For the past three years us political pundits have looked at America and wondered how bad a basket case it has become. And how those mistakes would never be repeated elsewhere.
Well Britain has gone all hold my warm ale for me and are trying to make the United States look well run and competent.
Boris Johnson has just lost his sixth vote in six days in Parliament. He should be more careful.
The no deal brexit law has passed and has been given the royal assent. And Parliament spited him by not declaring no confidence in his Government, knowing that this would result in him getting his desired election.
And the speaker Jonathan Bercoe has caused outrage by insisting that the majority in Parliament should actually determine what happens in the United Kingdom.
Who ever heard of such insanity?
Unfortunately Bercoe has decided to announce his resignation as speaker. But not before he has described Johnson’s actions as an act of executive fiat.
"This is not a normal prorogation" – Commons Speaker John Bercow makes his views clear as Parliament is prorogued until the middle of October pic.twitter.com/cVqKa9VDpj— BBC Parliament (@BBCParliament) September 10, 2019
And Johnson is trying to stop the full release of documents and social media messages between Government MPs even though Parliament has ordered it.
From the Guardian:
… Johnson moved to stop parliament sitting for five weeks and repeatedly refused to countenance any delay to leaving the EU, even though the bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit on 31 October passed into law on Monday and MPs refused him a general election before that date.
Johnson was also defiant about parliament’s vote, by 311 to 302, for him to publish Operation Yellowhammer documents detailing the government’s no-deal Brexit plans, after a leaked version from early August warned of possible food and medicine shortages.
The motion, brought by former Tory MP Dominic Grieve, also directed Johnson to disclose messages relating to the suspension of parliament sent by his senior adviser, Dominic Cummings and various other aides on WhatsApp, Facebook, other social media and both their personal and professional phones. Grieve said he had information from public officials that such correspondence contained a “scandal”.
But Downing Street sources suggested Johnson’s advisers would resort to legal action rather than hand over their communications. Any refusal to comply could put them and the government in contempt of parliament.
This is not going to end well. A right wing executive refusing to abide by the rule of law or a Parliamentary majority is going to threaten Great Britain’s democratic system.
I suspect this will end up in the Courts. Bring popcorn.