McDonnell says ‘dictator’ Johnson running No 10 like Bullingdon Club

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has labelled Boris Johnson a “dictator” in a speech ahead of the spending review.

McDonnell said the prime minister is running Downing Street like the Bullingdon Club, an elite group of Oxford students attended by both Johnson and former PM David Cameron. He accused Johnson of “treating us like serfs” and warned that the public would not tolerate his controversial decision to suspend parliament for more than a month.

MPs’ powers will be effectively suspended from 12 September until the Queen’s Speech on 14 October after the Queen ratified Johnson’s request for a suspension of more than four weeks – the longest ‘prorogation’ in modern memory.

“I don’t think the British people will tolerate that”

Hayes and Harlington MP McDonnell said:

I just give Boris Johnson this warning, really.

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Trying to undermine the very institution that people have given their lives for, to secure this democracy – to try to undermine that flies in the face of a whole history and centuries of democratic advancement in this country.

I don’t think the British people will tolerate that. They have stood up to dictators before and they will stand up to this one as well.

He also confirmed that Labour would keep the option of a no-confidence vote in the government “on the table” in a bid to stop a no-deal Brexit. And he said Johnson has now “mobilised a majority” against his own administration in the House of Commons.

Addressing the media and party supporters at Church House in Westminster, he predicted there could be an election as soon as October or November.

He also called chancellor Sajid Javid’s one-year spending review a “panic-driven stunt Budget” with the aim of “shifting enough votes to get them into power” at the next election. But he stressed that “grandiose announcements” from the PM about forthcoming money for the NHS, education and policing proved “austerity was always a political choice, not an economic necessity”.

“Telling the truth about the poverty created by the Conservatives”

McDonnell insisted:

The new Prime Minister seems to have dazzled some people with his boosterism and clowning.

If you enjoy clowns my advice is go to the circus, don’t put them in No 10, in charge of our country.

He tells us all to be more optimistic whilst labelling as ‘doomsters’ those who don’t fall for his routine.

Try telling that to children who have just spent the summer scavenging in bins for food – according to the Childhood Trust – because they can’t afford to eat without free school meals.

Tell that to those being housed in shipping containers due – according to the Children’s Commissioner for England – to a shortage of affordable housing, cuts to Universal Credit and the housing benefit freeze.

He added:

Look, telling the truth about the poverty created by the Conservatives isn’t ‘running Britain down’.

And solving those problems won’t come from crossing our fingers, hoping for the best and trusting the Tories with our public services.

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