On the day when Haitian president – and, some say, dictator – Jovenel Moise was shot dead in his own home, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was labelled a “tinpot dictator” in the House of Commons. Do you think the parallel will prompt a rethink?
Moise was accused of being a dictator because he did not hold elections when he was expected to – including legislative elections. As I understand it, this meant Haiti has been left without lawmakers since 2019 and he had been ruling by decree for the past two years.
According to The Guardian,
Allegations of an attempted coup – which Moïse said included plans to murder him – marked the latest episode in his controversial period in power that has been characterised by fraudulent elections, protests, economic hardship, repression and rampant corruption.
Does that seem familiar to you?
In February this year he claimed an attempt to kill him and overthrow his government had been foiled, arresting 23 people including a top judge and a senior police officer and using police to put down political protests after they became violent.
Does that remind you of the Johnson regime?
The SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, referred to Johnson as a “tinpot dictator” during Prime Minister’s Questions, when he raised the Tory government’s plan for vote-rigging by introducing a system in which voters will have to provide a specific form of identification before being allowed to take part in elections.
Mr Blackford said, “It’s easier to get re-elected if the government can choose the voters rather than the voters choosing the government.”
(I note that Voter ID will not be introduced for elections here in Wales. The Labour-run government here rightly states that electoral fraud is practically nonexistent and could disenfranchise millions of voters in the UK.)
Looking at Haiti, it is easy to see where interference with elections can lead.
Oh, I know what you’re thinking:
“It couldn’t happen here.” Really?
I bet you can think of at least one person in the UK who has died under mysterious circumstances that may have been politically-motivated – and may have been covered up in subsequent inquiries. I can.
It could happen here, just as it could happen in Haiti – as soon as Johnson outlives his usefulness.
And he’s not doing very well with his plan to spread new variants of Covid-19 by lifting social distancing rules, is he?
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