Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ Boris Johnson is flailing – so he is reviving his Brexit greatest hits

Anti-Boris Johnson protesters outside Downing Street, London, April 2022. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-Boris Jonsn pṛtstrz ǎtsd Dǎnñ Strīt, Lundn, Epril 2022. Foṭgraf: Tolga Acmén/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Boris Jonsn z flelñ – so h z rvîvñ hiz Brexit gretist hits

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 26 April 2022)

Ɖ prîm̦inistr’z plan t ovŗîd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol z a tîrd rpit v ɖ dsoṇsti ɖt got him ilectd

Raphael Behr

Rafel Behr, Tyzde 26 Epril 2022

Wn de, ẃn Boris Jonsn z no longr prîm̦inistr, n ɖ fl caṭlog v hiz frōdz z cmpîld, a speśl ples wl b’loñ t wn ɖt got him ilectd in ɖ frst ples. Bfr h atndd eni locdǎn partiz, bfr ɖr wr pandemic rūlz t brec or lîz t tel abt ɖ brecij, ɖr wz ɖ promis t Gt Brexit Dn.

It z nt dn. Ɖt z ẃ Jonsn’z guvnmnt z draftñ a lw ɖt wd gv ministrz ɖ pǎr t ovŗîd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol v ɖ Brexit dīl. Ɖs z ɖ vri trīti ɖt Jonsn hêld az “gret”, “xḷnt”, a flfilmnt v ol hiz ngośietñ ambiśnz. F ɖt wr tru, h wd nt nǎ b planñ t set it on fîr.

Sǎnd fmiłr? It śd d. It z ɖ lêtist sīql in a hacnid franćîz wɖ a forḿlêic plot. In ɖ Brex̣tir imaɉneśn it z an ax́n’dvnćr muvi. Bruslz hz tecn a porśn v YC sovṛnti hostij. Pluci Boris mst g in, ol gunz blezñ, t rtriv it. In sć esc̣pedz v derñ-du, pleyñ bî ɖ rūlz n rspctñ trītiz z fr rmonrsoftiz.

A recap fṛm prīvịs eṗsodz: t avôd riimpozñ a hard bordr on ɖ îḷnd v Îrḷnd, a speśl custmzreźīm wz agrìd fr ɖ Norʈ ɖt rqîrz ćecs on sm gdz crosñ fṛm ɖ Britiś mênḷnd. Jonsn sînd p t ɖs. Ministrz nǎ clem it wz nvr mnt t b a prṃnnt s’lūśn, bî ẃć ɖe mīn Jonsn laid t hiz Yṛpiyn cǎnṭparts az wel az hiz votrz. H nvr intndd t onr ɖ dīl.

Untl nǎ, ɖ guvnmnt’s ajteśn hz bn xprest bî fnġrñ, bt nvr qt pŭlñ, ɖ trigr on articl 16 – ɖ brec̦lōz ritn intu ɖ Brexit dīl. Bt articl 16 z a rùt t mor ngośieśn n mīdieśn wɖn ɖ scop v ɖ trīti itslf. It z a cnvnśnl wepn. Ɖ ny dvîs biyñ asmbld in ɖ Dǎnñ Strīt buncr gz ńclir.

Wl it b deṭnetd? Vetṛnz v past Brexit worz wl b fmiłr wɖ ɖ cost-beṇfit iqeźn. It cmz dǎn t a tst v ẃr Jonsn ʈncs hiz śort-trm slf-inṭrest lîz. Ɖ ʈiyri z ɖt it tecs a propr crîsis fr Bruslz t tec notis v Britiś grīvns. Cuṛntli, ɖ YY z adresñ ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd qsćn in tecnicl, līgl trmz, via ɖ cmiśn. Jonsn wonts t esc̣let it t a dīl btwn p’liticl līdrz. H ʈncs a Britiś prîm̦inistr śd’nt hv t hagl wɖ byṛcrats. H śd b stićñ smʈñ p wɖ Paris n Brlin. Ɖt’s hǎ it wrct in ɖ old dez. Bt in ɖ old dez Britn wz a membr v ɖ YY. Ɖt z’nt hǎ it wrcs fr “ʈrd cuntriz”.

A dǎnsîd t confṛnteśn z ɖt it wd b dvîsiv at a tîm ẃn wstn neśnz r strîvñ fr soḷdaṛti ovr Ruśa’z atac on Ycren. On ɖt frunt, Jonsn ʈncs hiz cṛdnślz az a stōlẉt frend v Cyīv r sfiśntli wel istabliśt – n notd in Wośñtn – ɖt h hz rigl rūm t mc dmandz ovr Norɖn Îrḷnd, a subjict on ẃć ɖ Americnz mt prīvịsli hv slapt him dǎn.

Bt steṭs az ɖ most pro-Ycreńn līdr in ɖ rūm dz’nt gt Jonsn az far az h ʈncs in Bruslz, ẃr h z’nt in ɖ acćl rūm. H nīdz gdwil fṛm Emmanuel Macron t śift dipḷmatic dîlz fr him on ɖ Yṛpiyn caunsl. Ɖ Frenć prezidnt, wɖ a nyli aqîrd dmestic mandet bt a lot v trubl in hiz in-tre, w’nt spend eni p’liticl capitl dwñ fevrz fr a man h mstrusts, hvñ dlt wɖ him bfr.

Ɖ prîm̦inistr hz nvr bn wn fr cultvetñ foṛn alaynsz, sins it rqîrz cnsistnsi n rlạbiḷti. Hiz inṭrests r mor p’rocịl. Olso, wūndd bî Partiget, hiz foc̣s z nǎ on ɖ bér-nucl fît fr svîvl. T ɖt end, a confḷgreśn v YY iśuz mt hlp t ʈw rleśnz wɖ ɖ rîtwñ fax́n ɖt tṛdiśṇli setlz ɖ fet v Tori līdrz. It wd iṛtet modṛt MPz, bt ɖe r’nt az ruʈlis or az orġnîzd.

No rîvl fr ɖ līdrśp wl risc criṭsîzñ an act v hardlîn Brexit rvîṿlizm. Liz Trus, ɖ foṛn secṛtri, fansiz ɖ top job n z nośnli in ćarj v ngośieśnz ovr Norɖn Îrḷnd. Ś wd nt hv ćozn a mnūvr az wontnli vanḍlistic az ɖ proṭcol-ovŗîd bil, bt ś z sd t b recnsîld t ɖ muv. Ɖ ćanslr hz prīvịsli bn an obsṭcl ẃnvr Nu 10 hz wontd t pic fîts wɖ Bruslz, ćaṇlñ Treẓ́ri añzayti abt ɖ cost v a tredwor. Bt Riśi Sŭnac z badli dminiśt bî rīsnt p’liticl mșteps arnd tax – ɖ wnz h rezd fr votrz n ɖ wnz hiz nondoṃsîld spǎs avôdd peyñ. Jonsn no longr siz him az a ʈret.

Cabiṇt hz nt dscust ɖ plan t saḅtāj ɖ Brexit dīl in lw. Mć dpndz on ilex́nz nxt wīc. Ɖ Stormont-asmbli poul in Norɖn Îrḷnd cd trigr a crîsis bî mcñ Sinn Féin ɖ larjist parti. Yńnists wd ɖen lūz ɖ rît t nem ɖ frst ministr – a los v p’liticl prîṃsi ɖt wd b mostli simbolic, bt culćṛli intolṛbl fr ɖt rīzn. Mnẃl, f caunsl ilex́nz in Ñgḷnd rvil masiv discntnt wɖ Jonsn, Tori MPz me b sprd t muv agnst him.

Ɖen ɖr wd b dubl tmteśn t g ol in wɖ a Brexit bust-up. Jonsn wd se ɖt onli scrapñ ɖ proṭcol cd īz tnśnz in Norɖn Îrḷnd (olɖo in riaḷti ɖ ilex́n ɖr wl probbli śo a mjoṛti in fevr v cīpñ it). Ɖ ovŗîd lw mt nt īvn nīd t b pást. Ɖ prîm̦inistr wd b most inṭrestd in ɖ specṭcl – a batl wɖ Bruslz, obstrux́n in ɖ Hǎs v Lordz, ɖ fŭlṃneśnz v rmen-s’portñ libṛlz; a fîrwrcs dsple t gt ɖ old Yrosceptic cor vot ūwñ n āiñ in aprīśieśn, jst lîc ɖ old dez.

Wd it wrc? Probbli nt. Ɖ plej t Gt Brexit Dn hd sć bredʈ v apil bcz it rezd hop v endñ ɖ toxic, slf-involvd naśnl drama ovr an iśu ɖt most ppl hd nt cnsidrd ol ɖt importnt bfr a ćôs wz forst on ɖm in a reḟrendm. Onli a fnaticl mnoṛti misz ɖ fît inuf t rīstart it. N tde’z Jonsn hz lost ɖ nac ɖt hiz formr slf hd fr trnñ crîsis intu carnivl. Hiz leṿti no longr gts him līńnsi fṛm an ōdịns ɖt hz hŕd jst a fy tù mni lîz. Stl, ɖr wd b a srtn tîdi siṃtri f hiz dǎnfōl includd a Brexit bil ɖt ofrd fōls reẓluśn t a crîsis wɖt end – hiz last gret dsoṇsti in ofis biyñ a mirr v ɖ frst.

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Instroduction to Ñspel

27/04/2022

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