February 06, 2019

“Rude” Tory MP Jo Johnson is a Remainer — but his constituents voted “Leave” in Brexit referendum

Rebel Staff

Brexit was the largest plebiscite ever held in the United Kingdom, with the majority voting in the referendum to leave the European Union, and become a sovereign nation once again.

The people gave a decisive yes to freedom from the EU.

Yet many politicians thought they knew better than the people.

One of those MPs is Jo Johnson.

I travelled to the town of Orpington, the parliamentary constituency on the south east London/Kent borders that Mr. Johnson represents.

Mr. Johnson is an anti-Brexit Conservative MP, but his constituents voted to Leave. There are moves to unseat him as he’s been very rude about Leave voters, his voters, and doesn’t respect the outcome of the referendum.

This matters as Mr. Johnson is a former universities minister in Mrs. May’s government, and interestingly, he once said that people who hadn’t gone to university had the propensity to vote Brexit.

These are astonishingly rude comments by someone who had been to an elite fee paying school, and spent his university years at the elite Brussels University.

Many people were quite rightly offended by his comments; basically he was calling Brexiteers thick, stupid, unable to understand the complex issues of the EU, and therefore were wrong.

I visited his constituency office to send the message that his views are disgraceful, and because he looks down upon his constituents, many believe he should be deselected as Orpington’s MP, the Conservative whip withdrawn, and a real Brexiteer who believes in Britain should be appointed in his place.

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commented 2019-02-18 22:41:37 -0500
Shame on Joe Johnson for NOT respecting the wishes of his constituents. They’re his bosses and not his serfs. I hope he gets voted out and somebody respectful of the people gets in. These politicians get swoolen heads once they enter Parliament. We need to vote out any of them who act like we don’t matter until election time.
commented 2019-02-07 12:01:22 -0500
“Off with his head!”
Now, is that in reference to Carroll’s Alice and the Queen of Hearts, or Shakespeare’s dialogue for Queen Margaret in Henry VI…
Either way, I say…Off with his head!
All’s well that ends well…
commented 2019-02-06 21:42:30 -0500
The will of the people is being ignored in a lot of countries these days. I like that term, de-select. We have a few politicians I’d like to de-select.
commented 2019-02-06 19:05:10 -0500
In this situation he is obligated to honour the outcome of the referendum. If he can’t support a clean Brexit, he should resign or be removed from office.
commented 2019-02-06 18:36:01 -0500
I’m not familiar with “de-selection” in this context. Is this like the recall that some of our provinces can invoke to turf out an MPP/MLA who is no longer acceptable to the voters in the middle of their term? I truly wish we had that here, both in Ontario where I live and at the federal level. I’d be strongly tempted to move to the PMs riding, at least temporarily, and vote to replace him!

As for MPs defying the will of their constituents, that’s absolutely routine here in Canada. For decades, our MPs voted against the death penalty even when every poll ever done showed strong national support for retaining or reinstating the death penalty. They inevitably decided that they had a better moral sense than the people who had voted for them and opposed the death penalty. I’m not sure if any of them ever got ousted at the next election over that issue. The idea that they represent us is truly laughable at times!

If people in Britain can’t recall – or de-select their MPs in the middle of their term, I hope they change the law to get that capability but I’m not holding my breath that the elites will let that happen.
commented 2019-02-06 18:26:12 -0500
Jo Jo Needs a firing squad, his Brother Boris who attended and was Class Leader at Eaton, should be Prime Minister. He would do a better job than Marxist May has ever done.
commented 2019-02-06 16:09:59 -0500
Welcome Janice Atkinson to the Rebel!