Boris Johnson just spoke such sickening words in parliament, even Kuenssberg recoiled in horror

Laura Kuenssberg and Boris Johnson
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CORRECTION: This article originally stated that Johnson replied “I never heard such humbug in all my life” to Jo Cox’s successor. In fact, he said it to Cox’s friend, Paula Sherriff MP, whose constituency neighbours Batley and Spen. The article was corrected at 10.00am on 26 September.

Boris Johnson has been widely condemned after appearing to diminish the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. Cox’s friend and neighbouring MP Paula Sherriff asked the PM to reconsider his use of “dangerous” language like the “Surrender Act” in relation to Brexit in light of Cox’s murder by a far-right extremist in June 2016. Johnson replied: “I never heard such humbug in all my life.” He then went on to claim that the best way to honour the memory of Jo Cox, a renowned pro-EU MP, would be to deliver Brexit. The remarks drew criticism from across the political spectrum, and even BBC Chief Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

Murdered by the far right

In June 2016, Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally and publicly murdered by a right-wing fanatic. His diet of right-wing propaganda was a motivating factor in his attack. This tragedy proved that the right-wing lie machine does not just destroy reputations, it destroys lives.

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It comes as little surprise then to find just how deeply these remarks shocked and appalled politicians, journalists and voters alike.

Time to say goodbye

Boris Johnson is an unelected PM, serving only on the patronage of fellow Conservative MPs. He is yet to pass a single bill through parliament. And yet he has managed to debase the House of Commons and the country, with a callousness that would make Theresa May wince. First, by unlawfully proroguing parliament in efforts to secure a no-deal Brexit for which nobody voted. And now, to bluster through the calamitous aftermath by trampling on the memory of a murdered MP. It is time for this mop-headed proto-fascist to leave the stage. Resign Boris Johnson. It might be the most significant contribution you make to this country.

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    1. The attempted Coup d’Etat continues. It is essential to see it for what it is. Too much rope being given to these Fascists. Watching Rees-Mogg smirking was disgusting.

      I just watched the BBC series “The Rise of the Nazis”. Johnson and his fellow fascists must have used it as their instruction manual.

      Johnson recently met with the heads of the armed forces.

      We’d better wake up. We’re sleepwalking into a Fascist Dictatorship.

    2. “Boris Johnson just spoke such sickening words in parliament, even Kuenssberg recoiled in horror”? Didn’t this same ‘Kuenssberg’ recoil in horror at a past Labour Party conference when she enlisted ‘police escorts’ to accompany her while she perambulated about during her media nosying within ‘an anti-semitic Labour Party’ as we have been so led to believe she and her ilk have sought to cause vilifications against Labour and, more specifically, the Labour leader as being an anti-Semite? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/laura-kuenssberg-labour-party-conference-bodyguards-bbc-politics-editor-online-abuse-social-media-a7965301.html

    3. The Tories are their own enemies now, They are doing what an official opposition can’t really do. The end of this true zombie party can’t be far away now.
      A General Election ought to drive a wooden stake into the heart of this phantasmagoric creature of the political darkness. What a fantasy this Brexit discussion has become. It appears to be so real it frightens people.
      Insanity is a scary thing , and my guess people will vote to move away from it by tossing this darkness out with the trash.
      Why I’m so foolish with this bizarre hope I have no idea.

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