Gove has implied Dictator Johnson may ignore the most important part of the UK’s constitution

Partners in crime? Boris Johnson may ignore the sovereign will of Parliament in his desperation to force the UK into a “no deal” Brexit – and it seems Michael Gove will help him all the way.

If you didn’t know already, please take note that in the United Kingdom, Parliament is the supreme legal authority. It is sovereign – not the government of the day.

Parliamentary sovereignty is the most important principle of the UK’s constitution – as the website makes clear.

So when Michael Gove told Andrew Marr that Boris Johnson’s government may ignore Parliamentary decisions that the Dictator doesn’t like, it is clear that we now have a potentially criminal administration.

Notice how Gove steamrolled over Mr Marr’s attempts to ask further questions, as well. He didn’t want to be nailed down, which suggests that the decision has already been made.

It has not been welcomed.

Professor Brian Cox (the TV scientist) exclaimed on Twitter: “This statement – that the government may decide not to obey the law – confirms that the current minority government is dangerous. Every MP with integrity from any party must stop them this coming week. This is no longer about Brexit – that can be dealt with afterwards.”

He was absolutely right. A criminal government cannot be tolerated and must be stopped.

“Folks, this is what dictatorships look and sound like,” tweeted the account dedicated to the late, great Labour activist and author Harry Leslie Smith.

But Owen Jones put a brighter spin on it: “If any good is coming from the Boris Johnson era – which I realise is a desperate start to a sentence – it’s lots of liberals waking up to how fundamentally broken and undemocratic the system actually is.”

So we are left facing a potentially cataclysmic week in UK politics.

First we will find out if Parliament will gain the right to set the agenda via a “section 24” motion.

Then we must see if a Bill ruling out a “no deal” Brexit is passed.

And finally, will the government abide by such a law?

But the most fundamental question of all must surely be: What will we do if Boris Johnson refuses to accept the sovereign will of Parliament and tries to dictate what the UK does? If he actually does assume the role of dictator, how do we stop him?

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10 thoughts on “Gove has implied Dictator Johnson may ignore the most important part of the UK’s constitution

  1. Zippi

    Well, I didn’t hear him say that he would ignore it, as the media suggested, just that he wouldn’t affirm, saying that he would have to wait to see what was put forward in the legislation. Regardless of what he say, or doesn’t say, there is no choice, if the law is passed, it really is that simple. If there is one thing that I have learnt, is it that, certainly since the days of John Pym, U.K. politics have been all about game playing, scheming, one-upmanship, skullduggery, dirty tricks, collusion and plotting. I was a fool to think that there was integrity in politics. Everybody is trying to outdo everybody else by whatever means possible.

  2. Carol Fraser

    Please stop referring to the UK’s Constitution. The UK does not have one and is badly in need of one. The country is governed by rule of law or statute

    1. Zippi

      It has no WRITTEN Constitution, in the same way that America’s United States have one but there is a Constitution. I was made aware of this, only last year… or was it this? You can find details of it on Parliament’s website.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        That’s right – it’s enshrined in several documents, rather than one – and in historical convention.

  3. trev

    Yeah, I was kinda thinking along the same lines as Owen Jones, Boris is almost doing us a favour by exposing and revealing to the masses what many of us have known and been saying for years, that Democracy is an illusion, a sham, and now a shambles, the rich ruling elite have it all stitched up and will walk all over our ‘Rights’ at every given opportunity. Even Plato described Democracy as an imperfect society (as it leads to the rise of the popular champion – Trump, Farage, Boris? – and paves the way to Tyranny) and those in places of high influence in the past (e.g. Manly P. Hall) have admitted that Democracy is merely a stop-gap along the way to either total control or what is seen as ‘Synthesis’ in terms of the Hegelian Dialectic being applied to the Left-Right paradigm of Democracy.

    1. Zippi

      Should we have kept the Monarchy, then? In parts of Africa, where the Monarchy was removed, by the European powers, corruption now reigns.

  4. Mark C

    I was especially troubled by Gove’s choice of words in this interview. When asked about possible food shortages, he said that the people will have “the food they need”. Now, I don’t know about you, but ‘need’ is not the same as ‘want’ and doesn’t necessarily suggest the choice we currently enjoy. I can’t help but think Gove’s just covered his arse should scarcity, rationing and Soviet-style queues become the norm following a possible no deal Brexit.

  5. Mark Bevis

    Arrest under a Section 13 of the Mental Health Act should be sufficient to keep Boris looked up indefinitely. we’d just need a doctor’s note regarding his sanity and real threat of harm to himself and others.

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