JACOB REES-MOGG: Now we can shine a bright sunbeam of certainty to end the long night of doubt
The moment of national renewal has come. While spring is yet to sweep the chill from the air, fresh shoots of rejuvenation and regeneration are piercing through the cold earth.
The electorate, the British people, the most patient and forbearing in the world, will finally have their decisiveness rewarded and, thanks to the General Election result, we will have got Brexit done.
By unleashing a reviving wave of blue MPs to rehydrate the parched soil, the British people have set the scene for the biggest restoration of vitality and viridity* to our land in generations.
Fresh-faced MPs line the green benches, determined that the new Parliament will be a better Parliament – a people’s Parliament focused on delivering on their priorities (file photo)
In Parliament, the thunderstorm has been blown away, calm has been restored and the serious job of legislating has recommenced. In both houses, scrutiny and debate have returned to the fore.
In the Commons, fresh-faced MPs line the green benches, determined that the new Parliament will be a better Parliament – a people’s Parliament focused on delivering on their priorities.
This comprehensive Conservative majority has allowed the Prime Minister’s deal with the European Union finally to pass all stages in Parliament and become law, getting Brexit done and shining through a bright sunbeam of certainty to end the long night of doubt.
With the deal done and the agreement in place, we will leave the EU in five days’ time. Independence restored, the Government will focus on unleashing the potential of this country.
It will be a Government acutely attuned to the will of the people. For that is the sine qua non* of our departure: Members of Parliament chosen by the people will decide the laws of the land. Those directly accountable representatives will have taken back control.
We will be free to chart our own course and we are reclaiming mastery of our policy decisions, from agriculture to trade, foreign policy to fisheries, employment law to immigration.
Under our Prime Minister, our police force is gaining an extra 20,000 recruits and powers to stop and search more effectively so we can begin to clamp down on the scourge of knife crime
In the Boris Johnson era, we are embarking on the biggest rail modernisation since Victorian times with £48 billion dedicated to delivering rail projects (file photo – artist’s HS2 impression)
We can embark on this new age with confidence and excitement. Over two millenniums since mighty Augustus quelled the unrest and strife in ancient Rome and brought in a new golden age, our auriferous* Prime Minister is bringing in a new era of revitalisation to our nation.
These two great leaders sought unity where there had been division; they saw the importance of a public-supported police force and they recognised the power of infrastructure to bring great economic and social returns.
Under our Prime Minister, our police force is gaining an extra 20,000 recruits and powers to stop and search more effectively so we can begin to clamp down on the scourge of knife crime.
In the Boris Johnson era, we are embarking on the biggest rail modernisation since Victorian times. With £48 billion dedicated to delivering rail projects such as the new high-speed line between Manchester and Leeds and electrifying hundreds of miles of track, people across the country will be closer to each other than ever before.
We are investing in the future of talented workers with our ambitious plans for a dynamic, outward-looking economy. Outside the EU, our trade policies will be forged with the best interests of UK businesses in mind.
Glossary of Moggisms
*Virdity – Naive innocence
*Sine qua non – essential condition (from the Latin ‘without which not’)
*Auriferous – containing gold
*Fulgurate – flash (like lightning)
At the forefront of our thoughts will be the tech sector. Britain has an illustrious history of technological development – from penicillin to the lawn mower, the World Wide Web to the light bulb, the steam train to the toothbrush. In the years ahead, we will deepen and broaden that remarkable record. The trail we have blazed in the past will continue to fulgurate* into the future.
National confidence in the years ahead can be drawn from the distinction of this island’s story and from the recognition of the strength of the new position.
The UK has one of the most flexible, agile and entrepreneurial workforces in the world. The capital city raises trillions of pounds of capital in every currency invented. English is the global language, the lingua franca of this age, that flows through boardrooms around the world.
By raising GDP still higher, taxpayers can support those public services on which people rely. The Conservatives are delivering the biggest cash boost in history to the NHS, with an additional £33.9 billion in frontline services every year by 2024, the largest and longest funding settlement in the history of the health service.
It will provide 40 new hospitals, 6,000 extra doctors and 50,000 more nurses. Tomorrow, we will vote to enshrine this commitment to the NHS in law, safeguarding it for future generations.
It is a new chapter in Parliament and a new chapter for the country. In July, the Prime Minister memorably encapsulated his pitch with the late 19th Century Americanism ‘dude.’ He promised to Deliver Brexit, Unite our nation, Defeat Jeremy Corbyn and Energise the country.
Corbyn is defeated. Brexit is on the cusp of being delivered. The stage is set for the nation to come back together. Energy exudes from every pore of this Government. It will not just be a year, but a decade of renewal.
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