The Tories are trading on old divisions. Johnson pulling that "Starmer is a remainer" shtick is old hat. When jobs dry up and food gets expensive, Johnson will find that voters can be as fickle as he is. What worked in the last parliament won't cut it after January.
Corbyn was always the "backstop" for the Tories. So long as he was in place they could keep abusing their power without consequence. They haven't quite adjusted to the new reality. Like Wile E Coyote running over the cliff, they haven't looked down yet.
The Tories must know by now that Johnson is a spent man. They know he has to go even if they're not yet publicly admitting it. But who have they got to replace him who isn't tainted? When it comes to political talent, the cupboard is bare.
This is the fatal weakness of the Tories, and though theyve got their no deal Brexit in the bag they have no idea what to usefully do with it, and by way of not acknowledging reality they won't be anticipating the ambushes waiting for them. Their problems are only just beginning.
Patel has already bumped into problems with international law over asylum and Johnson is hogtied by his own deal. But wait til they discover the galaxy of international law and global regulation that exists over and above the EU. Sovereignty does not mean a free hand.
But worst of all, all the things they said wouldn't happen, most definitely will. It's all there in the Notices to Stakeholders and has been for some time. Johnson will try to deflect the blame but there's no hiding from this. These bozos are done for.

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