We knew it was going to happen. Boris Johnson—shambolic racist manifestation of every single thing wrong with the British establishment—has announced that he is writing to the Queen to ask her permission to suspend Parliament in a transparent effort to help him push through the free-market bonfire that will be a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Cue the circle jerk of oligarchical posh boys who have otherwise been bleating nonstop about ‘the will of the people’ and ‘the sovereignty of Parliament’ over the past few years but who will now—in the face of what basically amounts to a posh putsch designed to force through a version of an outcome to a highly divisive topic that nobody voted for—be offering their bloviating support as they prepare to further rob the country blind to line their mates’ pockets. The media will too, no doubt, play their usual stenographer roles as always.
As rumours abound of an election being called imminently, UK Twitter reacted to the news of our very own Emperor Palpatine taking steps to launch a hard-right capitalist free for all that will hit those most already suffering from Tory austerity and that will embed further disastrous inequality for decades to come. Make no mistake: This is the logical conclusion to the years and years of neoliberal assault on working people and the idea of the state as a benevolent socialist actor. The other take of course is that this is simply a ploy to force an election that the Tories hope to win, thus granting them a get out of jail free card as well as an increased mandate for their political project. My one glimmer of hope there would be that the last time a Tory called an election with the goal of a hubristic mandate-extension, she was rewarded with an electoral drubbing like none in recent history and the country was granted the first glimpse of socialist hope in decades. Only time will tell.
Downing St strategy now clear.— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) August 28, 2019
-get through first 2weeks of parliament in September
-new deal at council on 17th October
- survive Queen’s speech because if they don’t they’ll be no deal
-get new deal through days before 31st with terrified Parliament
What it also does, if is to neuter a Queen’s Speech (ie a confidence vote) as a means of stopping Brexit.— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) August 28, 2019
Queen’s Speech October 17th
Followed by 5 days of parliamentary debate
Takes you to October 28th
14 day FTPA period then takes you over October 31st
Our democracy is being stolen by a bunch of millionaires playing politics with our lives.— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) August 28, 2019
Brexit didn’t have to be played as a zero-sum game. There could have been compromise. But, I suppose, a united electorate doesn’t serve the interest of those who’d rather snatch at power. https://t.co/kphA6lG2Fv
Boris Johnson is aiming for a coup against parliament. Against you the voters and your political representatives. For a disastrous No Deal where the only one to benefit is Trump https://t.co/4sz76f0FbP pic.twitter.com/DWamMw3Nhn— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) August 28, 2019
We didn't know what we were voting for in the referendum, but it sure as hell wasn't Boris Johnson instructing the Queen to suspend parliament, allowing a no deal brexit that will cause damage for generations, and benefit only wealthy disaster capitalists!#StopTheCoup— The Lucky Heron 🌍 (@LuckyHeronSay) August 28, 2019
Suspending Parliament to force through a catastrophic no-deal Brexit would be the end of parliamentary democracy. It would be an unprecedented & unconstitutional abuse of power. What is so terrifying is the number of people actually cheering Johnson on https://t.co/ylClma7sIb— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) August 28, 2019
Bercow weighs in - 'this move represents a constitutional outrage. However it is dressed up it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of prorogation now would be to stop Parliament debating Brexit and performing its duty'— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) August 28, 2019
OMG can't wait for the queen to throw shade at Boris Johnson when he asks her to prorogue parliament, by doing as he asks but wearing a jade brooch while doing it.— Caspar Salmon (@CasparSalmon) August 28, 2019
By Jo Swinson refusing to back Jeremy's No confidence in the government plan, she has gifted Boris Johnson the opening he needs to prorogue Parliament & force through his No Deal. Lib Dems, too posh to let the working man & woman have a chance at stopping this mess.— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) August 28, 2019
It's the pause, and the smirk, on fourteen seconds, that encapsulate Boris Johnson so perfectly.— Tom Peck (@tompeck) August 28, 2019
He tries to claim he is proroguing parliament for an urgent domestic agenda that he can't even remember, and can't keep a straight enough face to style out his own lies. pic.twitter.com/m1oD16DEAi
Are we calling it a coup d’etat or at least a coup attempt in UK yet, @BBCNews?— Sunny Singh (@sunnysingh_n6) August 28, 2019
Asking for all the former colonies where you would have jumped to use those words.
it should be obvious by now that what’s happening in the UK is not an aberration but part of a global political crisis and there will only be more stuff like this as we slide towards climate collapse— edit (@multiplebears) August 28, 2019
This aged well. https://t.co/mTZyWzrlIH— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) August 28, 2019
"The idea of a PM saying 'I think I would lose a vote therefore I will shut down Parliament using ancient powers invested in the Queen' is completely unacceptable"— dave M ❄️ 🥕 (@davemacladd) August 27, 2019
Keir Starmer cuts through the usual Humphrys blathering
Absolutely everything Johnson is doing is setting up a general election which casts him as an anti-establishment 'believer in Britain' fighting against a status quo parliament. It's utterly transparent and it's been entirely predictable.— How Upsetting (@How_Upsetting) August 28, 2019
On 13 March 1920, a junta of nationalist officials and Reichswehr officers tried to launch a coup vs the Weimar Republic. What brought it down? A 12 million strong general strike called by social democrats and communists.— Dr Marius Ostrowski (@mariusostrowski) August 28, 2019
Learn from the Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch. #generalstrike now! https://t.co/yt2XhYeQ9A
Prepare for a possible election being called next Thursday, 5th September, for 17th October. Those six weeks will be the fight of our lives to take wealth and power back from a greedy, entitled Establishment that looks only after its own - and has brought the country to disaster.— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) August 28, 2019
The United Kingdom is not a dictatorship. @BorisJohnson is acting like a dictator and must be stopped.— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) August 28, 2019
ALL MPs who believe in our democracy must work with @JeremyCorbyn.
The time for game-playing & political point scoring is over.
This is dangerous & unconstitutional.
If you're disabled or poor the UK has been more of a fascist state than a democracy for quite a few years, maybe we should've cared about this earlier idk— 🌸hot girl midsommar🔥 (@Hanna_Jameson) August 28, 2019
Make no mistake, this is a very British coup. Whatever one’s views on Brexit, once you allow a Prime Minister to prevent the full and free operation of our democratic institutions you are on a very precarious path. https://t.co/9kwmw8i6E1— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) August 28, 2019
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