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Even the Queen didn’t look like she believed her speech

The Queen’s speech: the only part of it that sparkled was her jewellery.

Parliament has just undergone its most underwhelming State Opening – possibly ever – with a speech delivered by a gimlet-eyed Queen who sounded like she didn’t believe a word she was saying.

And what she said was vague beyond expression.

Here’s the first bit, about Brexit:

(If you can’t see the video, it’s on Twitter here.)

And here’s the rest of it:

It was a speech that will have satisfied very few people apart from Boris Johnson’s sycophants.

It contained nothing on alleviating poverty, nothing on productivity, nothing on the causes of crime.

Nothing for the WASPI women.

Poor measures on education.

Climate change was included at the end, as an afterthought.

And none of it is likely to be enacted in any case.

It was a stunt by Boris Johnson to distract from his Brexit bungling, that has already been rightly described as disrespectful of the Queen.

And she knew it.

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‘Sack me if you dare’? Johnson will be lucky if the Queen doesn’t send him to the Tower

Boris Johnson and the Queen: She should be slapping him in the face, not shaking his hand.

Beleaguered Boris Johnson will dare the Queen to sack him rather than quit over Brexit , it’s claimed.

If reports in the Sunday Times (quoted above by the Mirror) are accurate, Boris Johnson is showing the ultimate contempt for the British way of life. The Queen should do much worse than sack him.

He is insulting the Queen in the worst possible way – by suggesting that she is nothing but a figurehead with no real influence at all, and that she will not dismiss him from his job as prime minister because she is his puppet.

It seems he believes that if he takes one of any number of possible courses to an illegal “no deal” Brexit, then rather than sack him outright, the Queen will call a general election – which is exactly what he wants.

He believes he would win, and then he would be able to force whatever he wants on a population of 66 million victims – including a deal with Donald Trump’s America that will scrap your human rights, your environmental protections, and food safety standards.

All of this merely reinforces the claim that BoJob is not working in the interests of the nation, but is serving the demands of a shadowy gang of hedge fund bosses who financed his campaign to be Tory leader and are now betting on a “no deal” Brexit being a disaster in the hope making billions of pounds from our misery.

Taking all that into account, Her Majesty would be ill-advised to do anything other than sack Boris Johnson.

If she allows him to continue, she will be making the Royal Family complicit in his scheme.

And if she avoids sacking him by calling a general election, she will still bring herself and the constitution into disrepute, as she will have failed to stop a rogue prime minister and a criminal government.

Mr Johnson has already disrespected the Queen twice; first when he misled her into proroguing Parliament on a basis that was overturned by the courts, and then then he failed to apologise and resign over that debacle.

Will this be the third strike that takes him out of power?

Source: Boris Johnson ‘will dare Queen to sack him’ rather than quit over Brexit – Mirror Online

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Prorogation: Has Johnson even bothered to ask the Queen if she’ll allow it?

It’s “duper’s delight” yet again: It seems Boris Johnson thinks he can fool the Queen into giving him a free Party Election Broadcast. Wouldn’t she rather get her reserve powers out and sack him, instead?

Boris Johnson is planning to prorogue Parliament again next week, according to the political correspondents on the mainstream news. But they’ve been very quiet about whether the Queen will let him.

I made the point a couple of days ago that he brought exactly no new policies to the Conservative conference, yet now he is saying he wants to shut down Parliament for a further three debating days – on top of the 10 or more that were lost in the illegal prorogation – and re-open it with a Queen’s Speech detailing a new legislative programme. Is he delusional?

Private Eye certainly seems to believe Her Majesty is likely to cast a jaundiced eye over any future proposals from the man we call BoJob.

According to Beastrabban, “The magazine’s ‘Court Circular’ … covers the fall-out from Lady Hale’s judgement, including the Queen’s immense displeasure at hearing that the judges concluded that sovereignty lay with parliament and the orders written in her own hand were absolutely valueless. But she is also angry with Dictator J. Peasemold Johnson for not defending her in this fiasco. The mag’s correspondent, ‘Flunkey’, writes

“Johnson’s phone call with Brenda later on Judgment Day was similarly perplexing. He had part-blustered, part-charmed Brenda into believing his vision of a prorogational paradise and presented her with legal opinions to back up his case. But lawyers can be found to argue that black is white if someone is paying them to. Brenda bowed to Johnson’s demands because she had no choice. But it is the job of prime ministers to protect a monarch who has no voice, and that is what Johnson failed to do. Worse, he didn’t even try very hard. The palace had assumed that Johnson’s phone call, with officials listening in on both sides, would consist of an apology and a request that she return to London to accept his resignation. But no. Despite briefings to the contrary from Downing Street, Johnson merely told her he “deeply and sincerely” regretted the supreme court’s decision… and that was it.

“Things look set to change now that the Supremes have sung. The palace will not indulge Johnson so readily in future. A normal state opening of parliament this month has been almost impossible: what if Lady Hale and her colleagues were to conclude that the Queen’s Speech, too, was written in invisible ink? Private audiences between Brenda and Johnson may become not so private, with suggestions they should be recorded in some form and stored in the archives just in case. And it is possible that a very reluctant Brenda might be talked into using her untested reserve powers to act in a crisis by dissolving parliament or sacking the prime minister.”

And then there’s this, from The Independent: If a Queen’s Speech is made within weeks of an expected general election, will it not assume the characteristics of a Party Political Broadcast for the Johnson government?

After the prorogation fiasco, Her Majesty is unlikely to take kindly to that!

The article states: “Boris Johnson will be using the Queen ‘to make a Conservative Party political broadcast’ if he launches a new session of parliament just weeks before a general election, a constitutional expert is warning.

“The prime minister is being urged not to ‘further abuse her position’ – after the embarrassment of the Queen’s signature being used to shut down parliament before being declared unlawful by the Supreme Court.

“Mr Johnson’s new plan is to prorogue parliament for just a few days, to allow a Queen’s Speech on 14 October when the monarch will set out his flagship domestic legislation amid huge pomp and ceremony.”

It quotes Professor Robert Hazell of the constitution unit at University College London as follows: “The Queen’s Speech will be not so much the government announcing the legislative programme for the next session, but more of an election manifesto.

“The Queen will have been used to make a Conservative Party political broadcast.

“It would bring more embarrassment to the Queen, dragging her again into political controversy.

“Boris Johnson has already caused the greatest constitutional controversy of her reign; he should not further abuse her position.”

He added something that the rest of us have suspected for some time: “This would be the first Queen’s Speech when the government had no real intention of introducing the bills it had just announced, because it hoped that, within weeks, parliament would be dissolved for an early election.”

So those funding promises on the NHS and all the other services BoJob and his cronies promised to boost really were examples of “duper’s delight” and they had no intention of fulfilling them.

Put it all together and, if I were in the Monarch’s position, I would be very nervous about agreeing to anything this man wants. He has proved himself to be uninterested in preserving the reputation of any of the UK’s constitutional pillars – and there is also a suggestion that his real purpose may be to make money for a shady group of backers at the expense of the entire nation.

Will the Queen really allow herself to be brought down by the antics of this liar?

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Johnson has a new prorogation plan – despite having no new policies to reveal

This should be a shot of Boris Johnson apologising abjectly, but it’s actually the moment the Queen appointed him as prime minister. The only person who doesn’t regret that act now is probably BoJob.

This has to be a transparent bid to stop Parliament from discussing the latest attempt at a Brexit deal, right?

Either that or we’ve drifted into a time warp and are being forced to relive the same events again and again, with only minor differences, until someone finds a way to break the sequence…

I mean, Boris Johnson has no new policies at all – otherwise he would have announced them during the Conservative conference, and he didn’t.

But he still means to shut Parliament down all over again on October 8, in order to re-open it on October 14 with a Queen’s Speech.

What will it be written on – the back of a fag packet?

The big question is whether the Queen will accept a second attempt to gag our democratically-elected representatives.

We’re told she has sought advice on the mechanism that enables a monarch to sack a prime minister, and it seems Mr Johnson is daring her to do it.

So let’s cut this down to the bare essentials.

Mr Johnson has been fashioning a rude argument that Brexit is a confrontation: “The people v Parliament”.

In fact we know he is lying – he actually means it is Boris Johnson v Parliament.

But now it seems he is making it Boris Johnson v The Queen. Who’ll win, do you think?

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Are we heading for the UK’s own ‘Watergate’-scale scandal over Brexit and prorogation?

Liar, liar: Did Boris Johnson look like this, in this now-infamous photo, because his pants were on fire?

Boris Johnson tells us that he did not lie to the Queen about his reasons for wanting Parliament prorogued. Do you believe this habitual liar?

I don’t.

I’m far more likely to believe Joanna Cherry MP, one of the 75 Parliamentarians who took the Tory government to court in Scotland over the decision to prorogue.

She thinks BoJob lied to our monarch, and she thinks that the government’s refusal to release communications on the subject by Downing Street aides – who were using their personal equipment to do so, is intended to hide the evidence. She says we could be heading for a scandal of Watergate-sized proportions.

And let’s be honest – the fact that the government is refusing to hand over the messages is extremely suspicious. If there was nothing incriminating on those devices, what’s the problem?

There is also a double-standard going on here.

Parliament has been prorogued because the Queen ordered it – on the advice of Mr Johnson, relayed by Jacob Rees-Mogg.

But it is also the Queen who ordered the release of information on these aides’ mobile devices – on the urging of a “humble address” to her by Parliament.

Boris Johnson’s government does not have the option to choose which of Her Majesty’s orders it chooses to obey. She wants the information out in the open so out is where it should be.

Looking at the government’s reasons for refusing the order – representatives like Michael Gove have said it is unreasonable to demand aides’ personal devices in order to see the messages on them.

But according to the law, aides are not permitted use their personal devices to discuss government business and the order was made because of concerns that this is exactly what they have been doing – in order to hide the facts from the public.

So the situation is clear: if these aides didn’t want us to see the contents of their mobile phones (or whatever devices they used), they should not have broken the law and used them. The evidence – the refusal to provide these devices – suggests that they did. They only way to vindicate themselves is to hand over the gear.

Otherwise we’re going to go forward – into a general election, as we understand it – in the belief that the leader of a party of government misled Queen and country for his own selfish reasons. That’s not a good platform on which to campaign.

I mean, nobody’s going to believe the word of a proven liar, are they?

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Still think the Queen had no choice but to prorogue Parliament? Think again!

The Queen: It seems she has failed to do her duty in the most unacceptable way.

Craig Murray’s aim is not the same as mine in this – he’s after Scottish Independence and I think the countries of the UK are still better together – but he makes excellent points in his article (link below).

He says the Queen was wrong to appoint Boris Johnson as prime minister because her duty is to appoint whoever can demonstrated that they have the support of the Commons – and he has not done so.

Now, in proroguing Parliament for him, she is offering him the chance to delay the moment when we find out he can’t muster up that support.

This is because his flagship policy is “no deal” Brexit – and Parliament has rejected this policy, time and time again.

The course of the Queen’s actions suggests a specific plan – one which puts her in an extremely questionable position.

The Queen has appointed a Prime Minister who does not have the support of the House of Commons and then has conspired to prevent the House of Commons from obstructing her Prime Minister. That is not the action of a politically neutral monarchy.

Whatever happens in the future, this should end the role of the monarchy as it is currently described.

Source: The Queen’s Active Role in the Right Wing Coup – Craig Murray

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Johnson MISLED the Queen to get Parliament shut down because he doesn’t have enough MPs – claim

Boris Johnson: Who does he think “misspoke”, again?

Once again a Tory prime minister turns out to have resorted to lies because it was the only way to get what he wanted, it seems.

In a filmed interview, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said Boris Johnson did not have a grand legislative plan to unveil; he had Parliament prorogued because he doesn’t have a majority in Parliament and this was the only way he could push his Brexit through.

It means Dictator Boris Johnson misled the Queen in order to get her to sign the prorogation order – and that’s not acceptable behaviour for a UK prime minister.

We should have expected him to lie to our Head of State, though – he lied to Donald Trump when he was trying to get Melton Mowbray pork pies exported to the United States, remember.

10 Downing Street has claimed Mr Wallace “misspoke” – but where’s the proof?

If BoJob has a big legislative programme, let’s see evidence of it!

Otherwise, the facts seem clear and the prorogation should be rescinded – along with Mr Johnson’s employment as prime minister.

See the video evidence here: Video (enhanced audio): Def Sec Wallace’s accidental admission Johnson prorogued out of weakness means PM misled Queen | The SKWAWKBOX

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#AbolishTheMonarchy – backlash against Queen for meekly rubber-stamping Johnson’s Parliamentary shutdown

The Queen: By backing Dictator Johnson against the people, she may have signed up for the abolition of the monarchy.

The Queen is back-pedalling hard over her agreement to prorogue Parliament for Boris Johnson.

According to the BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, she has never refused to accept the advice of her ministers and always acted on precedent.

So when Jacob Rees-Mogg, for Dictator Johnson, demanded that she prorogue Parliament during a Privy Council meeting yesterday, he said she would have felt “boxed in”.

He added: “She and her advisors, I have little doubt, will be frankly resentful of the way this has been done and will be concerned at the headlines which say ‘Queen suspends Parliament.”

Rightly so – because, as current slang has it, the optics are terrible.

People are saying democracy has been denied by an unelected monarch acting on the wish of an unelected prime minister.

And they know she could have stopped him:

And it has focused the anger of the people on the monarchy:

That’s the nub of the matter, isn’t it?

And when this crisis is all over, with Dictator Johnson and his cronies banished to the waste-bin of history, it seems likely the people will want to seek assurances that this can never happen again.

We will need checks and balances to ensure that no unelected head of state can ever again deny us our right to representation.

It seems that, with a few penstrokes, the Queen may have put an end to the British Royalty.

Source: Queen and her advisers ‘resentful’ over how Boris Johnson handled prorogation – Mirror Online

No confidence over ‘no deal’: The start of a Tory disintegration – or the end of UK democracy?

The Queen: Will she have to use her constitutional role to rid us of Boris Johnson, if he refuses to honour the threatened vote of ‘no confidence’ over his ‘no deal’ Brexit.

That didn’t take long! The Conservative Party appears to be falling apart over Boris Johnson’s plan for a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Some are siding with Dominic Grieve and threatening to support Jeremy Corbyn in an early vote of ‘no confidence’ against Mr Johnson if ‘no deal’ seems the most likely outcome when Parliament re-convenes in September.

But Dominic Cummings, BoJob’s senior advisor, has apparently claimed that Mr Johnson will simply ignore the result of such a vote if it goes against him.

This is unconstitutional – dictatorial, in fact.

If a confidence vote goes against Mr Johnson, Parliament will have 14 days to form an alternative government, according to the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, with a cross-party “government of national unity” strongly suggested.

But Mr Cummings apparently reckons BoJob would call a general election, framing it in populist terms as being “people v politicians”.

He wants to put us on a slippery slide towards fascism, it seems.

One of the so-called 14 early warning signs of fascism is the identification of enemies as a unifying cause. In this case, with the enemies being politicians opposing Mr Johnson, it seems he would set us on a path to totalitarianism.

The obsession with Brexit would tick off another entry on that list – “powerful and continuing nationalism”.

It has been suggested that Mr Johnson would not be required to step down after losing a confidence vote, and the timetable of anything that follows would be set by him.

But others have claimed that refusal to honour the result of such a vote would require the Queen to step in and dispense of his services herself.

That would be ironic – a man who is asserting the ‘divine right of kings’ to do what he wants being removed by the person who actually has that right.

Source: Dominic Cummings takes swipe at Grieve over confidence vote plan | Politics | The Guardian

Theresa May’s latest Brexit nightmare involves the Queen herself

Not satire: When we finally get a new Parliamentary session, started with the Queen’s Speech, “Well you’ve really made a mess of it all. Shall I get Philip to drive you home?” is about the minimum Mrs May should expect.

All the prevarication and delay over Brexit has backed Theresa May into a tight corner that could end her government – and not a moment too soon.

And it all revolves around the Queen’s Speech.

Each session of Parliament kicks off with a speech from Her Majesty, written by the government, setting out the agenda for the new session. The current session was expected to be two years long because of the extra work necessary to pass Brexit.

But now everything else on the programme has been handled except Brexit, and there’s no conclusion to that nightmare in sight because bringing it back to Parliament may result in another disastrous defeat, and that would force Mrs May to end the session.

It is certainly time to call an end to what has probably been the most disastrous Parliamentary session in UK history – but the Tories can’t do it because they think it may be electoral suicide.

They don’t think they can get majority support for any new legislative programme, you see. And support for the programme – as laid out in the Queen’s Speech – is the bare minimum requirement for any government to show that Parliament has confidence in it.

Without the confidence of Parliament – well, you can probably guess the rest.

Theresa May leads a minority government that has only ever been able to count on the support of the Commons due to a “confidence and supply” arrangement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party – but that organisation’s confidence in Mrs May has been in short supply lately and the agreement will expire at the end of the current session. It seems unlikely that it will be renewed without another massive contribution from the magic money tree that the Tories have been telling us all they don’t have.

And Conservatives – including several grandees – are deserting the party due to their own disagreements with the leadership over Brexit and other matters.

So Mrs May is caught in a double-bind.

She can’t keep going because the only thing left is Brexit, and then she’ll have to stop anyway.

But she can’t stop anyway, and start another session, because Parliament will probably force the end of her government with a “no confidence” vote.

So now she is trying to fill up the extra time she thinks she needs with a B-list of weak-sauce Bills that she doesn’t think Parliament would reject.

But the DUP’s Nigel Dodds is already on the record as saying many MPs may not accept that.

She’s unsafe whatever she does, so she is doing nothing. Meanwhile, the UK stagnates. This is what happens when you put a great nation in the hands of a fool, at the head of a party of fools.


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