Boris Johnson’s entire image as PM is that he’s the champion of the will of the British public standing up to a corrupt and self-serving Parliament that holds the opinions of the British public in contempt.
It’s building on the frustrations of people that politicians don’t care about them, and Boris has used that to cynically craft his image such that this unprecedented and disgusting prorogation of Parliament at a time of deep political and national crisis can be justified as himself trying to stop Parliament from suspending the democratic will of the electorate regarding Brexit.
It’s no coincidence that the people on my social media feeds that I’ve seen most praising Johnson are the exact people who even a year ago were openly saying they don’t vote because politicians are all the same and never listen to anyone.
It’s as obvious as it is fucking disgusting. There is no mandate for a No Deal Brexit, no matter what Johnson, Farage and their rich cronies have managed to convince people they actually voted for when they voted Leave.
Parliament’s job is to legislate in the wellbeing and best interest of the citizens of this country. Their job is not to be held hostage by the fanatical whims of a slim minority of extremists.
Jesus tapdancing Christ are these Tory morons still trying to make the “but trying to stop No Deal makes our negotiating position weaker” argument?
If you need proof that Boris Johnson and Brexit is turning the Tories into a narrow-minded gaggle of extremist lunatics who will gladly sacrifice everything on the sacred altar of No Deal, consider that a couple of years ago some of my friends on social media would have cut their dicks off before posting anything praising the Tories as they were staunch UKIP fans.
Now they’re all sharing every pro-No Deal or pro-Boris shitpost the Conservatives’ official page puts up.
the Johnson Premiership so far:
day one: Johnson loses his first vote in parliament, loses his majority as a Tory MP literally walks over to the opposition bench in the middle of a debate, and then sacks 21 more Tories (including 2 former chancellors and Winston Churchill’s grandson)
day 2: Johnson loses another vote which means he’s legally not allowed to leave the EU without a deal, he then loses his third vote in a row meaning he can’t call a general election.
An MP yells at him in parliament for being a racist which was pretty great, and he completely screws up at PMQs.
MPs also accidentally pass the Kinnock amendment, meaning they’ll probably be voting on Theresa May’s deal for the fourth time.
day 3: (so far) his own brother resigns as an MP because fuck family loyalty
UK politics continue to baffle, with more confusing drama this week. The PM lost his majority of one, with a defection to the Liberal Democratic party. Then Parliament backed a bill to force the PM to ask the EU for an extension to January 31st, if no progress is made by the October deadline (to prevent no deal).
Johnson responded by saying he will call for an election in October. While it was heartening to see the pushback against no deal, an election does not offer any progress towards a deal, just more uncertainty about what the UK negotiating strategy will be.
General election if No Deal gets blocked…. or as any sane fucking person would call it: a win/win scenario.
I will gladly take that offer, thanks. Blocking a disastrous No Deal Brexit and getting a fresh shot at turfing this clown and his gaggle of sycophantic psychopaths out of power.
See also: Shutting down your own democratic government in order to facilitate yanking your nation out of the ‘undemocratic’ European Union.
Merkels Brexit-Fauxpas – derStandard.at:
Apparently Merkel isn’t used to deal with a political counterpart that deliberately twists your words while you still speak them and pliantly lies about what was just said seconds later.
Probably because this is, politically speaking, not a smart move as it never ends well in the long run.
But Boris Johnson doesn’t play the long game. He clearly is incapable of thinking long term. The short term goal is all he has in sight.
Merkel is the most powerful Woman in the world for 15 years now, arguably the most powerful person in Europe. For her the kind of shortsightedness displayed by Johnson is not just alien, it is unthinkable.