It’s the top trend on Twitter today – but strangely the BBC doesn’t mention it on its website, despite having discussed it on Newsnight yesterday.
I refer of course to page 48 of the Conservative Party manifesto: Boris Johnson’s plan to end democracy in the UK and install a dictatorship, with him as the head fascist.
It is couched in words that almost make the plan seem reasonable – Tories often try to lull voters into false security.
So while the manifesto states: “We will get rid of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act – it has led to paralysis at a time the country needed decisive action,” it means: We will impose an indefinite Conservative government.
While it states: “We will ensure that judicial review is available to protect the rights of the individuals against an overbearing state, while ensuring that it is not abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays,” it means: We will impose a Conservative dictatorship that the courts cannot stop from acting illegally.
And while it states: “We will update the Human Rights Act and administrative law to ensure that there is a proper balance between the rights of individuals, our vital national security and effective government,” it means: We will remove your right to protest against our dictatorship and if you try to stop us, we will use the police and the armed forces to PUT YOU DOWN.
If you vote Conservative on December 12, that is what you are demanding.
Look at #page48 of the Conservative manifesto: Boris Johnson is clearly trying to turn this country into a dictatorship by undermining the legal frameworks that protect us all, to shore up Tory power 🚫
— TheLuckyHeron 🌍 (@LuckyHeronSay) December 5, 2019
The Conservatives have put a clause into their manifesto that basically says: We'll make sure the courts can't stop us acting unlawfully again.
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) December 5, 2019
The rise of Hitler was possible because of article 48 of the Weimar Constitution which allowed the executive government to bypass parliament with emergency powers.
— John Spiers (@squeezyjohn) December 5, 2019
The above clip shows the Tories don’t want to talk about it. They know what it means and they want to point you in any other direction.
But it seems the cat is out of the bag.
One of the first things Johnson will do if he gets a majority is pass an amendment which will make him above the law. That means no matter what his govt does there is no way it can be stopped. If that doesn’t scare you what will. That’s what dictators do! #page48
— Kate Wilton (@KateWilton1) December 4, 2019
If you vote for the @conservatives in the #GeneralElection2019 then you’re willingly giving the most brutal, dishonest & sadistic people the ability to make themselves unaccountable to anyone.
They intend to remove the courts ability to prevent illegal & dangerous policy.#Page48
— Johanna Saunders 3.5% ⚫️🕷🏴🐟🌊 (@JohannaSaunders) December 4, 2019
I’m posting this again because I find it deeply troubling; a buried paragraph in Con manifesto basically saying if they win they have a blank cheque to change EVERYTHING. Mustn’t happen. Why is no one challenging them on what this paragraph means? pic.twitter.com/OqiZZTXV5j
— Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) November 30, 2019
#page48 is in the manifesto.
That means it can pass very easily.
It can be presented by the Tories in all manner of ways.
It will be very difficult to oppose.
It can put the government above the law.
— Spooky "It's Serco Track & Trace not NHS" Head 😷 (@Spoonhead8) December 4, 2019
The message is clear:
A vote for the Conservatives is a vote to end the rule of law.
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