Johnson to ask for a general election again on Monday

Boris Johnson: He has been defeated in every Parliamentary vote since he became prime minister. Now, it seems he is setting himself up for another fall.

Boris Johnson’s government has announced that it will ask MPs to vote again on whether to have an early general election, on Monday (September 9).

It seems the strategy is to dangle the carrot of a general election on October 15 in front of Labour’s partners-in-opposition, like the SNP or the Liberal Democrats.

But would a majority Tory government find a way to reverse Parliament’s decision to block a “no deal” Brexit?

Or would the Tories play to lose, in order to dump a Labour government with a mess made by David Cameron, Nigel Farage, Theresa May and BoJob – and blame the result on Jeremy Corbyn?

That may prove attractive to Jo Swinson, who is on record as wanting to do anything to avoid a Labour government under Mr Corbyn. And it may also attract Ian Blackford, whose SNP will want to stave off challenges north of the border from a revitalised, left-wing Scottish Labour.

The opposition parties are known to be in negotiations every day as developments take place, in order to present a united front against Mr Johnson’s minority government.

It seems likely they have a very long weekend ahead of them.

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9 thoughts on “Johnson to ask for a general election again on Monday

  1. randombloke

    No love lost for any of them, but my first thought when they started talking about a GE was whether this would be an “Election to lose” because of the mess things are at the moment as well.

  2. Growing Flame

    I am desperate for a Labour government but we need to choose our moment. I would be happy to have a GE in late January. By then:—

    * “No deal” will be clearly off the table
    * BoJob will have been swinging in the wind as much as possible with nothing achieved
    * the new EU rules about the wealthy having to reveal the location of all their cash for tax purposes will have kicked in.

    Meanwhile, I fear that BoJob and his precious Brexit is retaining almost cult-like status amongst a desperate 30-40% of the voters. Nothing deters them. Every revelation about the damage of Brexit, every example of Johnson’s incompetence or Rees-Mogg’s arrogance bounces off with no effect. They cling to their fantasies like drowning men clutching at straws marked “Lifeboat”. It will take a long time to change this mindset.
    At least, by January, the shine will have gone off the Johnson career.

  3. Grey Swans

    In your article here, there came up a picture advert promoting the Tory PPC for Stafford, as the sitting Tory MP Jeremy Lefroy is not standing again in next general election. So even on your blog, peoples’ location is being logged, and the Tories electioneering at us. And Stafford is doomed as, it appears, Theodora Clarke is Mr Rees-Mogg’s niece.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Yes, the ad server works out where you are and serves up advertising that is appropriate to the area. I can’t help what appears, I’m afraid.

  4. Jack Pottinger

    One way he could get around the issue of not being able to get a 2/3rds majority. He could call a vote of no confidence in himself and his government. Meaning labour would have to vote for confidence in him (or more likely abstain). Alternatively he could bring in a law “notwithstanding the Fixed Term Parliaments Act” but because he’s prorogued parliament he hasn’t now got time (or backing) to force it through!

  5. J Edington

    “challenges north of the border from a revitalised, left-wing Scottish Labour”.

    Much as I agree that Boris is at it, as usual, and an election should be held back until no-deal is securely off the table, the above quote really had me in stitches. Revitalised? Leonard might be left-wing but he is also a total laughing-stock, a leader of a devolved branch of a party who, after a while in position, still fails to understand what is devolved and what is not.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Would anybody with experience of Scottish Labour – preferably from the inside – like to rebut Joan’s statement? Or is she right?

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