Parliament has been cleared of sceptical Tories – the new mob are Johnson’s ‘yes’-people

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Parliament is failing: the new intake of Tory ‘yes’ people don’t have the guts to challenge Johnson’s attacks on democracy.

Guardian reader named Les Bright has made a very useful observation about democracy in the Johnson ministry: there isn’t any.

We cannot trust our Tory MPs to challenge undemocratic or despotic behaviour by Boris Johnson and his government because all the – let’s call them – sceptical Conservatives were purged in the last Parliament for challenging him over Brexit. They have gone.

So analyses of the lies and failings of Johnson’s current government are wrong to suggest that we must rely on “Conservatives with consciences” to administer the checks and balances we have previously expected of Parliament; they simply don’t exist in the 2020s.

This Writer’s own MP is a Tory, and she is a fawning toady who dutifully files through the lobbies at the whim of her master Johnson while fobbing off any queries from her electorate with form letters that are most likely typed up from a template by an intern.

Mr Bright’s letter suggests that people like Fay Jones are unlikely to raise their heads above the parapet until matters have degenerated much further and they have no alternative.

But they are unlikely to judge the moment correctly. By then, we will most likely have passed the point of no return.

Source: Lies, suspicion and silence in the Tory party | Boris Johnson | The Guardian

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1 thought on “Parliament has been cleared of sceptical Tories – the new mob are Johnson’s ‘yes’-people

  1. Growing Flame

    This is uncannily like the situation with Trump in America.
    Yes, there are now some Republicans coming out of the woodwork to criticise him. They even call for a vote for Biden.
    But hardly any of them are actual, elected Republicans . Just about all the actual Republican Congress people or Senators vote unanimously for anything that Trump proposes, no matter how nasty or daft, or both. They don’t dare do otherwise for fear of losing voter support.

    Their Party is smaller than before, but the members are 100% Trumpist so they have to be placated.
    The Tory Party is also getting smaller in membership but that membership, bolstered by UKIP/Brexit Party returnees,is more extreme than ever. Again, it will take a lot of failure before they begin to abandon their leader, “good old Boris”. I suspect that the “men in grey suits ” that still run the Tory Party and who are uncomfortable with the swivel-eyed idealists like Cummings, may give Johnson the chop long before the members see the need. Rather like they did to Thatcher.
    But for them to do that, we would need an active and vociferous Opposition Party that clearly explains where the Tories are so toxic, not just incompetent. The jury is out on that!

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