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Tory MP indicates he will vote against tax cuts despite whip-withdrawal threat

Truss copies Johnson’s bullying tactic, but at least one MP says he will rebel regardless

Tory MP Julian Smith

In 2019, when Tory MPs voted to allow the House of Commons to do its job while Boris Johnson tried to obstruct it, the bullying Tory leader withdrew the whip from twenty-one of them.

In 2022, new Tory PM Liz Truss is copying Johnson’s bullying tactics to try to force MPs to support her and her Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mad tax-cuts – but at least one MP has publicly indicated he will rebel regardless.

Julian Smith MP has tweeted a quote of the threat, along with a statement that voting for the tax cut would be incompatible with his duty to constituents and the country:

Smith’s stand on principle does not, of course, absolve him of all the Tory measures he has voted through as a Conservative MP – or for pressuring MPs to break ‘pairing’ agreements they had made with pregnant MPs – but it is welcome nonetheless and is a display of resistance that puts the abstention-addicted so-called ‘opposition’ leader to shame.

Update 3 October 2022: after more than a dozen Tory MPs said they would rebel and PM Liz Truss tried to throw Kwarteng under a bus by saying the tax cut was all his idea, Kwarteng performed a humiliating u-turn and cancelled it.

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  1. Well the British Elites have arrange another big swap and this fuckng country is about to vote for another useless fraud of a party called Labour! Labour will do absolutely fuck all for the working class or the social coherence of this country, they will crush Britain as we know it and work for the ultimate division the breakup of Britain as it stands today.. Until the idiotic MSM headed working class gets off it’s arse we are all Fucked…

    1. A Pinochet moment is a mere roll of the dice away! I keep having nightmarish vissions of being dragged off to the football stadium, by the Socialist Hunter Generals, everytime my screen flashes or my notifications talk about my camera/location settings, etc.
      Sadly ‘getting off it’s arse’ is not going to happen. The PEOPLE are not for WAKING UP! We’ll have to ride this one out whatever disaster is upcoming! Those awake and outside of the mainstream tried, good enough, nowher nearly good enough, but the more we try, the harder we get knocked back, Westminster Politics is now nothing but Organised Crime Syndicates and the leading example of that is BlueKeef and his Starmerstruppen and The NEO-Labour Party TORIES, and under the direction of BLiar, Mande, Campbell, Mossad, CIA, MI5/6 2015 to 2020!

      1. It’s gonna be worse than that. We will have to watch a women’s International before the coup de grace. And listen to the pundits. Last one to throw themselves of the floodlights is a wimp ukinazi. X X

    2. Andrew – Apart from your 09:44am post being nothing more than a load of ill-informed pretend ‘leftie’ dogma where is the credible alternative that you and your comrades are offering the electorate?

      1. Andrew – Is that an admission that you have SFA to offer the electorate. 🤔

      2. Andrew Not at all, unlike you I want the next government to be led by the Labour Party. You’re the Tory Boy here, not me.

      3. Well I guess Project VoteTORYtoStopCorbyn is working out swell for you NEO-Labour Party TORIES, now insanely weird Liz fucking Truss is selected out of some half decent candidates and Truss wins it! I wonder why!? The Comissioners have spoken?
        Labour files all but vanished, untouched by the Manufactured MSM Propaganda Machine.
        Do you think winning by means of dirty tricks and corruption is more or less honourable than losing with dignity in tact?

    1. and encouragingly Mw, some those ‘several thousand’ (given it was a BBC report, the real number is probably nearer 10,000) were not the ‘usual suspects’, i.e. avowed Republicans, but people who until Johnson’s wretched “oven ready” brexit deal, would have probably favoured a unionist policy within a EU-member UK.

      PLUS – credit to Julian Smith MP, a man who recognises a slap in the face when he sees one!

  2. Majority at last general election: 23,000+

    And so, personal survival probably not a big factor in his decision.

    1. The Party of Betrayal will be just as bad while yet again smiling in your faces and holding that dagger as usual. Yes these fuckers will win the next GE on the desperation of the ignorant. We have all seen this shit before…

      1. Dagger? Thank dog for that, I thought it was something else poking into my back.

      2. NVLA – It is not my fault that you have FA to offer because the self appointed guardians of ‘the left’ have yet again failed to get their act together

      3. Andrew – Come back and tell me all about it when you and your comrades have something credible to offer.

      4. …NVLA – It is not my fault that you have FA to offer because the self appointed guardians of ‘the left’ have yet again failed to get their act together…

        Oh hi. Didn’t realise I was talking to you. There is no left and right you sausage. There is only top down. More and more are becoming wise to the fact it’s no change. It could easily be argued that the only reason Labour is currently popular is because the Tories aren’t.

        What would you pick, being at the top? Wild casino shenanigans, or steady as she goes with Sir? Why the choice is obvious. Sir will manage to kick the can that further down the road, before it finally sails over the cliff (glimpse provided by the all seeing, all wise markets).

        So, to wrap up. Left and right are false constructs to distract folks like yourself from the truth. The golden rule is thus, them with the gold, makes the rules.

        Keef isn’t the man for the hour, and nor is Corbyn.

        May I suggest that you search out the message of General Christian Blanchon. I’m sure it’ll cheer you up no end.

      5. NVLA – Your problem is that you don’t even have a metaphorical can to kick down the road or otherwise. You literally have absolutely nothing to offer the electorate.

      6. nellyskelly – A bit like you then. Is this silly nonsense really all you have to offer.

      7. I’m not the seller…I’m the buyer. And it’s the seller who has nothing, not me.

        I’ve got a flashy vote, and they don’t seem to want it.

      8. NVLA – Unfortunately if we continue with your analogy, currently you are staring at the equivalent of empty shelves in the ‘leftie’ aisle of the supermarket.

    2. Toffee – Really, is that the best you could manage. Come back and tell me all about it when you and your comrades have something credible to offer.

      1. Lad, shut your cave. and for complete and total fuck’s sake desist from boring people into a stupor with your bingo card responses.

        Nonce apologist.

      2. Toffee – As I said above. Come back and tell me all about it when you have something credible to offer. You’re a bad joke, by your own admission you couldn’t be arsed to vote for Corbyn in 2019.

      3. We’ve spoken about this, you’ve spoken to many others about this.
        The NEO-Labour Party TORIES KILLED The UK Labour Party (RIP 13 December 2019) with their, your, Austin, Woodcock, et al’s VotedTORYtoStopCorbyn Campaign, but until your BlueKeef and his Starmerstruppen, The NEO-Labour Party TORIES are anihilated at the next GE there is not even the slimest chances for a Party FOR The PEOPLE, not until Neoliberalism has an Opposition, for that we need to get rid of the NEO-Labour Party TORIES. Perhaps not this GE, but once we have enough Saboteurs on hand, we’ll wipe parliament’s floor with you. BUT, Don’t count your chickens just yet, petal, a whole lot can change in a blink of the eye!
        3 Months!

      4. nellyskelly – The repetition of a load of infantile gibberish isn’t going to impress anyone apart from your fellow numpties. You have nothing credible to offer the electorate.

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