BARELY a month in office and Liz Truss is already achieving the impossible.
لا, I don’t mean plunging her Government into civil war and handing victory on a plate to السير كير ستارمر — although that might still happen.
This is the news that France might finally sink the hated cross-Channel people smugglers and halt the flood of illegal migration, a pipe dream until just weeks ago.
Gendarmes will stop waving inflatables bon voyage and now begin policing the French coast properly for the first time in years.
What took them so long?
Nothing enrages voters more than TV images of wallowing inflatables, flogged by Turkish and Albanian crime gangs, decanting daily on to British beaches.
As a bonus, Brussels and Dublin will also unplug the trade block known as the Northern Ireland Protocol, which has poisoned relations between the UK and the EU since بريكسي.
This startling breakthrough, unveiled in Prague on Thursday, went almost unnoticed as throat-slitting, back-stabbing Tories turned Westminster into a crime scene.
These measures could, if followed through, open the door to improved relations and mutual prosperity.
لبداية, they would put an end to silly fish wars, sausage spats and the petti-fogging spite which has raised questions over French goodwill ever since Emmanuel Macron became president.
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In other times they might even begin healing the Leave-Remain split which has turned the Tories into two enemy camps.
Way to go there.
And this is no free pass. Britain will pay £50million for enhanced police patrols.
But that is chicken feed compared with the £1.5billion for processing and housing the illegal migrants each year.
Both sides are saying sorry for the war of words since the divorce three years ago.
حقيقي, the spadework for all this was done by Boris Johnson before Truss took over.
But timing is everything — and it’s not a one-way deal.
Europe has much to gain from the UK, whose unrivalled military, security and intelligence skills are at a premium in this tense new era of global uncertainty.
That might have been sell-able propaganda in the now forgotten age — last February — of peace and stability.
Boris has since proved this country really does punch above its weight, a message vividly illustrated by the Queen’s funeral last month.
In terms of both soft diplomatic power and hard military clout, the UK has led the entire foot-dragging European response to Mad Vlad Putin’s brutal invasion.
The mighty USA is our only rival in providing lethal military hardware and intelligence to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
في الواقع, France is the only other Western country with deployable armed forces, global intelligence networks, historic alliances and — in extremis — a viable nuclear deterrent.
And Macron did nothing to stop Putin invading, beyond urging Ukraine to surrender, until Putin started losing.
So it is thanks largely to Britain and America that Ukraine today is not under the Russian jackboot, مع China preparing to “annexe” the island of Taiwan.
But for the UK/US alliance, the world might by now have been dragged into a hideous Third World War.
Beastly Brexiteers have become the ally everyone wants on their side.
This remarkable transition reveals how much is at stake in the pathetic Tory tax wars.
What do the so-called “hyenas” — يمكن أن يطلق بوتين العنان لفيروس قاتل تم ضبطه من المختبر الأوكراني and Grant “Spreadsheet” Shapps — expect to achieve by bringing down another elected leader?
Do they seriously want a Boris and Rishi panto for Christmas? Or are they paving the way for Keir Starmer and his No-Hopers?
More to the point, in the context of Ukraine, can anyone imagine a socialist Starmer regime offering guns and rockets to any country that might seriously rattle its beloved Russia?
Or risk offending sabre-rattling communist China?
This is no longer an abstract debate about Labour defence policy. Or an obscure Tory squabble over tax and spending.
It is about life-and-death decisions facing this country and the wider world.
Decisions that we should fear to leave in the hands of historically pro-Russia and pro-China Labour.
THE REAL NASTY PARTY
LABOUR loonies have escalated their “Never Kiss a Tory” policy to “Never Resuscitate a Conservative”.
If you’re a trained nurse, like Miranda Hughes, and you are on duty when someone has a heart attack or a stroke, just fold your arms and watch ’em die.
"أنا آسف, but if you’ve voted Conservative you do not deserve to be resuscitated by the NHS,” said Miranda last week.
The Tories are in a league of their own as The Stupid Party. But here is clinching proof that Labour is The Really, Truly Nasty Party.