Boris Johnson on the brink as literally no one buys his excuse for suspending parliament

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It looks like Boris Johnson’s premiership is in a very precarious position. Only a small percentage of the public buys his excuse for suspending parliament according to new polling from IPSOS Mori. Johnson claims he is suspending parliament to sort out the NHS and knife crime. But only 13% of the public buys this excuse.

As indicated above, little over 1 in 10 believe that Johnson is looking out for the NHS and knife crime. 70%, meanwhile, selected the other option, which is that the Conservative leader is trying to stop MPs blocking a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

Johnson’s real aim

But there’s a deeper rationale for Johnson’s strategy. Johnson has been remarkably inconsistent in his views on the EU. In fact, the Tory leader argued fundamentally on the opposite side of the debate almost right up until the 2016 EU referendum.

As late as February 2016, Johnson said:

leaving would cause at least some business uncertainty, while embroiling the Government for several years in a fiddly process of negotiating new arrangements, so diverting energy from the real problems of this country – low skills, low social mobility, low investment etc – that have nothing to do with Europe

What Johnson has been consistent with is whatever benefits his career at the time. Only a month after saying this, and the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruslip and his advisors had apparently reinvented millionaire Johnson as a Brexiteer Tory leader in waiting. In March 2016, Johnson had changed his tune indeed:

ignore the pessimists and the merchants of doom…

I think we can strike a deal as the Canadians have done based on trade and getting rid of tariffs. It’s a very, very bright future I see

This is not the only time Johnson has articulated opposing positions on the EU within a matter of months. Upon becoming an overnight leader of Leave, Johnson said in March 2016 that Britain leaving the European Union would be:

like the jailer has accidentally left the door of the jail open and people can see the sunlit land beyond. And everybody is suddenly wrangling about the terrors of the world outside. Actually it would be wonderful. It would be a huge weight lifted from British business

Yet only a handful of months before, in August 2015, the descendant of King George II said:

My ideal world is, we’re there, we’re in the EU, trying to make it better.

This flipflopping suggests that Johnson is less concerned about Brexit and more about his own career prospects. Because he switched to supporting Leave when it became politically convenient to do so. Now, Johnson has to appear to be doing everything he can to deliver Brexit to prevent Conservative voters flocking to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

Majority also think suspending parliament is unacceptable

The majority of the public are also not okay with Johnson suspending parliament full stop. 47% of respondents to YouGov on 28 August said that suspending parliament in the run up to Brexit is “not acceptable”, while only 27% thought it was.

Almost as many, 26%, opted for “don’t know”. Given Johnson suspending parliament is an unprecedented assault on democracy, things could get worse for the prime minister.

Johnson plans to suspend parliament from “no earlier than Monday 9 September and no later than Thursday 12 September, until Monday 14 October”. While the BBC has suggested this is a normal occurrence, the opposite is true. Johnson’s suspension of up to 35 days is the longest since 1945. This will have huge consequences. Although Johnson’s ministers cannot bring in brand new (primary) legislation, they can continue changing legislation that was previously delegated to them.

Additionally, with a suspended parliament, the Conservative government will no longer face the scrutiny of the Commons, the Lords, accountability of ministerial questioning, or select committees. This is different to the normal procedure of recess where select committees can still meet to evaluate policy. And this is happening right before the risk of a Conservative-administered no-deal Brexit.

Johnson simply suspending the Commons has exposed that UK law doesn’t even uphold basic parliamentary democracy. As the reality of what is happening becomes clearer, Johnson’s extraordinary move may well turn more people against him. Johnson, the unelected descendant of King George II, is on the brink.

Featured image via Boris Johnson/ WikiCommons

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    1. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. Otherwise known as “Bogus Johnson”. Just another example of the wealthy doing what the wealthy do. Protect their wealth.

      It’s time to send him packing, along with all the other wealthy, public school chumps that are screwing the British public out of their livelihood and welfare.

      1. We must remain very mindful. What’s there to stop Johnson declaring a state of emergency, when Parliament is shut down, and then calling a general election, using his powers?
        I hope he can’t, but would love to know the Opposition has this covered. Very Worried!!!!!!!!

    2. At this point they should just cut to the chase and install bannon or better yet mercer as pm, they don’t have to get voted in, as is becoming traditional here, save having to deal with their lackeys, then they can get on with the important business of destroying the planet.

    3. If proroguing parliament is such a good idea why lie about it? Is there some reaso why Tory ministers blatantly lie to camera about the rationale behind it? The Moog claimed it was all to do with providing the public with “cheap food, cheap clothes & cheap shoes”…which begins the queston did the Queen know he was lying and what would her Maj’s response have been if PM Corbyn had popped the question…most likely we’d be having a general election.

      1. I as a free voter do be-leave what could be behind the Tory Govt members all lying to us public + voters Is when Boris closes Parliment down he will go to E.U. and sign OFF,On the old W/BILL of Ms May with backstop in it fully un changed.
        so cannot have Parlimet or over parties in H.O.C. looking at the new so called
        NEW BORIS W/BIILL as he dose not have one now.
        And when it too late to hold Boris + Tory Minister to account,
        he and Tory Govt members + D.U.P. party in this crime will sell out all the leave voters plus the U.K. to E.U. forevery.
        FINALLY!
        To Boris if what I have posted here is not going to unfold in time?
        telll us voter + residents of U.K. Scotland/Wales N/Ireland the truth
        Or hold a new G.E. possibaly in SEPT Nov time frame and we voters
        will sort out the E.U. mess for every and possibaly remove
        Tory Govt from power as well at the same time Boris.

    4. Boris Johnson on the brink as literally no one buys his excuse for suspending parliament

      LOOK like Boris may or could have taken over the Mirror paper now? And possibly or maybe or could have Ordered Mirror to remove them?
      As my comments or post are being removed by the Mirror
      Boss every day So in a sense they are stopping my freedom of speech now possibly on Orders for Tory Govt.
      This below is the post they removed today why?
      //////
      https://www.mirror.co.uk/
      LINK to post 1.9.2019–+++++++++++++

      Police killer who mowed down officer back,
      behind wheel with no insurance or tax
      //
      This mess here is of Tory Govt Minister making ONLY.
      By changing the rules of law Not knowing the outcome of the laws in court cases, I ask myself is he a Tory party funder. If so, he could walk free every time he breaks the laws under Tory Govt new laws.
      We see this every day now if you support Govt you may get benefits no matter what cost to the rest of us residents in U.K./Wales /N-Ireland /Scotland.
      Will he be re-arrested and charged again for driving a car + breaking the law?? (more taxpayer cash wasted)
      By Govt Minister by them changing the rules of law and not protecting us all from IDIOTS like him

    5. So what your saying Roy is that Johnson will using the proroguing not to go for a no deal but to accept the discredited May deal back stop and all, Once it is signed off I can’t see anyone having the energy to re-open the deal. Food for thought.

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