This cowardly speech reveals Boris Johnsons armoury is empty | Martin Kettle

A general election is now the PMs only hope of Getting Brexit Done, says Guardian columnist Martin Kettle Boris Johnsons speech to the Conservative party conference was of a piece with his brief and tawdry prime ministership so far. The speech was a scam, an attempt to pretend that inconvenient realities can be wished out of existence by putting on a crowd-pleasing act. Yet these inconvenient realities include such things as the law of the land, the elected parliament, the European Union and the island of Ireland. Between them, these realities have enough clout to foil him. Todays lines about customs checks in Ireland could arguably be read as being a tad more emollient than the earlier Get Brexit Done …