With Boris Johnson’s proposals for the border in Ireland receiving at best a lukewarm response, various minions have been despatched to the news studios to try and talk them up.
James Gray is the Conservative MP for North Wiltshire. He appeared on Sky News’s All Out Politics, and host Adam Boulton asked him who would benefit from the new proposals:
Surely the whole point of Brexit is we’re going to be better off. And if you’re in Northern Ireland, you’re not going to be better off. You’re going to face two borders in trade of one kind or another.
Gray’s response rather flew in the face of pre-Brexit reality. He said: “Well you face borders if you do trade around the world wherever that might be”. Boulton reminded him: “Well you don’t at the moment between north and south”. Gray ploughed on:
We’ll be much better off because if we get the deal, we’d have left. And that’s the important thing. We’ll have achieved Brexit. We’ll have achieved what 17.4 million people asked us to do. The United Kingdom will then be free.
No really, who wins?
Boulton again made the point that people living in the north of Ireland would have two borders to deal with. Gray deflected this by saying that the north would have the opportunity to review the arrangements every four years. But then he made a rather extraordinary statement:
No deal in this world happens without some pain for some people.
Boulton let him go on for a bit as Gray gushed about Johnson pulling “a very significant iron out of the fire”. But then the presenter hit his guest with a stark summary of what he’d said:
So Northern Ireland is collateral damage in this?
Gray denied he’d said anything of the sort, but the point was made.
People living in the north of Ireland made their views known:
Another respondent took issue with Gray’s central claim about ‘freedom’:
Gray’s comments suggest a mindset so fixated on ‘getting Brexit done’ that causing “some pain for some people” is perfectly acceptable. It really is, as Boulton described, “collateral damage”.
It’s clear that the Tories have lost the plot and need to be stopped.
Featured image via Twitter – Dr. Jennifer Cassidy