This election, after the previous, disastrous one in 2017, gives us an opportunity bigger than ever before; not just to deliver Brexit, but to deliver real and groundbreaking change to our entire political class.
This election is an opportunity, and it's a once in a lifetime shot. For the first time since Blair's landslide in 1997, at which point there were still to be two years before I was born, we have an opportunity to deliver a revitalised House of Commons. More than 40 MPs are stepping down, including constitution-defiling John Bercow, the firebrand stalwart Kate Hoey and Tory grandee Ken Clarke. Add into this the ones who inevitably will lose their seats to their opponents, and we're looking at change in the hundreds.
We could well see a very new-look House of Commons.
That's not the most important thing. It's okay getting a new Commons, but it has to be for the right reasons, those of democracy, integrity and respect for the British people at its heart.
This election is the most important election we may ever face.
It will decide whether we implement the will of 17.4 million people, or whether we end the illusion of democracy in our great country. It will decide what terms we set for our future relationship, with the EU and otherwise, for decades to come at least. It will decide the calibre of people in the House of Commons, and whether we want naysayers or optimists holding the reigns of power.
It's now or never for Brexit.
We do, however, face the risk of being locked out of power. Farage's Brexit Party, intent on seeing an immediate ceasing of all ties to the EU, is threatening to stand in every seat, split the vote and lock out the pro-Brexit coalition he so desperately craves. More than that – he risks handing our deluded resident psycho-Marxist the keys to high office.
With that, he risks no Brexit at all.
Nobody is pretending that the deal is perfect. But the deal sets out a platform that we so desperately need to move on and negotiate a trade deal befitting of our status in Europe and the world, We may still have a relationship that is too close for comfort in the next few years, but legally and practically we would be out of the EU and free to negotiate trade deals, free to reform our border controls and free to allow parliament
and parliament alone to do what it is there for – to pass laws as sovereign in our country.
Most of all – it's temporary, and we can ditch it very easily at any time if we want to.
Farage needs to take this into account, and remember that the Conservatives are the only major established party who want to actually deliver Brexit – the Brexit Party by Nigel Farage's own admission does not have the standing, the history or the sway of the Conservatives.
It's a stark choice – Leave with Boris or Remain with the others.
This is why we must compromise. We need to bite the bullet, formally or informally and do a deal with the largest British political party in the European parliament.
There is no way we will win some areas that have returned Labour MPs for decades, but there is a chance that someone else from a different party can. I am not calling for Conservative candidates to stand aside; it is only right that the public should have a Conservative option on the ballot paper, but a non-aggression pact in some seats could work wonders given the potential national benefits to having a pro-Leave
majority in parliament.
In seats like Bury North which voted to Leave by 54% to 46%, above the national figure, they have as their MP a Labour Remainer and second referendum advocate. His closest rival, from the party which had held the seat for seven years before the catastrophe in 2017, is a staunch Leaver and a solid Brexiteer.
If the Brexit Party stand, they will lock out Tory candidate James Daly and gift the pro-Remain advocate a second term in a row.
Very little stands in the way of a big Tory majority, with a large amount of pro-Leave MPs to back it up.
Both the Conservatives and the Brexit Party must approach this in the right way, with the right spirit and with the greater good at the forefront of their minds.
Jack Rydeheard, Editor of the Conservative on Sunday for Conservative Progress