decision to only allow residents to use ferries to all islands. I also agreed with the Welsh grievance, although clearly it was anti-English Plaid areas that spray painted Range Rovers of tourists.

    The worst areas seem to be Hampshire and Inner London, but then the Tube and hospitals may have spread it (as well as ski-ers from Italy). We’ve still had zero cases in N Sefton but then other than an OAP returning from a cruise ship, Southport folk tend not to be very cosmopolitan and we don’t have int students here.

    Hope all keep safe and well and it’s actually 17C and sunny here which makes a pleasant change.

  6. Deepthroat: I’m not convinced by your argument; I think this damages Johnson in the long run, even if Britain does relatively okay (which could mean “only” 50,000 deaths). Churchill lost in 1945, after all, and many of the wartime measures were popular enough that they stayed in place long into peacetime – rationing didn’t end until 1954.

    Whatever happens now, things won’t go *back* to normal afterwards. There will be changes. I’m not sure what these changes will be, but the Conservative 2019 manifesto is now just a historical artefact, to be honest. (As, for that matter, is the 2019 Labour manifesto, despite the protestations of the usual suspects.)

    There will be a new political settlement after this, for sure. And I know people said that about the 2008 financial crisis, but this time we really are all in it together, because this, unlike the last recession, is a threat from which you can’t selectively shield a political constituency, as the Conservatives largely did in 2010.

  7. “many of the wartime measures were popular enough that they stayed in place long into peacetime – rationing didn’t end until 1954.”

    That’s an utterly daft thing to say. Rationing was exceptionally unpopular after the war, as any history book will tell you. The Tories’ manifesto promise to end rationing arguably won them the 1951 election, and when they were finally able to do so in 1954 it was arguably a major factor in Eden’s 1955 landslide.

    I know Johnson brings this on himself with his Churchillian rhetoric but trying to equate this with WW2 is absurd. The worst of it will last a few months, not six years. There are no bombs raining down on us and no evil dictator is poised to invade.

    Yes there will be lasting impacts on the way we do things but this is always the case after an economic shock. Some of the changes will be good, as outlined by Lancs and Deepthroat above. Especially for the environment, as we will fly and cruise less for a long time IMO.

    Economically, one positive compared with the 2008 crash is that the impact on the world has been staggered rather than all countries crashing at exactly the same time. Just as the west is entering the worst period of the pandemic now, China is recovering very fast and a very large pent-up demand will be released into the economy there over the summer. We will probably go through a similar stage later in the year.

  8. True – plus no country has crashed. Shares rose 11% yesterday (historically the biggest risers’ days always tend to follow within 10 days of the largest fall days)

    I repeat there is no lack of demand: it’s simply been artificially stifled. Hence the surge in sums spent and not just on food and essentials. On DIY, gardening, books, takeaways, alcohol etc. Numbers working from home apparently rose again to almost 60%.

    Those who are idle appear to be taxi drivers and GPs (although I note that A&Es apparently don’t want the latter either)

  9. The PM is recovering. That’s a relief. And good for the country. I wonder, if and to what extent, the experience has changed him?

    I would imagine that the arrival of the new Johnson in July will be greeted with an unusual and unexpected amount of national celebration and flag waving, especially if by July we’ve got over the dreaded Virus and starting to get back to our lives, maby aspects of which we will realise we took for granted so casually.

  10. Tony Benn had a condition toward the end of the 70s beginning on the 80s which caused some degree of paralysis. It said to have left him not quite 100% in how he was before

  11. Deepthroat: so here’s a short list of for things I have recently come to realise I had taken for granted:

    Just-in-time supply chains (especially in supermarkets)
    The relative liberalism of the British police (which never went far enough for my liking, but it is still better than most other countries’)
    Hugs (not strictly a matter of government policy)

    Obviously this will vary from person to person, but I can’t really think of much else. I’ve deliberately left off this list “key workers” because I never took them for granted. The “now everyone will realise that nurses are more important than bankers” notion is so patronising – do you really think people didn’t previously realise what nurses did?

  12. Well isn’t it now finally time that we recognise these things tangibly and reward people properly?

    My niece is a young nurse and she basically makes £80 per day (net) for a nine hour shift! She cannot afford to privately rent a room near where she works, let alone rent a one bedroom flat.

    Corbyn and his friends tried to introduce a more equal society but the media were very successful in changing the subject again and again.

  13. Not sure what commenters above are going on about with Boris having a popularity bounce after this. Sure, we are all happy that he has survived and is well. But the UK is still predicted by many researchers to have the highest death toll in Europe at the end of all of this. In general, many people are pissed off with the way the lockdown has been handled. So I don’t foresee any lasting uptick in his popularity.

  14. Nine bus drivers have died of C19 in London alone! I do wonder if they are being extra to risk their lives. Shop workers don’t seem to be: I asked two young women in Tescos and then in Sainsbury’s – both said they were being paying paid normal rates of pay.

  15. TRISTAN: “I don’t foresee any lasting uptick in his popularity.”
    Ok no increase but unlikely to become anything resembling unpopular because of C19. But if deaths reach truly Biblical figures…

  16. Deepthroat- ok, that I can agree with. Boris apologists will always point the finger at everyone but him (see The Daily Telegraph). But overall, I don’t see any uptick. This has been handled badly in the UK, and we are on our way to having the worst outcomes in Europe. Additionally, we’ll have been through a lockdown and the economy will be in the toilet. Hardly grounds for getting the bunting out.

  17. Deepthroat: Your niece probably does deserve a pay rise – I get paid about the same as her for a job far less traumatic, which didn’t require three years of training. But the far bigger problem for her living standards is the absurdity of the private rented sector. 80 quid net per day should be plenty to live on for a career starter.

    What do you think would be a fair wage for nurses, by the way? To have any hope of getting what you want, you first have to say what what you want is.

  18. As for the polls – they can be ignored for now. The timing of the electoral cycle means the next election will be fought more on how the government will have handled the economic recovery as opposed to the crisis itself. That’s a whole different ball game. The Tories are going to have to raise some taxes to pay back the accrued debts, but I fear that’s a test of pragmatism over ideology they are likely to fail.

  19. I agree with you about rents. In terms of wealth redistribution rent reductions and then controls would help low earners and young people. To directly answer the question you ask: without the measures I mention above, I would say a 30% increase for nurses with disproportionately more being given to young nurses under 35 years. But as I say with lower rents and, say, with a State bank providing affordable mortgages to couples there might not be a need to have a huge hike. All a bit our in the sky with the Conservatives in charge though isn’t it?

    Unless somehow Boris via his illness has turned into a Trotskyist.

  20. To be honest I would be surprised if 30% wage rises would have occurred even had we had a Corbyn government, and even without the hurricane that is coming for our economy. That’s rises of 6% per year, about the same level of growth in NHS investment we saw under Tony Blair, in economic circumstances where those investments were much more affordable. Except, of course, those investments were largely used to expand the amount of healthcare available. If Corbyn spent all that money on wage rises then there wouldn’t be anything left for patients.

  21. Money.

    Especially after v recent experiences many perhaps are now realising that there really isn’t such a thing.

  22. Tim Brooke-Taylor dies of Covid-19.

    [Sheds many tears].

  23. Indeed. I think this marked the first time in the crisis that someone is previously heard of had been killed by the virus. I fear it won’t be the last but we do appear to be, if not at the top of the curve, then reaching the summit.

    I also heard of the passing of John Conway today, also from Covid. Not a household name but one of the greatest British mathematicians of the twentieth century, and a man I was lucky enough to meet once.

  24. “I think this marked the first time in the crisis that someone is previously heard of had been killed by the virus.”

    Eh? Little and Large were far more famous than Tim Brooke Taylor at their peak (ratings of 20 million).

  25. Little and Large’s ‘peak’ was nearly 50 years ago. Tim Brooke Taylor was still on Radio 4 every week. Really not difficult to work out why Polltroll may have heard of one and not the other.

    I wish you’d be as pendantic and dismissive of Lancs Observer’s bullshit as you are with many others on here. I wonder why that is.

  26. They were from opposite ends of the comedy class spectrum.
    Brooke Taylor: Winchester/Cambridge/President Cambridge Footlights.
    Large: Manchester grammar school/ pubs and working mens club circuit / Opportunity Knocks

    Large didn’t half do most of the heavy lifting but he was a skilful mimic and decent singer and had great timing.

  27. “I wish you’d be as pendantic and dismissive of Lancs Observer’s bullshit as you are with many others on here. I wonder why that is.”

    Uncalled for and nasty. I read Polltroll’s comment as saying that TBT was the first well-known person to die of COVID. If it meant the first person he had heard of, well that makes more sense.

    “Little and Large’s ‘peak’ was nearly 50 years ago.”

    Nope. Their peak was in mid-1980s when the untimely demise of Morecambe & Wise left a massive vacuum in the variety double-act stakes. 30-35 isn’t very close to 50. As Deepthroat says, two polar ends of the comedy spectrum. I wasn’t a Goodies fan but enjoyed Tim Brooke Taylor’s performance as Victor Meldrew’s new neighbour.

  28. ‘Uncalled for and nasty’

    Lol…you sound like Trump. And coming from you, it’s also the height of hypocrisy. I notice you haven’t conceded that you got it completely wrong regarding the 10k bonus payment for MPs staff either.

  29. Perhaps you’re being a bit of a drama queen here?

    Lockdown certainly is fuelling a lot of bad tempers on and off line.

    Much as I’d like to spend the rest of my afternoon debating the career of Little & Large I’ve got better things to do, with 2 small kids buzzing around and work up to my ears.

    Good afternoon Deepthroat and Polltroll.

  30. Haha. Drama queen…you are so predictable. Have a nice day now!

  31. Tristan – you mean you want the UK to have the worst rate, because in fact Spain & Italy’s rate of cases per million is 3 times that of the UK’s. The Republic of Ireland’s rate is much worse than Northern Ireland’s – but it didn’t stop Michelle stating that she didn’t want British soldiers delivering food boxes in Belfast!

    I see Mary Lou tested positive, although it took Dublin 17 days to get the test result back.

    HH was, of course, right to correct Tristan. Little & Large, in fact their very own named show was still primetime viewing in 1989 and they continued to play to sell out venues, particularly up here in the North West, where one of them still lives.

    I see the Whitehall source (in the Telegraph & Mail today) is saying primary schools will reopen here from May 11th and Royal Ascot will go ahead in June minus spectators after HMQ personally approved the plan.

    I suspect if schools reopen next month, the person who decided to cancel GCSE & A Level exams in June & July will look rather foolish. But then experts thought the peak would be in mid-June.

    Spain’s factories & small shops have reopened so at least the end is in sight and normality of sorts can resume with holidays enabled from late June.

  32. Afternoon all…crikey you suspect as a country we’re in for a very hard time when Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies says, “this is genuinely frightening”..

    The UK economy may shrink by 13% in 2020, its deepest recession in three centuries, budget forecasters said. In April-June period alone, economic output could plunge by 35%, with the unemployment rate more than doubling to 10%.

    Meanwhile Boris Johnson has approval ratings of 66% and 61% in two recent polls. His hero regularly had 80% during 1940 to 1944 but we all know what happened to him in 1945.

  33. Incidentally, the first demographic analysis of those who have died has taken place.

    Acc to a Civic Design bod at the Uni of Liverpool, 38% were ethnic, 12% gay and Liverpool to date has the worst death rate of those hospitalised (25%). 88% had underlying conditions. Those in their 50s had the highest rate of hospitalisations.

    So far from the 500k OAPs [which I think was referenced upthread when HH linked to an amusing prediction about how it would alter voting in GEs], it appears to be disproportionately those who are urban, work in the public services etc.

    Although it’s too early to say whether eg bus drivers died due to pollution + covid together, or whether ethnic minorities are more likely not to survive due to underlying conditions or other factors such as diet.

  34. Deepthroat – it’s not a forecast. Tbf most agree that the bounce back will be even greater, as Rishi referenced Q3 v Q2 and 2021 v 2020.

    The Next site crashing is an example of people itching to be able to consume.

    I’m told there were queues of ladies at hairdressers today in parts of Italy.

    As the Whitehall source said: the worry was initially people
    wouldn’t comply; now the worry is people won’t all go out because they’re scared of some sort of plague. The advice was not all stay at home, it was go to work if you can’t work from home. But most think only key workers can go to work.

    People are certainly bored: sales of 5 national newspapers has risen (contrary to predictions) as people are ordering online and getting paperboys to deliver.

  35. HH – ah I’d forgotten him in OFITG.

    He was also the scientist in the white coat in Willy Wonka.

    Also, the colourful Lord Bath died from it – who PT must have heard of – and a fair few actors.

  36. “I’m told there were queues of ladies at hairdressers today in parts of Italy.”

    Given hairdressers are still closed in Italy, they were possibly queuing for something else.

  37. You could have confused hairdressers with shop of kids’ clothes. Those were allowed to re-open this week in Italy and in the first few days they were reported as busy. You can’t recycle last year’s spring clothes for small children.

  38. 761 deaths announced today by the Department of Health. Very sad, but things do seem to be stabilising somewhat.

  39. Another three weeks of lockdown. It should not be ended prematurely because of the economy or loss of earnings or profit. And, as suggested by someone here on UKPR, schools shouldn’t be rushed back. And when they do return, I would be very interested to see if our private schools are in line with the State schools.

    Is it bad form to start to clout this Govt on their early policy on Covid19? (preparing; advice; PPE; lockdown).

  40. Of course it’s not wrong. All the areas you highlight are things that we’d do differently, if given a second chance to get them right.

    The problem I always had was the questioning of motives. The notion that the government *wanted* hundreds of thousands of people to die was for the birds, but was nonetheless a line amplified by many previously respectable voices.

  41. Yep I agree with all that.

    2 days ago Tristan wrote…”761 deaths announced today…Very sad, but things do seem to be stabilising somewhat.” Since then there’s been 861 and then 847 new hospital daily deaths.

  42. Government approval +15 (-7)

    Approve 47 (-4)
    Disapprove 32 (+3)

    As people become less frightened, the incentive for motivated reasoning to believe the government is doing well recedes.

    My concern is that as these numbers continue to drop, Cummings will become more preoccupied with polling numbers than the task at hand. Hope I’m wrong…

  43. Hope all ok. Johnson is back at No. 10.

    He sounded OK, quite loud and energetic but didnt look great. Might have combed his hair, would have helped. But then he’s probably the only person whose hair isn’t going to look any worse during this lockdown.

    On a very grim note: ONS estimate 45,000 have died, the second highest in the world.

  44. Apologies for my absence. I had symptoms a fortnight ago, that lasted 5 days. I didn’t have the cough, but woke up sweating 3 mornings, had a headache and no appetite [I think I only ate cereal once a day and nothing else].

    I have since tested negative (test on Fri) as other half is a key worker so we were both able to access the drive thru centre at Haydock racecourse. It’d be nice to know I/we’re immune once the antibody tests come online.

    Around here we’re fortunate in that we’ve had very few cases – unlike Liverpool which has had over 1,200 and 300 of those have died (I think 28% is their mortality rate). Although looking at the ward data, the deceased actually resided in the most affluent wards of Woolton (11) and Cressington (20 deaths) whereas the outer council estates have had very few (eg 3 in Norris Green).

    On the wider point, I see a poll revealed that 61% are the same or better off re disposable income, as presumably commuters don’t have travel expenses and so on.

  45. In a move that is bound to infuriate Right wingers; most hard line Brexiteers; Migration Watch; most of the ERG and a lot of the Tory voting Northern working classes Johnson says around three million Chinese Hong Kongers are welcome to come to the UK to live.

  46. I lived in Hong Kong for 9 years and have huge admiration and respect for the local people there. Naturally I’m delighted about this announcement. The fact that this policy will deeply annoy Big Terry and his lovely wife Karen in the Brexit heartlands just makes it even sweeter.

  47. Polling suggests this is a move with bipartisan appeal.

    Where immigration from various other parts of the world is unpopular, it is largely for one of two reasons: a perceived downward pressure on working-class wages (Eastern Europe, the third world), or fears of civil unrest (majority-Muslim countries; in America this would probably also cover ethnically black countries). Hong Kong fits neither of those criteria and so is broadly welcome. Also unique to Hong Kong is that it reminds Telegraph readers of the British Empire, and immigration from it would largely be seen by that segment of the population as people “coming home” to the motherland.

    And, just on a basic level, Terry and Karen probably get their opinions from elite cues, just like most people in every political faction. Since it’s the beloved Boris Johnson that’s doing This, they can get behind it. If it were a hypothetical PM Corbyn doing this they’d be frothing at the mouth, of course. Naked hypocrisy, but that’s just the way politics works.

  48. PT is right.

    Tristan’s now usual (false) stereotypes about Brexit voters are wrong again.

    British patriots unsurprisingly support British passport holders whether they be Gurkhas, Hong Kong Chinese or residents of N Antrim.

  49. As for you Lancs, there is something poetic in how you constantly bemoan the unfair stereotyping of Brexit voters while at the same time unironically playing those same stereotypes dead-straight.

  50. Boooooomm!!

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