It’s another step into dictatorship – and it makes the Labour de-selection row look pale in comparison.
Boris Johnson has said any Conservative MP who votes against his plan for a “no deal” Brexit on October 31 will be barred from standing as a Tory candidate in the next general election.
He’s saying he will end their careers if they do what they think is right for the country. Here‘s The Sun (of all places) reporting it:
ANY Tory MP who votes for the extension legislation next week will not be allowed to stand as a Tory candidate at the next election.
I understand No10 have decided to treat next week’s votes as they would a confidence vote, with anyone not backing the Government being immediately disqualified from standing for the party again. They hope this will keep some Tory waverers in the Government lobby next week.
Dictator Johnson is effectively demanding that his MPs swear personal loyalty to him – in the same way Hitler did in the 1930s, for those of you who need the historical perspective.
This would directly contravene the terms on which they were elected in the first place, of course. Voters elect UK MPs on the basis of how they understand that person will represent their constituency – not their political party, and certainly not that party’s leader.
It is an empty threat. If Mr Johnson is defeated and his government falls, then it is unlikely that he will be the leader of the Conservative Party at the next general election, so he would be unable to ensure that rebels are de-selected.
And they have the balance of power here. If they vote against him, then his government falls – and he would be unable to follow through with his threat.
Also, look how good this makes Labour seem: Jeremy Corbyn’s party has offered constituency members the opportunity to de-select MPs they do not believe are representing them adequately in an entirely democratic process – a stark contrast to Dictator Johnson’s stance.
BoJob’s ultimatum has been met with disgust on the social media (although I’ve only seen a few tweets):
It really is do and die for the anti No Deal Tories. When this is all over what will be left of the Cameron-style liberal Conservatism that won the party a majority in 2015? https://t.co/dDN7qef8Sb
— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) August 31, 2019
— Rita O'Brien #BlackLivesMatter 3.5% (@rita0brien) August 31, 2019
Surely soft(er) Tories will get message resign now to take away working majority = force a GE and at least make being ousted effective
Johnson given them perfect excuse because threat of ejection of what he doesn't like gives validates their right to eject what they don't like
— Miserable Les #PV a COUP: soft-left useful idiots (@MiserableLes1) August 31, 2019
Let's face, if democracy gave us any control over those wielding power it would have been abolished years ago.
— Wear a bloody mask (@CoJoNestles) August 31, 2019
Didn't hear it but it fits with Boris talking about placing members of Brexit Party into safe Tory seats. He wants UK to be a Fascist State.
— NOT MEMBER of STARMERs Tory Tribute Band !!! (@xpressanny) August 31, 2019
And then blame the left.
Got to remember to blame the left! pic.twitter.com/vn9dwIb2td
— Bob (@reezeh) August 31, 2019
That’s not a political party serving/acting on behalf of citizens.. that’s an entourage of followers and fans . That changes the dynamic to the citizens serving the party
— Amanda Ford (@Amanda_4d) August 31, 2019
It's good news if true Claire. When ruling Tory party is TINO then real Tories should not want to stand for it anyway. They should have some cojones & and form a real Tory party that does represent what Tories used to stand for. Current leadership are morphing far right cabal.
— dorneylass (@dorneylass) August 31, 2019
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