Corbyn ‘commanding’ in parliament as Johnson’s government goes into freefall

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson in parliament

Boris Johnson’s government is rapidly going into freefall. Because as the PM was giving a statement in parliament on 3 September, MP Phillip Lee left the Conservative Party, taking away the government’s working majority in the process. Corbyn, meanwhile, ‘commanded the attention’ of the House of Commons.

The Labour leader asked Johnson’s government to “publish no-deal Brexit forecasts, so the public doesn’t have to rely on leaks”. He also slammed the PM’s “unprecedented, anti-democratic and unconstitutional” attempts to force through an exit from the EU with no deal. And he taunted Johnson’s hapless leadership, saying:


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Irish Times reporter Denis Staunton, meanwhile, tweeted about the mood in parliament, insisting:

MP Laura Pidcock echoed these sentiments, saying:

And as the PM lost his majority, even the value of the pound rose:

Stop Boris Johnson’s coup! Stop the Tories!

Corbyn is leading cross-party efforts to stop Johnson and his potentially devastating no-deal Brexit. And on 3 September, he stressed very simply:

Labour wants to prevent a No Deal Brexit, and to have a General Election, so we can end austerity and invest in our communities.

This is a message we need to hold onto. Because while defeating Johnson is the first step, it’s not enough. We need to take Britain back from the cliff edge; and that means getting the Tories out of power. They’ve imposed unnecessary austerity policies, which centrists like the Liberal Democrats enabled. And just one of these policies – cutting public health spending – has led to over 130,000 premature deaths in the UK.

So we need a general election ASAP not just to defeat Johnson, but to elect a truly transformational Corbyn government that will end austerity and bring back hope. That’s what we need. And that’s what we deserve.

Featured image via YouTube – France 24

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    1. Johnson’s style is inappropriate. It’s anachronistic. He seems to think he’s Churchill inspiring the nation to fight the fascists in every corner of the land. As if the people are united over leaving the EU as over defeating Hitler. His bombast, histrionics and music-hall grabbing’em in the one and nines, compares badly to Corbyn’s much calmer and down-to-earth delivery. The Labour front bench has found a way to speak to the common folk on their own level while Johnson continues to talk down to them, as he must given his entitled mentality. His flights of what he thinks of as great oratory bear a creepy resemblance to Mussolini. Too much sound and fury signifying nothing but mendacity and manipulation.
      Don’t forget that behind him is the peculiar Mr Cummings. He has picked up the motto of the cutting-edge digital capitalists: move fast and break things. He fails to grasp that democratic politics is not business. Capitalists can ignore the will of the common folk and pursue what works for their profit; but we’ve seen what happens. What was done in silicon valley can’t be done in the House of Commons. Democracy requires a degree of slowness. It needs compromise and scrutiny and it seldom results in politicians getting all their own way. There is a gross mismatch between what Cummings believes and what can be done democratically. Johnson is a fool to listen to such an adviser. His so-called brilliance is merely being too clever by half. Look at Cummings’ abject failure in business.
      When the election comes, every man and woman who values democracy must work for Johnson’s defeat. The Lib Dems will traduce Corbyn, but who else can go to Downing St? Look at the policies. They are mainstream. They are rational.

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