Ex-BBC Today show editor, Rod Liddle, appeared on the premiere episode of Nigel Farage’s new web show, ’Stepping Up’. He spoke to the Brexit Party leader about the likelihood of Brexit still happening and Boris Johnson’s track record as Prime Minister so far. Mr Liddle took the opportunity to lay out how he saw a general election playing for the Conservative Party.
He said: “It slightly depends upon what happens with Boris’s deal and if it goes through, which isn’t inconceivable, but unlikely.”
Speaking to Mr Farage, he said: “If it went through, you’d stand against him, rightly, and he’d lose, and we’d have Jeremy Corbyn.
“Perhaps it would have a SNP-Liberal Democrat coalition, but it’d be Labour led by Corbyn.”
The former UKIP leader pointed out that in the 2015 general election, UKIP “hurt the Labour vote more than the Tory vote”.
Mr Liddle also brought up the possibility of an agreement between the Tories and the Brexit Party, but said he had heard from sources “very close to the Prime Minister” that it was “never going to happen, will never happen, it cannot happen” as they want to “put Farage back in his box”.
The former BBC journalist continued: “As I wrote at the time, instead of putting you back in your box he’s actually put you on a plinth and waved the plinth around.
“What I see then for the election with you offering Boris something like 90 seats in the north.
“Let’s say he says no to that, let’s assume he changes his mind and you take of those 50 or 60, 30 or 40. Even then I don’t think you win.”
The Spectator associate editor said: “I think the Tories are going to suffer a catastrophe in London. They still remarkably have a lot of seats there, but it’s Remain and it’s had a big demographic change.
“It wouldn’t surprise me massively, if the Opposition got its act in order, that Uxbridge could go. He’s got some problems there.
“And I know that there are a lot of Tory London MPs who think ‘we’re finished’.”
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He added: “I think they’ll also lose in some of the Home Counties liberal redoubts like Cambridge and Oxford, let alone Cornwall to the Lib Dems.
“So I think they’re facing an immediate loss of seats.
“So he doesn’t just have 50 to gain, he’s got somewhere in the region of 90.
“And then there’s Scotland where they performed admirably last time, and will not perform admirably this time.
“So I just do not see where this majority’s going to come from.”
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