DELINGPOLE: Why I’m Backing Boris Johnson and Michael Gove

Last week a coalition of Brexit politicians including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove won the biggest popular mandate in British history. More people – 17,410,742 – voted Leave last Thursday than have voted for anything else in Britain, ever. No party or leader or cause has ever been so popular: not Winston Churchill, not Tony Blair, not Clement Atlee not Margaret Thatcher. So how, you might wonder, is the British political establishment responding to this never-clearer signal from the people about what it is they really want? Why, of course, by trying to put every possible object in their way to stop them. Worst of the bunch, in my book, are all those Conservative MPs who are agitating to replace David Cameron when he goes with a Remain candidate such as Teresa May, in preference to the clear winner of the referendum Boris Johnson (who is supported by Michael Gove). How does that work then? Half of these MPs – Business Secretary Sajid Javid, Home Secretary Theresa May among them – were natural Eurosceptics who only opted to support Remain for tactical reasons: because they thought, with the Prime Minister and Chancellor onside, it was going to win and that it